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Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Lost Chronicles Vol. 2 SC

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Lost Chronicles Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer(s): Kyle Higgins, Caleb Goellner, Anthony Burch, Adam Cesare, Becca Barnes & Alwyn Dale, Sina Grace, Jessica Quinones, Magdalene Visaggio, Mat Groom & Michael Busuttil, and Trey Moore
Artist(s): Marcus To, Patrick Mulholland, Dylan Burnett, Hyeonjin Kim, Simone di Meo, Joe Quinones, Sina Grace, French Carlomagno, Lucas Werneck, Dajung Lee, and Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes
Price: $16.99

Celebrating 25 years of Power Rangers, renowned comic book creators from around the world pay homage to the franchise near and dear to their hearts with stories from across the morphin grid, including fan-favorite teams like Ninja Steel, RPM, SPD, In Space,and more! And don’t miss the tie-in to the epic event SHATTERED GRID!

Collects Mighty Morphin 2018 Annual and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Lost Chronicles Vol. 2 SC

Preview: WWE: NXT Takeover SC

WWE: NXT Takeover SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Jake Elphick, Kendall Goode, Hyeonjin Kim, Rodrigo Lorenzo
Cover Artist: Lucas Werneck
Price: $16.99

NXT has become WWE’s third global brand and the launching pad for some of today’s biggest Superstars including Seth Rollins, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss and many more.

Learn the untold stories behind NXT in this special event from writer Dennis Hopeless (WWE) and artists Jake Elphick (WWE: WrestleMania 2018 Special), Kendall Goode (Maze Runner: The Death Cure) Hyeonjin Kim (Sisters of Sorrow), and Rodrigo Lorenzo (WWE: Undertaker).

Collects the entire 4-issue series.

WWE: NXT Takeover SC

Preview: Harley Quinn #54

Harley Quinn #54

(W) Sam Humphries (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Nov 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Harley and failed Female Fury Petite Tina go road-tripping! With their lives a roaring dumpster fire, Harley and Tina decide to get out of town for a mini-vacay, and wind up driving each other crazy instead. An unplanned detour leads them to run afoul of a new baddie called Minor Disaster, whose so-called “Disaster Dial” only causes small calamities such as texting your ex and pooping your pants. Harley and Tina must now put their differences aside to stop Minor Disaster before she spells disaster for them both!

Review: Harley Quinn #53

In Part One of the “Minor Disasters” story arc of Harley Quinn, writer Sam Humphries takes us on a fun romp through the world of Harley as she works on maintaining her internet stardom. I wish that my previous sentence was leading somewhere awesome and that wasn’t the whole story but, unfortunately that’s it.

Harley is no longer a social justice warrior, saving the missing homeless, protecting her neighborhood, or any of the good that she’s been doing. Instead, she’s fallen in line with the rest of the basics and is solely concerned with maintaining her internet stardom.

The issue starts off with her saving Coney Island from an Orc while trying to rack up major views on her channel and ends with her being embarrassed by a video where she trashes her fans is accidentally uploaded, possibly ending her internet reign and killing her fan base.

The things that happen in between the pages of these two events is nothing short of mind boggling. The major villain in this arc is Minor Disaster, the isolated and approval seeking daughter of Major Disaster. After a series of unanswered texts and calls to her father she sets out to make her absentee dad notice her she sets her sites on the latest internet sensation, Harley Quinn. Her logic is that her dad thinks Harley is a joke so, the best way to get his (male) attention is for her to take down (another woman) Harley. So, she stalks her and waits for her chance to catch Harley at a weak point , where she is lamenting about the toll pleasing her fans and “management” team are taking on her and use that to destroy her. The big bad in this issue is a female villain who isn’t very good at being a villain and is seeking validation through a mans a approval. Harley’s big mission on this story arc is shaping up to be centered on Harley, restoring her good name with Tina’s help because, despite what the previous issues have told us, Harley’s biggest concern is what others think of her.

