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Exclusive Preview: America #7

America #7

(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Annie Wu, Ming Doyle, Koch, Audrey, Mundy, Jennifer (A/CA) Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE ORIGIN OF AMERICA CHAVEZ!
• America Chavez left the Utopian Parallel when she was six years old, and by age 16, she was battling with the best. What happened in between?
• This is American history. This is the story you’ve been waiting for.

Review: Jade Street Protection Services #2

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The next installment of your new favorite angry magical girl series follows our gang of teen delinquents as they realize they’ve had absolutely no preparation to live in the real world. Blindsided by their betrayal by Matsdotter Academy and stranded in unbelievable new circumstances, the girls discover the depths of corruption reach even the little shops on Jade Street. Story creators Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay explore the rad and insurrectionary world of Jade Street Protection Services helped by the talents of colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter, letterer Taylor Esposito, and cover artists Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins. How can you change the world when you can’t tell what’s wrong with it?

Tranquil looking Jade Street seems to be more than it appears on the surface in this second issue. Yet there is a shift from the previous issue I think as it expands and changes how the main characters see the world. This shift works well for the series overall since it allows them to deepen the plot and the characters. The issue focuses on both and expands each nicely.

The art continues to flow well like the previous issue. The setting is more focused and reduced to the Jade Street and Magpies’ apartment. That helps to showcase how the normal world reacts to the introduction of magic in a combination of art and story.

Story: Fabian Lelay, Katy Rex Art: Fabian Lelay
Story: 8.5  Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services #4

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #4

Written by: Katy Rex & Fabian Lelay
Illustrated by: Fabian Lelay
Colored by: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito
Edited by: Magdalene Visaggio
Cover by: Annie Wu
In Stores: January 11

The last installment in the Jade Street Protection Services story arc! Our favorite punk rock teen witch delinquents confront issues large and small, from the subjugation of magical girls to the best way to have food and a place to crash without a real job (hint: magical PB&J tastes like garbage and sparkles). But best of all, it’s time for the BOSS FIGHT!

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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services #3

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #3

Written by: Katy Rex & Fabian Lelay
Illustrated by: Fabian Lelay
Colored by: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito
Edited by: Magdalene Visaggio
Cover by: Annie Wu
In Stores: December 28

The punk rock witches return!

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Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #5 (of 6)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #5 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, Tini Howard
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Elsa Charretier
Incentive Cover 1: Paul Reinwand
Incentive Cover 2: Annie Wu
Price: $3.99

The enemy of my enemy is my…enemy! The unlikeliest of team-ups in Power Rangers’ history may be required to save the world from a new techno-terror.

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Preview: Raven #3

Raven #3

(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Alisson Borges (CA) Annie Wu
In Shops: Nov 16, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“The White Carnival” part three! San Francisco goes on high alert when a strange, glowing orb begins to consume the city itself! Can Raven save her new friends and her new home from this mysterious and powerful force?

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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services #2

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #2

Written by: Katy Rex
Illustrated by: Fabian Lelay
Colored by: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito
Cover by: Annie Wu

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES is All Ages done the Black Mask way. Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected.

The Breakfast Club meets Sailor Moon, JSPS is a whipsmart adventure for delinquents young and old.

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Review: Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1

ww75as_cv1_dsWhen it comes to Wonder Woman, it never surprises me, that although her stature in the comics world is as immense as it is, that she has never had a solo movie until next year. This character who, has inspired women of all ages for decades, and has even been on Ms. Magazine, never truly has gotten her due. Her life in the comics world, is as just as big as her contemporaries, Batman and Superman. Her backstory is also just as interesting, if not more, as she ascends from royalty, revealing a long extenuating misogyny within the fandom.

Surprisingly, most people still don’t know that she was created by a doctor, who researched bondage and other depravities, but also sought to understand the human condition. Wonder Woman, is the perfect example of the human experience, as she does take the hero’s journey, becoming a stronger character by leaving her home. Since her inception, her character has grown with society, as she initially followed tropes but eventually came to challenge each one. She even challenges the trope of relationships, where she takes the more dominant roles in her relationships with Batman and Superman.

