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Preview: Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con

Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con is coming up again this weekend!

This is the 4th annual convention for Amazing in Las Vegas, and this year they have moved away from their usual space at Southpoint Casino and are instead taking up residency at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The venue isn’t the only thing that’s different this year. Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con has decided to take their convention in a new direction, focusing on what Comic Con used to be about: comics.

Many comic conventions are criticized for using pop-culture guests as their main attraction, and it seems as if Amazing has decided to counter this trend by focusing primarily on comic writers and artists.

Comic guests for 2016 include comic book legends Chris Claremont and Kevin Eastman, Marvel artists Steve McNiven and Kenneth Rockafort, DC artists Phillip Tan and Tyler Kirkham, along with many others. The convention’s focus on comics is also reflected in their panel lineup, meaning that guests will have plenty of time to learn a thing or two from their favorite comic artist/writer.

On Saturday guests can join Phillip Tan for a look at the DC Universe according to Harley Quinn, as well as join Steve McNiven, Charles Soule and Jimmy Cheung as they discuss the world of Captain America. Sunday is officially kid’s day, and guests will be able to talk TMNT with Kevin Eastman and attend a couple panels featuring MLP artist Tony Fleecs and Phineas and Ferb’s Matt Nastos.

There will be a variety of costume contests and performances by The Library Bards all weekend long, and guests will have the opporunity to meet the the executive producer of AMC’s Preacher and get the first issue of the original comic for free!

If you’re going to be in Las Vegas this weekend, then make sure to put this on your list of geeky things to do! It’s not too late to grab your tickets.

Will you be attending Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con? Let us know in the comments!

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Comic Review: ‘Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor’ #3

[Warning: the following review contains Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #3 spoilers]

4D_#3_Cover_ATitle: Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #3
Written by: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Art by: Brian Williamson
Published by: Titan Comics
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “‘GAZE OF THE MEDUSA’ continues, as the Doctor and Sarah Jane team with Professor Odysseus James, and his daughter, Athena, to face down an ancient alien horror. Battling a malign influence all the way from Ancient Greece to London in 1887, the Doctor is faced with a petrifying challenge – and physical evidence that he cannot win!”

This storyline continues to get better and better as it continues onward, and the writing is still amazing and on point.

The Doctor and Sarah Jane are written very well and the two of them are very reminiscent of their TV doppelgangers. I enjoyed that the writers mentioned things like they “copied Time Lord technology” and the idea that the Doctor hit the device with a hammer in order to get it to work. These are the little things that make the Doctor in the comic seem like the Doctor on the screen.

I also liked the fact that device was the one that pretty much saved the day against the Cyclops. I do like the idea of the team equally saving the day (or maybe  just Sarah Jane doing it), but having the Time Lord technology/device save the day is an interesting twist which adds variety to the story.

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The plots where the Doctor and Sarah Jane are separated are really interesting. The two are forced to work in their own dynamics, highlighting their individual strengths. The two are always together (even with the Doctor being in different incarnations), and it’s great to see them being able to work apart from one another. It makes their characters seem like they are able to be their own separate entities.

This comic features incredible art, and I loved the details so much. The style works really well and it makes the Doctor and Sarah Jane look just like their television characters. The stone people in particular were absolutely gorgeous (especially when Sarah Jane is turned into stone), and the Doctor’s curls were beautifully detailed.

I can’t wait to see how the story continues!

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Comic Review: ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1

[Warning: this article contains DC Universe Rebirth spoilers!)

Before I get into the review, I want to thank Maximum Comics for holding an awesome release party! If I hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have been able to grab Scooby Apocalypse (which will be in my June Pullbox), and it was fun to be a room that thick was excitement. I wasn’t able to interview many people, but I did want to say thank you for the amazingly fun event, the pizza, and for putting the event all together!

Title: DC Universe: Rebirth #1366074._SX640_QL80_TTD_
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, and Phil Jimeneze
Published by: DC Comics
Price: $2.99

Summary: It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

The comic is about Wally West, aka Kid Flash, but because of the ten years that are missing in times thanks to Flashpoint, he is fading into lightning energy that will be used for future speeders. He desperately is trying to find someone that remembers him so he could explain what’s going before he dies. It takes around six people, including the love of his life, Linda Park, before he meets up with his hero and mentor, Barry, who somehow remembers Wally at the last moment. The two discuss who could have taken the ten years.

While this is going on with the Flash and Kid Flash, there are a few side plots, the main one being with Batman, whose father wrote him a letter that was messed up thanks to Flashpoint (something that Wally was desperately trying to explain to Batman when he tried to make him remember him). It is heavily implied that the Joker might be behind the whole ordeal.

I really love the story. I’ve never really been into the Flash (not seeing the story or seeing appeal), but I did connect with Wally while reading this comic, and it was heartbreaking to see him almost die. Wally’s love for the flash was heartwarming and I’m glad that if he would have died, he would have died happy since he was able to see Barry one last time.

I love the art in this comic. All the lightning was beautiful, and the way Wally was shown disintegrating slowly over time was painful to see. It was especially painful to see Wally coming to grips with the fact that the love of his life doesn’t remember him at all.

Some of the other side plots were hard to get into, especially since one of them doesn’t even refer to the hero by name. The weirder one for me was the Aquaman proposal one. I think I’m going to try to get into the current Aquaman comic series, that way I can at least have some grasp of what’s going on in Rebirth. There was also a plot involving Superman’s death that really didn’t add much to Wally’s story.

