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Review: Batgirls #3

Batgirls #3

The Batgirls are facing a lot of issues and enemies are all around. There’s a serial killer. There’s Tutor. And then there’s the Saints as well. Plus, they’re a new trio that’s figuring out how to work together and their dynamic. It all comes together for a fun and entertaining comic that’s full of kinetic energy. Batgirls #3 is another solid entry with eye-popping visuals and some great humor.

Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad have delivered another fantastic issue with Batgirls #3. The team is confronting Tutor and getting a better idea as to how the mysterious villain is controlling everyone. They why… well that’s still up in the air.

Cloonan and Conrad have put together a hell of an issue that’s full of solid action and a lot of laughs as has become a standard of the series. The Batgirls deliver a lot of the action but also some humor as Barbara runs into an old flame while they’re on a mission. The back and forth is fantastic taking what would be a rather dull and slow point of the story and ramping it up with some fun banter.

The comic is full of small moments that really stand out. A call between Barb and Dick is interesting, then delivers a twist. A small moment at the end adds a lot of heart. Then there’s small details of the art that add a hell of a lot.

Jorge Corona along with colors by Sarah Stern and Ivan Plascencia and lettering by Becca Carey deliver what feels like a pop art explosion. The series is a perfect match of attitude and visuals. The colors are bright and jump from the page creating a feel of kinetic energy that’s beyond fitting for the series and characters. The art reflects the main villain who’s a graffiti artist and the use of colors all comes together in a solid synergy of style and story.

Batgirls #3 is another fantastic issue that perfectly combines the story and art. Action, humor, and a little heart along with some unexpected twists make for another winning entry for the series. This is a comic to look forward to with each release. It’s beyond infectious.

Story: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad Art: Jorge Corona
Color: Sarah Stern, Ivan Plascencia Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Batgirls #2

Batgirls #2

Batgirls‘ debut was such a shot of kinetic energy. Picking up after “Fear State”, Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Barbara Gordon are a bit wobbly having to find a new headquarters and lay low. The Batgirls are being blamed for the destruction of the clock tower, their former base, and have a foe who’s as good on the computer as Barbara. Now, they have some disciples of the Magistrate to contend with too. Batgirls #2 introduces us formally to The Saints, a trio of villains who follow Simon Saint and use his technology to fight crime.

Written by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad Batgirls #2 kicks things off with those solid additions to the Batman rogue gallery. Each character of the trio could be a stand-alone villain but the three together bring a shot of technology that you don’t see a ton of in Batman comics. Like the Magistrate himself, the three each have a tech suit that gives them a style and focus that feels a bit like a video game. Each has a role. There’s Tarsus, the brute/tank, Valentine who is the assassin type, and then Assisi is the tech person and sniper. While each has a silo we’ve seen before, it’s still an interesting group and switches up the terror that Simon Saint brought with his Magistrate program.

What’s particularly solid about these two issues is that they seem to have a nice theme running through them. The Batgirls, The Saints, and the mystery zombie issue, all have a tinge of blind faith about them. Each is a group that’s following someone and putting their trust, and blinders, on because of that. How deep the series will explore this will be interesting but there’s a great dynamic being set up all around.

The art by Jorge Corona with color by Sarah Stern and lettering by Becca Carey is unique. The comic continues to pop with the same kinetic energy from that first issue. The art style is “pop art” in the same way tagging and graffiti is. And they share a style in many ways, in fact graffiti is part of the story. There’s an exaggeration between the art styles that works here to bring about the youthful energy of the characters from the comic and delivers the exuberance in visuals that jump from the page.

Batgirls #2 is another solid issue. It delivers the same excitement and fun as the debut issue. There’s a style about it that lets you know this is a comic that knows what it is… and that’s a hell of a lot of fun. Even if you don’t know the characters, this is a series to check out and join in on. It’s hard to get through it without finding yourself smiling and enjoying the energetic ride.

Story: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad Art: Jorge Corona
Color: Sarah Stern Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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A Celebrity Vampire is a Danger to Hollywood in Angel #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Angel #1, the premiere issue of a brand new eight-issue comic book series available beginning January 19, 2022. Producer and director of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Cantwell, artist Daniel Bayliss, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Becca Carey shine the spotlight on everyone’s favorite vampire with a soul in the role of a lifetime . . . Detective Angel. 

Welcome to Angel for Hire, starring Angel and his co-star—Cordelia! But wait, Angel isn’t just a celebrity? Nope, he leads a double life . . . as a real monster hunter for Angel Investigations! 

Sometimes, though, this double life can get his friends into trouble, and as Wesley recovers from a horrific curse, Angel stumbles into a series of supernatural events which lead to him getting sucked into an unexpected and mysterious world. He soon faces a terrifying enemy, who sees him as a threat . . .

Angel #1 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator Nimit Malavia and variant cover art by fan favorite artists InHyuk Lee and Jahnoy Lindsay.

