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Review: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #2

Winter break isn’t so relaxing for the team! A creature from the dark dimension Nephos has been summoned to their town by unknown enemies. The girls also discover they aren’t the only Zodiac Starforce team–are they friend . . . or foe?

In Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #2 things get complicated as Nephos paints the town red which grants Alice and her friends their powers back in the processes. There’s some nice twists and turns as the Zodiac Starforce manage to encounter him, almost defeating him. Then Nephos reveals he is more powerful then the simple dancer he claimed to be. However, with the appearance of another Zodiac Starforce near the end, I’m curious to see how it impacts the story and where this all goes. Writer Kevin Panetta has me really interested in what is up his sleeve.

The art by Paulina Ganucheau continues to be well balanced. The issue shows off the “normal” aspects of the Zodiac Starforce members’ life as they deal with family and school and then balances all of that with introducing parts of Cimmeria’s kingdom. Despite the briefness of the glimpses, you can see the influence of Arabic and Medieval culture in it. It’s impressive to be able to seamlessly blend things so unlike each other and make it all work so well.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

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An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests–they’re also battling monsters!

 

After defeating a former Zodiac Starforce member and her mean-girl minions, the girls thought they’d get a little break! But a new big bad’s come out to play, and demons are starting to overrun the downtown!

Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1 continues shortly after the first volume ends. Intelligently, the first issue makes sure to include a brief retelling of the past volume to refresh fans and introduce fans who are unaware of the first volume. That’s super helpful when there’s breaks between series and helps make a new volume new reader friendly. Writer Kevin Panetta does an amazing job keeping a quick pace for the story while managing to balance character development and action. We also get a bit of a reveal of who the next villain may be.

Artist Paulina Ganucheau continues the “Sailor Moon” inspired art style. She manages to give the Zodiac supernatural element some great detail. It also showcases a very colorful visual style in the process in addition to showcasing some series action as the story unfolds.

A solid start to a series that’s entertaining and action packed and manages originality despite familiarity.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

Story: Kevin Panetta
Art: Paulina Ganucheau

An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests–they re also battling monsters!

After defeating a former ZS member and her mean-girl minions, the girls thought they d get a little break! But a new big bad s come out to play, and demons are starting to overrun the downtown!

ECCC 2017: The Zodiac Starforce Girls Are Back

Dark Horse is excited to announce Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince, the follow-up to the breakout hit Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau. 2015’s Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra spawned a passionate fan base and a second printing.

The Zodiac Starforce is an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures. After defeating former Zodiac Starforce member Diana and her mean-girl minions, the girls thought they’d get a little break from protecting our world. Unfortunately, Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince finds our favorite magical teenage girls battling a new big bad!

The first issue of Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince (of four) goes on sale July 5, 2017.

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Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

StarNewsOnline – POLICE BLOTTER: $12000 in comic books stolen from Wilmington store – If anyone knows anything, help them out.

Kotaku – Spider-Man Cosplay Is Coming Home – Some impressive cosplay on display.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Batman #26

Newsarama – Batman #26

ComicsVerse – Loose Ends

Talking Comics – Turncoat

CBR – Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

Review: Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra TPB

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An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters! But when an evil force infects leader Emma, she must work with her team to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions! Collects Zodiac Starforce #1–#4.

Zodiac Starforce is a brand-new creator-owned series from Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau for fans of Sailor Moon, Buffy, and Lumberjanes!

Honestly, when this series first came out I was intrigued but, ignored it until the trade paperback was released. Which for sake of the read was smart, despite all the humor, action, and drama that is contained within the series. While I think a good chunk of what Dark Horse publishes is darker, this series is much more light-hearted and for a broader age of ranges. This is easily a must have for fans of Sailor Moon, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m curious to see if Dark Horse will continue this series, or not, but hoping we’ll see more of it.

I love the interchange of colors between the characters normal lives, and their Zodiac lives. While each page is spectrum of colors, I will admit scenes where the Zodiac Starforce is in Astra’s world are a sight to see. Even the Shadow dimension is filled with a great amount of contrast. It’s a great compliment and reflects the series well.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Rick and Morty Volume 8

Rick and Morty Volume 8

(W) Kyle Starks, Tini Howard, Josh Trujillo, (A), Marc Ellerby, Katy Farina, Rii Abrego, (C) Sarah Stern, Rian Sygh, (CA) Marc Ellerby
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor—Price: $19.99—Page Count: 128

Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius scientist Rick Sanchez as he drags his inherently timid grandson Morty Smith on dangerous adventures across the universe! This volume features Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks (Sexcastle) and series artist Marc Ellerby in collaboration with all-star talent like Tini Howard (Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It), Josh Trujillo (Love is Love), Rii Abrego (Adventure Time), and Sarah Stern (Zodiac Starforce).

Witness the sheer depths of sadness in “A Jerry Bad Day”! Glory in the gothic vampire-killing madness of “Let the Rick One In”! See Rick turn into a bunch of different objects (it’s not just pickles anymore, bro!) in “Battle Rickale”! All that and more in this collection of Rick and Morty™ comics! Collects issues #36-40.

