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Review: Wynd #1

Wynd #1

The highly anticipated Wynd #1 is here. Originally the series was announced as a graphic novel but in an interesting pivot, it’s now being released as oversized single issues before being collected. The story takes us to a fantasy world and a city that’s the last bastion of humanity. Humanity is defined as people not touched by magic. The debut is a fantastic start delivering some subtle and not so subtle LGBT themes.

Written by James Tynion IV, it’s hard to not immediately think about how those who are touched by magic must remain hidden. It’s a clear allegory of those who aren’t able to live freely as themselves and seen as abominations by conservatives. While it’s easy to see the story as LGB, the fact that these magical beings transform into something else makes it hard to read this and not think of it as a trans narrative. But even if you don’t want to accept that allegory, Wynd is a gay lead. He’s in love with the son of the royal gardner Thorn, who might be gay himself. While Wynd’s interest is clear, Thorn is hinted at.

Beyond all of that, what’s set up in the first issue is really enjoyable. The plot is full of royal conspiracies and fear of an invading force and a Prince who rejects the fear mongering of their father. It can be enjoyed just on that level as well but it’s clear Tynion is going for more than that.

Along with artist Michael Dialynas and letterer Aditya Bidikar, Wynd #1 delivers a world full of detail. Not quite “steampunk,” there’s an interesting mix of fantasy and technology that at times is very creative and original. A scene in a bar is something that feels fresh and new as meals are lifted up to the table to those who ordered through a lift system. It’s a small detail but it establishes a lot as to what this world is like technology wise. It also makes the series not quite just fantasy but infused with something more. Like the mysterious “threat and enemy,” the world is so much more than simple swords and armor. The designs are all fantastic giving the series a youthful exciting feel about it all. I want to explore the world and see more of it and in that way the comic is a bit frustrating too.

Wynd #1 is fantastic. I wanted more of it and can’t help but think how much better it might be to be able to read it in one go. The end of the first issue feels a little anticlimactic. There’s such a build to the mystery it leaves you with the reveal as opposed to a bombshell for you to be excited about learning more in the next issue. Again, it’s not bad but misses an opportunity. The series though is a great start of what feels like the next great young adult fantasy series. It’s one to get excited about and a journey to see where it all goes.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Michael Dialynas Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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


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Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1

It’s new comic book day! What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Every Marvel vs Capcom Character, Together At Last – Nice!

The Mary Sue – 11 Books and Graphic Novels Every Queer Woman Should Read – A good list. Any you’d add?

Reviews

Talking Comics – Killadelphia #3
Newsarama – Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1
NPR – Sports is Hell

Liebestrasse is an LGBTQ OGN About Romance in a Time of Fascism

ComiXology has announced the original graphic novel Liebestrasse, an unforgettable LGBTQ love story set in Germany during the 1930s. This riveting story about two men who fall in love in the shadow of rising fascism marks the graphic novel debut of writer and comic book editor Greg Lockard, with art by co-creator Tim Fishfeaturing coloring by Héctor Barros, lettering by Lucas Gattoni, and edited by Will Dennis. Liebestrasse debuts November 6th and will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

In Liebestrasse, Sam, an American banker, meets Philip, a German art critic, while living and working in Berlin. The freedom of the Weimar Republic is over as the Nazis win power and their sweet, bilingual romance is quickly hit with an unspeakable reality as Philip is arrested and disappears. Sam desperately searches for Philip with the help of Philip’s sister and their friends. Eventually the political situation around Sam has deteriorated enough that he is forced to return to the United States. Terrorized by the things he saw, Sam eventually returns to Berlin for answers as the post-war reconstruction begins in 1952. But his survivor’s guilt and shattered heart have sent him on a fool’s errand, across a city, country and world that have been forever and horrifically altered.

Liebestrasse came to the attention of comiXology Originals at last year’s Thought Bubble in Leeds, England, where it began as a 12-page historical LGBTQ romance which the creative team self-published as a mini comic. Now, the entire graphic novel will be available as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content on November 6th, timed to this year’s festival where comiXology is once again the lead sponsor. Greg Lockard, Tim Fish and Héctor Barros will be at Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comic art festival, taking place at the Harrogate Convention Centre November 9-10, 2019.

