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Preview: Part-Time Princess #3

Part-Time Princesses #3

Writer / Artist: Monica Gallagher

DIGITAL RELEASE – COMIXOLOGY (3/3/15)

Beautiful, popular, and adored by all, Courtney, Amber, Tiffany, and Michelle can’t wait to graduate and take their place among the world’s elite. But when all their future plans are ruined, the girls have only one back-up plan–working as costumed princesses at the local amusement park. Unfortunately, increased gang activity has driven away all but the most loyal of customers. With the park on the verge of closing, the girls resolve to fight back, bring back their adoring customers, save the amusement park they never wanted to work at, and maybe learn something about themselves along the way.

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Preview: Part-Time Princess #2

Part-Time Princesses #2

Writer / Artist: Monica Gallagher

DIGITAL RELEASE – COMIXOLOGY (2/24/15)

Beautiful, popular, and adored by all, Courtney, Amber, Tiffany, and Michelle can’t wait to graduate and take their place among the world’s elite. But when all their future plans are ruined, the girls have only one back-up plan–working as costumed princesses at the local amusement park. Unfortunately, increased gang activity has driven away all but the most loyal of customers. With the park on the verge of closing, the girls resolve to fight back, bring back their adoring customers, save the amusement park they never wanted to work at, and maybe learn something about themselves along the way.

Complete OGN (Contains #1-6) available in-stores: 3/25/15

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Preview: The Life After #7

The Life After #7

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Gabo

Nettie’s reunion with her baby daughter isn’t all she’d hoped–Essie’s grown six years in a few moments apart, and now she doesn’t even remember her mother. Not to mention that she’s the leader of a rebel kid army and hangs out with a giant bunny god all day. Meanwhile, Jude and Hemingway are separated from the group and end up sunning somewhere a little too warm, and the Foreman deals with the repercussions of losing Jude in some not-so-pleasant ways.

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Invader Zim – Oni Press Partners with Jhonen Vasquez, Nickelodeon for Original Comic Book

Oni Press has announced it is collaborating with Jhonen Vasquez and Nickelodeon in producing an ongoing comic book series based on the beloved animated show Invader Zim. The series will explore a new chapter in Zim’s Earth invasion and the adventures of GIR, Dib and Gaz. The first comic will release on July 1st, 2015.

Zim, the diminutive, naïve Irken soldier, is assigned to invade Earth to keep him from disrupting his leaders’ plans to expand their empire. Arriving on the unsuspecting planet, he tries to blend in by disguising himself and his malfunctioning robot sidekick GIR as a human boy and his dog. Zim is constantly hounded by his nemesis Dib, who recognizes his alien nature, and Dib’s younger sister Gaz.

In 2001 animation fans were introduced to Zim, his oft-foiled plots to enslave the Earth and Jhonen Vasquez’s dark, funny universe on Nickelodeon. The show and Vasquez’s iconic characters went on to become cult classics with a following to this day. Fans have been waiting for the return of Zim and GIR; now they’ll get it in the first all-Zim comic book, part of Nickelodeon’s commitment to bring its beloved classic characters to new audiences.

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Preview: Terrible Lizard #4

Terrible Lizard #4

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Drew Moss, Ryan Hill

Hear those helicopters? The military is in hot pursuit of Jess and Wrex, and they intend to kill everyone’s favorite mischievous dinosaur! But if they take Wrex down, who will stand against all the mutant beasts threatening our way of life? As dozens of portals open across the city, hideous monsters pour into our world! What’s a dinosaur to do? Fight or flight?

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Advance Preview: Hellbreak #1

Hellbreak #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Brian Churilla, Dave Stewart
Advance Preview – In Stores 3/11/15
Preorder Diamond Code: JAN151526

There are thousands of Hells, each unique, each terrible. Mega-cities ruled by vicious gangs. Empires where the most perverse are well-respected. Wastelands roamed by prehistoric monstrosities. With the proper tools and know-how… you can infiltrate Hell whether you’re dead or not. With the proper tools and know-how, you can break out. Project Kerberos has developed this forbidden technology, and a special forces extraction team is dispatched to rescue lost souls from the infernal realm.

