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Review: My Little Pony/Transformers #1

MY LITTLE PONY/TRANSFORMERS #1

Two properties that I’d not expect to crossover are My Little Pony and Transformers. The exception might be the more kid-friendly Transformers: Cyberverse or Rescue Bots. The concept of robots that turn into things and ponies in the same universe just doesn’t quite jive. Not to mention the fact My Little Pony, in my little experience, doesn’t exactly scream intergalactic civil war, lasers, and death. But, despite being so different, My Little Pony/Transformers #1 actually works!

The story is simple. An evil wizard pony wants allies and through a spell accidentally pulls Decepticons and Autobots through their space bridge into the world of My Little Pony. From there, the battle begins as Decepticons attempt to take over Equestria while the Autobots play their best defense and try to figure out what’s going on.

My Little Pony/Transformers #1 actually features two stories but they’re blended together in a seamless transition that makes it so it’s not noticeable at all. James Asmus handles the first story involving the mashing of worlds while Ian Flynn does the second focused on Arcee who takes on Starscream.

Despite the tonal differences between the two properties, the comic works and works well. The strengths of each are played off of each other and the general “wtf” reaction from everyone makes the story feel a bit more grounded. The characters seem to recognize the silliness of it all in a sort of meta self-awareness.

The violence of the Transformers is downplayed a bit and lets face it, the Decepticons would probably roll through Equestria fairly quickly if they wanted. But instead of the violence we get Starscream’s ego being his downfall and logically preventing a genocide of ponies. He wants the adulation and followers, and needs ponies the achieve that.

The art style of the comic is interesting with Tony Fleecs and Jack Lawrence handling the first and second stories. Their styles are really close to each other so there’s a pretty easy transition from one to the other. The Transformers are adapted to be more in the style of My Little Pony and I think that’s the one thing I don’t enjoy. It’d have been interesting visually to have each kept their distinctive look and style. The tone of the series would be different though and it wouldn’t be as kid-friendly as likely. Visually though, it could have been cool.

Fleecs, Lauren Perry, and Luis Antonio Delgado provide the colors for the comic, and Jake M. Wood and Neil Uyetake handle lettering. The art team really set the tone of the series making it much more geared towards younger readers. A shift in look more towards the Transformers could have made the result feel a bit more adult.

The concept might seem like it shouldn’t work but the team pulls My Little Pony/Transformers #1 off. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and seems to know it’s a bit goofy. But, more importantly, it knows it should just have fun. I never mashed up these toys into battle together as a kid but as an adult I get to see what might have been and escape into some innocent and fun entertainment.

Story: James Asmus, Ian Flynn Art: Tony Fleecs, Jack Lawrence
Color: Tony Fleecs, Lauren Perry, Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Jake M. Wood, Neil Uyetake
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Ghostbusters: Year One #1

Ghostbusters: Year One #1

We know the story of the Ghostbusters from numerous films, animated shows, and comics. But, what about that first year in business: Ghostbusters: Year One #1 kicks off the untold stories of our favorite paranormal investigators.

Written by Erik Burnham, Ghostbusters: Year One #1 focuses on the “newest” of the original Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore. Framed as an interview with a journalist writing a book, we get to learn some details about his experience joining the team.

Burnham adds in details that fit quite well with what we know. It’s a nice “in addition” as opposed to a retcon. We learn about what Winston was doing before joining the team and even get to see some more of the questions he was asked in his interview. But, most importantly, we learn more about him as a person and how he fit into the group and his training. It’s a great example of expanding a known universe.

The art by Dan Schoening with color by Luis Antonio Delgado is unique and stands out. It’s a style you don’t see elsewhere with a cartoon-like quality about it. Schoening’s style is one that you don’t see elsewhere and it’s hard to describe. There’s a slight homage to the cartoon series but at the same time it’s own style. What’s solid is it works for the ghosts. It doesn’t skew to horror but still fits that genre. Delgado’s colors are key with the ethereal popping from the page. Neil Uyetake‘s lettering is also key in giving the ghosts a voice to themselves through the lettering style.

