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Preview: Vampblade Season 3 #9

VAMPBLADE SEASON 3 #9

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Marcelo Costa Regular Cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Marcelo Costa Risqué Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Mastajwood Artist Variant (limited to 1000)
Cover D – Mastajwood Artist Risqué (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Dan Mendoza Cosplay Variant (limited to 1000)
Cover F – Dan Mendoza Risqué (limited to 1500)

Just back from hell, on a failed trip to find her way home, Katie can’t catch a break. The Intergalactic League of Vampblades have decided it’s better to take her out, rather than let her cause any more cross-dimensional damage!!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two covers from Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp, DollFace)!!

24 pgs./ M / FC $4.99

VAMPBLADE SEASON 3 #9

Preview: Vampblade Season 3 #8

Vampblade Season 3 #8

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Marcelo Costa Regular Cover
Cover B – Marcelo Costa Risqué variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Mastajwood Artist variant (limited to 1000)
Cover D – Mastajwood Artist risqué (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Dan Mendoza variant (limited to 1000)
Cover F – Dan Mendoza risqué (limited to 1500)
24 pgs./ M / FC
$4.99

Meet Vampblade, other-dimensional vampire slayer and… the new QUEEN OF HELL!!!!??

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two covers from Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp, DollFace)!!

Vampblade Season 3 #8

Preview: Firefly #3

Firefly #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover A:
Lee Garbett
    Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover C: Marguerite Sauvage
    Incentive Cover D: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover E: Lee Garbett
Price: $3.99

With the Unificators closing in, Mal and Zoe must take some big risks to try to throw the enemy off their scent, as the crew of the Serenity start to grapple with the fact that their captain and first mate might not be who they say they are.

Firefly #3

Review: Firefly #2

Firefly #2

Moral ambiguity abounds in Firefly #2, and there is also shooting, religious satire, Shepherd Book wisdom, and tender conversations between Zoe and Wash in the franchise’s sophomore outing under new licensee BOOM! Studios. Writer Greg Pak continues to nail the voices of the cult favorite characters while artist Dan McDaid and colorist Marcelo Costa for for mood over keeping their character models just like the actor’s likenesses. Costa’s work especially shines in the flashbacks as he, Pak, and McDaid continue to unpack Zoe and Mal’s past without giving the whole game away.

Unlike Dark Horse’s Serenity comics, which acted as a continuation of the 2005 film, Firefly #2 is set before the movie and has the feel of a hypothetical season 2 of the series. This means that Wash and Shepherd Book are alive, well, and stealing scenes although sadly River Tam is relegated to spouting “crazy” things. Pak’s main focus is on Zoe and Mal and their activity in the war between the Independents and the Alliance, which has gotten them declared war criminals by the Unificators.

Pak and McDaid don’t shy away from the horrors of war as Mal has a dark flashback when a member of a pilgrim caravan that the crew of Serenity are protecting is shot in the head. The violence in Firefly #2 isn’t stylish, but dirty, chaotic like the used future setting of the show. During the couple of setpieces in the issue, it is difficult to follow who is targeting who, but this adds to the feeling of uncertainty during the fight. The action sequence also reveals Zoe’s darkness as she threatens a group of bandits with her “reputation” as a war criminal. The shadows around her face and gun are a nice touch from McDaid and Costa, and in his plot, Pak starts to separate Zoe and Mal from the other crew members leading up to more reveals about their actions in the war and how it affects them today.

Even though Firefly #2 is mostly a straightforward space western in the vein of the show it’s based on, Greg Pak injects some satirical elements into the story. For example, when it seems like he and Dan McDaid are setting up a villagers with pitchforks gag of the crew of Serenity’s clients, the pilgrims, leaving them because Mal and Zoe are war criminals, they celebrate that fact. I guess sanctity of life wasn’t under one of their tenets.

I’ve mentioned it earlier, but Dan McDaid and Marcelo Costa’s art is a huge selling point of Firefly #2 and the series in general. It has a rough beauty and really sings when characters converse with each other like Simon trying to get hints from Shepherd Book about Mal and Zoe’s past while being blissfully unaware of Book’s own past, or any time Wash and Zoe interact. McDaid doesn’t just use talking head grid for these sequence, but switches it up like using a diagonal layout for the conversation between Shepherd Book and Simon.

With its attention to the rhythms of how its characters speak, at first, Firefly #2 might seem nostalgic. However, Greg Pak, Dan McDaid, and Marcelo Costa actually start to craft a narrative casting a deep shadow on the characters we’ve quoted, admired, and dressed up like for over a decade. It strikes a nice balance between having its own story and being a prequel.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Dan McDaid
Colors: Marcelo Costa Letters: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.6 Art 7.5 Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Firefly #2

Firefly #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover A:  
Lee Garbett
    Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover C: Marguerite Sauvage
    Incentive Cover D: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover E: Lee Garbett
Price: $3.99

The untold story of the Unification War continues! Stranded on an outer moon and with a price on their heads from Alliance bounty hunters, the crew race against time—and the planet’s population—to fix Serenity and hightail it outta there!

