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Preview: Smooth Criminals #8

Smooth Criminals #8

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten
Artist: Leisha-Marie Riddel
Colorist: Joana Lafuente with Gonçalo Lopes
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Audrey Mok
Price: $3.99

Now that Mia’s old enemy is hot on their trail, Mia and Brenda go into hiding. There’s only one problem…Mia’s mom has escaped from prison, and she’s determined to find her daughter!

Smooth Criminals #8

Preview: By Night #10

By Night #10

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Christine Larsen
Colorist: Sarah Stern with Gonçalo Lopes
Cover Artist:
    Main Cover: Christine Larsen
    Preorder Cover: Sarah Stern
Price: $3.99

Heather, Jane, and their increasingly improbable team come face to face with the terrible truth of Spectrum—and with the people who are responsible for it all!

By Night #10

Preview: Adventure Time Comics Vol. 6 SC

Adventure Time Comics Vol. 6 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Aaron McConnell, Brandon Zuern, Mari Arakaki, Benjamin Marra, Ben Passmore,
Jaimie Coe, Xiao Tong Kong, Tyler Jenkins, Reza Farazmand, Jack Sjogren, Morgan Beem, Carissa Powell, Jean Wei, Sonny Liew
Artists: Aaron McConnell, Matt Frank, Mari Arakaki, Benjamin Marra, Xiao Tong Kong, Boya Sun, Reza Farazmand, Morgan Beem, Carissa Powell, Jean Wei, Sonny Liew, Jack Sjogren
Colorists: Gonçalo Lopes, Aleksander Gushky
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Richard Chang
Price: $14.99


Strange peril strikes the beloved world of Ooo again and no citizen is safe! Between Ice King’s heart calling it quits,  to the entire Breakfast Kingdom getting locked out of their homes when Finn and Jake drop the key to the city in the Cappuccino River, mystery and chaos ensue in this ADVENTURE TIME COMICS collection.

Featuring work by Sonny Liew, Matt Frank, Cristina Rose Chua, Jack Sjogren and many more!

Preview: Dodge City SC

Dodge City SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Josh Trujillo
Artist: Cara McGee
Colorists: Brittney Peer, Gonçalo Lopes
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artist: Cara McGee
Price: $14.99

Life comes at you fast, but dodgeballs come way faster!

Tomás is a teenage misfit, but when he joins the Jazz Pandas dodgeball team, he finds a place where he can really belong, and a family of oddballs and outcasts who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the summer regional dodgeball championships.

From creator Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time: Brain Robbers,) and artist Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall), comes a comic that packs punch and a whole lot of heart!

Review: Dodge City #2

Tomás is no longer the newest player on the Jazz Pandas, and with another teammate they stand a better chance of making it through the season, if they can manage not kill to each other first!

What’s all this with cheating and the Jazz Pandas? So much is revealed here in a second issue that builds on the first quite well. Writer Josh Trujillo knocks the second issue of Dodge City out of the park (or should I say thrown a ball and knock a player out?). This second issue not only dives further into the characters themselves but also some of what was hinted at in the first issue. There’s no dragging things out, the comic is delivering and paying off quickly.

What is one player hardly ever around? Answered. What about that cheating? Answered. What about the relationship of two players? Answered.

And Trujillo builds more questions into things as well. Ones I’m sure will pay off quickly delivering a satisfying experience.

There’s also the focus on the characters themselves. Two issues in and I feel like I have a good foundation of who these characters are and what their personalities are like. I have a handle of what to expect and who I should like and dislike. And that includes a brand new character who’s brought into the issue and seems like they’ll be a regular.

All of those characters have personality in their look too. The art by Cara McGee with color by Gonçalo Lopes and lettering by Jim Campbell continues to be wonderful. There’s something fun about the way it looks and how the various characters are depicted and their reactions. The art helps tell the story with tiny character reactions that give you a better idea as to what they’re thinking. There’s small inflections and additions that goes beyond the dialogue. Each character too is unique and stands out. There’s no generic background characters here.