For Harley’s part, she finds herself at the mercy of her team who want her to get her already high numbers up, please her fan base and never ever get “real” or emotionally because that’s not what sells. It kind of hurts to see Harley in such a powerless position, especially since the Harley we had gotten used to was all about girl power and being a bad ass and not caring what other people thought. Humphries seems to think the best direction for Harley to go is down to a base level, where pleasing others and giving up herself as tribute to the will others is her biggest concern and only course of action. It’s such a step backwards that, I can only assume that this episode will turn out to be some elaborate dream sequence that we will all laugh at when the arc is over. The issue seems to take pleasure in showing all of the surface boiler plate women in comics tropes and none of the breaking out of the box assigned to us empowerment stories that we had become so accustomed to and rooted for. We got a total of four pages of Harley having agency in a 32 page issue and both times, she was put back into her place by either her handlers or her fear of “exposure” to her fans. The disturbing part was that in her realist and most honest points in the issue, she was told by others that her emotions and feeling were essentially wrong, inconvenient and that they need to be locked away because no one wanted to see them. It was the comic book equivalent of a man telling a woman walking down the street to “smile”.

If I had to look for a positive in this off-putting issue, it would be Lucas Werneck provides the pop centric aesthetically pleasing art work that is full of cuteness and fun while Alex Sinclair makes the art work come to life with his use of sleek, bubble gum colors. Everything from the attention to detail to the way the characters hair color pops makes #53 a pretty little comic. The panels seem to tell a story all their own and are so breathtaking that you can figure out what’s going on by just looking at them. In fact what the artists call on and evoke is what I wished was going on, a real story with Harley as hero, fighting for the little guy and saving Coney Island, or the world.

There are some undertones that call out the cult of celebrity and internet stardom into the foreground and somehow that works with this particular incarnation of the Harley story but, that says a lot about the story that Humphries is telling. With everything going on in the country , I liked knowing Harley was slaying the big machine on the pages of her comic book but, if this issue is any indication, those days are long gone. The start of this story arc isn’t big on girl power or addressing real societal problems like the previous writers focused on, it’s not as bad as it could be Harley didn’t end up back with the Joker, and the artists didn’t use whole panels to perpetuate a male gaze but, that isn’t a very high bar to set. This issue signals a return to a slightly vapid, Harley who finds herself under the control of fame and handlers ,instead of the thumb of the Joker. Basically trading one fickle toxic relationship for another and killing any growth that the past few years have brought her.

Overall this issue feels like a step backwards from the strong independent, bad ass, morally ambiguous but, always down for saving those who have nothing Harley that we had grown to love. While Harley Quinn #53 isn’t a full nail in my Harley loving coffin, it’s not exactly where I thought things were going when the baton was passed. If you take the issue as it is and for what it is, it’s a quick, fun, basic read and nowhere near the page turner , thought provoking Harley we had grown to love and root for. I’m hoping that the arc picks up and, that Humphries gives Harley something real to fight for, instead of her reputation or fame and we get a real taste at the feminist icon we know is hiding in Harley’s newly revamped shell. She’s deserves it and so do we.

Story: Sam Humphries Artist: Lucas Werneck
Story: 5.7 Art: 8.9 Overall: 6.4 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Harley Quinn #53

Harley Quinn #53

(W) Sam Humphries (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Harley and failed Female Fury Petite Tina go road-tripping! With their lives a roaring dumpster fire, Harley and Tina decide to get out of town for a mini-vacay, and wind up driving each other crazy instead. An unplanned detour leads them to run afoul of a new baddie called Minor Disaster, whose so-called “Disaster Dial” only causes small calamities such as texting your ex and pooping your pants. Harley and Tina must now put their differences aside to stop Minor Disaster before she spells disaster for them both!

Preview: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 2 SC

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  AJ Styles, Michael Kingston, Dennis Hopeless, Box Brown
Artist: Daniel Bayliss, Lucas Werneck, Kendall Goode
Colorist: Jeremy Lawson, Doug Garbark, Daniel Bayliss, Dee Cunniffe, Rebecca Nalty,
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Xermánico
Price: $16.99

This anthology collection contains stories spanning WWE’s greatest moments! Included here are tales such as Goldberg’s feud with Brock Lesnar, Macho Man vs Ultimate Warrior and the untold story behind the Montreal Screwjob.

