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Review: Ghost-Spider #1

Gwen Stacy has to figure out what’s next and how to balance her life and being a superhero. But first, it’s off to college in the 616!

Story: Seanan McGuire
Art: Takeshi Myazawa
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Ghost-Spider #1

GHOST-SPIDER #1

A lot has been done to Earth-65’s Gwen Stacy to make her more than a new spin on Spider-Man. Now a dimension-hopping hero with some unique problems, the character fully stands out from the multiverse of Spider-totems. Ghost-Spider #1 kicks off the next chapter with Gwen attempting to find a somewhat normal life.

Gwen’s secret identity has been revealed on Earth-65. That leaves her having issues balancing life there. She still wants to go to school so off to Earth-616 and Empire State University.

Writer Seanan McGuire kicks off the latest series featuring the character in an issue that’s all set up. This is Gwen explaining the situation to her friends. Her dad heading back to work. Her filling out forms and being accepted to ESU. It’s rather mundane which makes the one action sequence stand out as a bit odd. There’s nothing wrong with a comic setting things up at all and the issue does that quite well. It’s also a comic that’s not all that exciting but it is a lot of fun. The concepts and direction are interesting. Gwen’s excitement is infectious. The comic works and works really well. It just doesn’t feel like a superhero comic if that’s what you’re expecting. McGuire instead delivers a comic that’s more slice of life… with some spandex.

The art by Takeshi Miyazawa is solid. There have been lots of styles when it comes to this characters’ series and this one seems to blend a few of them together. There’s a slight grittiness to it adding a little rock and roll feel to it and setting it apart from the cleaner art of other series set in Earth 616. The colors by Ian Herring have a bit of a neon feel to it without being over the top. The comic is also very dialogue heavy with a lot of banter between Ghost-Spider/Gwen and Spider-Man/Peter. Letterer Clayton Cowles fits it all in without overwhelming the art and keeping the flow of a “Spider-Man” comic.

There’s something that’s a lot of fun about Ghost-Spider #1. If you expect lots of action of a superhero comic, you’ll be disappointed. Instead, the comic delivers something a bit different. It’s a nice focus on a superhero trying to have a life with more drama than fighting. The first issue might not have tons of excitement but it has a hell of a hook. Ghost-Spider #1 is a comic to keep your eye on.

Story: Seanan McGuire Art: Takeshi Miyazawa
Color: Ian Herring Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand SC

Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl 
Artist: Ramon Perez
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: Deron Bennet
Cover Artist: Ramon Perez
Price: $24.99

Tale of Sand is an Eisner Award-winning original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length screenplay written by Jim Henson and his frequent writing partner, Jerry Juhl. 

Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions. Produced with the blessing of the Henson family, Tale of Sand will allow Henson fans to recognize some of the inspirations and set pieces that appeared in later Henson Company productions.

IDW’s Amber Blake, Ghost Tree, and Road of Bones all Get New Printings

IDW Publishing announces today that several key issues of indie-friendly titles Amber BlakeGhost Tree, and Road of Bones have sold out at the distributor level! To meet the demand of fans and retailers, IDW will release second printings of Amber Blake #1, Ghost Tree#2, and Road of Bones #1, as well as the third printing of Ghost Tree #1, in June 2019.

Amber Blake, written by international modeling sensation Jade Lagardére and illustrated by industry legend Butch Guice, is a four-issue thriller that shines a harsh light on international human trafficking. The titular heroine, a top recruit at a covert agency, seeks to end human slavery in all of its forms…  and sets out on an intensely personal mission to avenge those she loves.

Amber Blake #1 Second Printing
Item Code: MAR198651
On-Sale Date: 6/12/19

Ghost Tree, a four-issue miniseries written by Bobby Curnow, illustrated by Simon Gane, and colored by Ian Herring, follows a young man whose return to his ancestral Japanese home leads him to a haunted tree… and the departed souls that are drawn to it. It’s a touching story of love and loss, exploring how the past never truly stays dead.

Ghost Tree #1 Third Printing Item Code: MAR198821 On-Sale Date: 6/26/19
Ghost Tree #2 Second Printing Item Code: MAR198822 On-Sale Date: 6/26/19

Note: Both of the new Ghost Tree printings are slated to release simultaneously on June 26th with the release of Ghost Tree #3.

Road of Bones, written by Rich Douek and illustrated by Alex Cormack, is a four-issue survival tale wherein horror, history, and Russian folklore collide. The worst prison in the world – the Siberian Gulag of Kolyma – is merely the gateway to even darker terrors, as escapees stumble over hundreds of miles of frozen tundra on a descent into delirious madness.

