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Disney’s Aladdin Comes to Dark Horse

Dark Horse enters a whole new world with a Disney Aladdin (Live Action) graphic novel! Disney Aladdin (Live Action) TPB is the perfect graphic novel companion to Disney’s all new live-action film Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, in theaters May 24, 2019.

Writer Corinna Bechko along with artist Pablo Vite and more bring the individuality and spirit of Aladdin and friends to the forefront in this fun-filled anthology. Travel through the vibrant city of Agrabah in four interconnected tales connected to Disney’s all new live-action film. Follow a day in the lives of Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie, and tag along on an adventure with friends Abu, Raja, and the Magic Carpet! 

Disney Aladdin (Live Action) TPB goes on sale April 30, 2019. This 72-page graphic novel anthology retails for $10.99.

Disney Aladdin (Live Action) TPB

Review: DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a summer special!

DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special is by:

“WORST FINEST“
A JOKER/BIZARRO STORY
Lee Bermejo – Writer
Francesco Mattina – Artist
Tom Napolitano – Letters

“HELP“
A LEX LUTHOR STORY
Jeff Loveness – Writer
David Williams – Artist
Steve Buccellato – Colors
Carlos Mangual – Letters

“CLOSE SHAVE“
A MR. FREEZE STORY
Paul Dini – Writer
John Paul Leon – Artist
Deron Bennett – Letters

“FALSE IDOLS“
A CHEETAH STORY
Vita Ayala – Writer
Amancay Nahuelpan – Artist
June Chung – Colors
Clayton Cowles – Letters

“ICY EMBRACE“
A BLACK MANTA STORY
Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko – Writers
Gabriel Hardman – Artist
Matthew Wilson – Colors
Deron Bennett – Letters

“GIGANTA STRONG“
A GIGANTA STORY
Michael Moreci – Writer
Max Raynor – Artist
Paul Mounts – Colors
Dave Sharpe – Letters

“CRUEL SUMMER“
A GORILLA GRODD STORY
Tim Seeley – Writer
Minkyu Jung – Artist
John Kalisz – Colors
Tom Napolitano – Letters

“DOG DAYS OF SUMMER“
A DEATHSTROKE STORY
Shea Fontana – Writer
Carlos D’Anda – Artist
Luis Guerrero – Colors
Carlos Mangual – Letters

“PERFECT GENTLEMAN“
A PENGUIN STORY
Daniel Kibblesmith – Writer
Laura Braga – Artist
Arif Prianto – Colors
Dave Sharpe – Letters

“INDEPENDENCE“
A CRIME SYNDICATE STORY
Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing – Writers
Giuseppe Camuncoli – Pencils
Cam Smith – Inks
Tomeu Morey – Colors
Clayton Cowles – Letters

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guy Summer Special

DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guy Summer Special

(W) Paul Dini, Lee Bermejo, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Tim Seeley, Rod Fontana (A) Carlos D’Anda, Gabriel Hardman, David Williams, Otto Schmidt
In Shops: Jul 25, 2018
SRP: $9.99

It’s summertime in the DCU and the bad guys are taking over! Beat the heat with 10 all-new stories by top comics talent starring DC’s most spectacular super-villains! In this issue, find out what Mr. Freeze does on the hottest day of the Gotham City summer! Learn what made Grodd such a bad gorilla! Then, while in a small beach town, Deathstroke gets hired for murder by the last person he’d expect! And The Joker and Bizarro team up for a truly weird summer bromance!

Review: Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1

We’ve got an advance review of the next entry into DC Entertainment’s “Earth One” graphic novel series, Green Lantern!

Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 is by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Jordan Boyd, and Simon Bowland.

Get your copy in comic shops March 14 and book stores on March 20. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1

We’ve got an advance review of the next entry into DC Entertainment’s “Earth One” graphic novel series, Green Lantern!

Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 is by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Jordan Boyd, and Simon Bowland.

Get your copy in comic shops March 14 and book stores on March 20. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology

 

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Preview: Star Trek Waypoint #6

Star Trek Waypoint #6

Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko (w) • Gabriel Hardman, Christopher Herndon  (a) Gabriel Hardman (c)

Nurse Chapel questions whether or not to continue her medical training until a shuttle incident prompts her to make decisions that will forever change her future. In the second story, Captain Kirk is forced to work with the Romulans after a biological weapon is unleashed, with unexpected  – and surprising – results.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Angel Season 11 #1

stl029890In the final season of the Angel TV show, beloved supporting character Fred Burkle (played by Amy Acker) was animated by the Elder God Illyria after her death. In a similar manner, Angel Season 11 #1 has some familiar faces, like Angel, Fred, and even flashbacks to Angel’s earliest days as a vampire in Ireland, but the comic reads like popular licensed characters going through the motions of a run of the mill horror\mystery\time travel story. Piling up genres and setting the comic in Ireland doesn’t add much to a snooze of a read.

The best Buffy and Angel comics have nailed the ways characters have spoken as well as their relationships and motivations and making changes in line with this. For example, Christos in Angel and Faith had Faith helping Angel find redemption by raising Giles from the dead, and there just happened to be other dimensions along the way. Unfortunately, writer Corinna Bechko just throws Angel and Fred into a haunted hotel in Dublin, has middling artist Gerardo Borges throw up some creepy imagery when he can’t even get Angel’s expressions straight, and adds some gimmicks like time travel to give the plot forward momentum. It seems like there will be a conflict between Fred and Illyria, but Bechko and Borges just use the latter to get them out of any plot snafus. She is like Superman of the Silver Age and gains abilities to fit the plot’s needs with no consequences to speak of so far.

