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Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujilo, and Moritat Team Up for Sheena

Things heat up this summer, as Dynamite Entertainment welcomes readers back to the jungle with the launch of their latest iconic character, Sheena! Written by the creative dynamic duo made-up of GLAAD-Nominated, NYT Best-Selling Marguerite Bennett and newcomer Christina Trujilo, with illustrations by Moritat, everyone’s favorite Queen of the Jungle swings back into action on August 2, 2017 when issue #0 lands in stores!

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, was the first female character in comics to carry her own dedicated series beginning in 1937. Created by industry legends Will Eisner and S. M. “Jerry” Iger, this groundbreaking character saw 167 issues over the span of two decades. In this riveting relaunch, Sheena proves her prowess as the guardian of the jungle as she pursues a mysterious invader that has come to spy on the Amazon’s most ancient secrets. Following the path of the trespasser, she encounters a forbidden ruin in which even more deadly dangers lie in wait — and begins an adventure that will take her beyond her wildest imaginings!

Sheena began her fictional existence as an orphan raised by a shaman in the jungle, perfecting her survival skills and mastering the ability to communicate with animals. Her many adventures brought her into conflict with evil hunters, slave traders, and rampaging wildlife. The character has thrilled audiences in several television and film adaptations, including portrayals by actresses Irish McCalla (1955-1956), Tanya Roberts (1984), and Gena Lee Nolin (2000). Dynamite Entertainment has a long history of publishing jungle fantasy and pulp adventure, making it the perfect home for Sheena!

Cover artwork for Sheena #0 spotlights the talents of the Emanuela Lupacchino with limited variant editions including “Sneak Peek” covers from interior artist Moritat, as well as from Ryan Sook and J. Scott Campbell!

Sheena #0 is slated for release in August.

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Review: Intertwined #4

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At last, Juan Jin is the new Spirit of the Earth! But he has no idea why and what to do with his new powers! And frankly, he doesn’t care.Right now, he has more pressing matters than his “destiny”: the Triads are after him to get The Golden Dragon, the New York Police Department considers him a person of interest in a murder case and he doesn’t know who to trust…

Right now, he has more pressing matters than his “destiny”: the Triads are after him to get The Golden Dragon, the New York Police Department considers him a person of interest in a murder case and he doesn’t know who to trust…Well, certainly not these other Spirits who all say they want to offer their help. There’s no easy way out for our hero.

Well, certainly not these other Spirits who all say they want to offer their help. There’s no easy way out for our hero.

This issue is a perfect jump-on point for new readers! And as a bonus, the ultra-rare issue #0 is included!

Finally, the other elemental spirits reveal themselves in Intertwined #4. It does manage to reveal the nature of how the spirits came to be, and how their champions came to exist. That helps to deepen the mystical elements of this kung-fu murder mystery. With only two more issues remaining I wonder what will happen next.

The art manages to bring the past to the forefront. As both past and present collide with a lot of action. All of that comes together with polished fight scenes throughout the issue.

Story: Fabrice Sapolsky Art: Fred Pham Chuong
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mini Reviews: Dept. H, American Monster, The Howling, Smoketown, and more!

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 the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Christopher

Dept H. #14 (Dark Horse) – Unable to return to the surface, the surviving crew of Dept. H must make some difficult choices, with air and livable space at a premium. Will they have to sacrifice one of their own in order for the rest to survive? Meanwhile, we begin to see the larger role that Verve has played in the fate of our crew.Things are beginning to look up, as someone self-sacrifices to get the rest of the crew to the surface. Yet that still doesn’t answer who kills Mia’s father. Given they have two issue still to come, I hope they manage to answer that. Since that has been the lingering question throughout. Overall the story and art continue to impress. Merging both past and present. Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Ryan

Dead Inside #5 (Dark Horse)* – A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to John Arcudi and Toni Fejzula’s prison murder mystery complete with a Tarantino-esque Mexican stand-off on steroids? This is pretty much why I love comics in a nutshell. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

