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Review: Jade Street Protection Services


Jade Street Protection Services is a colorful and diverse graphic novel following the adventures of five magical adolescent girls in an elite private boarding school, Matsdotter Academy, that harnesses their powers.  Saba, Noemi, Divya, Kai, and Emma are far from model students and find themselves in detention with one another. They cut their punishment short for kebabs, frozen yogurt, and fun moments for themselves only to end up encountering more trouble than pastimes. The comic describes itself as “The Breakfast Club of Hogwarts” and that fits quite well.

Jade Street Protection Services collects the individual issues featuring four chapters each presenting us with different settings and scenarios for us to see how our five protagonists utilize their gifts and come together as a team. Written by Katy Rex, the overall story is good, fast-paced, and full of action.

The main attraction of Jade Street is its immensely vivid and colorful artwork that is consistently cohesive and gradients naturally from page to page and panel to panel. Fabian Lelay provides the linework, Mara Jayne Carpenter the color, and Taylor Esposito handles lettering. Its overall scintillating look is further emphasized by its diverse characters of various backgrounds, including an autistic, non-verbal protagonist.  

It’s very face on and what you see is what you get. 

Story: Katy Rex Art: Fabian Lelay
Color: Mara Jayne Carpenter Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Magdalene Visaggio Cover Art: Annie Wu

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Preview: Jade Street Protection Services

Jade Street Protection Services

Writer: Katy Rex / Artist: Fabian Lelay / Colorist: Mara Jayne Carpenter / Letterer: Taylor Esposito / Editor: Magdalene Visaggio / Cover Art: Annie Wu
Mature / $16.99 / 112 pages

It’s like The Breakfast Club of Hogwarts!

Teen delinquent magical girls fight patriarchy and systemic oppression in this all-ages romp from Black Mask Studios.

Divya, Kai, Noemi, Saba, and Emma ditch detention and stumble upon an insidious social conspiracy that makes them question everything they thought they knew.

Combining punk rock ethos with manga aesthetic, Lelay and Rex explore teen angst and class struggle with a healthy dose of love and laughs.

Jade Street Protection Services

Review: Lost on Planet Earth #1

Lost on Planet Earth #1

Lost on Planet Earth #1 is a new sci-fi series from Kim and Kim and Morning in America‘s Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre. It’s set in a futuristic Richmond, Virginia where the Earth has basically become Star Trek. The only thing that our protagonist, Basil, wants in life is to become a captain in the Interplanetary Fleet. First, she has to pass a battery of tests that make the SAT look like an open book quiz.

What resonated with me the most about Lost on Planet Earth is how relatable Basil’s life situation is. Sure, the book is set in the future, and she takes her big exam via some kind of hologram pod, but there’s still that universal conflict between what you think society wants you to do and what you want to do.

Visaggio spends the first half of the comic showing Basil’s incredibly rigid life routine. That includes skipping yummy chilaquiles for nutrition shakes and listening to educational recordings instead of upbeat music while practicing judo. This rigidity extends to Aguirre’s artwork. There’s a tenseness to Basil’s movements. That’s only broken by a hilarious breakfast reaction panel and getting pushed into the pool by her friend Charlotte. These sequences make you wish that Basil wasn’t so hard on herself and just got to be a kid. Hey, that wish might just come true.

To go with Aguirre’s depiction of Basil’s body language and Visaggio’s prose, this uniformity and sense of order on Lost on Planet Earth #1 extends to the storytelling and panel transitions. It’s so nice to see form married to content like a memorable scene where Basil stands in the same position with the same sad expression on her face while her family and friends fade into the background. She’s in her own little world and not even paying attention to their words and touches of encouragement. This single page nails the character of Basil. It acts as a deep breath before the plunge of the rest of the issue.

Another aspect of Lost on Planet Earth that I enjoyed was that it embraced the commentary on human civilization, relationships, and family on science fiction while putting action on the backburner. (For now.) Visaggio peppers her plot with great conversations. Basil. chats with her mom about why she never aspired to become a captain in the Interplanetary Fleet. That leads to a heart-to-heart about choosing family and passions (Art, in this case.) over career advancement. This is the complete opposite of the current American late capitalist, productivity culture and also Basil’s “no fun until retirement” regimen. Honestly, Basil’s family is great and supportive.