Angel #1

Review: Batgirls #1

Batgirls #1

It’s been building to this for a while, and they’re finally here in their own series! Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Barbara Gordon, aka Oracle now have their own series and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. They not only need to get used to a new headquarters, and living together, but they need to deal with the mysterious hacker Seer and some really bad public relations. There’s also curfew too. Batgirls #1 brings everything together for a solid debut that should leave fans of the characters and new readers very pleased.

Written by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad, Batgirls #1 picks up on the storylines that have been seeded in other series in previous months. The old bell tower is trashed and Cassandra and Stephanie have been framed to look like terrorists. There’s also the hacker Seer who is giving Oracle a run for her money and forcing all the old tech tricks to be thrown out the window.

Batgirls #1 feels like it is going a similar route as the recent Batman storylines in that it takes the characters back to basics. All the crazy contraptions and supercomputers are gone making things a bit more grounded. Like Bruce Wayne losing his fortune, Barbara has lost her amazing network and must start over with a low-tech solution to try to achieve a lot of what she was already doing. Out are the amazing communication systems and in are walkie-talkies.

There’s also a focus on public perception which has been key in the Batman mythos since early on. The Batgirls have been framed and the public think they’re dangerous. They can’t go out and fight crime as easily as they once did so need to go back to sneaking around and keeping a lower profile. That’s at the behest of Barbara who acts as a mentor to the two. The dynamic of the trio is great and you have two young and brash individuals with the much more pragmatic and conservative approach to things. The interactions of them all are great and sure to make the series really stand out especially compared to the relationship between Batman and Robin. It’s a very different take on things that so far really stands out.

Jorge Corona‘s art style pops. With color by Sarah Stern and lettering by Becca Carey, the comic has a look that mixes youthful exuberance and energy with the chaotic aspects of the story. With blues and greens, purples, and pinks, the comic has a look about it that stands out from the shelves. It’s unique and different delivering a visual treat where the look matches the content well. Corona’s fights have a energy and flair about them that captures the duo in the center. There’s also a solid switch from the action and humor to some horror for a bit too. The art fits the comic so well and is another reason this debut issue stands out.

Batgirls #1 is a great balance of action, humor, and mystery. While it continues the back-up shorts, the first issue is a “fresh start” that new readers can easily pick up and enjoy and long time readers will want to see what’s next. There’s so much packed in a comic that knows what it is from the start and makes its vision and voice clear. One hell of a debut and great start to help wrap up DC’s year.

Story: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad Art: Jorge Corona
Color: Sarah Stern Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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The Horrible Truth is Revealed in Your First Look at Eat the Rich #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Eat the Rich #5, the final issue issue in a chilling new original five-issue comic book series from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey with artist Pius Bak, colorist Roman Titov, and letterer Cardinal Rae, about the unspeakable horrors lying in wait behind the idyllic lives of the one percent, available on December 22, 2021.

‘TIL DEATH DO US PART! Astor finally proposes but the cost of marrying into the 1% is too terrible for Joey to even contemplate. Too bad saying no isn’t an option if she wants to get out of Crestfall Bluffs in one piece! With the horrible truth fully revealed, can Joey escape a proposal much too rich for her blood, or will she get eaten alive by the secrets of the rich and powerful?

Eat the Rich #5 features main and variant cover art by famed illustrator Kevin Tong, and variant covers by acclaimed artists Becca Carey, and Jenn Woodall.

Eat the Rich #5

Review: Batman #116

Batman #116

Fear State” continues in part 5 that has everything coming together as Batman and Miracle Molly confront the Scarecrow. Batman #116 is fully of action and drama with some fantastic moments.

James Tynion IV does an excellent job of bringing so much together in Batman #116. There’s really dramatic and “cinematic” moments that highlight an issue that at times feels epic at scale. Balanced well are Batman and Miracle Mommy taking on Scarecrow, some more on Magistrate-01, Ivy, and so much more. It’s an issue that’s bursting from the seems with so much packed in. So, lets take each moment at a time.

Saint’s forces have invaded Ivy’s lair. Standing against them is Ghost-Maker who brings a swashbuckling classic style to the fight. For a character that was a shrug to start, he’s grown into one I really like delivering an over the top style in everything. But, this is all going on in Ivy’s lair. She’s not too happy with it all and the series has hinted that we should expect something big for her in the future. That begins here in a moment that feels like it should be on a movie screen. Epic is an understatement and could be an entire issue and event by itself.

Batman and Miracle Molly’s adventure has them confronting Scarecrow. Tynion delivers a lot of emotion with that as Scarecrow does his thing. But, it also turns into a rather shocking moment as well. It leads to a new confrontation between Magistrate-01 and Batman and a double-page spread of action that’s fantastic. One panel in particular is amazing as a blade gets a bit close to Batman. This has summer popcorn film all about it.

