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Archie’s Holiday Magic Special Delivers Laughs and Life Lessons this December

ARCHIE’S HOLIDAY MAGIC SPECIAL #1 (ONE-SHOT)

Script: Micol Ostow, Michael Northrop, J. Torres
Art: Gretel Lusky, Arielle Jovellanos, Dan Schoening
Colors: Matt Herms
Letters: Jack Morelli
Main Cover: Gretel Lusky
Variant Cover: Gary Erskine
Final Order Cut Off Date: 11/15
On Sale Date: 12/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

It’s Christmas Eve in Riverdale, and it’s almost time for the annual Snow Ball, but Archie still can’t choose who should be his date: Betty or Veronica? Has he always been this indecisive? Will he always be? Will his flaws leave him all alone? Everything changes when a spirit guide appears to help him navigate these questions, and explore his past, present, and future in three distinct tales. This heartfelt and humorous holiday tale harkens back to classic holiday stories like It’s a Wonderful Life, mixed with the over-the-top sentimentality of a Hallmark Christmas film.

Review: Solo Leveling Vol. 2

Jinwoo Sung is an E-rank hunter, the weakest hunter of them all. He makes a living to pay his mother’s hospital bills and sister’s tuition through dungeon raids. When he has a chance for a big payout, something goes very wrong.

Solo Leveling Vol. 2 has Sung exploring his new abilities and taking on a new dungeon raid.

Original Story: Chugong
Translation: Hye Young Im
Rewrite: J. Torres
Letterer: Abigail Blackman

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.

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Review: Solo Leveling Vol. 1

Jinwoo Sung is an E-rank hunter, the weakest hunter of them all. He makes a living to pay his mother’s hospital bills and sister’s tuition through dungeon raids. When he has a chance for a big payout, something goes very wrong.

Original Story: Chugong
Translation: Hye Young Im
Rewrite: J. Torres
Letterer: Abigail Blackman

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
comiXology
Kindle

Yen Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Canadian Retailers and Creators Come Together for “Be Our Heroes, Canada!”

Be Our Hereos Canada

As brick and mortar retailers around the world find creative ways to preserve their businesses during unprecedented circumstances, forward-thinking comic book retailers across Canada will come together with notable comic book artists and writers to benefit their business and preserve the audience they have worked so hard together to serve.

Be Our Heroes, Canada” is a collaboration between Canadian comic shops and creators to leverage each store’s individual audiences to both build and strengthen the national comic book community and generate income for all.

The Dragon owner Jennifer Haines said in the announcement:

What started as a conversation between four retailers on how we could cross-promote our shops turned into this idea of a national fundraiser to help preserve Canada’s unique comics landscape. Now more than ever, we need to come together to support one another, and provide our respective communities with a way to stay connected, all while protecting retailers that might otherwise fall through the cracks of government funding.

The event has been organized by Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon family of stores, along with Ontario retailers Gotham Central, Heroes World, and Cyber City Comix, and will take place over two days through Facebook Live, with scheduled slots for creators and stores.

Funds raised through this two-day national celebration of the comic arts will be collected and distributed by the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, a Canadian-based non-profit organization protecting free speech in the industry, supporting retailers, schools, and libraries, creators and publishers alike.

“Be Our Heroes, Canada” is currently accepting offers of participation among the Canadian creative community, and will announce the full list of participating stores and creators in the coming days. Current participants include: Adam Gorham,  Andy Belanger, Brendan Fletcher, Casey Parsons, Chip Zdarsky, Dylan Burnett, Ed Brisson, J. Torres, Jason Fabok, Jason Loo, Jay Stephens, Karl Kerschl, Ken Lashley, Michael Cho, Ray Fawkes, Richard Pace, Scott Chantler, Seth, Shawn Daly, Svetlana Chmakova, and Yanick Paquette.

Review: Lola: A Ghost Story

Lola: A Ghost Story

Lola: A Ghost Story gets a new edition from Oni Press. Written by J. Torres with art by Elbert Or this new edition celebrates 10 years of the acclaimed graphic novel. Lola: A Ghost Story explores family, grief and Filipino folklore in an all-new edition that includes a revised ending and updated illustrations.

