In Maw #1 by writer Jude Ellison S. Doyle, artist A.L. Kaplan, colorist Fabiana Mascolo, and letterer Cardinal Rae, a feminist retreat on the remote island of Angita transforms into something very different after a violent attack awakens something in Marion Angela Weber that might fairly be described as “monstrous.”

Back in June, The Beat announced that the first volume in the five-issue series would be arriving in September, and this morning, we’re pleased to reveal an exclusive preview of the first issue.

In addition to a main cover by Ariela Kristantina with Sarah Stern, there will also be variant covers by Megan Hutchison-Cates with Dee Cunniffe, Abigail Jill Harding, and Tiffany Turrill.


You can read the press release from BOOM! Studios below the preview pages, if you so desire.

Maw #1 will be available at your local comic shop beginning September 15th, 2021. Will you be picking up a copy? Let The Beat know what you’re thinking, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!

Your First Look at Jude Ellison S. Doyle and A.L. Kaplan’s MAW #1

Discover the Monsters within the Shadows in a Groundbreaking New Series in September 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 19, 2021) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at MAW #1, the premier issue of a provocative five-issue horror series by award-winning journalist and opinion writer Jude Ellison S. Doyle (Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power), artist A.L. Kaplan (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Tricksters), colorist Fabiana Mascolo, and letterer Cardinal Rae, that explores the anger of those trapped by society’s expectations and the monsters born from that collective rage, available in September 2021.

Dragged by her sister Wendy to a feminist retreat on the remote island of Angitia, Marion Angela Weber hopes to gain some perspective and empowerment . . . that isn’t at the bottom of a bottle. But everything is horribly derailed after an assault on their first night there.

The violent encounter awakens something in Marion she never imagined, triggering warped mutations in her body, and bringing forth a hunger she can’t bring herself to name. When the townsfolk react with suspicion and violence, what unforgivable act will transform Marion into the very monster they’ve made her out to be?

MAW #1 features main cover art by artist Ariela Kristantina (The Many Deaths of Laila Starr) with Sarah Stern, and variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Megan Hutchison-Cates (The Nice House on the Lake) with Dee Cunniffe, Abigail Jill Harding (Ask for Mercy), and Tiffany Turrill (Lucifer).

MAW 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; Proctor Valley Road by Grant Morrison, Alex Child, and Naomi Franquiz; 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; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; and Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott, Marco Renna, and Francesco Mortarino; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Print copies of MAW #1 will be available for sale on September 15, 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 Kindle.

For continuing news on MAW and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.


  1. Love the art– dark and moody to match the story…ominous, start…I can feel the tension mounting already!

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