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Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Natacha Bustos (CA) Jen Bartel
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

After everything – and everyone – she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale behind for a new school that promises “to help you prioritize your true self.”

But Willow soon learns that all is not as it seems, and if your true self isn’t what the school thinks it should be…well, don’t worry, they’ll help you get there. By any means necessary.

Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts – and her magic – to save herself from a different kind of threat than Buffy ever prepared her to face!

Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and superstar artist Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur) bring Willow face to face with the truth of her past… and plant the seeds for a future no one could’ve predicted.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1

Get a Look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios have revealed the first look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1, The premiere issue of a brand new five-issue limited series, from award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki, acclaimed artist Natacha Bustos, colorist Eleonora Bruni, and letterer Jodi Wyne, that brings Willow face to face with the truth of her past…and plants the seeds for a future no one could’ve predicted.

After everything—and everyone—she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale on a world-spanning road trip in search of her true self. She stumbles on a community of people like her: lost witches looking for answers…but there’s a darkness at the heart of it, one that reminds Willow of something she’s felt before, something that she fears inside herself. 

Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts—and her magic—to save herself from a threat Buffy never prepared her to face…or the rest of the world will pay the price. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 features main cover art by artist Jen Bartel, as well as variant cover art by illustrators Rosemary Valero O’Connell and Mirka Andolfo. It comes to shelves on July 8, 2020.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1

Buffy’s Friend Willow Gets Her Own Miniseries

BOOM! Studios has announced Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow, a special five-issue comic book miniseries, from award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and acclaimed artist Natacha Bustos, that brings Willow face to face with the truth of her past…and plants the seeds for a future no one could’ve predicted.

After everything—and everyone—she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale on a world-spanning road trip in search of her true self. She stumbles on a community of people like her: lost witches looking for answers…but there’s a darkness at the heart of it, one that reminds Willow of something she’s felt before, something that she fears inside herself. 

Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts—and her magic—to save herself from a threat Buffy never prepared her to face…or the rest of the world will pay the price. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow, features a main cover art by fan favorite artist Jen Bartel and variant art by Mirka Andolfo. The first issue comes to shelves in June 2020.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow

Review: Marvel’s Voices #1

Marvel's Voices #1

Marvel’s Voices is an Experience, capital E. It’s the first comic I know about that adapts the concept of a podcast into a comics anthology collecting stories from black creators giving their take on the Marvel universe.

The book’s title carries over from the podcast it’s based on, which is hosted by Angélique Roché. The list of creators includes Vita Ayala, Damion Scott, Kyle Baker, Brian Stelfreeze, Roxane Gay, Method Man, Alitha Martínez, among other notable industry names. What’s interesting about the project, though, is that it embraces its multimedia roots by featuring essays from other creators accessible via Marvel’s Voices online page.

Two particular essays grabbed my attention: Regine L. Sawyer’s “Growing Up Marvel” and Karama Horne’s “The Legacy of Isaiah Bradley: The First Black Captain America.” (Disclosure: Karama and Regine have both contributed to our site – ed.)

Sawyer’s essay is about her origin story into comics through a less conventional avenue than most other stories of the kind: X-Men trading cards. I don’t want to spoil the essay because it is a fascinating and well-written story, but it is wonderful to get this look at how comics allow for multiple entry points given it’s an entire cultural package. It made me remember my card collecting days growing up, both the same X-Men cards Sawyer collected and the classic Pepsi Cards I religiously hunted down back when they came out in Puerto Rico. I still have them with me and they also helped me embrace comics.

Horne’s essay is about two comics: Truth and The Crew. Each one stands as some of Marvel’s best comic book offerings. They were subversive and hard-hitting, daring enough to give Marvel a black Captain America (in Truth), complete with an exploration of the tragic treatment black heroes get using real-life black history as the basis for the problems each character faces (which is expanded upon in The Crew).

The essay is a great and concise history of these comics, but it also serves as a lesson on visibility. That Marvel hasn’t reprinted these stories or released newer editions of the paperbacks brings up more questions than it should. I think Horne’s essay makes a strong argument as to why we need these comics back on the stands.

