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Preview: Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #17

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #17

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Ryan Parrott
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Colorist: Raúl Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Marcus To
    Intermix Cover: Miguel Mercado
    Preorder Cover: Audrey Mok
    Homage Incentive Cover: Gleb Melnikov
Price: $3.99

Rita needs the Green Power Coin to create a Ranger of her own, but in order to move forward she must first go back to the home she left behind!

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #17

Preview: Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 3 SC

Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 3 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Greg Smallwood
Price: $16.99

With both Heaven and Hell out for Jack’s head, there’s nowhere left for him to hide. It’s a battle of apocalyptic proportions, but ol’ Jack Burton won’t go down without a fight.

Don’t miss the epic conclusion of Jack Burton’s story and the final ride of the Pork-Chop Express

Collects issues #8-12.

Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 3 SC

Preview: The Empty Man #4

The Empty Man #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Colorist: Niko Guardia
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Vanesa R. Del Rey
    Preorder Cover: Jesús Hervás
Price: $3.99

Hell has broken loose in the neighborhood, and the Kerry family must flee to escape the deadly effects of the Empty Man virus.

The Empty Man #4

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #35

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #35

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artists: French Carlomagno, Francesco Mortarino
Colorists: Eleonora Bruni, Walter Baiamonte, Francesco Segala
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Jamal Campbell
    Preorder Cover: Jordan Gibson
    Incentive Cover: Linda Lithen
Price: $3.99

The mysterious new DARK RANGER is the man known as Heckyl – and his origin is revealed for the first time in this stand alone issue.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #35

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

This past year, BOOM! Studios took over the Whedonverse licenses from Dark Horse Comics, and this comic is their first take on Joss Whedon’s most iconic creation (and my favorite TV show of all time), Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With seven seasons of a TV show plus tie-in comics and five seasons of sequel comics, it seems like almost every narrative stone has been unturned. And, for the most part, this is sadly true.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 comes across as a remake of the first season of the television show and treads many similar beats: Buffy’s combative relationship with Giles, her growing awkward friendship with Willow and Xander, her keeping secrets from her mom, and fighting inconsequential small fry bad guys with a side dish of ancient jewelry. Writer Jordie Bellaire and artist Dan Mora do throw in some new wrinkles like their take on Anya, who appears way before she played a role in the television show, adding modern technology/clothing style, and giving Buffy a part time job at a place that makes the Doublemeat Palace have Michelin stars. However, these things plus a fun Easter Egg about another Whedon property and the “surprise” appearance of another character don’t detract from the fact that this comes off as a Xerox copy of copy of the television show.

Some of this is immediately evident in Bellaire’s dialogue, which is all Whedonesque cuteness and reveals none of the traits that made Buffy, Willow, and Xander unique and enduring characters. It’s more entertaining than the platitudes that are Buffy’s narration captions though. At the end of Buffy #1, they are immediately friends, in on her secret, and having slumber parties. It makes you miss Buffy Season 1’s pilot, which managed to have life or death stakes, bring the Scooby gang together organically, set up the Big Bad and mysterious love interest, and was paced naturally thanks to its almost feature film length. There are too many moving parts in Bellaire and Mora’s Buffy “pilot” comic as they set up Buffy’s personal struggle with identity, try to make her best friends with Xander and Willow, and at the end, remember they have to have a “Big Bad”.

Where Buffy #1 falters in story, characterization, and dialogue, it actually succeeds in visuals thanks to the storytelling skills of Klaus’ Dan Mora  and the steady colors of Raul Angulo. Mora cares more about dynamic panels and cartooning than making his characters look like Sarah Michelle Gellar et al. His work especially shines during the action sequences with angular leg kicks and power poses mixed with some teenage awkwardness. I also cracked up a lot at the reactions Mora draws for Willow as she watches Xander repeatedly put his foot in his mouth. Honestly, she comes off pretty well in this first issue even though the reference to her future career as a witch is super-shoehorned and comes across as fanservice and not part of her arc. And to top things off visually, Angulo adds a shadowy palette to the night sequences to make it more classic horror than suburban SoCal.

