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Preview: Hi-Fi Fight Club #2 (of 4)

Hi-Fi Fight Club #2 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Nina Vakueva
Cover Artists: Nina Vakueva
Price: $3.99

With Rory in danger and Chris finally in on the crew’s off-hour activities, they need a plan to get to her in time… and they find it in the most unexpected place!

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/16

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


 

Alex

PESTILENCE_04Old Man Logan #28 (Marvel)** The last Marvel comic on my pull list these days, and were it not for a very sentimental attachment to Wolverine I’d have likely dropped it awhile back for no other reason than I’ve largely stopped reading Marvel. That said, I’m still really enjoying this series, and seeing Old Man Logan back with Hawkeye again as they confront the Hulk Gang is a nostalgic throwback for the reader (and possibly Logan). Ultimately, a really solid book – and one I don’t regret picking up in the least. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Pestilence #4 (Aftershock)** There’s something to be said about reading about zombies in the medieval times. Frank Tieri has always been hit or miss for me (though truthfully far more hit than miss), and this series one of the hits. The covers are always brilliantly well done and the interior art, to me at least, has an almost Mignola feel to it. If you want something a bit different from the spandex and capes of the Big Two then you could do a lot worse than this medieval zombie story. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #4 (Dark Horse)** – Brian Wood and guest artist extraordinaire Vanessa R. Del Rey (way to leave her name off the cover, Dark Horse) deliver a stunning stand-alone story about a teenage girl looking to get off “The Land” to have an abortion that depicts the topic with the intelligence and sensitivity that it deserves while eschewing any sign of preachiness. Highly skilled stuff, wonderfully illustrated, with no easy answers provided. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Harrow County #25 (Dark Horse)** – Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook celebrate a milestone issue in their rural horror series with a story that not only moves, but downright propels, the narrative forward into dizzyng new territory. I’ve been “on the harrow county 25.jpgfence” about this book for some time despite Crook’s utterly gorgeous art, but as of now, I’m “all in” again, no question. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Action Comics #987 (DC)** – Lenticularize me, baby! Or, ya know, don’t, since the first issue of the much-hyped “The Oz Effect” storyline is the very definition of comic book mediocrity. Viktor Bogdanovic’s art has a little bit more personality (and a little bit less technical proficiency) than most “Rebirth” stuff, but Dan Jurgens’ script is rote and predictable in the extreme, even if “Mr. Oz” doesn’t turn out to be exactly who you assumed he was. In addition, they seem to have laidall their cards on the table with their “big reveal” on the final page of this issue, and it’s hard to see where they go from here — as well as why I should care. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Mister Miracle #2 (DC)** – Tom King and Mitch Gerads settle things down a bit after their “Mulholland Drive”-esque first issue, but it’s still fairly obvious that all is not quite as it appears here. Orion is running the show on New Genesis now, Granny Goodness apparently ain’t so bad, and Barda doesn’t really get killed even though it looks like she does for a minute there. Certainly interesting stuff, but I’m not sure “dialing back” the high weirdness was the right call (hey, time will tell), and Gerads’ art, while certainly damn good for the most part, is so murky in the final two panels that it’s hard to discern what’s even going on in the big “cliffhanger” ending. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Patrick

Mage: The Hero Denied #2 (Image)** – I’m up in the air over this one, but I think so is Kevin. On the one hand, he likes his quiet family life, so he’s trying to minimize the threats he’s facing. On the other, he has to take the necessary steps to protect his family. I think that it’s just that Matt Wagner hasn’t seemed to make up his mind yet about what MageTheHeroDenied_02-1Kevin wants most and what he’s prepared to do to get it, so the story is passive and reactive. There are just enough interesting hooks to keep me going, though: I love Mags’ magic crockpot, for instance, and Kevin’s relationship with his son is complex and real. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Kill Or Be Killed #12 (Image)** – This issue is strictly prosaic and procedural, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, coming from Ed Brubaker. Dylan starts hitting back at the Russians, and he and Kira inch closer. But Sean Phillips’ portrayal of Dylan struck me: he looks ten years older and seriously haunted, especially sitting next to Kira at the movies. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy.