This comic briefly featured some of the designs for characters that are going to be in other comics, which I really liked. Starfire was one of the characters featured, and her design looks super cute (and I can’t wait to see her in the Titans: Rebirth!). Wonder Woman’s design was my favorite. I think her outfit plays well to the warrior side of her story, and it looks like it would be practical for fighting – something that’s hard to find when you are reading comics with female leads.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this comic and I can’t wait for issue #2!

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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

344655._SX360_QL80_TTD_Title: Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems
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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Comic Review: Archie in “Will You Marry Me?”

archie will u marry meTitle: Archie in “Will You Marry Me?”
Written by: Michael Uslan
Art by: Stan Goldberg
Published by: Archie Comics Publications
Release Date: March 31, 2010
Price: $14.95

Review:

I had been wanting to read this comic for years. I saw this issue around my comic shop after I got back into comics, but I never could afford it, so I just always said “one day.” But as luck would have it, this comic just happened to be the second book that came in my Archie Mystery Package!

This story includes two plot lines: one where Archie marries Veronica, the other where he marries Betty. I am more team Betty than Veronica, so I was initially worried that this comic would have Archie choose between the two.

Both follow the same plot: the gang graduates college, Archie proposes to the girl, everyone is a buzz about it, they get married very quickly, they move to New York for a job and stay out there for a year, but they can’t handle it and move back to Riverdale, Archie finds out his wife is pregnant, she has twins, and they live happily ever after.

The plots are interesting, but both stories felt very rushed.

Michael Uslan gave the readers no time to adjust the gang being young adults rather than teenagers, and on top of that there was no time to adjust to the proposal and all the emotions that came along with it. It was also very evident from these stories that the Ulsan favors Veronica over Betty, which made these stories less than enjoyable for me.

When Veronica is who Archie chooses, her story has the perfect ending. Her wedding is extravagant and their honeymoon is a dream! Everyone is ready to bend to make both of them happy, to the point where some of the characters were out of character.  The set-up to Archie’s proposal in this scenario was also very weird.  Archie seems to have no plan or motivation to get married, but when his parents give him a large sum in the form of the check, he immediately spends it on a ring for Veronica. Mr. Lodge, Veronica’s father, even gives Archie a job, and all seems perfect for the couple. But things weren’t so great for Betty in this comic, who gets a job in New York, then loses it. She also gets a boyfriend named Henry who looks just like Archie, but it doesn’t work out with him. Penniless, she still has the hope and drive to do better and is the maid of honor in Veronica’s wedding, later becoming the godmother to the couple’s twins.

When Betty is who Archie chooses, she gets a wedding at Pop Tate’s, and without Veronica’s financial help, she wouldn’t have even had a cake or a honeymoon. In general, Veronica faired much better than Betty in this scenerio. After Archie proposed to Betty, half of the conversations about the couple included things like “Why choose her when Veronica is rich?” and “Poor poor Veronica!” Betty loses her job in New York and they both end up becoming teachers back at Riverdale. When Betty has twins, Veronica is named the godmother of “Little Betty.” Veronica also ends up marrying Reggie, so she still is given a happy ending by the writer.

Why is there such a bias of Betty getting a not-as-good ending whereas Veronica gets a great one no matter what?

I would probably read this comic again for a quick read, but it’s fair to say that this is not my favorite Archie storyline.

 

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Free Comic Book Day Reviews!

Free Comic Book Day has come and gone once again, and this year I hit up my favorite shops: Maximum Comics and Alternate Reality Comics! I grabbed the following titles to read and review:

  • Bob’s Burgers
  • DC Superhero Girls
  • Doctor Who
  • Spongebob Freestyle Funnies 2016
  • We can Never Go Home/Young Terrorists

I will warn you, not all of these comics are child friendly, so keep that in mind before reading my reviews!

Bob’s Burgers

This comic includes three short stories, and I will cover each one in this review. As an overall note, I will say that there is more cover art than story in this comic, and I wish there more time and effort was dedicated to the latter.

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Published by: Bento Box Entertainment
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Price: Free!
Title One: Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction Presents: Take A Chance On Me(s)
Written by: Brian Hall
Art by: Frank Forte

Summary: Darryl has invented a cloning machine for a scientist and he needs Tina’s help to test it. She refuses to help until she finds out that Jimmy Jr. needs back up dancers for the talent show. So what does Tina do? She clones herself to help him, and they win the talent show, which leads to Jimmy dating all 26 of the Tinas. How is Tina going to get out of this one?

This is my least favorite of the three stories, mainly because of how Tina was characterized. Darryl is her friend, and I would understand if she was scared to be cloned, but she isn’t. Instead, she is too worried about Jimmy Jr. to help out her friend and that’s not something Tina would do.

I’m also not a fan of the art style due to the fact that the character’s noses look very weird on their faces. The same nose is used on everyone, and it looks bad. Overall, the art looks like it could be Bob’s Burgers‘ art style, except for the very odd noses. But this is a minor nitpick compared to the whole story.

Title Two: Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities Presents: What Lies Beneath Bob’s Burgers
Written by: Justin Hook
Art by: Ryan Mattos

Summary: The Belcher kids and the Pesto kids are playing baseball outside when it starts to rain. They decide to go down to the basement to continue the game when Jimmy Jr. hits the ball and cracks the wall. Louise decides to break the wall further and the whole crew ventures behind the wall. What kind of creepy things will they find behind the wall?

