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Review: Ruinworld #1

Intrepid adventurers Pogo and Rex are on a quest for fame and fortune. Their discovery of a special map leads them on an epic journey through dangers, demons and old enemies. Just one problem-they’ve already lost the map.

I’ve never read Derek Laufman‘s Ruinworld, or honestly heard of it, before the press announcements leading up to Ruinworld #1‘s release. After reading the first issue, I’m kicking myself for missing out on it but happy I get a chance to experience the fun. I’m not a fantasy fan, so am really picky as to what I enjoy. Ruinworld, nails it for me delivering a fantasy world with solid action, humor, and great art. It reminds me of Jim Zub’s Skullkickers, but with furry animals. It’s off the rails fantasy roleplaying, the type of story that keeps me entertained.

Laufman quickly gets things going to a point we have a good sense of the characters we’re dealing with quite early in the story. There’s not a ton of depth, just the fun general characters you might expect to find on your quest. There’s the brash, jerky hero. The not so confident side-kick. Then there’s the thief they need to chase down. That’s the first issue in a nutshell and it works. It really works.

It works because Laufman focuses as much on the character interactions as he does the action. There’s fun and friendship there, even though it might not seem it all the time. And that draws the reader in. There’s some bickering but it never gets to a toxic point that’s unenjoyable.

The art is fantastic in a cute style that plays to the all-ages audience. It could easily have a very different look which would deliver a very different tone but the cute furry characters are unique in style and add to the light-hearted and at times comedic aspect of it all.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going in to this first issue but by the end, I want to read more and read it right away. BOOM! Studios is on a string of successes lately and this adds to it with a fantasy tale all can enjoy. Ruinworld is a world I want to read more of, to explore more of, hell I want to game in the world. A fun first issue that delivers action and smiles.

Story: Derek Laufman Art: Derek Laufman
Lettering: Warren Montgomery Color: Derek Laufman
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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

Shaun Simon and Conor Nolan Debut “Wizard Beach” at BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios continues its announcements leading up to San Diego Comic-Con 2018 with the reveal of Wizard Beach #1, kicking off a new five-issue limited series in December 2018 from writer Shaun Simon and Conor Nolan.

Wizards exist. As do witches and frost giants and an array of magical creatures. But they were hidden from view until a few found themselves weary of the ice-capped mountains and made their way to the beach. Now wizards are part of the norm, and all they want to do is relax. When Hexley Daggard Ragbottom, a young wizard, wants to put an end to the frost of his homeland, he seeks out his Uncle Salazar, the greatest wizard of all time. But Uncle “Sally” has other plans. Namely napping.

Wizard Beach #1 features a main cover by series artist Conor Nolan.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s historic run is done and we’ve got a new creative team headed up by writer Nick Spencer. While Spencer has stumbled a lot lately, in numerous ways, his work on Superior Foes of Spider-Man was excellent. If we get more of that, then this will be a great run.

Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – Nate Powell’s new graphic novel. That’s all you need to know to say you need to get this.

Farmhand #1 (Image Comics) – Rob Guillory gave us some interesting concepts in Chew and it sounds like this one, a farmer who grows organs, will be just as off the wall.

Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 #1 Crisis Midlife & Stories (Dark Horse Comics) – Love the movies? We’re excited to get more of this world.

Mech Cadet Yu #10 (BOOM! Studios) – If you haven’t been reading this series, giant mechs and their kid pilots fight aliens, then you’ve been missing out. Enjoy the battles and drama or dive deeper into the concept of a military that uses children and aliens to do battle. It’s layered and so good.

Oblivion Song #5 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Much like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song is about the characters and how a world has changed than the threat. It’s about trauma and PTSD. It’s so far fantastic.

Outpost Zero #1 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Skybound has been putting out some fantastic new series and this one sounds like an interesting one about the smallest town in the universe.

Ruinworld #1 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – A new fantasy series that just looks awesome.

She Could Fly #1 (Berger Books/Dark Horse Comics) – The new Berger Books series focuses on a mysterious flying woman who suddenly explodes. Who was she? The concept sounds really intriguing and we want to find out more about this mystery.

Superman #1 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman run really kicks off with this new ongoing series and the first issue picks up the pieces of The Man of Steel.

Transformers: Lost Light #20/Transformers: Optimus Prime #20/Transformers: Unicron #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s end game for Transformers is beginning. We’ve been big fans of their entire run and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Vol. 3 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Fan of the animated series? Check this out! It’s a great new take on the classic toy and animated line.

X-23 #1 (Marvel) – She’s back to being X-23 and we want to see where this new series takes Laura and how it makes her again stand out from the pack.

Review: Giant Days #40

Giant Days #40 features the triumphant return of artist Max Sarin as well as Ed Gemmill, who was last seen drunkenly confessing his love to Esther while breaking both ankles. Ed’s return and his impending feelings/friendship talk with Esther is dramatic crux of the issue, but John Allison, Sarin, and colorist Whitney Cogar splash in plenty of comedy along the way from Esther losing her mind over a VR headset to the gentle ribbing that Susan gives Ed for his obsession with train routes and timetables and finally Extreme Makeover closet under the stairs edition as Daisy, Susan, and Esther spruce up Ed’s space to make him feel better. It’s the right blend of comedy, character drama, and great facial expressions.

