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Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Masquerade #1

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Masquerade #1

(W) Lara Elena Donnelly (A) French Carlomagno, Samantha Dodge (CA) Jenny Frison
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $7.99

Discover an all-new one-shot story set during the hit film Jim Henson’s Labyrinth from award-winning author Lara Elena Donnelly (Amberlough), along with artists French Carlomagno (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Samantha Dodge (Catwoman: Soulstealer), and more

All is not as it seems with the guests of Jareth’s famous Masquerade, as one participant slowly awakens to the reality of her topsy-turvy existence in the Goblin Kingdom when Sarah shatters the glass mirrors during her escape.

But as this mysterious participant puts together the pieces, her discoveries threaten to unravel everything!

Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Masquerade #1

Get a First Look at Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir, Out March 2021

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the original graphic novel Girlspaining: A (Sorta) Memoir, by cartoonist Katja Klengel, tackling the subjects that have shaped her life: from body shaming to the exploration of her sexuality, and from the representation of women in the media to the social pressure on women who don’t have children, available on March 3, 2021 in comic shops and on March 9, 2021 in bookstores..

Why do we fear the word “vulva” so much? Do we really have to be ashamed of our body hair? Why do gender roles in children’s toys seem to be stuck in the ‘50s? With a healthy sense of humor, an open heart, and unsparing candor, Klengel looks back on her childhood through the lens of the popular culture that shaped her identity and examines what being a woman today means to her (and really, a whole lot of us!).

GIRLSPLAINING: A (Sorta) MEMOIR

Get a First Look at Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Masquerade #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Masquerade #1, a brand new oversized one-shot issue starring the strange and wondrous characters of Jim Henson’s beloved fantasy classic Labyrinth, from award-winning author Lara Elena Donnelly, artists French Carlomagno, Samantha Dodge, and Pius Bak, colorists Francesco Segala and Fabiana Mascolo, and letterer Jim Campbell, available on December 23, 2020.

You’re invited to the ball of the season! But all is not as it seems with the guests of Jareth’s famous Masquerade, as one of the partygoers slowly awakens to the reality of her topsy-turvy existence in the Goblin Kingdom after Sarah’s escape from the ball. As this mysterious participant puts together the pieces, her discoveries could unravel the very fabric of this fantasy world!

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Masquerade #1 features main cover art by artist Jenny Frison and variant cover art by Evan Cagle.

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: MASQUERADE #1

BOOM! Studios Releases Super-Rare 2020 Convention Variants For The First Time

BOOM! Studios has announced that it would be making available, for the first time, some of the rarest convention variants in company history. Originally scheduled for release in 2020 as part of key convention stops around the United States, these variant covers will now be exclusively available in extremely limited quantities through comic shop retailers on February 24, 2021.

These never-before-seen convention variants are available for the first time ever:

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Limited Edition Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Qistina Khalidah.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Comic-Con International 2020.

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Limited Edition Hardcover

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon Limited Exclusive Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Myra Rose.
Collects Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1-6.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at WonderCon 2020.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon Limited Exclusive Hardcover

Firefly: The Sting Limited Edition Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Miguel Mercado.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at WonderCon 2020.

Firefly: The Sting Limited Edition Hardcover

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #45 Showcase Variant

$40 each
Cover art by Felipe Massafera.
Limited to 300 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Wondercon 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #45 Showcase Variant

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Softcover

$20 each
Cover art by Dan Mora. 
Collects the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-6.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Comic-Con International 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Softcover

Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant

$40 each
Cover art by Dan Mora.
Limited to 300 copies.
Originally set to debut as part of BOOM! Studios 2020 Convention Tour.

Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 Convention Exclusive Wraparound Variant

$50 each
Cover Art by Juan Gedeon.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally set to debut as part of BOOM! Studios 2020 Convention Tour.

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 Convention Exclusive Wraparound Variant

Additionally, extremely limited quantities of these previously released convention exclusive variant covers have been made available while supplies last:

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 SDCC 2019 Convention Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Evan Cagle.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Comic-Con International 2019.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 SDCC 2019 Convention Variant

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Joana LaFuente
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted as part of BOOM! Studios 2019 Convention Tour.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 Convention Exclusive Variant

Angel #1 SDCC 2019 Exclusive Variant

$15 each
Cover Art by Will Sliney.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Comic-Con International 2019.

