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War for the Planet of the Apes Gets a Comic Series from BOOM!, David Walker, and Jonas Scharf

BOOM! Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are teaming up for a War for the Planet of the Apes comic book series that serves as a prequel story to the upcoming blockbuster film. Written by David F. Walker and illustrated by Jonas Scharf, War for the Planet of the Apes comic series debuts July 12, 2017 as a four-issue monthly limited series. The highly anticipated 20th Century Fox film opens two days later on July 14.

Picking up where the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film left off, the War for the Planet of the Apes comic series will serve as a bridge to the upcoming new movie. Spanning the course of a year, this limited series focuses on various groups of characters throughout the United States, giving readers a look into this mysterious world.

War for the Planet of the Apes #1 features covers by Mikhail Borulko and Jay Shaw.

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Preview: Goldie Vance #12

Goldie Vance #12

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jackie Ball & Hope Larson
Artist: Noah Hayes
Cover Artist: Brittney Williams
Price: $3.99

After uncovering a conspiracy in Sugar Maple’s pit crew, Goldie’s determined to bring Sugar’s saboteur to justice.

Preview: The Woods #32

The Woods  #32

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Price: $3.99

Karen is anxious to end Isaac’s plan, but first they must team up with an unlikely ally.

Preview: Amory Wars, The: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #2 (of 12)

Amory Wars, The: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #2 (of 12)

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

Ambellina and Chase are convinced that Claudio is The Crowing, but how can one simply accept that his fate is to destroy all things?

Preview: Amazing World of Gumball OGN Vol. 3: Recipe For Disaster SC

Amazing World of Gumball OGN Vol. 3: Recipe For Disaster SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Megan Brennan, Kate Sherron
Artist: Katy Farina, Kate Sherron
Cover Artist: Katy Farina
Price: $14.99

In this third origial graphic novel of The Amazing World of Gumball, Darwin and Richard love the Annual Elmore Bake-Off, and this year, they finally rememebered to sign up. But when a Gumball from the future travels back in time to warn Anais and present-day Gumball of the repercussions of beating the current champion Bobert, they’re faced with a choice: let Darwin and Mr. Dad follow their dreams…or save the world.

Preview: Goldie Vance Vol. 2 SC

Goldie Vance Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Hope Larson
Artist: Brittney Williams
Cover Artist: Brittney Williams
Price: $14.99

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. In this second story arc, Goldie investigates the mysterious appearance of a lady astronaut on the beach! Collects issues #5-8.

Preview: Strange Fruit HC

Strange Fruit HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: J. G. Jones
Cover Artist: J. G. Jones
Price: $24.99

J.G. Jones (52, Wanted) and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Superman: Birthright, Kingdom Come) weave a powerful, literary, fully-painted piece of historical fiction that examines the heroic myth while exploring themes of racism, cultural legacy, and human nature.

During the Great Flood of 1927 in Chatterlee, Mississippi, the River is rising as fast as the racial and social tensions in town. But when an otherworldly being falls from the sky and challenges everything these divided people know, it changes things . . . forever.

Includes a foreword by renowned film critic Elvis Mitchell.

Collects the complete limited series and never-before-seen process art by J.G. Jones.

Review: WWE #4

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After the slower emotional ride that was BOOM! Studio’s WWE #3, this issue does a wonderful job of throwing us right back into the action. Seth wants back into the ring, he wants his title back where it belongs, and nothing Hunter can do to stand in his way will stop him from laying his hands on Roman Reigns. Their former friendship means nothing when the top gold in the company is on the line. Every point along this path is hit like a perfected action movie.

Curiously enough, the actual time frame on this issue is incredibly short with most of it taking place over a single pay-per-view night. Again, the creative team of writer Dennis Hopeless, artist Serg Acuña, colorist Doug Garback, and letterer Jim Campbell collectively show their chops in executing a well-told and paced story. They not only understand how wrestling works but also how to convey a story on the page in a compelling way. Even with all the silly and over-the-top moments in this issue, we as an audience are never made to feel like we’re meant to laugh at rather than with them. Very little here drags and, when things slow a bit, it’s always to ramp it back up.

The back matter of this issue focuses on Bray Wyatt, the weird southern gothic bayou horror cult leader of WWE. Penned by Ryan Ferrier, I could have easily mistaken this for one of Wyatt’s actual promos. Though the art of Clay McCormack isn’t a favorite of mine, it serves the dialogue and writing well along with the colors of Dee Cunniffe.

This is kind of weird to say about a comic about wrestling but this issue was such a wonderful and raucous romp that knows exactly what it is and what it’s about with no qualms. If you haven’t been reading, you can still pick this one up as it’s the start of a new mini-arc and covers Seth Rollins’ return to the ring. If you’re a WWE fan, keep an eye out for some familiar heel superstar faces.

Story: Dennis Hopeless and Ryan Ferrier Art: Serg Acuña and Clay McCormack
Color: Doug Garback and Dee Cunniffe Lettering: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy if you like action movie sequences and/or wrestling

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

Preview: Ladycastle #3

Ladycastle #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Ashley A. Woods
Cover Artist: Ashley A. Woods
Price: $3.99

The next wave of the curse descends upon Ladycastle: harpies!

Preview: Regular Show 2017 Special

Regular Show 2017 Special

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Derek Fridolfs, Hannah Blumenreich, Alex Solis, Sara Goetter, Ellen Kramer
Artists: Pamela Lovas, Hannah Blumenreich, Alex Solis, Sara Goetter, Ellen Kramer
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Derek Fridolfs
Incentive Cover: Alex Solis
Price: $7.99

Mordecai, Rigby, Skips, Benson, and all your favorites from the hit Cartoon Network series embark on a series of adventures in this very special anthology issue of Regular Show.

Features work from The New York Times best-selling writer Derek Fridolfs (Study Hall of Justice), Hannah Blumenreich (Spidey Zine), and a series of new groundbreaking storytellers!

Rigby attempts to make dinner for a date night with Eileen, Rigby is caught lying about his birthday to get free cake all year, Mordecai agrees to be Rigby’s roller-skating coach, and Muscle Man accidentally summons the Four Mini-Bikers of the Apocalypse in new stories!

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