This is probably my favorite story of the three. The art style is noticeably difference from the show and works really well with the story. The art is a little more round and stout while the show’s art is more long and oval. I think it works really well with this story because it is a little more cartoon-like without sticking to the usual Bob’s Burgers‘ feel of “realistic cartoon”.

I love seeing Louise as the featured character – she makes me laugh and can be really dynamic when leading the story. Her leading an adventure-type story is a very fun read, and even though the ending may seem dull to her, it’s realistic, and it brings back that feeling of the show very well. The storyline is not too overly out there, which would be more fitting for a Gene story, not a Louise one.

Title Three: Gene’s Rhymey Rhymes That Could One Day Be Songs Presents: Full Moon Lounge Gene
Written by: Mike Olsen
Art by: Derek Schroeder

Summary: Gene in this rhyming scheme is a singer that can’t be held down by chains and can’t fight the urge to go out every full moon to go sing in lounges. During the full moon, he doesn’t turn back to normal Gene… that is until he starts missing home and his family.

This is exactly the kind of story that I expect out of Gene and I loved it. The story does also play well with a good mix of imagination and slight realism that comes with the show.  Gene is much more adventurous in real life as well as in his dreams, and this comic is the perfect personification of this. I found it really funny how he thinks his dad thinks he’s really cool and it’s sweet because you can see how supportive Bob can be in his eyes. The art style is pretty consistent with the show compared to the other two comics. Though it is slightly more cartoon-y, I liked this comic a lot, and it is my second favorite story between the three of them.

DC Superhero Girls

dcWritten by: Shea Fontana
Art by: Yancey Labat
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Price: Free!

Summary: Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High! DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of superhero storytelling that builds character and confidence and empowers girls to discover their true potential. This special FCBD issue features two exciting, action-packed stories from the upcoming original graphic novel DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINAL CRISIS that readers of all ages will enjoy. It’s the day before finals and the student body is hard at work…and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman spars with Cheetah in gym class as Batgirl and Supergirl watch from the sidelines. In the next class, the girls sit next to an empty seat. Where could Supergirl be? Don’t miss this chance to meet the students as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all part of growing up!

This comic is the cutest thing I’ve ever read, and I know I would have went hog-wild over it when I was a kid. The costume designs are very cute, but still are practical for girls who moonlight as superheroes or villains. They aren’t over-sexualized, either, and even Harley Quinn looks appropriate in super cute shorts with black and red tights. I loved looking at all the background characters, and there were a few different heroes in the back of this universe that were absolutely adorable. Starfire and Beast Boy were the best ones background-wise. I’ll probably be grabbing the novels and toys because of their very cute design and the fact that they are perfect for their intended audience.

When it comes to the writing, I really did like the overall lesson of the story, which was that even though you may have made a mistake in the past, that shouldn’t hold you back from doing something again. It’s scary, but you can do it. This is a lesson that I’m still trying to learn as a grown adult, so teaching this to younger audiences is wonderful.

This story is not designed solely for children, which I really appreciated. The writers could have made the story full of selfies and twerking, but they chose not to. This comic is not dated nor directly labeled”for kids”.

Doctor Who

This comic is comprised of four different stories, one for each Doctor, so I will be reviewing each one in the same format as I did with Bob’s Burgers.

doctor blehPublished by: Titan Comics
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Price: Free!
Title One: The Twelfth Doctor “Robo Rampage”
Written by: Robbie Morrison
Art by: Simon Fraser

Summary: The Twelfth Doctor is called in by Osgood when she and London is being attacked by K2 Superior. Will the Doctor, pretty recently regenerated, be able to save them all?

As I was reading this and story taking notes about it, I realized that I had no positive things to say this story. I am not a fan of the Twelfth Doctor, but even so, I was open to this comic and wanted to see where it would go. I tried giving this comic leeway, but even a few of my Twelfth Doctor friends didn’t like the comic either, so that made my criticisms of it feel just. From the art to the story, this comic is all together not very good.

Let me start with the “time bubble” to save Osgood. What is a time bubble? That seems like a concept from a cartoon, not Doctor Who. It was a really flimsy way to move the plot along.

I hated Osgood in this. This is the exact reason why I hate creators writing “fan” characters. Osgood is used purely to move the plot along, making it so the only thing the Doctor does is use his screwdriver to save the day, and to talk up how great the Doctor is. How quick she was to identify where we might have seen the monster before wasn’t a nice nod, it was really lazy. I would have preferred to see Doctor try to wrack his brain and try to figure out why he had seen it before… it would have been a good nod and more interesting than Osgood spoon feeding the reader.

The Twelfth didn’t have much going for him in the personality department. He seemed to have just regenerated and was still trying to figure out who he was going to be, and his only purpose is saving the day, which makes this whole comic not enjoyable. This isn’t even a companion focuses story, it’s a fan service gone terribly wrong.

Title Two: Eleventh Doctor “Obsessions”
Written by: Si Spurrier and Rob Williams
Art by: Leonardo Romero

Summary: the Eleventh Doctor has found companions in Alice Obiefune and Abslom Daak. The only reason Abslom is still on the TARDIS though is because she took his wife. What will Abslom do if he does find his wife? Will he leave or continue the journey?

The art in this comic is okay at best. The Doctor is the worst drawn character out of everything, but Matt Smith is a little funny looking, so I understand. But thats’s just a minor point.

