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Review: America #2

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Gabby Rivera brings the heat and, a compelling story line of personal growth in this second issue of America’s solo comic book series. There’s so much realism and humanity contained in the pages of this issue that it would be a shame to miss out on it. Rivera portrays America as a no-nonsense, Latina lesbian trying to find her way in the world as she adjusts to being newly single and starting college. The diversity doesn’t stop with the title character, America has managed to serve up multiple minority characters in each issue that are devoid of tropes or stereotypes and the sophomore outing for this amazing character is no exception to the standard that started in America #1.

America #2 finds America punching her way back through time and space from WWII Germany where she punches Hitler and gets reprimanded by Peggy Carter. The language used in the comic is realistic and leans more towards cultural usage than cliched caricature. Rivera makes sure to keep America authentic and easy to relate to without watering down her ethnicity and culture or falling into a whitewashed version of the character. There is something beautiful in Rivera allowing the reader to come along on America’s journey and letting us be a fly on the wall as the character is exploring the facets of her life that make her who she is.

Joe Quinones makes sure to keep America looking like a real person, as opposed to whitewashing her features and dipping her in caramel. He allows the character to retain her ethnic features and his drawings show the beauty that is found within her ethnicity. The panels that show her full body do show in a way to showcase her figure without lingering in the male gaze and subjecting her to being merely an object of sexuality, the way that many forms of media tend to do with Hispanic women.

This issue shows America trying to figure out how her powers work and how far they can take her, we also see her forming a community with other females which is always good to see in any form of media. We find her supporting and engaged by a black child prodigy and fighting brodudes about their appropriation, objectification, and dismissal of minority culture and to a similar degree women. America tackles hard subjects and makes them entertaining without diminishing the gravity of the situations. This comic is a prime example of how to merge representation, politics, and entertainment in a way that is both strong and full of teaching moments without watering down very real problems and ideas.

Story: Gabby Rivera Art: Joe Quinones
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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America, X-Men Prime, and Captain America: Steve Rogers Go Back to Print

Three of the hottest titles on the stands. Three sold out comics. Marvel has announced that X-Men Prime #1, America #2 and Captain America: Steve Rogers #15 have all sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail) and will immediately return for new printings! These three books are lighting up the industry, and now is your chance to get in on all the excitement!

First up, she’s the leader of the Ultimates. She punches so hard she can shatter the barriers between dimensions. And fans everywhere can’t stop talking about her new series! After a lightning-quick sell out of issue #1, America #2 is headed back for a new printing! What are you waiting for? Don’t miss the series that has fans buzzing!

Then, the RessurXion begins as Marvel’s Merry Mutants kick off a new beginning in X-Men Prime #1. It’s back to basics as Kitty Pryde returns to reclaim her rightful place alongside the X-Men. In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the stage is set for a bright new beginning! Featuring lead-in stories for the highly anticipated X-Men Gold, X-Men Blue and Weapon X – this is not one to miss!

Finally, the road to the upcoming Secret Empire rolls on in Captain America #15! As Hydra’s tentacles slowly work their way across the Marvel Universe, the final seeds of Captain America’s master plan are laid here. There’s only one thing standing in his way – his arch-nemesis the Red Skull! Locked in combat once again, Captain America is done playing games and looks to put an end to the Skull once and for all!

Don’t miss these epic titles when they return to comic shops in the month of May!

AMERICA #2 SECOND PRINTING
Written by GABBY RIVERA
Art by JOE QUINONES & MING DOYLE
Cover by JOE QUINONES

 

X-MEN PRIME #1 SECOND PRINTING
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM, CULLEN BUNN & GREG PAK
Art by KEN LASHLEY, LEONARD KIRK & IBRAIM ROBERSON
Cover by KEN LASHLEY

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #15 SECOND PRINTING
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by JAVIER PINA & ANDRES GUINALDO
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO

Preview: Love is Love

Love is Love

Phil Jimenez, Cat Staggs, Steve Orlando, Dennis Cowen, Paul Dini, Ming Doyle, Brian Michael Bendis, Emma Vicelli, Ed Luce, Kieron Gillen, Jay Edidin, and many MANY MORE! (contributors) • Elsa Charretier (c)

The comic book industry comes together to honor those killed in Orlando this year. From IDW Publishing, with assistance from DC Entertainment, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talents in comics – – mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world.

