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Review: Delegates #8

Delegates #8

In the eighth issue of Delegates, we find our protagonists at the turning point, where they either give in or retract in a moment of confidence which could mean life or death.

Marla and Zahira are dealing with the repercussions of the androids killing the villagers and how little control they have over them. Daoud and Saito are doing their backup of Amina while she struggles knowing she’s needed elsewhere. As the protagonists try to guess what General Uba’s next move is, they make their own preparations to counter his actions. By issue’s end, one chess move by Uba leaves our heroes in a cloud of chaos but ready to react.

Overall, an action-packed issue which shows just how master storytellers unravel a plot. The story by Tina Cesa Ward is astonishing. The art by the creative team is magnificent. Altogether, one of the best issues yet from this spectacular series.

Story: Tina Cesa Ward
Art: Kendall Gates, Rebecca Harris, Heather Breckel,
and Taylor Esposito
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.7 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Delegates #7

Delegates #7

Trust is a fragile thing that’s earned and soon after, needs to be preserved. People who trust too easily find that faith broken way too fast. Those who don’t trust as easy are because they’ve been burnt too many times. Trust becomes more important when it comes to life and death situations.

When I was in the military, and I was in situations where one wrong turn could be my last, I trusted the man behind me and sometimes in front of me, to watch out for me. At that moment, complete faith in each other is what ultimately brought most of us home in one piece. When you have trust in another human being like that, unwavering, it becomes because of the solidarity you all hold together. In the seventh issue of Delegates, we find our protagonists in new situations that will put everything they believe in question.

We find Marla shortly after someone made an assassination attempt on the President, as the villagers want to execute General Uba’s right-hand man for his audacious attempt, which gives Aminah pause, showing her ability to reason despite the fact that she’s an android. We also find Victoria still recovering from her injuries, while warning Marla and Amina of the impending wave of blowback that is yet to come form news of her being a robot. We also find Saito working under meager conditions knowing that his work could not only mean the survivability of Aminah and the future of the country. We also find General Uba, fighting to keep the country afloat, as his leadership is questioned.

Overall, a powder keg of an issue, that ignites that the moments you least expect. The story by Bin Lee is extraordinary. The art by the creative team is simply breathtaking. Altogether, another action-packed installment in an already excellent series.

Story: Bin Lee
Art: Kendall Gates, Rebecca Harris, Heather Breckel,
and Taylor Esposito
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the TMNT Volume 1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the TMNT Volume 1

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Chad Thomas (a, c) • Heather Breckel (co)

The Turtles are back in an all-new animated series from Nickelodeon: new characters, new attitude, and a new age of mutant madness begins here. Join Leo, the self-proclaimed “coolest” brother; Donnie, the “genius”; Mikey, the “prankster”; and Raph, the leader of the group, as they uncover the secrets of New York City and untap their mystic ninja powers while learning to work together as a team. Will the TMNT be able to master their new world, or will their new world master them?! Collects issues #0–2.

TPB • FC • 72 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-454-1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the TMNT Volume 1

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!

Preview: My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #12

My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #12

Story: Jeremy Whitley
Art: Tony Fleecs
Color: Heather Breckel
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Regular Cover: Tony Fleecs
Subscription: Brenda Hickey
Cover RI: Meaghan Carter
Editor: Bobby Curnow

The most legendary ponies are all gathered, and now they must face the might of the Sirens! The future of Equestria is at stake, and hidden danger looms in the group’s midst!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #11

My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #11

Story: Jeremy Whitley Art: Tony Fleecs
Colors: Heather Breckel Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Bobby Curnow

The legendary ponies meet up with the last member of their hoped-for team—the magnificent Starswirl the Bearded! Before the team is complete, Starswirl must overcome suspicions about one of the group.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special #1

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special #1

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Adam Smith, Katie Cook, Alessandro Q. Ferrari, Jeff Stokely, Curry Ross, Delilah S. Dawson, Roger Langridge
Artists: Jared Cullum, Pius Bak, Sas Milledge, Katie Cook, Jeff Stokely, and Roger Langridge
Colorist: Dan Jackson, Heather Breckel
Letterer: Jim Campbell, Nathan Pride
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Derek Kirk Kim
Subscription Cover: Jeff Stokely
Variant Cover: Ryan Sook
Price: $7.99

Celebrate Jim Henson’s Labyrinth with an all-new collection of short stories celebrating the various characters and creatures from the world of Labyrinth.

Includes the never-before-told story of how Sir Didymus met his trusted steed Ambrosius.
Also includes the story of a goblin running late to the famous “Dance Magic Dance” sequence from the film.

ECCC 13 Review – Department O #1 and Black Wraith #1

This weekend Emerald City Comicon hits and comic book fans have an opportunity to grab two awesome comics from Monkey Pipe Studios.

Department O #1

DEPT 0 #1 coverSeverely depleted by a mission gone wrong, the mysterious Department O find themselves sequestered for a diplomatic mission, with a twist!

This first issue of a new horror comic series is very deep in set up with not a whole lot being laid out or explained and that’s ok. The energy and excitement that bleeds from the pages got me excited enough to overlook not totally getting everything. Some times you need that and some times comics are so much fun, you don’t care. This is the latter of those two.

The best I can do to describe the comic is thing of something out of Mike Mignola’s mind, whether it’s B.P.R.D. or Hellboy. The story seems very influenced by that in plot, art and color. And that’s very ok. Those comics are a blast to read so feel free to give me something similar!

It’s hard to go in to details without giving too much away, but each character that makes up Department O is introduced. Each has their own quirks, all of which are interesting. And that’s where I’m going to leave it really.

From the story to the art, there’s something very much Mignola about it all, and that’s a very good thing. The comic is fun, with great pacing, interesting characters and solid art. If you like Hellboy type comics, this is an absolute buy.

Story: Jamie Gambell Art: Andrew Maclean Color: Heather Breckel

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

The Black Wraith #1

CMYK KablamspecThere’s been a resurgence of pulp characters and classic pulp comics. But in most of those cases, the characters have been modernized and darkened. Some times it works, but a lot of times you get a brooding hero that just seems like an anachronism. However, there’s some writers who understand how much fun the carefree pulp comics of the past are.

The Black Wraith is a comic that takes more of a queue from Atomic Robo than the updating brooding retro heroes.

In addressing this, writer G. Brett Williams sums it nicely in the back of the comic:

The Black Wraith will be the kind of story you loved when you were a kid that you can still love as an adult… I think what this book can do is inspire you to remember what it is about comics that made you fall in love with this medium in the first place. It wasn’t about angst, it was about hope.

I think that really sums up the appeal of this first issue to me. It’s a fun comic with goofy characters and bad guys. It has lots of action and neat gadgets, but most importantly it’s entertaining. It’s a fun action comics perfect for adults and kids. It’s an action comic you can share and one that comes really close to capturing the family friendly classic pulp adventures that are to few these days.

Story: G. Brett Williams Art: Lee Harris

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Monkey Pipe Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review