On the comic’s side of Marvel’s Voices, we get a strong if a bit uneven set of short stories that are personal, celebratory, and thoughtful as to why Marvel characters mean so much in the struggle for more diverse voices in the industry. Kyle Baker, for instance, produced a one-pager Ant-Man and Nick Fury story titled “Perspective,” about Fury’s problem with depth perception. It’s a quick hit but the art on display here is impressive enough to make anyone want to see Baker do more Marvel work.

Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, and Emilio López’s “Top of the Key,” on the other hand, is a one-pager on Mosaic story (a character Marvel has severely underused, in my opinion) that would’ve benefited from an additional page or two. It feels more like a setup for a larger story and we only really just get a taste of it.

Rob Markman, Damion Scott, and Dono Sánchez-Almara’s “What a Wonderful World” stands as one of the most impressive stories in the anthology as it offers a well-rounded look at a Marvel character with outstanding art and a clear message to boot. It centers on a troubled Silver Surfer, comparing Marvel’s biggest villains with humanity’s own villainy when it comes to protecting the environment. No panel was spared, no color was misplaced, and no bit of text hung without intent. Just a really good two-page story.

The best story in the book is without question “Inspiration,” by James Monroe Iglehart, Ray-Anthony Height, and Emilio López. This 4-page tale gives the radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers a much-deserved platform to contemplate his role in the grand scheme of things. The script showcases an interesting play on what a superpowered spider is supposed to be and how much of its natural instincts define its actions. It’s simply unforgettable and truly worthy of getting its own comic book series.

Marvel Voices #1 is the type of book Marvel needs to invest more on. It shows just how important it is to bring in other perspectives into this superhero universe and just how different it can all turn out to be. It speaks to the power of voices hungry for diversity in storytelling. And that, in itself, is a beautiful thing.

Writers: John Jennings, Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, David Betancourt, James Monroe Iglehart, Evan Narcisse, Vita Ayala, Regine L. Sawyer, Brian Stelfreeze, Brandon Montclare, Tatiana King Jones, Karama Horne, Kyle Baker, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Don McGregor, Geoffrey Thorne, Rob Markman, Method Man, Daniel Dominguez, Charlamagne The God, David F. Walker, Chuck Brown
Art: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Ray-Anthony Height, Jahnoy Lindsay, Bernard Chang, Brian Stelfreeze, Natacha Bustos, Kyle Baker, Brittney L. Williams, Khary Randolph, Damion Scott, Alitha E. Martinez, JJ Kirby, Sanford Greene
Color: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Emilio Lopez, Marcelo Maiolo, Brian Stelfreeze, Tamra Bonvillain, Kyle Baker, Rachelle Rosenberg, Dono Sánchez-Almara, JJ Kirby, Matt Herms
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Writing: 9 Essays: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Recommendation: Buy and make sure to bag and board it.

Preview: b.b. free #2

b.b. free #2

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Gabby Rivera
Artist: Royal Dunlap
Colorist: Kieran Quigley
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: 
     Main Cover:
Royal Dunlap
    Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
Price:
$3.99

After discovering that everything her father ever told her is a lie, b.b. is on the run to the only person she can trust, her radio show partner, Chulita. But with b.b.’s mysterious powers getting stronger everyday, and her father’s power organization on her trail, b.b. won’t find the safe haven she expects… and she may be putting her only friend in danger.

b.b. free #2

Marvel’s Voices Expands Into Comics with Marvel’s Voices #1

Following last year’s debut of Marvel’s bi-weekly podcast interview series, Marvel’s Voices, Marvel expands the spotlight on some of the comic book industry’s most critically-acclaimed storytellers with Marvel’s Voices #1, written and drawn by an all-star roster of talent including Vita Ayala, Roxane Gay, Brian Stelfreeze, Method Man, and many more!

In this gripping one-shot anthology, fans will get another look at the X-Men following the events of House of X and Powers of X; the return of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur; and other stories featuring the Hulk and Wolverine, Black Panther, Killmonger, She-Hulk, Black Widow, Ant-Man, and the rest of the Marvel Universe.