Time & Vine #3 (IDW)** – The mystery – that of Megan’s Aunt Alice – kind of… meanders along here. Three issues in, I’m starting to wonder what this story is really about and what’s driving it. The historical vignettes are interesting – we go back to 1863 and a meeting of the Emancipation Society of New York to talk about slavery, suffrage, and economics – but I’m starting to lose the emotional connection. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Christopher

Dept H #18 (Dark Horse) Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they give you a view of the surface world as a tease. Showing how they have reacted to the H-virus, as it spreads. As what may be their last hope for surfacing falls short. This series continues to draw me, as it progresses. Hopefully, with only two issues scheduled to remain after this, we will be shown how things end. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Misfit City #5

Misfit City #5

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten
Artist: Naomi Franquiz
Cover Artist: Naomi Franquiz
Price: $3.99

Wilder and her friends draw closer to finding the treasure of Black Mary, but life is pulling them away from the path that leads to X marks the spot!

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/9

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Ryan C

BM_Cv30_dsBatman #30 (DC)** – It seems we’re getting as many “interludes” with “The War Of Jokes And Riddles” as we are actual chapters, but I probably shouldn’t complain too much since these Kite-Man stories are a lot better than the confused and disjointed main narrative which just can’t seem to gel. Tom King seems to have a real handle for this character, and Clay and Seth Mann’s art is sharp and striking. As a stand-alone, then, this is plenty good, but as part of the larger narrative, it just adds one more ingredient (albeit a better one) to a murky stew of storytelling. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

World Reader #6 (Aftershock)** – A surprising and quite good wrap-up to Jeff Loveness and Juan Doe’s series that features beautiful, “trippy” cosmic illustration and leaves things on a decidedly metaphysical note. A quick read, to be sure, but one that asks some fairly profound questions and provides no easy answers. My kind of thing all the way. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Postal #22 (Top Cow/Image)** – Another strong issue of the most consistently-underrated comic around, as Bryan Hill and Isaac Goodhart build up to what’s starting to feel very much like a conclusion. Or perhaps just a conclusion to this book as we know it before taking things in a whole new direction? Whatever the case may be, big trouble is headed for Eden, Wyoming, and both creators are hitting a nice stride as the tension ramps up. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy.

Outcast #30 (Skybound/Image) – After a nice run where things really seemed to be happening at a breakneck pace, Robert Kirkman has reverted to his dull and laconic storytelling style with this one, and the dialogue is clunky and contrived as shit. It seems Kyle Barnes is welcoming a new addition to his little makeshift army of exorcists and a new “main bad guy” is on the scene, but whatever. This issue is so poorly scripted that I dare you to care about what’s happening in it. Paul Azaceta’s art continues to be nicely moody bordering on the abstract, but in this installment he’s simply not given much interesting stuff to draw. One big yawn. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Logan

giant days 30Giant Days #30 (BOOM! Studios)– The latest Giant Days is a delightful bit of relationship drama stew from writer John Allison with the usual hilarious reaction shots by artists Max Sarin and Liz Fleming. Daisy’s German girlfriend Ingrid is becoming a little too much for her friends Susan and Esther, whose respective affair with her ex-boyfriend McGraw and friendship with his current girlfriend Emilia all come to a head in one of the more serialized issues of the series. And it works thanks to years of character developments, and laugh out loud visual comedy like the goth Esther transforming into witch phase, shower curtain wearing Stevie Nicks as she tries to keep all the drama straight. Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #5 (Black Mask)– Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss’ juvenile crime/80s period piece comes to a close in dark, exciting fashion. There’s plenty of great pop culture references per usual and some fun uses of nine panel grids for heist planning. However, shit gets real about 2/3 through the book, and there are real consequences to Paige and company’s actions Best of all, Rosenberg and Boss avoid the cardinal sin that some heist stories (Reservoir Dogs gets a pass, obviously) and show the bank robbery in all its glory and tragedy instead of just yammering about it. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

