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This Monday was a brand new episode that continues the discussion from last week. We continued to discuss DC Comics’ Rebirth as well as the focus on Legacy characters versus creating all new ones or focusing on lesser known ones.

DC’s Rebith is their latest initiate that will build off of the concepts of Green Lantern: Rebirth and The Flash: Rebirth, expanding it to the whole line blending what’s come before and what’s to come. But, does focusing on legacy characters alienate new readers? Does focusing on new characters alienate long time readers?

We discussed that and our first thoughts on the second season of Daredevil!

Review: Legacy

legacyA desert Island that isn’t paradise. Two sets of inhabitants with different belief systems. A strange man washed up on the shore. One girl born on the Island, and different to the others. Legacy is a serious graphic novel full of suspense and tension that has the reader questioning at every turn.

Who is the stranger, friend or foe? Why are the people trapped on the island? What is the real story behind the Island’s historical myths? These are questions that keep the reader guessing, questioning and page turning throughout the novel. With fast paced development the plotline never stays stagnant and is constantly progressing, keeping the reader’s interest.

The writing, by Tobey Truestory, throughout this graphic novel is impressive and really makes the story line more believable. The dialogue is realistic, drawing the reader in and helping to establish relationships with the characters, although the reader is never quite sure which character to believe or support. This is one of the strongest aspects of this graphic novel, and coupled with the intense black and white artwork makes this a very successful book.

Politics, society, equality, good, evil, and religion are all themes tackled throughout this graphic novel, with some being part of the background and some at the forefront of the plot-line, they ultimately collide together to form the conclusion of the story.

The characters each reflect different aspects of these themes and the relationships between the characters help to reflect the connections between the themes throughout the plot-line. The way these themes come together is fantastic, and is one of the key reasons why this graphic novel is so unique, special and successful.

Overall, if you enjoy unusual and serious novels that reflect larger issues in society in general then this is a graphic novel that you will particularly enjoy.

Story: Tobey Truestory Art: Tobey Truestory
Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Tobey Truestory provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Star Wars: Legacy Vol. 2 #6, The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion

It’s a pretty light week for Dark Horse, at least as far as my pull-list is concerned, but there’re still some great things to be reading. Note: The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion does not go to market until September 11, 2013 (this is an early review). Also, if you’re a fan of Bechko and Hardman, you’ve got to check out the one-shot from Dark Horse, Station to Station.

Star Wars: Legacy, Volume 2 #6

22238The current volume of Star Wars: Legacy is one of the few monthlies that I wish would come out each month as a graphic novel four times the size of a single issue. Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman have done an absolutely fantastic job crafting a Star Wars tale that captures the essence of what SW has become for an entire generation. That is, the way I and many others see it, Star Wars is a massive political game in which Jedi and Sith somehow find themselves caught. All of the great Star Wars tale of late have been focused heavily on politics and the better ones showcase a galaxy that suffers from the constant demands of the eponymous word “War.”

Legacy V.2 #6 takes us into the second story arc for this volume, giving us personal looks at characters ranging from Ania Solo to Sauk the Mon Calamari to AG, an assassin droid. Legacy generally features some of the coolest characters, including the line-up above but also the enigmatic and fan-favorite K’Krukh. This issue throws the new Empire into political disarray, with Darth Wredd killing off Sith who’ve infiltrated high government positions.

I believe it was in the issue #5 letter column that someone confessed to thinking Assam Jao is one of the most interesting Star Wars character in a long time. I couldn’t see it then, but with issue #6 I’m definitely in the Jao fandom (Jao-dom?). In addition, one of the greatest things about this volume of Legacy is getting to see things you never thought you would as a Star Wars fan: a Snivvian Sith Lord, Jedi in Imperial Guard armor, K’Krukh working for an Empress of the Empire…all sorts of topsy-turvy for original trilogy fans.

The greatest downside to issue #6 is the change in artist, with Brian Albert Thies replacing Hardman’s fantastic work. This is sad news for me, since Hardman is one of the best young sci-fi artists, and paired with Corinna Bechko writing, they are one of the best sci-fi teams in comics today (if you haven’t read a Planet of the Apes comic from BOOM! Studios, you’re really missing out on something). But Thies does not disappoint greatly in taking on this heavy mantle, and provides an artistic style that seems frantic and busied, but with faces that are coolly communicative—an interesting blend.

