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Preview: Micronauts #6

Micronauts #6

Cullen Bunn (w) • Max Dunbar (a & c)

INTO THE ENTROPY CLOUD! In order to escape from the clutches of BARON KARZA, the MICRONAUTS must flee into the storm of destructive energy roiling at the heart of their dying universe! Only one thing is known about the Entropy Cloud—no one who enters it ever returns!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Jem and the Holograms #19

Jem and the Holograms #19

Kelly Thompson (w) • Meredith McClaren (a & c)

THE STINGERS—PART ONE! You thought the HOLOGRAMS had it rough back when they had to team up with the MISFITS?! Well, just wait until they meet the European super group taking the U.S. by storm… THE STINGERS! Meet Riot, Rapture, Minx, and… RAYA?!?! Whaaaat?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Rom #3

Rom #3

Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina (a) • Bill Sienkiewicz (c)

ROM on the run! Pursued by the military, on the hunt for and hunted by DIRE WRAITHS… and at the very worst possible time, Rom’s greatest weapon has failed him! “Earthfall” continues in a non-stop, action-packed way!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #2 (of 5)

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #2 (of 5)

Brian Clevinger (w) • Scott Wegener (a & c)

Odic Warriors have straight up murdered Atomic Robo! Nothing is left. All hope is lost. The remaining 4 issues of this arc are just blank pages. Please still buy them so we can pay rent, though!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Superf*ckers Forever #2 (of 5)

Superf*ckers Forever #2 (of 5)

James Kochalka (w) • James Kochalka, Rachel Lindsay (a) • James Kochalka (c)

James Kochalka continues the monthly mayhem involving sandwiches, Fight Boys, a couch and… a demon lord from Dimension Zero! And then Laura Knetzger tells a caffeinated tale involving Jack Krak and Grotus!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #62

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #62

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Dave Wachter (a & c)

“Chasing Phantoms,” Part 2! One ally close to the Turtles faces grave danger while another makes a choice that will alter his life forever. Meanwhile the Turtles wonder if their path truly lies with the Foot Clan…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: The X-Files #6

The X-Files #6

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)

“Came Back Haunted,” Part 1 of 4: A thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they’d believed dead and buried really is.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Review: Revolution #1

revolution01_cvrri_aExplosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to Optimus Prime and the Transformers! G.I. Joe refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! Action Man and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the Micronauts stand?

The bi-weekly event kicks off here bringing together properties that have been around for over 30 years in some cases. As a kid I always mixed my toys having Transformers right along with G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K., though the scales didn’t always work out. Now, on the page on this comic we get to see it all come together. It’s not all smooth though and there’s some odd questions. Things indicate that the various comics in IDW’s line have all happened, and this just brings them more together. So G.I. Joe was around the entire time various Transformers events took place, but it’s now that they’re actually focused on them. It feels a bit smashed together and a little bumpy, not as smooth as I’d have thought or hoped.

When it comes to the properties coming together they make sense. G.I. Joe is pivoting to now deal with the Transformer threat now that Optimus has laid claim to Earth. ROM is running around killing folks, which comes into play… M.A.S.K. and Micronauts? We still have to wait and see how that fits in. This first issue lays out the Joe mission as Optimus and his team attempt to prove they’re only there to help.

The story itself is a bit clunky. What prompts the initial fight feels like it’d violate the Joe’s rule of engagement and the initial thing that kicks it all off involving Ore-13 feels a lot like a McGuffin. And ROM’s introduction feels like it comes out of nowhere and just happens. with little explanation for new readers. It’s a “what the hell was that!?” moment that doesn’t feel natural, it feels random. Still, there’s something that brings me back to my childhood about it all.

The art is ok. I love the art on the various Transformers series and the previous volumes of G.I. Joe. This feels like a step back from what we’ve seen. We’ve seen better.

The first issue is ok. There’s nothing terribly wrong with it, but there’s also nothing that really feels like things are natural. It feels mandated in a weird way, not an organic culmination. Luckily we don’t have long to wait for the next installment and as far as the bigger picture I’m sure it’ll work out. Going in I was excited, but right now I’m a bit tepid about it all.

