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BOOM! Studios Reveals First Look at Ben 10: For Science! Original Graphic Novel

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Ben 10: For Science!, the next middle grade original graphic novel based on Cartoon Network’s global hit series, with Rainbow Award-winning writer CB Lee and artist Mattia Di Meo, which will debut in stores July 2019.

Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 was just recently greenlit for season four and is expected to premiere globally beginning 2020. The new season will follow Ben, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max on adventures to some of the world’s most popular destinations including Italy, Japan and Mexico. Season four will continue to empower its worldwide fanbase through new alien transformations, action-packed battles with villains and more.

In Ben 10: For Science!, Ben and Gwen go undercover at the Stars Beyond Science Camp when rumors of a strange monster attacking kids reaches them. Despite his apprehension at doing science projects during summer vacation, Ben quickly makes a lot of new friends in the Robotics track. But when his friend Jesse’s robot goes missing, Ben and Gwen will have to use all the tools in their arsenal to deal with what comes next.

This is second original graphic novel release from the partnership between BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network, following the upcoming debut of Ben 10™: The Truth is Out There from Lee and artist Lidan Chen in March 2019.

Ben 10: For Science!

Preview: Voyage to the Deep

Voyage to the Deep

Sam Glanzman (w & a & c)

Follow the adventures of a shape-shifting atomic sub battling sea creatures, arctic monsters, sonic attacks, anti-matter generators, global terrorism, and more! Four tales of the atomic submarine Proteus and her crew in one graphic novel! First, the submarine Proteus has just finished its shakedown run and heads out to explore the Mariana Trench, but when the ship arrives, it not only has to deal with giant sea creatures, but an act of terrorism that threatens the entire world! Plus, a monster larger than the Proteus, a fanged sea creature and an anti-matter generator that threatens to tear apart the world, and an unknown enemy unleashes sonic destruction on the Proteus, and then the world! Only the Proteus and her crew can stop them!

HC • FC • $24.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-450-3

Voyage to the Deep

Review: Sisco Volume 1 Shoot When You’re Told

Sisco Volume 1 Shoot When You're Told

As a fan of movies I’ve seen just about every film by some of Hollywood’s greatest actors. Take for instance Robert Redford, who has been one of the silver screen’s brightest stars. His movies have always been consistently good. Who can deny the re-watchability of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid? Few of his peers can match his consistency nor his longevity excluding those exceptional few.

One of those actors, who has been doing good work almost every outing is Clint Eastwood. Just like Redford, each movie has consistently gotten better. One of my favorites by him is one where’re he played a veteran Secret Service agent in the movie, In The Line Of Fire. In Benec and Thomas Legrain’s Sisco, we meet one Secret Service agent, with quite a reputation, one that gets him in trouble, in this first volume.

We meet Sisco Castiglioni, a government bodyguard, who thought he was going on his typical boring day, until he gets a special assignment, that changes his whole day, and possibly, life. He goes to meet a colleague of the President, his business becomes messy quickly, as he must find a witness who may make Sisco’s work, a national scandal. Eventually his coworkers get involved, in what becomes a deadly cat and mouse chase, which could leave another dead body. By book’s end, he finds out that the people he works is more corrupt than he initially thought and he must now decide which side of morality is he on.

Overall, an excellent comic that feels like the TV show Boss, but with a few more bad eggs. The story by Benec is action packed and intriguing. The art by Legrain is beautiful. Altogether, a great first volume to what looks to be not your typical political thriller.

Story: Benec Art: Thomas Legrain
Story: 10 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Filmmaker Macon Blair Brings You Long Road to Liquor City

Jumping trains and throwing pies! The oogles have nothing on Oni Press’ new original graphic novel, Long Road to Liquor City. Written by Macon Blair, Gotham Independent Film Award Breakthrough Actor nominee and director of the Portland-based film, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, with art by Eisner-nominated author and illustrator of Science Comics, Joe Flood, comes a Great Depression-era adventure comedy about love, friendship, and the pursuit of happiness.

As jaunty hobos Jed and Thanny crisscross the country in search of the fabled Liquor City, they are pursued relentlessly by fearsome rail yard sergeant Ronan O’Feathers, who wrongly blames them for his wife’s death. With the the law on their tails and a succession of colorful characters along the way, the only constant is the absurdity and mayhem they leave in their wake on the Long Road to Liquor City.

Long Road to Liquor City lands in bookstores and comic shops on February 19th.

Long Road to Liquor City

Review: Blake & Mortimer Vol. 7 The Affair of the Necklace

Blake & Mortimer Vol. 7 The Affair of the Necklace

There is no historical figure in France more celebrated and vilified than Marie Antoinette. The words that have made her so infamous to so many has become known only in recent years that she never uttered them. It was during her tenure that the French Revolution took root and crushed the monarchy finally.

Over time, monarchies like hers fell eventually but what people of that time did not count on was the romanticizing of those figures throughout history. The film by Sofia Coppola both dispelled myth and gave viewers even ore insight into this legend while doing one thing most historical pictures haven’t done, make her hip. The world got another chance to fall in love with her again. In the seventh volume of Blake & Mortimer our intrepid heroes became entangled with her legend while facing an old foe.

