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Bingo Love Gets a Jackpot Edition

This November you’ll get to experience Bingo Love again with the Bingo Love, Vol. 1: Jackpot Edition in trade paperback and hardcover from Image Comics. This new edition features two new stories previously only available to Kickstarter backers, Bingo Love: Secrets by Shawn Pryor and Paulina Ganucheau and Bingo Love: Honeymoon by Marguerite Bennett and Beverly Johnson. This edition will also feature three more short stories about Hazel and Mari… including a peek inside of Bingo Love, Vol. 2: Dear Diary.

Bingo Love, Vol. 1: Jackpot Edition will feature cover artwork by Paulina Ganucheau and will contain over 50 pages of bonus material, including stories from Marguerite Bennett and newcomer Beverly Johnson, Shawn Pryor and Paulina Ganucheau and Gail Simone, with illustrations from Sara Alfageeh and Ariela Kristantina. Plus a sneak peek of Bingo Love, Vol. 2: Dear Diary, with an afterword from Gabby Rivera.

Bingo Love is an original graphic novel created and written by Tee Franklin, with art by Jenn St-Onge, and colors by Joy San and follows the love story of two Queer, Black women and the love between them that spans decades.

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

Bingo Love explores the complications of coming out at an older age and how that decision affects their families’ lives.

Bingo Love, Vol. 1: Jackpot Edition (ISBN: 978-1534309838) will be available in comic book stores on Wednesday, November 7th and in bookstores on Tuesday, November 13th.

Preview: Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks SC

Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Faith Erin Hicks, Jen Wang , Kelly Thompson, Holly Black, Gabby Rivera
Artists: Rosemary Valerio-O’Connell, Christine Norrie, Savanna Ganucheau, Marina Julia, Gaby Epstein
Cover Artist: Chynna Clugston Flores
Price: $14.99

Presenting the Lumberjanes short stories collected for the first time in a paperback. Join April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley as they explore their all-girls camp. From ghost ponies to strange plants, these Lumberjanes are ready to take on anything that comes their way as long as they have each other. Collects the Lumberjanes Specials, including Beyond Bay Leaf, Making the Ghost of It, and Faire and Square.

Preview: America #12

America #12

(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Stacey Lee (CA) Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• La Légion is back! And they’re setting fire to everything America’s fought for.
• Can she take back the home she’s come so far to find? Or is this the end of the Chavez line?
• America battles for the big stuff – legacy, family, love. Who knows what adventure awaits?

Exclusive Preview: America #11

America #11

(W) Gabby Rivera (A/CA) Stacey Lee with Flaviano Cover: Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• America’s finally found the family she’s been searching for. Planeta Fuertona awaits.
• But Exterminatrix and her corporation aren’t done with America yet! And their motives go way deeper than America even dreamed.
• When the Midas Corporation reignites a decades-old threat, America’s newly discovered home stands at the brink of implosion!
• And the biggest danger…may be America herself.

Preview: America #10

America #10

(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Jen Bartel, Flaviano Armentaro (CA) Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Exterminatrix has taken over America’s home, kidnapped her allies and turned her own friends against her. And so far, not even America’s new powers have helped her turn the tide.
• But the Midas Corporation is about to learn that you don’t mess with a Fuertona–and you definitely don’t mess with a Chavez.
• America goes for the big shot as her first LEGACY arc comes to a head!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz Rocks it as America Chavez

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz‏ has rocked her Halloween costume dressing up as Marvel comic character America Chavez.

Beatriz has said in the past how she’d love to bring the character to life in a live action film and have America comic writer Gabby Rivera pen the script.

Exclusive Preview: America #8

America #8

(W) Gabby Rivera (A/CA) Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, may have finally met her match. Introducing – the deadly and exotic Exterminatrix! Can America continue her hard-hitting journey to defend the multiverse against the oncoming warpath of Exterminatrix and the ominous Midas Corporation? It’s the start of a daring adventure as America gains all-new untested powers, and she’ll need them against the coming horde of villains! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!

Exclusive Preview: America #7

America #7

(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Annie Wu, Ming Doyle, Koch, Audrey, Mundy, Jennifer (A/CA) Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• America Chavez left the Utopian Parallel when she was six years old, and by age 16, she was battling with the best. What happened in between?
• This is American history. This is the story you’ve been waiting for.

