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Review: The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a collection of classic comic strips.

The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy is edited by Craig Yoe and published by Dead Reckoning and collects the classic comic strips by Frank V. Martinek.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW or Dead Reckoning

 

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Review: Trench Dogs

Inspired from assorted first-hand accounts, this fictional story of World War I is a sweeping look across the war and the soldiers who experienced the horrors of the front lines and high seas. The nightmares of World War I and the fallout after are often overlooked, this book asks the reader to look again and remember the dead, to weigh their number against those that would choose war. Conceived as a long, continuous camera pan through the trenches and beyond, the reader is soon buried in mud, corpses, and ruin, emerging on the other side with blurred recollections of lost comrades and a nagging sense of pointless destruction.

Trench Dogs by Ian Densford is an ambitious graphic novel whose focus on visuals is both a strength and bigger weakness. Trench Dogs is an attempt to pull off a single tracking shot in comic form and while that’s achieved, the specifics of the story are a detriment to that concept.

Densford’s story wakes place in the nightmarish World War I with each nationality represented by a unique animal a concept we’ve seen before in the likes of Maus. But, this is war with scenes packed with individuals, so many it’s hard to keep track as to who to care about. There’s so much packed in, it’s hard to focus in on anything while taking in everything. The lack of dialogue too makes it difficult to focus in an who we’re supposed to care about as each sequence hands off to the next in a Tarantino like way.

The art is detailed and impressive. Densford’s talent there isn’t in question at all. But, while putting in so much detail, so much packed in on every panel and page, the art is a detriment to the story. It’s beautiful to look at but without enough visual clues as to the focus, it’s hard to connect with anything present. The horror becomes a panel the death just another image and detail.

This is an impressive attempt to do something different in the comics medium and in so many ways it succeeds. With a little bit of pulling back and more of a focus on a few stories that interconnect the overall package might have been stronger. Still, as far as a debut for a publisher, this is a hell of a start that shows Dead Reckoning is a publisher that is willing to try different things and Densford is a creator to keep your eye on.

Story: Ian Densford Art: Ian Densford
Story: 4.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Petals

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the beautiful graphic novel Petals.

Petals is by Gustavo Borges and Cris Peter and published through BOOM! StudiosKaBOOM! imprint.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores September 25th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology

 

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Preview: Marilyn’s Monsters

Marilyn’s Monsters

by Tommy Redolfi

Marilyn’s Monsters is the latest release from Life Drawn, Humanoids’ new literary imprint, which spotlights personal stories and provocative, political narratives.

Marilyn’s Monsters presents Marilyn Monroe’s dark journey like you’ve never seen it before. The famous Hollywood Hills. A strange, twisted forest filled with freaks and broken-down trailers. In this dark world, movie stars are born in the shadows. Determined to become the greatest one of all, shy Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe) comes to this ghost-town with hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, she’ll have to face all kinds of monsters to reach her ultimate goal. . .

Image Comics to publish Jesusfreak — an original graphic novel by Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra

Next spring, Image Comics presents Jesusfreak, an all-new, never-before-published and sure-to-be-controversial original graphic novel by writer Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra. Jesusfreak is a bloody, two-fisted tale of heroic historical fiction featuring a certain young Nazarean carpenter who is having some trouble finding his place within a world of ever-increasing violence. He knows he’s different… he just doesn’t know why. Image Comics will publish the original graphic novel as a 64-page, full-color hardcover retailing for $17.99 in comic book stores on March 20, 2019 and in bookstores on March 26, 2019.

An exclusive 16-page black-and-white ashcan preview of Jesusfreak, featuring a two-color cover, will be available for purchase for $1.00 at the Image Comics booth #1444 at New York Comic Con. Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra will attend the convention, which will be held at the Javits Center in New York City from Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7.

Jesusfreak (ISBN: 978-1534311749) can be ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill is Coming This October!

Eisner Award-winning author Katie O’Neill, creator of Princess Princess Ever After and The Tea Dragon Society, has a new all-ages original graphic novel, Aquicorn Cove, to be released by Oni Press on October 17, 2018.

When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness.

Aquicorn Cove, a full color hardcover book, is written, illustrated, and colored by Katie O’Neill, with lettering by Crank!.  Oni Press previously donated money to the CORAL fund last month in support of the release of this title.

