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Review: Star Wars: Target Vader #1

Darth Vader has hunted many who have opposed him. Now, he’s being hunted be a hired band of bounty hunters.

Story: Robbie Thompson
Art: Marc Laming, Cris Bolson
Color: Neeraj Menon, Jordan Boyd, Andres Mossa, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega
Letters: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Star Wars: Target Vader #1

Star Wars: Target Vader #1

While we think of Star Wars mainly in its battles between Rebels and the Empire, it’s so much more. The world features so many genres within and some are used more than others. Star Wars: Target Vader #1 shifts from the space opera to more of a crime story focus.

Written by Robbie Thompson, Star Wars: Target Vader #1 has Vader and Palpatine attempting to stamp out a crime syndicate running guns for the Rebels. Business is good though, and the crime syndicate has a mission too. Hire bounty hunters to take out Vader first.

Thompson delivers the first issue as a complete set up of what’s to come. That includes a trope-filled part where we’re introduced to our bounty hunters. You can imagine the movie screen pausing as the bounty hunter’s name pops up and a voice, or lettering, takes you through what they’re known for. That all helps create a different pace than we’d normally expect for a Star Wars story. The beats feel more like a heist story than what we’ve seen in the past.

The personalities make the comic interesting. While the excitement is a bit muted, we get a taste of just how dysfunctional this group will be. It gets you interested in what’s to come.

The art by Marc Laming and Cris Bolson (and a load of colorists) is pretty solid. There’s a nice shift from the normal humans as far as characters and the bounty hunters are varied in style and look. It helps create a ragtag bunch. What’s also nice is there’s enough design at times that characters are familiar. An example is a Jedi hunting droid who will remind you of a past character. Even with similar attributes the character is unique. But, due to the familiarity there’s a built up expectation as far as what the character will be like.

While the issue doesn’t totally excite, it’s more than enough to get you to come back. There’s something fun about Target Vader. It has a style and voice that feels different than what we’ve seen so many times before. It delivers a new reading experience for an established franchise. This is one to check out for Star Wars fans or just comic readers.

Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Marc Laming, Cris Bolson
Color: Neeraj Menon, Jordan Boyd, Andres Mossa, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Volume 4: Sin Eaters HC

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOLUME 4: SIN EATERS HC

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo and Cris Bolson
Publisher: Titan Comics
112pp, $22.99, On sale November 28
ISBN: 9781785861130

Don’t miss the stunning fourth collection of the Ninth Doctor’s all-new comics adventures with Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness!

Two staggering adventures see the Doctor and his companions facing psyche-shattering conspiracies and ancient secrets in equal measure!

Preview: Damsels Vol. 2 TP

Damsels Vol. 2 TP

writers: Leah Moore, John Reppion
artist: Aneke, Cris Bolson, Dietrich Smith
cover: Aneke
FC | 200 pages | $19.99 | Teen+

Weeks have passed since the defeat of the witch Belladonna, yet “Happily Ever After” is still out of reach for Rapa, the once-and-future Queen Rapunzel. The wandering adventurer chafes in the trappings of her royal station, her heart yearning to once again roam the roads and wilderness of her magical world. However, her path is not at all safe… for the witches Gothel and Carabosse have formed a new black coven, and are amassing a new army of the wicked!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #2 – Ninth Doctor Special

DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION #2 – NINTH DOCTOR SPECIAL

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Adriana Melo, Cris Bolson
Cover A: Adriana Melo
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: September 6, 2017

An unknown force is striking from the depths of space, emerging as impossibly-large white holes over civilized planets, absorbing or annihilating everything that lives.

Captain Jack Harkness and Tara Mishra, companions of the Ninth Doctor, were caught up in one such white hole event, and – despite the valiant efforts of Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter – were caught by the white hole and absorbed!

But the Ninth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler know nothing of this…Yet.

Preview: Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension – Alpha

DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION – ALPHA

Writers George Mann, Cavan Scott
Artists Rachael Stott, Cris Bolson, Rod Fernandes
Cover A: Fifth Ink Metallic Tardis Cover
Cover B: Photo Cover
Cover C: Rachael Stott and Luis Guerrero
FC • 32pp $3.99 – On Sale August 30, 2017

The Void has always existed: No Place. The Silent Realm. The Lost Dimension.

But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry.

Its devouring our universe – through time and space!

Now, every Doctor must play his part to save…everything!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #15

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #15

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colorist: Marko Lesko
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover A: Iolanda Zanfardino
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Cover D: Simon Myers Watercolor
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Aug 9, 2017

Continue the journey through time and space with Christopher Eccelston’s incarnation of The Doctor? in The Bidding War Part 2!

Review: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #14

Ninth_Doctor_14_A*Warning: Spoilers Ahead*

The Bidding War, Part One begins in an unsettling fashion–with Rose Tyler giving birth to a purple alien baby. It turns out that she’s plugged in to a futuristic device which gives her access to “Memgram”, the 54th century equivalent of Facebook, and everyone has an account. The Doctor has a small collection of “experience spheres” which he, Rose, and Tara are using to find the legendary Jack Harkness. Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #14 kicks off a new arc in the Ninth Doctor’s story, where he and his companions are once again in over their heads, and things are going to get worse before they get better.

For those of us just tuning in, the book includes a convenient “previously on” section which explains Jack’s jumbled up timeline. The trouble with such an expansive universe is that “previously on” doesn’t really cover it without explanations of things like “who is Zloy Volk” and “how are there two Jacks” and “what’s up with Tara?”. That’s not to say this is a bad place to start for Who fans, especially those (like me) drawn to the series by Nine and Rose. If you’re completely new to Who, however, I’d

Ninth_Doctor_14_C

A more stylized approach, by Arianna Florean

suggest you start a little further back, or perhaps catch up on Nine’s original adventures on screen.

 

Once the team finds out Jack’s memories are stolen, and they’ve been set up, Nine winds up on the bidding block of an intergalactic auction. Even as a Doctor Who fan, I had a little trouble following the story in this issue, and found myself reading the book two or three times before I figured out the thread. In the past I’ve read my Who comics in trade format, and feel I’d enjoy this one more in a trade as well. The writing (Cavan Scott) was either too slow, or too fast, but until the next issue I can’t quite tell.

Another problem I have with the book, and any comic with characters based on actors, is the uncanny valley. The art is dead on in some instances, and in others doesn’t even bare a passing resemblance. If the design was consistent, it wouldn’t be as intrusive, instead it becomes a focus while reading. Artists Cris Bolson and Adriana Melo stretch their muscles in the last few pages, however, as Nine’s memories are on display for the bidders at the auction.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colorist: Marco Lesko Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #14

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #14

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colorist: Marko Lesko
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover A: Simon Myers
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Arianna Florean
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 26, 2017

THE BIDDING WAR – PART 1!

With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator gun. But… Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene…

Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #14

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #14

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
COVER A: Simon Myers
COVER B: Photo – Will Brooks
COVER C: Arianna Florean
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 12, 2017

With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator gun. But… Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene…

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