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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

As far back as I can remember Star Trek has been one of those franchises that always been part of the public imagination. Permeating throughout popular culture, leading to even George Lucas admitting the franchise’s influence on his Star Wars saga.  Even though I watched and enjoyed the original series, the movies including the original cast, and the cartoon series, it was definitely before my time. What really got me pulled into this universe was The Next Generation series.

I remembered the first episode where we met the crew, and of course, Data is who stood out. The other aspect of Star Trek, I have enjoyed are the ever-interesting Mirror Universe episodes, which every show that came after the original series got to has enjoyed, except for ST: TNG. As it would have been an interesting endeavor by the show, giving us a different view of our favorite characters. In David and Scott Tipton’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection, we get some wish-fulfillment in a trio of comic stories which shows just how menacing our heroes are in the Mirror Universe.

In “Mirror Broken,”, we’re introduced to the crew of the ISS Stargazer and their insidious captain, Jean Luc Picard and belongs to the once-powerful Terran Empire, and where Vulcans are slaves to the powerful Klingon-Cardassian alliance, which gives Picard the perfect opportunity to assemble the crew we know, but more ominous, to take over the Enterprise and give the Empire an advantage over their enemies with a long-dormant weapon. In “Origin of Data”, we get an interesting side story of how Picard recruited Data to his ranks in this alternate dimension. In “Through the Mirror”, the ISS Enterprise crosses over to the Prime Star Trek universe where they meet the heroes we know and looks to conquer worlds in their dimension, while the mirror universe Picard hatches a plan to infiltrate the Enterprise which leads to a tense standoff between both crews. In “Ripe for Plunder”, Data goes on a solo mission to find Emperor Spock, who was thought to be long dead and reveals long-hidden keys to Picard’s plans. In the last story, “Terra Incognita”, one of the show’s long-endeared characters takes a baleful turn as his evil doppelganger infiltrates the Prime Universe Enterprise crew.

Overall, Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection is an exciting set of stories that play with alternate universes and realities masterfully. The stories by the Tiptons are engrossing and exciting. The art by the creative teams is beautiful. Altogether, a collection that gives more than fan service, as it stretches the imagination and the possibilities, infinite.

Story: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art: J.K. Woodward, Charlie Kirchoff, Josh Hood, Marcus To, Chris Johnson, Carlos Nieto, Debora Carita, Tony Shasteen, Angel Hernandez
Color: Jason Lewis, Brittany Peer, Jason Lewis, David Garcia Cruz, Fran Gamboa, Jay Fotos, Jo Mettler, Mark Roberts
Letterer: Andworld Design, Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.6 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish

B. Dave Walters (Author) Tess Fowler (Artist, Cover Artist) Jay Fotos (Colorist) Ibrahem Swaid (Cover Artist)

An all-new adventure of epic scope and flair that combines the elements of storytelling and action that make every campaign so fun!

When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe. The Forgotten Realms are changed forever as young wizard Helene and her friends grow from raw recruits on the streets of Mintarn into powerful warriors.

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish

Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish

B. Dave Walters (Author) Tess Fowler (Artist, Cover Artist) Jay Fotos (Colorist) Ibrahem Swaid (Cover Artist)

An all-new adventure of epic scope and flair that combines the elements of storytelling and action that make every campaign so fun!

When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe. The Forgotten Realms are changed forever as young wizard Helene and her friends grow from raw recruits on the streets of Mintarn into powerful warriors.

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish

Preview: Locke & Key: Dog Days

Locke & Key: Dog Days

(W) Joe Hill (A) Gabriel Rodriguez (CA) Jay Fotos
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $4.99

TWO new stories by creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez-“Nailed It” and “Dog Days”-plus a behind-the-scenes tease of the coming TV series, and a 5-page preview of an all-new series by Hill and artist Martin Simmonds, too!

Locke & Key: Dog Days

Review: Pandemica #1

Pandemica #1

Diseases are breaking out all around the world in Pandemica #1. What’s strange is, the diseases seem to be racist and geared towards specific ethnic groups. Writer Jonathan Maberry uses the concept of designer disease to create a story of conspiracy and action.

The comic brings the band together. As the story unfolds we’re introduced to the individuals who will help unravel this mystery as well as provided hints as to who’s behind it. In that way, things are pretty standard. But, it’s the concept that’s truly interesting.

The concept of modifying a disease to infect one particular group isn’t the thing of science fiction and knowing that makes the comic all the more frightening. It’s a concept that hasn’t been used much in stories and something that deserves more attention.