Ghostbusters: Year One #1 kicks off what feels like could be a fun series. I also expect there’s more to what’s presented. The team has a nice grasp of fitting in new knowledge and deliver enough winks and nods for long-time fans. A must for fans of Ghostbusters or want a good chuckle.

Story: Erik Burnham Art: Dan Schoening
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1 is a comic I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced. The idea of seeing the original Karate Kid film from Johnny Lawrence’s perspective is an interesting one. That becomes more so with the recent Cobra Kai digital series and the concept that Johnny wasn’t really the bad guy of the film.

As a first issue, the comic is interesting. Writer Denton J. Tipton frames the story as Johnny telling it to his new students, the comic begins early in his life. There’s abuse there and that’s not unexpected. It also is handled as an adult in a way that seems realistic for a guy his age and the era he grew up in.

From there we get some of the lead up to his introduction in Karate Kid. There’s some history as to him and the tournaments. His meeting Ali. Why the broke up. And then ending where his role in the film begins on the beach. It’s an interesting comic that builds to the expectation. And in that way it succeeds.

I fully expected Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1 to be more like the end of the comic but instead, it veers in the beginning then leads the reader to where it thought it was going to start. It defies expectations, gets you to accept that, then dovetails into expectations in a good way.

The art is where the comic fails. The characters look awful. Kagan McLeod just doesn’t capture the look of the actors well and mixed with a weird lack of detail along with odd detail it falls apart. Eyes are strange, faces bland, and designs that at times look like something you’d get by a Boardwalk artist.

The comic delivers potential. It’s the build-up to the story we know from the film but doesn’t quite deliver that yet. Instead, it focuses on Johnny the person adds some depth to him and shows us where he’s coming from. Now, we can get to the interesting stuff we all came for to start.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Kagan McLeod
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Story: 7.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Transformers/Ghostbusters #1

Transformers/Ghostbusters #1

Transformers/Ghostbusters #1 shouldn’t work. One has to do with robots and the other ghosts. In fairness, Transformers did have the ghost of Starscream haunting Cybertron for a bit. But, the concept just sounds so out there. But it works. It really works and does so very well. Both Transformers and Ghostbusters are celebrating 35 years this year and IDW Publishing has put together this miniseries to celebrate (as well as Hasbro with the toy spinoff).

The story spins the original Ghostbusters film a bit with Gozer winding up on Cybertron a little after the Autobots fled the planet. From there the journey heads to Earth where a signal is discovered by the Autobots that they must investigate. And, the two teams come together.

What’s interesting is writer Erik Burnham spins familiar things we’ve seen mixing it up enough to be original but also leaving enough to be familiar. The new Autobot Ecto has a personality that is straight out of the Ghostbusters and the art by Dan Schoening feels like a combination of the Transformers and Ghostbusters cartoons.

All of it comes together to what is a surprisingly fun comic. I finished it with a smile on my face and wanting to read more immediately. It’s all set up but it’s a good one that’ll get you to want to come back for more. And it works really well using familiar things with a slightly different spin.

Transformers/Ghostbusters #1 is a comic I’m honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I went in thinking a simple cash grab and came out smiling and wanting more. It’s a celebration of two properties that feel so far apart but its shown can work together.

Story: Erik Burnham Art: Dan Schoening
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letters: Tom B. Long
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation:
Buy

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The Transformers and Ghostbusters Come Together in June

Transformers/Ghostbusters

Announced at Toy Fair with the reveal of the Ecto-1 Ectotron, IDW Publishing has officially announced Transformers/Ghostbusters and released a first look.

Written and illustrated by the long-time Ghostbusters creative team of Erik BurnhamDan Schoening, and Luis Antonio DelgadoTransformers / Ghostbusters will span five issues, with the first issue’s variant covers featuring the artistic talents of Dan SchoeningPaulina GanucheauNick Roche, and Alex Milne.

