Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy #6 (of 6)
Authors: Kent Osbourne & Dylan Haggerty
Artist: Mad Rupert
In this sixth and final issue, the terrible evil threatening Candy Kingdom will finally be released into Ooo, knocking the Banana Guards out of commission! It’s up to our favorite group of rag-tag cadets to save the day…and hopefully get the opportunity to graduate.
Steven Universe #5
Authors: Jeremy Sorese, Grace Kraft, Megan Brennan, and Evan Palmer
Artists: Coleman Engle, Grace Kraft, Kris Mukai, Megan Brennan, and Evan Palmer
Connie and Steven are holding a yard sale to raise money for a Beach City library! They’ve gathered all sorts of old junk and…kinda made a huge mess. Pearl’s just going to store it all in her gem until she has time to clean, but why is she getting sick?!
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #5 (of 6)
Authors: Michael Moreci, Valerie D’Orazio, and Ben Meares & Mark Miller
Artists: Paolo Villanelli, Vincent Nappi, and Carlos Magno
As we venture deeper into the Bestiary, Michael Moreci (Curse) and Paolo Villanelli take the puzzle box through a hospital in “Don’t Look,” while in the penultimate chapter of “The Hunted,” Pinhead finds some unexpected help in his fight against the poachers.
Garfield Vol. 5 TP
Authors: Mark Evanier and Scott Nickel
Artists: Andy Hirsch, David DeGrand, Genevieve FT, and Gary Barker
Because you can never have too much of a good thing, here’s the next collection of Garfield’s comic book adventures. This volume follows the Fat Cat as he gets caught in a time warp, battles monsters both in the forest and under the bed, and faces two of his greatest foes: the Calzone Creature and Zombie Meatballs! Collects issues #17-20.
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Witches #4 (of 4)
Author: Anthony Mighella
Adapted by: Jeff Stokely
Artist: Jeff Stokely
In this final stand-alone issue, Harvey Award-nominated artist Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla) adapts an unproduced teleplay by writers of the The Storyteller television show Susan Kodicek, Anne Mountfield, and Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella that weaves together the legend of the Russian witch, Baba Yaga.
Sons of Anarchy #16
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Matías Bergara
The Sons of Anarchy have been the only family Juice Ortiz has known for as long as he cares to remember, but when someone from his past comes back into Charming, Juice must find a way to protect the life he built so hard for himself, at all costs.
Imagine Agents TP
Author: Brian Joines
Ever try to wrangle an illiterate, 30-foot tall rock monster away from his five-year-old best friend? Or calm down a 400-pound, muscle-man rag-doll during her daily temper tantrum? For Dave and Terry, it’s all in a day’s work. As agents for I.M.A.G.I.N.E., they are responsible for keeping your imaginary friends in line. Little do they know that an abandoned figment from days past has a plan to change the status quo. What happens when the imaginary friends become the ones who are seen? Collects the complete miniseries.
Admit it, you totally had an imaginary friend when you were a kid. You’ll love Brian Joines’ story—it’s one of wit, originality, and heart, and it’s complemented by the endless imagination of Bachan’s artwork.
Imprint: BOOM! Box
Authors: Shannon Waters & Noelle Stevenson, Faith Erin Hicks
Artists: Brittney Williams, Aimee Fleck, Faith Erin Hicks, Becca Tobin, Carolyn Nowak, Felicia Choo, and T. Zysk
In order to earn the coveted Gimme S’more badge, the Lumberjanes set out on a backpacking trip in the deep, dark woods. But the woods aren’t so scary anymore, now that the Lumberjanes have kicked, punched, and befriended all the fearsome magical monsters out there, so they set out to find the one thing that can still scare them all: campfire stories!
For a series that is focused on fairy tales dealing with witches, it makes sense that at some point it would have to include Baba Yaga, here drawn from an unused teleplay for the original television series. While there are other witches who are more famous in fairy tales, many of them are not named specifically, and so Baba Yaga as a name is distinctive enough to merit some attention. The story follows a fairly common theme among fairy tales, the death of a mother and her replacement with a mean step-mother and her mean daughters. The young girl acting as the protagonist is forced into a life of servitude, which is made all the worst when she is sent to the dark forest to live.
In the folklore tradition of Baba Yaga there is not one common narrative as there is with for instance Cinderella or Snow White, instead the witch is more like a legend or superstition in her portrayal, and often even a cautionary tale of what happens to children that do not behave. Here though she is put into a story which captures a lot of the commonalities of fairy tales, even when they are not from a specific story dealing with Baba Yaga. This makes the story seem a bit artificial at times, and this is even more evident, as the titular Storyteller is shown in this issue far more than in previous issues, and his presence seems almost like it is necessary to advance the plot. Equally though by pulling from stock material for fairy tales, it does allow the main character to display some redeeming qualities, notably when she is challenged to riddles which she quickly deciphers.
The end result for this issue and this series is a little bit of a disappointment. While the series is quaint and interesting when approached from a certain angle, it also never really managed to reach the level that it could have or should have. The collected edition might be a nice addition to a child’s library, but from an adult point of view, most of the fairy tales in this four part series missed the mark. This fourth and final issue was probably the second best of the four, but as it is still only about average, it is indicative of the problems that this series faced.
Story: Anthony Mighella Art: Jeff Stokely
Story: 7.4 Art: 7.4 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Pass
BOOM! Studios and Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.
Rocket Salvage #1 (of 6)
Author: Yehudi Mercado
Primo Rocket used to be the fastest speeder-racer in the galaxy, but after a crash that sealed the fate of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo, Primo has resigned himself to life as a lowly spaceship salvage yard owner. However, his two “kids”—harvest clone Beta, and Beta’s genius girl-clone Zeta—can’t seem to keep out of trouble. When the dysfunctional family suddenly becomes the target of an intergalactic manhunt, the family has to come together to save their home.
A dysfunctional family drama about three clones running a rocket ship repair shop. Throw in some spaceport street-racing and a few alien gangsters—just tell us when to start our engines! Did we mention space racing?!