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Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Brings a New Era of Jedi Knights to Comics

In its first contribution to Lucasfilm’s bold Star Wars: The High Republic publishing campaign spanning comics and prose, IDW Publishing has announced the February 3rd, 2021 launch of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, an ongoing comic book series set 200 years before the live-action film continuity.

Writer Daniel José Older, bestselling author of Star Wars: Last Shot, joins artist Harvey Tolibao and colorist Rebecca Nalty for a tale of the Republic’s glory days that — while aimed at middle-grade readers — provides a unique perspective to pivotal moments in the Star Wars timeline that fans of all ages can enjoy.

In Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, the Jedi have long maintained galactic peace… but the coming of a powerful new adversary called the Nihil threatens to end it all. Now, a group of Master Yoda’s young Padawan learners must protect the Republic while learning the lessons that will one day lead them to become powerful Jedi in their own right.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1 will be available with two cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy: Cover A by series artist Harvey Tolibao, and a Retailer Incentive edition featuring art by Yael Nathan.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1

Get an Early Look at Chained to the Grave #1

From the creative team of co-writers Brian Level and Andy Eschenbach and artist Kate Sherron comes Chained to the Grave, a five-issue comic book series of Old West action — with a wholly unique visual style and supernatural weirdness aplenty!

In anticipation of February’s #1 issue launch, IDW  has revealed the opening scene of this mature-themed miniseries for all the world to enjoy.

Outlaw Roy Mason has come back from the dead, chained to the headstone that marked his grave. It’s a lawless time, a magical time, and the undead Roy finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place as he sets out in search of treasure. But Roy, trying to do right by the wife and children he left behind, soon finds out that everything is not always as it seems…

Chained to the Grave #1 will feature two cover editions for fans to enjoy: Cover A by Kate Sherron and a Retailer Incentive edition by Brian Level.

Chained to the Grave #1

Preview: Star Wars Adventures Annual 2020

Star Wars Adventures Annual 2020

(W) Cavan Scott, Nick Brokenshire (A) Nick Brokenshire, Franchesco Gaston (CA) Mauricet
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $5.99

Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Jaxxon finds himself at odds with the Empire, the Rebellion, and his ex-partner Amaiza Foxtrain! Co-starring Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie in the days leading up to The Empire Strikes Back! Plus, an all-new tale of everyone’s favorite droid bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back-IG-88! (With apologies to 4-LOM.)

Star Wars Adventures Annual 2020

Preview: Star Trek: Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning #1 (of 4)

Star Trek: Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning #1 (of 4)

(W) Dave Baker (A/CA) Angel Hernandez
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

After Voyager encounters a damaged ship deep in the Delta quadrant, what at first seems to be a simple repair mission becomes much deeper as Seven of Nine becomes involved in an ancient conflict that will put her newfound humanity to the test. From writer Dave Baker (Action Hospital, F*ck Off Squad, Star Trek: Waypoint) and artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard Countdown, Star Trek/Green Lantern).

Star Trek: Voyager: Seven's Reckoning #1 (of 4)

Preview: My Little Pony: Holiday Memories

My Little Pony: Holiday Memories

(W) Katie Cook, James Asmus, Bobby Curnow (A) Agnes Garbowska, Andy Price, Trish Forstner (A/CA) Brenda Hickey
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $12.99

Celebrate the holiday season with all of your favorite Ponies in this collection of stories that focuses on family, friends, traditions, and all-around joy!

Spend time with the Apple family preparing an array of tasty apple treats for all of Poneyville; Spike and Twilight telling stories as they’re stuck in a snowstorm; and Rarity, as she tries to go to three Hearth’s Warming Ever parties in one night!

My Little Pony: Holiday Memories

Preview: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #91

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #91

(W) Jeremy Whitley (A/CA) Andy Price
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Season 10 continues! Zecora, Applejack, and their friends travel into the depths of the desert to find the home of the mysterious Grootslang! But obstacles stand in their way-obstacles that can only be overcome with the help of some brand-new magic, friendship, and… a musical number?!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #91

Review: Usagi Yojimbo #14

Usagi Yojimbo #14

It’s a massive battle in Usagi Yojimbo #14 as a disarmed Usagi is among a village captured by assassins. He’ll get some much-needed help from Kenichi and Jotaro. But those loyal to Mifune will most-likely be viewed as outlaws, so Usagi sets off on another adventure.

As someone who just loves just about everything samurai-related, I just love Usagi Yojimbo’s fight choreography. So much of it reminds me of the old black-and-white films, especially the fight between Usagi and Kato. Stan Sakai continues to do no wrong with his creation. I think Usagi hits on a lot of different levels for me. I like the art but I know that style-wise that Sakai isn’t a highly-detailed artist. There’s a wide range of emotion in just about every issue and Usagi Yojimbo #14 is no different. You might laugh or be on edge from the drama and the action is not bad, either.

