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Review: Dodge City #2

Tomás is no longer the newest player on the Jazz Pandas, and with another teammate they stand a better chance of making it through the season, if they can manage not kill to each other first!

What’s all this with cheating and the Jazz Pandas? So much is revealed here in a second issue that builds on the first quite well. Writer Josh Trujillo knocks the second issue of Dodge City out of the park (or should I say thrown a ball and knock a player out?). This second issue not only dives further into the characters themselves but also some of what was hinted at in the first issue. There’s no dragging things out, the comic is delivering and paying off quickly.

What is one player hardly ever around? Answered. What about that cheating? Answered. What about the relationship of two players? Answered.

And Trujillo builds more questions into things as well. Ones I’m sure will pay off quickly delivering a satisfying experience.

There’s also the focus on the characters themselves. Two issues in and I feel like I have a good foundation of who these characters are and what their personalities are like. I have a handle of what to expect and who I should like and dislike. And that includes a brand new character who’s brought into the issue and seems like they’ll be a regular.

All of those characters have personality in their look too. The art by Cara McGee with color by Gonçalo Lopes and lettering by Jim Campbell continues to be wonderful. There’s something fun about the way it looks and how the various characters are depicted and their reactions. The art helps tell the story with tiny character reactions that give you a better idea as to what they’re thinking. There’s small inflections and additions that goes beyond the dialogue. Each character too is unique and stands out. There’s no generic background characters here.

I loved the first issue and love the second as well. Great art. Fun story. Great characters. And the fact it pays off in the second issue. There’s a lot answered and there’s a lot more set up. Can’t wait to read the third in what is one of the freshest new comics of the year.

Story: Josh Trujillo Art: Cara McGee
Cover Artist: Cara McGee Letterer: Jim Campbell Colorist: Gonçalo Lopes
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Pass

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

Preview: Dodge City #2

Dodge City #2

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Josh Trujillo
Artist: Cara McGee
Cover Artists: Cara McGee
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Colorist: Gonçalo Lopes
Price: $3.99

Tomás is no longer the newest player on the Jazz Pandas, and with another teammate they stand a better chance of making it through the season, if they can manage not kill to each other first!

Review: Dodge City #1

A new series about then high-energy chaos of competitive dodgeball! Tomas is the newest member of the Jazz Pandas dodgeball team, and hefs got a certain knack for keeping an eye on on the ball (or several!). However, he is new, untested, and still not quite part of the team. But if the Jazz Pandas want to make it to summer regional championships theyfll have to pull together and learn to work as a team.

BOOM! Studios has been killing it lately with their sports focused comics and Dodge City is the latest entry, publishing by their BOOM! Box imprint. With a story by Josh Trujillo and art by Cara McGee, Dodge City #1 is a solid introduction to the characters of the series.

As a kid, I loved playing dodgeball, but was utterly rubbish at it as well. There were moments of brilliance but for the most part I could dodge and failed in the whole throw and catch aspect. Still, there’s dreams of joining an adult league for a comeback (from what, no idea). And we dive into this competitive world of the game where we’re introduced to a misfit group of players from two teams. Tomas is our “every person” we’re supposed to relate to.

Trujillo does an amazing job in the first issue using the game itself to introduce us to the various characters. Their personalities shine as the game progresses and by the end we have a perfect idea as to who is who and what their deal is. And the group is varied and impressive with every individual standing out in some way. The series is all about the personalities and how those clash on the gym floor.

Those personalities shine due to McGee’s art with colors from Brittany Peer and lettering by Aubrey Aiese. Much like their personalities, everyone is unique. Their looks vary though each team is uniform in a weird way. What’s solid is the variation of general looks as far as clothes but also height, body shape, and skin color. There’s a wide range here and there’s so much detail on each character it feels like we get a better idea of who they are based on all of the small clues.

Lots of action and a great cast of characters has me coming back for more of this series. BOOM! seems to have found magic with their sports focused comics which bring the popular manga genre to western audiences. This series, as well as Fence, stand out for their focus on characters and their ability to deliver action that doesn’t involve people in spandex punching each other. BOOM! is ahead of the curve when it comes to western comic trends and here, they’re leading the pack once again.

Story: Josh Trujillo Art: Cara McGee
Color: Brittany Peer Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Main Cover: Cara McGee Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Dodge City #1

Dodge City #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Josh Trujillo
Artist: Cara McGee
Colorist: Brittany Peer
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Cara McGee
Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
Price: $3.99

Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time) and Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall) team up for a new series about the high-energy chaos of competitive dodgeball!

Tomás is the new captain of the Jazz Pandas dodgeball team, and he’s got a certain knack for keeping an eye on on the ball (or several!).

However, he’s untested and still not quite part of the team. If the disorganized Jazz Pandas want to make it to summer regional championships they’ll have to pull together under Tomás’ leadership.

Review: Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women

Wayward Sisters coverMany have felt awkward as they grow into themselves and the pressure, from person experience, can be even higher when you’re visibly femme in any way. Wayward Sister: An Anthology of Monstrous Women seeks to capture that awkwardness and make it a source of power. After an incredibly successful Kickstarter by TO Comix Press, Wayward Sisters is available for pre-order now.

