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Review: Firebrand #2

Firebrand

The evil step-parent trope has been around for years and throughout every medium. The Harry Potter franchise made the main character so indelible because of the relationship he has with his aunt and uncle. The thing is, in real life, that whole relationship is quite tricky. To say that you only need to be a diplomat is quite an understatement.

As life goes on we require affection outside of our family. The one thing some parents fail to take into consideration is how the children receive that person or if that person if even likes children. As that relationship is paramount to whether the vessel is broken on arrival. In Jessica Chobot, Erika Lewis, and Claudia Aguirre’s second issue of Firebrand, our protagonist finds her powers as her relationship with her stepmother comes to a reckoning.

We find Natali and her stepmother in a one way heated exchange, as she told quite vehemently her new role now that her stepmother is in her life. As her stepmother’s true nature comes out right before her father takes the stage at a political rally. A slap by her stepmother inadvertently unleashes her powers, mistakenly hurting her stepmother. By the issue’s end, her father makes a decision to send her away, something that she finds a way to thwart.

Overall, a story that adds new elements of surprise with every chapter. The story by Chobot and Lewis is thrilling. The art by Aguirre is stunning. Altogether, a story that all readers can enjoy.

Story: Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis Art: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Firebrand #1

Firebrand

As a fan of Salem and Charmed, I’ve always been fascinated by the witch archetype. I grew up watching then reruns of Bewitched, and remember being mesmerized by the twitch of Elizabeth Montgomery’s nose. Then came the ultra hilarious Hocus Pocus and the dark comedy of Witches of Eastwick. All of these gave readers a variety of how the witch was portrayed, versus its much antiquated medieval models.

Though each of them showcased a unique take, it never felt like any of these characters were relatable. The most recent reboot of Charmed sought to rectify this but ended up feeling forced. Netflix did one better by giving us Always A Witch which gave us a black protagonist in modern Spain. In Jessica Chobot, Erika Lewis, and Claudia Aguirre’s debut issue of Firebrand, we meet a protagonist much like Always A Witch’s Carmen, who is far from your ordinary.

We meet Natali Presano, on the day of her birth, where her parents are gushing over their newborn daughter, as a family secret comes to light. Where we find out Natali’s mom, Elysia, comes from a long line of witches in Spain, who are known to be the most powerful ever, as Natali’s birth, would lead to Elysia’s death and her father alone to raise her. As her life would not be easy for her and her Dad, but it was not all easy and it was not all bad, as he would eventually remarry. By issue’s end, her new stepmother is not as nice as it seems and she may have inherited some of her mother’s powers.

Overall, an excellent story which follows the tracks of this well-told genre and gives reader a protagonist who will remind some of Harry Potter but is a hero in her own right. The story by Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis is well developed and well characterized. The art by Claudia Aguirre is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that readers will both enjoy and be challenged by.

Story: Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis Art: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Lost on Planet Earth #1

Lost on Planet Earth #1

Lost on Planet Earth #1 is a new sci-fi series from Kim and Kim and Morning in America‘s Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre. It’s set in a futuristic Richmond, Virginia where the Earth has basically become Star Trek. The only thing that our protagonist, Basil, wants in life is to become a captain in the Interplanetary Fleet. First, she has to pass a battery of tests that make the SAT look like an open book quiz.

What resonated with me the most about Lost on Planet Earth is how relatable Basil’s life situation is. Sure, the book is set in the future, and she takes her big exam via some kind of hologram pod, but there’s still that universal conflict between what you think society wants you to do and what you want to do.

Visaggio spends the first half of the comic showing Basil’s incredibly rigid life routine. That includes skipping yummy chilaquiles for nutrition shakes and listening to educational recordings instead of upbeat music while practicing judo. This rigidity extends to Aguirre’s artwork. There’s a tenseness to Basil’s movements. That’s only broken by a hilarious breakfast reaction panel and getting pushed into the pool by her friend Charlotte. These sequences make you wish that Basil wasn’t so hard on herself and just got to be a kid. Hey, that wish might just come true.

To go with Aguirre’s depiction of Basil’s body language and Visaggio’s prose, this uniformity and sense of order on Lost on Planet Earth #1 extends to the storytelling and panel transitions. It’s so nice to see form married to content like a memorable scene where Basil stands in the same position with the same sad expression on her face while her family and friends fade into the background. She’s in her own little world and not even paying attention to their words and touches of encouragement. This single page nails the character of Basil. It acts as a deep breath before the plunge of the rest of the issue.

Another aspect of Lost on Planet Earth that I enjoyed was that it embraced the commentary on human civilization, relationships, and family on science fiction while putting action on the backburner. (For now.) Visaggio peppers her plot with great conversations. Basil. chats with her mom about why she never aspired to become a captain in the Interplanetary Fleet. That leads to a heart-to-heart about choosing family and passions (Art, in this case.) over career advancement. This is the complete opposite of the current American late capitalist, productivity culture and also Basil’s “no fun until retirement” regimen. Honestly, Basil’s family is great and supportive.

Lost on Planet Earth #1 is a stellar example of science fiction. It provides a vision of the future and also how one young woman reacts to it on a personal level. Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre also increase the book’s energy and vitality level with every page and even introduce a supporting character, who will probably end up being my favorite character in the whole damn thing. If you’re tired of the rat race of school and career and find utopian societies a little uptight, then Lost on Planet Earth is the book for you.