With the exit of Faith as a co-headliner, Angel Season 11 #1 has the task of building a supporting cast, which is a problem that its sister title doesn’t have. Except this whole issue is just Angel and Fred running around a hotel pel-mell, looking in a coffins, and following random spiders. There is no relationship building or real tension between our two leads, and it seems like they are just there to fill the quota of two leads in a supernatural themed procedural. (Mulder and Scully, they are not.) Even when Giles’ immortal aunts Lavinia and Sophie show up, the writing for them lacks its comic relief.

The one positive in Angel Season 11 #1 is Michelle Madsen’s color palette. She uses a grey screen print tone to give the demon that Angel and Fred (Later Illyria.) battle a kind of Wicker Man vibe and uses a similar effect in the opening page with some black to introduce a still brooding Angel. Borges’ character poses and action/magical movements are all over the place, but Madsen’s sparkles of energy are a reminder that the Buffyverse is a place of wonder even if the stories set in it sometimes aren’t the greatest.

Angel Season 11 #1 ends with Angel traveling back in time so maybe figures from his past will pop up and playing supporting roles and help this comic transform from Irish Supernatural-lite to the Buffyverse’s “Days of Future Past.” But, for now, it’s just a mediocre exorcism story with a time travel twist, two stiff lead characters, and uninspiring art. It’s definitely not the best way to launch a new season.

Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Geraldo Borges Colors: Michelle Madsen
Story: 4 Art: 5.5 Overall: 4.7 Recommendation: Pass

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Angel Gets a Season 11 with a New Creative Team

Buffy’s first love will receive a solo series and a “re-vamped” creative team in Angel Season 11. Corinna Bechko writes Season 11 while Geraldo Borges illustrates the series, and Michelle Madsen colors the issues. Scott Fischer and Jeff Dekal both created covers.

Angel Season 11 finds Angel being tormented by memories of his past. His visions link his dark past to a Big Bad coming in the future. The goddess Illyria intervenes and assists Angel as he discovers that it might be possible to change the future by traveling back in time to change the past.

Angel Season 11 writer Corinna Bechko shared her excitement for joining the Whedonverse: “I’m thrilled that I’ll be helping to add to a little corner of the Whedonverse, a rich and exciting place that contains infinite possibilities for exploration. Of course, the fact that I’ll be doing so with Angel, one of the most complex and interesting characters, means I have big shoes to fill. But I can’t wait to spend some quality time with him during this journey, and to have a bit of fun along the way!”

The first issue of Angel Season 11 goes on sale January 18, 2017, the day before Buffy’s birthday! Angel Season 11 will have twelve issues total.

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Review: Miss Fury #5

MissFury2016-05-Cov-A-LotayMiss Fury #5 is an action comic that’s 90% fight, 5% sage wisdom with a side of spirit animal and, 5% set up. In this issue, Corinna Bechko has the 1940’s superhero trying to right some wrongs and turn the tide to save the world.
There’s a whole lot of fighting going on in this issue. After the first pages story set up the bad guys are met head on by Miss Fury and she came to win, if she can. The fight is a hard one that finds our hero deep under water with only her spirit animal to guide her to safety.

Miss Fury tries to make sense of all of the supernatural forces that surround her and she finds herself unable to come to terms with the dark forces that she seems unable to defeat. There are winged Krakenesque beasts on the attack, pig faced people on the offensive and double crossing humans standing her way.
Corinna’s writing is decent but, she seems to focus more on adding more elements to the story than character development. In some places, I felt as if the story relied more on Jonathan Lau‘s beautifully illustrated throwback artwork than on the character. This issue seemed to have our hero flying blind and not giving us any of her trademark sass. I found myself a little disappointed but, still invested.

There seemed to be a bit of a disconnect in this issue that separated it from the previous issues, I’m not sure if this was done intentionally or to set things up for the rest of the arc. It felt more like a placeholder than a stand-alone issue which left me hoping for another couple of pages to round things out. There were a whole lot of fight panels where I got to see what Miss Fury could do but, it felt like she was holding back and had left her A game at home. The few pages that were not action packed fight panels were pretty tame and didn’t really help move the story along.

Overall the issue was a decent read but, not what I was expecting or hoping for. We already know that she kick ass but, we want to know more about her and this issue fell short. The switching back and forth between the long fight panels and the moments of Miss Fury having what felt like an existential crisis (or awakening) were done with minimal transition and I think this issue would have been much better if it were split in two, part one being the fight scenes and supernatural set up and part two being her underwater sorting things out with herself and then emerging from her underwater vision quest ready to fight some more.

This issue wasn’t enough to make me give up on Miss Fury and her adventures but, it was enough to have me already giving the side eye to the next issue because I’m not sure it’s going to be able to bounce back and bring our hero with it.

Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Jonathan Lau
Story: 6.4 Art: 7 Overall: 6.2 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Miss Fury Vol. 2 #5

Miss Fury Vol. 2 #5

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Jonathan Lau (b)
incentive cover: Jonathan Lau (B/W art), Jonathan Lau (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Marla must choose her fate as past and future collide. Is she Marla Drake, friend and co-worker, or Miss Fury, a creature of dark power and fierce retribution? The answer lies far from land as the Minor Key seeks to unlock an apocalypse they can’t control, forcing Miss Fury to confront the mysterious force coiled within her. Will she learn to harness it in time, or will all of New York pay the price?

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