The elephant in the room is Esther and Ed so let’s deal with that first. Allison and Sarin don’t just have them chat at the beginning, but have a nice buildup throughout the issue beginning with a funny take on the “other fish in the sea” speech by McGraw that involves hand motions, the use of the term “gilled creature”, and a final panel of Ed with flames in his eyes talking about mermaid sex. It’s a pretty intense situation that’s broken up by Susan being nice for once and bringing Ed a cup of tea. And that’s the trend of the issue: Ed and Esther’s situation comes up, and boom, there’s a distraction like discussing whether Equus is the ninth Harry Potter sequel.

However, Esther and Ed do get to be honest about their feelings in Giant Days #40. John Allison and Max Sarin deal with the whole friendship meets unrequited love situation delicately.  For example, even though she loves gossip and drama, Esther doesn’t give Daisy and Susan the details of their night out so they won’t treat Ed any differently. She is also okay with Ed having romantic feelings for her (He reminds him of her ex back home, uh oh.), but still hopes for them to remain friends. And these thoughts come out in a melodramatic page from Sarin where she’s constantly making faces at the mirror, changing up hair, and monologuing to her stuffed raven Barry with a soft Goth palette. She and Ed do eventually have a conversation after she reveals that she’s the one who chose a creepy clown duvet cover for him. There’s a little bit of distance in their body language and some great sad eyes from Sarin, but they end up sharing a hug. Esther is also surprised by Ed’s self-awareness as he understands that you don’t have to date every attractive person you meet, and references to expensive X-Files pinball tables aside, there’s no toxicity or friend zone bullshit in his dialogue.

John Allison seriously nails the whole “I have feelings for you, but I don’t want to ruin our friendship” talk from a heterosexual male POV and even creates a little intrigue in the unlikely connection and friendship between Ed and Nina, who busted her leg trying to lift a dragon boat by herself at a rowing party. They’re “dull, sober” workout buddies, and Max Sarin draws her with great energy with Whitney Cogar adding the flame red hair. However, this development pales in comparison to the cliffhanger thrown down at the end of Giant Days #40 where a standard “It’s summer, let’s go to a gig” situation turns out to be more than it seemed.

Giant Days #40 shows how essential Max Sarin’s gift for drawing expressive eyes is to the title and has a great emotionally honest conversation about relationships laid down in the mix between banter and DIY projects.

Story: John Allison Art: Max Sarin
Colors: Whitney Cogar Letters: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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

The Backstagers Return For A Halloween Intermission from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has announced The Backstagers Halloween Intermission #1, a new special in October 2018 from series creators James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh, along with special guests Sam Johns, Shan Murphy, Abby Howard, and Savanna Ganucheau.

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting spookier, the Backstagers are back for the Halloween season with all-new tales of terrors and creepy creatures. When Sasha accidentally falls asleep backstage, he ends up locked in the theater overnight! What lurks in the shadows, what terrors will he discover, and what the heck are the stage managers chanting? With back-up stories spotlighting your favorite Backstagers, this spine-tingling tale of the stage will leave you with goosebumps you can see from the back row!

The Backstagers Halloween Intermission #1 features a main cover by Sygh and a variant cover by Veronica Fish.

Preview: Garfield: Homecoming #2

Garfield: Homecoming #2

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Scott Nickel
Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch with Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Colorist: Shelli Paroline and Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

On the next stop in his cross-country travels, Garfield meets a young bearded hipster who lives in a tiny house and works in an Italian restaurant. Writer Scott Nickel is joined by guest-artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time).

Preview: RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #4

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Nimit Malavia
Subscription Cover: David Rubin
Colorist: Doug Grabark
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

OCP announces their plan to reform the Ruins into a new neighborhood called the Plateau, as well as the devastating methods they plan to use.

Preview: Coda #3

Coda #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Matías Bergara
Intermix Cover: Julian Totino Tedesco
Incentive Cover: Toni Infante
Colorist: Michael Doig
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Hum returns to Ridgetown, only to find the city under siege by Thundervale, a bandit city that rests on the back of the last living giant. Hum manages to get back inside, but when an outerwall is breached by the enemy, all seems lost…

Preview: Mech Cadet Yu #10

Mech Cadet Yu #10

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Jessica Kholinne
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Price: $3.99

Under the Sharg’s assault, the cadets are forced to put their trust in mankind’s most dangerous creation: Hero Force 2.

Preview: RuinWorld #1

RuinWorld #1

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Derek Laufman
Artist: Derek Laufman
Cover Artists:
Main Cover
: Derek Laufman
     Variant Cover: Sean Galloway
Letterer: Warren Montgomery
Price: $3.99

Writer/Artist Derek Laufman (Adventure Time Comics) brings his new original series to life at BOOM! Studios.

Intrepid adventurers Pogo and Rex are on a quest for fame and fortune. Their discovery of a special map leads them on an epic journey through dangers, demons and old enemies. Just one problem—they’ve already lost the map.

An all-ages comic about fun, friendship and screaming in the face of danger, perfect for fans of Adventure Time and The Adventure Zone.

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