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Preview: Letter 44 #14

Letter 44 #14

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Drew Moss, Dan Jackson

Special one-shot issue illustrated by Terrible Lizard’s Drew Moss! When Project Monolith was first coming together, Colonel Overholt was the top choice for the Clarke’s military leader. But he brings with him Sergeant Willett, a smart-mouthed engineer too curious for his own good. Willett’s inability to follow orders may land him – along with Overholt – in hot water, but he can’t shake the feeling that Project Monolith is hiding something…

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Review: Ares and Aphrodite #6

aa06aAs a kid there was something about the Disney version of Cinderella that I loved. There was a lightness and grace to the animation of Cinderella and the Prince, and the costumes were like eye-candy without being overly elaborate. They were what paved the way for today’s princess craze among little girls I suppose, though Disney and other animation studios have produced many princesses with all kinds of smarts, spunk and costume styles since then.

Now that I’m all grown up I know that I can look to Ares and Aphrodite for a dose of beautiful artwork, eye-candy wardrobe and sparkling romantic banter as tasty as a box of heart-shaped Sweet-Tarts. Divorce lawyer Will Ares and wedding planner Gigi Averelle are fun to watch as they flirt and put out professional fires. They have a bet that Gigi will go out on a date with Will if producer Evans Beatty (Will’s client) and movie star Carrie Cartwright (Gigi’s client) actually go through with their wedding. If the wedding doesn’t happen, Will has to take out a full–page ad revealing how many marriages he’s ruined.

In #6, the wedding has happened but there’s still some background information Will reveals to Gigi that could determine whether she goes through with the date or not. Gigi surprises him as well, quite pleasantly but the date still hangs in the balance (the “real” date, that is). What’s for sure is that there’s honest-to-gosh chemistry between Will and Gigi and they’ll make a great couple if they can navigate the minefield of clients, ex-clients and media that surrounds them in La-La Land.

The scenes have a limited color palette that, whether illuminated with romantic moonlight or the lighting of a late-night diner, shimmer with the ethereal glow of new romance—even the jewelry seems to light up! Gigi may not be a princess but, as a wedding planner, is perhaps more of a fairy-godmother of sorts, who handles crises coolly with her smart phone as magic wand. Her facial expressions are priceless and it’s easy to see why Will is taken by her. He serves as the prince in that he’s tall, handsome and seems to appreciate Gigi’s ability to remain one step ahead of him instead of being the least bit intimidated by it. These two challenge each other and I want to see their relationship as it develops.
If you like rom-coms, you’ll embrace Ares and Aphrodite with its charming lead characters. The sweetness is cut with just the right amount of tartness (hence my earlier candy reference) and even if you’re new to the series, like I am, you’ll be left wanting more, going back to the beginning for the lovely artwork by Megan Levens and clever writing by Jamie S. Rich.

Going forward, I’m intrigued by the ending of Ares & Aphrodite: Love Wars #6 as the shifting Hollywood landscape (not earthquakes, mind you, but mercurial moves by their big name clients) could knock them off balance at any moment.

If you want to get into a romantic mood for Valentine’s Day, give Ares & Aphrodite a whirl around the dance floor. Also, if you happen to be a Cinderella fan, there’s a lovely “glass slipper” image here just for you!

Story: Jamie S. Rich Art: Megan Levens
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.0 Recommend: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Ares and Aphrodite #6

aa06aTo tell the history of comics without mentioning romance is quite hard, but to explain the modern comic landscape without comics is actually quite easy.  What was once a dedicated genre in comics has all but disappeared in the modern day medium, and it makes a series such as this one somewhat odd, even if there are still far more comics ever printed on romance than there have been on zombies or vampires.  This series tells the story of the two titular characters, one a divorce lawyer and the other a wedding planner, set up in one of the most obvious cases of “opposites attract” that might have ever made its way into a rom-com.