I believe Usagi Yojimbo #14 is the last one that series colorist Tom Luth will work on, as he is retiring from comics. It’s sad to see him go and he’s worked on the book for literally decades. His last work will be in an upcoming Groo The Wanderer book from Dark Horse.

This was an arc that saw Usagi come back home to where his lord was defeated. Usagi hasn’t dipped in quality but it certainly feels like it’s got a new life with IDW Publishing. This arc is worth a read and new readers could jump on with little trouble. I do recognize the art is not the most detailed but the look of Usagi Yojimbo is so unique. Happy trails to Tom Luth on an illustrious career and I can’t wait for issue 15.

Story: Stan Sakai Art: Stan Sakai Color: Tom Luth
Story: 9.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read this but talk yourself into picking up the eventual TPB

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Review: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #275

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #275

Who doesn’t love G.I. Joe? Well, I guess some people probably don’t but G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #275 is a big deal and I’ve been reading the series off and on for the last bunch of years. Last issue, COBRA kidnapped a man named Sean Collins, who they think might be the original Snake Eyes and they want to brainwash him to work for them. It sounds like something that might have happened in one of the old cartoons.

But wait, there’s a big twist with the issue that I didn’t see. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #275 calls back to another issue from many years ago, issue 21, or, “Silent Interlude”, in that there are no words. No dialogue. No caption boxes. That means we, the readers, have to piece it together from the art. In removing the dialogue and taking out of my mind the voices of these characters that have been ingrained in it, it actually makes for a rather pleasant read…or viewing.

I think one of the most interesting things about this is that series writer Larry Hama continues to do innovative things with these characters. When I picked up this issue, I had no idea it would be silent. But what is lost in words, this issue certainly makes up with in action. Non-stop, no-holds-barred, all guns blazing. You pick it, it’s what it is. All the big Joes and Cobra guys and gals just blasting each other all throughout a hospital. And it was something you could follow. Does it bug me there’s no dialogue? Eh, not really. I do feel that it would add something substantial to the experience, but having this issue be a silent one does also make for a memorable issue.

The art team on this issue of G.I. Joe had to do a lot of work. Tony Atkins and Netho Diaz create a great action sequence of an issue. I think they do satisfying work on the title. But on a silent issue, the art has to do so much more work to keep the reader invested in what they see and I feel it was mission accomplished in that category. And what’s more, I love seeing their renditions of so many classic characters that I grew up with.

Overall, an issue like this can hit a few different ways. I thought G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #275 was one of the better issues with no words I’ve read. It got me from point A to B and sometimes, or in this case, part 9 to part 10, and what a way to wrap a story. It’s not a perfect issue, but it’s a good one that, I think, pays off for those who have followed Hama’s G.I. Joe comic. It’s not one I’d recommend to a new reader.

Story: Larry Hama Art: Robert Atkins and Netho Diaz
Ink: Brian Atkins and Maria Keane Color: J. Brown Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Good for those who follow the series but not for new readers

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Review: Sea of Sorrows #1

Sea of Sorrows #1

The team behind the horror series Road of Bones is back with Sea of Sorrows #1. Moving from the frozen tundra of Siberia, the new horror setting for the duo of Rich Douek and Alex Cromack takes us to the deep sea. With the Great War over, the North Atlantic is filled with riches. The story focuses on a former naval officer who hires a crew to retrieve gold on a sunken U-boat. With riches within reach, tension builds leading to double-crosses while a terror below awaits them all.

Douek and Cormack have put together a hell of a start that feels like a solid period piece. The build throughout the issue adds tension with each page until it’s clear by the end this is a where few can be trusted and most likely few will make it out alive.

But, what’s interesting about this debut is its underlying theme of corruption and an attempt to escape horror. Some of the individuals are haunted by what they did during the war. Others have history with each other that’s at play. And some prefer the icy waters and the peace they bring. There’s a haunting melancholy about it all and the comic can easily be imagined on the big screen.

Some of that is helped by how the comic is presented visually. There’s something more cinematic about it in its more grounded look. Set in a post Great War, Cormack’s art has a lived in look to it with small details emphasizing a real world. That’s helped by the color which Cormack also did with an assist by Mark Mullaney. There’s a gritty dirtiness about it all. Visually, and even storywise, the comic reminds me of Jaws where our trio of heroes recount stories of being hurt and the recounting of the Indianapolis in World War II. The sadness felt in that scene extends to this comic delivering a mature beginning that’s more about haunting tension than actual scares. Justin Birch‘s lettering is solid and stands out when needed to emphasize the supernatural and horror elements that are peppered through the issue.

Sea of Sorrows #1 is a solid debut delivering a period piece of horror. The comic is more focused on building tension for what’s to come than deliver scares. It’s a psychological angle than cheap thrills. Like Road of Bones‘, Sea of Sorrows #1 is a hell of a start and perfect for those who are looking for a cold frightening chill in these fall and winter months.

Story: Rich Douek Art: Alex Cormack
Color: Alex Cormack, Mark Mullaney Letterer: Justin Birch
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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