Preview: America #6

America #6

(W) Gabby Rivera, Kelly Thompson (A) Ramon Villalobos (CA) Jen Bartel
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• America reconnects with a childhood crush – but kissing is not what Magdalena has in mind!
• Can Kate Bishop pull America out of the ring before Magdalena’s mysterious employers spring their trap?
• Probably not, with one of the Marvel Universe’s heaviest-hitting villains making a surprise appearance! Sin City goes for the KO – and this is one punch even a Chavez can’t dodge!

Review: America #5

America #5 1America takes a break from time and portal jumping to give us the Amerikate team-up that many fans have wanted since Ms. America first called Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye “princess” in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers. It’s spring break and America is visiting Kate in Venice Beach to catch some sun, drive fast cars, and also get some moral support when she meets her childhood friend, Magdalena, outside of Las Vegas. Their Gabby Rivera  and Kelly Thompson penned banter is quick witted, and Kate’s P.I. skills start connecting some of the dots in the larger plot. But the main event of America #5 (America and Magdalena use to be sparring partners as pre-teens.) is the art of Ramon Villalobos and the colors of Tamra Bonvillain with Brittany Peer.

Villalobos uses texture and body language to create the rapport between Kate and America, which is like two old friends instantly picking up where they left off.  They spend an entire page chatting hilarious about comfy pillows, and Kate is definitely there to empathize and accommodate with pizza and a pull-up bar that helps America think and process. Villalobos draws them in a variety of relaxed poses in the early going because it’s basically a big sleepover complete with Bonvillain’s welcoming, orange Southern California twilight. Re-establishing this bond definitely makes the tight and close car chases, punching, explosions, and killer final page more urgent and riveting.

America #5 is awesome because it’s an action romantic comedy starring two queer and one questioning woman. Rivera, Thompson,  Villalobos, and Bonvillain aren’t afraid to surrender to melodrama a little bit in sepia toned flashbacks that show the deep bond between America and Magdalena. These scenes are intense like any teenage crush, and it’s seriously relatable to see Kate “translate” Magdalena’s current day texts to America. America definitely has that feeling in the pit of her stomach about someone she cares about deeply and romantically even her words about Magdalena seem guarded. But she has always been more of an action and reflection person, and a close-up of her holding Magdalena’s flowers tells us everything we need to know about her feelings. Bonvillain’s colors for them is pretty too.

The conflict in America #5 is definitely driven by the metaphorical bandages of America #5 5America and Magdalena’s long simmering romance being torn off, but Rivera, Thompson, and Villalobos keep the comic centered in the friendship between America and Kate. It’s honestly one of the best ones in the Marvel Universe. Who needs complex space/ex-girlfriend/boxing plots when you could have a “Just A Girl” car karaoke complete with Kate and America’s smiling faces and hair blowing in the wind. This scene is a moment of pure exuberance and relief in the midst of traffic and drama and is immediately undercut by a biker in the rearview mirror. This image nicely transitions America #5 from the chilling to the action portion of the story though instead of going for a cheap page turn reveal. Villalobos builds suspense and then lets Kate and America cut loose. He fills the page with plenty of helicopters, bikers, and cyborgs for them to punch until they ‘splode.

Action, romance, opening up, friendship, and quips on quips on quips, America #5 is the team-up comic that we deserve. Gabby Rivera and Kelly Thompson’s writing for America and Kate is so entertaining that I could read an entire comic of them eating pizza and chatting, and their bond also allows America to open up and be vulnerable just a little bit in the quiet moments where she thinks no one is watching. Ramon Villalobos continues to be the master of body language and non-verbal cues to craft characters, and his car chases are a thing of a beauty. Tamra Bonvillain and Brittany Peer go both hot and desolate with their color palette like America’s feelings and the Nevada desert respectively.

To quote the comic itself, if you like “slaying monsters, the patriarchy, and extra large pizzas” plus heart wounding feelings and art that is the polar opposite of house style, America #5 is the book for you.

Story: Gabby Rivera and Kelly Thompson Art: Ramon Villalobos
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain with Brittany Peer

Story: 8.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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