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June 2, 2016 Comments Views: 1511 Comics

Courtney’s Pullbox: May 2016

[Warning: this post contains spoilers]

This month’s pullbox had quite a few good comics, including a new one that I saw while waiting in line at Free Comic Book Day. Here’s the list:

  • Faith #1 (New to the box!)
  • Disney Princess #2 and #3
  • Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #2
  • A-Force #5
  • Jughead #6
  • Archie #8
  • Starfire #12

Faith

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Title: Faith
Written by: Jody Houser
Art by: Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage
Published by: Valiant Entertainment Comics
Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 27, 2016

Summary: Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicals about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than Zephyr ever thought when she uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?”

I saw this comic when I was waiting in line at Free Comic Book Day at Maximum Comics. I am always keeping my eyes peeled for comics starring plus size girls and seeing Faith on the cover made my heart soar. I immediately got it and I can’t wait to keep reading more about her. She’s a plus size journalist and superhero so it’s pretty much everything I could ever want. Her outfit is practical for fighting, something I’m always trying to commend. It’s also super cute and it’s not revealing at all. I love the art style in general for this comic and it makes me feel like Faith could be my friend and a real person.

When it comes down to the story, it’s pretty basic at it’s core and I can’t wait to see what challenges Faith/Zephyr will face. I hope that they do play up into the fact that she is a plus size superhero, something that people on the Internet will argue can’t happen in any stretch of reality. I also might cosplay her one day because she’s just so awesome.

Disney Princess #2 

3347477Title: Disney Princess
Written by: Amy Mebberson, Patrick Storck, Georgia Ball and Pat Shand.
Art by: Amy Mebberson
Published by: Joe Books
Release Date: April 13, 2016
Price: $2.99

Summary: The hit series continues! Disney’s beloved heroines have returned in this hilarious collection of Disney Princess comic strips! Featuring laugh-out-loud stories from the worlds of Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, Aurora, and more, this charming ongoing series will make all your royal dreams come true.” 

I really like this comic series, it’s full of quick and easy reads. The stories aren’t hard to follow and they are fun to read. I love Disney Princesses, my favorite of which probably being Snow White. Sadly, Snow White is just on the cover and is not in the actual stories, but I can easily get over that.

I have to say my favorites of the short stories were Cinderella’s, Tiana’s, and Mulan’s, but this plays into my pet peeve, because Mulan is technically not a princess. Shang is not a prince, he’s just an army general. He’s not a son to the emperor where I could at least could see it in a technicality, but she’s not. Moving on from that though, I’ll go briefly into those stories.

In Cinderella’s story, she was super sick. Prince Charming and Cinderella are supposed to host someone important, but Cinderella still wants to be a good hostess though she is super sick. This comic really plays up the time period that her movie was released in. It was very common of women of that time period to want to be a good hostess and keep the house well. Cinderella also has a kind and loving heart, so being sick hinders her ability to make others happy. In general, sick Cinderella was adorable!

In Tiana’s story, she’s listening to Charlotte talk on and on about what she is wearing to a parade and about a man she met, while Tiana is trying to find the perfect hot sauce for her grits. Eventually she finds the hottest one in the whole restaurant and desperately searches to find water after not listening to warnings about how hot the sauce was. It’s hilarious to see this go on and I’m glad that she did try different things to try and calm the burning in her mouth (milk ultimately does the trick).

In Mulan’s story, she’s arm wrestling with Chien-Po, Ling, and Yao, and she doesn’t do a good job. Mushu teaches her a way to win: distraction. I think it’s funny that that’s the option Mushu goes for. This is something that Mulan can easily do since she knows the three men really well. I really liked this story and found it very cute… even though Mulan is not a princess.

Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #2

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Written by: Josceline Fenton
Art by: Gale Galligan
Published by: Kaboom! Comics
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: After Pearl’s story of the glass monster, Steven has started having nightmares that it is real. What will he do when the people of Beach City start turning to glass?”