In the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special, several writers and artists collaborate to create stories in which makes us all look at Diana different. “Big Things One Day Come” has Diana and a new superhero by the name of Star Blossom take on a kryptonite powered gorilla, which is both funny and action packed. “Gives Us Strength” follows Diana as she fights some Nazis and actually helps liberate France during World War II. The last piece that stands out is the interview Lois Lane does with Wonder Woman, which answers some questions, but brings up even more.

Altogether, this special is more a love letter to this character which has inspired millions and continues to every day. The writers all bring their love to the story. The artist more so as they see her in each, a different light. Overall, a fun tribute to an icon.

Story and Art by: Liam Sharp, Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, Fabio Moon, Hope Larson and Ramon Bachs, Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, Jill Thompson, Annie Wu, Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, Sebastian Fumara, Claire Roe and Jordie Bellaire, Marcio Takara and Marcelo Maiolo, Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr, Brian Bolland, Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage, Jenny Frison, Gail Simone and Colleen Doran
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Jade St. Protection Services #1

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 1The magical girl genre has seen a popularity spike in the past year or two, and it’s hard to say what prompted it. An anime staple, western animators and webcomic artists have recently picked up on its visual cues, narrative tropes, and worldbuilding rules and run with them. All of a sudden, it’s hard for a magical girl comic to stand out among projects like Zodiac StarforceSleepless Domain, and Agents of the Realm. There’s enough magical girl stories currently running that I actually have to be picky about which ones I check out, so as to invest my time in the best entries in the genre rather than just consuming everything I can find. With that in mind, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Jade Street Protection Services when I first heard about it…and then I saw the cover of the first issue.

JSPS‘s color palette (courtesy of Mara Jayne Carpenter) and linework (penciled and inked by Fabian Lelay) make this comic really stand out. The graffiti-style look of the front cover (provided by Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins) gives way to gradually shifting blues and greens, bright pinks and yellows or moody purples and browns. The character’s faces are easily distinguishable – it’s impossible to get two characters confused for one another – and Fabian Lelay’s inking strikes a great balance between simple and detailed depending on how a given panel is composed. These aren’t panels your eyes slide off of as you go from page to page: this comic is full of panels I found myself examining to admire composition or lighting or how characters were posed.

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 7 Thankfully, the story is just as strong as the artwork – rather than waste time on a three-paragraph page of exposition on the inside cover, the audience learns about the world the characters live inhabit as they discuss it naturally. We learn the name of the school the main cast attends on the same page where we see them attend their first class, where they learn how to pose and transform into proper magical girls. The nice thing about taking this approach is that any expository dialogue doesn’t come off as forced or stilted: it’s to be expected that a teacher would reiterate basics to remind her students what they should and shouldn’t focus on during a class. It works, and it works well. The first two pages give us a brief “here are your protagonists” montage, which is a device I usually don’t enjoy, but here it works because it gives us a broad idea of the main cast with plenty of room to flesh their personalities out in much more detail as the story progresses.

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 4We only get a brief glimpse of what may be the series’ central conflict, and there’s still plenty of worldbuilding to be explained in subsequent issues, but it’s easy to see that this info is being withheld simply because it would slow down the fast pace of the introduction. The first issue goes by quickly, but it’s because words aren’t wasted. Every panel has something to contribute to the mood, the story, and the worldbuilding; every line of dialogue establishes how the characters talk and think and interact with one another. This is a story where even the idle chatter and inane comments show us who a character is and what they’re like, and every panel has an obvious focus to draw the eye’s attention toward – this is the kind of writing and art magical girl comics should aspire to.

From what I’ve seen so far, JSPS is as enjoyable to stare at as it is to actually read and I can’t wait to see where it goes beyond issue one. If the first issue of this series sets the tone for what’s to come, I’m in all the way.

Story: Katy Rex Art: Fabian Lelay, Mara Jayne Carpenter, Annie Wu & Kiki Jenkins
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy!

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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services #1

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1

Written by: Katy Rex
Art by: Fabian Lelay
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito
Colored by: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Covers by: Annie Wu
In Stores: June 29th, 2016

In this new series that mashes The Breakfast Club with Sailor Moon, Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected. With JSPS, the creative team of writer Katy Rex, penciler/inker Fabian Lelay, colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter, and series cover artists Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins channel Black Mask’s edgy, subversive sensibility into a whipsmart adventure for delinquents young and old.

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