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Preview: Jupiter Jet #5

JUPITER JET #5

Writer(s): Jason Inman & Ashley Victoria Robinson
Artist Name(s): Ben Matsuya (Lineart), Mara Jayne Carpenter (Colors), Taylor Esposito (Letters)
Cover Artist(s): Ben Matsuya (Cover A) Art Baltazar (Cover B)
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

The battle for Olympic Heights ends here! Jupiter Jet faces off with Praetor Pluto in the skies and the fate of her family hangs in the balance! Can Jupiter Jet survive a battle against Praetor Pluto’s robot army? What is Pluto’s master plan? And a shocking conclusion that will change everything in Jupiter Jet’s world.

Jupiter Jet Volume 1: Collect the heartwarming adventures of a teenager with a jetpack and family crises!

16-year-old Jacqueline “Jacky” Johnson inherits a jetpack with a mysterious power source. Along with her brother, Chuck, and their cat, she must protect her home from a mysterious threat that may just be from outer space!

Jupiter Jet is written by Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson, the husband and wife duo behind the podcast Geek History Lesson, and illustrated by Ben Matsuya, with a cover by Jonboy Meyers. Jupiter Jet is truly an all-ages story.

The first volume of Jupiter Jet collects issues 1-5 and will be available in a comic book store near you on May 30, 2018. It can be preordered through Diamond with the item code MAR181025.

Preview: Jupiter Jet #3

JUPITER JET #3

Writer(s): Jason Inman & Ashley Victoria Robinson
Artist Name(s): Ben Matsuya (Lineart), Mara Jayne Carpenter (Colors) Taylor Esposito (Letters)
Cover Artist(s): Ben Matsuya (Cover A)
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Praetor Pluto has found the Flying Girl. Will the new upgrades to Jupiter Jet’s jetpack allow her to escape? Danger! Family! And Cats! This issue has it all. Plus, part three of The Origin of The Jetpack backup with art by Jorge Corona (The Flash and We Are Robin).

Preview: Jupiter Jet #2

JUPITER JET #2

Writer(s): Jason Inman & Ashley Victoria Robinson
Artist Name(s): Ben Matsuya (Lineart), Mara Jayne Carpenter (Colors), Taylor Esposito (Letters)
Cover Artist(s): Ben Matsuya (Cover A), Jenn St-Onge (Cover B)
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Teenage hero Jupiter Jet must push her jetpack to the limit in order to outrun the villainous Praetor Pluto who is hot on her heels! But will a new invention built by her brother Chuck help Jupiter Jet’s mission or harm it?

Review: Jupiter Jet #1

Jupiter Jet Action Lab #1In the grand tradition of strong female characters, Jacqueline “Jacky” Johnson takes to the skies in a Robin Hood tale with a science fiction twist. Jupiter Jet #1 in a steampunk-y version of the 1940s. Jacky and her brother Chuck are struggling to keep their parents’ auto repair shop open despite financial woes (and the fact that they are children with no adult supervision). While the two use their smarts and Jacky’s jetpack to watch out for their neighbors and redistribute wealth, their do-good attitude has left little time or money to take care of themselves. The threat of leaving the city for a rural life with their Aunt and Uncle looms large over them, until said Uncle shows up and offers his farm for collateral against the shop.

The first issue leaves plenty of open-ended questions: what are the mysterious power sources Chuck and Jacky keep discovering? Who were the Johnson parents? And who are the figures lurking in the shadows? But it also builds a strong platform on which to answer those questions.

The writing from Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson is charming without being shallow. Of particular interest is how Chuck managed to turn what could have been a restrictive wardrobe into the female equivalent of Batman’s Utility Belt. Before the book is over, Inman and Robinson manage to squeeze in a little taste of what’s coming up, and I was delighted to see that space travel isn’t far off for our teenaged heroine.

