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Preview: Dodge City #4

Dodge City #4

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

The tournament is on, and the competition is fierce! With conflicts erupting left and right, can Tomas convince everyone to pull it together for long enough to eke out a victory?

Preview: Over the Garden Wall Vol. 4 SC

Over the Garden Wall Vol. 4 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Danielle Burgos, George Mager, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Artists: Jim Campbell, Cara McGee, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Cover Artist: Meg Omac
Colorists: Whitney Cogar, Laura Langston
Letterer: Warren Montgomery
Price: $14.99

Join half-brothers Wirt and Greg as they experience the fantastical world that is found in the Unknown. The Eisner Award-winning series continues with a collection of stories from Over the Garden Wall storyboarder Jim Campbell, Danielle Burgos, Cara McGee (Clarence), and Kiernan Sjursen-Lien. Don’t miss the ongoing adventures based on the Emmy Award-winning show from Cartoon Network. Collects issues #13-16.

DC Reveals Artists, On Sale Dates and More for their DC Zoom and DC Ink Imprints

DC Entertainment has announced the inaugural artist lineup for the publisher’s upcoming young reader imprints, DC Zoom and DC Ink. The artists will join the previously announced roster of bestselling young adult and middle grade authors to create diverse, relatable stories starring DC’s most iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more. Both original graphic novel lines are set to launch in spring 2019.

The two new imprints were announced in February 2018 and they are aimed at younger readers.

DC Zoom targets middle grade readers ages 8-12 and will tell stories focused on friends, family and growing up. The line will debut in April 2019 with Super Sons: The Polarshield Project, written by award-winning middle grade author Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez.

The complete list of creative teams for the first wave of DC Zoom titles include:

  • Super Sons: The Polarshield Project (April 2019)-  written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out (May 2019 written by Shea Fontana, and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska
  • Batman: Overdrive (August 2019) – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo Di Chiara
  • Black Canary: Ignite (October 2019)– Written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee

DC Ink will publish thought provoking stories for young adults, readers ages 13+, that focus on everyday aspirations, struggles and triumphs. The line will also launch in April 2019 with the highly anticipated Mera coming-of-age tale, Mera: Tidebreaker from New York Times bestselling YA author Danielle Paige and artist Stephen Byrne. Complete creative teams for the first round of DC Ink graphic novels include:

  • Mera: Tidebreaker (April 2019) – written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne
  • Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale (May 2019) – written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (June 2019) – written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh
  • Teen Titans: Raven (July 2019) – written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

The covers and first looks for the first wave of DC Zoom and DC Ink titles are illustrated by each respective artist announced today and can be viewed in the image gallery below.

DC Zoom and DC Ink authors Kami Garcia, Ridley Pearson, Shea Fontana, Meg Cabot, Danielle Paige, Lauren Myracle and Mariko Tamaki will share more details about their upcoming books on various panels at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans from June 21-26.

Review: Dodge City #3

Tournament day! Up against their rival the Kettle Balls, the Jazz Pandas are struggling to stay alive in the competition. Sometimes, though, the worst curveballs aren’t the ones literally flying at your face.

It’s game time! While it feels like the series hasn’t spent enough time focused on the team practicing, Dodge City #3 is still beyond entertaining. I generally hated gym in school. But, the one thing I did enjoy? That’d be dodge ball. Writer Josh Trujillo delivers some solid action as the balls fly. While it’s not always totally clear as to what’s going on (we’ll get to that) the issue is action packed.

Trujillo’s strength with this series is finding grounded drama through all of the ball throwing. You can feel a tenseness about it all as you truly aren’t sure who will win the match and who will fail. There’s some nice twists and turns and none of it feels over the top. I really wasn’t sure what the outcome would be until those final few pages and even then wasn’t sure.

The art by Cara McGee with colors from Brittney Peer and lettering from Aubrey Aiese delivers the action and helps create the tension. I mentioned that at times it’s hard to tell what’s going on and that issue is that some panels are too tight. There might have been room to do panels that are further out so you can get a greater sense of where folks are and how the teams are interacting. Though the close panels really emphasizes the competition of it all. The lettering adds to that all helping the flow of the action and how the interactions are going. The art and lettering gives us the grit and hard work of it all.

This series continues to entertain and who’d have thought that a comic about dodge ball would be so good? The creative team has done a solid job of bringing the aesthetic of sports manga to a western audience mixing the two worlds together to create a product that’s fun and entertaining. I can’t wait to read more of this and who knows, maybe get in some games of dodge ball myself.

Story: Josh Trujillo Art: Cara McGee Cover: Cara McGee
Color: Brittney Peer Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Dodge City #3

Dodge City #3

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Josh Trujillo
Artist: Cara McGee
Cover Artist: Cara McGee
Colorist: Brittney Peer
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Price: $3.99

Tournament day! Up against their rival the Kettle Balls, the Jazz Pandas are struggling to stay alive in the competition. Sometimes, though, the worst curveballs aren’t the ones literally flying at your face.

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: Buy

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.

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