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Preview: Princeless Book 8 #1

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #1

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Kaitlin Jann, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Kaitlin Jann, Brett Grunig
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Finally, the oldest of the Ashe sisters gets to the subject of her own story! But how did all of the strange things around Alize come to be anyway? How did she come to be guarded by a sphinx rather than her original dragon? How did she meet and befriend the desert elves? And how did she first get to know one very special prince? Find all of this out and more in this very special issue!

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #1

Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess Hardcover Collection

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS HARDCOVER COLLECTION

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade (Pencils), Gene Fayne (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Janet Wade
326 pgs./ E / FC
$19.99

Fourteen year old Shianndrea is dealing with the hardships of any normal teenage girl. She’s in love with a boy who is way out of her league and dating someone else. She hates the way she looks. Her teachers are overbearing. And her rival just so happens to be a star pupil who’s always willing to make her look bad. But Shianndrea is not like any normal girl. She is a ninja princess, born into a world of martial arts training and death-defying ninja action, all in order to safeguard Japan from its evil Emperor.

This 326 page hardcover collects volumes 1 and 2 of Shinobi: Ninja Princess and includes production artwork and character bios!

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS HARDCOVER COLLECTION

Review: Cold Blood Samurai #1

Cold Blood Samurai #1

“We are the last warriors, the last pacifists of that school, and I leave her inheritance in your hands… you are a Gaijin.” A feudal Japan with anthropomorphic and samurai animals inspired by Homer’s poem on “War of Mice and Frogs,” Batrachomyomachia. As in the classic poem, one tells of the futility of war and the desire for peace by Gaijin, a foreign salamander in a Japan of frogs invaded by lizards.

Sometimes all it takes to hook you into a comic is the title. A title like Cold Blood Samurai.

I hadn’t actually read the preview text when opening the comic, so I didn’t expect to find a comic featuring anthropomorphic reptiles. Massimo Rosi‘s story is also far more interesting that I expected, too; I’m not too familiar with Japanese history around the time the comic is set, but I didn’t need to be in order to become engrossed in this comic.

Rosi is able to set the scene and give a background to his story through the narration of the first half of the comic, bring those unfamiliar (like myself) up to speed with the story’s setting, which positions him in begin delving into the deeper themes of the series as the comic unfolds. Themes of war and peace, the reluctant hero outsider and the corruption of state. Cold Blood Samurai is a tense, yet gently paced read that will open its arms to you and pull you into the murky arms of a story that is, at it’s heart, about one verses many (though one gets the sense that this is an oversimplification of the comic).

Visually, penciller Ludovica Ceregatti and colourist Renato Stevanato have produced a visual style that easily enables the reader to differentiate between the frogs, lizards and the titular salamander whilst remaining on the more serious side of spectrum. There are some utterly wonderful silent action sequences that make an effective use of nine horizontal panels to create an elegant dance of death as the salamander faces off against nearly a dozen foes before zooming in to watch the lethality of his swords-creature-ship.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first issue of this series, but now that I’ve found what could easily be one of the better comics from Action Lab, I’m looking forward to the second issue. Cold Blood Samurai took me by surprise – a wonderfully elegant surprise.

Story: Massimo Rosi Art: Ludovica Ceregatti
Colours: Renato Stevanato Lettering: Mattia Gentili
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Sweetie #2

Wednesdays 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!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Batman Who Laughs #4 (DC Comics) – How does the Batman Who Laughs see through that visor? Scott Snyder says we’ll find out here!

Cold Blood Samurai #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – A feudal Japan with anthropomorphic and samurai animals inspired by Homer’s poem on “War of Mice and Frogs,” Batrachomyomachia. Sure, why not?

Detective Comics #1001 (DC Comics) – The Arkham Knight has arrived!!!

Fairlady #1 (Image Comics) – Fantasy often features war, but what happens when the war is over? This first issue features a complete 30-page story in the issue.

Faithless #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet are delivering this new miniseries that’s about sex, the devil, and magic. We’re intrigued enough to check out the first issue.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #5 (Marvel) – Aunt May will finally tell Peter what’s going on in this issue and it’s going to be an emotional one.

Ronin Island #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Writer Greg Pak has been knocking it out of the park and this series which focuses on former enemies having to band together to survive is really good so far.

She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #1 (Dark Horse) – The miniseries continues with a new volume!

Symbiote Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Untold tales of Peter’s time with the black suit!

Sweetie #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – A high school student is a hero but her powers won’t help her make friends. It’s been good so far.

War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery #1 (Marvel) – The War of the Realms has begun and this seems like it’s going to be one of the key tie-ins focused on Thor’s sister!

Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage #1 (Marvel) – Something big is coming having to do with Carnage and Venom and this series will probably be key.

