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After months of teases and an ARG website rollout, this week Lion Forge is announcing details of Catalyst Prime, its new superhero universe, which is being spearheaded by editor Joe Illidge and rolling out with a FCBD intro and a May debut. With A-list talent – Amy Chu, David F. Walker, Dr. Sheena Howard, Alex De Campi, Joe Casey and Christopher Priest – it’s one of the most ambitious superhero universe roll outs in quite some time.

And The Beat is pleased to exclusively announce Superb, a new title to be written by David F. Walker and Sheena C Howard, with art by Ray-Anthony Height, Le Beau Underwood and Veronica Gandini.

Catalyst Prime is set in a world where a near miss with an asteroid results in a meteor shower – which gives various people strange new powers. Superb sounds like the “Teen Team” book of this universe,  focusing on two characters, Kayla Tate  and Jonah Watkins, who has Downs Syndrome, now transformed into Amina and Cosmosis.As heroes, they’re trying to stop the sinister experiments of The Foresight Corporation, which is investigating others who gained powers.

Walker is the acclaimed writer of books such as Shaft, Power Man and Iron Fist,  and Nighthawk, while Howard is the Eisner winning author of Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation. Height has worked at Marvel in titles including Fear Itself: Fearsome Foursome and Spider-Girl and created Midnight Tiger, a series he kickstarted.

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SUPERB
David Walker and Sheena C. Howard – Writers

Ray-Anthony Height – Penciller
Le Beau Underwood – Inker

Veronica Gandini – Colorist
AndWorld Design – Letters

After The Event in which Earth was saved from an asteroid, but a meteor shower hit the world. Youngstown, Ohio became a level 5 impact zone, with incidents of mysterious powers emerging in teenagers. Kayla Tate and her friend Jonah Watkins, a young man with Down Syndrome, have become the heroes Amina and Cosmosis, to stop The Foresight Corporation from kidnapping and experimenting on the new breed of superpowered youth.

Superb joins two previously announced Catalyst Prime series Accell and Noble. Here’s info on those:

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Noble
Writer: Brandon Thomas
Artist: Roger Robinson with color by Juan Fernandez
Cover Artists: Roger Robinson (Main Cover), Khary Randolf (1 in 5 Variant) John Cassaday (1 in 20 Variant) #1 Connecting Cover (1 in 50 Variant)

Catalyst Prime has begun! One year after The Event, missing astronaut David Powell has resurfaced! With dangerous new abilities and no memory of the man he once was. While desperately trying to regain his identity David quickly finds himself a man on the run from shadowy forces as well as his forgotten past. From writer Brandon Thomas (Horizon, Civil War II: Choosing Sides), artist Roger Robinson (Batman: Gotham Knights, Solo Avengers), and colorist Juan Fernandez.

Catalyst Prime has begun! One year after The Event, missing astroaut David Powell has resurfaced! With dangerous new abilities and no memory of the man he once was. While desperately trying to regain his identity David quickly finds himself a man on the run from shadowy forces as well as his forgotten past. From writer Brandon Thomas (Horizon, Civil War II: hoosing Sides), artist Roger Robinson (Batman: Gotham Knights, Solo Avengers), and colorist Juan Fernandez.

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ACCELL
Joe Casey – Writer
Damion Scott – Penciller
Robert Campanella – Inker
John Rauch – Colorist
Janice Chiang – Letterer
 There’s more to come on Catalyst Prime next week we’re sure, and The Beat will be on the scene to cover it all!
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