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Preview: b.b. free #3

b.b. free #3

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Gabby Rivera
Artist: Royal Dunlap
Colorist: Kieran Quigley
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Royal Dunlap
Price: $3.99

Just as b.b. begins to feel safe at the home of her friend and fellow radio show host, Chulita, danger arrives in the form of b.b.’s father. Somehow, he has followed her, and her presence has endangered Chulita’s family. Together with her best friend, b.b. has no choice but to make a run for it—but will she ever truly be safe?

b.b. free #3

Preview: b.b. free #2

b.b. free #2

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Gabby Rivera
Artist: Royal Dunlap
Colorist: Kieran Quigley
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: 
     Main Cover:
Royal Dunlap
    Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
Price:
$3.99

After discovering that everything her father ever told her is a lie, b.b. is on the run to the only person she can trust, her radio show partner, Chulita. But with b.b.’s mysterious powers getting stronger everyday, and her father’s power organization on her trail, b.b. won’t find the safe haven she expects… and she may be putting her only friend in danger.

b.b. free #2

Preview: Girl On Film OGN SC

Girl On Film OGN SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artists:  Jon Berg, Melissa Duffy,  V. Gagnon, Vicky Leta
Colorists: Kieran Quigley, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Mike Fioentino
Cover Artist: Caz Westover & Grace Park 
Price: $19.99

One thing young Cecil was sure of from the minute she saw Star Wars was that she was going to be some kind of artisté. Probably a filmmaker. Possibly Steven Spielberg. Then, in 1980, the movie Fame came out. Cecil wasn’t allowed to see that movie. It was rated R, and she was ten. But she did watch the television show and would pretend with her friends that she was going to that school. Of course they were playing. She was not. She was destined to be an art school kid.

Chronicling the life of award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comics scribe Cecil Castellucci, with art by some of the most original illustrators in comics, Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy taking on different era of her life, Girl On Film follows a passionate aspiring artist from a young age through adulthood to deeply examine the arduous pursuit of storytelling, while exploring the act of memory and how it recalls and reshapes what we think we truly know about ourselves.

Girl On Film OGN SC

Preview: Welcome To Wanderland SC

Welcome To Wanderland SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jackie Ball
Artist: Maddi Gonzalez
Colorists: Nimali Abeyratne, Cathy Le, Maarta Laiho, Cristina Rose Chua, Rebecca Nalty, Kieran Quigley
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Maddi Gonzalez
Price: $14.99

Bellamy Muñoz is a Wanderland SUPERFAN, and she knows everything there is to know about the most “wander-ful” place on Earth. So when she winds up in the very real and very magical world the park is based on Bel is pretty sure she’s uniquely prepared for this situation. However, it soon becomes clear that Wander isn’t actually much like the theme park, and the characters Bel loves aren’t at all like she’d imagined…

Created and written by CYBIL Award-nominated writer Jackie Ball (Goldie Vance), and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Maddi Gonzalez (Elements: Fire), Welcome to Wanderland shows you a whole new world, and invites you along for the ride of your life

Collects the complete 4-issue series!

Welcome To Wanderland SC

Preview: Steven Universe OGN Vol. 3: Ultimate Dough-down SC

Steven Universe OGN Vol. 3: Ultimate Dough-down SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Talya Perper
Artist: Meg Omac
Colorist: Kieran Quigley
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Lorena Alvarez Gomez
Price: $14.99

Steven and the Crystal Gems have faced down intergalactic empires, but are they ready to win a donut competition? With Lars in space that means Sadie is on her own…unless the Crystal Gems come to help!

It’s up to Steven and the Gems to step in and help Sadie run the Big Donut food truck during the annual competition in Empire City.

Written by Talya Perper (Steven Universe: Anti Gravity) and illustrated by Meg Omac (Adventure Time Comics, Steven Universe), this newest Steven Universe story will make you hungry for more!

Review: Heavy Vinyl

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Empire Records meets Fight Club!

Heavy Vinyl features the four issues by Carly Usdin, Nina Vakueva, Irene Flores, Rebecca Nalty, Kieran Quigley, Walter Baiamonte, and Jim Campbell.

Get your copy in comic shops and in book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Heavy Vinyl #4

HeavyVinyl4Cover“Have I ever really helped anybody but myself/To believe in the power of songs/To believe in the power of girls?”- Metric, “Dreams So Real”

Heavy Vinyl #4 (The comic formerly known as Hi-Fi Fight Club.) cements its legacy as one of the cutest, gayest, and riot grrl-est comics ever in this miniseries finale from writer Carly Usdin, artists Nina Vakueva and Irene Flores, and colorists Rebecca Nalty, Kieran Quigley, and Walter Baiamonte. The comic plays with the most delightful of tropes, including scrappy underdogs fighting shady corporate overlords, the adorable saying goodbye to family montage, and of course, the big damn kiss. Vakueva panel layouts are also very lively and slanted for maximum fierceness even if this comic isn’t a beat ’em up battle royale story. It rocks though.

Even though she has to wrap up the first Heavy Vinyl storyline as well as set up some threads for future stories, Usdin doesn’t skimp on character development, and Vakueva and Flores use visuals to give a glimpse into each member of the Vinyl Mayhem fight club’s personal life. Of course, the manager/team leader Irene has an adorable dog and girlfriend, and Kennedy enjoys hot chocolate with her boyfriend Logan, who has become the Chris Hemsworth to their Ghostbusters and a solid source of comic relief throughout the series. Of course, Maggie has two doting dads, who spoil her with pancakes and fresh squeezed orange juice, and Chris is just trying to keep things together as she freaks out every time her parents say “action” with some manga-influenced sweat lines.