Black Magick #7 (Image) – “Sometimes you need to make a flame.” That is the BlackMagick_07-1understatement of the issue. Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott continue their fascinating occult police procedural. What I dig about this series is how totally grounded and un-pulp-y it is (unlike, say, Weird Detective). Its magic has nothing to do with mysticism: it’s methodical and precise and not for nothing is the word “work” used to describe it. I trust this team that, in the image of this issue, the slow burn of the series will get explosive soon. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Lazarus X+66 #2 (Image) – Greg Rucka has created a raft of tortured and compromised characters for the world of Lazarus, and he’s at his best when he’s exploring the themes of “duty”. So it was great to get a look at Joacquim Morray’s return to his family. It’s pretty emotionally messed-up: though they of course created Joacquim as a Lazarus, they make him feel heartless and mechanical as if he had a choice in the matter; though they forced him to betray Forever, they now require him to prove his loyalty to them. Really nice. Mack Chater’s art is, I think, too Lark-like for what I want out of this sidecar series. If Rucka is going to explore the nooks and crannies of his world, I would like to see art that diverges from the mainline as well. It’s not bad, just not bold enough for me. Overall 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Lady Killer Vol 2 #5 (Dark Horse) – DAYUM Joëlle Jones! The first 4 pages of this one are my favourite thing of the week, and a perfect, quiet introduction to the sheer mayhem that follows. Simply impeccable and full of gorgeous brutality. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Stray Bullets #27 (Image/El Capitan) – So Kretch and Annie hit the road and things go badly wrong immediately. David Lapham takes two emotionally damaged people, gives them some pretty serious physical damage, and then finds a way to have them try to have nice things. Spoiler alert: David Lapham’s characters cannot have nice things. Another clusterf*ck issue of a magnificently f*cked up series. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

New Teen Titans TP Vol 7 (DC Comics) – One of the two last great Wolfman/Perez Titans stories, “The Judas Contract”, is reprinted here, along with its weaker coda, “The End of the H.I.V.E.”. What blows my mind about this period is that, while they were closing the loop on the Trigon/Raven story begun in the Preview and NTT #1 in comic shops, at the very same time they were sending Dick Grayson on his new path as Nightwing AND ending the Terminator/H.I.V.E. story begun in NTT #2. All that was left after this was to give Donna Troy her happy ending, which we’ll see in vol 8. Perez’ covers, inking himself, are stunning. I remember when these were coming out and noticing inkers for the first time. Romeo Tanghal left big shoes to fill. Dick Giordano did a great job on the first 3 parts of “Judas” but I always thought Mike DeCarlo’s style just imposed itself too much on Perez’ pencils. Bonus: the Steve Rude one-shot! Overall: 7.5 (the second story is just too GENERATIONS iron.jpgweak) Recommendation: Buy

Shean

Generations : Ironman/Ironheart #1 (Marvel)-In a true example of quantum physics, Riri Williams get sent to the future, one in which Doctor Strange is 126 years old. The Sorcerer Supreme uses his powers to pull her into a battle with Morgan Le Fay. Although they win the battle, the war is far from over. As she consults with an even older Steve Rogers, she soon realizes the power of change is in her hands. By books’ end, she returns to the present, only to find Tony Stark has gone missing. Overall: 9.2 Recommendation:  Buy

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Lumberjanes #42

Lumberjanes #42

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Ayme Sotuyo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Ayme Sotuyo

The Roanoke gals might have accidentally… slowed down time?

Preview: SLAM!: The Next Jam #1

SLAM!: The Next Jam #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Marina Julia
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Veronica Fish
Subscription Cover: Jen Bartel

Get ready for another lap around the track in this follow-up series to Pamela Ribon’s critically acclaimed SLAM!

After breaking one of the biggest rules in derby (not to mention an actual collarbone), Knockout and CanCan have a lot of work to do to rehabilitate their bodies and improve their standings in the league.

BOOM! Studios in November 2017

KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #1

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mike Huddleston
Pulp Subscription Cover: Hans Woody
Connecting Cover: Carlos Magno

● The damn dirty crossover event you demanded!
● Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968) Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover…A KONG!
● Now they must venture to Skull Island with Cornelius and Zira to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!
● BOOM Studios’ Kong comics are based on Joe DeVito’s Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA: THE GAME

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $99.99
Cover Artist: Ilya Golitsyn
Game Design: Boris Polonsky, Chris Batarlis, and Jim Samartin

● In Big Trouble in Little China: The Game, you’ll embark on a wild adventure to experience the mystical underworld of Chinatown. You and up to 3 other players take on the roles of your favorite iconic heroes from the film like Jack, Gracie, and Egg to take down Lo Pan, the Three Storms, and a slew of other powerful henchmen, in this cooperative, replayable, cinematic experience.
● Comes with a double-sided game board, Questbook with 15 fully narrated detailed story quests, 40 Highly detailed miniatures, 38 Custom molded dice, 6 Hero character boards, 168 Cards, 5 Boss boards, and more. Designed by Everything Epic and Flipside.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA OLD MAN JACK #3

