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Preview: Adventure Time Comics Vol. 2 SC

Adventure Time Comics Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Whitney Taylor, Sheanon Garrity, Mariko Tamaki, Derek Fridolfs, Zachary Sterling, Eva Eskelinen, Ryan Browne, Kelsey Wroten, Kevin Jay Stanton, Riley Rossmo, Kiki’ssh, Meg Omac, Marina Julia
Artists: Kyla Vanderklugt, Roger Langridge, Leela Wagner, Derek Fridolfs, Zachary Sterling, Eva Eskelinen, Ryan Browne, Kelsey Wroten, Kevin Jay Stanton, Riley Rossmo, Kiki’ssh, Meg Omac, Marina Julia
Cover Artist: Erin Hunting
Price: $14.99

It’s Adventure Time Comics time! These sweet shorts come in many shapes and sizes, featuring all of the beloved characters from the Land of Ooo, written and illustrated by acclaimed cartoonists and storytellers from all over the world. Presented in the artist’s own style, each story captures the creativity that Adventure Time inspires! Featuring work by Derek Fridolfs (Study Hall of Justice), Zachary Sterling (Adventure Time), Riley Rossmo (Batman), Kyla Vanderklugt (Storyteller: Witches), Roger Langridge (The Baker Street Peculiars, Snarked), and many more! Collects issues #5-8

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #5

Adventure Time Comics #5

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Derek Fridolfs, Whitney Taylor, Zachary Sterling, Eva Eskelinen
Artists: Derek Fridolfs, Kyla Vanderklugt, Zachary Sterling, Eva Eskelinen
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Renée Park
Subscription Cover: Shauna J. Grant
Incentive Cover: Simon LeClerc
Price: $3.99

Ice King goes on a Wizard’s Quest to gain ultimate power, Cake tries to make Fionna a special present, and Finn gets a new pet that is really uncool.

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Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special #1

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special #1

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jonathan Case, Cory Godbey, Gustavo Duarte, Ted Naifeh & Adrianne Ambrose, and Adam Smith
Artists: Daniel Bayliss, Cory Godbey, Gustavo Duarte, Kyla Vanderklugt, and Jeff Stokely
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
Incentive Cover: Michael Allred
Unlocked FOC Variant Cover: Dave McKean
Price: $9.99

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film with stories from inside the magical walls of the labyrinth.

Featuring fan-favorite characters like Ludo, Hoggle, Sir Didymus, and a few surprises, this special celebration collects for the first time all of the Labyrinth Free Comic Book Day stories along with new tales from Eisner Award winner Jonathan Case (The New Deal), Gustavo Duarte (Bizarro), and more!

40 pages of story and art!

Covers are high-quality cardstock and will feature spot-gloss and holofoil enhancements.

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Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #2 (of 6)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #2 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Elsa Charretier
Incentive Cover: Kyla Vanderklugt
Incentive Cover: Kelsey J. Beckett
Price: $3.99

Once a Ranger, always a Ranger. Kimberly must embrace her past to become the hero the world needs. The return of Angel Grove’s original Pink Ranger is here.

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Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons Features Fiery Tales from Rising Stars

From Jim Henson’s classic television show to the comic series, The Storyteller and his faithful dog have delighted and thrilled us with myths, legends, and stories from all over the world. Last year, Archaia, an imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, teamed up with The Jim Henson Company to explore four different stories about powerful witches, both good and evil, from a collection of talented writers and artists. This December, we curl up by the fire once again for the four-issue limited series Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons.

Dragons have taken on many shapes in different cultures, and each issue of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons will feature creators exploring these legendary creatures in their own unique styles. In the first issue, Fabian Rangel Jr. and artist Daniel Bayliss bring us “Son of the Serpent,” inspired by Native American stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird. Then newcomer Nathan Pride revisits the classic Celtic tale of the Lambton Worm, while Hannah Christenson presents a gender-swapped retelling of the Russian folktale following a knight and her squire whom challenge the three-headed dragon, Tugarin. Finally, Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award-winner Jorge Corona presents his take on the Japanese legend of a young girl facing the dragon Yofune Nushi.

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons #1 arrives in comic shops from Archaia on December 2nd with a main cover by Daniel Bayliss for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT151197. Also available in limited quantities is a Jackpot incentive cover by Cory Godbey, a 10 Years incentive cover by Kyla Vanderklugt, and a retailer incentive cover by David Petersen. Subsequent issues will be released on a monthly basis thereafter.

