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Review: WWE #3

I’ve really been looking forward to this issue. With New Japan’s Cup tournament happening right now and its G1 Climax coming soon, Lucha Underground’s first two seasons are now on Netflix, and WWE’s WrestleMania in just a few weeks? There’s a lot of wrestling floating in my periphery. And the story covered in this BOOM! Studios ongoing comic series is a pretty emotional one. I had to see what would happen to fill in the kayfabe gaps of what I already knew.

The story of the rise and fall of Seth Rollins continues in WWE #3 and picks up where everything began: the dreams of a kid following the action of the ring on TV and wanting to be there. It makes what comes directly after, the lowest low of his career after having flown so high and been at the top of the game, hit even harder.

Just as before, events partly follow life and kayfabe with a little bit of invention for the bits no one could ever really know for sure. Unlike the first two issues, however, there’s a lot more to work with in terms of invention. Even then, the moments and WWE_003_PRESS_7events shown make sense within the context of kayfabe, the shown-to-be-true story of wrestling life and writer Dennis Hopeless weaves it well again.

This issue is a bit slower than the previous ones but the slower pace is what best serves the action. We see how Rollins lands on the motto of “Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim” and picks himself up following the blues that always seems to come from recovery. We see the beginnings of Seth’s new climb and his struggles, all illustrated and emoted beautifully by Serg Acuna with colors by Doug Garbark. I’m pretty sure I fall a little more in love with it each issue.

The extra story here, “The Brawler and the Beast,” makes me want a full ongoing (or at least a short run) penned by Tini Howard. Depicting how Finn, a wrestler traveling alone through the Irish countryside late at night, gains the power of the Demon King Bálor he so often shows off in the ring. I’m not entirely sure if it was meant to but I definitely read the whole thing to the tune of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” and it was great. It may have only been two pages, but I’m definitely craving more with this entire creative team, including the artists of the main issue.

Story: Dennis Hopeless, Tini Howard Art: Serg Acuña
Colors: Doug Garbark Letters: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy it if you’re into or interested in WWE pro wrestling, this one’s a doozy.

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

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BOOM! Studios Announces Mouse Guard Alphabet Book

BOOM! Studios has announced the Mouse Guard Alphabet Book, a new all-ages hardcover publication from Mouse Guard creator David Petersen and illustrator Serena Malyon set to debut in September.

Learn the ABCs in the world of David Petersen’s Mouse Guard where brave mice protect one another from predators large and small, explore the expansive nature around them, and thrive in harsh conditions. Hand-painted by Malyon, this is a look into a beautiful world with rich culture and stalwart friendships, worth exploring one letter at a time.

Preview: Steven Universe #2

Steven Universe #2

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Melanie Gillman
Artist: Katy Farina
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Missy Pena
Subscription Cover: Rian Sygh
Incentive Cover: Jenn St-Onge
Price: $3.99

When the local business owners in Beach City start to feel the economic pinch during the tourist off-season, Mayor Dewey and Buck come up with a solution: food trucks!

Preview: Lumberjanes #36

Lumberjanes #36

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Incentive Cover: Slimm Fabert
Price: $3.99

The final round of the ’Janes derby match turns into gauntlet derby, with swinging swords and spiked pits. Did anyone even read the rule book?!

BOOM! Studios Adds David Aja FOC Cover for Godshaper #1

BOOM! Studios has announced the addition of a new cover by multiple Eisner Award-winning artist David Aja for Godshaper #1, the upcoming original series by Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface. The cover comes before the Final Order Cutoff (FOC) date of March 20 for retailers to adjust their final orders for the issue. There is no restriction on ordering. The issue goes on sale April 12.

The cover joins the previously announced covers by Jonas Goonface and Sonny Liew.

BOOM! Studios Reveals FOC Variant Cover and Retailer Incentives for Grass Kings #2

BOOM! Studios has announced the addition of a brand-new variant cover for Grass Kings #2 just in time for Final Order Cutoff (FOC). Grass Kings, the all-new original comic book series from writer Matt Kindt and artist Tyler Jenkins, debuted March 8th and the oversized, first issue sold out the day of release at the distributor level.

In order to give retail partners further opportunity to capitalize on the heat generated by the debut, BOOM! Studios is offering a variant, open-to-order cover by interior artist Tyler Jenkins for Grass Kings #2 ahead of FOC on March 20. The issue will hit comic book shops on April 12. To further encourage retailers to take a position on what Multiversity Comics called “one of the best books of the year,” retailers who meet the minimum order requirement for the variant will receive three Grass Kings crown enamel pins shipping with issue #3. Additionally, retailers who maintain their orders on issue #1 for issue #2 will be eligible for returnability and be listed in issue #3 as the “Kings of Retail.”

