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Summoners War is Coming to Comics in Summoners War: Legacy from Skybound

Game publisher Com2uS is teaming up with Skybound and Image Comics to create Summoners War: Legacy, a brand-new comic book series based on the worldwide mobile phenomenon Summoners War. Revealed during the “Skybound X Summoners War” panel at Skybound Xpo, Summoners War: Legacy is helmed by writer Justin Jordan and artist Luca Claretti, with colors by Giovanna Niro and lettering by Deron Bennett. It serves as an action-packed prequel to the Summoners War mobile game.

Fans who pre-order now will receive a “Con Exclusive” version of Summoners War: Legacy #1 for $10 USD, a special gold-foil issue that also comes with a redeemable in-game reward voucher for 200 Gems and three Scrolls. The con exclusive serves as a sneak preview into the larger Summoners War: Legacy comic book series, which will be published through Skybound and Image in the future.

With 32 pages of story and seven pages of additional material, Summoners War: Legacy takes place 35 years before the universe-shattering conflict at the mobile game’s center. The comic series features fan-favorite monsters, explores the fate of Durand’s parents, and expands on the mystical land of Alea and its colorful characters including Abuus, Rai, and Tomas. This riveting addition to Summoners War canon brings a rich lore to the franchise and draws new connections to the upcoming Summoners War games and the Summoners War: Sky Arena game that fans know and love.

Preview: Adventure Time: Jake SC

Adventure Time: Jake SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Christopher Hastings, Shane Houghton, Chris Houghton, Polly Guo, Josh Lesnick, Derek Fridolfs, Box Brown, Nicole Andelfinger, Max Davidson, David DeGrand, James Asmus
Artists: Zachary Sterlin, Shane Houghton, Chris Houghton, Polly Guo, Josh Lesnick, Derek Fridolfs, Box Brown, Anissa Espinosa, Ian McGinty, Luca Claretti, David DeGrand, Cristina Rose Chua
Colorists: Josh Ulrich, Maarta Laiho, Whitney Cogar, Eleonora Bruni,
Letterers: Steve Wands, Mad Rupert, Taylor Esposito, Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Design
Price: $9.99

It’s Adventure Time with Jake and you! Join Jake on the most algebraic adventure imaginable with tales all about the best canine pal you could ask for in the Land of Ooo. From teaching everyone how to cook to teaming up with Finn to fight every foe imaginable, Jake’s adventures are perfect for fans of all ages!

Collects the best Jake centric stories from Adventure Time™, Adventure Time™ Comics and the Adventure Time™ Specials!

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Preview: Adventure Time Comics Vol. 4 SC

Adventure Time Comics Vol. 4 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Max Davison, Jai Nitz, David DeGrand, Justin Jordan, Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente, E Jackson, Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Jenna Ayoub, Ben Passmore, Bethany Sellers, Leah Williams, Ian Herring, Kinoko Evans
Artists: Antonio Sandoval, Luca Claretti, Devmalya Pramanik, David DeGrand, Mattia Di Meo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, E Jackson, Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Jenna Ayoub, Ben Passmore, Bethany Sellers, Ryan Jampole, Ian Herring, Kinoko Evans
Cover Artist: Paul Pope
Price: $14.99

Dive into mathematical shorts from across the the Land of Ooo, written and illustrated by acclaimed writers and artists from around the world.Collects issues #13-16.

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #13

Adventure Time Comics #13

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Jai Nitz, Max Davidson, David Degrand
Artists: Antonio Sandoval, Devmalya Pramanik, Luca Claretti, David Degrand
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kim Myatt
Subscription Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Incentive Cover: Sean Chen
Price: $3.99

During a game of hide and seek, Finn finds himself lost in the land of the Forgotten. In another tale, we find the unlikeliest of heroes united to save Finn and Jake: Magic Man and Tiny Manticore!

Preview: The White Queen #1

The White Queen #1

(Mini-series) LAUNCH
Story by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Troy Brownfield
Written by Troy Brownfield
Art by Luca Claretti
Colors by Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters by Charles Pritchett
Edited by Nicole Glade
Price: $3.99
Release Date:  2/4/15

This story takes place between the events of Wonderland: Age of Darkness and Wonderland #26. From the amazing creative team from Grimm Fairy Tales vs Wonderland.

The Age of Darkness has descended and the four mystical realms surrounding Earth have since merged.  Calie Liddle, Wonderland’s White Queen, becomes a pawn in the Dark Queen’s ultimate plan.  Though she opposes those plans, Calie must do the Dark Queen’s bidding….if she wants her daughter’s life spared.

Wonderland enters the Age of Darkness!!

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Review: Grimm Fairy Tales versus Wonderland #4

gftvwlWhen it comes to comics series involving the word “versus” and any combination of heroes, there is almost certainly one thing which is bound to happen.  The heroes will not really face off against each other in the long run, and will most likely being allied to each other in fast time, though probably after they have at least tested each other’s skills.  It should be no surprise therefore that the series Grimm Fairy Tales versus Wonderland turned out this way.  Really though there could be no other way, both by comic clichés and by what the company has going.  Despite some of its questionable representations of women on its covers, Zenescope and Grimm Fairy Tales does tend to have a lot of female heroes, far better than the usual proportion of male to female, so much so that Grimm Fairy Tales probably is the only comic universe that has a better than 50% ratio in favor of women.  At the head of this world are two heroines, Calie and Sela, representing Wonderland and the main world of Grimm Fairy Tales.  Here they are matched up against a character intent on taking over Wonderland, not the first time that this has happened and presumably not the last.

One of the byproducts of the meeting of heroes is often the triviality of it.  The meetup is set up as if to settle some kind of hypothetical question of who is better, but both heroes being heroes end up on the side of the righteous and end up fighting together.  What usually gets glossed over in these cases is the villain, as the combined power of the two heroes is generally enough to overcome any one bad guy.  In this series, this doesn’t seem to be the case.  The main villain looks as though he will be playing a part in the ongoing story of Wonderland, but that brings up another problem particular to the series of Wonderland.  The characters of this series have been mostly self-contained in scope to the rest of the Grimm Fairy Tales multiverse, and the popularity of the concept of Wonderland a land of madness and nightmares was presumably one that the original creators could not have foreseen.  In the meantime, there has been an explosion of Wonderland books, and reading through any one of the main ongoing series of Wonderland reveals this, as it is pockmarked by information boxes with details like “See Madness of Wonderland TPB”.  In the growing world of Wonderland, Grimm Fairy Tales versus Wonderland provides yet another reference point to the main series.

If this is going to reach some breaking point is a more relevant question.  As long as the series remains self-contained and away from the main problems of Grimm Fairy Tales, then it shouldn’t be a problem.  This was a perfect setup therefore in this series, as Sela comes to Wonderland to fight and not Calie to Earth.  The end result is pleasing enough, although perhaps a little mundane at times, but it does provide an easy access to a future problem for Calie.  Indeed this issue alone sums up the entire series effectively, and someone reading the main Wonderland series but not Grimm Fairy Tales, might like to get this issue just for a bit of context as to what is going on.

Story: Troy Brownfield  Art: Luca Claretti
Story: 7.3 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read for fans of Wonderland, Pass for Everyone Else

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review