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Friendship Can Overcome Anything in Getting Dizzy #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed the first look at Getting Dizzy #2, from New York Times bestselling author Shea Fontana, acclaimed artist Celia Moscote, colorist Gloria Martinelli, and letterer Jim Campbell, with a superhero story that reveals a true hero is nothing without her friends, available on December 15, 2021.

Dizzy joins with Chipper and The Rollers to master her new powers as the ‘Burb Defender—or rather, learn not to crash every time she puts on her skates. Even in a negative funk the next day after seeing footage of her sub-par skating skills, Dizzy notices Scarlett, a sweet, talented member of the Rollers, acting incredibly mean. It turns out that Scarlett has been infected by a Negatrix! Dizzy and her friends devise a plan to free Scarlett from the Negatrix influence, but are the Negatrixes only scared off…and still out there somewhere?

Getting Dizzy #2 features main cover art by series artist Moscote, and variant cover art by Cara McGee and Jorge Corona with colors by Sarah Stern.

Getting Dizzy #2

Preview: Dirtbag Rapture #3

Dirtbag Rapture #3

(W) Christopher Sebela (A) Kendall Goode, Gab Contreras, Jim Campbell
On sale date: 12/1/2021

Kat has shockingly signed a deal with the devil. Well, not the devil, but an extremely unpleasant demon named Chad who is as chaotic and troublesome as they come. After being breadcrumbed with edibles and first-class flights all the way to Belarus to make a special ghost delivery, Kat finds herself at the proverbial crossroads and must decide if she’s willing to be a pawn in the ongoing battle between good and evil.

Dirtbag Rapture #3

Review: Getting Dizzy #1

Getting Dizzy #1

Dizzy wants to be the best! But in the case of everything she’s tried, including roller skating, this teen has only been able to achieve one thing — disaster. Just when she is ready to pack it in, everything changes when the Negatrixes attack, forcing her to take up the mantle of ‘Burb Defender! Getting Dizzy #1 is part magical girl and part superhero and really fun and cute. It’s a debut that’s hard to not enjoy that features a heroine you want to cheer for, mostly because she feels like the dorky mess we all are.

Written by Shea Fontana, we get a lead in Dizzy that’s just not good at… well… pretty much everything. She’s a mess of a person who constantly fails in her activities and sits in chocolate. She’s a lovable “loser” who through fate has to become a hero. But, what Fontana does that’s great is she’s still a mess of a hero. She doesn’t know how her powers and equipment works and smashes into friends while skating around. She gets her abilities and new role and doesn’t automatically get excellence. She’s going to have to work for it. And there’s something very endearing about that. It makes the comic more relatable and Dizzy a hero we want to cheer for because she’s a little bit like us all.

The art by Celia Moscote is fantastic perfectly capturing the tone of the comic. It has that mix of magic, humor, and action, and that’s helped with Natalia Nesterenko‘s colors. Jim Campbell‘s lettering too is key giving a greater personality to the evil Negatrixes through the lettering style. There’s just something about what this trio brings to the style of the comic. Anything else and the comic wouldn’t nail down its fun and goofy tone. And that tone is such a good thing. There’s a lacking of heroes who stumble stories out there and this hopefully will fill that gap delivering action and laughs.

Getting Dizzy #1 is a solid debut. It’s one of those comics that put a smile on your face with its goofy premise that has some great roots. There’s a bit of video game fun, superhero escapades, and pratfalls. It all comes together perfectly. There’s a lot hinted at in this debut and I’m excited to see where it all goes from here speeding on its roller skates to awesome.

Story: Shea Fontana Art: Celia Moscote
Color: Natalia Nesterenko Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Yoruba Myth Meets Sci-Fi Conspiracy in Buckhead #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Buckhead #1, the first of a five-issue limited series from rising star author Shobo, artist George Kambadais, and letterer Jim Campbell about a Nigerian immigrant family meeting strange new people and dealing with unusual experiences in the mysterious town of Buckhead, USA. Available on December 8, 2021.