The Gems tell Steven a creepy story, and it’s clear that Steven is genuinely scared. Amethyst is also terrified by the story, even though she is more of an adult compared to Steven. I liked that she didn’t brush off Steven’s fear as something that is childish.

I also did enjoy the fact that he did go to Ronaldo about it. It’s very much something a child would do: avoid going to parents/caretakers about something scary. It’s very cute and it’s very sweet that Amethyst does come and help him out to stop the monster.

The art in this comic is worthy of high praise. It looks so much like the show and the colors are so beautiful. I love comic art that looks similar to the original television series, and this is the perfect example of one done right.

Overall, this comic is a light read, but it’s really good.

A-Force #5

a-force #5Title: A-Force
Written by: Kelly Thompson
Art by: Ben Caldwell
Published by: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “Rage, Rage Against The Dying Of The Light” STARTS NOW! When a massive dragon attacks a small coastal town, SHE-HULK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, MEDUSA, DAZZLER, NICO MINORU, and SINGULARITY spring into action. But this dragon is more than she seems and has her sights set on more than just one small town. In fact, she’s got her sights set on one of A-FORCE. Meanwhile, Dazzler’s got a big secret and the strangest ally ever is going to help them in this fight… or maybe try to arrest them.”

I continue to love this comic!

The all girl team is amazing and adding a new character, Thor, to the group makes the dynamic all that more powerful and impressive. The women are designed beautifully, even though Thor and Dazzler do look alike. The girls getting along and drinking together is nice, and it was really sweet Captain Marvel promised to help Thor get back to Asgard after they were all done.

These girls have a strong connection, so it was heart breaking to find out that Dazzler is dying and, save Thor, she hasn’t told anyone. Nico’s betrayal was also really hard on the heartstrings. The women seem to be growing to care about each other, and it saddens me to know that these next few issues will be filled with betrayal and hurt.

The art is very beautiful, like always. All of the women look amazing and I like that they do look sort of human (but in a supernatural sense) with normal proportions.

Simply put, this comic is just amazing.

Jughead #6

Jughead2015-06-0-b1cc1 Title: Jughead
Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Erica Henderson
Published by: Archie Comics
Release Date: May 18. 2016

Summary: The time has come. It’s JUGHEAD VS. PRINCIPAL STANGER: THE FINAL SHOWDOWN! With the whole gang at his side, Jughead puts it all on the line: Either Stanger goes, or Jughead does! You won’t want to miss this!”

I was upset that Jughead appeared to just give up at the sight of defeat, but I was glad about what actually happened. I really loved that he noticed that Veronica didn’t have to follow the strict new rules that were in place and went to Moose’s father and Veronica’s father, Mr. Lodge.

The way the author has been writing the characters is hit or miss. Moose was one of the ones that was brainwashed by the principal, which makes perfect sense because Moose is dimwitted, and with Veronica, her brainwashing makes sense due to the fact that she is very privileged. Principal Stanger is characterized as a discharged spy, which is a really good touch to his character. But things get weird in this comic with Dilton. The comic says that it is “canon” (meaning that it’s in line in the story and it is something that is fact) that he is a great dancer. It was so random and unnecessary to mention this.

I lost it when Jughead began singing Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” when his plan was coming together. I was listening to music and talking to someone, but I turned off everything, and just sat there to absorb it. It was so abrupt, but so funny – I had to figure out how to react. I have to say it is my favorite little panel from the comic.

This plot line in this issue is really good. The brainwashing-thing through music was a really good concept, though it was done before in Josie and the Pussycats (the movie). I’m glad that they finally got there so that way the story can move forward. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Disney Princess #3

3398228Title: Disney Princess
Written by: Amy Mebberson, Patrick Storck, Georgia Ball and Pat Shand.
Art by: Amy Mebberson
Published by: Joe Books
Release Date: May 18, 2016

Summary: The hit series continues! Disney’s beloved heroines have returned in this hilarious collection of Disney Princess comic strips! Featuring laugh-out-loud stories from the worlds of Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, Aurora, and more, this charming ongoing series will make all your royal dreams come true.”