Since the podcast’s launch, Marvel’s Voices has featured guests and talent from across Marvel’s comics, live-action television shows, animation, games, and celebrity fans of Marvel from entertainment and beyond. The series garnered a loyal following for its in-depth exclusive interviews by host Angélique Roché, highlighting unforgettable stories and key moments from the Marvel Universe through a wide range of unique perspectives. Marvel’s Voices will launch its new season in February 2020.

Don’t miss Marvel’s Voices #1, in stores this February!

MARVEL’S VOICES #1

MARVEL’S VOICES #1

Written by VITA AYALA, ROXANE GAY, BRIAN STELFREEZE, GEOFF THORNE, ANTHONY PIPER, KYLE BAKER, EVAN NARCISSE, METHOD MAN, ROB MARKMAN, CHUCK BROWN, and DAVID F. WALKER
Art by BRIAN STELFREEZE, ANTHONY PIPER, KYLE BAKER, SANFORD GREENE, DAMION SCOTT, RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT, ALITHA E. MARTINEZ, NATACHA BUSTOS, and LUCIANO VECCHIO
Cover art by RYAN BENJAMIN

THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW!

Marvel’s acclaimed podcast series focusing on telling the stories of diverse creators and their unique perspectives becomes a one shot of brand-new adventures! The X-Men find their place in the world after declaring a new nation! Killmonger strikes! Moon Girl and Devil Dino return!

Your First Look at Gabby Rivera & Royal Dunlap’s b.b. free #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at b.b. free #2, the latest issue of the all-new original series from acclaimed author Gabby Rivera and debut artist Royal Dunlap, an adventure about finding your strength and your truth when the whole world is against you, available in December 11, 2019.

Years after the Plague That Ate Greed wiped out the ultra rich, b.b. free and her dad live in a small, close-knit community in the Florida Islands, where everything is shared and everyone’s got each other’s backs. b.b. is getting to be a teenager, though, and she’s starting to get more and more interested in the world beyond her swamp.  

After discovering that her father was not the person she had always believed him to be, b.b. is on the run to the only person she can trust: her radio show partner, Chulita. But with b.b.’s mysterious powers getting stronger everyday, and her father’s mysterious organization on her trail, b.b. won’t find the safe haven she expects… and she may be putting her only friend in danger.

b.b. free #2 features main cover art by series artist Royal Dunlap and variant cover art by Natacha Bustos.

b.b. free #2

Preview: Black Cat Annual #1

Black Cat Annual #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Joey Vazquez, Natacha Bustos, Juan Gedeon (CA) J. Scott Campbell
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $4.99

• You are cordially invited to the wedding of Black Cat and Spider-Man!
• In lieu of gifts, please turn off all your security systems, laser grids and counterweight giant stone traps.
• All this AND a bonus story?!

Black Cat Annual #1

Preview: b.b. free #1

b.b. free #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Gabby Rivera
Artist: Royal Dunlap
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:  Royal Dunlap
    Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Brittney Williams
Price:
$3.99

b.b. free broadcasts her underground radio show from her remote swamp community, and she has no idea she’s actually the chosen one. 

It’s been over a hundred years since the Plague That Ate Greed wiped out half the population, and it’s the only world that b.b. has ever known. But when b.b. rebels against her overbearing father, she realizes that everything she believes in could be a lie. 

On the run from her own family, b.b. will learn the truth about the world she lives in, and about the power she never knew she had. 

Writer Gabby Rivera and debuting artist Royal Dunlap present an adventure for fans of Blackbird and “mysterious destiny” heroic fiction like Naomi about finding your family when the whole world is against you.

b.b. free #1

Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is Coming to the Disney Channel

Disney Channel has ordered a new animated series based on the Marvel comic series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur from Disney Television Animation. The series will be executive produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland‘s Cinema Gypsy Productions (ABC’s black-ish), Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment, and Emmy Award-winner Steve Loter (Disney’s Kim Possible).

The series follows 13-year old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her red T-Rex Devil Dinosaur after he’s accidentally brought to New York City via a time vortex.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur debuted in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 in January 2016 and was created by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclaire, and Natacha Bustos.

Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
MARVEL’S MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR – Logo. (Marvel)
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