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Review: Seekers of the Aweto Vol. 1 The Hunt is On

Xinyue, his brother Qiliu, and their mother are seekers, hunting aweto―a rare, plantlike treasure―along the legendary Silk Road.

Xinyue discovers the offspring of a deity that creates aweto and becomes its caretaker struggling to keep it safe.

Seekers of the Aweto Vol. 1 The Hunt is On is the first of a four volume series.

Story: Nie Jun
Art: Nie Jun
Translation: Edward Gauvin

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Amazon (paperback)
Amazon (library binding)
Kindle

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Review: The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook

The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook

Screaming “Antifa” is the new crying wolf for the right. Anything they don’t like, the term is raised as if it pulls the strings of everything going on. In reality, Antifa is not an organization or a group, it’s simply a short way of saying anti-fascist. If you think fascism is wrong and dislike fascists, you’re antifa. It really is that simple. Matt Lubchansky decides to have some fun with The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook that takes us into the battle between those evil antifa and local police.

The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook is about Max Marx who gets a big promotion within the group. Marx is upgraded into a supersoldier to battle the police and destroy the American way of life. Standing in the way is Sergeant Paul O’Shea of the Big City PD and right-wing personalities like Adonis Asproulis. Lubchansky has a lot of fun with the concept sending up right-wing fears and probably getting it close to their fantasy of a reality to be honest.

Lubchansky is the Associate Editor of the website The Nib and no stranger to biting political satire. The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook is exactly that taking everything to such an extreme it’s hard not to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

The comic is over the top and nails all the talking points and exaggerations that have gone around concerning ANTIFA. Events like the “Battle of Berkley” are given a send-up. From the story, the concepts, to the art, everything is a joke within the comic. But, the jokes have a slight shred of truth to them.

Lubchansky’s story touches upon some of the absurd powers and programs that have militarized the police and increased their aggression. The comic has a hand guide for those new to the subject and is a good place to start.

The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook is a solid satire that has fun with the absurd reality some people live in. The disconnect from the truth and reality is there and Lubchansky uses that to have fun making a point at the silliness of it all. The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook will deliver laughs for those politically interested and delivers a one-shot comic I hope continues in some way.

Story: Matt Lubchansky Art: Matt Lubchansky
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Breaklands Vol. 1

Breaklands

The first story arc of Breaklands is being collected in trade paperback for the first time. This genre-bending adventure series, written by Justin Jordan, was developed by Dark Horse Comics and digitally published as a ComiXology Original. The story is set in a dystopian future where people have developed psychic powers. These psychic abilities have become a part of nearly every aspect of life. The most powerful psychics, known as Shapers, are sought after by the new ruling class. This matters very little to the powerless Kasa Fain and her little brother Adam. They live a peaceful and quiet life. That all changes when Adam is kidnapped and Kasa must set off across the world to rescue him.

Jordan puts together a story that pairs lighthearted humor with hardcore action. The banter between Kasa and the warriors she recruits to help rescue Adam is fast paced and witty. Despite these high these high points, I didn’t find the plot to be all that original. Although there is a fair amount of dialogue, a lot of the storytelling is done through visuals alone. Jordan also come up with cool uses for the various psychic abilities. Pyrokinetic powered vehicles alone are a concept I’d love to see explored further in another series.

I never thought I’d write this, but I think Breaklands almost has too much action. The narrative gets lost in between all the high-octane action sequences. Character development falls by the wayside in favor of the non-stop action. In addition, there were several action scenes that either didn’t make a lot of sense or where it was hard to tell exactly what was going on. I also think there’s almost too many characters, introduced too quickly. Some of them don’t even end up mattering to the greater narrative. Little enough attention is given to developing the main characters to begin with, so the added side characters wind up just cluttering the plot.

In Breaklands, artist Tyasseta draws everything with a cool aesthetic. There are many beautiful full-page spreads in which Tyasetta gets to showcase the world he and Jordan have created. Tyasetta injects a mix of cultures into the vehicles, clothing, and the adornment of buildings. He also draws a variety of different action scenes, some more violent than others. The gorier fight scenes look comical since they’re drawn in a very animated style. I don’t mean for that sentence to come off as a negative. This juxtaposition between gore and cartoon styling actually contributes to the comic’s unique look.

When it comes to comic book storytelling, I often feel like writers come up with a cool concept but then struggle to tell a coherent story within the world they’ve created. In my opinion Breaklands suffers from the opposite problem. Jordan weaves together a strong, albeit familiar, narrative but the world he’s created doesn’t do much to support his story. The story has substance, but the concept is mostly flash. Luckily, Tyasetta uses his talents to full effect and illustrates that flash in a visually pleasing manner. All in all, this is a series that’s not going to appeal to everyone. If you enjoyed Justin Jordan’s previous works or are a fan of dystopian adventures, you’ll probably find something to like about this series. If those caveats don’t apply to you, maybe read the first issue before committing to the entire trade paperback.