Preview: Sweetie #2

SWEETIE #2

Writer(s): Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli (co-writer)
Artist Name(s): Sean Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Sean Dillon
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Maggie can leap across tall buildings, take on a small army single-handed, and even dodge bullets. But talking to new peoples or making new friends? No way! None of Maggie’s training will prepare her for her greatest adversary yet: freshman year of high school! To make matters worse, there’s a boy at school who knows about her secret hero work. Is he an ally? Or will he spill Maggie’s secret and sabotage the next four years of high school? While Maggie is distracted by school, what will her recently defeated nemesis be plotting from prison?

SWEETIE #2

Sweetie Vol. 1 Delivers an Action Hero Story from the Vantage Point of a High School Nerd

Maggie is the ultimate comic book, cartoon and action movie fangirl. She’s taught herself every move of her favorite action star and superhero. Finally, she’s putting her moves into action! On the eve of her first day of high school she faces off against the evil mercenary group known as the Numbers! Her self-taught super-skills pull through and win her the day, but things get even more complicated when her classmate finds out about her “heroic” extra-curricular activities. Now she battles the big fight that is high school, AND the endless legions of the Numbers invading her city! Follow her journey in the first collected volume of Sweetie!

Written by Sean Dillon and Steven Petrivelli with art by Dillon, join Sweetie on her adventure this June. You can pre-order a copy of Sweetie Volume 1 using the Diamond item code APR191297.

Sweetie Volume 1

Action Lab Entertainment’s releases in June 2019

ATHENA VOLTAIRE AND THE TERROR ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Abel Cicero (art), Juanma Aguilera (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Steve Bryant

Reuniting with an old friend, Athena travels by train from Istanbul en route to Paris when something begins horrifically killing her fellow passengers. Can the aviatrix stop the creature responsible for the carnage?

128 pgs./ T / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191294 – ATHENA VOLTAIRE TERROR ORIENT EXPRESS TP

BIG ALIEN MOON CRUSH

Writer(s): Art Baltazar
Artist Name(s): Art Baltazar
Cover Artist(s): Art Baltazar

The galaxy is in turmoil! Alien Planets are at war! The fate of the universe is uncertain! But somewhere amongst the fighting is a glimmer of hope. A beacon of…love? Can forbidden love between two natural born enemies save the universe? Nix and Vera think so. Their future may be the key to save their planets and end the war, unless their dads are left to decide the outcome! And it’s not looking good. A wordless tale of Love and Romance and Outer Space War meets Romeo and Juliet with Galactic Proportions!

By Eisner Award winning, famous cartoonist Art Baltazar!

96 pgs./ E / FC $9.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191295 – BIG ALIEN MOON CRUSH TP

COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #4

Writer(s): Massimo Rosi
Artist Name(s): Ludovica Ceregatti (Pencils), Renato Stevanato (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Ludovica Ceregatti

Shogun fortress is under siege. The Lizards, headed by the evil Black-Spit, are attacking the walls. Battles are furious and many are dying. Gaijin Salamander is the last of an ancient order of warriors and his support will be fundamental for Swallen-Cheeks and his army. Fire will burn and blood will be spilled on the battlefield.

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191270 – COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #4

SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON #2

Writer(s): Jeanine-Jonee
Artist Name(s): Jeanine-Jonee (Pencils, inks, color), Kyle P. Holland (Additional colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jeanine-Jonee

Seafoam follows the adventures of Madison, a spunky 9-year-old girl who is granted passage to a beach full of mystical and nautical themed creatures after helping a beached narwhal. There she befriends a stand-offish boy she calls Blue, who has a few secrets of his own. During this adventure Madison accidentally releases a devious Djinn named Matir from a bottle lost at sea. Together, her and Blue must outwit him while making sure he can’t twist their words!

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191296 – SEAFOAM FRIEND FOR MADISON #2

SWEETIE VOLUME 1

Writer(s): Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli (cowriter)
Artist Name(s): Sean Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Sean Dillon

Maggie isn’t your typical comic book, cartoon, and action movie fangirl. Through keen observation and unbending determination, she has taught herself all the death-defying stunts and fighting styles of her favorite action stars and superheroes! Unfortunately, Maggie has kept her eccentric hobby to herself, ever since it earned her the label of “nerd” among her classmates. After all, superheroes and evil villains are all kid stuff… right? WRONG! On the eve of her first day of high school, Maggie has a run-in with an evil mercenary group known as the Numbers. After years of training, it’s up to Maggie to be the self-taught superhero the city needs! But is she truly ready for the responsibility that comes with the title of “hero”? The situation escalates further when her secret crime-fighting life is discovered by one of her classmates! Can Maggie save her city and maintain a normal high school life all on her own?

128 pgs./ A / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191297 – SWEETIE TP VOL 01

THIS LOVE SO BRIEF ONE-SHOT

Writer(s): Fred Chao
Artist Name(s): Fred Chao
Cover Artist(s): Fred Chao

Comics creator Fred Chao put together a small collection of humorous short stories from his love life. Starting off as comical reflections of elementary school crushes, house party hook-ups, and first relationships, these stories delve into themes of the responsibilities that come with age, inevitable life changes, nostalgia, and home.