As this is an anthology featuring a long list of female-identifying and non-binary creators, it can sometimes be a little harder to keep the themes consistent but has a strain running through almost every story that keeps everything together: equal parts mysterious, adorable, melancholy, sweet, musing, and most importantly hopeful. That tone is established from the outset with a foreward by Faith Erin Hicks (The War at Ellsemere, Friends with Boys, The Last of Us: American Dreams) speaking about her own experiences.

Tinseltown - Allison O'Toole & Emmanuelle Chateauneuf

“Tinseltown” by Allison O’Toole & Emmanuelle Chateauneuf

The majority of the short comics and stories told delve deep into the metaphor of monstrosity to attack it from every angle possible. Some miss the mark a bit, like “Miss Monster” by Stephanie Cooke and Cara McGee, and can be a bit jarring. But others, like “Low Tide” by M. Blankier and Helen Robinson and “Solid Shadows” by Rachel Simons and K. Guillory, drag you right back into the mood flowing through the pages.

The art, writing, coloring, and lettering rarely feels misplaced or a wrong fit with the others here, even on “Date Night” by Allison Bannister, Ronnie Ritchie, Meaghan Carter, and Nikki Powers with a different person on each. It’s obvious a lot of care was put into every bit of this anthology from start to finish to make it as harmonious as (more or less) humanly possible.

This collection of short comics were something I wasn’t expecting to hit me as hard as they did but I’m glad I found and was able to read them. Make sure to pick up a copy for yourself through TO Comix Press or one of their retail partners listed on their site. If you’re not sold, check out a preview with “Zira and the Little Fire” by Katie Shanahan or the full comic “Light Pollution” by iguanamouth.

Story and Art: Aimee Lim, Sam Beck, Megan Kearney, Casandra Grullon, iguanamouth, Saffron Aurora, Elodie Chen, Rachel Simon, K. Guillory, Janice Liu, Cassandra Khaw, C. Ann Gordon, Allison O’Toole, Emmanuelle Chateauneuf, Katie Shanahan, Stephanie Cooke, Cara McGee, Allison Bannister, Ronnie Ritchie, Xavière Daumarie, Michelle Gruppetta, Fleur Sciortino, ZAVKA, Lorena Torres Loaiza, Sabaa Bismil, gillian blekkenhorst, H. Pueyo, Dante L., Laura Neubert, Lea Shepherd, Zoe Maeve, BC Holmes, DEE Williams, Xia Gordon, M. Blankier, Helen Robinson, Mandy James
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Perfect for a fan of the supernatural and things that go bump in the night that relates more to the monsters than the would-be heroes, especially if they’re a teen or young adult.

More Details on DC Ink and DC Zoom

Coming out of the American Library Association‘s winter meeting were details on what we can expect from DC Ink and DC Zoom, the two new imprints from DC Entertainment.

Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen‘s Gotham: Once Upon a Crime is a new round for the Lil Gotham all-ages comics the two have worked on before. Previous entries have been fantastic reads and if you’ve missed them, there’s time to catch up.

Shea Fontana‘s Batman: Overdrive is an origin story for the Batmobile.

Meg Cabot‘s Black Canary Ignite focuses on a teenage Dinah Lance as she discovers her powers and then her place in the Gotham City. The big reveal is that Cara McGee will be providing art.

Preview: Over The Garden Wall Vol. 3 SC

Over The Garden Wall Vol. 3 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Danielle Burgos, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Artist: Jim Campbell, Cara McGee
Cover Artist: Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Price: $14.99

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.

Game On for Dodge City

BOOM! Studios has announced Dodge City, a new sports comic/teen comedy series debuting March 2018 about the high-energy chaos, heightened drama, and exaggerated costumes of competitive dodgeball, and one team’s quest to make it all the way to the regional championships. Writer Josh Trujillo and illustrator Cara McGee suit up to tell the story of the Jazz Pandas co-ed dodgeball team—the worst team in their league and made up of outcasts—and the efforts of their new captain, Tomás, who, despite being the youngest and least experienced member of the team, is really, really good at dodgeball.

Dodge City #1 will feature a main cover by Cara McGee and a variant cover by Natacha Bustos.

Preview: Over the Garden Wall #19

Over the Garden Wall #19

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Artist: Cara McGee
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Subscription Cover: Diigii Daguna
Price: $3.99

An adventure in the day of a mysterious fishing fish, who seems to fish up far more trouble than the average fisher fish.

Preview: Over The Garden Wall Vol. 2 SC

Over The Garden Wall Vol. 2 SC

Release Date: 8/9/2017
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: George Mager, Jim Campbell, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Artists: George Mager, Jim Campbell with Danielle Burgos, Cara McGee
Cover Artist: Jim Campbell
Price: $14.99

The Eisner Award-winning series continues! Wirt and Greg find themselves at a crossroads in the Unknown where each brother has to take his own path, but something sinister is on their trail. Collects issues #5-8.

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