In January 2021, the first issue of Abbott: 1973 arrives from BOOM! Studios, and The Beat has your exclusive first look at the upcoming supernatural mystery from Saladin Ahmed (Miles Morales: Spider-Man) and Sami Kivelä (Machine Gun Wizards), with Mattia Iacono on colors and Jim Campbell lettering.

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Abbott: 1973 #1 main cover by Taj Tenfold.
The original run of Abbott (2018) is available now.

The five-issue miniseries is a sequel to Abbott, the 2018 comic that follows the eponymous chain-smoking, hard-nosed investigative reporter as she uncovers a supernatural threat and protects her home city, Detroit.

In Abbott: 1973 #1, the story picks up after Abbott has defeated the dark forces responsible for the murder of her late husband. One year after the events of the first miniseries, Detroit’s first Black mayoral candidate is running for election – but soon Abbott discovers that a supernatural conspiracy aimed toward thwarting his bid is afoot!

As the mystery unspools, it becomes clear that those responsible have tendrils that reach further than Abbott ever would have dared imagine. Will she be able to stop the malignant magical machinations that threaten her city – and what will it cost her to accomplish this goal?

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Abbott: 1973 #1 variant by Raúl Allén.

The first issue of Abbott: 1973 #1 will be available online or at your local comic shop in January 2021. For now, you can tide yourself over with this exclusive preview – and be sure to scroll all the way down if you’d like to read the official press release from BOOM! Studios.

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Abbott: 1973 #1 variant by Jenny Frison.

Will you be heading to your local comic shop to pick up the first issue of Abbott: 1973 when it arrives next month? Give The Beat a shout in the comment section and let us know what you think!

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Your First Look at the Brand New ABBOTT: 1973 #1 from Saladin Ahmed & Sami Kivelä

“An engrossing web of mystical intrigue and social commentary.”—AV Club


“Exactly what the industry was waiting for.”—Vulture


LOS ANGELES, CA (December 8, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at ABBOTT: 1973 #1, the premiere issue of a new series from Miles Morales: Spider-Man mastermind & Eisner Award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed and acclaimed artist Sami Kivelä (Machine Gun Wizards), with colorist Mattia Iacono and letterer Jim Campbell. Debuting in January 2021, this new five-issue series returns to the Hugo Award-nominated world of Abbott, as the eponymous unstoppable reporter tackles a new corruption taking over Detroit in 1973 and the supernatural threat behind it.


Elena Abbott is one of Detroit’s toughest reporters—and after defeating the dark forces that murdered her husband, she’s focused on the most important election in the city’s history.


But when someone uses dark magic to sabotage the campaign of the prospective first Black mayor of Detroit, it becomes clear to Abbott that the supernatural conspiracy in her city is even greater than she ever imagined. Now Abbott must exhaust all her abilities as a reporter and a supernatural savior to rescue Detroit—but at what cost to her own life?


ABBOTT: 1973 is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; and Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Firefly from Greg Pak, Lalit Kumar Sharma & Daniel Bayliss; and Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers series from Ryan Parrott, Marco Renna, and Francesco Mortarino.


Readers can find ABBOTT VOL 1 available everywhere books are sold. In the uncertain social and political climate of 1972 Detroit, hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.


Print copies of ABBOTT: 1973 #1, featuring cover art by Taj Tenfold (Lovecraft Country), Raúl Allén (Dune: The Graphic Novel), and Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), will be available for sale on January 20, 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.


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About BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, Once & Future, Something is Killing The Children, Giant Days, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and The Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century for film and with Netflix for TV. Please visit for more information.



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