When I first read about BOOM! Studios’ plans for their Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, it reminded me a lot of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man or Stjepan Sejic’s sadly shortlived Switch. These comics were contemporary takes on the classic characters, Spider-Man and Witchblade respectively, and introduced their mythos to new fans. However, cheesy effects and bad fashion choices aside, “Welcome to the Hellmouth” does a better job of introducing Buffy, Willow, and Xander than this comic so it fails at being a gateway to these pop culture icons for a new generation of fans. Dan Mora is one hell of an artist though.

Story: Jordie Bellaire Art: Dan Mora
Colors: Raul Angulo Letters: Ed Dukeshire 
Story: 5.5 Art 8.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Avant-Guards #1

The Avant-Guards #1

Welcome to the Georgia O ‘Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, an historically all-female school whose population is decidedly more drama geek than jock.

Liv, aspiring actor and basketball enthusiast, doesn’t understand why she can ‘t be both, but she seems alone in that belief… until Charlie.

Charlie is a recent transfer, a star basketball player, and the answer to all of Liv ‘s problems. She ‘ll stop at nothing to get Charlie to join the ragtag group of misfits that make up their fledgling basketball team.

There’s been a wave of western takes on sports manga with BOOM! Studios, through their BOOM! Box imprint, leading the charge in releases. The Avant-Guards is the latest entry into that genre following a basketball team for a very small school. Like those other series, this one knows that while the sport itself will deliver action, it’s the characters that will really bring us back. And, it delivers that and then some.

The first issue revolves around Charlie and what makes it work is delivering a story so many of us can relate to and empathize with. Writer Carly Usdin keeps it simple, so far, by focusing on a new student trying to figure out where they fit in. It’s something we go through, especially when it comes to school. Usdin also gives us a nice mix of characters with each being unique in their own way. And yet, it still makes sense this group would get together.

Noah Hayes‘ art with color by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Ed Dukeshire is solid. The style is a bit on the cartoonish end of things but that style does well to compliment the tone of the comic which can switch between serious and humor. A different style, the story as presented might not work but there’s a nice balance between needs here. There character design is fun as well giving each a bit more personality and allowing us the reader to find out more about each without having to be told.

The Avant-Guards #1 is a fun debut that continues BOOM!’s successful steak of bringing the manga sports genre to western audiences. This is another fun one that delivers a solid set up with a nice mix of humor and emotion. Definitely one to check out this week.

Story: Carly Usdin Art: Noah Hayes
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book One SC

Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book One SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Christopher Golden, Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro, Jesús Hervás
Colorist: Stephen Downer, Michael Spicer
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the the first of three Sons of Anarchy Legacy Editions! Collecting the previously released  Sons of Anarchy comic for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.

With stories taking place throughout key seasons of the his show, Kurt Sutter delivers the epic outlaw story of Charming’s most notorious biker gang as they to keep the family together, while also staying one step ahead of the law.

Collects Sons of Anarchy (2014) #1-6, 8-14.

Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book One SC

Preview: Smooth Criminals #3

Smooth Criminals #3

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten
Artist: Leisha Riddel
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Colorist: Brittany Peer
Cover Artist:  Audrey Mok
Price: $3.99

With their heist all planned out and the clock counting down, Mia and Brenda are ready to case the place and make their move. Sneaking into the exhibit hall should be cake, but going unnoticed? To pull that off, they’ll both have to shape up and work on playing their part: with Mia trying to pass herself off as a modern 1990s woman, and Brenda as a high-society dame!

Smooth Criminals #3

Preview: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Price: $3.99
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Raúl Angulo  
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover A:
Matthew Taylor
    Main Cover B: Kevin Wada
    Main Cover C: Royal Dunlap (Virgin)
    Preorder Cover D: Becca Carey (Virgin)
    Incentive Cover E: Jen Bartel
    Incentive Cover F: Jen Bartel
    Unlocked Slayer Variant G: Miguel Mercado
    Unlocked Willow Variant H: Kaiti Infante
    Unlocked Vampire Variant I: Miguel Mercado
    Unlocked Vampire Willow Variant J: Kaiti Infante

Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon.

This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil.

But her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning Award-Winner Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) bring Buffy into a new era with new challenges, new friends…and a few enemies you might already recognize. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang faces brand new Big Bads, and the threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High confirms what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell.

WELCOME BACK TO THE HELLMOUTH, FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1
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