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Mini Reviews: WildC.A.T.s and Space Trash!

Space Trash Vol. 1

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

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

Logan

WildC.A.T.S #1 (DC Comics) – Matthew Rosenberg, Stephen Segovia, and Elmer Santos bring back the (maybe) classic 90s paramilitary super team in an action-packed, accessible way. Rosenberg continues his characterization of Cole Clash as a violent, but slightly lovable fuck-up shooting his way through the DC Universe and generally being a terrible teammate. However, my favorite part of this first issue was Segovia’s varied fight choreography for the various WildCATs from Grifter’s drunken gun fu to Zealot’s precision and Caitlin Fairchild basically being a kid on Grand Theft Auto 5 with all the cheat codes turned on. You don’t have to be a Wildstorm stan to jump into this book, but maybe you will be by the end. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy

Space Trash Vol. 1 (Oni Press) Space Trash Vol. 1 is the opening salvo in Jenn Woodall’s queer punk dystopian sci-fi series. This volume introduces readers to the three leads Una, Stab, and Yuki and their place in the ecosystem of a fully automated school on the Moon. Woodall’s art is full of gorgeous and occasionally hilarious background details, like the graffiti that fills the school. I also love her approach to character design and personalities through fashion and hair styles. It takes a bit for the plot to kick in, but Space Trash ends up being quite revolutionary and relatable to our late capitalist world exploring themes of misinformation, surveillance, and of fucking course, queer liberation. Overall: 8.1 Verdict: 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 (**).

Preview: Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

(W) Aaron Durán (A/CA) Sara Soler, Jaime Martinez

Althalia Cabrera is desperately trying to do the right thing, but exactly what the right thing is has never been murkier to the young bruja. She can either accept the help of her indigenous religion’s ancient death gods and save the life of her beloved abuela, or face the loneliness of being the last of her kind. Shattered by grief and surging with her growing power, Althalia is about to show the underworld what can happen when you threaten the wrong witch’s sweet little abuela.

Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

Preview: Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

(W) Aaron Durán (A/CA) Sara Soler, Jaime Martinez

Althalia Cabrera is desperately trying to do the right thing, but exactly what the right thing is has never been murkier to the young bruja. She can either accept the help of her indigenous religion’s ancient death gods and save the life of her beloved abuela, or face the loneliness of being the last of her kind. Shattered by grief and surging with her growing power, Althalia is about to show the underworld what can happen when you threaten the wrong witch’s sweet little abuela.

Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

Preview: Aggretsuko: Out to Lunch #1

Aggretsuko: Out to Lunch #1

(W) Josh Trujillo (A) Abigail Starling, Andrew Dalhouse, Crank!

When Aggretsuko and her coworkers go on a company retreat to Tokyo Video Joy Place, a theme park run by an American movie studio, Aggretsuko is overwhelmed by repeated messages to “follow her dreams.”

But what are Aggretsuko’s dreams? And how can she make them a reality?

Aggretsuko: Out to Lunch #1

Preview: Blink #1

Blink #1

(W) Christopher Sebela (A) Hayden Sherman, Nick Filardi, Frank Cvetkovic

Wren Booker was three when she was found catatonic and covered in blood on the streets of New York. Since that day, she’s been haunted by a childhood she can’t remember. After decades of searching, Wren stumbles upon a cryptic website streaming multiple CCT feeds from strange rooms in a ruined building and something clicks, setting off hidden memories that lead her back to a place she’s seen in lifelong nightmares. Hunting for answers, Wren breaks into the building, but instead finds herself entangled in the camera-filled dark mazes of a decayed social experiment known only as BLINK.

Eisner-nominated Christopher Sebela (Dirtbag Rapture), Hayden Sherman (Thumbs), and Nick Filardi (Rogue Planet) team up for a found-footage horror where uncovering your past will leave you trapped inside it.

Blink #1

Preview: Whiteout: Oni 25th Anniversary Edition #1

Whiteout: Oni 25th Anniversary Edition #1

(W) Greg Rucka (A) Steve Lieber, with cover by Matt Wagner

Oni Press’ 25th anniversary editions of classic Oni titles begins with this facsimile of issue #1 of Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber’s seminal series Whiteout.

U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko has made Antarctica her home. In the vastness of the ice, she found peace… Or at least, that’s what she thought, until someone commits a murder in her jurisdiction and Stetko must use her detective skills once more or become another victim of this mysterious killer…

Whiteout: Oni 25th Anniversary Edition #1

Oni Lion Forge Releases a Statement on Recent Firings and Rumors

Oni Press

In what isn’t going to help them at all Oni Lion Forge Publishing Group released a statement regarding the recent staff layoffs as well as rumors about the publisher. The oddly worded statement called the rumors “sensationalistic” and “false information”. The statement opens stating that the recent “personnel changes” (aka firings) were done to “evolve the brand” with a focus on long-term success. As of this article, no one that we know of, has been named to replace anyone let go in the past two weeks which included many key decision makers at the publisher.

About two weeks ago publisher James Lucas Jones and vp of creative & business development Charlie Chu both were fired. There has been no announcement of replacements. The recent layoffs include the Senior VP of sales, a sales manager, a senior editor, and an editor. Again, no replacements announced.

The word salad of a statement goes on to celebrate the long history of both publishers, though Oni’s celebration of 25 years at SDCC has been canceled, and a commitment to embracing “pioneering creators” and “advancing authentic diversity and inclusion.” One of the narratives that has emerged since yesterday is numerous creators with projects at the publisher whose contact/editor/whomever has been fired and they don’t know if the project is still going on. Like above, it points to a lack of planning regarding the “personnel changes.” And while Oni has done a fantastic job of comics and graphic novels focused on LGBTQ+ representation, Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe has languished.

The message has gone over as well as you’d expect online and seems to only have worsened the situation. As usual, comics shows its inability to manage crisis.

So content consumers, what do you think?

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