Ben Matsuya, Mara Jayne Carpenter, and Taylor Esposito create the perfect aesthetic for this innovative world. Jacky soars through the sky with grace, but once she hits the ground she can’t manage to walk in a straight line without tripping. The movement comes off as a character trait, however, rather than a gag. Instead of seeming like a teenage girl cliché, it shows why Jacky might prefer the clouds.

Story: Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson Line Art: Ben Matsuya
Colors: Mara Jayne Carpenter Letters: Taylor Esposito
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Jupiter Jet #1

JUPITER JET #1

Writer(s): Jason Inman & Ashley Victoria Robinson
Artist Name(s): Ben Matsuya (Line art), Mara Jayne Carpenter (Colors), Taylor Esposito (Letters)
Cover Artist(s): Ben Matsuya (Covers A & B), Jonboy Meyers (Cover C)
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

SERIES LAUNCH! Sixteen-year-old Jacqueline “Jacky” Johnson rides the sky on an experimental jetpack and she does what any other teenage girl would do. Steal from the rich and give to the poor! But, when she steals a mysterious object from the wrong people, can she survive the robots and ray guns they send after her?

Jupiter Jet #1: The beginning of an exciting coming-of-age superhero origin

Following the death of her father 16-year-old Jacqueline “Jacky” Johnson inherits a jetpack with a mysterious power source. Together with her brother, Chuck, and their cat she must protect her home from a threat that may – or may not – be from this Earth! Jupiter Jet #1 debuts this December from writers Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson featuring art by Ben Matsuya, colors by Mara Jayne Carpenter, lettering by Taylor Esposito, and covers by Matsuya and Jonboy Meyers.

JUPITER JET features a strong female lead, a found family and it’s more than just a simple superhero origin. Readers will go on a hero’s origin with Jacky as she realizes her destiny as Jupiter Jet and the world that she knows isn’t anything like it seems. This book has a sci-fi twist that no one will see coming! It’s got the trappings of a throwback period piece with its gaze to the future.

Look for Jupiter Jet #1 in comic book stores on December 6, 2017.

Review: Apollo IX #1

ApollolX_01-1I remembered when Image Comics first came on the scene, more than 20 years ago, and what seems like a millennia, but yet seems just like yesterday, which I guess is another symptom of getting older. It seemed as though the whole world turned upside down, as comics’ readers all over the world, including myself, was finally reading comics which they not only enjoyed but finally identified with. These characters felt as though they jumped off the page and gave readers, heroes, that seemed more human and logical than the” Big 2” had given readers to this point.

In fact, up to this point, no comic book character had been killed, by any disease, before the death of Shadowhawk. No character had been an effective anti-hero, at least not realistically, before Spawn. No character, had dealt with dementia, and how it would be to have in alternate realities, before Maxx.No character, had not dealt with the long lasting effects of amnesia, before Savage Dragon and Aphrodite IX.

Aphrodite IX, is one of Image’s best comics, and for the un-initiated reader, it is about is a female android who suffers from amnesia after being sent on undercover missions, which leads to ongoing confusion about what she does and for whom, but she becomes aware that she is an assassin and begins to have dreams and desires much like a human and soon set out find out why, where she discovers a conspiracy involving a secret organization of cyborgs attempting to disenfranchise the governmental structure. What Image has set out to do over the last few months is to tell the story of other eight heirs of the IXth Generation. This story centers on Apollo IX, who is obsessed with his newest research project, a material transporter, which is experiencing multiple failures, resulting in the death of his latest head of research, which causes Apollo to hire a new cyborg, Psyche, which actually furthers, his latest venture. Ultimately, he is betrayed, and his nature as a member of the IXth Generation, comes to the surface.

This collaboration, is more than equal to the one shots, which have been released up to this point, and in fact, excels in certain aspects. The story by Ashley Victoria Robinson is much a character study as it is fable on trust. The art by Fernando Argosino and Chris Northrop lives up to the stylized renderings that Top Cow, is more than famous for. Overall, a great one shot, that for fans of Aphrodite IX, will be more than satisfied.

Story: Ashley Victoria Robinson Art: Fernando Argosino and Chris Northrop
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review