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Review: Jade Street Protection Services

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES

Jade Street Protection Services is a colorful and diverse graphic novel following the adventures of five magical adolescent girls in an elite private boarding school, Matsdotter Academy, that harnesses their powers.  Saba, Noemi, Divya, Kai, and Emma are far from model students and find themselves in detention with one another. They cut their punishment short for kebabs, frozen yogurt, and fun moments for themselves only to end up encountering more trouble than pastimes. The comic describes itself as “The Breakfast Club of Hogwarts” and that fits quite well.

Jade Street Protection Services collects the individual issues featuring four chapters each presenting us with different settings and scenarios for us to see how our five protagonists utilize their gifts and come together as a team. Written by Katy Rex, the overall story is good, fast-paced, and full of action.

The main attraction of Jade Street is its immensely vivid and colorful artwork that is consistently cohesive and gradients naturally from page to page and panel to panel. Fabian Lelay provides the linework, Mara Jayne Carpenter the color, and Taylor Esposito handles lettering. Its overall scintillating look is further emphasized by its diverse characters of various backgrounds, including an autistic, non-verbal protagonist.  

It’s very face on and what you see is what you get. 

Story: Katy Rex Art: Fabian Lelay
Color: Mara Jayne Carpenter Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Magdalene Visaggio Cover Art: Annie Wu

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services

Jade Street Protection Services

Writer: Katy Rex / Artist: Fabian Lelay / Colorist: Mara Jayne Carpenter / Letterer: Taylor Esposito / Editor: Magdalene Visaggio / Cover Art: Annie Wu
Mature / $16.99 / 112 pages

It’s like The Breakfast Club of Hogwarts!

Teen delinquent magical girls fight patriarchy and systemic oppression in this all-ages romp from Black Mask Studios.

Divya, Kai, Noemi, Saba, and Emma ditch detention and stumble upon an insidious social conspiracy that makes them question everything they thought they knew.

Combining punk rock ethos with manga aesthetic, Lelay and Rex explore teen angst and class struggle with a healthy dose of love and laughs.

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Review: Jade Street Protection Services #2

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The next installment of your new favorite angry magical girl series follows our gang of teen delinquents as they realize they’ve had absolutely no preparation to live in the real world. Blindsided by their betrayal by Matsdotter Academy and stranded in unbelievable new circumstances, the girls discover the depths of corruption reach even the little shops on Jade Street. Story creators Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay explore the rad and insurrectionary world of Jade Street Protection Services helped by the talents of colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter, letterer Taylor Esposito, and cover artists Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins. How can you change the world when you can’t tell what’s wrong with it?

Tranquil looking Jade Street seems to be more than it appears on the surface in this second issue. Yet there is a shift from the previous issue I think as it expands and changes how the main characters see the world. This shift works well for the series overall since it allows them to deepen the plot and the characters. The issue focuses on both and expands each nicely.

The art continues to flow well like the previous issue. The setting is more focused and reduced to the Jade Street and Magpies’ apartment. That helps to showcase how the normal world reacts to the introduction of magic in a combination of art and story.

Story: Fabian Lelay, Katy Rex Art: Fabian Lelay
Story: 8.5  Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services #4

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #4

Written by: Katy Rex & Fabian Lelay
Illustrated by: Fabian Lelay
Colored by: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito
Edited by: Magdalene Visaggio
Cover by: Annie Wu
In Stores: January 11

The last installment in the Jade Street Protection Services story arc! Our favorite punk rock teen witch delinquents confront issues large and small, from the subjugation of magical girls to the best way to have food and a place to crash without a real job (hint: magical PB&J tastes like garbage and sparkles). But best of all, it’s time for the BOSS FIGHT!

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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services #3

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #3

Written by: Katy Rex & Fabian Lelay
Illustrated by: Fabian Lelay
Colored by: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito
Edited by: Magdalene Visaggio
Cover by: Annie Wu
In Stores: December 28

The punk rock witches return!

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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services #2

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #2

Written by: Katy Rex
Illustrated by: Fabian Lelay
Colored by: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito
Cover by: Annie Wu

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES is All Ages done the Black Mask way. Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected.

The Breakfast Club meets Sailor Moon, JSPS is a whipsmart adventure for delinquents young and old.

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Review: Jade Street Protection Services #1

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In this new series that mashes The Breakfast Club with Sailor Moon, Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected. With JSPS, the creative team of writer Katy Rex, penciler/inker Fabian Lelay, colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter, and series cover artists Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins channel Black Mask‘s edgy, subversive sensibility into a whip-smart adventure for delinquents young and old.

One thing you can almost guarantee from Black Mask Studios is their writers are creative and know how to create an original story.  Jade Street Protection Services is no exception to that. The comic is a sort of clash of Harry Potter,  Sailor Moon, and The Breakfast Club and should appeal to folks looking for a comic that falls into that realm. The comci manages to balance humor, action, and of course teenage drama.

The art seems to take a mix of things from both Eastern manga, and Western Comics. The text conversation bubbles above each characters’ head is funny and a smart choice. It’s something different that makes the comic stand out. It helps show some of the characters’ interaction between themselves allowing us readers to get to know them more.

Story: Katy Rex Art: Fabian Lelay
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Jade Street Protection Services & 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank Sell Out!

Black Mask Studios has announced that the comic market continues to gobble more books than currently printed, with Jade Street Protection Services #1 and 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1 Second Printing *both* selling out.

Jade Street Protection Services written by Katy Rex, with art by Fabian Lelay, colored by Mara Jayne Carpenter, and lettered by Taylor Esposito has sold out. The all-ages book about five lovable delinquents who discover a secret conspiracy at their high school for magical girls, will return in Second Printing.

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4 Kids Walk Into a Bank written by Matthew Rosenberg, with art by Tyler Boss, and lettered by Thomas Mauer has also sold out. The very dark and kinda funny story of four children who decide to pursue a life of crime, will return in Third Printing.

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CBLDF – How the Comics Code Laid the Foundation for LGBTQ Comix – A very interesting read and some solid history.

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