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Review: Jade Street Protection Services #2


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

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

Preview: 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!


Preview: 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!


Preview: 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.


Review: Jade Street Protection Services #1


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.


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.

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #1 - 3rd Print

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JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 1It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get and enjoy? What was a stinker? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Medium – On the Death of James Rhodes — War Machine ‘Making America White Again’ one page at a time – If you read one thing in this post.

CBR – AMC Renews “Preacher” for Season 2 – Awesome!

The Advocate – The Secret to Battling Homophobia in Japan’s Schools: Manga – Very cool!

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

CBR – New “Arrow” Casting Brings Hal Jordan One Step Closer to Star City – Well ok then.

CBR – Vinnie Jones Joins “Kingsman” Sequel in Mystery Role – Everything is improved with more Vinnie Jones. Especially if he sings.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Black Panther #3

Comic Vine – Cryptocracy #1

Newsarama – Jade Street Protection Services #1

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Review: Jade St. Protection Services #1

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 1The magical girl genre has seen a popularity spike in the past year or two, and it’s hard to say what prompted it. An anime staple, western animators and webcomic artists have recently picked up on its visual cues, narrative tropes, and worldbuilding rules and run with them. All of a sudden, it’s hard for a magical girl comic to stand out among projects like Zodiac StarforceSleepless Domain, and Agents of the Realm. There’s enough magical girl stories currently running that I actually have to be picky about which ones I check out, so as to invest my time in the best entries in the genre rather than just consuming everything I can find. With that in mind, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Jade Street Protection Services when I first heard about it…and then I saw the cover of the first issue.

JSPS‘s color palette (courtesy of Mara Jayne Carpenter) and linework (penciled and inked by Fabian Lelay) make this comic really stand out. The graffiti-style look of the front cover (provided by Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins) gives way to gradually shifting blues and greens, bright pinks and yellows or moody purples and browns. The character’s faces are easily distinguishable – it’s impossible to get two characters confused for one another – and Fabian Lelay’s inking strikes a great balance between simple and detailed depending on how a given panel is composed. These aren’t panels your eyes slide off of as you go from page to page: this comic is full of panels I found myself examining to admire composition or lighting or how characters were posed.

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 7 Thankfully, the story is just as strong as the artwork – rather than waste time on a three-paragraph page of exposition on the inside cover, the audience learns about the world the characters live inhabit as they discuss it naturally. We learn the name of the school the main cast attends on the same page where we see them attend their first class, where they learn how to pose and transform into proper magical girls. The nice thing about taking this approach is that any expository dialogue doesn’t come off as forced or stilted: it’s to be expected that a teacher would reiterate basics to remind her students what they should and shouldn’t focus on during a class. It works, and it works well. The first two pages give us a brief “here are your protagonists” montage, which is a device I usually don’t enjoy, but here it works because it gives us a broad idea of the main cast with plenty of room to flesh their personalities out in much more detail as the story progresses.

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 4We only get a brief glimpse of what may be the series’ central conflict, and there’s still plenty of worldbuilding to be explained in subsequent issues, but it’s easy to see that this info is being withheld simply because it would slow down the fast pace of the introduction. The first issue goes by quickly, but it’s because words aren’t wasted. Every panel has something to contribute to the mood, the story, and the worldbuilding; every line of dialogue establishes how the characters talk and think and interact with one another. This is a story where even the idle chatter and inane comments show us who a character is and what they’re like, and every panel has an obvious focus to draw the eye’s attention toward – this is the kind of writing and art magical girl comics should aspire to.

From what I’ve seen so far, JSPS is as enjoyable to stare at as it is to actually read and I can’t wait to see where it goes beyond issue one. If the first issue of this series sets the tone for what’s to come, I’m in all the way.

Story: Katy Rex Art: Fabian Lelay, Mara Jayne Carpenter, Annie Wu & Kiki Jenkins
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy!

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

4 KIDS WALK #2 9Wednesdays 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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 (Marvel Comics) – With all the controversy over the ending of issue one, how could it be anything but? Is Cap really a HYDRA agent? Or is there something much larger at play? I love anything that gets us fans talking and draws attention to our joy. So depending on how this is written it could be a good thing. I remember when Brubaker brought Bucky back as the Winter Soldier and now, he’s absolutely beloved. I refuse to believe this is our Steve but I am looking forward to finding out more.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race # 5 (DC Comics) – Well this comic and I are completely love hate. I hate that it’s always late, but I love the train wreck that unfolds in the pages. I’ve long decided that Miller’s master work is the Dark Knight Returns and he will never top it. These attempts at trying just get even more ridiculous. As a die hard Superman fan, it’s a macabre curiousity at seeing what ol’ Frank is going to do to tear down the Superman legacy even more every time he touches the character since it highlights how out of touch he is. Plus I love cranky Bruce Wayne and Carrie Kelly. After this Frank needs to stay the Hell away from DC Heroes. He just can’t write them, and obviously Azzarello is taking his cues from Miller. If not, it’s a bigger cluster than when Singer made Superman Returns to honor Richard Donner. I know it’s awful but it’s almost satirically bad that I can’t wait to see it even worse. Remember folks, Jersey Shore was popular for a spell there too. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the insanity.