New York Times contributing reviewer Douglas Wolk said of this book, “These stories about the places art and life intersect, and where they fly past each other, are honed down to details so sharp they pierce.”

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191298 – THIS LOVE SO BRIEF ONE SHOT

Preview: Powers in Action #2

POWERS IN ACTION #2

Writer(s): Art Baltazar
Artist Name(s): Art Baltazar
Cover Artist(s): Art Baltazar
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

What is the Mystic Amulet? What power does it possess? Only ONE worthy and pure of heart can wield this power. But as always, there is a dark to the light. A Yin to the Yang. A positive to the negative. Meet DARKSTORM! The evilest of evils. His mission is to destroy the worthy one before the other half of the Amulet is found! The Evil Darkstorm’s search begins with… THE HERO SQUADRON! Looks like our heroes may have a Super Villain problem on their hands.

POWERS IN ACTION #2

Preview: Athena Voltaire #8

ATHENA VOLTAIRE #8

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Yusuf Idris (art), Juanma Aguilera (colors)
Cover A – Steve Bryant (Pencils/Inks) and Jason Millet (Colors)
Cover B – Steve Bryant (Pencils/Inks) and Jason Millet (Colors)
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

ATHENA VOLTAIRE AND THE GOLDEN DAWN, part four. The thrilling conclusion to “The Golden Dawn,” as Athena and company face the denizens of the Ghost Caves! More on Mr. X’s mysterious mission in Istanbul! And back in the United States, what the heck has Carter Charles gotten himself into?

ATHENA VOLTAIRE ONGOING #8

Princeless Volume 8 Begins in April!

Princeless, the multi-Glyph winning and multi-Eisner nominee, continues with its eighth volume. This volume does something no other book before it has: it spotlights a different princess each issue and a new artist as well! See what happened to Adrienne’s sisters before or after she rescued them!

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #1

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Kaitlin Jann, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Kaitlin Jann, Brett Grunig
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

In PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #1, we learn oldest sister Alize’s backstory in the desert and when she first meets her intense guardian, the Sphinx. Artist Kaitlin Jann had this to say about her experience working on PRINCELESS and what the book means to her: “Princeless continues to be empowering and inspiring to its audience, and it has had the same effect on the creative team behind it. Seeing how the story and the characters within it come to life through the dedication of talented writers and artists has been an unparalleled experience. Having been able to contribute to this process has taught me so much about myself as an artist and in the power of comics as a whole.”

The first issue will be released in April 2019. Readers can pre-order the book with the Diamond item code FEB191305.

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #2

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

In the second story, Angelica tries to find something she’s good at. It’s an arduous journey, but eventually she finds a strategy game that’s more than meets the eye. Now she must face numerous challengers and see if she’s truly a skilled tactician. Artist Jackie Crofts (NUTMEG) had this to say: “I was so happy to get the opportunity to come back and work on Princeless again, because my first real work in comics was doing a cover for an issue of it about 5 years ago. Jeremy was the gateway to a lot of opportunities I’ve had in comics since then, so I have a special fondness for this series. It’s full of fun, positivity, and great role models and that makes it an exciting project to work on and be a part of!”

The second issue will also be released in April 2019. Readers can pre-order the book with the Diamond item code FEB191306.

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #3

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Newt Taber, Takeia Marie, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Newt Taber, Brett Grunig
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

In the third issue we have Adrienne’s vampire sister Angoisse. Still living in the swamp, Angoisse is approached by goblins asking for help. Can she be the swamp’s guardian? This issue’s main story features art by Newt Taber, who had this to say about her experience: “Working on ‘The Swamp’s Dark Defenders’ was a really meaningful and exciting experience for me. I learned so much from every single page, and was very grateful to be working on such a fun and wholesome project! I really feel like this story, though short, is part of something very important. I’ll always be proud to have helped get it out there.”

Takeia Marie worked on the follow-up story in this issue, ‘Goblin Politics.’ Takeia had this to say about PRINCELESS: “I was drawn to Princeless because the entire story flew in the face of the conventional princess tropes I had grown up with. I really liked that Jeremy used the humor of Princeless’ world and characters to comment on issues that we’re dealing with right now, everyday. I was excited to get a chance to play around with some of those characters in ‘Goblin Politics’ and have free reign to make it as ridiculous and funny as possible.”

The third issue will also be released in May 2019. Readers can pre-order the book with the Diamond item code MAR191325.

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #4

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Robin Kaplan, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Robin Kaplan, Brett Grunig
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Adrienne’s twin sisters are finally free from their tower, but not their bickering! And this time their spells get involved, turning them into rabbits! Artist Roblin Kaplan had a few things to say about PRINCELESS: “The twins were such a great pair of unexpected heroines to take me to the comedy gym and help me flex my humor muscles, though I don’t think they would like to join me for carrot juice afterwards.”

The fourth issue will also be released in May 2019. Readers can pre-order the book with the Diamond item code MAR191326.

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