Also features WWE Superstar AJ Styles teaming with Michael Kingston (Headlocked) and Daniel Bayliss (Labyrinth: Coronation) to tell the tale of his debut at Royal Rumble 2016.

Collects the WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special, the WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special, and the backup shorts from WWE issues #9-12.

Preview: Adventure Time Season 11 #1

Adventure Time Season 11 #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Sonny Liew
Artist: Marina Julia
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:
Jorge Corona
    Preorder Cover: Julie Benbassat
    Incentive Cover: Audrey Mok
    Incentive Cover: Paul Pope
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Lucas Werneck
Colorist: Meg Casey
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Price: $3.99

Cartoon Network’s award-winning animated series Adventure Time will conclude this fall with Season 10—but this October, KaBOOM! proudly continues telling the stories of Finn and Jake in a new Season 11 comic series!

In the aftermath of The Great Gum War, Finn, Jake and the entire land of Ooo begin to pick up the pieces with some new and unexpected friends.

Written by Eisner Award-winning writer Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Hock Chye) and illustrated by Marina Julia (Lumberjanes: Faire and Square), this is the only place fans can get new stories in the land of Ooo!

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Preview: WWE: NXT TAKEOVER – The Blueprint #1

WWE: NXT TAKEOVER – The Blueprint #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Jake Elphick
Cover Artists:
Main Cover
: Lucas Werneck
     Subscription Connecting Cover: Marco D’Alfonso
Colorist: Doug Garbark
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

WWE’s NXT brand has become the launching pad for some of Sports Entertainment’s greatest careers, and the home of many of the greatest matches in the history of the wrestling business. Now, learn the untold stories behind NXT in this special weekly event from writer Dennis Hopeless (WWE) and artist Jake Elphick (WWE: Wrestlemania 2018 Special).

In the year 2012, Triple H and Dusty Rhodes head to Florida to begin the newest era of WWE.

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special #1

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Joe Quinones, Jessica Quinones, Sina Grace, Trey Moore, Matthew Groom, Michael Busuttil, Magdalene Visaggio
Artists: Joe Quinones, Sina Grace, Lucas Werneck, French Carlomagno, Da Jung Lee.
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Steve Morris
Incentive Cover: Rahzzah
Incentive Cover: Joe Quinones
Colorists: Eleonora Bruni, Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $7.99

To celebrate 25 years of Saban’s Power Rangers, superstar creators Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Joe Quinones (America), Sina Grace (Iceman), and more pay homage to the world-wide phenomenon with original standalone stories set throughout the Power Rangers universe.

It’s a NXT Takeover at BOOM! in September 2018

BOOM! Studios and WWE have announced WWE: NXT Takeover, a weekly event series on-sale in September 2018.

NXT has become WWE’s third global brand, and the launching pad for some of today’s biggest Superstars including Seth Rollins, Charlotte Flair, Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss and many more.. Now, learn the untold stories behind NXT in this special weekly event from writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Jake Elphick.

Each issue of WWE: NXT Takeover will focus on different Superstars from different eras of NXT:

Week One – WWE: NXT Takeover – The Blueprint #1: In 2012, Triple H and Dusty Rhodes head to Florida to begin the newest era of WWE.
Week Two – WWE: NXT Takeover – Proving Ground #1: The Demon King, Finn Bálor, enters the NXT Universe and is confronted by Samoa Joe.
Week Three – WWE: NXT Takeover – Into the Fire #1: The Empress ofTomorrow, Asuka, begins her rise to the NXT Women’s Championship, and Bobby Roode becomes “Glorious.”
Week Four – WWE: NXT Takeover – Redemption #1: Johnny Gargano and Shayna Baszler make the move to NXT and immediately leave their mark.

WWE: NXT Takeover features connecting variant covers by Marco D’Alfonso, along with main covers by Lucas Werneck (The Blueprint), Aaron Dana (Proving Ground), David Nakayama (Into The Fire) and Audrey Mok (Redemption).

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