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Stephane Roux
“Movie Poster” Intermix Cover: Hans Woody
Action Figure Subscription Cover: Michael Adams & Marco D’Alfonso
Connecting Variant Cover: Will Robson
Variant Cover: Greg Smallwood

Jack and Lo Pan tear through an ocean of fire and madness, where nothing they see can be trusted—and may mean their demise!

FENCE #1

Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: C.S. Pacat
Artist: Johanna The Mad
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Johanna The Mad
Variant Cover: Kevin Wada

● Novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna The Mad team up for a new series perfect for fans of Check, Please! and Yuri!!! on Ice.
● Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head to head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him—if he can make the cut!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #21

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Hendry Prasetya
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Connecting Variant Cover: Steve Morris
Variant Cover 1: Dan Mora
Variant Cover 2: Miguel Mercado
Action Figure Variant Cover: Quest Matthews-Martial

The secret history of the true original Power Rangers divides the Mighty Morphin team, and only Zordon can save them.

MECH CADET YU #4

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Takeshi Miyazawa
Connecting Subscription Cover: Marcus To

Now an ongoing series. Stanford and his team are the only ones standing between the Sharg and Earth!

GRASS KINGS #9

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Intermix Cover: Matt Kindt

Dive deep into the Grass Kingdom’s gruff, mute, corner store owner’s mysterious and violent past.

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Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $19.99
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jonas Goonface
Cover Artist: Jonas Goonface

● Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and breakout talent Jonas Goonface introduce a vast world teeming with bold ideas exploring ownership, freedom, and the pettiness of possession—both physical and spiritual.
● Ennay is a Godshaper—godless social pariahs with the ability to mold and shape the gods of others. Paired with Bud, an off-kilter but affectionate god without a human, the two travel from town to town looking for shelter, a hot meal, and the next paying rock ’n’ roll gig.
● Collects the complete six-issue limited series.

EUGENIC #2

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $5.99
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Eryk Donovan
Subscription Cover: Robbi Rodriguez

It’s been 200 years since the New Humans first appeared and became the dominant form of life. Now the human resistance fights back.

LAZARETTO #3 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman
Artist: Jey Levang
Cover Artist: Ignacio Valicenti

As the sickness takes a greater toll on the trapped students, Charles and Tamara attempt to break out of the quarantine.

THE UNSOUND #6

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jack T. Cole
Cover Artist: Jack T. Cole

As the survivors fall around her one by one, Ashli begins to wonder if she’s the one killing them.

WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 2017 SPECIAL

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $7.99
Writers: Kevin Panetta, Ryan Ferrier, Julian May
Artists: Brooke Allen, Kendall Goode, Jorge Corona, Kelly Williams
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Rahzzah
WWE What If? Incentive Cover: Jim Rugg

● This oversized WWE special highlights everything we love about the Thanksgiving tradition that rules autumn in sports entertainment—Survivor Series!
● Features stories across all eras, from the epic showdown between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg twelve years in the making, to the infamous controversial classic that still enrages WWE fans to this day—the Montreal Screwjob.

WWE #11

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Serg Acuña
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat Then Variant Cover: Rahzzah
Ted DiBiase Forever Variant Cover: Aaron Dana
Action Figure Variant Cover: Adam Riches
Royal Rumble Variant Cover: Brent Schoonover

Roman Reigns battles the Wyatt Family and only one is left standing—but what do Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have to say about it?

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Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Serg Acuña
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

Dean Ambrose decides to take his career to a new level, which begins with provoking the scariest man in the WWE—the beast incarnate, Brock Lesnar. But Dean’s not alone, as he finds an unlikely ally in The Legit Boss, Sasha Banks. Collects issues #5 8 of the hit series.

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS HC

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Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $29.99
Writer: George Pérez
Artist: George Pérez
Cover Artists:
Standard Edition: George Pérez
Previews Exclusive Edition: George Pérez

● Comics legend George Pérez (Wonder Woman, The New Teen Titans) writes and illustrates his biggest adventure yet.
● As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy—but the Sirens don’t even remember who they are, and the rest of the universe only remembers them as villains
● Collects the complete limited series.