Review: Zodiac Starforce Adventures

Zodiac Starforce AdventuresWith its brand new series coming out from Dark Horse Comics next week, I thought I’d dig into my back issue bin to pull out a blast from the past, Zodiac Starforce Adventures. I picked this up at a Small Press Expo (though maybe it was Big Planet) a while back, and I could tell when I picked it up it was one of those comics that was a great find. Published by Big Planet Comics this indie comic is created by the team of writer Kevin Panetta and artist Paulina Ganucheau with tones by Savanna Canucheau. The comic also features pin-ups from Savanna, Brooke Allen (of Lumberjanes fame) and Coleman Engle (of Steven Universe). The black and white minicomic exudes talent, and it’s great that Dark Horse sees this too.

Part of a long line of mystic defenders, the Zodiac Starforce is an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who are sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures.

By the power of Astra, Zodiac Starforce lights the way!

zodiac starforceZodiac Starforce Adventures: Ghost in the Arcade Machine is a short fun comic that has the team in an arcade battling a ghost. Not too complicated stuff, but it has everything it needs. Cool design? Check. Group of kick-ass girls? Check. Fun/entertaining story? Check. Yeah, it’s not hard to see why this got picked up by a major publisher. All that stuff above as far as mystic defenders? Not so much here as far as details. But they fight a dark creature with magical powers.

The art and story is a great mix with just a fun positive vibe about it all. This is girl power for kids of all ages (even us in our 30s).

Zodiac Starforce has everything I love in this type of comic (obviously) and with a new series around the corner, it’s going to be fantastic to see where Panetta and Ganucheau take the series, and how big this will blow up, plus it’ll be in color! I’m predicting a hardcore Tumblr following at least.

You can actually check out the comic on the Zodiac Starforce website, and get prepared for the new series’ debut this coming Wednesday! And of course we’ll have a review. This one is a buy though, if you can find it, and if not, you can read it at the link above.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Regular Show Parks & Wreck SC

Regular Show Parks & Wreck SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Kevin Burkhalter, Yumi Sakugama, Jimmy Giegerich, Kristina Nesss, Shanna Matuszak, Sara Goetter, Molly Ostertag, Kevin Panetta, Derek Fridolfs, Andy Kluthe,Patty Lovas
Artists: Tessa Stone, Allison Strejlau, Andy Kluthe, Molly Ostertag, Rian Sygh, Mad Rupert, Derek Charm, Sara Goetter
Colorists: Lisa Moore, Katy Farina, Whitney Cogar, Jen Hickman
Letterers: Corey Breen, Katy Farina, Shawn Aldridge, Jim Campbell, Ed Dukeshire,
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona
Price: $14.99

From druids, to wi-fi demons, to the dreaded Melan Collie, it’s adventure after all-new misadventure for Mordecai and Rigby. Starring characters like Skips and Benson, Eileen and Pops, this collection is jam-packed with fun for any Regular Show fan!

Featuring new, original short stories by Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Kevin Panetta (Zodiac Starforce), Rian Sygh (The Backstagers), Mad Rupert (Sakana), Derek Fridolfs (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society), and many more!

Titan Reveals Their Plans for the Thirteenth Doctor

Heralding a new era for Titan’s Doctor Who line, Titan Comics and BBC Studios have revealed the launch details for Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1, featuring variants from leading artists including Babs Tarr, Sarah Graley, Katie Cook, Ariela Kristantina, and Paulina Ganucheau.

This Fall, join the Thirteenth Doctor in a fresh new series of comic adventures, featuring an array of new faces – including the Doctor herself!  Taking control of the TARDIS for this regeneration is an amazing new team: Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser, illustrator Rachael Stott, and colorist Enrica Angiolini.

The new comic series sees the Doctor return in her most thrilling incarnation yet – played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) – and travels the cosmos with three brand new friends: Graham (played by Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole). Readers can look forward to experiencing mind-blowing challenges and dynamic stories through space and time in the pages of the upcoming new comic series.

To commemorate this exciting and hotly-anticipated series, Titan’s is celebrating this debut issue by launching thirteen stunning variant covers, including art covers by Doctor Who fan-favorite artist Alice X. Zhang, series artist Rachael Stott, Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush), Sanya Anwar (Assassin’s Creed), Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce), Sarah Graley (Rick and Morty), Ariela Kristantina (Mata Hari) and Katie Cook (Adventure Time). Plus, a photo cover, a cosplay variant and a fantastic Doctor Puppet variant by Alisa Stern – creator of the beloved Doctor Puppet Youtube series. Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #2 will feature covers by Paulina Ganucheau and Rachael Stott, as well as a stunning photo cover.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1 is part of Titan Comics’ larger plans for the Thirteenth Doctor in 2018, including; Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0 – which sees the Doctor relive memories from her many incarnations, showcasing unseen adventures from EVERY version of the Doctor!; and Doctor Who Comics Day on November 24 – where fans and stores unite to celebrate everything Doctor Who!

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1 hits stores and digital devices in the Fall.

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