Road of Bones #1 Second Printing Item Code: MAR198823 On-Sale Date: 6/26/19

IDW’s Ghost Tree #1 Sells Out Before its On-Sale Date and Gets a Second Printing

Ghost Tree #1

IDW Publishing announced today that Ghost Tree #1, the first chapter in an ethereal four-issue journey through the dark forests of Japan, sold out at the distributor level – well before its April 24th on-sale date! To meet the demand of fans and retailers, IDW will release a second printing of Ghost Tree #1 on May 22nd.

Written by Bobby Curnow, illustrated by Simon Gane and colored by Ian HerringGhost Tree follows Brandt, a young man who returns to his ancestral home in Japan, only to uncover a haunted tree and the departed souls – including friends and family – that are drawn to it. Brandt attempts to heal some of history’s wounds, but will he be able to find any measure of peace for himself?

Review: The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

It’s not business as usual in Jersey City. Aliens are wreaking havoc in Kamala’s corner of the world, and they seem weirdly interested in Ms. Marvel…and her family.

It’s a brand new era for Ms. Marvel as a new creative team has taken on the character. Writer Saladin Ahmed takes over for G. Willow Wilson and right away differentiates his take with an interesting framing for the story.

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 is told from two perspectives. One is a bedtime story told by an alien to their child about the “Destined One,” who is Ms. Marvel. Ahmed though also focuses on Kamala and her attempt to balance her personal and superhero lives. What Ahmed does that’s good is that the comic acts as a really solid introduction for new readers. There’s an explanation of Kamala’s origin and sets up her world for those who might not know.

The alien aspect is an odd one that judgement is reserved to see where it all goes. The story has a lot of potential and it feels like something different but with the framing and the threat faced, plus that last page, the story is a lot of setup and mystery. That’s not bad but it’s hard to judge overall. The mystery is good. What’s presented different. But, it also feels a bit different than the more grounded expectations for the character.

The art by Minkyu Jung with ink by Juan Vlasco, color by Ian Herring, and lettering by Joe Caramagna is good. There’s some solid action sequences and they’re balanced well with the “quieter” moments of the issue. The style also continues what we’d expect from the series giving Ms. Marvel fans a consistent look. The aliens are interesting in their concept but their look isn’t anything special in that they look like things we’ve seen before elsewhere.

The issue isn’t bad but also doesn’t quite pop. There’s some solid mysteries set up and there’s more than enough to want to see where the comic goes but as is, this feels like an issue that may read better as part of a trade than on its own.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Minkyu Jung
Ink: Juan Vlasco Color: Ian Herring Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Ghost Tree Explores Love and Loss

In April 2019, IDW Publishing will debut the first chapter of Ghost Tree, a four-issue miniseries that takes readers on a journey from the dark forests of Japan to the ethereal realm beyond. Written by Bobby CurnowGhost Tree is illustrated by Simon Gane and colored by Ian Herring.

In Ghost Tree, a young man named Brandt returns to his ancestral home in Japan, seeking a refuge from his unhappy life. There, he discovers a haunted tree and the departed souls that are drawn to it – including his grandfather. Brandt attempts to heal some of history’s wounds, but will he be able to find any measure of peace for himself when someone special from his past returns?

Ghost Tree
Ghost Tree

Review: Deadpool Vol. 1 Mercin’ Hard for the Money

Deadpool has a new series and this time it’s written by Skottie Young. It combines Young’s out there humor with a character who’s all about the out there humor.

Deadpool Vol. 1 Mercin’ Hard for the Money collects issues #1-6 by Skottie Young, Nic Klein, Scott Hepburn, and Ian Herring.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores January 15th! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon

Spider-Geddon is coming but before that event get to know Spider-people from around the multiverse in this trade paperback collecting the four issue series and Superior Octopus #1.

Edge of Spider-Geddon is by Jed McKay, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way, Jason Latour, Aaron Kuder, Christos Gage, Gerardo Sandoval, Alberto Alburquerque, Tonci Zonjic, Will Robson, Mike Hawthorne, Mark Bagley, Brahm Revel, Craig Yeung, Wade Von Grawbadger, Brian Reber, Triona Farrell, Ian Herring, Andres Mossa, Jordie Bellaire, and Dono Sanchez-Almara.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores January 15th! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 7 My Two Dads

Meet Master Matrix who has a connection to Peter Parker’s parents and might destroy the planet in the future! Not if Deadpool, Spider-Man, Old Man Deadpool, and Old Man Spider-Man have anything to say about it!

Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 7 My Two Dads collects issues #33-40 by Robbie Thompson, Scott Hepburn, Flaviano, Matt Horak, Jim Towe, Sean Parsons, Cam Smith, Livesay, Craig Yeung, Keith Champagne, Ian Herring, Brian Reber, Andrew Crossley, and Jim Campbell.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on December 11! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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