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With the fourth issue out this week, we’re kicking it off with Over the Ropes #1!
Step Over the Ropes and into 1990s wrestling. Set in a fictional world, Over the Ropes dives into sports entertainment’s biggest era. A young high-flyer named Jason Lynn goes off-script in a match to win the world title and sets the southern territory on fire as the face-painted wrestler, Phoenix. Jason’s battles between the ropes are only outperformed by his struggles outside the ring. First dates. Crooked promoters. Cage matches. Factions and families. No matter what problems smack him with a steel chair, Jason lives by his catchphrase: I. Will. Rise.
Over the Ropes is written by Jay Sandlin, with art by Antonello Cosentino, colors by Francesco Segala, and lettering by Justin Birch.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Lalit Kumar Sharma Colorist: Francesco Segala Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artists: Main Cover: Marc Aspinall Preorder Cover: Kano Incentive Cover: Daniel Warren Johnson Price: $3.99
A Browncoat at heart, Sheriff Mal Reynolds does have to admit that there might be one single perk to a government job: actually having the time to court Inara Serra, now that he doesn’t have to worry about things like dodging the government. But something’s fishy with the Blue Sun executives who have taken up residence in Mal’s sector…will investigating it mean walking away from Inara?
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Lalit Kumar Sharma Colorist: Francesco Segala Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artists: Main Cover: Marc Aspinall Preorder Cover: Amelia Vidal Incentive Cover: Daniel Warren Johnson Unlocked Retailer Variant: Dan McDaid Price: $3.99
Mal matches wits with a serial killer! The newly minted Sheriff Mal (don’t call him that, though) and Boss Moon are given their first big case as local law enforcement—to hunt down and arrest a serial killer haunting their new town! As Mal and Moon dig deeper into the mystery behind the suspicious murders, a surprising new benefactor strolls in, offering new technology and new beginnings for the townspeople…all courtesy of the Blue Sun Corporation.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Lalit Kumar Sharma Colorist: Francesco Segala Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artists: Main Cover: Marc Aspinall Preorder Cover: Ben Caldwell Incentive Cover: Daniel Warren Johnso Price: $3.99
Meet Sheriff Mal Reynolds! After brokering a reluctant peace with the Alliance, Mal is awarded the position of Sheriff of a small outer sector. Never one to play by the rules, Mal sees this as an opportunity to play Robin Hood—but when a serial killer shows up on the frontier, Mal realizes he might be in over his head.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Simone di Meo, Francesco Mortarino, French Carlomagno Colorist: Walter Baiamonte, Francesco Segala Letterer: Ed Dukeshire Cover Artist: Jamal Campbell Price: $16.99
After the stunning conclusion to the hit comic book event Power Rangers: Shattered Grid, an all-new, all-star team of Power Rangers is drawn together from across time and space to combat a never-before-seen evil. As they fight to prove to themselves and each other that they have what it takes to survive in a dangerous new environment, these iconic Power Rangers must defeat the onslaught of an unfamiliar, terrifying new villain.
Featuring an all new team of Rangers from across the Power Rangers universe comes an all new adventure! Join Marguerite Bennett (Animosity) and artist Simone di Meo (Old Man Logan), along with Francesco Mortarino and French Carlomagno, as the Power Rangers discover what it means to be a team without their powers!
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Kyle Higgins & Ryan Parrott Artist: Daniele di Nicuolo, Diego Galindo Cover Artist: Goñi Montes Colorists: Walter Baiamonte, Francesco Segala Letterer: Simon Bowland Price: $29.99
THE BIGGEST COMIC BOOK EVENT IN POWER RANGERS HISTORY COLLECTED IN ONE VOLUME!
Lord Drakkon—a twisted alternate-reality version of Tommy Oliver (AKA the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)—and his newly reformed army are crossing dimensions in order to execute an all-out attack that threatens the very existence of every Power Ranger ever!
Collects Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25-30, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Free Comic Book Day Special, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid #1.
Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios Writer: Anthony Burch Artist: Mattia Di Meo Colorist: Francesco Segala Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artists: Main Cover: Ian McGinty Preorder Cover: Joey McCormick Price: $3.99
The gang have finally uncovered what’s caused the zombie outbreak, and the answer lies inside the Conglom-o building! Rocko will have to fight his way inside and find the solution using the one thing he hates the most: the Internet.
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios Writer: Anthony Burch Artist: Mattia Di Meo Colorist: Francesco Segala Letterer:Jim Campbell Cover Artists: Main Cover: Ian McGinty Preorder Cover: Joey McCormick Price: $3.99
Rocko and Spunky must brave the zombified landscape of O-Town to make it to Filburt’s house, who has taken up quite a few odd survivalist habits.
One of my favorite movies of all time is the zombie movie, Shaun Of The Dead. It stars my two favorite actors, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their collective talent alongside Edgar Wright is something comedy fans have been enjoying for years. Each of their movies have found a way to connect to every type of genre.
What made me connect to Shaun Of The Dead is that it made it relatable to movie fans. Their characters were normal guys. It even made fun of many of the tropes that the genre usually transfixes on to hilarious results. It made me wonder how the zombie apocalypse would affect some of our favorite characters? In the first issue of Rocko’s Modern Afterlife we find our what happens when zombies hit our favorite neurotic dog.
It has been two weeks since people have started to act strange,
particularly Mr. Bighead, as a zombie virus has hit Rocko’s city. For the first
time, in a long time, he gets holed up in his house and a little bit stir crazy,
as we also catch up with Heff, who now makes a living by playing video games.
Before long, the zombie hoards, invade his house which now includes his dog,
Heff. By issue’s end, he and his dog, Spunky, must find refuge, with his
remaining uninfected friend, Filburt.
Overall, a story that feels equal parts Shaun Of The Dead and The Walking Dead while still remembering that this is for kids. The story by Anthony Burch is funny, and action packed. The art by the creative team leaps off the pages. Altogether, a story that will make you feel for these characters and will make you fall for them .
Story: Anthony Burch Art: Mattia Di Meo, Francesco Segala, and Ian McGinty Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Simone di Meo Colorist: Walter Baiamonte with assistance by Francesco Segala Letterer: Ed Dukeshire Cover Artists: Main Cover: Jamal Campbell Preorder Cover: Phil Murphy Incentive Cover: Linda Lithén Unlocked Retailer Variant: Miguel Mercado Price: $3.99
The newly-assembled Power Rangers put everything on the line to win the battle but now a war has begun…and it’s one they never anticipated! But if Grace thought her new team had time, she’s wrong—the universe itself is collapsing!