All material has been kindly donated, from the creative to the production, with ALL PROCEEDS going to the victims, survivors and their families via EQUALITY FLORIDA.

Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is that you love.

FC • 144 pages • $9.99

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Kate Leth and Megan Levens’ New Magic Series Casts a Spell at Dark Horse

Dark Horse has announced a new original comic series, Spell on Wheels, written by Kate Leth with illustrations by Megan Levens and a beautiful cover created by Ming Doyle.

Spell on Wheels: Night of the Wand follows the adventure of three talented witches —Andy, Claire and Jolene — as they embark on a road trip to retrieve their stolen magical objects. The three witches must work together to retrieve their possessions, but are they strong enough to defeat the dark magical force behind the thievery?

The first issue of Spell on Wheels: Night of the Wand goes on sale October 19, 2016, with four subsequent issues published monthly.

Megan Levens and Kate Leth will attend the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. The Spell on Wheels creative team will host a signing on July 23, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the Dark Horse booth.

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Review: Cirque American: Girl Over Paris #1 (of 4)

Cirque American Girl Over Paris #1 (of 4) CoverFrom bestselling writer Gwenda Bond, this four-issue comic book series, written by Kate Leth features a new stand-alone story set within the world of Bond’s exotic, magical Cirque American. After a high-profile tumble, Cirque American’s star wire walker, Jules Maroni, has a lot to prove-and her invitation to an exclusive exhibition in Paris looks to be just the opportunity to put her back on top. Unfortunately, the City of Lights glitters with distractions, including the presence of her first serious boyfriend and a mysterious figure haunting the venue.

I couldn’t tell you one thing about Bond’s Cirque American world. It’s a book series that I’m unfamiliar with but a comic written by Kate Leth and with art by Ming Doyle is something I take notice and had to check out.

Reading through this first issue, the comic definitely isn’t geared towards me and my personal tastes, but that didn’t stop me from recognizing what is an excellent “YA” comic that’s unique and stands out from the spandex masses. The story is an interesting one, setting up a mystery that feels a bit Scooby Doo in a way.

The story has Jules Maroni heading to Paris for an exhibition plagued with doubt and nerves over her ability and a weird ghost like figuring haunting her there. If at the end a mask is taken off and the ghost is really the park owner, I wouldn’t be surprised, but that familiarity is something I enjoyed. The concept of a young circus performer in Paris isn’t something that’d normally hook me, but the mystery is. The comic has a lot of different aspects that people can latch on to whether it’s relating to Jules, the ghost, romance, or even the circus. That’s due to Leth’s excellent writing and her ability to create relatable characters in unrelatable situations (though how many of as kids “hunted ghosts”?).

Doyle’s art is amazing as expected and her brings a fun air about it all. The detail is wonderful and there’s some solid perspective use considering the comic is about the circus and a high wire act. Each character is distinctive and stands out with unique details that really stand out (a scar for example). I have no idea how these characters compare to previous works, but it all looked good for me. The art really brings out the overwhelming surroundings that Maroni is in, especially in Paris and I as a reader had a sense of that visually.

While the original material is squarely in the young adult market, this comic is enjoyable by far more than fanse of the genre. I enjoyed it while generally avoiding all YA prose material. For me, it feels a bit Scooby Doo, a bit Nancy Drew, and a bit The Devil Wears Prada. This is a girl in Paris overwhelmed by her surroundings with a mix of mystery and it has me wanting to come back for more.

Story: Gwenda Bond, Kate Leth Art: Ming Doyle
Story: 7.8 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

Preview: Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank #2

TANK GIRL: TWO GIRLS ONE TANK #2

WRITER: Alan Martin
ARTIST: Brett Parson
Cover A: Brett Parson
Cover B: Ming Doyle
Cover C: Rob Davis
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jun 15

Perhaps it’s too much booze that’s got our swill-swigging hero seeing double, or maybe there really is a doppelganger on the scene? Whatever the case, it’s time for Tank Girl to solve the case of her pilfered Panzer!

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Marvel Announces Tsum Tsum Takeover Variants

The Marvel Tsum Tsums are invading the Marvel Universe this fall in their very own comic series – Marvel Tsum Tsum #1. But that’s just the beginning! These cuddly creatures are also making their way to your favorite Marvel titles this August for a series of 20 special Marvel Tsum Tsum Takeover Variants!