Cryptocracy #1 (Dark Horse) – What’s this? A non DC or Marvel book on my list? That’s right true readers. This one caught my eye. Nine clandestine families that secretly control and manipulate reality? Hmmmm sounds interesting and I’m getting in on the ground floor. Seems cool enough to give it a shot, but I am not expecting anything world bending here.



Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was a brilliant start to a crime caper about four kids walking into a bank. A charmingly intelligent comic that deserves your attention, the first issue was amazing, and if you can find it you should snap it up. I’ve been waiting for the second issue for awhile, and I am so excited for this.

Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters Of Midtown #2 (Dark Horse) – Lobster Johnson is one of those characters that evokes the feel of the pulp heroes from the late 30’s, which is already something I’m a fan of, and then when you add in the fantastic period art work and the steampunkish element of the Metal Monsters and you have a miniseries that is right up my alley.

Will Eisner’s The Spirit #12 (Dynamite Entertainment) – This has been one of the most entertaining series of the last year, hands down. Every week this comic comes out is a good week.

X-O Manowar #47 (Valiant Entertainment) – Pound for pound, Valiant have the best superhero universe out there, but when the premier title in the Valiant universe is coming to a close with an explosive story… I can’t wait to see where this is going. Plus, there’s a bonus print with the physical comic, so that’s also cool.



Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Matthew Rosenberg already knocked it out of the park with We Can Never Go Home and returns with another series for Black Mask Studios with Tyler Boss’s imaginative and playful artwork. The first issue was an amalgamation of so many awesome things (with an array of wonderful movie poster-inspired variants) and proved to be one of the most endearing reads of the year so far. This is a must buy.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Jonathan Hickman is a long form, comic book version of a mad scientist. His titles are consistently well crafted and can take their time to manifest, but when they do bloom, it is certainly worth the wait. East of West is Hickman at his best with the striking visuals of Nick Dragotta to put to life this futuristic American backdrop. Things have been really heating up as tensions continue to rise between the numerous factions.

Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar and Frank Quitely return to Jupiter’s Legacy! Millar has done a pretty solid job at deconstructing the superhero genre with recent titles like Huck, Jupiter’s Circle and the first volume of Jupiter’s Legacy so it will be interesting to see the direction that the creative team will be taking in this sequel series. Frank Quitely’s art will surely be worth the price of admission alone.

Bloodshot Reborn #14 (Valiant Entertainment) – Jeff Lemire has continued to present a more nuanced, emotional and humanized tale of Bloodshot that proves the character is more than just a government controlled killing machine. The new arc entitled ‘Bloodshot Island’ sounds like a Doctor Moreau-esque storyline that will feature Mico Suayan’s incredibly detailed line work and Valiant’s reliable colourist David Baron.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – If Black Mask Studios is releasing a new series, it is an absolute must buy. The publisher has been releasing a steady flow of confident, gritty and fun titles over the last couple of years and Jade Street Protection Services looks to aim to be among those books. Judging by the solicitations, Fabian Lelay’s illustrations with Mara Jayne Carpenter’s colours are going to provide a vibrant, manga-like pop to the words of Katy Rex.



Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #11 (Marvel) – It’s a throw down with the X-Men fighting in the future against Apocalypse’s horsemen.  The Apocalypse Wars have been a fun read, and I’ve been really enjoying this title exploring another possible future, with the younger students grown into X-Men.  Nothing earth shattering happening, just a fun read.

Captain Marvel #6 (Marvel) – A Civil War II tie in…and Carol is pissed!  She has clearly chosen her side in this new civil war, and the stakes are getting high.  It’s going to be interesting to see how far she’ll go to for what she believes in.

Mockingbird #4 (Marvel) – This is just a guilty indulgence for me, being a long time fan of Bobbi’s.  The missions are exciting, the humor is fun and this issue she’s off to save her ex, Hawkeye.  It’s also interesting to see her check ups and monitoring of her health after receiving the infinity formula and the super soldier serum.  I’m just waiting to see something big happen.  Fun all around.

Uncanny X-Men #9 (Marvel) – Magneto and Psylocke are trying to save Archangel from being taken over by Apocalypse; Sabretooth and M are exploring the Morlock tunnels and come across a ghost from M’s past.  Again, nothing earth shattering happening here, just a fun read with  decent action.  Psylocke and Fantomex meeting up should be good.



Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was amazing, and I wasn’t the only one to think so.  It has a large and well-deserved mass appeal.

Jade East Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – So far Black Mask’s line of books have failed to disappoint.  There’s already a lot of buzz out there, I hope it lives up to the hype.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – Another indie title with possibilities.  It has all the apocalyptic themes I’m into.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Even more end times lore, set in a dystopian alternate timeline.



Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – It says something when so many of us have this series as our top pick. The first issue was absolutely amazing and was a damn near perfect set-up with characters that are some of the most relatable in comics. It’s been a bit since that first issue, but that doesn’t diminish my excitement for this second issue.

Chum #3 (ComixTribe) – I’m a sucker for a good noir/crime story and this surf crime comic has been entertaining for the first two issues.

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis (DC Comics) – Am I the demographic this graphic novel is aiming for? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying my advance review copy. It’s a solid debut comic that’s perfect for the audience intended, younger kids.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – I read the first issue some time ago and it’s a weird mix of X-Files and occult story. Really good and can’t wait to check out future issues.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A new series from Black Mask? Yes please! All ages badassness? Yes please!

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