Lost on Planet Earth #1 is a stellar example of science fiction. It provides a vision of the future and also how one young woman reacts to it on a personal level. Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre also increase the book’s energy and vitality level with every page and even introduce a supporting character, who will probably end up being my favorite character in the whole damn thing. If you’re tired of the rat race of school and career and find utopian societies a little uptight, then Lost on Planet Earth is the book for you.

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Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Claudia Aguirre Letters: Zakk Saam
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre’s Lost on Planet Earth Comes to comiXology Originals

Eisner and GLAAD Award nominees Magdalene Visaggio and artist Claudia Aguirre are collaborating on an all-new, five-part mini-series, Lost on Planet Earthdebuting April 15, 2020 on comiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service. The latest creator-owned release from the comiXology Originals program, Lost on Planet Earth, centers on a conflicted lesbian relationship in a socially reactionary future. The series can be 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.

Lost on Planet Earth is the latest expectation-defying series from Visaggio, the Eisner-nominated writer of Kim & Kim and Eternity Girl, whose acclaimed comic Vagrant Queen was recently adapted for TV by SYFY. Lost on Planet Earth reunites Visaggio with artist Aguirre. The pair previously collaborated on Kim & Kim and created the acclaimed series Morning in America; they are joined by letterer Zakk Saam and editor Joe Corallo. This is the first release for Visaggio, Aguirre, Saam, and Corallo under the name Death Rattle, a rock band-style moniker for their creative collaborations.

Basil Miranda thought she knew where her life was going. Like her family before her, she will join the Interplanetary Union Fleet. Basil pursues her goal with a singular vision, and follows a regimented, relentless training routine. Her whole life is dedicated to this mission. It is everything to her. And then, while sitting in her fleet examination, she is asked a question she can’t answer. What makes her happy? She panics and flees. 

There’s always someone who can’t finish the fleet exam, but Basil never thought she’d be a runner. Now, to her friends’ and family’s dismay, she’s directionless. She must figure out what she wants – and who she is. And that’s when Basil begins a conflicted relationship with a Xanthippian named Velda who introduces her to a new world. 

Basil finds herself ushered into the no-service community of Richmond, VA: the angry slackers, the stoner kids, the weirdos and queers, artsy types and losers who failed their entrance exams. These are the outcasts who are struggling to make meaning in their own lives.

Lost on Planet Earth

Watch the First Episode of Vagrant Queen on Youtube

Based on the comic series by Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith and published by Vault Comics, Vagrant Queen debuted on SyFy and now you can watch the entire first episode for free!

Former child queen Elida has been on the run since her mother was shot and killed by Commander Lazaro, the man responsible for bringing down their empire. A highly skilled fighter, Elida has been living in hiding and making ends meet as a scavenger while the unhinged Lazaro obsesses over tracking her down. When Elida’s old frenemy, Isaac, shows up with news about her past, it takes the help of the optimistic mechanic Amae, to escape Lazaro’s army in an adventure across a dangerous galaxy. To take Lazaro down, the team must break into the heavily guarded region of space where Elida once ruled, but an encounter with a group loyal to her former throne forces Elida to face her past as a child queen. Cannibalistic aliens, dangerous planets, shootouts, karaoke, and parking tickets complicate the journey further, and they don’t have long before the increasingly deranged Lazaro catches up to them.

You can read the first issue of the comic series for free and buy the first volume digitally for just $5.

TV Review: Vagrant Queen S1E1 A Royal Ass-Kicking

Vagrant Queen

Vagrant Queen is the latest comic series to be adapted for television or film. The television series is based on the comic from writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith. The comic series is published by Vault Comics.

Starring Adriyan Rae in the lead role of Elida, Tim Rozon as Isaac, and Paul du Toit as the menacing Commander Lazaro, the series follows Elida. Elida is an orphaned queen turned scavenger who keeps one step ahead of the Republic government attempting to kill her.

The first notable thing of the series is the visuals which feel like a cross between The Fifth Element, Doctor Who, and Red Dwarf all in a slight dayglo coloring. The visuals are both high quality and low quality at the same time. While some characters like the Republic soldiers look great, some aliens look like bad cosplay.