Purchase: comiXology

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Claudia Aguirre Letters: Zakk Saam
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre’s Lost on Planet Earth Comes to comiXology Originals

Eisner and GLAAD Award nominees Magdalene Visaggio and artist Claudia Aguirre are collaborating on an all-new, five-part mini-series, Lost on Planet Earthdebuting April 15, 2020 on comiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service. The latest creator-owned release from the comiXology Originals program, Lost on Planet Earth, centers on a conflicted lesbian relationship in a socially reactionary future. The series can be read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Lost on Planet Earth is the latest expectation-defying series from Visaggio, the Eisner-nominated writer of Kim & Kim and Eternity Girl, whose acclaimed comic Vagrant Queen was recently adapted for TV by SYFY. Lost on Planet Earth reunites Visaggio with artist Aguirre. The pair previously collaborated on Kim & Kim and created the acclaimed series Morning in America; they are joined by letterer Zakk Saam and editor Joe Corallo. This is the first release for Visaggio, Aguirre, Saam, and Corallo under the name Death Rattle, a rock band-style moniker for their creative collaborations.

Basil Miranda thought she knew where her life was going. Like her family before her, she will join the Interplanetary Union Fleet. Basil pursues her goal with a singular vision, and follows a regimented, relentless training routine. Her whole life is dedicated to this mission. It is everything to her. And then, while sitting in her fleet examination, she is asked a question she can’t answer. What makes her happy? She panics and flees. 

There’s always someone who can’t finish the fleet exam, but Basil never thought she’d be a runner. Now, to her friends’ and family’s dismay, she’s directionless. She must figure out what she wants – and who she is. And that’s when Basil begins a conflicted relationship with a Xanthippian named Velda who introduces her to a new world. 

Basil finds herself ushered into the no-service community of Richmond, VA: the angry slackers, the stoner kids, the weirdos and queers, artsy types and losers who failed their entrance exams. These are the outcasts who are struggling to make meaning in their own lives.

Lost on Planet Earth

Preview: Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim

Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Art by: Eva Cabrera
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Edited by: Joe Corallo
Lettered by: Zakk Saam
Cover by: Phillip Sevy
IN STORES NOV 20, 2019

The Fighting Kims are back! Kim & Kim trade their denim vests and spiked chokers for tuxes and gowns as they infiltrate the glitzy space colony of Santa Palma to try and con a master thief. But, as usual, everything goes to hell… and it’s definitely Kim Q’s fault. Come on, Kim. Get your life together.

A brand new adventure from writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Eva Cabrera, colorist Claudia Aguirre, and letterer Zakk Saam, the original creative team behind the GLAAD & Eisner nominated Kim & Kim!
Collects issues 1-5.

Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It's Kim & Kim

NYCC 2019: Abrams Launches Surely Books focused on LGBTQ+ Creators and Stories Curated by Mariko Tamaki

Abrams Books

Abrams has announced a new graphic novel imprint focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual creators and stories. Surely Books will debut in 2021 and be curated by Mariko Tamaki.

The graphic novels will be a mix of fiction and nonfiction highlighting the LGBTQ+ community. Some of the first releases are biographies. One is of the novelist Patricia Highsmith by Grace Ellis and the second is about Revolutionary War hero Baron von Steuben by Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings. Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre will release a fictional graphic novel about two friends who “make a surprise discovery one summer.”

(via New York Times)

Preview: Hotel Dare OGN SC

Hotel Dare OGN SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Terry Blas
Artist: Claudia Aguirre
Cover Artist: Claudia Aguirre
Price: $9.99

OPEN THE DOOR. ADVENTURE AWAITS.

Olive and her adopted siblings, Charlotte and Darwin, are spending the summer with their estranged grandma at her creepy hotel, and it’s all work and no play. They’re stuck inside doing boring chores until they stumble upon an incredible secret… behind each door of the hotel lies a portal to a strange and mysterious place.

The simple turn of a knob transports them to a distant magical world filled with space pirates. Behind the next door are bearded wizards. Down the hall is a doorway to a cotton-candied kingdom. But once the doors are open, worlds start colliding, and only one family can save them before the hotel tears itself apart.

Written by Terry Blas (The Amazing World of Gumball) and illustrated by the talented Claudia Aguirre (Kim & Kim), this world-hopping fantasy tale breaks down the door to imagination and dares you to embrace the idea that family is everything.

Hotel Dare OGN SC

Preview: Morning in America #3

Morning in America #3

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A/C/CA) Claudia Aguirre
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Action-Adventure/Sci-Fi/Horror
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

After one of their own is taken, the Sick Sisters team up to figure out the source of the monsters that plague their town. Could the secrets be hidden in the pages of The Mortal Divide, the science fiction book that Ashley loved? Or is it a grand conspiracy between the police and the new factory? Hopefully, nothing a little breaking and entering won’t solve.

Morning in America #3

Preview: Morning in America #2

Morning in America #2

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A/C/CA) Claudia Aguirre
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Horror
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

The Sick Sisters know there’s something wrong in their small town of Tucker, Ohio—and they also know that the authorities aren’t doing anything about it. When the girls take the investigation into their own hands, they run into wild conspiracy theories, abandoned homes… and something that screeches in the night.

Morning in America #2

Preview: Morning in America #1

Morning in America #1

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A/C) Claudia Aguirre
(CA) Cover A: Claudia Aguirre, Cover B: Elizabeth Beals 
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences

Genre: Action-Adventure/Horror
Price: $3.99—Page Count: 32

A new Oni Press miniseries by powerhouse team of Magdalene Visaggio (ETERNITY GIRL) and Claudia Aguirre (KIM & KIM)! The year is 1983. A series of disappearances afflicts Tucker, Ohio following the opening of a mysterious new factory. But when the town finds itself under siege from strange monsters, it’s up to intrepid girl gang of no-account teen girl delinquents to try and figure out what’s happening—and save everyone’s lives before it’s too late.

Morning in America #1
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