Introducing the Maverick Year One Box Set!

Since fall 2021, Mad Cave Studios’ Maverick imprint has offered engaging and authentic stories for those who think differently, are not afraid to be independent, and fight for who they truly are. We’re thrilled to announce that Maverick has collected its first five young adult original graphic novels in one limited edition box set: The Maverick Year One Box Set!
With titles that range from slice-of-life stories to urban fantasy and horror, each of the five Maverick graphic novels included in the year one box set are authentic and inspiring universal stories of personal struggle where anyone can find themselves within the pages.

MAVERICK YEAR ONE BOX SET
ISBN: 9781952303920
Price: $75.00
Limited 1/500

Limited to 500 boxes, each Year One Box Set collects In the Shadow of the Throne, Good Game Well Played, World Class, Nightmare in Savannah, and our first-ever title, Needle & Thread!

You can learn more about each original graphic novel from our first year below!

NEEDLE & THREAD (OGN)
Writer: David Pinckney – Illustrator: Ennun Ana Iurov – Letterer: Micah Myers

Synopsis: Choosing between living the life you want and living the life you’re “supposed to have” is not always an easy choice.
Noah, embracing his true-self, wants to pursue a career in costume design, something his loving, public service parents would never approve of. Azarie, the perfect, model daughter of a very stern, traditional family, dreams of embracing the hobbies she secretly loves, hobbies her social circle would never abide by. The two live different lives and their social statuses keep them from ever crossing paths until they have a chance encounter that exposes some common ground: the desire to be who they truly are. Together, the two set out to put it all on the line and show everyone what they’re made of and what they want to achieve in the form of cosplay. Their growing friendship will be tested and their faith in themselves, as well as each other, will be tried.

Up-and-coming writer David Pinckney (Fight Like a Girl) and first-time graphic novel artist Ennun Ana Iurov introduce a coming-of-age yarn about self-discovery, resilience, and the enduring power of having a person believe in you!

NIGHTMARE IN SAVANNAH (OGN)
Writer: Lela Gwenn – Illustrator: Rowan MacColl – Letterer: Micah Myers

Synopsis: High school student Alexa Bowman moved to Savannah, Georgia to get away from her old life. Too bad her past is a Google search away and her family’s criminal past quickly made her an outcast.
From tormenting cheerleaders to dreamy football players, Alexa can’t keep up, especially when Fae, Skye, and Chloe take her into their group of outsiders. But after a night in the woods, a power has awakened within them, a power that’s equal parts magical and terrifying. But there are no coincidences in Savannah, and once they find out how to control their powers the town is in for a rude awakening.

WORLD CLASS (OGN)
Writer: Jay Sandlin – Illustrator: Patrick Mulholland
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty – Letterer: Justin Birch

Synopsis: Football is a religion where Adrian “The Colombian Cannon” Molina comes from and with his wicked right leg, he has a clear shot to the promised land of the European Junior Leagues. But when a football scout offers him a full scholarship to an elite prep school in London, the news seems too good to be true. His enrollment hits a snag upon meeting the team’s star striker, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not; rich, powerful, connected, and with a hunger to dominate the school as well as the pitch. The constant fighting, teasing, and bullying, brings about crippling anxiety of losing his spot on the team. That’s until Luciano DeSilva takes him under his wing, and gives Adrian the confidence to be himself and value his position on the team. From visionary writer and podcaster Jay Sandlin (Over the Ropes), illustrator Patrick Mulholland (Power Rangers), and superstar colorist Rebecca Nalty (GLOW) comes a foot- ball story, that blends the energy and heart of Shonen manga with a story about finding the right people in your life to not only make you a better player, but a better person.

GOOD GAME, WELL PLAYED (OGN)
Writer: Rachael Smith – Illustrator: Kath Lobo – Letterer: Justin Birch

Synopsis: It’s 2009, and Sienna is really not looking forward to flying back into her hometown to say goodbye to one of the people she called family.
Though that feels like a lifetime ago. It’s 1999. And Sienna is looking forward to what is shaping up to be the perfect summer in her perfect life. She has a job working in the local video game store, Game Champ, with her four best friends, and that was how it was going to be forever… Until Jason Silver, the money-hungry landlord threatens to shut the store down. The kids must work together to save it, but with Art’s huge crush on Sienna, Jo’s crippling self-doubt, Sid’s obsession with his band, and Hope’s mysterious living situation getting in the way…how likely are they to succeed?

British Comic Award-nominated writer Rachael Smith (The Rabbit) and debut graphic novel artist Katherine Lobo share their tale about looking back at your rose-colored life and finding the family that you thought you lost.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE THRONE (OGN)
Writer: Kate Sheridan – Illustrator: Gaia Cardinali – Letterer: Micah Myers

Synopsis: When his younger siblings and parents begin to irritate him on vacation, Jordan tries to get some space. But instead of wandering around the museum, he finds himself dropped in a fantasy world of magic where he can finally have some fun and train to become a knight.
Except Prince Astel and Sir Griffith are about to uncover a sinister secret kept hidden by the queen that’ll thrust Jordan in the middle of a magical battle he never could have anticipated.
Join writer Kate Sheridan (Flash Gordon, Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake) and artist Gaia Cardinali (Disney Mulan’s Adventure Journal: The Palace of Secrets) on Jordan’s epic fantasy adventure that’ll test how much he really wants to get home.

About Maverick
Maverick, Mad Cave Studios’ young adult imprint, offers engaging and authentic stories for those who think differently, are not afraid to be independent, and fight for who they truly are. With titles that range from slice-of-life stories to urban fantasy and horror, each Maverick graphic novel will be an authentic and inspiring universal story of personal struggle where anyone can find themselves within the pages.

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