My favorite stories from this adorable, quick read were Snow White’s, Sleeping Beauty/Aurora’s, Mulan’s, and Belle’s. There are a lot of smaller stories, some not even being more than three panels, but the ones mentioned are varied in size.

In Snow White’s, she is walking in the forest and trying to harmonize all the birds she runs into while she’s singing. She ends up getting them all together in a concert like set up and gets them to sing together with the dwarves catching her. I love how in spirit this comic is to the movie. I love Snow White so much and this was so cute! Between the art and the way she’s written, this Snow White comic was adorable.

In Aurora’s story, she’s exploring the castle with her fairies, leading her to find the king’s last secluded room away from everything. This comic is very adorable as well, but to be honest, Aurora is my least favorite princess. This comic reminded me of my relationship with my own father, as my dad tries to be alone when he gets home.

In Mulan’s story, she’s trying to enhance everyone’s fighting skills through meditation with Mushu ruining it with his talking. This ends with him having to have his mouth tied shut. I really like this comic for the main fact of how it explores the differences between Chien-Po’s, Ling’s, and Yao’s different preferences over where their meditation place is. Again, Mulan still isn’t a princess, but this comic was very good none-the-less!

In Belle’s story (which is near the end), Belle is getting frustrated with the enchanted items always doing things for her. She wants to be able to do some things for herself so she goes to Beast, who ends up being like a middle man with the enchanted items. I really like the expressions in this comic. Beast’s expression of sadness and worry when he knocks over her books on the shelf is shown really well. It’s also very sweet and considerate since it shows Beast does care for her.

Archie #8

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Title: Archie
Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, and Jack Morelli
Published by: Archie Comics
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary “Veronica’s father (and Archie’s arch-nemesis!), Hiram Lodge, is running for Mayor of Riverdale! But will he save, and even improve the town-or will he destroy it? Find out in this next installment of the hottest comic of the year!”

Though the summary implies that this comic is heavily about the campaign, the story is more about the fact that Mr. Lodge hates Archie and is trying to send him and his family away to Singapore for a year.

Archie looks like a huge jerk to everyone in this comic, putting Veronica first because he’s supposedly in love. He ignores the fact that this new job in Singapore could give his father the opportunity to provide Archie with a college fund and a wonderful life. He ignores that he will be far away from his best friend, Jughead. He ignores the fact that he will be away from Betty and her new boyfriend, Sayid. None of this crosses his mind really because he’s worried about never seeing Veronica again.

The icing on the “Archie is acting like a jerk” cake is when he goes off on Mr. Lodge. It’s disrespectful and it’s so selfish…I couldn’t stand it. Because of this outburst, Archie can be with Veronica so long as they aren’t near him.

This is my least favorite issue. It doesn’t match what they say it’s about and Archie is an asshole. No thank you.

Starfire #12

STARF_Cv12-copy_56b54a3b1eea14.90944900 Title: Starfire
Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Art by: Elsa Charretier
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Price: $2.99

Summary: Starfire is finally figuring out the world around her as she surrounds herself with her new friends and extended family for a romantic and wild end to her Key West adventure.”

It is so hard to say goodbye to this series. I do love Starfire so much and though she will be back for Titans Rebirth, I love seeing her as a main character. She’s so strong and dynamic that it is hard to move on.

Seeing her say goodbye to everyone and making promises to come back makes it hard to read, as I know it’s the end. I can understand why she would need to leave. I understand that Stella’s aunt has to move in and she has MS so there won’t be enough room for everyone. I understand that she lost her job at the aquarium, but seeing her bring Beth back to the ocean, and swim with the porpoises made my heart soar.

Starfire is such a sweet and loving character. Seeing her accept her faith, but it opening up for new adventures, gives fans hope for a wonderful Koriand’r in Titans Rebirth. I’ll miss her until we see her once again!

Tune in next month when I review my June pullbox!

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