I loved the first issue and love the second as well. Great art. Fun story. Great characters. And the fact it pays off in the second issue. There’s a lot answered and there’s a lot more set up. Can’t wait to read the third in what is one of the freshest new comics of the year.

Story: Josh Trujillo Art: Cara McGee
Cover Artist: Cara McGee Letterer: Jim Campbell Colorist: Gonçalo Lopes
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #22

Adventure Time Comics #22

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Matt Frank, Jamie Coe, Benjamin Mara
Artists: Matt Frank, Jamie Coe, Benjamin Mara
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kyle Smart
Subscription Cover: Nuno Plati
Incentive Cover: Mike Henderson
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Colorist: Gonçalo Lopes
Price: $3.99

Ooo is being invaded by dragons and Finn and Jake are the heroes for the job! All seems to be going well until Jake tries to disguise himself as a dragon. It goes… poorly.

Preview: Dodge City #2

Dodge City #2

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Josh Trujillo
Artist: Cara McGee
Cover Artists: Cara McGee
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Colorist: Gonçalo Lopes
Price: $3.99

Tomás is no longer the newest player on the Jazz Pandas, and with another teammate they stand a better chance of making it through the season, if they can manage not kill to each other first!

Review: Biowars: The Battle Rages Within

2014-06-23_1445Today we have a guest review from Greg Rowland covering the comic series Biowars: The Battle Rages Within

Most of us open up a comic book expecting to be entertained – not subjected to a lesson we’d have to sit through in a high school Bio class! But with the new digital title Biowars, that’s essentially what you get: an adventure where the biological components of the immune system are the heroes and the inner realms of the body, an alien universe where a battle for life and death is waged. Fortunately, it’s way more exciting than science class!

Biowars, created by Gabriel Shaoolian, is a free digital comic which challenges readers to consider the battles that take place every day within their own immune systems. Our protagonist, Alexander Hawking, is your average-Joe college student who’s thrust into a sinister world of intrigue when a mysterious cabal go on a manhunt for him after infecting and killing his father with the virus.

While Alexander’s immune system battles against the powerful virus in the “inner world”, Alexander races the clock, in the “outer world”, to find out who killed his father, infected him with the virus and what their ultimate plans are.

What’s fascinating about this comic is its incredible ability to weave together both the educational and fantastical elements in such a cohesive and entertaining manner. It sounds strange to say, but the inclusion of endocrine system factoids in the plotline always seem relevant – rather than forced – and serve to enhance the reader’s understanding of cellular conflict rather than to interrupt the story

In addition to those interested in biology, readers who enjoy high quality visuals will also be drawn to the series – the electric blue matrix of the bio-cosmos, the intricately armored B-cell warriors, and the detailed, carcass-strewn battlefield of the trachea each serve to enhance the reader’s experience and heighten the reader’s sense of wonder surrounding the body’s virus defense system.

In addition to boasting outstanding illustrations and a unique plotline, Biowars explores some interesting themes: relationship dynamics, morality, eugenics and other social issues. Within Alex’s body alone, concepts such as the corruptibility of mankind in the desire for power, and the internal clash between the call of responsibility and the temptation of desire are explored through the interactions of the cells and viruses. In the outer world, Alex’s is a riveting coming of age tale, a story of coming to terms with a father’s mistakes and of forging his own destiny.

Biowars is free to read online or download (as .pdfs) at www.biowars.com. The site itself is a comprehensive counterpart to the comic – with tons of background material and behind the scenes features. There’s even talk of forthcoming Biowars gaming modules, so if you’ve ever wanted to be a white blood cell duking it out with the common cold, here’s your chance!

Overall, Biowars is a truly immersive experience which provides comic book fans searching for a new series with the entire package: great visuals, depth, unique subject matter, and outstanding resources, and promises to provide readers from a variety of backgrounds with a satisfying experience.

I guess for now I will stick with just Biowars and see how it goes from here. Thanks for your time!

Story: 8 Art: 10 Overall: 9