Angel #1 SDCC 2019 Exclusive Variant

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #3 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Rii Abrego.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #3 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #25 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Steven Universe #25 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #26 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Steven Universe #26 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #27 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Steven Universe #27 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #28 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Steven Universe #28 Convention Exclusive Variant

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Dean Stuart.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally debuted at New York Comic Con 2019.

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant

BOOM! Announces Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir

BOOM! Studios has announced a  new original graphic novel Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir, by cartoonist Katja Klengel, tackling the subjects that have shaped her life: from body shaming to the exploration of her sexuality, and from the representation of women in the media to the social pressure on women who don’t have children, available in March 2021.

Why do we fear the word “vulva” so much? Do we really have to be ashamed of our body hair? Why do gender roles in children’s toys seem to be stuck in the ‘50s? With a sense of humor, an open heart, and unsparing candor, Klengel looks back on her childhood through the lens of the popular culture that shaped her identity and examines what being a woman today means to her (and really, a whole lot of us!).

Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir is for Mature Readers and will be available for sale in March 2021.

Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #12

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #12

(W) Matthew Erman (A) Jo Migyeong (CA) Mona Finden
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $3.99

All-Maudra Mayrin and Kam’Lu may have finally escaped the belly of the beast, but their journey is not yet over. From the depths of the Silver Sea, in the bowels of Thra, an ancient enemy emerges, one that threatens to destroy their whole world!

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #12

Preview: Jim Henson’s the Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Vol. 2 the Ballad of Hup & Barfinnious

Jim Henson’s the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vol. 2 the Ballad of Hup & Barfinnious

(W) Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, Adam Cesare (A) French Carlomagno (L) Jim Campbell (CA) Conor Nolan
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $22.99

AN OFFICIAL PREQUEL TO THE HIT NETFLIX SERIES! Return to Thra in a time before the Age of Resistance to meet Hup – the breakout star of Netflix’s hit Dark Crystal series, who’s a Podling cook dreaming of being a Paladin – and who discovers that sometimes it’s not good when your wishes come true! One day, the chivalrous bard Barfinnious comes to Hup’s village with tales of former glory and charms the Podling into leaving his small town to journey into adventure. But the longer they travel, the more Hup begins to doubt that Barfinnious is truly who he says he is… Based on a story by Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series writers, Will Matthews & Jeff Addiss, Adam Cesare (Clown in a Cornfield) and French Carlomagno (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) present an official prequel to the next chapter of the pop culture phenomenon, now streaming on Netflix. Collects Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #5-8.

Jim Henson's the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vol. 2 the Ballad of Hup & Barfinnious

Review: Bolivar

Bolivar is a beloved graphic novel by Sean Rubin and published by the BOOM! Studios imprint Archaia that follows a young girl who attempts to find out more about her next door neighbor Bolivar, who’s also a dinosaur.

Out for a few years now, the graphic novel is now available in softcover. If you missed the original release, now’s a perfect time to get it and see what you missed with this modern classic.

Story: Sean Rubin
Art: Sean Rubin

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Bolivar SC

Bolivar SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Sean Rubin
Artist: Sean Rubin
Cover Artist: Sean Rubin
Price: $14.99

Meet the dinosaur next door in Sean Rubin’s debut graphic novel, and explore this love letter to New York City in an all-ages adventure perfect for anyone who’s ever felt out of place.
Sybil knows that there is something off about her next-door neighbor, but she can’t seem to get anyone to believe her. Everyone is so busy going about their days in the busy streets of New York City that they don’t notice Bolivar. They don’t notice his odd height, his tiny arms, or his long tail. No one but Sybil sees that Bolivar is a dinosaur!

Bolivar SC

Review: Slaughterhouse-Five OGN

Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five is one of my favorite books, and is hands down my favorite of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels. I happened upon it in college, with no prior knowledge of its content and no awareness of who Vonnegut was. Something about the book cover just drew me to the novel. I ended up missing class the next day because I stayed up all night reading it. Then once I’d finished, I turned right around and read it again. I may not have learned anything in class the day after buying the book, but Slaughterhouse-5 taught me a lot about what good fiction can deliver to the reader.