BILL & TED’S MOST EXCELLENT ADULT COLORING BOOK SC

****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JANUARY 2018****
Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: N/A
Artists: Bachan, Jerry Gaylord, Penelope Gaylord, Evan Dorkin, Jamal Campbell, Felipe Smith, and more
Cover Artist: Bachan

● It won’t help you get your history paper done or bring about universal peace, but the Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Adult Coloring Book is a great way to improve your coloring skills!
● Featuring over 90 black-and-white illustrations showcasing Bill, Ted, Rufus, and all of your favorite characters from throughout space and time, Wyld Stallyns fans can bring the Bill & Ted universe to life in their own unique, most non-heinous way.

THE AMORY WARS: GOOD APOLLO, I’M BURNING STAR IV #8 (of 12)

Publisher: BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Cover Artist: Rags Morales

The Grail Arbor, cloaked by invisibility, enters Apity Prime’s atmosphere and readies a sneak attack on Ryan’s compound.

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH 2017 SPECIAL

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $7.99
Writers: Adam Smith, Katie Cook, Alessandro Q. Ferrari, Jeff Stokely, Curry Ross, Delilah S. Dawson, and Roger Langridge
Artists: Jared Cullum, Katie Cook, Jeff Stokely, and Roger Langridge
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Derek Kirk Kim
Subscription Cover: Jeff Stokely
Variant Cover: Ryan Sook

● Celebrate Jim Henson’s Labyrinth with an all-new collection of short stories celebrating the various characters and creatures from the world of Labyrinth.
● Includes the never-before-told story of how Sir Didymus met his trusted steed Ambrosius.
● Also includes the story of a goblin running late to the famous “Dance Magic Dance” sequence from the film.

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Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $39.99
Writers: Rockne S. O’Bannon, Keith R.A. Decandido
Artist: Various
Cover Artist: Joe Corroney with Scott Newman

● The Jim Henson Company and Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon return to one of their most celebrated creations for the official continuation of the beloved and groundbreaking television series.
● Experience Farscape like never before with this brand-new omnibus edition. With over 600 pages of story collecting the first four volumes of the critically acclaimed Farscape comic book series and the complete spinoff trilogy chronicling the formative adventures of fan-favorite character D’Argo.

GUNNERKRIGG COURT VOL. 6 HC

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Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $26.99
Writer: Thomas Siddell
Artist: Thomas Siddell
Cover Artist: Thomas Siddell

Head back to the fantastical world of Gunnerkrigg Court in the next volume of Thomas Siddell’s award-winning webcomic. Antimony Carver’s journey continues as she ventures deeper into the mysteries surrounding her school and Gillitie Wood.

MOUSE GUARD PINS

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $9.99 each
Writer: N/A
Artist: David Petersen

Show your support for the Guard with these beautiful enamel pins featuring your favorite characters from David Petersen’s Eisner Award-winning series, Mouse Guard.

GIANT DAYS 2017 SPECIAL

Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $7.99
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Jenn St-Onge
Cover Artist: Jenn St-Onge

Join Esther, Susan, and Daisy as they spend Christmas in a very “Love Actually” London in this tribute to the films of Richard Curtis.

GIANT DAYS #32

Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Cover Artist: Max Sarin

McGraw puts faith in his and Daisy’s “unique understanding” while trying to deal with the fact he is a low-down, double-dealing dirty cheat whose name is now mud in the influential Spanish community.

GIANT DAYS: NOT ON THE TEST EDITION VOL. 2 HC

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Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $34.99
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Cover Artist: Max Sarin

It’s springtime at Sheffield University—the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and fast pals Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue to survive their first year of college. Written by John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrated by Reuben Award winner Max Sarin, this deluxe hardcover collects issues #9 16 of the Eisner Award-nominated series as well as the next installment of Allison’s original webcomic.

SLAM!: THE NEXT JAM #3

Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Marina Julia
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Veronica Fish
Subscription Cover: Jen Bartel

Knockout is torn between her family drama and her dedication to the derby life.

