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No Ranger Is Safe in ‘Power Rangers: Shattered Grid’

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands have announced Power Rangers: Shattered Grid, the first comic book event in the twenty-five-year history of the global pop-culture phenomenon. In celebration of Saban’s Power Rangers’ 25th anniversary, the epic event begins on March 21, 2018with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25, by Kyle Higgins and Daniele Di Nicuolo, featuring events so shocking that the issue will be sealed in a black polybag to prevent spoilers!

Power Rangers: Shattered Grid will unfold in issues from both Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers and include two special one-shots. Lord Drakkon—a twisted alternate-reality version of Tommy Oliver (AKA the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)—and his newly reformed deadly army will cross dimensions in order to execute on a plan that threatens the very existence of every Power Ranger ever. For the first time in comic book history, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will join forces with some of the most popular Power Rangers teams in the franchise to face the threat.

Polybagged editions of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 will be shipped with six (6) main covers illustrated by Goñi Montes, randomly assorted in equal quantities, featuring Drakkon holding one of the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger helmets. Montes helped launch the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic series from BOOM! Studios with a series of iconic covers on issue #0. A special chase variant by Montes will also be available and mixed in randomly within the polybagged editions. This landmark issue will also feature variants (shipping without polybags) by superstar artist Humberto Ramos, Jordan Gibson, and a stunning wraparound cover featuring every Power Ranger ever by Scott Koblish.

Power Rangers: Shattered Grid kicks off BOOM! Studios’ celebration of the Power Rangers 25th Anniversary, with additional exciting comics, graphic novels, and more to be announced soon.

Preview: The Power of the Dark Crystal #9 (of 12)

The Power of the Dark Crystal #9 (of 12)

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mark Buckingham
Subscription Cover: Sana Takeda
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

The final arc begins here! Kensho learns the extent of Thurma’s lie surrounding the mythic Pool of Tears.

Preview: Giant Days #33

Giant Days #33

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Daisy and Susan betray the sacred coven, leaving Esther to try—at high speed and under considerable pressure—to claim her dream home.

Preview: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #9 (of 12)

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #9 (of 12)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Cover Artist: Rags Morales
Colorist: Emilio Lopez
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

The final chapter begins as the Rebel Army begins their assault on Apity Prime, while Claudio and Ambellina find themselves face-to-face with Wilhelm Ryan.

Preview: Adventure Time #71

Adventure Time #71

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kevin Cannon
Artist: Joey McCormick
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Subscription Cover: Joey McCormick
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Price: $3.99

Double Troubles, Part 2 of 4! While the real Finn and Jake live it up at the amusement park, their doubles are making the Candy Kingdom better than ever. Is this too good to be true?

Preview: Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1

Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Variant Cover: John Cassaday
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Frank Quitely
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

Eisner Award-winning creator Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) and Russ Manning Award winner Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) reunite for a brand-new Klaus Special!

An evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded an evil soda corporation that uses Christmas and Santa as a marketing tactic to build their fortunes.

Only Klaus can defeat the Pola Cola Corp and the zombie-like Santas that are in the evil Santa’s thrall.

Review: Heavy Vinyl #4

HeavyVinyl4Cover“Have I ever really helped anybody but myself/To believe in the power of songs/To believe in the power of girls?”- Metric, “Dreams So Real”

Heavy Vinyl #4 (The comic formerly known as Hi-Fi Fight Club.) cements its legacy as one of the cutest, gayest, and riot grrl-est comics ever in this miniseries finale from writer Carly Usdin, artists Nina Vakueva and Irene Flores, and colorists Rebecca Nalty, Kieran Quigley, and Walter Baiamonte. The comic plays with the most delightful of tropes, including scrappy underdogs fighting shady corporate overlords, the adorable saying goodbye to family montage, and of course, the big damn kiss. Vakueva panel layouts are also very lively and slanted for maximum fierceness even if this comic isn’t a beat ’em up battle royale story. It rocks though.

Even though she has to wrap up the first Heavy Vinyl storyline as well as set up some threads for future stories, Usdin doesn’t skimp on character development, and Vakueva and Flores use visuals to give a glimpse into each member of the Vinyl Mayhem fight club’s personal life. Of course, the manager/team leader Irene has an adorable dog and girlfriend, and Kennedy enjoys hot chocolate with her boyfriend Logan, who has become the Chris Hemsworth to their Ghostbusters and a solid source of comic relief throughout the series. Of course, Maggie has two doting dads, who spoil her with pancakes and fresh squeezed orange juice, and Chris is just trying to keep things together as she freaks out every time her parents say “action” with some manga-influenced sweat lines.

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My personal favorite intro was Dolores, who is Puerto Rican, and has a close relationship with her family to go with her computer knowledge and Goth aesthetic. Nalty uses plenty of shadows in her room and just a glimpse of sunshine to show that she’s a complex character and not just a sullen Goth. I also like how Vakueva lays out her room and uses body language to show that Dolores feels a little bit of tension in balancing work and school as well as going out of state. Even though the spotlight has mainly been on Chris and Maggie, Usdin has given her a mini arc throughout Heavy Vinyl, and she plays a big, take charge role in the final big reveal with her no-nonsense attitude and technical knowledge. However, she has a softer side too as is revealed in an epilogue that made this 90s geek kid smile.