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Shortcuts HC

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Shortcuts HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jonathan Case, Delilah S. Dawson, Adam Smith and more!
Artists: Katie Cook, Cory Godbey, Gustavo Duarte, Jeff Stokely, Daniel Bayliss and more!
Cover Artist: Derek Kirk Kim
Colorists: Joana Lafuente, Heather Breckel, Dan Jackson, Jen Hickman
Letterers: Jim Campbell, Nathan Pride, Deron Bennett, Warren Montgomery
Price: $29.99

Celebrate the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film with stories from inside the magical walls of the labyrinth!

Featuring fan-favorite characters like Ludo, Hoggle, Sir Didymus, and the Goblin King himself, this compilation showcases imaginative tales from critically acclaimed writers and artists alike, including Jonathan Case (The New Deal), Delilah S. Dawson (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma), Gustavo Duarte (Bizarro), Roger Langridge (Snarked), Katie Cook (Star Wars: ABC-3PO), Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla), and many others.

Collects The Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special, The Labyrinth 2017 Special and two never-before-seen stories!

Your First Look At The Untold Story Of The Legendary Green Ranger from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios and Hasbro have unveiled a first look at Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon, the all-new original graphic novel in stores December 2018 from acclaimed writer Kyle Higgins, artist Giuseppe Cafaro and special consultant Jason David Frank celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise and revealing a powerful, untold chapter in the life of the legendary original Green Ranger.

It’s been a long time since Tommy Oliver has served as a Power Ranger. He’s defeated space witches, brought down evil armies, protected the galaxy, but now Tommy leaves protecting the world to the Power Rangers at Space Patrol Delta. But when his son goes missing, it’s up to Tommy to discover a secret in his past, in order to save his future. Now Tommy will call on all his training, his friends, and maybe even some of his enemies as he sets out on his most important mission: find his son and bring him home.

Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon features a stunning new cover by fan-favorite artist Nick Robles.

Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon will be available for sale on December 5th, 2018 and on December 11th, 2018 at bookstores.

Review: Hope

In the battle between good and evil, things are never really black and white as many people would like to believe. As there is no physical markers that one sees that would automatically tell you what intentions that person possesses. As an avid Star Trek fan, I always marveled at how the franchise, no matter which series you talked about dealt with social issues. The one episode from the original series, that has stuck with me to today, and really doesn’t feel dated at all, is “Let That Be Your Battlefield.

The story revolved around a centuries old war between two alien races, where they simply hated each other because of the side of the face where they have certain colors. The magnitude of what Gene Roddenberry was telling with one particular story cannot be underscored, as it still rings true today, that race is a construct and racism itself is an idea which is thought not inherited. It is always interesting when fiction creeps these ideas in to the reader’s subconscious, and it is always interesting to get into fiction, where these things are more obvious. In Lovern Kindzierski and John Bolton’s Hope, the world of Shame is continued on with this installment, as Hope looks to be reincarnated into a human body.

We are brought to Shame’s castle, where most of her demons have been vanquished, as Merritt looks for anyone looking to do harm to Grace and Hope.  As they leave the castle, they make their way down the rod to safer pastures, as though the demon hoard seems t be gone for good, one can never be sure. As we soon find out that Shame and her evil witch, Mother Virtue are hunting for Hope. By book’s end,a new enemy has emerged, as our heroes race to stop them before they can fulfill their promise.

Overall, the book is if HR Giger and Alejandro Jodorowsky worked in the medieval world in a battle between good and evil. The story by Kindzierski is exciting, action packed and unfolds likes well won action adventure. The art by Bolton feels visceral and can be in any museum. Altogether, a graphic novel which engulfs the reader into this magical world and gives fantasy fiction fans a grand tale.

Story: Lovern Kindzierski Art: John Bolton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Petals HC

Petals HC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Gustavo Borges
Artist: Gustavo Borges
Cover Artist: Gustavo Borges
Colorist: Chris Peter
Price: $16.99

The powerful debut graphic novel from Gustavo Borges, who will steal your heart with this silent comic.

During a long winter, a family of foxes struggle to survive the merciless cold. One day, the young cub leaves his house looking for much needed firewood and crosses paths with a tall and peculiar bird wearing a singular top hat.

Perfect for readers of all ages, Petals is a deeply emotional and resonant story about friendship, life and selflessness in a unique format.

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