Liebestrasse

You Brought Me The Ocean Explores Aqualad’s Coming-Out Romance

Next summer, enjoy a splash-worthy coming-of-age tale about one of DC’s most popular characters—Aqualad!

Debuting in June 9, 2020You Brought Me the Ocean is a new young adult graphic novel from DC that puts a fresh, contemporary twist on Aqualad’s classic origin story and tells an eloquent coming-out romance set against the backdrop of the DC Universe.

This timely and beautifully told story is brought to life by Lambda Award-winning author Alex Sanchez and New York Times bestselling illustrator Julie Maroh, two voices that have been instrumental in shaping the LGBTQ+ experience in young adult literature. Their original tale follows a teenage Jake Hydeas he navigates his senior year of high school and learns to embrace his true self.

You Brought Me the Ocean marks both Sanchez and Maroh’s first work with DC and is scheduled to hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on June 9, 2020. Below is the official synopsis and above is a first look at the cover and interior images revealed today.

You Brought Me the Ocean

Written by Alex Sanchez
Illustrated by Julie Maroh
On sale everywhere books are sold June 9, 2020
MSRP: $16.99

Jake Hyde doesn’t swim––not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.

There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.

But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?

You Brought Me the Ocean

NYCC 2019: Abrams Launches Surely Books focused on LGBTQ+ Creators and Stories Curated by Mariko Tamaki

Abrams Books

Abrams has announced a new graphic novel imprint focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual creators and stories. Surely Books will debut in 2021 and be curated by Mariko Tamaki.

The graphic novels will be a mix of fiction and nonfiction highlighting the LGBTQ+ community. Some of the first releases are biographies. One is of the novelist Patricia Highsmith by Grace Ellis and the second is about Revolutionary War hero Baron von Steuben by Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings. Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre will release a fictional graphic novel about two friends who “make a surprise discovery one summer.”

(via New York Times)

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Superman: Year One #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeking things will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments below.

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Missoulian – UM grad’s debut novel ‘The Obsoletes’ tackles adolescence, through the eyes of robots – This sounds interesting.

CBC – Ken Steacy teams up with Margaret Atwood to explore the Golden Age of Canadian comic books – Want.

The Michigan Daily – Graphic Content: Investigating Ann Arbor’s independent comics scene through a trans lens – Some interesting comics to check out.

CNET – Petition calls on Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime’s ‘blasphemous’ Good Omens – Not comic related, but too funny to not share.

Reviews

The Beat – Back Stab #1
Newsarama –
Captain America #11
Newsarama –
Justice League #26
Talking Comics –
Middlewest #8
Comics Bulletin –
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #3
IGN –
Superman: Year One #1
Newsarama –
Superman: Year One #1
Comics Bulletin –
Superman: Year One #1
Talking Comics – Superman: Year One #1
Newsarama –
Tony Stark: Iron Man #13
Comics Bulletin – Usagi Yojimbo #1

Graphic Re-Reading Secret Six: 1st Rate Comics about Last Rate Supervillains

“The Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead of the DCU”– John Arminio.

Secret_Six_Vol_3_36

Secret Six is easily one of the 5 best cape comics of the 21st century. Staring a diverse team of D-List supervillians, the series was created by Gail Simone working with artists including Nicola Scott, Jim Calafiore, and Brad Walker.

The true heir to the legendary 1980s’ Suicide Squad, this comic lovingly depicts mercenaries fucking up their contracts, backstabbing each other, then coming back together to tell the world to go to hell.

I’m joined by comics retailer and critic John Arminio for a deep dive into this brilliantly dark, funny and groundbreaking early 00s series.