Toba and his mother, a renowned scientist, have just immigrated to the US. But instead of living in the Big City like Toba always dreamed, they’ve moved to a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest called Buckhead. In the middle of the picturesque town, Toba discovers that things aren’t as perfect as they seem when he and his newfound friends start playing a strange video game that looks like a perfect replica of ancient Benin and its people. Soon, Toba is on the run from some frightening men in black, trying to solve the mystery of his new hometown and save his friends before it’s too late!

Buckhead #1

Misfit City Heads to HBO Max

Another BOOM! Studios comic series is heading to HBO Max. Misfit City, created by Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith & Kurt Lustgarten and illustrated by Naomi Franquiz with Brittany Peer on color, and Jim Campbell lettering, is heading to the service. Popular writers Hannah Hafey and Kaitlin Smith will serve as creators and executive producers for the series, alongside Smith and Lustgarten. BOOM! Studios’ Stephen Christy, Ross Richie, and Mark Ambrose will also executive produce with Mette Norkjaer co-executive producing.

Misfit City is a treasure hunting story through a unique female lens. In the original pitch, it was described as the girls version of The Goonies.

BOOM! has been spreading things around with R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond coming to Disney+, BRZRKR, Something is Killing the Children, and Mech Cadets all in development at Netflix, and Slam! also being developed for HBO Max.

You can see our review of the first volume of Misfit City here.

Misfit City Vol. 1

Destiny, NY Returns with Rosi Kämpe taking over art and Jenn St-Onge illustrating the cover!

Destiny, NY, the beloved tale of magical crime and queer romance, will return this week for Volume 2 with the new art team of interior artist Rosi Kämpe and cover artist Jenn St-Onge joining writer Pat Shand, letterer Jim Campbell, and editor Shannon Lee for this next installment in the heartfelt adventure series about star-crossed heroines Logan and Lilith.

What if there was a magical prophecy that you were destined to save the world, and you fulfilled it so young you don’t know what to do with the rest of your life? That’s the problem facing Logan McBride in this grounded story about the magic of young adulthood, star-crossed modern romance, delayed coming of age, and finding your place in a world too busy to notice you.

The second arc of the ongoing series about what happens after a prophecy is completed begins with Destiny, NY #6. 

Logan McBride has been living with Lilith Aberdine, the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family, for a year.

Now, ghosts from their past are beginning to push in, threatening to tear them apart. 

An Unlikely Hero Arises in Getting Dizzy #1. Get a First Look

BOOM! Studios has revealed the first look of the  original four-issue limited series, Getting Dizzy #1, from New York Times bestselling author Shea Fontana, acclaimed artist Celia Moscote, colorist Natalia Nesterenko, and letterer Jim Campbell, with a superhero story that reveals a true hero is nothing without her friends, available on November 3, 2021.

Dizzy wants to be the best! But with everything she’s tried, including roller skating, this teen can only achieve one thing –  disaster. Just when Dizzy is ready to pack it in, everything changes when the Negatrixes attack, forcing her to take up the super-powered mantle of ‘Burb Defender! But if she wants to save the world, she’s going to have to assemble the coolest skating crew the ‘Burbs have ever seen!

Getting Dizzy #1 features main cover art by series artist Moscote, and variant cover art by Cara McGee and Miguel Mercado.

Getting Dizzy #1

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #75

Amazing Spider-Man #75

I’ve never been a Spider-Man superfan. While I’ve enjoyed some stories and arcs, it’s a character (and various series) that I dip in and out of. Beyond Slott’s run, I can’t think of any long run I’ve read. He’s a character I enjoy in doses and generally feel things get redone to a point that it just doesn’t quite interest me (swing with cool image, fight bad guy, smart comment, something goes wrong, repeat). But, when a major start of a run begins, I do like to check them out and see what’s going on. Amazing Spider-Man #75 kicks off a new era for the webcrawler and it’s a start that will have me sticking around for a while.

While Amazing Spider-Man #75 is written by Zeb Wells, Spider-Man is currently being handled by the “Beyond Board” of Kelly Thompson, Cody Ziglar, Saladin Ahmed, Patrick Gleason, and Wells. The group, along with artists, will rotate arcs and issues which is needed as the comic is upping how often it’s coming out. What is “Beyond” though? That gets answered in this issue as Ben Reilly is back in the picture and donning a Spider-Man costume. He now has sponsorship by a corporation called Beyond that feels like it can do the superhero thing a bit better than it’s been done. They also have the “rights” to Spider-Man. It’s all a very intriguing twist to the series and a bit brilliant in some ways.

