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It’s Blondie: Against the Odds from Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John McCrea, and Z2

Blondie: Against the Odds

Legendary New York fashion and music icons Blondie have announced their partnership with Z2 Comics to produce their first-ever graphic novel! Inspired by some of their most iconic tracks, along with a few “deep cuts,” this book is sure to deserve a place on the bookshelf of every music fan.

Blondie’s rise to international acclaim from the downtown Manhattan club scene is perhaps one punk rock’s greatest success stories. Their first-ever graphic novel will follow their rise from the streets of New York to the stages of the world, as told through and inspired by some of their early singles up through their enduring influence and cultural prominence in the present day. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the team behind the most celebrated run on the beloved DC Comics character Harley Quinn, and pulling in Palmiotti’s own memories of his childhood spent in the New York punk rock and new wave scene surrounded by folks like Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Fab 5 Freddie at venues like Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s and the Mudd Club. With his insight and Amanda’s mutual love of the music and styles of the time, this will be an essential visual document for any music fan to treasure.

Blondie: Against the Odds is written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and features art by John McCrea, as well as a cover by Conner and her longtime colorist Paul Mounts, and is available for preorder now for a fall release in softcover and hardcover editions at finer comic shops, book and record stores worldwide. Exclusively available through Z2’s website in limited quantities are the deluxe and signed super deluxe versions, packaged with exclusive vinyl, prints and more. The super deluxe edition will include the soon-to-be revealed archival box set, as announced last fall.

Preview: The Moorcock Library: Elric The Eternal Champion Collection

The Moorcock Library: Elric The Eternal Champion Collection

Writer: Michael Moorcock
Artists: James Cawthorn, Philippe Druillet
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, 56pp, $19.99, £17.99
On sale January 2021
ISBN: 9781785869556

Seminal sword-and-sorcery author Michael Moorcock weaves stunning blend of magic, heroism, and wonder as his legendary Eternal Champion Elric features in two rarely seen adventures, featuring artwork from legendary French artist Phillippe Druillet.

The Moorcock Library Elric The Eternal Champion Collection

Review: Girl Haven

Girl Haven

There’s a good chance you see a title called Girl Haven and assume you’re about to read a story about girl power. In a way, you’d be right, though Girl Haven doesn’t explore this concept in the way many readers would expect. To quote author Lilah Sturges, “Girl Haven is a story about gender. [It’s] mainly about one type of gender experience, [but] it’s central message is true for everyone: Your story is your own.” From the touching preface through an uplifting story, this graphic novel from Oni Press, is as timely as it is entertaining.

Girl Haven is a very cute story with light-hearted humor. The friendship and emotional bond between the characters is obvious and makes the reader love and root for them as the plot moves forward. The story follows four friends who are transported to the magical land of Koretris, a place for girls only, where no boys are allowed. This presents a problem for the graphic novel’s protagonist, Ash, because he’s a boy. Luckily, his friends are all female-identifying and along for the ride through this mystic realm. During their adventure, they see wondrous things, help Ash make a personal discovery, and come together to save Koretris.

The story starts off a little slow, but then picks up into a thrilling adventure story. Admittedly, if you’ve read a lot of fantasy, the plot and dialogue are very predictable. However, that doesn’t stop Girl Haven from being a really fun read. This graphic novel is a stellar example of representation in comic books. Within only a few panels of meeting Ash’s friends, we learn that they are all queer but none of them is ever defined by their sexuality. They all have distinct personalities that make them stand out from their counterparts, giving each character their own unique voice. This is the first YA graphic novel I’ve ever read that acknowledges that a person’s perception of their gender is fluid and can change as they learn more about themselves. This is an important message for all readers, and especially young adults.