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Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $19.99
Writers: John Allison, Ryan North, Kate Leth, and more
Artists: Sina Grace, John Kovalic, Veronica Fish, and more
Cover Artist: Jake Lawrence

The annual BOOM Box Mix Tape is an eclectic collection of stories featuring beloved characters from established BOOM Box series as well as original stories showcasing up and coming creators and brand new content. With original stories featuring Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Cyanide & Happiness, Goldie Vance, The Backstagers, and many more. Collects the BOOM! Box Mix Tape specials from 2014, 2015, and 2016.

LUMBERJANES PINS

Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $9.99 each
Writer: N/A
Artist: Various

Great Bell Hooks! Show off your love of the Eisner Award-winning Lumberjanes with these enamel pins featuring Ripley, the Holy Kitten, and the classic Lumberjanes logo.

HI-FI FIGHT CLUB #4

Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Nina Vakueva
Cover Artist: Nina Vakueva

After Chris discovers a secret code, the girls have a new lead and renewed determination to find Rosie Riot…but what if she doesn’t want to be found?

MISFIT CITY #7

Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten
Artist: Naomi Franquiz
Cover Artist: Naomi Franquiz

Wilder, Macy, Karma, and Dot are struggling to keep from attracting any more unwanted attention on their search for the Captain’s would be killer, not to mention the fortune he’d promised to help them uncover.

LUMBERJANES #44

Publisher: BOOM Box, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Ayme Sotuyo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Ayme Sotuyo

To save the camp from destruction, the Roanokes head out into the woods to chop down a time tree with a magic axe.

RUGRATS #2

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Box Brown
Artist: Lisa DuBois
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jorge Corona
Subscription Cover: Zander Cannon

Tommy has a playdate with Chuckie and the two come up with a plan to finally figure out how their parents are able to watch their every move.

ADVENTURE TIME/REGULAR SHOW #4

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Conor McCreery
Artist: Mattia Di Meo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A: Phil Murphy
Main Cover B: Phil Murphy
Subscription Cover: Derek Charm
Homage Variant Cover: Ian McGinty

With the Power in hand, the team is divided! Mordecai, Rigby, and the whole park crew are thrust into battle with Finn and Jake to save the Candy Kingdom, while Marceline, Lumpy Space Princess, and Ice King are stuck in the Regular Show world.

ADVENTURE TIME #70

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kevin Cannon
Artist: Joey McCormick
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Subscription Cover: Joey McCormick

Double Troubles, Part 1 of 4! Finn and Jake take the day off from adventuring to enjoy a new carnival, where a witch offers to make them free doubles—twice the Finn and Jake fun!

ADVENTURE TIME: PRINCESS AND PRINCESS OGN SC

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Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artist: Britt Wilson

When Finn is asked to kingdom sit for Rock Princess, he’s excited to take a break from his usual responsibilities. That is, until the underground kingdom turns to him with pressing matters in need of deliberation. Now charged with “princess” duties, Finn is overwhelmed by his new job. Especially if it means war against…Princess Bubblegum!

ADVENTURE TIME COMICS #17

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Jeffrey Brown, Michael Moreci, Pat Shand, Jason Cooper¨
Artists: Jeffrey Brown, Christopher Mitten, Spencer Amundson, Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Cole Closser
Subscription Cover: Benjamin Marra
Variant Cover: Christopher Mitten

Birthdays are celebrated, Marceline gets lumpy, and an underground city is revealed.

REGULAR SHOW VOL. 10 SC

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Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Mad Rupert
Artist: Laura Howell
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona, Jen Hickman

When Benson decides to retire from managing the Park, it’s not the end of the world…until it is. Literally! It’s up to Mordecai and Rigby to save Skips, High Five Ghost, and Muscleman from the grips of Chaos, and convince Benson to come home, for the sake of the universe. From writer Mad Rupert (Regular Show: Skips, Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy) and with art by Laura Howell (Angry Birds, Regular Show: Wrasslesplosion), Regular Show Volume 10 collects issues #37-40 and marks the conclusion of the hit comic book series based on the Cartoon Network show.

OVER THE GARDEN WALL #20

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Artist: Jim Campbell
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Main Cover: Evan Palmer
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Quincy and Marguerite try increasingly zany ideas to help out their failing tea business.

