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Get a First Look at the Spooktacular Specter Inspectors #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Specter Inspectors #2, the next issue in the original five-issue series, from comics creators Bowen McCurdy and rising star Kaitlyn Musto, about a group of social media-savvy ghost hunters who seek out supernatural hot spots in order to answer the ultimate question. . . are ghosts even real?! Available on March 10, 2021.

After encountering a real (after)life demon while looking for ghosts in the most haunted town in America, Noa, Ko, Gus, and Astrid are on the hunt for this particular devil’s true name, to try and free Astrid from its demonic influence. But they might just uncover more about the dark truth about idyllic Cape Grace, and the secrets surrounding its famous founding Mayor while they’re at it…

Specter Inspectors #2 features main cover art by series artist Bowen McCurdy and variant cover by fan-favorite artist Erica Henderson.

Specter Inspectors #2

Preview: The Last Witch #2

The Last Witch #2

(W) Conor McCreery (A/CA) Vv Glass
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Captured by the witch known as The Cailleach, Saoirse discovers the true power of her mysterious mark!

But even though she’s saved her brother Brahm, Saoirse must grapple with the truth about her family and their shocking connection to an enemy more dangerous than they ever imagined.

Every issue of The Last Witch is oversized, featuring more than 30 story pages.

The Last Witch #2

Preview: Lumberjanes Vol. 16

Lumberjanes Vol. 16

(W) Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (A) AnneMarie Rogers (CA) Kat Leyh
In Shops: Dec 16, 2020
SRP: $14.99

Mal wants to learn to be braver, but when she recruits Ripley to help her face her fears, she ends up somewhere she really SHOULD be afraid of-the Land of Lost Things, a pocket universe where dinosaurs still roam the earth, and time doesn’t work the way it does at home. Stranded on her own in an alternate dimension, will Mal be able to find her way back home to camp?

This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series features danger, adventure, and life-long friendships! Get in on the fun with this brand-new adventure written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by talented newcomer AnneMarie Rogers.

Collects issues #61-64.

Lumberjanes Vol. 16

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Far Sector #9

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman/Catwoman #1 (DC Comics) – We read the first issue and mixed about it but this one is on a lot of people’s radars.

Black Widow #4 (Marvel) – This series has been fantastic so far. Full of action and humor, it’s just beyond entertaining, and this issue ups the “holy crap” factor.

Captain Canuck Season 5 #1 (Chapterhouse) – If you’re looking for superhero comics not from the big two, check this one out.

COVID Chronicles (AWA Studios) – Chronicling ten personal accounts from the frontlines of COVID-19. A perfect example of graphic journalism.

DCeased: Dead Planet #6 (DC Comics) – The series begins to up the action as numerous plot threads begin to come together for a hell of a battle.

E-Ratic #1 (AWA Studios) – A new superhero series staring a 15-year-old who can only use his powers for ten minutes at a time. The concept sounds interesting and it’s from the talented Kaare Andrews and Brian Reber.

Far Sector #9 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – Things become much clearer in this issue as we continue to question who we can trust.

Happy Hour #2 (AHOY Comics) – In a world where you can’t be unhappy, the state will go to horrific lengths to make that happen. The first issue was an intriguing concept and we want to check out more.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Her Fatal Hour (Dark Horse) – The follow up to “The Beast of Vargu”, Hellboy is always a good time to read.

Justice League: Endless Winter #1 (DC Comics) – The mini-event kicks off here and it feels like an old-school DC storyline.

Kill a Man (AfterShock) – The highly anticipated MMA graphic novel is here and it exceeds our expectations. A great mix of focusing on characters and grappling.

King in Black #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s next big event kicks off here and it’s a hell of a start.

Knock Em Dead #1 (AfterShock) – A new series from Eliot Rahal who we’ll read no matter what it is. This is a supernatural horror taking place in the world of stand-up comedy. We’re intrigued.

Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – The beloved series wraps up.

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #1 (Marvel) – We laughed multiple times during this issue that’s a lot of fun. We can’t wait for the second issue.

Overwatch: Tracer – London Calling #1 (Dark Horse) – The hit game comes to comics and it’ll be interesting to see how this one goes over with that crowd.

Red Atlantis #2 (AfterShock) – The election thriller continues and we really want to know where this one’s going. Very timely and not a direction we’re expecting.

Seeds of Spring #1 (Microcosm Publishing) – A Canadian teenage exchanges books and tapes with a pen pal. The series juxtaposes the main character’s life with that of 19th-century Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin.

Strange Adventures #7 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – A hell of a reveal in this issue.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – It’s been interesting reading these newly colored releases in the age of COVID. The context definitely has changed a bit since they were first released.

Preview: Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1

Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1

(W) Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters (A) Brooklyn Allen, Kanesha C. Bryant (CA) Kat Leyh
In Shops: Dec 02, 2020
SRP: $6.99

  • The END OF SUMMER is here in the final issue of Lumberjanes!
  • Co-Creator & Series Artist Brooklyn Allen Returns…along with the Kitten Holy!
  • Now the scouts of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types will have to fight back against the mysterious force known as the Grey!
  • Meanwhile, Molly has discovered a deep and ancient forest magic, which she hopes to use to protect her friends and the home they’ve all found here. Will she be able to, though? Or is this all-encompassing, all-erasing Grey just too much for one ‘Jane to fight on her own?
Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1

Specter Inspectors Mixes Paranormal Shenanigans, Cryptic Mysteries, and a Queer Love Story for Warm Fuzzies and Horror

BOOM! Studios has announced Spector Inspectors, a new original five-issue series in February 2021, from comics creators Bowen McCurdy and rising star Kaitlyn Musto, about a group of social media savvy ghost hunters who seek out supernatural hot spots in order to answer the ultimate question. . . are ghosts even real?!