Preview: Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul Of The Dragon OGN SC

Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul Of The Dragon OGN SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Kyle Higgins
Artist: Giuseppe Cafaro
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Nick Robles
Price: $19.99

It’s morphin time in this powerful next chapter for Tommy Oliver, one of the most iconic Power Rangers in history.

It’s been a long time since Tommy Oliver laid down the mantle of the original Green Ranger, and now he leaves protecting the world to Space Patrol Delta.

But when his son goes missing, Tommy will call on all his training, his friends, and maybe even some of his enemies as he sets out on one last mission: find his son and bring him home.

From Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Nightwing) and artist Giuseppe Cafaro (Suicide Squad), with special consultant Jason David Frank, the original Green Ranger, comes the next adventure in the life of history’s mightiest Power Ranger.

Preview: Vampblade Season 3 #7

VAMPBLADE SEASON 3 #7

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young, Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Marcelo Costa Regular Cover
Cover B – Marcelo Costa Risqué variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Joel Ojeda Artist variant (limited to 1000)
Cover D – Joel Ojeda Artist risqué (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Mendoza variant (limited to 1000)
Cover F – Mendoza risqué (limited to 1500)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$4.99

With the original Katie on a journey to Hell to rescue her girlfriend, the alternate universe Katie must survive on her own as Vampblade for the first time.

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two covers from Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp, DollFace)!!

Preview: Firefly #1

Firefly #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A:
Lee Garbett
    Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover C: JG Jones
    Incentive Cover D: Joe Quinones (B&W)
    Incentive Cover E: Lee Garbett (B&W)
    Incentive Cover F: Bill Sienkiewicz
    Incentive Cover G: Bill Sienkiewicz (Signed By Joss)
Price: $3.99

BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers), presents an all-new era of the pop culture phenomenon Firefly, as one of the most demanded stories in the franchise’s history is revealed for the first time!

Focusing on family, loyalty, identity, and the price of redemption, writer Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu, Totally Awesome Hulk) and artist Dan McDaid (Judge Dredd: Mega City Zero) take you back to the battleground where Mal’s journey began—the War of Unification!

Preview: Vampblade Season 3 #5

VAMPBLADE SEASON 3 #5

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Marcelo Costa Regular cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Marcelo Costa Risqué variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Randy “Rantz” Kintz Artist variant (limited to 1000)
Cover D – Randy “Rantz” Kintz Artist risqué (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Mendoza variant (limited to 1000)
Cover F – Mendoza risqué (limited to 1500)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$4.99

While Katie’s still working to find her way back to her own reality, she crosses paths with this alternate Earth’s queen of the undead. Now it’s Vampblade versus Zombie Tramp all over again!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two covers from Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp, DollFace)!!

Review: Planet of the Apes: Visionaries

The past few years has seen the re-imagining of different movies with different takes. It feels like a new take on the cinematic obsession with the “director’s cut,” as it can either improve on the original or is just an extended version that really no one asked for. Either way, popular culture has become obsessed with these different takes. In fact, we see this with the recent release of the Blu-ray of Deadpool 2, which gives fans an extra 14 minutes not seen in the movie theaters.

There are whole movies in which fans get to obsess over what could have been. Recent documentaries about Dune, Justice League, and Superman, lets fans explore a myriad of what-ifs. One of favorite “what ifs” was George Lucas’ original rough draft of Star Wars, which was turned into a graphic novel a few years back. It showed different versions of characters the world has come to love. One different take that is masterfully done is Rod Serling’s original screenplay for Planet of the Apes, which is finally realized in graphic form in Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries.

We are introduced to the crew a spaceship headed on their way to a planet named Terra, when they wake up from hibernation, they arrive with one fatality, not completely sure of what happened. As they set out exploring they find a planet much like Earth, in its vegetation and sustainability. They soon find some other humans, looking like primitive cave dwellers, where each of them starts to get picked off by an infantry of primates, who slaughter everyone in their line of sight, except for one. Thomas is the lone astronaut left, who finds himself in a cell, with a collar, being asked by a doctor who looks like an ape, if he can speak? While that may seems familiar, Serling’s take is so different from the film we’ve come to love.

Serling dives into politics of race and equality and how those in power tend to believe that they are inherently better and not in position because of societal hierarchy. This is best exemplified in how Thomas teaches Nova, a human, woman how to read and write in five weeks, compared to the 5000 years it took apes to walk upright according to this world’s anthropology.

Overall, the graphic novel is a searing mindbender of a story that only Serling could create. It features cunning and complexity. Gould’s adaptation is dense, intelligent, and exciting. The creative team’s art is gorgeous. Altogether, an equally engaging story as the story the public saw but one that would draw direct parallels that both entertain and stimulate.

Created: Pierre Boulle Story: Rod Serling and Dana Gould Art: Chad Lewis, David Wilson, Darrin Moore, Miquel Muerto, Marcelo Costa, Ed Dukeshire and Paolo Rivera
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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