Furthermore, to support the single-issue sales of a series BOOM! Studios has announced the first collection of Grass Kings will not be released until February 2018. The collection will include the first five issues of Grass Kings in an oversized, premium hardcover similar to the publisher’s treatment of Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s Klaus. The collection will carry a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Grass Kings is a rural mystery centered around the tragic lives of three brothers who rule a trailer park kingdom that’s a beacon for the hopeless, the lost, and the desperate poor seeking a promised land. But will one brother’s decision to take in an enigmatic young woman destroy everything the Grass Kings have built?

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 3/18

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

All-Star Batman #9 (DC) Written with an almost prose style, this comic is easily the better of the two Batman books this week, giving us an interesting look at the Mad Hatter as Snyder continues his out-of-Gotham tour of Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

american gods 1.jpgAmerican Gods #1 (Dark Horse) I have never read the prose version of this story before, although I have a vague idea as to what the basic premise is from conversations with a friend, but I wasn’t prepared for how quickly the story went from hinting at something just beneath the surface to throwing it into your face. I liked it, however. Quite a lot. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #19 (DC) ….. it took me four minutes to read this, and that was four minutes I could have spent watching paint dry instead. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

Deadpool The Duck #5 (Marvel) Stupid, yet fun. Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Venom #5 (Marvel) Despite the fast pace it feels like there’s not been too much happening yet in this series, and yet I’ve been enjoying it nonetheless. There’s some great art sequences here that more than make up for the comparative lack  of substance. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Elana

BW_Cv1_dsBatwoman #1 (DC)– The Rucka / J.H. Williams III run of this character is the stuff of legends. I’ve eagerly awaiting the new creative team and this first issue is a promising start that should excite fans of the modern classic. Marguerite Bennett is the first queer woman to write Batwoman (and her cowriter for this, James Tynion IV is bi too). I’m relieved to have their perspectives on DC’s premiere lesbian heroine. The art from Steve Epting and Ben Oliver shares the striking noir glamor of of J.H. Williams’ original figures though their layouts are more traditional. Seeing a comic cover with 3 mysterious women of color on it is just what I needed. Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

I Hate Fairyland #11 (Image)** – Welcome back, muffin fluffers! Now that Skottie Young
has liberated himself from the useless encumbrance of things like “story arcs” and “plot”, he can get on with what this series does best: pure mayhem. In this issue, Gert goes fangirl on Gwag the Barbarian and in return is subjected to the fannish attentions of Gert cosplayer Maddie. The usual fun. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: buy

Casanova: Acedia #8 (Image)** – And into flashback, with art this time by Gabriel Bà. This is an absolutely paint-by-numbers assassin’s-daughter story, you know the one: assassin tries to shield daughter from The Life but she embraces it anyway. Nary a note of the originality and twist I expect and deserve from a Matt Fraction story. This story is stuck in neutral and needs a swift kick. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Skip

Sex Criminals #17 (Image)** – In this issue, Fraction & Zdarsky do their best Brubaker & Island_15-1Phillips… and really made me wish that Brubaker & Phillips had in fact done this issue. In fact, “The Skell” would be a great start to a series where we really dig into the m.o.’s of the various other sex criminals that are being hunted by Myrtle Spurge and her sex cops. In short, this would have been great if Fraction would just have run with it instead of backing off. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Kill of Be Killed #7 (Image)** – And speaking of Brubaker and Phillips and Breitweiser, and issues that deviate from the main plot to focus on a secondary character… Now this is how it’s done. “What Kira Sees” takes us into the world of vigilante Dylan’s ex in a series of
family photos and therapy sessions, which leads her into Dylan’s closet and a very good, totally sensible, and really terrible decision. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Island #15 (Image)** – Sadly, this is the final issue of Brandon Graham and Emma Rios’ anthology series. We open with Grim Wilkins’ wordless “Mirenda”, a very nice fantasy piece with animation-like drawing. Not really my thing, but well done. Farel Dalrymple follows with a new installment of “Pop Gun War,” which is really my thing: freewheeling rock n’ roll urban crime whmsy. Where can I get more of this? Oh, here: http://fareldalrymple.com/ (trade collection in June!) Next up: this issue’s stunning highlight, Dilraj Mann’s “January”, a starkly-drawn meditation on young fame and the lies we tell to be pop. And then the series peaces out with Brandon Graham hisself in a delightfully surreal installment of “Multiple Warheads”. All I can do is quote the closing lines: “Good dream.” “… Hope so…” I have really loved this series and would happily take more of this sort of thing. Thanks, Brandon and Emma, you guys are the best. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Ryan C