True believer Noa, her cynical little sibling Gus, credulous camera man Ko, and Noa’s skeptical best friend (and secret crush) Astrid head to one of the most haunted towns in America to prove that ghosts exist, for all the social media likes! The investigations of hauntings uncover something more devilish than just a couple of ghosts, something that will put Noa and Astrid’s relationship to the test… and reveal the centuries-old sinister secrets of the town itself.

The oversized Spector Inspectors #1, featuring more than 30 story pages, will be available for sale in February 2021.

Spector Inspectors #1

Preview: Lumberjanes #75

Lumberjanes #75

(W) Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (A) Kanesha C. Bryant, Julia Madrigal (CA) Kat Leyh
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $6.99

END OF SUMMER Part Three!

Co-Creator & original series artist Brooklyn Allen returns!

With the campgrounds and cabins of Miss Qiunzella’s camp full to bursting with scared campers, cryptids, and literal wild animals, time is running out to save themselves from the Grey!

With camp director Rosie and Bearwoman Nellie losing control of themselves, and Diane off searching for godly help on Mount Olympus, the rest of the mortal Lumberjanes are the last hope to save their home-away-from-home!

Lumberjanes #75

Preview: Wicked Things #6

Wicked Things #6

(W) John Allison (A/CA) Max Sarin
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

FINAL ISSUE With the attempted murder Lottie was framed for still under investigation, and the victim still in a coma, Lottie is running out of time to prove her innocence. And the police just enlisted Lottie for a sting operation at London’s best casino! Will Lottie be able to foil a heist, prove her innocence, and keep up her hair game in just one night?

Wicked Things #6

Get a First Look at the Lumberjanes Finale, Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the Lumberjanes finale, Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1, from cartoonist Kat Leyh, co-writer and co-creator Shannon Watters, artists Kanesha C. Bryant and Alexa Bosy, as well as returning co-creator and series artist Brooklyn Allen, concluding the series in a special oversized issue.

In the final chapter of the “End of Summer” epic event, the brave campers and counselors of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types are in the fight of their lives against the mysterious force known as the Grey. Molly has discovered a deep and ancient forest magic which she hopes to use to protect her friends and the home they’ve all found at camp. But will she be strong enough to save everyone in the camp and the forest? Or is the all-encompassing, all-erasing Grey just too powerful for anyone to stop?

Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1 features cover art by series writer Kat Leyh, and artists Harriet Moulton, and Tillie Walden, will be available on December 2, 2020.

Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1

Skeletons From My Stack: Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Lumberjanes Volume 1

Like most bibliophiles, I keep a stack of books by my bed that I one day plan to read. Unfortunately, between reading review materials, participating in reading challenges, books I’ve had on hold at the library for ages becoming available, and the lure of new books, that stack never seems to get any smaller. So I’ve decided to make an effort to finally tackle some of the books from my bedside “to-be-read” stack. So sit back and enjoy reading my thoughts on some of the skeletons from my book stack.

Lumberjanes is a series that has intrigued me for a long time. Brandy, the lady who owns my local comic book store, loves the Lumberjanes. It’s her favorite series. She’s got a discerning palate when it comes to comics, so a recommendation from her carries a lot of weight. Over a year ago, someone gave me a box of books. In that box was Lumberjanes Volume 1. I donated most of the rest of the books to charity, but I kept the Lumberjanes trade paperback. It has sat waiting on my stack until the day I got around to finally reading it. That day is today!

Five female best friends at a summer camp in the woods. Sounds like the plot of a slasher movie (or a porno). Sorry to disappoint fans of horror films (or porn enthusiasts) but Lumberjanes is a girl-powered fantasy adventure series. Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are spending the summer at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types. This is no ordinary summer camp. Mysteries lay nearby, waiting to be uncovered and the surrounding woods are full of fantastic and mythical creatures.

From the dialogue to the sight gags, this is a really funny comic book. The girls’ friendship really shines through. Their relationships are very endearing and stand out from the purposely ridiculous nature of the story. Each chapter is preceded by a section out of the Lumberjanes field manual. These excerpts tie into the events of each chapter and provide cute background info to the story. I really liked all the pop culture references contained within the dialogue. I also enjoyed all the references to famous women from history. Admittedly, I had to Google a few to realize who was being referenced, but that isn’t a bad thing. Any comic that inspires people to learn on their own is doing something right.

Artist Brooke Allen’s style reminded me a little of Captain Underpants. Except, she used darker inks and much fuller levels of detail. The colors are so vivid and bright that there were times where I considered wearing sunglasses to read this book. Even the scenes set at nighttime are given a rich vibrancy by Maarta Laiho’s color choices. I really liked how Allen draws faces. They convey emotion while retaining the elasticity and wackiness of a cartoon character.

Lumberjanes Volume 1 was well worth the wait. I’m glad I chose it as the first book to remove from my stack. This comic is geared toward young people, and the story is very silly. So although it’s suitable for all readers, it may not appeal to those used to more mature titles. The first volume contains a joyful adventure story full of heart and humor. I’m not sure if I’ll read any further into the series, but I do regret waiting so long to check it out. Lumberjanes made for a fun afternoon of reading. Now onto the next title in my stack…

Story: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis Art: Brooke Allen
Color: Maarta Laiho Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Story: 3.0/5.0 Art: 4.0/5.0 Overall: 3.5/5.0


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