BOOM! Studios is going after the fans of Ben 10 by announcing the company has acquired the comic book and graphic novel license to Cartoon Network’s highly popular animated series, Ben 10.
The first release to come out of this deal will be Ben 10: The Truth is Out There, an original graphic novel from writer CB Lee and artist Lidan Chen. The book is scheduled to arrive in March 2019.
BEN 10: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE, based on Cartoon Network’s 2017 relaunched franchise, is the first in a series of original graphic novels that will anchor BOOM! Studios’ publishing program for the property.
Ben 10 introduces fun loving, 10-year-old, Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max, as they travel the country during summer vacation. Once Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different heroic aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him. Ben 10 is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment.
“I am so thrilled to be working with BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network on the Ben 10 original graphic novels,” said CB Lee. “I grew up watching cartoons and had so much fun getting to follow my favorite characters to far-off worlds, and especially following their adventures, seeing friendships form and fighting for what you believe in. Ben 10 absolutely encompasses everything I love about storytelling – it’s so clever and has so much humor and heart. The original graphic novels will follow Ben, Gwen, Grandpa Max on all new adventures with mischief, monsters, and more mayhem with Ben and his aliens — and will be fun for fans of the show who want more of the Ben 10 universe, as well as a wonderful way to introduce new people to this series. I can’t wait to share these new adventures with all of you!”
BOOM! Studios has announced a number of original graphic novel projects over the last several months, which only adds fuel to the fire on my theory that the publisher has realized it can sell more books in a single, done-in-one, OGN format than it can with an ongoing series. Look for more OGN announcements from BOOM! and other publishers in the coming months, and see if it doesn’t make a lot of sense to you, too.