Double Feature Signing at Forbidden Planet, NYC
Forbidden Planet advertised that this week’s New Comic Book Day would be special; and indeed, they were right. Of course it helped that they hosted a double feature today, with Brendan Fletcher and Sarah Stern signing their new release from BOOM! Studio, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1; followed by signings and sketches from Valiant Entertainment’s exclusive artists — hailing all the way from Spain — Andres Guinaldo and Pere Pérez.
First up, were Brenden Fletcher and Sarah Stern. The pair was great to meet and chat with. Admittedly, the Power Rangers are not my normal cup of tea, but with Brenden and Kelly Thompson on duty for writing, together with Daniele Di Nicuolo providing the art, and Sarah Stern on Colors, I decided to give the Pink Ranger’s first solo comic book adventure a try—and I was not disappointed. Power Ranger fan, or not, this is a good book that stands on its own. This is no mallrat Pink Ranger; she is a much more modern, and stronger, female character in their capable hands. In addition, it was confirmed that the LumberJanes/Gotham Academy crossover mini-series would be out very soon (most likely within the next few weeks, and there’s a sneak preview in this week’s issue of Pink Ranger).
Brendan was also kind enough to sign my Batgirl books, which resulted in learning a new interesting comic book factoid. The Darwyn Cooke –may he rest in peace– variant cover for Batgirl #37 was the only time Cooke ever drew Batgirl in the New 52 costume.
An hour later, the Valiant Team arrived with Andres Guinaldo and Pere Pérez, plus a slew of Blank Sketch cover books. I opted for an Eternal Warrior sketch from Andres; and Pere at request, drew two awesome Rai and Bloodshot head busts. Watching these two Spanish artistic virtuosos at work was a magical experience–the beautiful sketches speak for themselves. Expect to see more from these two, as the Valiant Universe continues to expand exponentially.