“Girl Power” is on full display in one aspect of this graphic novel in the form of its all-female creative team. The three ladies work together seamlessly to create the wonderful world and characters of Girl Haven. Meaghan Carter’s artwork reminds me of Henry and June from Nickelodeon’s animated variety show KaBlam! It is the perfect style to capture Girl Haven’s magic and warmth. Even though her style is simple, Carter does a great job rendering the scale of the characters and their surroundings. Often, everyone in a comic book is drawn at more or less the same height. That’s not the case in this graphic novel. The accurate scale to which Carter draws helps make Koretris look real and helps transport the readers there, right alongside Ash and his friends.

Love is stronger than fear. That’s the central theme of Girl Haven and it’s a message from which we can all learn. I didn’t get this written in time to make the pre-order cut-off, but this is a graphic novel you’re going to want to check out when it releases on February 17th. It’s a book with something for almost everyone and is especially appropriate (and important) for young readers. This fantasy adventure story is well written if a bit derivative. The graphic novel is drawn in a fun and coherent style, and the characters are representative of people not featured often enough in comic books. Grab yourself a copy and get ready to journey through Koretris.

Story: Lilah Sturges Art: Meaghan Carter Letterer: Joamette Gil
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Scoop: Buried Leads

Scoop: Buried Leads

(W) Richard A. Hamilton (A) Pablo Andres
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
SRP: $17.99

There is more to Miami teenager Sophie Cooper’s second major case as a teenage investigator/journalist than meets the eye. Sophie’s newfound fame as an investigative reporter leads to her next case as a famous local chef is charged with the murder of his ex-wife. Despite overwhelming evidence, the hometown hero maintains his innocence and wants Sophie’s help in finding the real killer. Can she pull it off, considering that she has to deal with her hectic internship at WMIA 7, planning her upcoming quinceñera, and the overwhelming drama of high school?

Scoop: Buried Leads

Review: Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel

Fault Lines in the Constitution examines the Constitution of the United States. It takes us through the framers, their fights, and their compromises but also discusses the flaws in the document that impacts us today. The graphic novel is an examination of our governing document and solutions that exist that states and other nations have implemented. It’s an interesting graphic novel that’s a great introduction to our government’s founding document.

First Second‘s World Citizen Comics are a great line of graphic novels to teach civics.

Story: Cynthia Levinson, Sanford Levinson
Art: Ally Shwed
Color: Gerard Alba Rojas
Lettering: Angela Boyle

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Ubisoft’s Immortals Fenyx Rising Gets an All-Ages Graphic Novel

Writer Ben Kahn and artist Georgeo Brooks take you on a fun, humorous, action-filled adventure through the world of Greek mythology to discover what it truly means to be a god in a new all-ages graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics and UbisoftImmortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings.

Fenyx enjoys her new life on Mount Olympos, but when her hometown suddenly gets hit by strange earthquakes, she has to investigate. Back at home, she reunites with her human father —to his shock, he learns that gods are real. Fenyx’s mom, who had kept her godhood under the radar, cautions her that such a life has its drawbacks and things get messy when Zeus makes an appearance. As the earthquakes continue to rupture the earth, dangerous creatures emerge, past foes return, old flames reignite, and history is once again in the making! It’s time for the gods to team up to fight as a family!

Immortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings trade paperback will be in comic shops on September 22, 2021 and in bookstores on October 5, 2021. Immortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings will retail for $12.99 and sits at 64-pages.

Immortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings

Red 5 Comics Signs a Distribution Agreement With Simon & Schuster

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Red 5 Comics has signed a multi-year agreement with Simon & Schuster to distribute its line of trade paperbacks and graphic novels to the global bookstore market.

This agreement marks the next step in Red 5’s strategic growth plan to bring its award-winning slate of comic books and graphic novels to a global audience through print, digital, and broadcast.


Red 5 Comics was founded in 2007 by Paul Ens, former Director of Lucasfilm’s Lucas Online, and Scott Chitwood, co-founder of TheForce.net.  It earned the 2007 Gem Award for Best New Publisher and its titles have been nominated for three Eisner Awards and two Harvey Awards.