The stackable sensations that are sweeping the globe are taking over the covers of your favorite Marvel titles throughout the month of August. Rendered by the biggest artists in the industry – including Ed McGuinness, Sara Pichelli, Chris Samnee and many more –  these pint-sized piles of fur are sharing the spotlight with Marvel’s greatest heroes and villains!

Don’t miss these exciting Marvel Tsum Tsum Takeover Variants coming to twenty of your favorite Marvel titles in August:

  • All-New Wolverine #11 by Jake Parker
  • All-New, All-Different Avengers #13 by Kris Anka
  • Amazing Spider-Man #16 by Chris Samnee
  • Black Panther #5 by Sara Pichelli
  • Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 by Helen Chen
  • Daredevil #10 by Ed McGuinness
  • Deadpool #17 by Javier Rodriguez
  • Doctor Strange #11 by Ryan Stegman
  • Extraordinary X-Men #13 by Dave Johnson
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #11 by J. Scott Campbell
  • Invincible Iron Man #12 by Brandon Peterson
  • The Mighty Thor #10 by Natacha Bustos
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 by Joelle Jones
  • Ms. Marvel #10 by Tradd Moore
  • Old Man Logan #10 by Mike Deodato
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #7 by Ming Doyle
  • Rocket Raccoon and Groot #8 by Brian Kesinger
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool #5 by Emanuela Lupacchino
  • Uncanny Avengers #12 by Jeff Dekal
  • Uncanny Inhumans #13 by Giuseppe Camuncoli

No fan can afford to miss out on these exciting variant covers featuring their favorite Marvel Tsum Tsums!

Preview: Imperium #15

IMPERIUM #15

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover A by KHARI EVANS (FEB161911)
Cover B by ROBERT GILL (FEB161912)
Variant Cover by MING DOYLE (FEB161913)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ |On sale APRIL 27 (FOC – 4/4/16)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 27

Desperate times for Toyo Harada as “STORMBREAK” rages on!

Harada’s vision to save the world faces catastrophic failure as the Foundation Zone finds itself squeezed between the armies of the world. Now, at his weakest point, the allied forces led by Livewire and H.A.R.D. Corps’ Major Charlie Palmer conspire to hit him hard and fast on every front. But with Harada’s team of monsters starting to turn on each other, does this super-powered mastermind stand any chance of winning the fight?

New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Khari Evans (HARBINGER) push the clock one minute closer to midnight for the most dangerous man in the Valiant Universe!

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Preview: Vampirella Vol. 3 #1

Vampirella Vol. 3 #1

writer: Kate Leth
artist: Eman Casallos
covers: Chrissie Zullo (a), Jay Anacleto (b) (connects with January’s Red Sonja #1 and February’s Dejah Thoris #1!), Tula Lotay (c)
subscription cover: Tony Fleecs (d) (connects with January’s Red Sonja #1 and February’s Dejah Thoris #1!)
incentive covers: Ming Doyle, Nicola Scott
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Vampirella takes Hollywood in this new adventure of the classic demon-hunting, monster-slaying, thrill-seeking vampire queen. When her stately manor is attacked, she begins to unravel a plot as old as the silver screen, discovering what monsters really lurk in the shadows of the City of Angels. Writer Kate Leth (Adventure Time, Edward Scissorhands, Hellcat) says, “Can Vampirella be both a cult icon on the rise and take down an empire of ghouls and ghosts? Signs point to: Hell, yes!”

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Preview: Dejah Thoris #1

Dejah Thoris #1

writer: Frank J. Barbiere
artist: Francesco Manna
covers: NEN (a), Jay Anacleto (b) (connects with January’s Red Sonja #1 and the upcoming Vampirella #1!), Tula Lotay (c)
subscription cover: Tony Fleecs (d) (connects with January’s Red Sonja #1 and the upcoming Vampirella #1!)
incentive covers: Ming Doyle, Nicola Scott
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Prepare yourself for Dejah Thoris as you’ve never seen her before! A shocking conspiracy unravels in Helium as Dejah’s father has gone missing. In the wake of assuming the throne, Dejah learns secret information from her past that will have resounding effects on the kingdom – and her life! Join Frank J. Barbiere (The Howling Commandos of SHIELD, The Precinct) and Francesco Manna (Vampirella #100) as Dejah discovers a secret past that will have her leaving Helium for an all-new adventure on her own!

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