On the Corner of PINE and MERRIMAC…
Kyle Stark and Fran Galán bring a haunting detective story to BOOM! Studios in Early 2024
Eisner-award nominated writer Kyle Starks (I Hate This Place) pens his first original series at BOOM! Studios along with fan-favorite artist and co-creator Fran Galán (The Amazing Spider-Man) in a new detective tale PINE AND MERRIMAC!
In Jamesport, on the corner of Pine and Merrimac sits a small, unassuming detective agency.
Former homicide detective, Linnea Kent–along with her husband, an ex-professional MMA fighter and the unofficial brawn to her brains–puts her former life behind her and moves far away from the violence and death of her job in the big city to open up a quiet little detective agency in a quiet little town.
At first, the simple cases this nook of the world has to offer were exactly what she was looking for. But there’s more to the quaint hamlet than Linnea could have possibly imagined, and something truly sinister pulling the strings…
PINE AND MERRIMAC #1 features covers by Fran Galán, Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Tula Lotay (Barnstormers) and Jae Lee (The Dark Tower).
“Pine and Merrimac is about a happily married detective couple who find themselves in a case that gets worse and worse and then worse than you could imagine. I think fans of my Eisner and GLAAD nominated book I Hate This Place will fall in love with these characters the same way they did the character in that book. And getting to work with Fran Galán on it has been amazing. I firmly believe he’s about to be a huge name in this industry with his unbelievable work – if you aren’t familiar with him, his incredible art is worth the price of admission alone.” said the award-nominated writer, Kyle Starks.
“This comic has all the elements I like in a good story. It’s also written by Kyle Starks, so what more could I ask for?” said series artist Fran Galán.
“Kyle and Fran are one of those creative teams that makes me excited as a comics fan and editor,” said Acquisitions Editor Jon Moisan. “Kyle’s pacing and mastery of storytelling and Fran’s distinct and vibrant style are sure to make this a must read and stand out on every New Comic Book Day shelf.”
PINE AND MERRIMAC #1 will be on shelves January 3, 2024. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.
About Kyle Starks:
Kyle Starks is a three-time* Eisner nominated comic creator from Southern Indiana. He is likely best known as the longest tenured writer and occasional artist for Oni Press’ RICK AND MORTY comic, and PEACEMAKER TRIES HARD for DC Comics. He was nominated for Eisners for SEXCASTLE, ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN and I HATE THIS PLACE for best humor publication
About Fran Galán:
The Amazing Spider-Man, Carnage, Dune: House Harkonnen, The Roadie, and Creepshow (created with Kyle Starks and nominated for an Eisner Award in 2023 as Best Anthology) are some of the titles that Fran–born in Seville, Spain– has to his credit since he debuted in 2019 in the American market with his work with Cullen Bunn on Knights Temporal (Aftershock). His first published work, Goya: The Sublime Terrible, received several awards. Among them, Best Spanish Cartoonist and Best Cover.
PINE AND MERRIMAC #1 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; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Briar by Christopher Cantwell and Germán García; Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A.L. Kaplan; Damn Them All by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; Know Your Station by Sarah Gailey and Liana Kangas; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; Harrower by Justin Jordan and Brahm Revel; The Neighbors by Jude Ellison S. Doyle and Letizia Cadonici; The Seasons Have Teeth by Dan Watters and Sebastián Cabrol; Ghostlore by Cullen Bunn and Leomacs; Sirens of the City by Joanne Starer and Khary Randolph; Coda by Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara; Rare Flavours by Ram V and Filipe Andrade, and the upcoming Underheist by David and Maria Lapham. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Harkonnen from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Michael Shelfer; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; Magic from Jed McKay, Rich Douek, and Ig Guara; and The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Andy Diggle and Rubine.