The longer the show went on the more the visuals grew on me, even with flaws. There’s a vision for the show and it’s consistent and is cohesive. Still, it’s an interesting mix since some things are so good and others are so bad. For every one thing that works, there’s another that doesn’t. That aspect seems to pass that along to the cast too.

Rae, Rozon, and du Toit all seem to be having fun in their roles at times going over the top and overall just having fun. Rae as Elida has a charm about her that is inviting and brings the entertaining aspect to this entertainment. Du Toit especially chews up the scenery with an over the top performance which has a fun villainous wink to it, especially compared to Rae and Rozon’s delivery.

The show has the “Syfy aesthetic,” a certain quality and style that seems to be consistent of shows on the channel. Things are both good and bad, interesting and not so much. It’s fascinating how consistent show are. And that consistency brings with a certain amount of cheese but that cheese is also fun.

Vagrant Queen does a solid job of setting things up and by the halfway mark, you have a good idea of where it’s going. The show is excellent in jumping between the past and present introducing us to Elida. Even with its predictable twist, the first episode is enjoyable and characters have their charm.

Vagrant Queen knows what it is. It wears its style on its sleeve. There’s good and bad about it and the result is good popcorn television. Even when parts are bad, there’s still something fun about it. Think the Enterprise being hit and crew knocked around for quality. There’s a cheese factor but velvety goodness.

I have no idea how well the show sticks to the comic source material but the first episode makes me want to find out. It’s Friday fun television that delivers some sci-fi escape.

Overall Rating: 7.75

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Preview: Sex Death Revolution

Sex Death Revolution

written by Magdalene Visaggio
art by Becca Farrow & Katarzyna Witerscheim
colors by Harry Saxon
letters by Zakk Saam
edited by Hannah Means-Shannon
$19.99 | full color
132 pages
On Sale 3.11.20

Life is a story. Hers is being rewritten.

Still reeling from the sudden collapse of her coven, Manhattanite sorceress Esperanza tries to rebuild. But everyone in her life is saying she’s done and said things that never happened — terrible things. Before she knows it, she’s becoming someone entirely different. Someone she used to be, once upon a time.

Life is full of ch-ch-ch-changes in this urban fantasy from Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim), artists Becca Farrow (Ladycastle) and Katarzyna Witerscheim (Jem And The Holograms), colorist Harry Saxon (Vagrant Queen), letterer Zakk Saam (Kim & Kim), and editor Hannah Means-Shannon.

Collects issues 1-5.

Sex Death Revolution

Vagrant Queen Gets its First Official Trailer

With civilization at stake, it’s this queen, this deadbeat and this mechanic against a whole damn galaxy. Vagrant Queen premieres Friday, March 27 at 10/9c only on SyFy.

The television series is based on the comic from writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith. The comic series is published by Vault Comics.

The show is being produced by Blue Ice Pictures. It features an all-female team of writers and directors with Jem Garrard as creator and showrunner.

Adriyan Rae has been cast in the lead role of Elida, Tim Rozon as Isaac, and Paul du Toit as the menacing Commander Lazaro.

An official synopsis for the show has been released:

Vagrant Queen follows Elida from child queen to orphaned outcast, as she scavenges the treacherous corners of the galaxy, always one step ahead of the Republic government out to extinguish her bloodline. When her old friend Isaac shows up claiming her mother Xevelyn is still alive, they head off with their new ally, Amae, to stage a rescue that will take her back into the perilous heart of her former kingdom and up against a deadly foe from her childhood, Commander Lazaro.

Preview: Doctor Mirage


Letters by DAVE SHARPE
On sale FEBRUARY 5 | 128 pages, full color | $14.99 US | T+
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-346-8

How do you solve the case of your own death?

Paranormal detective Doctor Shan Fong Mirage had the ability to see and talk to the dead. Except the dead have gone silent, their spirits mysteriously vanished, including Hwen, her deceased husband. Now, Doctor Mirage must face the most challenging question of her life: Is she dead but doesn’t know it?

From Eisner Award-nominated writer Magdalene “Mags” Visaggio (Eternity Girl) and artist Nick Robles (Euthanauts) comes a gripping supernatural mystery to penetrate the veil between here and the hereafter. Collecting the complete five-issue DOCTOR MIRAGE limited series.

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