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Review: Heroines #1

This message is for any woman blessed with extraordinary abilities. The world gets scarier every day. Are you fighting to make it a better place? Or are you leaving it to the guys? How’s that working out? This isn’t about showing men I can do it better. I’m just a smart, capable person with superpowers and I want to do my part. I’m willing to bet there are others like me. I want to meet you. It’s time for us heroines to get in the game!

Comic creator Ted Naifeh is a name where you can expect quality entertainment when you see it. Heroines is his latest series and it kicks off with an oversized debut issue that’s a hell of a lot of fun and launches what hopefully will be an ever expanding comic superhero universe.

Published by Space Goat Publishing, Heroines stars Marcy Madison a recent college graduate who decides she wants to become a superhero (her powers are light based) and is spoken down to and harrassed a bit by this world’s equivalent of the Justice League. Deciding she doesn’t want to deal with the sexism and stupidity, she ventures off to start her own superhero group led by women.

This double sized first issue introduces us to it all and what feels like all of the key players in a way that not only did it feel like this was a superhero world I’d been reading for years, but also had me excited to see what’s next. This is a series that wears its feminism proudly and has no problem showing women can kick-ass and also look different.

Naifeh gives us a solid mix of characters, races, and backgrounds though at times some feel a bit like it relies a bit too much on stereotypes and tropes. It’s not bad, but it’s a bit familiar at times and my one wish was some of these characters broke their stereotypes. The black superhero shouldn’t have to be the “street” character fighting drug dealers for example.

Naifeh also delivers humor throughout, especially when it comes to some of the quirkier sides of the superheroes. There’s very little held back and what’s little said often lets your imagination run wild with the crazy possibilities.

The art too is fantastic with Naifeh’s style feeling familiar but also fresh in its own way. This feels like an “indie” comic and that’s not a bad thing. The characters all look unique and there’s a roughness about it all that enhances the series in its own way. The action is great too and just the flow and look to it all makes it feel like a well thought out series in the characters and design.

Heroines #1 is a comic I expected to be good because of Naifeh and quickly has me excited to see what comes next in it. Hopefully the series is big enough that it can be expanded with some spin-offs because in one issue it has me interested in everything presented and wanting to see more.

Story: Ted Naifeh Art: Ted Naifeh
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Paul

Top Pick: Secret Empire Uprising #1 (Marvel) – Black Widow will not allow Steve Rogers and Hydra to operate any longer, so she’s taking some of the younger heroes with her to take him down once and for all. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to have Widow put a bullet into Steve Rogers, but I am excited to see her and her team go into action and take out the Hydra threat.

Cable #1 (Marvel) – I’m a fan of the character and I really liked having him join the Unity Squad in Uncanny Avengers, so I am really interested in a solo series with Cyclops’ little boy. Just hoping it’s better then the Cable and X-Force series *cringe*

Generation X #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was underwhelming, but I am a fan boy so I’ll check out what the second has to offer. I’m hoping that it was just a shaky take off and things get more interesting.

Hulk #6 (Marvel) – This has been a fantastic series from the first issue, exploring Jen and her PTSD and her struggle to keep the Hulk within in check…but I have a feeling things are going to turn green soon.

Secret Empire #3 (Marvel) – I have not been impressed with this series at all….but it is on my list just to follow along and watch Steve and his Nazi Hydra be taken down and have this whole mess put behind us.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Motor Girl #6 (Abstract Studios) – Any week Motor Girl is out, it’s on the top of my pick list. The newest series from Terry Moore is quirky, funny, and touching, and the more I read, the more I fall in love with it. This is shaping up to be my favorite comic of the year.

Blood Bowl: More Guts, More Glory #1 (Titan Comics) – The tabletop miniature game comes to comics and as a fan of the game I can’t wait to read the comics and hoping this miniseries becomes an ongoing.

Heroines #1 (Space Goat Publishing) – Writer and artist Ted Naifeh doing a superhero series has me intrigued and excited.

Namwolf #2 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The first issue was weird and twisted and exactly what I expected so I’m beyond excited to read more of this series whose name spells it all out, it’s about a soldier in Vietnam who is also a werewolf.

New Humanz #1 (Titan1 Studios) – A new(ish) publisher always gets me interested and this one sounds like a new comic universe that’s worth checking out. The story is about a former CIA agent and his daughter who are sent through time to 2226 and she becomes a cyborg.

Space Goat Announces Backpack Editions

backpack-editions-1Publisher Space Goat Productions has announced a new line of Backpack Edition comic books. Perfect-bound, at 9″ x 6″, the graphic novels are small enough to fit in backpacks, messenger bags, and purses, while still being durable enough for travel. Perfect for readers on the go. Most books will be available digitally on Amazon and Comixology well in advance of physical publication.

The line will launch with two new series: Moonlighters and Uncanny Valley High. Both are available for pre-order on Comixology today.

Moonlighters features broke college-age werewolves taking supernatural odd jobs to pay the rent. Written by Katie Schenkel and illustrated by Cal Moray. They are monster helpers for hire.

Uncanny Valley High is about a high school in a (poorly rendered) computer simulation dealing with all of the glitchy hijinks that entails. Think Archie, if Archie was trapped in a broken video game. Written by Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man) and illustrated by Maddi Gonzalez (Munchkin, Fresh Romance).

Other Backpack Editions:

Out Now:
Big Game Hunters by Shon Bury and Jok
Mage, Inc. by Shon Bury and Ian Waryanto

Late 2017:
Dark Lily by Georgia Ball and George Kambadais
Zombie Camp by Frank Hannah and Dev Madan
Heroines by Ted Naifeh

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Ted Naifeh’s Heroines to Be Published by Space Goat

Space Goat Productions will be publishing Ted Naifeh‘s upcoming superhero comic book: Heroines. The celebrated author behind Courtney Crumrin, Princess Ugg, and Night’s Dominion will be bringing his take on modern superheroes.

Would-be superhero Marcy Madison tries to assemble a team of like-minded heroines by placing an ad on Craigslist. But the response she gets is far weirder and more dangerous than she bargained for. A jaded veteran superheroine, a disgruntled henchwoman, and a likely insane ninja assassin answer the call-and things get even stranger from there.

The 7-issue comic book mini-series Heroines is scheduled to be released in May with a special double-size #1 issue. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book store, Comixology, or at Merchgoat.com