We meet Jesse, a young boy who can see everything supernatural including ghosts. He and his family fly to the Philippines as his Lola (grandmother) has passed and the family is there for her funeral. As he gets reacquainted with his family there, he soon finds out his Lola had the same gift as him. The more time he spends there, the more supernatural creatures present themselves to him. It’s a secret he can’t keep from his family as his cousins start to notice his strange reactions to them. His family’s grieving also becomes overwhelming, as everyone is affected by the loss of his Lola. Each family deals with it in their own way.

Overall, a beautiful and affecting story that illuminates, scares and is full of emotion. The story by Torres is heartfelt, affected, and at times, funny. The art by Or is stunning. Altogether, a story that will make you miss the ones that left you and love the ones who are still here.

Story: J. Torres Art: Elbert Or
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips SC

Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:   Scott Gray, Gordon Kent, Lee Nordling, Chuck Kim, Scott Roberts, J. Torres, Mark Bilgrey, John Zakour, Rob Moran
Artist: Steve Crespo, Will Blyberg, Gary Fields, Kyle Baker, Rodrigues, Tim Harkins, Vince Giarrano, Scott Roberts
Cover Design: Jillian Crab
Price: $24.99

Nickelodeon’s beloved animated series Rugrats premiered in 1991 and gave the world thirteen seasons of unforgettable baby fun and adventures. With its unique blend of humor and family values, Rugrats established itself as a pop culture phenomenon. It’s unparalleled success gave way to movies, merchandise, and more, including a long run of newspaper comic strips.

Collecting the newspaper dailies and Sundays, Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips follows the babies on a series stand alone adventures perfect for readers of all ages.

Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips SC

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #35

Teen Titans Go! #35

(W) Matthew K. Manning, J. Torres (A) Philip Murphy, Sandy Jarrell (CA) Lea H. Seidman
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $2.99

Robin’s appalled when he finds Cyborg and Beast Boy “Dropping Stuff Down a Hole,” but it gets worse when they discover why that hole appeared! And Raven’s bummed that her teammates are trying to hire a magic user…is she about to be kicked off the team? Not if her “Disappearing Act” is successful!

Teen Titans Go! #35

Review: Lola: A Ghost Story

Lola: A Ghost Story

Bill Cosby is one of those public figures, whose career has brought joy to a lot of people’s lives through the art he made. These days, it’s his crimes in his private life that has become the centerpiece of what people think of.

No one can argue with the importance of Fat Albert, The Cosby Show, and A Different World, which have given the world a more complete picture of Black people. One of the movies that some may consider one of his lesser works, but still is important is Ghost Dad. In it, he plays a widower who dies but haunts his children so they know that they are not alone. In J.Torres and Elbert Or’s modern day  family  classic, Lola: A Ghost Story we get a related ghost story.

We meet Jesse, a young boy who can see everything supernatural including ghosts. He and his family fly to the Philippines as his Lola (grandmother) has passed and the family is there for her funeral. As he gets reacquainted with his family there, he soon finds out his Lola had the same gift as him. The more time he spends there, the more supernatural creatures present themselves to him. It’s a secret he can’t keep from his family as his cousins start to notice his strange reactions to them. His family’s grieving also becomes overwhelming, as everyone is affected by the loss of his Lola. Each family deals with it in their own way.

Overall, a beautiful and affecting story that illuminates, scares and is full of emotion. The story by Torres is heartfelt, affected, and at times, funny. The art by Or is stunning. Altogether, a story that will make you miss the ones that left you and love the ones who are still here.

Story: J. Torres Art: Elbert Or
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #32

Teen Titans Go! #32

(W) Amanda Deibert, J. Torres (A) Erich Owen (CA) Sandy Jarrell
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $2.99

Starfire is “Snowbunny’s Fool” when Robin takes the team to a ski resort-but it’s cold-weather-hater Raven who really surprises her teammates! And back in Titans Tower, things go awry when watching “Friendly the Snowman” provides the wrong kind of inspiration!

Teen Titans Go! #32

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #30

Teen Titans Go! #30

(W) J. Torres, Amanda Deibert (A) Sandy Jarrell, Erich Owen (CA) Marcelo DiChiara
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $2.99

The Teen Titans are going on a “Picnic”! Well, everyone but Raven, who doesn’t quite understand the invitation/riddle and is about to explode from frustration. Then, Beast Boy stomps off from Fiesta Friday dinner when he discovers his teammates chowed down on every single vegan burrito. Can he make it on his own? It’s “Food for Thought,” if nothing else!

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