Our dynamic duo show up in Paris, the city is buzzing with news of the impending nuptials of two royals, and quite a crown jewel being offered. They show up to a pre-wedding party for the monarchy, a few mysterious occurrences take place, leading to the theft of Marie Antoinette’s necklace, by their old nemesis, Olrik. He makes it difficult for the two to find, even using local gangsters to stop them in their tracks. Their search leads to Paris’s underground where Olrik’s man, Sharkey apprehended by the police, leads them and where they find out that their old enemy is hiding more than that necklace.

Overall, the seventh volume is an entertaining adventure which has the guys mixed in with gangsters, history, and royalty. The story by Edgar P. Jacobs is dense, smart, and gripping, The art by Jacobs is vivid and fluid. Altogether, one of the better adventures from this series.

Story: Edgar P. Jacobs Art: Edgar P. Jacobs
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Vault Comics Announces Open Design Submissions for their YA Graphic Novel Bonding

Co-created by writer Matthew Erman and artist Emily Pearson, Bonding is a YA graphic novel about two people who fall in love. It just happens that in this world, humans are made to ‘bond’ with strange alien-like parasites that hang onto their chests like weird leeches or sea-slugs. Your health, emotions, preferences, and tastes can be reflected in the way your slug looks.

Bonding comes from Vault Comics’ young readers imprint Myriad Books. To celebrate the project, Vault Comics and the Bonding creative team created a special “Chapter 0” comic that not only introduces reader to the story, but invites the public to submit their own illustrations for how they think their own slugs would look.   

Using the templates provided online as a starting point, everyone from young readers to the young-at-heart can design their own slug and submit it to Vault Comics for potential inclusion in the book itself. For more information on how to submit your designs head to the Vault website.

In addition to being about love, the book also touches on mental health, self-perception, anxiety, and more, as all of these thoughts are displayed through your parasite for everyone to see. It’s important for YA audiences to be able to talk about these concepts and emotions.

Bonding will be released on February 5th, 2020. Design submissions are upon from now until September 13th, 2019.

Check out a preview of the series below.

Bonding Chapter #0

Preview: Salammbo

SALAMMBO

Writer / Artist: Philippe Druillet
Publisher: Titan Comics
Imprint: Statix Press
Hardcover, 186pp, $39.99, £35.99
On sale: January 29, 2018
ISBN: 9781785866647

A heady perfume of blood and rage across the stars featuring Philippe Druillet’s legendary Lone Sloane. In the third century BC, mercenaries employed by Carthage during the first Punic War rose against their employers, who repeatedly postponed their pay. Two barbarian clan chiefs, Matho and Narr’Havas, fell in love with the beautiful and ethereal Salammbo, daughter of Hamilcar of Carthage. A bloody conflict arose.

Based on the 19th century novel by Flaubert, Salammbo was reappropriated and recontextualised by Druillet in this masterwork. Transposing the ancient Punic Wars into his space fantasy universe, and splicing the identity of the novel’s Mathô with his favorite character, Lone Sloane, Druillet works his intoxicatingly psychedelic magic on a literary classic, reinvigorating it from the inside out with his own transcendent storytelling.

SALAMMBO

Preview: James Brown: Black and Proud

James Brown: Black and Proud

Xavier Fauthoux (w & a & c)

Born in the South during the height of segregation, James Brown went on to become a global sensation, using his immeasurable talent to grasp what he believed was the American Dream. Join the charismatic, hard-working, and sometimes tyrannical bandleader on a journey

 down the roads of America with a group of talented musicians spreading the sound of funk and soul throughout the country. Told against the backdrop of a changing America during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, this is the story of a man and his band that would go on to revolutionize the world of pop music.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 144 pages • 7” x 9-1/2” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-338-4

James Brown: Black and Proud

Your First Look at Bags (Or A Story Thereof) from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Bags (Or A Story Thereof), a new original graphic novel by Patrick McHale, creator of the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network series Over The Garden Wall, artist Gavin Fullerton, and colorist Whitney Cogar, available in stores July 2019.

Bags (Or A Story Thereof) is the tale of a man and his dog. John Motts lives his life in his home with his dog, Beth, until one day, she goes missing. John begins a frantic search that leads him to the policeman’s home, the advice-giving walrus down the street, and eventually into the dark woods beyond the edge of town where he runs into several mysterious figures in this haunting tale of loss and the unknown. 

Bags (Or A Story Thereof), featuring a cover by Fullerton, is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning  KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers.

Print copies of Bags (Or A Story Thereof) will be available for sale July 17, 2019 at local comic book shops and the BOOM! Studios webstore, and July 23, 2019 at bookstores everywhere.

Bags (Or A Story Thereof)

The Handmaid’s Tale Gets a Graphic Novel Adaptation this March

Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale is an influential work of fiction. The dystopian world exploring the subjugation of women and patriarchy feels ahead of its time as we discuss these very things in today’s world. Published in 1985, the book has been adapted into a motion picture, radio play, stage play, opera, and the award winning television show. On March 26, 2019, McClelland & Stewart in Canada and Doubleday in the US will publish the first ever graphic novel adaptation.

The Handmaid’s Tale Graphic Novel features the art of Renée Nault — a Canadian artist and frequent illustrator for the Los Angeles Times. Atwood selected Nault to adapt the work. The 240 full-color watercolor pages took Nault over two years to complete from the initial sketches to the final pages.

This isn’t Atwood’s first foray into the world of comics. She has recently written Angel Catbird and War Bears which are published by Dark Horse.

The Handmaid's Tale graphic novel cover
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