Sons of Anarchy #13
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
With the Slaughter MC quickly honing in on SAMTAZ territory, SAMCRO must make a difficult decision: Do they bring what support they can to the quickly floundering charter of the Sons of Anarchy, or do they stay back and protect the homefront after an already devastating year? Faced with few allies and even fewer resources, Jax must find a way to keep the club together.
The Last Broadcast #5 (of 7)
Writer: André Sirangelo
Artist: Gabriel Iumazark
Ivan and Backbone recover from the loss of a team member. Knowing now their very lives are at stake, the team must follow new clues even further into the forgotten places of the city. They are finally about to uncover their true enemies, but do they really want to know the truth?
Writers: Charles M. Schulz, Jeff Dyer, Jason Cooper, Various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Robert Pope, Scott Jeralds, Vicki Scott, Various
When Lucy throws Schroeder’s piano into the Kite-Eating Tree, Charlie Brown and Snoopy must find a way to save the instrument from being chomped. “The Piano-Eating Tree” and many more Peanuts adventures can be found in this month’s issue of all-out fun!
Before delving into this new BOOM! Studios miniseries, it is maybe worth recapping the background of the Storyteller. This idea started as a television series in the 1980s, and it examined a number of lesser known fairy tales. In true Jim Henson style, the storytelling was a mixture or puppet and live actors, with the storyteller and his dog being the only common characters throughout. It had high production values, including the usual amazing puppetry, but it was only produced for one season. Jim Henson holds a special place in the hearts and minds of children of the 70s and 80s. In an era which was before the advent of CGI, his vision, talent and artistry made helped make movies like Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and even The Empire Strikes Back into what they were.
This series seems interested in capturing the current popularity in fairy tales, and to be fair it does so in a novel way. It is evident that the writer/illustrator has put forth a lot of effort to make sure that this is a beautiful piece of work, even as it highlights a lesser known tale titled the Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest. The only major problem which comes up here is the association with Henson. A Henson fan picking up this book without looking first inside will likely be a little disappointed in the end product. The Henson name here is one attached to the series which BOOM! has the rights to produce. Aside from one splash page near the beginning of the issue, nothing at all has anything to do with Henson.
As a standalone this issue is a bit more literal, in the sense that nothing out of the ordinary is being done with fairy tales here. This is not Fables or Zenescope where fairy tales form the basis for modern characters but rather just a relatively straight telling of an obscure fairy tale. The end presentation is fine, and even beautiful in places, but with the more traditional aspect of fairy tales being presented here, it is likely that children would be better recipients of this story than adults, especially so that it is lighter on text as well.
Story and Art: S.M. Vidaurri
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass
BOOM! Studios/Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Clockwork Angels #5 (of 6)
Writer: Kevin J. Anderson
Artist: Nick Robles
The miniseries based on the Rush concept album continues! Owen’s been given a chance to take on the skies aboard Commodore Pangloss’ airship. But a heart like Owen’s can never stay in one place for too long before longing for a new frontier. With the Seven Cities calling to him, we’re off again on a new journey!
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #2 (of 6)
Writers: Christopher Taylor, Ben Meares, and Mark Miller
Artists: Jason Shawn Alexander, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Carlos Magno
The journey into the Bestiary continues! In this issue, Christopher Taylor and Jason Shawn Alexander tell a tale of a blues singer who possesses a very unique guitar, while in the second part of “The Hunted,” we learn just who hired the mercenaries tasked with stealing Pinhead’s pins.
Translucid #6 (of 6)
Writers: Chondra Echert, Claudio Sanchez
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
The Horse’s final play is here. He and The Navigator enter their final battle, and it takes place on a plane no one would expect! The most personal battle of all is here in the finale to this series and only one person is walking away from it!
Sons of Anarchy Vol. 1 TP
Writer: Christopher Golden
Artist: Damian Couceiro
With nowhere left to turn, a troubled girl named Kendra finds herself back in Charming in desperate need for help. When the Sons of Anarchy realize tshe’s the estranged daughter of an old member, Tig rallies the club to offer protection. But if SAMCRO wants to keep themselves and Kendra out of an early grave, they’ll have to step into the line of fire and put alliances aside to do what’s right.Written by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and illustrated by Damian Couceiro (Planet of the Apes), SONS OF ANARCHY: VOL. 1 collects the first six issues of the ongoing comic book series and runs parallel with Season 5 of Kurt Sutter’s hit television series.
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1 (of 4)
Writer: S.M. Vidaurri
Artist: S.M. Vidaurri
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller is a beloved celebration of fairy tales and folklore. After releasing a critically acclaimed graphic novel Archaia is thrilled to bring the property’s magic to single issues. In the spirit of Henson’s inventive imagination, this series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages with an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium.
Four anthology-style one-shots explore classic witch stories and fairy tales from all over the world, each told by a different creator with a breathtaking style and original voice. It’s tales of magic and wonder as only these storytellers could imagine them.
In the first of four stand-alone issues, S.M. Vidaurri, writer and watercolor illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER, unfolds the stunning tale of “The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest.” When her brother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.
Writer and artist George Pérez is known for some pretty famous comic book runs in the broad history of comics. He came to fame in the 1970s for his work in the Avengers. In the 1980s he became known for helping to make the Teen Titans the successful DC Comics answer to the popularity of Marvel’s X-Men, and his run at the beginning of the second volume of Wonder Woman helped to revitalize the character that had become too tied to a hoaky past. Despite this success in the early part of his career, Pérez has not been known for a lot of big flashy events since then, rather going on with his career in a mostly consistent if not generally flashy direction. As a fan of his earlier stuff, it was thus interesting for me to hear that he was going to be working on a new series from BOOM! Studios called Sirens, but in a bit of a departure from his regular playground of superheroes, Pérez chose the cosmic setting for his new series.
Pérez is well-regarded by many fans for the depth and complexity with which he writes female characters, treating them less than props and more like equals to their male counterparts. He is also well-known, especially in regards to Wonder Woman for taking a common element of comics and reinvigorating it with fresh ideas without destroying its core. This would seem to be the approach taken with the series Sirens. The eponymous group of heroes is an all-female team of space heroes. While initially diving into this book, it seems as though Pérez might have lost his touch to some degree. Instead of a strong cohesive narrative, there is a lot of jumping around between characters and even between genres. Readers will see some science-fiction, some fantasy and even a little Western in the opening pages and might wonder where this is all headed. It would seem though that one of the main problems with reinvigorating the genre of outer space heroines is more difficult now than it was twenty years ago, especially with the introduction of many stronger characters into the field of sci-fi.
While the reader might be left wondering what is going on for the first part of the story in issue #1, the confusion does end up being worth the effort. Although it takes a fairly roundabout way to get there, the story does get on track towards the end, coalescing as it does into the team, though in a less conventional way than some origin stories. In the end this ends up being a pretty satisfying read, as Pérez goes from nothing to a compelling story with compelling characters in little time. Although there is still a little bit of confusion by the end of the first issue, the degree to which Pérez has pulled it together is evidence enough that the story should be clear and concise enough by the following issue.
Story and Art: George Perez
Story: 7.8 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Buy
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.