The story by this point is already fairly far advanced.  As Ares helps his counterpart plan a wedding instead of pulling one apart, there is a lot of the formulaic romance in the series which has already been covered.  The meet-cute is long since passed, and so has the initial friction which inevitably leads to chemistry.  One of the criticisms of most movies in the rom-com category is that the two leads simply don’t match, but the creative team doesn’t really have to worry about that here as they can choose who they want to represent their characters.  Equally though, the chemistry is dialed back at times by the sometimes manufactured dialogue between the two, which kind of seems like they are passing from scene to scene as in a movie, as opposed to the more organic comic presentation.

While this story is sweet and charming, there is also not much to distinguish itself from most others in the genre save for the choice of medium.  The age of romance in comics is long since past, and while this story is maybe no standout in terms of approachable and likable characters, it is still a nice story which is compact enough and not too full of the cliches of the genre, even while not being something too extraordinary.  In the end the concept behind the series is a little bit weak for the characters, but it is the well written characters that end up carrying the story, which is better than most romances can manage.

Story: Jamie S.  Rich Art: Megan Levens
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

IMPERIUM_001_VARIANT_MULLERWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Imperium #1 (Valiant) -Toyo Harrada has a vision for the world. He’s taken over a small country, and is gathering his Harbingers to shape the world, by force if he has to. This series has been one of my most anticipated of 2015 since Valiant announced it as part of their Valiant Next line, and it is as good as I expected.

Ant-Man #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was full of heart and humor. I’m hoping the second is just as good.

The Bunker #9 (Oni Press) – This twisted time travel story looks at fate and destiny and whether you’ll ensure you come out on top no matter how many it kills. Each issue has been amazing adding bits and pieces to the mystery as much as it reveals answers. One of my favorite comics on the market.

The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time #1 (Dark Horse) – Taking place after Occasion of Revenge, the witch coven thinks they’re close to controlling the town. Once upon a Hard Time is a climactic miniseries that has major consequences for the Goon and his supporting cast. If you’re a Goon fan, you can’t miss this.

Lady Killer #2 (Dark Horse) – Josie’s life grows more complicated than ever. She has her family and the fact she’s an assassin. How can she do it all and balance her work and home life? The first issue was fantastic.

Matt

Top Pick: Nameless #1 (Image Comics) – Grant Morrison is my favorite writer in comics and Chris Burnham’s viciously violent art is always an incredible treat. Them together on a creator-owned horror series at Image is all kinds of perfect.

Hawkeye #21 (Marvel) – Matt Fraction is such an astounding writer that the only substantial problem with his comics nowadays is that they get delayed so much. But Hawkeye, the book that catapulted his particularly powerful presence in the current comics realm, is coming back this week with an issue that kicks off the end to his quirky,p, excellent run.

Saga #25 (Image) – Saga is back, with a double-sided cover celebrating its 25th issue! ‘Nuff said.

Superman #38 (DC Comics) – Not only does this issue end Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr.’s first arc on Superman together, but it promises a new costume design and a new superpower for Superman. I’m game!

Swamp Thing #39 (DC Comics) – Charles Soule’s amazing, epic run on Swamp Thing is coming to a close next month, and the stakes sure are high given the end of issue #38. Swamp Thing is my favorite DC book at the moment, so I’m gonna savor every detail of these last few issues.

Nevada

Top Pick: Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat – Updated Edition (Carpet Bombing Culture) – I remember Banksy’s paintings appearing all over New Orleans post-Katrina. Some were preserved, some painted over right away; all were amazing. They sparked a heated debate around NOLA: vandalism or art? Would vandalism inspire a cool book like this? Discuss.

Hello Kitty: It’s About Time (Viz Media/Perfect Square) – During these cold winter days under gray skies I could sure use a little Hello Kitty for a dose of bright sweetness. It really is about time!

Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #2 (Zenescope) - It’s Oscar time and what could be better than a Hollywood zombie throw-down? I’m a fan of parody, too, so turn the zombies loose on the red carpet! Wonder who the zombies will be wearing this year . . .

Mr. Natural #3 (Kitchen Sink Press)Mr. Natural versus the devil? I’m there. Plus I can’t wait to see what havoc Mr. Natural will wreak in the confines of a mental hospital Hey ho, indeed!

Southern Dog TPB (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone)I’m a fan of Universal’s Wolf Man movies, and shapeshifters from True Blood to Grimm so I’m really looking forward to this!

 

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