His story is not only all talk, no action, but it’s also really gross. Abslom trying to find his wife in the TARDIS is viewed by the others as an unhealthy obsession, but I don’t think that’s the case at all. As someone who has lost someone close to him, Abslom probably wants to find his wife so he can have closure. He doesn’t know if she’s dead or alive and that’s a scary thought. To write it off as “he’s just obsessed with her” is really shitty and it makes it appear that the characters have no sympathy towards him.

When it is revealed that his wife is dead, you the reader doesn’t have anytime to feel heartbroken because the Doctor is “sitting on the intercom button” and says two really garbage things about “obsessions”: “One: You accept that the things which keep you going are only ever temporary, and you prepare to switch obsessions like clothing. Or Two: You make your mission so impossible, you’ll never ever succeed.” This is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard come from the Doctor. The Doctor shows no compassion for Abslom. He knows his wife is dead and doesn’t care – it’s still a gross obsession especially since Abslom doesn’t know.

This was the by far the most inappropriate Doctor Who story I’ve ever read.

Title Three: Tenth Doctor “Lady of the Blue Box”
Written by: Nick Abadzis
Art by: Elenora Carlini

Summary: As the Doctor needs some quiet time to work on something, Gabby helps a new traveler get used to life on the TARDIS, giving her a pretty thorough tour.

This story really doesn’t have much to do with the Doctor, and usually I don’t mind that, since the companion is just as important as the Doctor, but I am not that familiar with these companions, and to be frank they are not at all interesting. Readers don’t even know the name of the “new companion” whose aboard! How boring and uninteresting.

The Doctor is written poorly in this comic. Much like the Eleventh and the Twelfth, he’s kind of a jerk, which I found really unnecessary. So on top of new two new companions that are really boring, you have a jerky Doctor. It was also weird that the other companion, Gabby, had met previous regenerations of the Doctor, but she doesn’t remember because of her “fading memory.” Really?

This whole comic ultimately feels like a sitcom more than an episode of Doctor Who. It only succeeds in giving readers a house tour and the story has very little to do with the Doctor at all. But if the companions were actually interesting, then I honestly wouldn’t have minded this story.

Title Four: Ninth Doctor “Hacked”
Written by: Cavan Scott
Art by: Mariano Laclaustra

Summary: Nine, Rose, and Jack are back on an adventure in the eye of Orion. Though the Doctor claims it’s tranquil, it doesn’t appear that way when buildings begin appearing out of nowhere.

This is my favorite of the four stories, and I love the trio of Jack, Rose, and Nine. All three of them are really well written in this comic and they seem identical to their television counterpart. This story is very short, but it definitely is more action packed than the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor’s. Everyone in the story played an important part and each could be considered the hero of the story.

The art is amazing in this story – everyone looks amazing, and they look exactly like who they are suppose to be. It is comforting that at least one artist was able to translate the characters into comic form well. I really loved how the pixelation looked when it came to things that came in and out of the world. Overall, this comic is visually the best out of these stories and is by far the best written, as well.

Spongebob Freestyle Funnies 2016

This comic includes six different stories, but three of them are no longer than a page.

SB_Page TemplatePublished by: Bongo Comics Group
Release Date: May 7, 2014
Price: Free!

Title One: Ship Swap
Written and Art by: Andrea Tsurumi

Summary: A pirate swaps his hat for the new Spongebob comic, leading to a swap with everyone, ending where we started.

This story really has nothing to do with Spongebob besides the fact that it’s a Spongebob comic they are trading. It has a really interesting art style that is different from the show. The pirates all look very interesting, but since this story is only a page long, there’s not much more I can say, but I did like that they explained a pirate reference so children could easily understand what was going on.

Title Two: Farewell to my Arms!
Written and Art by: Israel Sanchez

Summary: To keep up with the demand of senior citizen fishes getting a half cent discount on Krabby Patties, Spongebob keeps up with the demand by stretching his arms to the limit and growing multiple arms. He ends up flinging the arms to try and make them make the burgers quicker. When they don’t do a good job, what’s Spongebob going to do to get the patties out to everyone?

The art is not my favorite in this story. The shading is comprised of really dark colors and it’s not bright like how Spongebob usually is portrayed. The style is also way more angular and it’s just not all that nice to look at.

When it comes to the actual story, the idea of the arms being sentient enough to make the patties, but not enough to make them correctly is weird to think about. I think that the arms would still have feeling in their hands and would be able to tell “Oh that’s not something that goes on a patty!”. They know enough to tell what the condiments container feels like, but not enough to tell that a knife isn’t a hamburger patty or anything food wise. The only thing I could say is that the story was pretty easy to follow.

Title Three: Whirled View
Written by: Robert Leighton
Art by: Jacob Chabot

Summary: Spongebob messes around with a kaleidoscope, looking at Sandy, Patrick, Gary, and Squiward through it.

This story is also only a page long but the art is very similar to the show, which I really enjoyed. The colors are much more bright and the art is round instead of having gross colors and angular shapes like the previous comic.

The story is really simple, but the only real nitpick I have is the fact that the kaleidoscopes was not portrayed accurately. Usually, kaleidoscopes have colored tiles in the tube, making pictures more of a rainbow and distorted. In the comic, it’s more of a repeating pattern, with no change to the coloring.

The only other thing I have to mention is that there is one panel where Spongebob is looking at Squidward’s butt through the kaleidoscope, and that makes me question why. I understand that butt jokes are funny to kids, but it doesn’t really make any sense.