Earl Review: One Soul Tenth Anniversary Edition

One Soul

Can you believe it’s been ten years since One Soul was originally published? Fans of the graphic novel or Ray Fawkes’ work probably said something along the lines of, “My gosh, it’s really been ten years?” Then there are people like me who completely missed it the first time around. Lucky for us, Oni Press is releasing a commemorative edition on February 24th. In One Soul, Fawkes uses an experimental narrative structure to explore the lives of eighteen individuals. These people are spread out across different periods of time but their stories play out simultaneously.

One Soul grabs the reader’s attention from the very first page. It begins with two pages of nine black panels. Next comes a series of black panels filled with white ink blots. It’s like a Rorschach test that is given context as soon as the narration begins. This narration is written like poetry. I’ve read several novels written in verse but this is the first graphic novel I’ve read that’s written in this style. After finishing this one, I can honestly say that more graphic novels should be written with poetry.

I love a good nine-panel grid page layout. Each of the characters is assigned the same single panel in the eighteen panels across each two-page spread. This is a very creative way to tell a story, though since I was reading a digital PDF, I found it a little difficult to keep track of all the various narratives. Fortunately, the unique setting and time period of each character helped clarify the story to a certain extent. The narration is laid out in the same fashion. As a result, it can be read in different orders, either as it’s laid out across the page or from one character’s panel to their next assigned panel.

Fawkes uses a minimalist illustration style but still manages to make the most out of each panel. He plays with space and perspective, yet despite the differing images in each panel, each individual page has a visual uniformity. That being said, I did notice that sometimes the characters look a little bit misshapen. Considering how obviously well plotted and thought out the rest of the book is, I have to assume this choice was intentional on Fawkes’ part. No two people look the same in real life and I assume Fawkes was trying to reflect this in his art. Although I can appreciate the artistic choice, I did sometimes find a character’s physical quirks to be visually off-putting.

Whether it’s tracking the narration or taking in the artwork, One Soul is a book that can be, and should be, read multiple times. Fawkes weaves together eighteen perspectives into a single beautiful narrative that explores what life is all about. No two lives are the same but from birth to death, we are all connected by similar experiences. We may be different people but universally, we all share one soul. Throughout the graphic novel Fawkes stretches his creative muscles through his beautiful poetry and by drawing an expansive catalog of objects, settings, and situations. It’s a challenging read but well worth the effort. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the One Soul Tenth Anniversary Edition when it releases on February, 23rd.

Story: Ray Fawkes Art: Ray Fawkes
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Discover the Origin of Czarface in a New Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics continues to roll out news marrying celebrated acts from all genres of music with the finest talent in comics. The latest announcement brings 7L, Esoteric, and Inspectah Deck, Czarface, to comics Comics have been in the DNA of Czarface since the beginning, with imagery recalling the Silver Age of Marvel Comics, and previously released by the group’s own label of the same name.

Hero to some, villain to others, Czarface’s true origins have remained a mystery…UNTIL NOW! Who are the Zarta Ku? And why has their desperate mission brought them to Planet Earth? Meanwhile, Zach and his dog were just a washed up wrestling tag team making ends meet on the comicon circuit when they crossed paths with a woman who will change both their lives forever. Written by Czarface’s own Esoteric with art by veteran illustrator Ariel Olivetti, this landmark original graphic novel is a must-have for Wednesday warriors, wrestling marks, and hip-hop heads–or fans of all three combined!

Czarface: A Czar is Born is the official origin story written by Esoteric himself, with art by comics veteran Ariel Olivetti, and featuring covers by longtime artist Lamour Supreme, and available in four special editions available to preorder now through the Z2 website! Fans have the option of purchasing in one of four editions, including deluxe and super deluxe editions, released with prints, exclusive viny, and more! Look for this nod to nostalgia at your favorite comic shop or bookstore in August 2021! Preorder your edition today!

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