Even if it’s extraneous to the missing rock star/mind control overarching plot of  Heavy Vinyl, the hella awkward and hella cute slow burn romance between Chris and Maggie is the book’s beating heart. And there’s plenty of pay off in Heavy Vinyl #4 beginning with the complete adorableness that is Maggie falling asleep on Chris’ shoulder during the bus ride to New York. Palty emphasizes the blue sky outside their window, which creates a hopeful vibe while Vakueva and Flores draw one of the happiest faces of all time as Chris looks out the window. They and Usdin channel these intense feelings throughout the second half of the comic culminating in the reddest blush ever when Maggie tells Chris that she obviously knows about her crush. In general, these Maggie/Chris scenes show off the tightrope of romance and humor that Heavy Vinyl ably walks.\

But Heavy Vinyl #4 isn’t all longing glances, sweet montages, and kick ass tunes. Carly Usdin, Nina Vakueva, and Irene Flores do a lot of world-building and other big picture things like making the plot of this miniseries just the tip of the iceberg for a conspiracy storyline that is similar to Josie and the Pussycats, but trades out the camp for indie rock earnestness.  Some of the lines about this plot development are super on-the-nose, but Usdin is a smart and has Chris say most of them like “Music is about expression.” Chris’ intense love for the band Stegosaur and hunger  for finding and learning about new music as part of developing her identity as a young woman is a big part of her character arc so the lines really work. Also, the first in-person appearance of Rosie Riot is quite breathtaking.

Heavy Vinyl #4 has it all:  deep character dives, well-developed romance, organic world building, and a passionate tone from Rebecca Nalty’s background colors to Nina Vakueva and Irene Flores’ design choices and fight formations to Carly Usdin taking time to show each main cast member with their family. Music is awesome, stories about that are by women are awesome, and Heavy Vinyl is one of the best comics of 2017.

Story: Carly Usdin Pencils: Nina Vakueva Inks: Irene Flores
Colors: Rebecca Nalty with Kieran Quigley and Walter Baiamonte
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 11/25

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of PUNISHER PLATOON #3 1the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Shean

Punisher Platoon #3 (Marvel) Frank Castle is one of those characters you can tell he is a born natural at what he does. This issue shows a man with no previous combat experience, taking to killing, like riding a horse. As he uses political savvy to get an upper hand on the Vietcong. By issue’s end, his plan pays off as his men gets a decisive advantage as the other side has their own version of the Punisher, readying to pounce. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

TDEMONHE_Cv1_dsThe Demon Hell on Earth #1 (DC) The Demon #1 is a riff off the relationship between Jason Blood and Etrigan in this new miniseries set in Death Valley of all places. There are some solid moving pieces in this issue like Jason Blood trying to use alcohol to weaken his connection to the demon, or Madame Xanadu beating the crap out of some creepy redneck bikers, but they never cohere. Brad Walker’s layouts and Chris Sotomayor’s colors for the big transformation scene are truly hellish though. Recommendation: 6.8 Recommendation: Read

Ryan C

Eleanor & The Egret #5 (Aftershock)** John Layman and Sam Kieth put their rather hum-drum series to bed with a superbly illustrated issue that nevertheless fails to wrap things up in an overly satisfactory, or even logical, manner. Gorgeous to look at, but an entirely forgettable read. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass.

THANOS #13 1 Underwinter: A Field Of Feathers #2 (Image)**  Ray Fawkes’ mysterious, abstract, interpretive horror tale isn’t for all tastes, but it’s certainly right up my alley. Nearly communicated entirely by visual means, the gorgeous watercolor-style art has a lot to say if you take the time to pay attention. The plot’s chugging along nicely on a purely liminal level, as well. Lots to admire here. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Thanos #13 (Marvel)**  The “God Country” team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw could prove to be an inspired choice to take over this title, but they’ll have to deliver a little more than they do here. Shaw’s art is cosmic, sweeping, and more than easy on the eye, but Cates’ script seems, so far, derivative of every other Thanos story ever told. Not bad, but not worth four bucks. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

The Unsound #6 (Boom! Studios)** Not a bad wrap-up to Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole’s otherworldly “hospital horror,” but not an entirely satisfying one either as our protagonist finds herself able to escape her dire situation merely because the chief “baddie” changes his mind about letting her go literally a page after he prevents her from doing so — and the final third (or thereabouts) of the book is pure set-up for a sequel that, in all likelihood, won’t be happening any time soon. Absolutely jaw-dropping art makes this comic worth a look, but not a buy. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read



Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special #1

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special #1

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Adam Smith, Katie Cook, Alessandro Q. Ferrari, Jeff Stokely, Curry Ross, Delilah S. Dawson, Roger Langridge
Artists: Jared Cullum, Pius Bak, Sas Milledge, Katie Cook, Jeff Stokely, and Roger Langridge
Colorist: Dan Jackson, Heather Breckel
Letterer: Jim Campbell, Nathan Pride
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Derek Kirk Kim
Subscription Cover: Jeff Stokely
Variant Cover: Ryan Sook
Price: $7.99

Celebrate Jim Henson’s Labyrinth with an all-new collection of short stories celebrating the various characters and creatures from the world of Labyrinth.

Includes the never-before-told story of how Sir Didymus met his trusted steed Ambrosius.
Also includes the story of a goblin running late to the famous “Dance Magic Dance” sequence from the film.

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