Title Four: Flotsam and Jetsam Ocean Facts Underwater Mountains
Written and Art by: Maris Wicks

The comic teaches the reader about underwater mountains and volcanoes. I think this is a nice nod to Steven Hillenburg (the creator of Spongebob), who has a degree in Marine Biology.

The art is pretty cute, and the information is easy enough for anyone to understand. Though it has literally noting to do with Spongebob, it’s a very cute and educational break from the comics to learn about Spongebob’s home under the sea (slightly).

Title Five: Patrick’s Guide to Getting Stuff for Free
Written and Art by: James Kochalka

The art style in this comic is more than simple, it’s kinda lazy. This style was not very appealing to me and if it was more than one page long, then I probably wouldn’t read it. This piece definitely wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t that thrilling either.

Some of the tips included stuff like “find it on the ground” or “ask Sandy to invent it”. It’s obviously for kids so I can’t be too harsh, but it was still really boring.

Title Six: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in Bedlam in Bikini Bottom
Written by: Evan Dorkin
Art by: Ramona Fradon

Summary: When a mysterious giant orb from outer space plunges into the deep blue sea, it takes the help of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy to figure out what it is.

The art in this comic is very similar to the Golden Age of comics. It has a very older feel to it and that’s something I really liked about it.

I feel like the writers were trying to make Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy a Batman and Robin type duo, but they did it very wrong. Mermaid Man is a huge jerk to Barnacle Boy when in reality, his sidekick is trying to help. Barnacle Boy was right in a lot of ways in this story and Mermaid Man just blew him off and ignored him. It wasn’t an enjoyable exchange and it kind of ruined the story for me.

Young Terrorists

wcngh-young-terroristsThese are two comics in one book, referred to as Side A and Side B, like a cassette. This comic is rated M for Mature so if you are interested in this comic, please keep this in mind.

Published by: Black Mask Studios
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Price: Free!

Side A: We Can Never Go Home “Dead Set on Destruction”
Written by: Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon
Art by: Josh Hood

Summary: Morgan and her boyfriend, Dale, are going to a motel after seeing a movie when something strange happens right outside the motel door.

This comic was really short but it still provided a really good way to hook readers into their story. This comic is rated M for Mature due to sex references, swearing, and *spoiler alert* slight gore when Dale gets shot. The gore wasn’t a huge pushing point away from me, but it’s not something I’m usually comfortable with. This comic was pretty well written for just a few short pages, but I really like Morgan and I want to know more about the bulletproof girl so I’ll probably be looking to see if my comic book shop has subsequent issues

The art style does have a good mix of cartoon and real life inspirations, making these characters more believable as real people. Having Morgan be sixteen and look sixteen also helps set readers more into the world around them, and it also helps readers kind of jerk when they realize that this world is not as close to ours as they may think.

Side B: Young Terrorists “Lies from My Father”
Written by: Matt Pizzolo
Art by: Amancay Nahuelpan

Summary: Sera is in a concentration camp type facility after the death of her father. She has been in a lab, being trained to be not only super intelligent, but poisonous, in addition to also having amazing strength. Will she make it out alive?

This comic was much too gorey for my taste, and it reached the point where I didn’t want to finish the story. It also was difficult to hold interest, as the story constantly bounced from the past to the present. This leads to a lot of confusion when a reader is trying to get into the story but is barraged with too much background information

The art is similar to ‘We Can Never Go Home’ in the sense that is very realistic, which truthfully makes the gore harder for me to stomach.

Even though these comics are from the same company, it’s strange to see the two paired together in one issue. One succeeds in introducing and submerging the reader into the story, while the other does not. I probably won’t be picking this series up to finish the story, but if you’re a fan of the series, don’t let my criticism discourage you.

Did you pick up any comics on Free Comic Day? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Comic Review: ‘Jughead: The Matchmakers’

juu Jughead: “The Matchmakers”

Synopsis: “Does Jughead stand  chance when his friends start playing Matchmaker?? Forsythe P. Jones, AKA Jughead, takes center stage as he and his new flame, Sandy Sanchez, turn Riverdale upside-down with their sudden romance! Suddenly, Jug has traded his trademark crown and is actually eating healthy and going on dates! Did his friends go too far when they set their friend up with Sandy?”

Written by: Melanie J. Morgan
Art by: Joe Staton
Published by: Archie Comic Publications
Release date: 2009
Price: $10.95

 

Review:

I was a little worried reading this story. Jughead is one of my favorite characters in the Archie universe and I never thought he would be able to fall in love with anyone. His character is aromantic/asexual, a fact that I hope will be explored more in Jughead. This story made my stomach churn a little bit as Jughead seemed to be written out of character, but thanks to a twist ending, I was ultimately okay with the the whole comic.

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I really liked Sandy Sanchez. I’m not sure if she’s in any other story, but I really liked her here. I love that shes a hardworking girl who keeps her eye on the prize: Ivy League. She also is super cute and I like her hair texture with her curly pigtails. I liked her characterization, and she would seem to be the opposite of Jughead if not for their flimsy “they both like double anchovy pizza” thing.

Sadly, I hated the art style in this comic. While looking up other reviews and explanations of the comic, many people commented that this is “more realistic look to Archie”, but to me, it looks like an anime knockoff done wrong. Some of the facial expressions were drawn really bad and the fully body shots of Archie made him look like Thor’s red head cousin. Nothing looked proportioned and the shading was bad.  There were shadows on people’s bodies that didn’t make any sense, the most common one being Jug’s long hair.

