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Preview: Lost on Planet Earth

Lost on Planet Earth

Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Art by Claudia Aguirre

Collects issues #1-5 of the comiXology Originals digital series, for the first time in print.

It’s 2381, and Basil Miranda, on the verge of graduation, knows exactly what she’s doing with the rest of her life and always has: a primo assignment on the best ship in the fleet alongside her best friend in the world. She has meticulously prepared herself, and the final Fleet Exam is tomorrow. But what if none of that is what she really wants? And why hasn’t she ever asked herself that before?

Lost on Planet Earth is the latest expectation-defying story from Visaggio, the Eisner-nominated writer of Kim & Kim and Eternity GirlLost 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.

Lost on Planet Earth [136 pages / color / on sale August 3 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and August 4 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-50672-456-0 / Dark Horse Books]

Lost on Planet Earth

Magdalene Visaggio, Andrea Mutti, and Zakk Saam Show us the Cold Bodies

From Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio and creator of SyFy Channel’s Vagrant Queen, and illustrated by Andrea Mutti comes Cold Bodies, a 1980s meta-horror homage graphic novel focusing on how trauma affects victims of slashers and never leaves decades later.      

Years ago, Denise Stokes was the sole survivor of the brutal Winter Man massacre, in which several young adults were slaughtered during a powerful blizzard in Wisconsin. Now, in present day, Denise has tried to bury the past behind her, while the world around her has become obsessed with the murders through a popular film franchise called Snow Day. And as the anniversary of the killings approaches, Denise finds herself in a dark place as she begins to see the Winter Man show up again and the difference between what’s real and what isn’t begins to collapse around her. 

Cold Bodies trade paperback will be in comic shops on September 8, 2021 and in book stores on September 21, 2021. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Cold Bodies will retail for $19.99.

Cold Bodies

Vault Comics and GraphicAudio Announce Two Vagrant Queen Audiobooks

Vault Comics and GraphicAudio have announced they have expanded their partnership to produce two Vagrant Queen audiobooks, adapted directly from the graphic novels and produced with a full cast of actors, immersive sound effects, and cinematic music.

Vagrant Queen follows former child queen, Elida, who was driven from her throne at age ten and forced to wander the galaxy, evading the revolutionary forces that wanted her dead. When an old frenemy claims to know the whereabouts of Elida’s long-lost mother, she is forced to return to her former kingdom and stage a rescue.

The first audiobook is titled Vagrant Queen and the Bezoar Kings, and will be released on February 12, 2021. The second, Vagrant Queen and a Planet Called Doom will be released on April 21, 2021. Both series are produced by Richard RohanDuane Beeman and Matt Webb, and executive produced by Anji Cornette. Vagrant Queen and the Bezoar Kings was adapted and directed by Nanette Savard and sound designed by Casey Green and Justin Wortz.

The Vagrant Queen comic book series, published by Vault Comics, was co-created by writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith, with colors by Harry Saxon, letters by Zakk Saam, and design by Tim Daniel. Vagrant Queen volumes One and Two are on store shelves now. In 2021, Vagrant Queen was adapted into a fan-favorite TV series on the SYFY network.

Preview: Jinny Hex Special #1

Jinny Hex Special #1

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Art by: Gleb Melnikov

NEW-VILLAIN ALERT: THREE-EYED JACK! Jinny Hex stars in her first solo adventure and she’s ready and raring to go! Bursting out of the pages of Young Justice, this fan-favorite gal is heading back home to take care of some unfinished business! Hoping to take some time off from Multiverse conflict, Jinny reconnects with some old friends and family. But that all goes out the window when a new foe called Three-Eyed Jack transports her town back to the Old West. Now it’s up to Jinny to face off with this super-powered gunslinger and save her town! But Jinny’s about to learn that some threats are closer to her heart than expected.

Jinny Hex Special #1

Review: Jade Street Protection Services

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

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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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.

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