Story: Justin Jordan Art: Tyasseta
Color: Sarah Stern Letterer: Rachel Deering
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Stunning Steampunk Fairytale WIKA is Out March 16

Wika

Writer: Thomas Day
Artist: Olivier Ledriot
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, 128pp, $39.99, £36.99
On sale March 2021
ISBN: 9781787735927

After narrowly escaping an uprising that claims the lives of her parents, Wika, the last of a royal line of fairies, must evade the assassins on her trail long enough to discover the secret of her lineage. Uncover Thomas Day’s first comic book story – a dark tale of magic and mystery, with fairies, dwarves, goblins and elves, in a stunning epic fantasy world brought to life by the beautiful illustrations of Olivier Ledroit.

Wika

Preview: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

(W) Alessandro Ferrari (A) VARIOUS (CA) Cryssy Cheung
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $9.99

Faithfully bringing events from the film to the comics page! Read along in The Rise of Skywalker as Poe faces the challenges of leadership, Finn and Rose make impossible decisions for the greater good, and Rey finally confronts her destiny. The true threat to the galaxy is revealed as the third Star Wars trilogy reaches its epic conclusion!
Capturing the galaxy-spanning action of The Rise of Skywalker, experience Episode IX as a beautiful graphic novel combining the epic wonder of Star Wars with streamlined, young-reader friendly designs.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Avatar: The Last Airbender Gets Chibified in Avatar: The Last Airbender – Chibi: Aang’s Unfreezing Day

Dark Horse Books and Nickelodeon have revealed a new line of books for the smallest fans of Avatar the Last Airbender in the upcoming book line Avatar: The Last Airbender—Chibi, launching September 2021!

Avatar: The Last Airbender—Chibi launches with Aang’s Unfreezing Day. When Aang was frozen in an iceberg for a hundred years, he managed to forget his birthday! Luckily his friends Katara, Toph, Sokka, and Zuko plan to surprise him with a new special day to celebrate. But they’ll have to be careful while they prepare–it’s a surprise!

Celebrated children’s author Kelly Leigh Miller teams with Avatar fandom favorite artist Diana Sim to bring young Avatar fans and their families this heartwarming tale of love, celebration, and friendship, in collaboration with Nickelodeon and Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series writer Tim Hedrick.

Avatar: The Last Airbender — Chibi Vol. 1: Aang’s Unfreezing Day arrives September 7, 2021.

Avatar: The Last Airbender -- Chibi Vol. 1: Aang’s Unfreezing Day

Preview: Seekers of Aweto Vol. 1 The Hunt is On

Seekers of Aweto Vol. 1 The Hunt is On

(W) Nie Jun (A/CA) Nie Jun
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $9.99

Xinyue, his brother Qiliu, and their mother are seekers, hunting aweto – a rare, plantlike treasure – along the legendary Silk Road. After one outing, Xinyue discovers the offspring of a deity that creates aweto-and becomes the little creature’s reluctant caretaker. He soon struggles to keep it safe and keep it a secret. And that’s before he learns that warriors from the deity’s village are on his family’s tail.

Seekers of Aweto Vol. 1 The Hunt is On

Preview: Girlsplaining

Girlsplaining

(W) Katja Klengel (A/CA) Katja Klengel
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $17.99

For fans of Kid Gloves and Waves comes a new original graphic novel by cartoonist Katja Klengel tackling the subjects that have shaped her life: from body shaming to the exploration of herfemale sexuality, from the representation of women in the media to the social pressure on women who have not yet started a family.

Why do we fear the word “vulva”?

Do we really have to be ashamed of our body hair?

Why do gender roles in children’s toys seem to be stuck in the ’50s?

With a sense of humor, an open heart, and unsparing candor, Klengel draws inspiration from her own life as she examines what being a woman today means to her (and really, a whole lot of us!).

Please Note: This is for Mature Readers.

Girlsplaining

Review: Box of Bones Book One

Box of Bones Book One follows young grad student Lyndsey Ford as she explores the various tales of the Box of Bones for her college thesis.

Story: John Jennings, Ayize Jama Everett
Writer: Ayize Jama Everett
Art: John Jennings, Sole Rebel, Tommy Nguyen, Bryan Christopher Moss, Frances Olivia Liddell-Rodgriguez, Jamal Williams, Jarmel Williams
Color: Anthony Moncada, Alex Batchelor
Letterer: Damian Duffy, Jeremy Marshall
Color Production: Stanford Carpenter, Alex Batchelor

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
comiXology

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Review: Muhammad Ali, Kinshasa 1974

In October 1974, Muhammad Ali met George Foreman in the boxing ring in an attempt to win back the world champion belt. This is that story from the perspective of photojournalist Abbas.

Muhammad Ali, Kinshasa 1974 delivers the dance between two titans mixing comic storytelling and Abbas iconic photography.

Photographs: Abbas
Story: Jean-David Morvan
Art: Rafael Ortiz
Color: Hiroyuki Ooshima

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics
Bookshop

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