Jughead definitely looked the worst in this style, and to be frank, the only good looking part of the entire book was the cover. I know that sounds so awful, but this is not art that I enjoy.  The best looking character was Sandy, which made it weird to see her and Jughead holding hands, as he looked bad while Sandy looked really good.

Archie usually does a good job with alternate artists, but as far as I’m concerned, this comic is a pass.

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Courtney’s Pull Box: Preview!

I was chatting it up with one of the associates at my local comic book shop, who informed me of a huge magalog (as they call it) called Previews. This big catalog features information about all of the comics and books that will be released within the next few months. I will be adding some of the comics featured in Previews into my pullbox, and here’s a quick preview of said comics before I review them!

Weird Detective:

weird detective 1SynopsisThe streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn’t a man at all. Detective Sebastian Greene is one of them—it takes a monster to catch a monster.

Written by: Fred Van Lente
Art by: Guiu Vilanova
Published by: Dark Horse
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $3.99

There is not a lot of art for this one, not online nor in the actual catalog, but from what I’ve seen so far, this art in comic looks really good. The premise of this comic also sounds great – I personally love crime and detective stories! This is going to be a miniseries spanning only five books. I’ve never read the writer’s other works, but I am optimistic and can’t wait to see what this series has to offer. This will also be my first introduction to Dark Horse Comics, which is turning 30-years-old in June. With three decades under their belt, I’m sure that they have at least one or two good stories.

DC Universe Rebirth Special #1

Synopsis“It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and the past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”

Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Various artists, Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, and Phil Jimenez
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Price: $2.99

I’m excited but also anxious for the rebirth of the DC universe. I was very disappointed with most of the stories featured in the New 52, especially Starfire’s story, which explained how she met Dick Grayson. A lot of the story arcs weren’t up to par for fans like myself, so I’m holding out hope that Rebirth will give us something much better than its predecessors.

The art for this cover looks amazing, as does the art for all the DC comics featured in Previews. Wonder Woman isn’t very cartoony – she looks like a real woman. Though when it comes to the Titans, they do look more cartoony, which is something that I wanted to see. the artists know when to make things look realistic and when not to.

Though this is probably really silly, I don’t like that little “Don’t let the message boards ruin it for you!” bit in the synoposis. Look… people want to know others’ opinions on the comic before they dive into it, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone complained online about DC’s last remodeling, but they had every right to express their opinion. Be confident in your work, DC.

Batman Rebirth #1

Synopsis“Longtime Batman and Eisner Award-winning writer Scott Synder co-writes with rising-star writer Tom King! EVIL 365: Gotham City faces the threat of the Calender Man!”

Written by: Scott Snyder and Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Price: $2.99

I am a big fan of Batman, but I will admit that I don’t know a lot about each of his incarnations. I’m pretty excited to read this comic because Batman does kind of look like Batman V Superman‘s Batman (played by Ben Affleck) in this art style. There’s not much information about the actual comic and the writer in the preview, but I do hope that long time Batman fans (and people like myself) will be happy when the new Batman comic arrives at our comic book shops.

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

Wonder-Woman-rebirthSynopsis: “After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. DON’T MISS: New York times best selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder woman with a tale that will forever alter the DC icon.”

Written by: Greg Ruka
Art by: Paulo Siqueira and Liam Sharp
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Price: $2.99

It’s hard to really tell it from this cover, but Wonder Woman looks so good in this comic. I love her costume design and her curls. She looks so amazing and I’m so excited to read this comic. Much like with every other DC character, I hope the writers do her justice, and I am hoping that she isn’t in a relationship with Superman in this one. I don’t know about you guys, but I personally like Wonder Woman single and focused. Either way, I’m really excited about what they are going to do with Wonder Woman, especially when they claim that they are going to alter her forever.

Batman #1

batman-1_0Synopsis” “I AM GOTHAM” Chapter One. No has ever stopped the Caped Crusader. Not The Joker. Not Two-Face. Not even the entire Justice League. But how does Batman confront a new hero who wants to save the city from the Dark Knight? CAN’T MISS: Superstar artist David Finch returns to the Dark Night alongside writer Tom King for this five-part storyline.”

Written by: Tom King
Art by: David Finch and Matt Banning
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $2.99

Much like with the other Batman comic preview, I like the look of this comic. I hope that Batman’s story is well written in Rebirth, as I would hate to see DC release yet another disappointment. Much like with every other comic on this list, DC has not released much information about the actual story. I can only hope that Batman fans like this version.

 

Titans Rebirth #1

b060_-_titans_rebirth_tnsreb_cv1Synopsis“Friends. Teammates. Titans. Donna Troy, Garth, Lilith, and Nightwing were all that and more until a mysterious force erased their memories, forcing them to forget what they could accomplish together. Reunited with their memories returned, the Titans must destroy the interdimensional demon that broke them apart and threatens reality itself.”

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $2.99

This is a version of the Titans that often isn’t seen anymore. With the popularization of Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans (which features the second generation of Teen Titans), the Titans have been more known by general audiences. The designs featured in this preview look really good, which is so surprise: all the characters so far have looked really nice and this one really is no exception. I’m excited for this team up, but I’m hoping that this comic will leave Titan fans with better taste in their mouth after having to deal with the current incarnation of the Teen Titans.