Dead Inside #4 (Dark Horse)** – In the best crime/mystery story fashion, John Arcudi ramps up the unanswered questions just prior to wrapping things up next month, while continuing the strong characterization that’s been a hallmark of this series from the outset., and Toni Fejzula’s Wrightson-esque art drives home the dark atmospherics in a dead inside 4 coverway that can only be described as “pitch perfect.” Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #19 (DC)** – Is this story actually going anywhere? We get it, Batman and Bane are gonna fight, but this is the second straight installment comprised more or less entirely of build-up, and it leaves us off, bizarrely, further back than we were last issue, when at least the fisticuffs had already gotten underway. I wouldn’t mind at all if the characterization and backstory were enlightening or shed something new on the proceedings, but Tom King so far hasn’t managed to do that. Oh, and David Finch’s art is still lousy. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

Batwoman #1 (DC)** – Writers Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV deliver a reasonably intriguing spy/noir thriller that suits artist Steve Epting’s considerable talents to a “T,” but it’s also fair to say it’s not exactly earth-shattering stuff and covers ground that’s very well-trod indeed. I liked it fine, but it was certainly predictable in the extreme. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Black Panther: World Of Wakanda #5 (Marvel)** – Roxane Gay and Alitha E. Martinez put the wraps on their five-part story arc, which I loved at the beginning, with an issue that continues the sad trend of each installment getting progressively worse than the last. Granted, this is essentially a prequel and, as such, is hamstrung by the same problem all prequels are — namely, you know how it’s going to end — but Gay, who is a very skilled author, never really fleshed out her two intriguing lead characters beyond their very broadly-defined internal struggles, and the art is bog-standard stuff. All in all, a woefully wasted opportunity. Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass

 

Shean

Black Panther: World Of Wakanda #5 (Marvel) The cliffhanger on the last issue, had hankering for what will happen next, and the creative team somewhat . We find Wakanda dead inside 4 coverin the throes of an awakening amongst the country’s women, as everyone has heard by this point what Aneka has done , and want retribution as well. What the Dora Milaje doesn’t see coming is one of their own seeking revenge. By issue’s end, you do realize it’s a prequel, one much like a recent show, leaves you an unsatisfactory ending. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Odyssey Of The Amazons #3 (DC)– We catch-up with the Amazons as they meet the Valkyries. Their resolve tested and possibly new allies by their side, they are still searching for their lost sisters. Trolls and Jojins continue to battle them at every front , Tgemyra’s leadership continues to wane and the ship’s crew unity begins to dissipate.By issue’s end, it seems the Amazons have been dealt a fatal blow. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Batwoman#1 (DC)– Definitely one of the better reboots from The Big Two, as this spy thriller felt a little Iron Man/ James Bond -Ish as this has all the workings that one would expect of either character but as this gender switch deftly proves, it is even more interesting with a woman in this position. One should buy if you are enjoying Brubaker and Phillips “Velvet”, as Kate Kane is one smooth operator to be watched.
Overall: 9 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: WWE #3

WWE #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Serg Acuña
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Dan Mora
“Then” Edge Incentive Cover: Dylan Burnett
“Now” Bayley Incentive Cover: Frank Zerilli
“Forever” Ric Flair Incentive Cover: Felipe Massafera
Unlockable Action Figure Variant Cover: Adam Riches
Unlockable Royal Rumble Variant Cover: Brent Schoonover
Unlockable WWE Raw Women’s Championship Title Belt Gatefold Variant Cover: Scott Newman
Price: $3.99

Following his near career-ending knee injury, Seth Rollins is at his lowest. Rather than give up, he buckles down and vows to redesign, rebuild, and reclaim the title he never lost.

Preview: Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell SC

Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell SC

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

After a second robot attack on the Taylor farm leaves the family picking up the pieces once again, Roman’s younger brother Oswald becomes increasingly suspicious of Jet Jones’s connection with the flesh-and-blood family that has harbored him. A new evil looms on the horizon and the Taylors will need Jet’s help to stop it if they are to keep the farm, and the family, safe. Royden Lepp’s Rust: Secrets of the Cell continues Jet Jones’s critically acclaimed adventure as the rocket boy fights to earn the trust of those he cares about most while protecting them from unexpected new threats. Available for the first time in softcover.

New Power Ranger Sentries Debut in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #13

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands have debuted three new Power Rangers Sentries in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #13, the latest issue of their best-selling comic book series. The issue went on sale March 15 in comic book shops.

Following the debut of the Mastodon Sentries in issue #11, this issue features the Tyrannosaurus Sentries, Sabertooth Sentries, and Pterodactyl Sentries, troopers molded after the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and under the command of Lord Drakkon on an alternate timeline Earth. In the story, Tommy Oliver and Billy Cranston have been transported to that universe, in which Lord Drakkon—the Tommy Oliver of this timeline—and Rita Repulsa have conquered the planet. In eluding capture by the Sentries and trying to find their way back to their own world, the pair find allies with an underground resistance called The Coinless.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #13 is written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by Hendry Prasetya. The Sentries were designed by MMPR cover artist Jamal Campbell and Saban Brands.

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