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Review: Gretel #1

Gretel #1

There is something about broken-hearted superheroes which keep fans coming back for more. Take for instance, the newest program on DC Universe, Doom Patrol. The show is made up of protagonists with very complicated backstories, all of them heart wrenching. It’s the reason people have watched the Showtime show Ray Donovan. They love difficult people they can identify with. It’s even true with music videos as anyone who has seen Alicia Keys’ Dreaming With a Broken Heart, can see in its few minutes, a story of a hero who cannot love.

As human beings often offer empathy through art, each of these stories offer something indelible to their audiences.  What tethers the last Avengers movie together so well is how attached we were to each character who became part of Thanos’ act to diminish existence of half of its population.  Many of us who know the story and anyone who has seen the trailer know this is what drives the remaining heroes forward. In the debut issue of Zenescope‘s new seriesGretel, we get one such protagonist whose powers are put to the test by revisiting some painful history.

Gretel #1 introduces us to a new corner of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and serves as a solid introduction to the character. It’s a twist on the classic tale following Gretel, who must deal with the tragic events involving her brother and a maniacal witch. She is now cursed with a life that’ll span centuries.

She now also has the gift of premonition which has shown her the end of the world.

Overall, an exceptional debut issue that tells a very different take on a well-known character. The story by Ben Meares is action packed, scary, and solid. The art by Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a pulse pounding introduction that shows writers everywhere how to write a great backstory.

Story: Ben Meares Art: Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Advance Review: Gretel #1

Gretel #1

There is something about broken-hearted superheroes which keep fans coming back for more. Take for instance, the newest program on DC Universe, Doom Patrol. The show is made up of protagonists with very complicated backstories, all of them heart wrenching. It’s the reason people have watched the Showtime show Ray Donovan. They love difficult people they can identify with. It’s even true with music videos as anyone who has seen Alicia Keys’ Dreaming With a Broken Heart, can see in its few minutes, a story of a hero who cannot love.

As human beings often offer empathy through art, each of these stories offer something indelible to their audiences.  What tethers the last Avengers movie together so well is how attached we were to each character who became part of Thanos’ act to diminish existence of half of its population.  Many of us who know the story and anyone who has seen the trailer know this is what drives the remaining heroes forward. In the debut issue of Zenescope‘s new seriesGretel, we get one such protagonist whose powers are put to the test by revisiting some painful history.

Gretel #1 introduces us to a new corner of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and serves as a solid introduction to the character. It’s a twist on the classic tale following Gretel, who must deal with the tragic events involving her brother and a maniacal witch. She is now cursed with a life that’ll span centuries.

She now also has the gift of premonition which has shown her the end of the world.

Overall, an exceptional debut issue that tells a very different take on a well-known character. The story by Ben Meares is action packed, scary, and solid. The art by Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a pulse pounding introduction that shows writers everywhere how to write a great backstory.

Story: Ben Meares Art: Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar Returns Fans To A Fantastically Weird World Within Our Own

One of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ greatest fictional realms is set to make its comic book return in a way that is sure to thrill fans of the fantasy author’s classic works! Pellucidar returns to comics this summer with a new chapter to this timeless classic that explores the idea of a world buried deep within our own.  Sometimes the greatest mysteries are the ones within!

Under special license from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the denizens of Pellucidar, the danger-filled world at the Earth’s core, will find their new home at American Mythology Productions in 2017. The all-new adventures will be written by AM’s “The Land That Time Forgot” author Mike Wolfer, and readers will first be introduced to Pellucidar in the pages of the next “TLTTF” mini-series, “Terror from the Earth’s Core,” a special cross-over event that pits the two legendary worlds head-to-head in one incredible, science fiction action/adventure.

In the crossover series, Bowen Tyler, Lys La Rue, Baron Friedrich von Schoenvorts, and Abby Tyler and her crew of explorers will find their survival in prehistoric Caspak challenged when the telepathic, prehistoric Mahars emerge from the center of the Earth through an ancient lava tube, bent on subjugating the island continent. The overthrown, former rulers of Pellucidar will stop at nothing to acquire a new kingdom to enslave, but savage Caspak will not go down without a fight.

In the announcement’s release, Wolfer said:

In the current comic book market, we’re seeing a huge number of crossovers of different licensed properties, but I don’t think any two worlds were meant to co-exist more than Caspak and Pellucidar, which were both created by Burroughs.

I’ve had immense fun writing ‘TLTTF,’ and creating a true sequel to the classic series that injects modern characters into the mix,” Wolfer said. “In the previous mini-series (‘Prisoners of Caspak’), we found that there’s a ‘time bubble’ around the island, which allows it to remain hidden, and those who pass through the veil also traverse time. In this way, we have several new characters from the 21st century who now co-exist with the 1916 cast, and in the upcoming crossover, all of them will have to fight for their lives, not only against Caspak itself, but against the hideous threat of the Mahars.

I’m also a real fan of teasers, so we’re going to see the first hint of the coming crossover in ‘The Land That Time Forgot Annual,’ which is a solo story featuring the prehistoric heroine, See-Ta.

On sale this spring, the “Annual” is a double-sized, one-shot tale written and illustrated by Wolfer, with colors by Ceci de la Cruz. This will be followed by the first issue of The Land That Time Forgot: Terror from the Earth’s Core in May, after which the first “Pellucidar” mini-series will premiere in late 2017.

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Preview: Legends of Oz: Tik Tok and the Kalidah #3

LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK TOK AND THE KALIDAH #3

Keith Thomas – Story / Renato Rei – Art / Ceci de la Cruz – Colors

Tik Tok is forced to resort to one-man-army-mode as the pair confront the forces at odds with their survival—including secrets from the past that could threaten their future! The conclusion to this Spring’s fun, new spin-off, fresh from the pages of BDI’s hit Legend of OZ: The Wicked West series!

Featuring an all original story, Aspen’s newest BDI launch title concludes with the LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK TOK AND THE KALIDAH #3!

LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK TOK AND THE KALIDAH #3 is in stores July 13th, 2016

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Preview: Legends of Oz: Tik-Tok and the Kalidah #1

LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK-TOK AND THE KALIDAH #1

Rob Anderson – Story / Renato Rei – Art / Ceci de la Cruz – Colors

The first new 2016 offering of Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint has arrived!

Tik-Tok makes his triumphant debut in the Wicked West, as he and his partner track a mysterious young girl who carries a secret that Oz itself cannot do without!

Featuring an all original story, don’t miss out on Aspen’s newest BDI launch title with the premiere of LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK TOK AND THE KALIDAH #1!

LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK-TOK AND THE KALIDAH #1 is in stores April 20th, 2016!

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