Wonder Woman #1

19.-Wonder-Woman-1Synopsis” “The Lies” Chapter One: Why has the lasso of truth stopped working for the Amazon Princess? Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!”

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Liam Sharp
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Price: $2.99

There isn’t much of a description, but this preview left me wondering why Wonder Woman’s lasso isn’t working and what else is going on with the Amazonian princess. It’s intriguing, but also scary, because this story may change the basic premise of Wonder Woman and ruin her character. Much like with the other characters in Rebirth, I know I’m not alone in wanting to see a good portrayal of Wonder Woman.

 

She Wolf #1

SheWolf-01_cvrSynopsis: She Wolf is a surreal exploration in horror as the story follows a teenage girl who believes she’s been bitten by a savage werewolf. Soon after she begins to experience feverish nightmares that seamlessly bleed into her reality.

Written by: Rich Tommaso
Art by: Rich Tommaso
Published by: Image Comics
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Price: $3.99

There are a few pages of this comic featured in the Previews book, and from the looks of it, it seems to be really interesting. The main character is supposed to be a real human being, and it’s comforting to see that she actually looks like a person (she actually reminded me a mixture of some of my friends). The art featured in this comic is much different from Marvel and DC in that everything is more sharp and dynamic. Fingers crossed that the full comic is as good as the preview!

 

Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1

Sherlock_Manga_ASIP_01_Cover_ASynopsis: Holmes and Watson tackle brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London in this stunning manga, presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialised! Meet Holmes and Watson for the first time…all over again!”

Written by: Steven Moffat
Art by: Jay
Published by: Titan Comics
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Price: $4.99

I love Sherlock Holmes, and as of writing this, I have seen and read almost twenty different versions of the detective. I wasn’t really shocked to see a manga version, and from what I’ve seen so far, the art is very odd – but in a good way. The artist was able to draw two very unique looking men very well in manga form. I joked when I saw the preview for this that Sherlock’s nose is very similar to Pearl’s from Steven Universe. The last manga I read is now older than I am, so I’m really excited to check this one out!

 

Stay tuned for my review of these comics, and leave your own impressions in the comments section!

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Comic Review: ‘The Nikopol Trilogy’

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The Nikopol Trilogy

Synopsis: For thirty years, Herakles Nikopol has floated alone in space, sentenced to cryo-preservation. When he finally returns to Earth, the year is 2023, and the world has been ravaged by two nuclear wars! But the strangest change in the world floats above Paris – a giant pyramid, home to the recently returned Egyptian Gods, who would like to reclaim humanity as theirs, if only they could all agree…

Written by: Enki Bilal

Art by: Enki Bilal

Publisher: Titan Comics

Release Date: March 16, 2016

Price: $34.99

Before the summary starts, I would like to note that this comic includes adult language and themes, and as such is not appropriate for young readers.

Summary & Review:

Without giving too much away, here i a basic run down of the story:

Nikopol has been frozen since 1993 and now is in Paris in 2023. His leg was broken off during his aerial thawing process. With the “help” of Horus of Hierakonpolis, he makes a deal to help the God rule over humanity. While helping, Nikopol finds the grave of his old girlfriend and is informed that he has a son who is the same age he was when was preserved. He finds out more about how things are run in this year, including the fact that women are only for breeding and they’re now producing men at a much higher rate. Along the way, Nikopol meets Jill Bioskop, who definitely has issues of her own.

I did enjoy this comic, but it’s definitely not my normal cup of tea. There is a lot of backstory involved and readers must be a little familiar with Egyptian Gods and Goddesses to fully understand the story. The story features a lot of adult themes, and there even was a suicide attempt (which made me very uncomfortable)

The art style for this is super unique. The art seems to have some manga inspiration, but the characters are not very angular, which typical manga art can be. Also, I know it’s weird to mention, but I like big noses – on people and in art – and the noses look great in this comic.

I was a big fan of Nikopol’s character design and his personality, and the writers made it very believable that his character is from the past. He seemed like a real person and it was very easy to follow him on his journey.

For the most part, I really did enjoy this comic, but I wouldn’t read it again. It’s not something I’m really into, but this might be perfect for you!

 

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Courtney’s Pull Box: April 2016

[Warning:  this post contains comic book spoilers]

My April Pull Box included some great new comic issues, and this month I’ve added some new comics! Here is this months list:

  • Jughead #5
  • A-Force #1-4 (New!)
  • Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1 (New!)
  • Archie #7
  • Starfire #11

Jughead #5

Written by: Chip Zdarsky

Art by: Erica Henderson and Jack Morelli

Publisher: Archie Comics

Price: $3.99

Release Date: March 23, 2016

To figure out more about Principal Stanger and his plans, Jughead and his friends enlist the help of Wade, a side character who has been held back because he has bounced from high school to high school. One of those years, he was a principal in another near by city.

Reggie helps the gang get to that city to further investigate, and there they meet people who are basically their gender opposites. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of the comic because I like the idea of alternate universes and gender reversals. The characters did have little nods to the originals, like girl Jughead who had a little crown barrette in her hair. This plot line was interesting and I hope that they continue with it.

This month’s comic is basically what I’ve been asking for from this series: to move with the plot and show me a story. Before, it seemed much more focused on the references of the dream sequences, which is great and all, but stories are really helpful when it comes to comics. The dream sequence looks like it might reoccur in the next comic, so it will be interesting to see how that will further the plot.

As far as the art is concerned, the art style in this comic issue is good…as always!