In the first chapter of the “Ghost of Cybertron” storyline, the Autobots – having escaped from the war that destroyed their home planet – trace a stray Cybertronian signal to the planet Earth. Investigating the otherworldly source will bring the Robots in Disguise face-to-face with the renowned professionals of paranormal investigation and elimination: Venkman, Spengler, Stantz, and Zeddmore!

The team-up that has been three-and-a-half decades in the making will tie in directly to the announced toy release, featuring appearances by the new Transformers character Ectotron… as well as yet-to-be-revealed crossover surprises that are sure to cause mass hysteria in both fandoms.

Both franchises launched in 1984 and see their 35th Anniversary in 2019.

Transformers/Ghostbusters

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #8

Star Wars Adventures #8

Story: Sholly Fish, Otis Frampton
Art: Jamal Peppers, Otis Frampton
Ink: Gary Martin
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Editor: Bobby Curnow, Denton J. Tipton
Assistant Editor: Peter Adrian Behravesh

The crew of The Ghost are trapped on an Imperial ship with no way out! The space pirate Hondo may be their only chance of escape… but can they trust him not to sell them out?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #1

Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #1

Story: Erik Burnham Art: Dan Schoening
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Robbie Robins and Tom B. Long
Editor: Tom Waltz Assistant Editor: Chase Martoz

For a while now, the original Ghostbusters have had access to an interdimensional portal that has given them all-new ways to research the paranormal and consult with Ghostbusters throughout the multiverse… but they haven’t shared this tech with any of those other Ghostbusters, and some don’t think that’s fair. That’s why, after a chance meeting, Jillian Holtzmann and Ron Alexander have decided to right this wrong and cobble together their own working portal… which unintentionally unleashes the contents of the Ghostbusters’ Containment Unit! That’s a lot of ghosts, and it’s going to take a lot of Ghostbusters to recapture them. In fact, it’s going to take ALL of them. Crossing Over starts here!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Ghostbusters Annual 2018

Ghostbusters Annual 2018

Story: Erik Burnham Art: Dan Schoening
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Tom Waltz

When urban miners discover what appears to be a centuries-old, man-made chamber 600 feet below the streets of New York City, they unwittingly unleash an unnamed entity with designs on dominance… an entity that will soon answer to the name SAMHAIN. Join the original Ghostbusters in this double-sized annual that will also sow the seeds for Crossing Over!

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #7

Star Wars Adventures #7

Story: Sholly Fisch, Paul Crilley Art: Sean Galloway, Philip Murphy
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado, Wes Dzioba Ink: Cassey Kuo Letterer: Tom B. Long
Editor: Bobby Curnow, Denton J. Tipton Assistant Editor: Peter Adrian Behravesh

The Empire has taken a sacred bird that is central to an important planet’s belief system. It’s up to the rebel crew of the Ghost to retrieve the creature, but little do they know it is also sought by space pirate Hondo Ohnaka!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Ghostbusters 101: EVERYONE Answers the Call!

Dohhh-Reyyy-Egonnnnnnn – all the Ghostbusters are back in Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call, a trade collection of all six issues now available for purchase!

After making their cinematic debut last summer, the latest iteration of Ghostbusters answered a new call in 2017 – appearing for the first time alongside the original Ghostbusters in Ghostbusters 101, resulting in a sold out debut due to overwhelming demand.

In this new adventure, the ghostbusting team of Holtzmann, Yates, Tolan, and Gilbert cross paths with Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore, and Spengler, set in the long-running IDW continuity from the fan-favorite, critically-acclaimed, and prolific Ghostbusters comics creative team of Erik BurnhamDan Schoening, and Luis Antonio Delgado who have collaborated on the IDW comics for the past five years. In addition, the new collection also features a special introduction by director Paul Feig.

When an inter-dimensional mishap merges together the Ghostbusters’ universe with that of the new crew of paranormal police, the fate of two dimensions (maybe more?!) hangs in the balance. Can these distinctly different teams come together to repel the greatest supernatural challenge any of them have ever faced? They’re going to have to find a way if there’s any hope for survival. Prepare for mass hysteria of the dogs and cats living together variety, because this time everyone… ANSWERS THE CALL!

Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call is in comic shops and bookstores now.
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