Preview: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 HC

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 HC

Imprint: Archaia
Writers: David Petersen, Mark Buckingham, Hannah Christenson, Becky Cloonan, C.M. Galdre, Ryan Lang, Mark A. Nelson, Dustin Nguyen, Jake Parker, Ramón K. Pérez, Lauren Pettapiece, Fabian Rangel Jr., Kyla Vanderklugt, and Skottie Young
Artists: David Petersen, Mark Buckingham, Hannah Christenson, Becky Cloonan, Aaron Conley, Nicole Gustafsson, Ryan Lang, Mark A. Nelson, Dustin Nguyen, Jake Parker, Ramón K. Pérez, Lauren Pettapiece, Kyla Vanderklugt, and Skottie Young

The third volume in the New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning series, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume Three features tales written and illustrated by a collection of award-winning and critically acclaimed storytellers personally selected by series creator David Petersen. Once again, patrons at the June Alley Inn are challenged to tell the best Mouse Guard tale, with the winner getting their tab cleared!

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Preview: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches HC

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches HC

Authors: S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith, and Jeff Stokely
Artists: S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith, and Jeff Stokely

Inspired by folklore from around the world and all told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved beloved television series, this hardcover collects the watercolor story of “The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest” from S.M. Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After), Spera artist Kyla Vanderklugt’s haunting tale of the Snow Witch, Matthew Dow Smith’s tale of a man shipwrecked on an island of witches, and the unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives, adapted by Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla). Features an all-new cover illustration by Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero) and the never-before-seen, unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives.

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Preview: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #2 (of 4)

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #2 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Authors: David Petersen, Dustin Nguyen, Kyla Vanderklugt and C.M. Galdre
Artists: David Petersen, Dustin Nguyen, Kyla Vanderklugt, and Nicole Gustafsson

Gather ‘round in the June Alley Inn for more mouse tales. Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham) tells the story of a dying raven, while Kyla Vanderklugt (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) spins a tale of a lovely and brave mouse dancer, and C.M. Galdre (Duelist) and Nicole Gustaffson (Nimasprout) tell the story of a town whose protective walls have fallen.

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Preview: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #2 (of 4)

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #2 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Writer: Kyla Vanderklugt
Artist: Kyla Vanderklugt

Kyla Vanderklugt, artist of Spera and Archaia’s 2014 Free Comic Book Day Labyrinth story, tells the beautiful Japanese tale of “The Snow Witch” in a gorgeous horizontal format stand-alone issue. When an old woodcutter and his young apprentice are caught in a blizzard, a mysterious woman dressed in white appears and freezes the woodcutter to death before eating his soul. She spares the apprentice if he vows never to tell of what he has seen, but keeping his word may not be so easy when he falls in love.

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Review: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #2

StorytellerWitches02_coverFairy tales can sometimes be a challenging source to draw upon.  While many famous story tales have an obvious moral or theme, some of the more obscure fairy tales have a theme or moral which is either hard to comprehend or outright inappropriate by modern standards.  This was in part what caused the first issue in this miniseries to be a bit of a misfire, as the choice of fairy tale was not a good match for an engaging story.  Part of that is because of the nature of this miniseries, as it identifies itself as focusing on fairy tales that deal with witches, and so in addition to finding new fairy tales to highlight that it also has a thematic challenge of finding the right material.  For the second entry into this series, the writer has gone a bit further afield and turned to Japanese fairy tales, though with an evidently better result.

Japanese fairy tales are a bit of a mystery to me.  My only exposure to them is from a collection of them that my wife downloaded to her e-reader.  As opposed to the more familiar European stories, these stories have a different presentation, and their resolution often results in more questions than answers.  That is the case here with the snow witch, a story about a wood gatherer in the mountains of Japan who meets the snow witch, and she changes his life in an unforeseen way.  While anything like morality is very ambiguous in this story, it is still well interpreted to this medium, and the writer (who is also the artist) does a good job at making the characters approachable and immediately likeable.  Though they only share a few panels, the romance between the wood-cutter and wife is evident, and it made the scenes between them touching.

As this series stands, there is still almost nothing here to tie this into Jim Henson, only using the franchise name as a boost to sell some extra issues about fairy tales.  The first issue didn’t do the man much justice, but the second issue at least captures the quality if not the content that he would be known for.  This second issue does redeem the series though, and with this more successful adaptation it makes me wonder what the series might hold for its remaining two issues.

Story and Art: Kyla Vanderklugt 
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! studios and Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.  

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