A-Force #1-#4

a force #2Written by: G. Willow Wilson and Kelly Thompson

Artist: Jorge Molina

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

Release Date: #1 on January 6, 2016, #2 on February 3, 2016, #3 on March 2, 2016, and #4 on April 13, 2016

There’s a place called Battleworld and a part of it, there was a paradise called Arcadia, and it was protected by the A-Force. Now that Battleworld is gone, so is the A-Force, and it is up to Singularity to bring them back together to stop Antimatter.

The team is comprised of Medusa, She-Hulk, Singularity, Captain Marvel, Nico Minoru, and Dazzler. I’m torn as to who my favorite character is. I love everyone because they each are an important part of the team, even if they don’t originally remember already being a part of a team. I particularly really love Singularity – she reminds me a lot of Starfire in that she is an innocent, naive, fish out of water type character. I also really love space and galaxies, and her whole body is just a galaxy.

I love the art in this comic. I wanted to say that Medusa was my favorite just based on looks alone, but everyone looks unique and beautiful, which makes my heart smile more than this amazing girl team. Dazzler reminded me of one of my friends, which is wonderful since superheroes are often scrutinized for not looking realistic. It’s nice to see that some of them do look sort of human (or as human as you can get).

When it comes to the story, the fight with Antimatter seemed really long. I know they prolonged it in order to properly introduce the whole team, but I feel like it could have been done in fewer comics. That aside, I did really enjoy this comic.

Steven Universe #1

Su_and_the_cgsWritten by: Josephine Fenton

Art by: Chrystin Garland

Publisher: Kaboom! Studios

Price: $3.99

Release Date: March 16, 2016

Steven and the Gems decide to go on a camping trip, much like how  Steven and his dad use to. While on the trip, Steven teaches the Gems typical camp traditions like setting up the tent and making smores. They even tell ghost stories and Pearl tells the story that they (Pearl and Garnet) told Amethyst to keep her from running off.

I haven’t watched much of the show, but from what I’ve seen, I loved it. Amethyst is my favorite character and I do see my own locked-away rebellious nature in her. The only character whose personality is really shown in this comic is Amethyst, but we do learn a little bit about Pearl, who is very levelheaded and can be strict. I hope the other stories will expand on Garnet’s reserved and quiet personality.

I thought the story was super short. I know that this is a comic for children, but half of the book is a preview for Over the Garden Wall. Really? There’s no need for it. Children don’t have that short of an attention span – they are more than able to read a fuller sized comic, especially when it’s a comic created for them.

Archie #7

Archie7-FishMainCover-666x1024Written by: Mark Waid

Art by: Veronica Fish

Publisher: Archie Comics

Price: $3.99

Release Date: April 6, 2016

Now that Veronica’s father, Mr. Lodge, has found out that Archie was the one who destroyed their mansion (thanks to Reggie), Mr. Lodge forbids Veronica from dating Archie. Archie desperately is trying to fix the relationship with both Mr. Lodge and Veronica with very little luck. Archie decides to go to Jughead at Pop’s to try and see what he could do about fixing the problem. Pop apparently is very trustworthy and holds secrets about everyone in Riverdale so without revealing anyone’s secret, Archie realizes what he must do. Sadly, when he tries it, he runs into mishaps, and this leads to a question that is probably on a few fans’ minds: #WhatDidReggieDo

I really like how this story is progressing and I can’t wait to see what happens with Reggie. I really have been enjoying the story that Archie has created. I really like the fact that even though Archie is vying for Veronica, the writer doesn’t try to make Betty look like the bad guy when it seems like she has found someone new. They could have easily had Archie be mad about it or be judging her, but instead, it does seem like he is at least wanting to find out about the guy she’s with on a carrying about without being an intrusive ex boyfriend.

Sadly, I do have to end on a sour note again, because much like in the first comic of Archie, they have another hashtag that they want the hip young millennials to interact with, much like the #LipstickIncident. Although this instance was not as blatant as Archie facing the reader and asking for them to do it, it’s still trying way too hard to get that younger audience. I find it a little lazy to try to connect with their audience in this way, and the pandering is annoying to those of us who like Archie but are not in their target demographic. I would like to think that teenagers aren’t also into this pandering, either. This reeks of the same thing that is suppose to be done with ads for Truth.Org’s campaign to end smoking. You don’t need memes or hashtags to get your audience.

Starfire #11

STARF-Cv11-ds-f044cWritten by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Art by: Elsa Charretier

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

Release Date: April 13, 2016

Starfire, Atlee, and Stella are still on Atlee’s home planet, and they’re celebrating their victory with a girl’s weekend. While out on the girl’s weekend, Stella becomes overwhelmingly honest with Starfire at a spring that has water that will make you honest. She tells Starfire a few truthful things that make Starfire question what she’s doing and her current situation on Earth in Key West.

I’m not enjoying the work of the current artist who is working on this comic, but that’s a minor thought. I like the old style, which is shown on the covers, better. I believe that the comic art should match the cover art, but this doesn’t affect the story or anything.

Stella is a character that I’m liking less and less as the comic goes on. I understand being a cop character, but she’s just so unnecessarily overprotective, bossy, and nosy. She is such an overpowering main character, which is one of the reasons why I don’t enjoy this series as much. I still love this issue, don’t get me wrong, but it left a sour feeling in me knowing that Starfire has to requisition everything because Stella reflects her own insecurities on Starfire.

 

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