Mail Call | Momoko’s ‘Demon Days’ continues in June

Plus: News from BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse and more!

Mail Call is a roundup of the announcements we’ve received from comics publishers in our mailboxes recently that we haven’t already covered. Hit the links for more information.

The first issue of Peach Momoko’s Demon Days arrived last Wednesday, and Marvel took the opportunity to announce the second issue’s title and focus: Demon Days: Mariko.

Mariko is the former fiancée of Wolverine; she was the daughter of a Yakuza boss and eventually took over his duties before dying back in the early 1990s. The issue will also introduce Nightcrawler and Black Widow into this alternate reality Momoko has created.

“The first issue of Demon Days starts off in feudal Japan with Sai (Psylocke)… but the next issue will be completely different. Different timeline, different characters (even the main character is changing), different tone to the story. But it is still a connecting story,” Momoko said.

Here’s the description from Marvel: In the shadow of Kirisaki Mountain…a secret history comes to light! Mariko Yashida hears mysterious voices and has strange dreams that feel real. Her redheaded maid who dresses all in black might know more than she lets on. What is the connection between Mariko, the creatures called oni, and Kirisaki Mountain? Find out in the next installment of this tale of magic, monsters, and Marvel characters like you’ve never seen them before, all beautifully rendered by Peach Momoko!

Look for it to arrive in June.

Dark Horse will bring Frédéric Brrémaud and Paola Antista’s humorous cat stories to the United States from France, courtesy of translator Annie Gullion. Cats! Purrfect Strangers collects three of the original six French albums and comes out in September.

Here’s the description: Best friends Manon, Erika, and Camille see adventure every day, but when all three become cat owners, everything changes—for better or for worse! One cat’s mischief gets him into trouble when he decides to play chase with the wrong prey. Another surprises the girls with his new skill—mimicking scary movies! And just when the girls decide to wind down for a calm and relaxing night, the cats declare play time! Grow up with these quirky cats and share in all the excitement, frustration, and fun that comes with raising a cat.

Marvel has announced that Deadpool will be the next character to get the “Black, White and Blood” treatment, starting in August. The series will include stories by various creators told in black, white and red, like the current Wolverine: Black, White and Blood series.

Let’s not forget that later this month we’re getting a Beta Ray Bill miniseries written and drawn by Daniel Warren Johnson. Marvel has released some preview pages from it, and oh yes — it also features Fin Fang Foom.

The first issue comes out March 31.

Dark Horse has announced a new graphic novel, Creeping, from their founder Mike Richardson, writer Zack Keller and artist Doug Wheatley. It follows a group of thrill-seekers who decide to spend the night in a haunted medieval fortress-turned-asylum, as part of a social media trend that has people sleeping in scary locations. Oh, Tik Tok …

BOOM! Studios has announced Eve, a new miniseries by author Victor LaValle and artist Jo Mi-Gyeong. The five-issue series will tell the story of a girl raised by virtual reality who wakes up in a environmentally devastated world and must head out on a quest to save her dying father.

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