Published by Archaia, a division of Boom! Entertainment, Slaughterhouse-Five has now been adapted into an original graphic novel. Vonnegut’s classic anti-war allegory disguised as science-fiction is presented by writer Ryan North as it never has been before. Presenting the story, and its purposely non-linear narrative as a graphic novel is brilliant. Linking visuals to Billy Pilgrim’s time displacement fills out the storylines in a satisfying way. This adaptation is pretty faithful to the original novel. North uses much of Vonnegut’s prose and includes nearly every scene from the novel, even those small scenes casual readers may have forgotten. North does leave out one detail, however, the narrator from the novel, who is meant to represent the voice of Vonnegut himself.

Instead, North provides a bit of his own narration and exposition via text boxes placed throughout the story. In essence, he inserts himself as the narrator. Although these asides occasionally leaned toward humorous, I don’t feel like they added much to the narrative. To be frank, it felt to me like adding lines to a production of Shakespeare. In trying to retell one of Vonnegut’s stories, North effectively cuts him out of the narrative completely, and the representative character out until the very end. There are also some asides during scenes in the German prison camp where North points out Vonnegut (who was actually captured by the Germans during the war). Altogether, I think these asides are meant to mimic Vonnegut’s technique in the novel. Unfortunately, what is a sophisticated meta-textual literary device in Vonnegut’s hands feels more like pandering under North’s.

Along those same lines, I could have done without the seven pages of illustrated introduction. If a reader picks up this graphic novel, and has no idea it’s based on a Vonnegut novel, they should be allowed to enjoy it without pretense. North also gives a timeline of Billy Pilgrim’s “journey” through time, which basically amounts to a huge spoiler for a story that hasn’t even started yet. Plus, illustrating this introduction just felt unnecessary. One page of printed introduction, as is common in other graphic novels, would have sufficed. Or the illustrated introduction could have been tacked on to the end. The context it tries to impart would have had more impact after a reader has finished the graphic novel. Place at the beginning, it seemed like a waste of time for fans of Slaughterhouse-5, and wasn’t a good way to engage new readers.

Albert Monteys artwork is but not spectacular. The best way to describe my feelings of the illustrations is with the phrase “missed opportunity.” Slaughterhouse-five offers an artist the chance to draw battlefields, prison camps, flying saucers, an alien zoo, and the ward of a mental institution. Although Monteys renders all these settings well, they all look too similar. His linework rarely changes and the result is the exotic settings have the exact same look as the mundane ones. He does change his style at a few points, producing some cool visual effects, including: several underwater panels where the reader can see the ripples in the water, the scene where Billy Pilgrim watches a documentary on the war is drawn like a storyboard, and the pages of the Tralfamadorian book are appropriately abstract and psychedelic.

Luckily, Monteys’ use of color compensates for his uniform illustrative style. His color deviations accurately depict the settings within the story. Even without reading Vonnegut’s prose, the reader can instantly distinguish Germany during WWII from Billy Pilgrim’s optometry office in the 1950’s. The colors Monteys uses not only visually sum up the setting, they also convey the tone of each scene.

This graphic novel presentation of Slaughterhouse-Five is a great adaptation, but not necessarily a one-hundred percent faithful one. The story and most of the dialogue and text are purely Vonnegut. Unfortunately, North’s artistic liberties and literary additions don’t add to the quality of the story. In my opinion, North’s additions are actually more of a distraction then a quality accompaniment. Monteys’ artwork is a bit uniform despite the varied settings within the story, but all of his illustrations clearly covey the life of Billy Pilgrim to the reader. For those who have never read Slaughterhouse-five, I highly suggest starting with the novel, then checking out this graphic novel adaptation. Fans of Vonnegut’s work will probably want to add this graphic novel to their bookshelves, moreso to add to their collections than for the quality of the product.

Story: Kurt Vonnegut Written: Ryan North Art: Albert Monteys
Story: 10 Adaptation: 3.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.2 Recommendation: Read

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