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Review: Captain Ginger #1

When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least one starship. Now the intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe.

How many cat jokes can you pack into 35 pages of comic? Writer Stuart Moore seems to take up that challenge in Captain Ginger, a pulp-ish adventure that sees humanity destroyed and cats evolved and spacefaring. It’s a crazy fun concept and the comic seems to continue AHOY Comics‘ mix of playing it straight and being a joke at the same time.

Every page seems pack with some sort of sight gag through the art of June Brigman, inks by Roy Richardson, and colors of Veronica Gandini. Richard Starkings and Jimmy Bentancourt provide the lettering. From small details on the cats to the inclusion of scratching posts, the comic doesn’t take itself too seriously and seems to be having fun with it all.

It being an AHOY release, there’s lots of extras including a comic from Shannon Wheeler, some interviews, and prose entry from Grant Morrison that includes an illustration from Phil Hester.

If you’re an individual who enjoys cat memes, this is a comic for you and though I’m not really a fan at all, I still found the comic entertaining. It’s a prefect mix of cat jokes and space adventuring that sets up a world I want to find out more about. It’s another win for AHOY Comics continuing their manta that we should expect more.

Story: Stuart Moore, Shannon Wheeler, Grant Morrison
Art: June Brigman, Shannon Wheeler, Phil Hester
Ink: Roy Richardson Color: Veronica Gandini
Lettering: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #15

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #15

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colorist: Marko Lesko
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover A: Iolanda Zanfardino
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Cover D: Simon Myers Watercolor
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Aug 9, 2017

Continue the journey through time and space with Christopher Eccelston’s incarnation of The Doctor? in The Bidding War Part 2!

Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3.7

Eleventh_Doctor_3_7_Cvr A“Year Three” of the Eleventh Doctor in comics features the two-part arc The Memory Feast, which takes place over issues #3.6 and #3.7 of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor. In the story, Eleven, his human companion Alice Obifune and their, uhm, progeny?, a creature called “the Sapling”. The three find themselves on an impossible ship in deep space, chased by hooded figures through portal after portal of an alternate reality. The Doctor soon determines that the ship is a memory ark for an extinct species called the Xerzes. The species only exists now in the memories stored by the ship. Immediately, he empathizes and encourages his companions to help him eradicate the hooded baddies called the Thrake.

Comics adaptations can sometimes feel forced, like they’re a simplification of the original rather than a re-interpretation for the comics format. The Memory Feast is the latter. Artist I.N.J Culbard uses a two-page spread to show the companions running through portal after portal, and another to let a Xerxes projection explain the species’ fate to Eleven without exchanging a word. The climax of the arc takes place largely without dialogue, as well; instead the events unfold in dramatic artwork. The result is a story that feels like it exists specifically for a comic book.eleven.png

 

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Sapling, where did you COME FROM?????

It’s nearly impossible to read George Mann‘s dialogue without hearing Matt Smith’s voice, from his goofy non-sequiturs to his panicked shout when The Sapling finds himself in danger. While Eleven’s behavior is certainly screen-accurate, Mann avoids leaning on Smith’s many catchphrases or tics, including only one interrupted “geronimo!”.

 

Personally I like that the dialogue and interactions were original rather than grabbing directly from the show. It reflects back on the original while staking a claim on its own territory, as well.

Overall, The Memory Feast is a fun, quick arc in what I hope is a deeper story from start to finish. 3.6 and 3.7 together make for what feels like a “filler” episode in the main storyline: Alice and Eleven’s creation of the Sapling. That said, it’s worth keeping on the shelf if only for the art. I will definitely be diving in to the rest of Year Three to find out what happens next.

Story: George Mann Art: I.N.J. Culbard
Colorist: Triona Farrell Letterings: Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.7

Tenth_Doctor_3_7_Cover AWelcome to the Vortex Butterflies story line, featuring the Tenth Doctor and his comic-exclusive companions Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu. #3.7 is the second issue in the Vortex Butterflies arc, so I recommend picking up 3.6 before diving in. However, the arc so far is a wonderful entry point into the Doctor Who comics. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.7 starts with the Doctor at a space junkyard, picking up a machine that will help him record temporal waves and register “vortex leaks”. He left his companions at a safe house in London, and their travel buddy Noob on the Xenopsychology planet of the Zokadyll. All three stories unfold simultaneously, and their narratives are well-balanced and easy to follow. There are answers to some questions (what do Gabby’s new powers actually DO? What is Noob up to on that giant library planet?) while others are left open-ended, meaning I’m now anxiously awaiting 3.8!

Writer Nick Abadzis captures David Tennant’s interpretation of the Doctor (as well as a couple other show-based cameos) and blends him right in with original characters like Gabby and Cindy. He introduces them with a equal measures of exposition and character action, making them well-rounded and compelling even after the Doctor leaves them behind for some intergalactic alone time. And isn’t that the mark of a truly great companion?

marcieNoobThe book has appeal for both die-hard Whovians, and those new to the series. Most importantly, it adapts the show into the comics format seamlessly. There is plenty of timey-wimey talk, but the elements that matter get a closer examination, making the rest the familiar background noise of our favorite show-off timelord.

Artists Giorgia Sposita and Iolanda Zanfardino don’t miss a beat, bringing both 20th century London and deep space to life. Colorists Arianna Florean and Nicola Righi‘s do some heavy lifting, as well, with remarkable renderings of the time vortex, deep space, and multiple planetary backdrops, and Gabby’s new powers are delightfully other-worldly. The characters are stylized just enough to keep those based on actors from dipping into the uncanny valley–something other Who books sometimes suffer from. Letterers Richard Starkings and Jimmy Bentacourt enhance the book, as each species has their own distinct speech pattern, reflected in a completely unique rendering.doc in space

Rose and DocRachael Smith’s bonus comic at the end of the book took me by surprise. It’s a breath of goofy fresh air at the end of a high stakes adventure-in-progress. I don’t think I stopped smiling from the first panel to the last. Bringing Rose back to Ten’s side in such a realistically teenage way while kicking the comedy up to eleven (no pun intended). I hope this is a tradition we will see continued in future issues.

Story: Nick Abadzis Art: Giorgia Sposito
Colorist: Arianna Florean and Nicola Righi
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy (but pick up 3.6, too.)

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #14

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #14

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colorist: Marko Lesko
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover A: Simon Myers
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Arianna Florean
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 26, 2017

THE BIDDING WAR – PART 1!

With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator gun. But… Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene…

Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Templars #9

ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS #9

Writer / Artist: Dennis Calero
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
COVER A: Dennis Calero
COVER B: Ian Culbard
COVER C: Abigail Larson
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 25

FINAL ISSUE!

With the reality of his situation now almost preternaturally clear to Dre, there is only one possible course of action… he needs to get away from Abstergo.

With no clue how to do this, he lets his instincts take over, and finds that he has hidden depths he never knew of… and skills he couldn’t have imagined!

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #2

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #2

Writers: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo
Colorist: Matheus Lopes
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover A: Mark Wheatley
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Adriana Melo
Cover D: Blair Shedd
Cover E: Stephen Byrne
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: May 25

The ongoing adventures of the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack continue, as Part 2 of ‘DOCTORMANIA’ confronts the three with a solar system wide conspiracy, an intergalactic crime family, a murderous case of acid rain, and, more importantly, the return of an unexpected old foe in a hideous new guise!

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