Maberry peppers this science fiction with enough hints as to the real world to make the first issue all too real at times. Breakouts in immigration detention centers, actual conflicts, and a villain that probably falls in the white supremacist category add to the “realness” of it all.

The art by Alex Sanchez is good. There are interesting design and characters and what especially stands out is a break from a “standard” comic character design. Character’s faces and noses are at times rough and misshapen a little. They’re varied and with some being a more standard comic “beautiful” style one has to think this is deliberate. The color by Jay Fotos is drab adding to the melancholy feel of the comic. This isn’t so much an action comic as horror with a political spin. The art and color choice emphasize that.

The concept of the series is what stands out. Pandemica #1 is a standard gathering of the team. At times the storytelling is a bit choppy too. But, between the concept and the characters, there’s more than enough to return and check out more.

Story: Jonathan Maberry Art: Alex Sanchez
Color: Jay Fotos Letters: Shawn Lee
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:
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IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Defy Authoritarianism this September in Pandemica

Pandemica

Jonathan Maberry – tells a dark, action-packed story of defiance against authoritarian abuses. Pandemica is a new comic book epic coming this Fall from IDW Publishing. Maberry is the New York Times Bestselling author of V-Wars and Rot & Ruin. –

The first issue of Pandemica depicts an America on the verge of war. A shadow government prepares to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing. A small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters bands together to avert this disaster. Maberry joins artist Alex Sanchez and colorist Jay Fotos in inviting readers to resist the sickness that plagues the nation — and ultimately save the world!

The story reflects the fears about the direction in which the United States, and the world, is going. The story features a diverse cast who discovers that a secret organization is selling designer pathogens for use in ethnic cleansing.

In the announcement, Maberry said he’s working with scientists, including epidemiologists and molecular biologists, to make the bioweapons in the series as realistic as possible. Much of what’s presented is possible and groups and governments have actively worked to make these kinds of weapons.

Pandemica #1 is out this September.

Preview: Diablo House #4

Diablo House #4

Ted Adams (w) • Santipérez (a & c) • Jay Fotos (colorist)

Do you believe in magic? Many magicians have visited Diablo House to pull back the curtain on unimaginable secrets. Do you dare give it a tug?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Locke & Key: Small World

Locke & Key: Small World

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez & Jay Fotos (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez (c)

Three years after wrapping up their award-winning, best-selling Locke & Key saga, the team that built Keyhouse returns to Lovecraft, Massachusetts with a new tale of terror and suspense! An impossible birthday gift for two little girls unexpectedly throws open a door to a monster on eight legs!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

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Preview: Godzilla: Rage Across Time #5 (of 5)

Godzilla: Rage Across Time #5 (of 5)

Jay Fotos (w) • Jeff Zornow (a) Bob Eggleton (c)

Travel back to the age of monsters to discover the secret origins of the monsters! The mysterious circumstances behind their arrival may spell doom for mankind in the present!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Review: The Disciples #4

The race to colonize the planets has begun. A wealthy tycoon turned cultist has landed on one of Jupiter’s 63 known moons and has taken his disciples with him, among them, a certain senator’s young daughter.

The crew, Dagmar, Rick and Julian are hired out to get her back.

A daring space adventure turns raw with horror after the crew nears our galaxies biggest moon, Ganymede.

The characters are punk inspired, perhaps taken from writer and creator Steve Niles’ background in the DC punk/hardcore scene.

The story is set in the near future, people are not exploring the furthest reaches of the universe, but instead, our own galaxy. Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and all their moons are the subject of curiosity and the ever expanding search to stake one’s claim in new territories. There is talk of some holding water, others hosting weird,tiny creatures. What will the crew encounter in the cold reaches of these yet explored icy planets?

I must say, I love this comic. The story does not cease to surprise and astonish, breaking from the traditional trajectory that many comics go. Prepare to be kept guessing. Also, having a  alt-punk female lead does not hurt.

Artist and co-creator, Christopher Mitten has outdone himself, the pacing is well set, and the inking, clean yet not without grit, truly suits the horror genre. Check out his Tumblr, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by his prints, pages and other works.

Colorist Jay Fotos, and production artist Philip W. Smith III make for a great team and a well done new project by multi talented Steve Niles, and Christopher Mitten. The art team deserves applause.

The aesthetics are done so well–staggering craters, rock walls and machinery– that there is almost a blue silence that permeates the comics, sliding under dialogue and action, bringing to mind deep space and what, perhaps, early settlers once experienced in the shadow of great forests. The excitement. The horror.

This is a definite Buy.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Christopher Mitten
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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

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