American Monster #6 (Aftershock)* – Just when you think that all Brian Azzarello is capable of these days is mailing it in, along comes the second arc of this amazingly depraved series complete with Juan Doe’s usual gorgeous, eye-popping artwork. Every single character here is a reprobate — even those who only show up for a page or two such as the couple splitting up at the start of this issue — and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Lots of moving pieces and subplots within subplots going on here, so it pays to give every single word and ever single image very close attention indeed. Heady stuff, to say the least. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Flash # 22 (DC Comics)* – So, “The Button” began with the death of the Reverse-Flash and ends with — the death of the Reverse-Flash? So, what was all that bullshit in between about, then? Spoiler time: Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter — at the behest of their editors, no doubt — contrive a way to bring back Jay Garrick for a few pages before exiling him off into the Speed Force again, and Dr. Manhattan goes from looming over events off-page to looming over events on-page, but if you’re looking for anything resembling a resolution, look elsewhere: this is pure set-up for DC’s sure-to-suck “Doomsday Clock” mini-series that will finally see the Big Blue-Vs.-Superman punch-up that none of us in our right minds ever wanted to come to fruition. Kill me now, please. Or better yet, kill this whole “Watchmen-Vs.-DCU” idea before it goes any further. I know, I know, it’s too late for that vain wish to come true, but still, one can live in hope. Overall: 1.0 Recommendation: Pass

Batman #23 (DC Comics)* – Seemingly out of left field, Tom King delivers the stand-alone story that almost makes the rest of his hugely disappointing run on this title worthwhile. Seeing the Dark Knight team up with Swamp Thing is always great, but King’s take on the former Alec Holland goes well above and beyond, giving us the best iteration of the character since a certain bearded gentleman from England, and Mitch Gerads’ art — apart from a couple of goofy-looking pictures of Batman on the last page — is just plain incredible. Both a moving tribute to Bernie Wrightson and a heartfelt rumination on the relationship between fathers and sons, this is straight-up comic book magic, not to be missed under any circumstances. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Allie

Night Owl Society #2 (IDW Publishing) – I had hopes for this. Not high hopes but hopes. Sadly, Night Owl Society #2 let me down again. As I mentioned in my review before, the writing and story presented here is bland and predictable. The main character has no redeeming qualities and the foils around him are all two-dimensional. Simply put, there’s just no reason to put any emotional stock behind these characters and reading made it feel like it was just a matter of when the “twists” would come less than what they would be. All in all, another disappointment that makes me want to drop the series entirely, if for no other reason than that I can probably call the ending right now. Recommendation: Hard Pass

 

Patrick

Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #3 (Dynamite) – I finally nailed what’s been bothering me about this competently-written, competently-drawn series: it’s trying SO HARD to be Noir, when the actual genre of the Hardy Boys novels is Procedural. The former assumes that nothing can be solved; the latter assumes that every crime can be solved with the application of reason, science, and intelligence. So the mixing of the two genres could be interesting – but they just don’t dig in deep enough. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemakers #3 (Dynamite) – Normally I love Fernando Francavilla, and the Black Beetle is a favorite. But maybe I’ve just read too many Spirit stories, so anything more than 8 pages gets too far away from the Platonic ideal of Eisnerian. I had the same problem with the Cooke/Bone/etc version a while back. It’s also devilishly hard for us goyim to really nail the Yiddishkeit of the originals – that combination of pathos and humor, romance and tragedy. Overall 7.0 (because Francavilla after all) Recommendation: Pass

Smoketown #2 (Scout Comics) – As an Army brat, I’m always happy to see stories that explore the life of military personnel and the demands that are made of them without most civilians really understanding what we’re asking them to do. Writer Philip Kennedy Johnson does a pretty good job with this crime fiction of a soldier returned from Afghanistan and the demands that his new civilian life makes of him, without understanding what has happened to him and what he’s dealing with. Artist Scott Van Domelen is also pretty good here, though still I think in a no man’s land between graphically flashy and kitchen-sink drama (I can’t help but compare his war sequences to Leandro Fernandez on The Old Guard). There’s something there, but not quite there yet. Overall 7.5 Recommendation: Read

The Howling #1 (Space Goat Productions) – Try as they did to recap the 1981 movie in the first few pages to bring us up to speed for this sequel, I found myself having to go back and rewatch it. So how does writer Micky Neilson and artist Jason Johnson’s work stack up? Pretty poorly. The original movie at least had something to say about the end of the 70’s, California cults, and the beginning of the 80’s fascination with the media. But this comic is just another werewolf story, and not even a particularly scary one at that. The writing is paint-by-numbers and the art is just too well-lit and neatly-delineated for the genre. Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass (but do watch the movie!)

 

Shean

Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken #1 (IDW Publishing) – In this debut issue of the Mirror Universe implications for the TNG crew, what one finds is a much more sinister and cynical crew. We find a muscle bound Picard wanting to climb the ladder in rank but is stuck on a ship called the Stargazer. While at HQ, he stumbles upon what looks like plans for a new class of ship. He recruits Laforge into his dastardly evil plans and gives the reader, a familiar sight on the horizon. Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


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 (**).