Amazing Spider-Man #75 dips into Spider-Man history. There’s obviously Reilly himself but the issue takes a lot from Slott’s run when Dock Ock was in Peter’s body. It’s a solid use of that arc and makes a lot of sense when presented. It’s a great way to use continuity and add some more to the history. “Additive” is a direction Marvel has been going for a while and it plays out well here. It dips back into Peter having run a company, there’s some ramifications of that which is great as that entire chapter feels like it was dumped rather quickly. There’s also some questions as to what Peter should do. He has had a lot of heavy hits lately and you can see he’s worn out. Should he let Reilly take over? Should he just go on a vacation for a bit? There’s a lot of options here now and it all feels natural. Amazing Spider-Man #75 deals with Peter’s trauma while also setting up an “out” and we the readers have to guess where it’s going to go… or do we?

The issue ends with a punch that’s been teased but what exactly is that punch? Based on some dialogue, this doesn’t feel like the usual beaten hero story we’ve seen so many times and potentially we’re going to get something very new and interesting, and hopefully relevant (if what I think is going to happen is really going to happen).

The art by Patrick Gleason is top notch. With color by Marcio Menyz and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the comic has style and pops on the page. There’s a modern classic feel to it with body bending swinging but doesn’t take that over the top like others. It’s a bit more grounded in some ways but nails the over the top action as well. What the team really delivers on is the weariness of Peter. You can feel his tiredness. This is a person who’s emotionally beat down and it shows. That sort of small detail really stands out and is impressive.

But there’s more!

Kelly Thompson, Travel Foreman, Jim Campbell, and Joe Caramagna give us a back-up story that adds a twist to everything we just read up to that point. Colleen Wing and Misty Knight!? What are they doing in the comic!? The two are kicking ass is the answer but “Love and Monsters” adds a lot to the direction the series is going as it presents a wrinkle in everything we’ve read.

And there’s more!?

“Kafka” by Wells, Ivan Fiorelli, Edgar Delgado, and Caramagna adds even more to the new direction of the series. We learn a bit more about Beyond delivering an even greater ominous feel about it all. It’s solid work that also examines Electro and some of what his powers mean. Like the main story, it’s the details and hints that are great and will suck you in.

This is a hell of a debut that feels like it’s a natural direction building off of the last two major runs and setting Peter and Spider-Man up for a new direction. It’s good, really good. And it has this on-the-fence Spider-Man reader coming back for more… and excited about it.

Story: Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson Art: Patrick Gleason, Travel Foreman, Ivan Fiorelli
Color: Marcio Menyz, Jim Campbell, Edgar Delgado Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Daisy takes you between Heaven and Hell

From writer and illustrator Colin Lorimer, one of graphic fiction’s emerging unique creative voices, and colorist Joana Lafuente and letterer Jim Campbell comes Daisy, a tale both horrific and beautiful.     

A desperate mother’s five-year search for her missing son leads her to the small town of Brimount and to the mysterious Phillips family. Daisy Phillips, like many teenagers, has a hard time fitting in, but not for the usual reasons. Daisy stands eight-and-a-half feet tall and is still growing, but her troubles with ill health, daily ridicule, and custom-made clothing are only the tip of the iceberg. Daisy may well be descended from a race of cannibalistic giants spawned from the outcasts of Heaven!

Says Lorimer about the project, “I’m delighted to be back at Dark Horse Comics! Their logo attached to Daisy gives it the ‘horror’ seal of approval.”

Daisy #1 (of five) will be in comic shops on December 8, 2021.

Daisy #1

Preview: Deadbox #1

Deadbox #1

Writer: Mark Russell 
Artist: Benjamin Tiesma
Colorist: Vladimir Popov
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel
Cover BBenjamin Tiesma
Cover B: Corin Howell
On Sale: 9/8/2021

You are what you watch.

Welcome to the town of Lost Turkey, where the main source of entertainment is a cursed DVD machine that seems to know more about the fate of its citizens than they do.

Deadbox #1
Almost American
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