And that’s just a small bit of an issue that feels like a popcorn flick on the printed page.

The art by Jorge Jimenez is fantastic. With color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the issue’s visuals are everything you’d want from a comic book. It pops in every sense with amazing colors and a great flow to it all. What’s great is that the team gives us some visuals that feel like “traditional” Batman while putting on their own spin. Magistrate-01 confronting Batman is fantastic with two moments really standing out visually. Scarecrow’s mask being taken off feels terrorizing for a brief moment, the madness unleashed. The series has a style that’s all its own blending the past with the neon manga-inspired style of “Future State”.

We also get a backup story by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad with art by Jorge Corona, color by Sarah Stern, and lettering by Becca Carey. Stephanie and Cass are in the tower with Barbara long gone. They’re confronted by Simon Saint’s team who do the unthinkable. It’s a sliver of a story but the impact feels like it’s one that’ll reverberate for years to come. It also sets up an intriguing dynamic for everything to come. It also again shows the extreme that Saint and his forces will go.

Batman #116 is another solid chapter of “Fear State”. There’s an epic scale to it all yet also feels like so much is packed into the issue. None of it feels shorted at all. It’s an impressive balancing act and a highlight of one of the best Batman storylines in years.

Story: James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad Art: Jorge Jimenez, Jorge Corona
Color: Tomeu Morey, Sarah Stern Letterer: Clayton Cowles, Becca Carey
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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The Thistleburn is Unveiled in Your First Look at Eat The Rich #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Eat The Rich #4, the next issue in a chilling new original five-issue comic book series from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey with artist Pius Bak, colorist Roman Titov, and letterer Cardinal Rae, about the unspeakable horrors lying in wait behind the idyllic lives of the one percent, available on November 17, 2021.

Even as Joey struggles to make sense of everything she’s seen, what role her beloved Astor has in it, and what it means for her relationship with him, Crestfall Bluffs is a flurry of activity preparing for the Thistleburn Unveiling Gala Party. When Joey intervenes in a situation she doesn’t fully understand, it will bring everything to a head in the most unexpected way! 

Eat the Rich #4 features main cover art by famed illustrator Kevin Tong and variant covers by acclaimed artists Becca Carey, and Corin Howell.

Eat the Rich #4

Angel Makes His Hollywood Debut in New Series From BOOM!

BOOM! Studios has announced Angel, a brand new eight-issue comic book series available beginning January 2022. Producer and director of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Cantwell, artist Daniel Bayliss, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Becca Carey shine the spotlight on everyone’s favorite vampire with a soul in the role of a lifetime . . . Detective Angel. 

Welcome to Detective TV, starring Angel and his co-star—Cordelia! But wait, Angel isn’t just a celebrity? Nope, he leads a double life… as a real monster hunter for Angel Investigations! 

Sometimes, though, this double life can get his friends into trouble, and as Wesley recovers from a horrific curse, Angel stumbles into a series of supernatural events which lead to him getting sucked into an unexpected and mysterious world. He soon faces a terrifying enemy, who sees him as a threat . . .

Angel #1 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator Nimit Malavia and variant cover art by fan favorite artists InHyuk Lee and Jahoy Lindsay

Behold the Deadly Decadence in Eat the Rich #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Eat the Rich #3, the next issue in a chilling new original five-issue comic book series from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey with artist Pius Bak, colorist Roman Titov, and letterer Cardinal Rae, about the unspeakable horrors lying in wait behind the idyllic lives of the one percent, available on October 20, 2021.

Still uncertain about what she saw in Pip’s office, Joey confides in Kitty…but Kitty’s response only confuses her more, leaving Joey with no choice but to play along with the family. Until the Fourth of July, when at a party Joey suspects what she thought she saw then is happening again. Can Joey come to terms with what is really happening in Crestfall Bluffs… and can she still walk away alive?

Eat the Rich #3 features main cover art by famed illustrator Kevin Tong and variant covers by acclaimed artists Becca Carey, and DANI.

Eat the Rich #3

Uncover Gruesome Secrets in Your First Look at Eat the Rich #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Eat the Rich #2, the next issue in a chilling new original five-issue comic book series from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey with artist Pius Bak, colorist Roman Titov, and letterer Cardinal Rae, about the unspeakable horrors lying in wait behind the idyllic lives of the one percent, available on September 22, 2021.

Is Joey willing to pay with her life to uncover the gruesome secrets behind Crestfall Bluffs? Joey is beyond disturbed by what she has just witnessed, but when she confides in her boyfriend Astor, his reassurance about his family’s weird rituals and traditions only fuels her suspicions. As she digs further, what she finds produces more questions and danger than answers! 

Eat the Rich #2 features main cover art by famed illustrator Kevin Tong and variant covers by acclaimed artists Becca Carey, and Maria Llovet.

Eat the Rich #2
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