Review: Vampirella #0

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Beginning a new and VERY different direction! Vampirella was last spotted in 2016 doing what she does best-defending the world from threats both mystic and evil. She hasn’t been seen since. Now, over a thousand years later, she’s poised to make her fateful return, but the world that awaits her is unlike anything she might expect-or want to defend! It’s the start of an adventure for Vampirella unlike any she’s had in her long and storied history. Don’t miss the train before it leaves the station!

It’s a new beginning in the fourth volume for the classic horror-centric heroine Vampirella. The world has changed a lot since she last stepped out of the darkness. While not much is revealed as to what the state of the world is. It does make one curious to find out. Writer Paul Cornell does a great job as far as that.

The art by Jimmy Broxton is dark, almost mysterious in nature. It all comes together to reveal very little about the world or the prophecy that foretells her awakening. The clothing the characters wear does suggest it takes place at some point in the future. But a lot remains to be seen and I can’t wait to find out.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Jimmy Broxton
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #4

Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #4

writer: Andy Mangels
artist: Judit Tondora
covers: Cat Staggs (a), Glen Hanson (b)
incentive cover: Cat Staggs (“virgin art”), Glen Hanson (“virgin art”)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The Original Girl Power! Catching a missile after its launch is the least of the trials facing Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) and Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman)!  Now, their greatest television enemies have joined forces, and they’re building an army for their master plan! Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman prepare for a trip to South America — passing through the Bermuda Triangle as they go — but the villains have other schemes. All this, plus the return of Max, the Bionic Dog!  Written by best-selling author ANDY MANGELS (Star Trek & Star Wars) and illustrated by JUDIT TONDORA (Grimm Fairy Tales), WONDER WOMAN ’77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN has set the mainstream and internet media on fire… and the publicity keeps running!

Preview: Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemakers #3

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemakers #3

writer | artist | cover: Francesco Francavilla
incentive cover: Francesco Francavilla (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Danny Colt’s investigation leads him into a place of fears and horrors where he will learn that not all that is dead is dead. Don’t dare miss this third spine-tingling chapter of Francesco Francavilla’s tale of THE SPIRIT!

Preview: The Sovereigns #1

The Sovereigns #1

writers: Ray Fawkes (main), Kyle Higgins (Magnus bonus story)
artists: Johnny Desjardins (main), Jorge Fornés (Magnus bonus story)
covers: Stephen Segovia (a), Johnny Desjardins (b), Philip Tan (c), Goran Sudžuka (d)
incentive cover: Stephen Segovia (B/W art), Johnny Desjardins (B/W art), Philip Tan (B/W art), Goran Sudžuka (B/W art)
Johnny Desjardins (“virgin art”)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The epic that will redefine the Gold Key heroes continues! The year is 2025, Turok has gone missing and Magnus is good and worried about that. When even a time traveling mission to confer with Doctor Spektor and the creature once known as Solar don’t yield any answers, Magnus must brave the unknown to track the missing hero down. Plus: An all-new Magnus backup by Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornés that sets the stage for next month’s big announcement!

Preview: Red Sonja #5

Red Sonja #5

writer: Amy Chu
artist: Marcio Fiorito, Carlos Gomez
covers: Mike McKone (a) Ben Caldwell (b) Charles Wilson III (c) Cosplay Photo Cover (d)
subscription cover: Mel Rubi (e)
incentive cover: Cosplay Photo (“Virgin art”) Mike McKone (B/W art) Mel Rubi (“B/W art”)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The Beast is loose! Kulan Gath is hellbent on destroying New York City. Is this the beginning of the end of the world as we know it? Or can the She-Devil and her friends come up with a plan to stop him?

Preview: Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #3

Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #3

writer: Anthony Del Col
artist: Werther Dell’Edera
covers: Fay Dalton (a), Elsa Charretier (b)
incentive cover: Elsa Charretier (B/W art), Fay Dalton (“virgin art”), Elsa Charretier (“virgin art”)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The team’s plan has been set into motion – but will they get caught in their own trap? The three teen detectives must keep up their appearances as criminals – and also stay alive! – while undercover with a band of thieves dead-set on pulling a major heist in of one of the most heavily-guarded places in Bayport!

Preview: Greatest Adventure #2

Greatest Adventure #2

writer: Bill Willingham
artist: Cezar Razek
covers: Cary Nord (a), Patrick Zircher (b), Roberto Castro (c)
incentive cover: Cary Nord (B/W art), Patrick Zircher (B/W art), Cary Nord (B/W art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Tarzan, John Carter, and the rest of the crew of the Venture set sail in hot pursuit of the rare gemstone known as the Eye of Judgment – locked in a deadly race to the end with the alien battleship Resolve!  They must retrieve the gem before their opponents do – or else must contend with a death ray of nightmarish
proportions – one that is able to reach out across entire galaxies and snuff out life!

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