GET YOUR FIRST LOOK AT WHAT CEX IS PUBLISHING THIS MARCH November 18, 2022 by CEX Publishing THE ACADEMY OF BLACK MAGIC IS NOW OPEN! 72 children enroll, but only SEVEN will graduate alive… A call has gone out that The Academy of Black Magic is about to reopen its doors for the first time in 200 years. The Headmaster, school staff, and denizens of the underground city of Scholomance are making their final preparations for the arrival of these outsider children. From the mind of artist/writer Joseph Schmalke (THE INFERNAL PACT, CHERRY BLACKBIRD, PHANTOM STARKILLER, WE DON’T KILL SPIDERS) Seven Years in Darkness breaks with some horror taboos where children could die in a high fantasy winner-takes-all situation. The ritual of the new class begins in March. Also, Sereno’s adventures continue as a new hero arrives in New Teia, armed with advanced tech and inspired by Sereno, is NüMen friend or foe? Find out in SERENO #2! What Retailers Need to Know about Seven Years in Darkness: Published Quarterly. Four-issue miniseries. 1:10 Virgin Incentive Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz. On sale March 2023. SEVEN YEARS IN DARKNESS #1 Written & Ilustrated by: JOE SCHMALKECover C: BILL SIENKIEWICZRetail Price $4.99On Sale 03/29 The Academy of Black Magic has reopened its doors for the first time in 200 years! Seventy-two children will walk through the Academy doors for freshmen year. But only seven will graduate and walk out alive! Their seven-year journey starts here, in this dark and sweeping fantasy epic from acclaimed comics creator Joe Schmalke! Featuring a 1:10 variant cover by living legend Bill Sienkiewicz! Diamond IDDEC221224 / DEC221225 / DEC221226 Lunar Product Codes1222CX283 / 1222CX284 / 1222CX285 UPCCover A: 79394597454200111Cover B: 79394597454200121Cover C: 79394597454200131 SERENO #2 Written & Illustrated by: LUCIANO VECCHIOCover B: PATRICIO OLIVERRetail Price $4.99On Sale 03/29 There’s a new guardian in town! NüMen is inspired by Sereno, but uses deeply unstable technology in his quest for spiritual illumination. Meanwhile, Sereno’s chaotic shadow self is coming to life all on its own! SERENO will soon find things are not as black and white as he thought, in this epic showdown of Darkness and Light! Diamond IDsDEC221221 / DEC221222 / DEC221223 Lunar Product Codes1222CX280 / 1222CX281 / 1222CX282 UPCCover A: 79394597453500211Cover B: 79394597453500221Cover C: 79394597453500231 OUTLAND ENTERTAINMENT THE BEAN: INTO THE DARK Written & Illustrated by: TRAVIS HANSONRetail Price $19.99On Sale 03/29 ISBN978-1-954255-36-4 Diamond IDDEC221219 Lunar Product Code1222CX279 Being kidnapped by a troll was not what Bean expected from a simple errand to collect mushrooms. Now the young dishwasher is deep underground, in a forgotten and ruined city, to collect a legendary weapon for the troll – or be killed. But when the sword sings him a new fate, he learns that his future is far bigger than a small, forgotten inn.