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Preview: Mann’s World #4

Mann’s World #4

(W) Victor Gischler (A) Niko Walter (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Apr 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A weekend getaway on a resort planet goes south when four friends run afoul of the planet’s working class. Stranded in the wilderness of a strange planet, surrounded by danger on all sides and relentlessly pursued by vengeful locals, they must test their bonds of friendship in order to survive. In this concluding issue, the last remaining pair find themselves in an all-out race to the finish line.

Mann's World #4

Preview: Mann’s World #1

Mann’s World #1

(W) Victor Gischler (A) Niko Walter (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Jan 13, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A weekend getaway on a resort planet goes south when four friends run afoul of the planet’s working class. Stranded in the wilderness of a strange planet, surrounded by danger on all sides and relentlessly pursued by vengeful locals, they must test their bonds of friendship in order to survive.

Mann's World #1

Review: Mann’s World #1

Mann's World #1

Mann’s World #1 is an interesting concept of a comic. It dances around its potential, never quite dipping into its underlying themes and concepts. But, those themes and concepts and present and there. The story revolves around a group of friends who head to a vacation planet. There, they leave their resort only to piss of the local residents who decide to get their revenge.

Victor Gischler sets up an interesting world and concept. Mann’s World #1 dips its toes into privilege and the exploitation of indigenous individuals though it never quite commits to making that front and center. It’s what the four main characters represent. It’s never outright stated but these are four fairly well-to-do characters. One is a professional fighter who’s well known. One is a burger restaurant owner who owns hundreds of locations. The one grounded character is a recently divorced character who is clearly the one we the reader are supposed to like. He’s the voice of reason generally going along with the more alpha members of the group, though with some trepidation.

Gischler has an opportunity with the series to really explore wealth and exploitation. The four individuals are rude and harass the female staff. They pick fights with the local people who live in the area. They also treat people’s everyday lives like it’s some tourist stop there for their enjoyment. There’s something there that’s very worth exploring. But, Gischler takes the comic in a familiar direction by its end.

The art by Niko Walter is interesting. The characters all have personality and you can tell who they are by their looks. The world traveled to feels like a vacation paradise. But, the local town visited doesn’t quite have enough personality. There’s definitely a clear line between the haves and have-nots but at the same time there’s something missing there and the comic might have been stronger really defining and drawing a line between the two worlds.

Mann’s World #1 is a good start that has me want to read more. There’s a lot of potential and I want to see where it all goes. Hopefully, the comic doesn’t just devolve into a story we’ve seen so many times before. There’s a lot of space to really discuss the ideas and concepts set up in the debut and I’m hoping the comic embraces its worthy discussion instead of just leaning into the action.

Story: Victor Gischler Art: Niko Walter
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

American Vampire 1976 #4 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The series has been a lot of fun so far. Though it leans a bit towards those who have previously read the series, new readers should be able to enjoy it for the great action.

Ascencia #1 (Wake Entertainment) – The drummer of System of a Down brings his talents to comics in a story about what one would do to become immortal.

The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History (Ten Speed Press) – The retelling of the group and its key figures

DC Future State (DC Comics) – DC Future State has been a pretty solid event so far. There’s only been a few clunkers but overall, it’s been a pretty solid “gimmick”. This week’s releases include Future State: Dark Detective #1, Future State: Green Lantern #1, Future State: Justice League #1, Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1, Future State: Robin Eternal #1, Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1, Future State: Teen Titans #1.

HaHa #1 (Image Comics) – The new miniseries features a rotating group of artists joining W. Maxwell Prince to explore the world of clowns.

Home Sick Pilots #2 (Image Comics) – The debut issue was a creepy start of a haunted house story. We’re still not 100% sure of what’s going on but we really want to find out.

League of Super Feminists (Drawn & Quarterly) – A graphic novel guide to some of the central tenets of feminism.

Manns World #1 (AWA Studios) – A tale of survival when four individuals on a resort anger the planet’s working class. Could be very interesting.

Serial #1 (Abstract Studios) – A young girl has been stuck being 10 for 50 years due to the demon inside. Now the demon is free and killing and Zoe must stop it.

Soulstream #1 (Scout Comics) – Marie and Markus discover an alternate dimension known as the Mirror World where their entire city has been destroyed and replaced by a volcanic wasteland.

Space Bastards #1 (Humanoids) – An unemployed accountant joins the Intergalactic Postal Service. Delivery is mercenary where payment goes to whoever delivers the package.

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