Back in May 2017, Dark Horse Comics announced a licensing agreement with Nelvana and Playmates Toys for a graphic novel series based on the Nickelodeon/Nicktoons cartoon Mysticons. For those unfamiliar, Mysticons revolves around four teenage girls living in the mystical world of Gemina, and who become the titular superheroes by undertaking a quest to retrieve the magical Codex scattered across the planet. Dark Horse have now revealed that the first graphic novel, due out in August, will be written by Kate Leth, penciled by Megan Levens, and colored by Marissa Louise. Jen Bartel will provide the cover.
Here’s the press release:
In May 2017, Dark Horse and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana announced a publishing agreement to produce a series of graphic novels based on Nelvana’s original animated action series, Mysticons. Today, the partners are excited to reveal details from the upcoming graphic novel series! Dark Horse’s “Spell on Wheels” creative team, writer Kate Leth (“Patsy Walker aka Hellcat!”), artist Megan Levens (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), and colorist Marissa Louise (“Wonder Woman Annual”), joins forces once again to bring more empowering female characters to life!
The second season of Mysticons recently premiered on Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons in the U.S. and Corus’ YTV network in Canada will follow suit on April 8, following a successful first season launch in August 2017. On YouTube, the series has surpassed 4.1 million views of its short form content. Dark Horse joins an array of previously announced Mysticons partners including Playmates Toys (Master Toy), The Topps Company (Trading Cards and Confectionery) and MacMillan Publishers (Novels).
“Mysticons Volume One” is a contemporary urban fantasy about four girls from different walks of life who are transformed into the legendary Mysticons! In Arkayna, Zarya, Emerald, and Piper’s first adventure, the girls investigate evil biker twins who have been stealing and using magic to keep first place in a deadly drag racing circuit, causing mayhem on the streets of Drake City. It’s up to the Mysticons to work together to save their city!
“Mysticons Volume One” goes on sale August 8, 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. This 80-page original graphic novel retails for $10.99.
“Mysticons” marks the latest foray from Dark Horse into the magical girl genre, following Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau’s “Zodiac Starforce,” and the announcement that they will also print Bartel’s webcomic “Crystal Fighters: Chaos Arena” in August. Stay tuned to Multiversity Comics for more from Dark Horse during Emerald City Comic Con.