OVER THE GARDEN WALL VOL. 3 SC

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Writers: Danielle Burgos, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Artists: Jim Campbell, Cara McGee
Cover Artist: Kiernan Sjursen-Lien

Journey with Greg and Wirt, along with a whole host of fantastical critters and creatures, as they navigate the deep and dark corners of the Unknown. Both touching and terrifying, there’s no telling what kind of adventures they’ll find. Collects issues #9 12.

STEVEN UNIVERSE #10

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Grace Kraft
Artist: Rii Abrego
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Missy Peña
Subscription Cover: Natalie Dombois

Connie and Steven head to the beach to work on a school project, and Amethyst’s attempts at helping out lead to some surprises with the animals who live in the water.

SNOOPY HC

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Charles M. Schulz, Jason Cooper
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock
Cover Artist: Kara Leopard

Celebrate over 65 years of Charles M. Schulz’s Snoopy with this jam-packed collection of stories starring everyone’s favorite beagle. This first volume in the series contains adventures from the top of the dog house to the skies with the World War I Flying Ace.

Preview: Giant Days #30

Giant Days #30

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
Price: $3.99

As Easter break looms, Esther and Susan are forced to address Ingrid’s constant crimes against household decency.

Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Clueless

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Clueless!

Clueless: Senior Year is by Amber Benson, Sarah Kuhn, Siobhan Keenan, Shan Murphy.

The graphic novel is in comic and book stores now.

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

Clueless: Senior Year
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Review: Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

Carly Usdin pens a cheeky and interesting tale of a group of teenage female employees working in a record store with Hi-Fi Fight Club. The premiere issue sets up a story that serves up some serious Empire Records vibes. On its surface the story seems to be leading up to a teen movie style love story romp in a record store but, by the end of the introductory issue you discover that there’s more to there’s way more to the story. Usdin’ writing is complemented by an almost all female art team, the only male on the crew is the letterer which lends to an interesting female gaze.

Nina Vakueva penciling brings Usdin’s characters to life, there is a uniformity in the facial features and body types of the female characters in the issue and while the lead characters are well designed they’re somewhat interchangeable. Irene Flores ink work is sharp and Rebecca Nalty serves up some pretty pastels and punk colors making the story pop. Nalty gets bonus points for not making the resident goth look like a cliche.

I was hella excited when I read about the premise and became even more excited when I discovered the comic had an 80% female team. I’m happy to report the issue is pretty darn solid and I’m hoping that the few issues that I had with the first issue will be fixed in future ones. The writing is pretty solid, the premise is interesting and the comic world could use all the strong , bad ass female characters that it can get. Hi Fi adds a teen and superpowerless twist to things which is refreshing, it’s like it D.E.B.S. and Empire Records had a baby. The team of teen crime fighters/avenging Angels that Usdin created, is headquartered in the basement of the record store where all the girls work, is headed by a female team leader.

There’s loads to love about this new series but, I also found a couple of flaws. All of the female characters introductions are reduced to micro sentence descriptors one characters description left me with a bad taste in my mouth. The character Maggie’s descriptions is “Literally, the cutest” . While the other characters are a bit cliched and one noted, this one reduced a female character to a physical descriptor as if there was nothing else noteworthy about her. I realize that in the context of the narrator being a teenage girl with a crush on Maggie there would be some notice of her looks but, I’m sad that it came in the form of reducing her down to her physical features. I was more than a little disenchanted that the creative team was comprised of mostly women. I was also a bit put off by the lack of facial ethnic differences which, meant that the only person of color a lead had white woman dipped in chocolate syndrome. I know that there is more than one way that a person of color can look but, to have her look identical to every other character in the series rubbed me the wrong way especially when the artist gave the character braids. I also, wasn’t a fan of the fact that all of the women had the same body type to go along with their “perfect” faces. I had hoped that the artists would have taken the opportunity to give the characters their own unique looks and styles to showcase the myriad of looks that a woman can have.

Overall, I like the premise and I can see this comic going places. I just hope that they try to showcase more shapes, colors and sizes in the art work and that the story focuses on making the characters people who are more complex than microsentence descriptors. I look forward to seeing where the ladies go as they delve into their first case together with their newest addition Chris. The comic world needs a secret teen girl vigilante fight club and I hope that this evolves into the greatness implied in the issues final pages.

Story: Carly Usdin Art: Nina Vakueva, Irene Flores, Rebecca Nalty
Story: 8.2 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

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