If you aren’t a hardcore Star Wars fan, or at least a Legacy fan, maybe Star Wars: Legacy Vol. 2 #6 isn’t for you; it’s certainly one of the Star Wars comics that needs a true fan to appreciate it. So if that’s you, I recommend you buy #6 and continue this incredible journey that Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman are weaving. Otherwise, at least read it!

Story: Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman  Art: Brian Albert Thies
Story: 8.5  Art: 6.5 Overall: 7.5  Recommendation: Read

The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion

HalloweenLegionI’m a child of the 1990s, and I can really say that because I consciously experience most of the ‘90s and remember with powerful and wistful nostalgia so many of the cultural artifacts of that time. When it comes to children’s horror, I remember with great fondness the film Hocus Pocus (filmed just 10 miles from where I am now, and fast approaching its 20th anniversary). Anything that can capture the wit, fun, and feel of media like that automatically stands out to, which is why I was ecstatic about reading The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion.

With one of the coolest Halloween-time line-ups imaginable, Halloween Legion is an incredible peace of art and literature. Maybe not all comics could (or should) be called literature, but Halloween Legion definitely qualifies as great children’s literature (that may offend some, since many comics journalists are forced to constantly argue to the public that comics aren’t only for children).

Halloween Legion, in short, shows us what happens when psychic-vampire goblin-aliens invade the town of Woodland and stand against the world’s magical defenders, The Halloween Legion of Skeleton, Witch, Ghost, Devil, and Autumn (the black cat). Martin Powell does a great job weeving a light-hearted and fun story, developing the characters to a depth that was surprising for such a short graphic novel. Ideas and concepts therein are fascinating, from a completely strange enemy to a cat that seems all-powerful, and a witch who gets her power from being old and shuns her younger self (that’s like the opposite of all witch narratives, right?).

I called The Halloween Legion a work for kids primarily because Powell’s writing is simplistic. Sure, there’s plenty of solid ideas and great character development, but the reading is easy going, sometimes a bit repetitive (I dislike lots of st-st-stuttering f-f-f-rom a-all the ch-ch-characters). It doesn’t damage the story, but it’s not particularly likeable. What really makes The Halloween Legion incredible is Diane Leto’s art, which itself is very hard to describe without being vague and unhelpful, so check out the book yourself knowing that I am highly critical of art and wouldn’t recommend anything unlikeable!

So why aren’t you buying The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion? You’d be daft not to, even if you have to stay away from more mainstream titles for a week or two, you’ll be pleased you got this incredible Halloween adventure. Can we have more, Dark Horse?!

Story: Martin Powell  Art: Diane Leto
Story: 7.5  Art: 8.5  Overall: 8  Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Benderspink and Arcana Launch New Comics Line

ARCANA COMICS’ – Benderspink and Arcana Launch New Comics Line

VANCOUVER (Feb 10, 2012) – Arcana Comics is joining forces with Benderspink, the production company behind smash movies such as The Butterfly Effect, Final Destination, The Hangover, The Ring, and I am Number Four! The publisher and the production company have created a new film friendly comic book line, combining the knowledge of one of the largest graphic novel producers with the film production skills of the team behind the highest grossing comedy of all time (The Hangover).

Under the banner of ArcanaBenderspink Comics, the two will start by producing twenty original titles, crossing genres and enlisting the writing and art skills of some of the most talented creators in the comic book industry.

The two companies first established a bond when Benderspink worked with Arcana Comics to get the book Continuum picked up by New Line. During the process, JC Spink and Arcana CEO Sean Patrick O’Reilly build a strong relationship. Sharing a love of film and comic books, the two’s partnership is a natural progression.

Below is a first look at all of the titles as well as preview artwork. Arcana Comics and Benderspink look forward to sharing more with fans in the coming weeks and months.