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My personal favorite intro was Dolores, who is Puerto Rican, and has a close relationship with her family to go with her computer knowledge and Goth aesthetic. Nalty uses plenty of shadows in her room and just a glimpse of sunshine to show that she’s a complex character and not just a sullen Goth. I also like how Vakueva lays out her room and uses body language to show that Dolores feels a little bit of tension in balancing work and school as well as going out of state. Even though the spotlight has mainly been on Chris and Maggie, Usdin has given her a mini arc throughout Heavy Vinyl, and she plays a big, take charge role in the final big reveal with her no-nonsense attitude and technical knowledge. However, she has a softer side too as is revealed in an epilogue that made this 90s geek kid smile.

Even if it’s extraneous to the missing rock star/mind control overarching plot of  Heavy Vinyl, the hella awkward and hella cute slow burn romance between Chris and Maggie is the book’s beating heart. And there’s plenty of pay off in Heavy Vinyl #4 beginning with the complete adorableness that is Maggie falling asleep on Chris’ shoulder during the bus ride to New York. Palty emphasizes the blue sky outside their window, which creates a hopeful vibe while Vakueva and Flores draw one of the happiest faces of all time as Chris looks out the window. They and Usdin channel these intense feelings throughout the second half of the comic culminating in the reddest blush ever when Maggie tells Chris that she obviously knows about her crush. In general, these Maggie/Chris scenes show off the tightrope of romance and humor that Heavy Vinyl ably walks.\

But Heavy Vinyl #4 isn’t all longing glances, sweet montages, and kick ass tunes. Carly Usdin, Nina Vakueva, and Irene Flores do a lot of world-building and other big picture things like making the plot of this miniseries just the tip of the iceberg for a conspiracy storyline that is similar to Josie and the Pussycats, but trades out the camp for indie rock earnestness.  Some of the lines about this plot development are super on-the-nose, but Usdin is a smart and has Chris say most of them like “Music is about expression.” Chris’ intense love for the band Stegosaur and hunger  for finding and learning about new music as part of developing her identity as a young woman is a big part of her character arc so the lines really work. Also, the first in-person appearance of Rosie Riot is quite breathtaking.

Heavy Vinyl #4 has it all:  deep character dives, well-developed romance, organic world building, and a passionate tone from Rebecca Nalty’s background colors to Nina Vakueva and Irene Flores’ design choices and fight formations to Carly Usdin taking time to show each main cast member with their family. Music is awesome, stories about that are by women are awesome, and Heavy Vinyl is one of the best comics of 2017.

Story: Carly Usdin Pencils: Nina Vakueva Inks: Irene Flores
Colors: Rebecca Nalty with Kieran Quigley and Walter Baiamonte
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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

Review: Giant Days 2017 Holiday Special #1

Giant Days Holiday Special  2017 #1 takes the piss out of Love Actually and romantic comedy tropes in general as Daisy, Susan, and Esther head to London for the holiday. Guest artist Jenn St. Onge’s (Jem and the Misfits) is both charming and comedic, and writer John Allison gets to take a break from the relationship/friendship drama of the main Giant Days title and revel in madcap antics, Megabus jokes, and regionally specific London jokes. Colorists Sarah Stern and Kieran Quigley hold it all together with a subdued color palette with plenty of holiday greens and a different color for each of the Giant Days protagonists. (Black for Esther, of course.)

Giant Days Holiday Special works because it simultaneously believes in romantic comedy tropes and also tears them down. You want Esther’s teenage email buddy, Shelley, with a cushy government job, the perfect house, and no man to find romantic bliss while also cruelly laughing at the three, mostly pathetic suitors vying for her. (The guy filming the “office documentary” is definitely the creepiest.) Esther, Daisy, and Susan are a wonderful Greek chorus for her journey while also attempting to navigate London. Allison plays with the different aspects of British culture by giving each of the girls a different relationship with the big city from Susan’s lived an hour, been there done that attitude to Daisy’s wide eyed rural formerly homeschooled girl wonder and finally Esther’s more romantic connection to the city from a student Shakespeare play/shopping trip. The jaunts through the city, and Esther’s attempt at getting used to an office job (Speaking as a former English major, this is good practice for her.) play off the Richard Curtis/romantic comedy bits nicely like apple pie and a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Jenn St. Onge’s art is cute and funny, and she uses fashion and style to enhance characterization. For example, Shelley has a spectacular post-failure at a romantic night pajama set that hints that maybe hanging out with platonic friends is a better idea. Her date, Grant, has a hair/facial hair style that screams hipster douchebag, and where would Esther be without one of her trusty skull shirts. The nice, sensitive neighbor guy Cecil is a little classier with his glasses and grey temples even if he gets violent at the end. St Onge’s pencils are clean and bold and filled with funny gestures like Esther using air quotes to tell one of Shelley’s co-workers to not be a “nice guy” and a rough bit of slapstick as Daisy, Esther, and Susan try to cheer up Shelley’s apartment with a Christmas tree complete with some perfectly British innuendo from Allison. Stern and Quigley darken the color palette for a bit so things are extra uncomfortable and awkward.

Giant Days Holiday Special 2017 is figgy pudding proof that Giant Days can get experimental, weird, and do a 40 page riff on Love Actually and still be a fantastic comic because of the humor, adorableness, and friendship at its core thanks to John Allison, Jenn St. Onge, Sarah Stern, and Kieran Quigley. In the tradition of Doctor Who and other British things, I hope there are many more of these light and clever Holiday Specials.

Story: John Allison Art: Jenn St. Onge Colors: Sarah Stern with Kieran Quigley
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall:8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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