Discussed:

  • Why D-List characters are so much fun
  • Scandal Savage Is Living the Lesbian Dream
  • Cigarettes, pools of blood and butts of all genders
  • Godbless you Nicola Scott for making Catman a sex symbol
  • Is this Bane?
  • Yes, you should watch Doom Patrol (we covered the 1st two Doom Patrol episodes here )

Also we are now on Spotify! So check us out http://bit.ly/GraphicPolicySpotify

A Wave Blue World is Donating 100% of All We Ever Wanted Profits to the Trevor Project in in June

A Wave Blue World is celebrating 2019 Pride Month with a donation campaign honoring the diversity of the LGTBQ+ community, by donating 100% of All We Ever Wanted profits for the month of June to the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

All We Ever Wanted Editor Matt Miner said in the announcement:

When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s, there really wasn’t any media that normalized LGBTQ+ people.  With All We Ever Wanted, we’ve been able to create a beautiful book where many of the stories just have queer folks existing and being normal and living their lives and having adventures not always tied to their sexuality and struggle – and I think if books like this had existed when I was growing up, I might have had an easier time coming to terms with who I am.  The Trevor Project is doing vital life-saving work and I’m proud that A Wave Blue World has chosen to donate some of the proceeds from our book to that cause.

All We Ever Wanted is an anthology filled with stories that present a brighter vision of the future that gives a platform for a multitude of creative voices that shares A Wave Blue World’s mission of connecting people through storytelling.

The A Wave Blue World’s All We Ever Wanted’s Trevor Project Donation Campaign comes ahead of the 50-year mark of the 1969 Stonewall Riots on June 28th, a pivotal moment in the movement for LGBTQ+ equality.

All We Ever Wanted

Graphic Re-Reading Secret Six: 1st Rate Comics about Last Rate Supervillains

“The Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead of the DCU”– John Arminio.

Secret_Six_Vol_3_36Secret Six is easily one of the 5 best cape comics of the 21st century. Staring a diverse team of D-List supervillians, the series was created by Gail Simone working with artists including Nicola Scott, Jim Calafiore and Brad Walker. The true heir to the legendary 1980s’ Suicide Squad, this comic lovingly depicts mercenaries fucking up their contracts, backstabbing each other, then coming back together to tell the world to go to hell.

I’m joined by comics retailer and critic John Arminio for a deep dive into this brilliantly dark, funny and groundbreaking early 00s series.

Discussed:

  • Why D-List characters are so much fun
  • Scandal Savage Is Living the Lesbian Dream
  • Cigarettes, pools of blood and butts of all genders
  • Godbless you Nicola Scott for making Catman a sex symbol
  • Is this Bane?
  • Yes, you should watch Doom Patrol (we covered the 1st two Doom Patrol episodes here )

Also we are now on Spotify! So check us out http://bit.ly/GraphicPolicySpotify

The Pride Joins ComiXology Originals With The All-New Series The Pride Season Two

The Pride Season Two #1

comiXology and Queer Comix announced that The Pride Season Two – an all-new, six issue comic book series spinning out of writer Joe Glass’ acclaimed LGBTQ+ super hero series The Pride. The new volume will debut as part of comiXology Originals on June 5th, just in time for Pride month. Additionally, the acclaimed indie hits, The Pride Season One and The Pride Adventures Season One, also join comiXology Originals. The Pride is the first Submit series comiXology has invested in to continue through comiXology Originals, making these amazing stories available to a new worldwide audience.

The Pride Season Two #1, written by Joe Glass and illustrated by Cem Iroz with colors by Mark Dale and letters by Mike Stock, as well as The Pride Season One and The Pride Adventures Season One will be digitally available to read for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology upon release, June 5th. All of The Pride will be available in print via Amazon.com at the same time as The Pride Season Two collected edition release.

The Pride Season One

In The Pride Season Two you’ll join an amazing cast of heroes who united to form a team comprised entirely of LGBTQ+ crime fighters in bright and fun action-packed adventures that any super hero fan can enjoy. The team returns with exciting newadventures where they must stop a nuclear meltdown, welcome new heroes, and investigate a spate of mysterious attacks on the world’s biggest pop star.

In a world populated by people with superpowers, FabMan (Tomorrow’s Fabulous Man, Today) feels a deep schism in the representation of his community and his own heroic exploits, which are often presented as fluff pieces in the news. Wanting to fight for change, he forms The Pride, the world’s premier LGBTQ+ supergroup – featuring a diverse range of characters representative of the broad LGBTQ+ spectrum, from gay, lesbian, bi and trans superheroes to non-binary, drag queen, HIV+, children of gay parents, and more. Together they fight to protect the world from prejudice, misrepresentation, and injustice, not to mention a pesky supervillain or two!

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