    
Legacy: During an emergency surgery, doctors operating on Alex Sullivan discover that he is something more than human. When the entire hospital explodes, Alex escapes to find out who or what he is and why people are trying to kill him.
The Order: The Vatican has created an elite group of agents to travel the world and combat supernatural forces.
The Numbered: Betrayed and unjustly sentenced to death a notorious crew of seven galactic mercenaries escape to the last free planet of the universe. Tracked by the ruthless Galactic Overlord Earth is given an ultimatum surrender The Numbered or be destroyed. Cook and Weisberg are attached.
Bishop: When a government operative goes undercover to infiltrate a secret illuminati type group, he begins to realize that the people he’s been sent to take down may actually be the good guys.
Below: When the police aren’t able to catch a new group of ruthless criminals who commit crimes against the defenseless, the leaders of the underworld band together to use methods the police can’t in order to bring them to justice.
Target Earth: A lone scientist believes the warning from an imprisioned alien, who declares an invasion coming from a more powerful group of aliens. He frees the alien and they end up on the run from the government and the advance guard of hostile aliens as they try to save our planet.
The Hunt: Five years after taking out a terrorist leader, an ex-Seal who was part of the special unit that did the job discovers that his fellow team members are being killed and he is next on the list.
War Of The Gods: At the dawn of humanity, a multitude of gods from Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Nordic, Hindu, Chinese, and Aztec lore do battle against each other for control of the world.
Dime Detectives: The story of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler who teamed up to work as detectives and roughly based their fictional characters Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe on their own real life exploits.
Foretold: A young man is brought to the future to fight the most powerful being who has taken over the world 30 years later – himself.
Kill On Sight: When a group of professional thieves steal 30 million dollars from a covert, black-ops CIA program the program responds by sending a team to NYC to kill the thieves and retrieve the money.
Untouchable: In 2012 Al Capone’s great nephew has become a cop, trying to make right some of the wrong done by his family in the past, and has to track down Chicago’s most notorious criminal, the great-grandson of Elliot Ness.
Countdown To Armageddon: With the better years of his career behind him, a once-great rapper returns to his hometown where in order to save his son he gets pulled back into his old life and has to fight everything he thought he had left behind.
Supersonic: Top Gun underwater with subs developed by DARPA to travel at super speeds.
2076: When America is taken over in 2076, Revolutionaries fight a second war for American independence.
Revelation: A disbelieving NORAD agent’s faith is tested when he begins to suspect a man’s rise to power mimic’s the 12 signs of the Anti-Christ from the book of Revelation.
The Surface: Grant Roberts, his ex-girlfriend, and her best friend attempt to escape Chicago after terrorist attacks that they begin to realize are extraterrestrial in nature. Based on the Schnieder brothers script The Surface.
Atlantis: One hundred and fifty years after a plague has ravaged Earth and the wealthy and privileged have retreated to live in a bio-dome under the ocean, their resources run out and they have to return to the surface where they’re met by a bitter resistance from the ancestors of those they left above ground to die.
The Triangle: A group of researchers who uncover the secret of the Bermuda Triangle and travel to a different dimension have to figure out how to get back in order to help save the world.
Langley High: A student at Langley High, a school located less than two miles away from the CIA headquarters in Virginia, teams with an undercover CIA agent who’s been posing as a teacher to help rescue his father who’s been captured in Russia and disavowed by the agency. Atlas Entertainment is attached to Langley High. The comic is being adapted by Benderspink’s Christopher Cosmos.
 
ABOUT ARCANA STUDIOS

Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.

ABOUT BENDERSPINK

Benderspink is a management/production/ip company that has produced or exec-produced movies such as The Ring 1 & 2, The Hangover 1 & 2, Monster-in-Law, Red Eye, Just Friends, A History of Violence, The Butterfly Effect, Cats and Dogs, American Pie 1-3, and I Am Number Four.  They are currently in production on Burt Wonderstone at New Line and in development on titles such as Jitters at Paramount, Cities of Refuge at Inferno, Bob the Musical at Disney, Hangover 3 at Warner Bros., Torrente at New Line, and 40,000 Man at NL.   They have a first look feature deal at New Line and a first look tv deal at CBS. Clients include Jesse Wigutow, Kaplan & Elfont, Cook & Weisberg, April Blair, Jennifer Weiner, Gregory Hoblit, Mike Bender, and Adam “Tex” Davis.  And newer clients such as Allison Schroeder, Brandon Willer, Clay Tweel, Craig Brownrigg, and David Robert Mitchell.