When BOOM! Studios contacted us to do an exclusive reveal of the third volume of The Avant-Guards, aptly called The Avant-Guards: Down to the Wire, I was ecstatic. I’ve reviewed the first volume back in September 2019 and thought it was excellent. The creative team understands how relationship evolve over time, how people reveal more about each other as friendship and closeness peel away at someone’s layers. It’s  At the time I said: My main issue with The Avant-Guards is that it wasn’t long enough. I wanted more of these characters, their trials and tribulations, their ups and down, their love life. That’s a really good problem to have. I’m looking forward to following this team wherever they go as the series continues.

I’m glad I didn’t have to wait too long.

BOOM! Studios has kindly provided The Beat with an exclusive preview of the first ten pages of the upcoming release of The Avant-Guards: Down to the Wire coming out on September 2, 2020 in comic book stores and on September 8, 2020 in bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. It will be published under BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint, which has been publishing some terrific work these past few years such as Lumberjanes, Giant Days Heavy Vinyl, Misfit City, Fence and Goldie Vance. They have some very strong series and it’s great to see their line evolve over time.

The Avant-Guards: Down to the Wire is the conclusion of the story of Liv and Charlie that began in The Avant-Guards. Here’s some information on the book courtesy of BOOM! Studios:

BOOM! Studios is proud to reveal a first look at THE AVANT-GUARDS: DOWN TO THE WIRE, an original graphic novel concluding the story of the beloved group of misfit art students who banded together to create their school’s first ever basketball team. This new original graphic novel, picking up after issue eight and available in stores September 2020, reunites the acclaimed team of filmmaker and writer Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and artist Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer), with colorist Eleonora Bruni and letterer Ed Dukeshire, for a brand-new adventure with their team of unlikely athletes brought together by friendship and sports shenanigans.

School, romance, friends, and family collide in this epic conclusion to THE AVANT-GUARDS series as the team struggles to save their league! The final game of the season is here, the team has got to plan the perfect fundraiser, and everyone’s parents decided to show up to cheer them on during the most stressful time they could ever imagine. In the middle of it all, Liv & Charlie are figuring out just what it means to be “Liv & Charlie.”

It’s Just A Lot For Everyone To Deal With. Luckily the entire existence of the league doesn’t depend on this one game or the Avant-Guards winning, right? Oh, wait…

Without further ado, see below for a preview of The Avant-Guards: Down to the Wire.