Story: Cullen Bunn and John Barber Art: Fico Ossio
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Review: The Eighth Seal and Glitterbomb #1

glitterbomb_01-1Earlier this summer I read James Tynion and Jeremy Rock’s The Eighth Seal, released in July by IDW Publishing. I enjoyed it but passed on reviewing because I didn’t have much to say on it at the time. Yet I recently read Image Comic’s new release Glitterbomb, by Jim Zub, and found enough common threads between them that I decided to revisit. Both center on female characters in visible professions where they are subjected to scrutiny and criticism; both women are slowly gaining awareness of dark forces within them, and both begin by diving right into the action.

We meet Farrah, the aging, down-on-her-luck actress at the forefront of Glitterbomb, as she is being grilled by an agent who can’t find an angle that makes her sellable. He is less than tactful in expressing this concern, and by the second page his head is being violently penetrated by a stinger-tipped tongue that has thrust forth from Farrah’s mouth and into his. As it retracts we see her features transform from black-eyed and split-lipped back to the Jane Average from page 1. “Oh God… It happened. AGAIN.” From there the issue takes us back through the last six hours of Farrah’s life. She encounters a manipulative, platitude-spewing competitor at an audition, returns to her anxiety-inducing homelife as a frazzled single mother, and reveals to the readers what, exactly, happened along the way to warrant her saying “AGAIN.”

EighthSeal_TPB-CoverEighth Seal’s headliner, First Lady Amelia Greene, begins her story at her therapist’s office, where she is prompted to share the details of “another incident.” She tells him of a vision she experienced, in which storytime with a local kindergarten class descended into feeding time for a six-eyed, tentacled monstrosity that burst through her human shell. The arc of this collection follows Amelia as her visions become increasingly common and invasive, drawing intense media scrutiny over her regular fainting spells and strange behavior. We receive a few hints at the nature of the monster that’s haunting her, but I found myself feeling less satisfied by the end than I did with Glitterbomb. Seal, at 122 pages, is the first TPB of five and takes its time developing, whereas Glitterbomb manages to set an equally satisfying amount of world-building into motion in a premiere issue of 40 pages.

Both monsters offer satisfying displays of body horror, but I personally prefer the more simple design of Glitterbomb’s baddie. Whereas the creature Amelia sees herself as is more aesthetically violent, and her position as first lady makes the scale of potential destruction more global, I like the restrained design of Farrah’s possessor better. (It also makes for a nice visual vaginal metaphor in the spirit of Predator, or the facehuggers of Alien.) A key difference is that Amelia’s alter-ego presents itself to her internally, at least at this point in the series. The physical transformation always comes in the form of a vision that manifests itself in the real world as a blackout period. Farrah, however, experiences her physical change live and in-person.

Jeremy Rock’s linework in Seal is very rounded and clean, a look that I usually associate with cartoons that are kid friendly. I don’t think that was an active intention in designing the content, but it did make the content that much more effectively unsettling. Glitterbomb, illustrated by Djibril Morrissett-Phan, is slightly more gritty in its look. The aesthetic differences here are pretty fitting; Amelia is a public political figure with a refined reputation to uphold, and Farrah is an out of work actress going through rough times.

The coloring work is excellent in both. While they each utilize similar palettes, Nolan Woodard and Michael Spicer bring deeper saturation and more lighting effects to Seal while K. Michael Russell’s work on Glitterbomb has more texture to it. Despite both being digital review copies, Glitterbomb still looked like a paper comic compared to Seal. Comparing them side-by-side made me think of the difference between film and video.

Overall I enjoyed both quite a bit, but it took a second reading of Eighth Seal to appreciative it, and there could have been more of a payoff by the end of the first volume. Both titles left me wanting more, but I predict (and hope) Glitterbomb will deliver more swiftly.

The Eighth Seal TPB

Story: James T. Tynion IV Art: Jeremy Rock
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

 

Glitterbomb #1

Story: Jim Zub Art: Djibril Morrissett-Phan
Story: 7.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Transformers: Till All Are One #4

Transformers: Till All Are One #4

Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)

SWINDLE LIVES! And ONSLAUGHT knows the perfect way to unlock the secrets in his head. As the COMBATICONS rampage through Iacon, can IRONHIDE and his newly formed police force stop them before they annihilate STARSCREAM—and anyone else who gets in their way?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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