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Mini Reviews: WildC.A.T.s and Space Trash!

Space Trash Vol. 1

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling reviews of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full one for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

Logan

WildC.A.T.S #1 (DC Comics) – Matthew Rosenberg, Stephen Segovia, and Elmer Santos bring back the (maybe) classic 90s paramilitary super team in an action-packed, accessible way. Rosenberg continues his characterization of Cole Clash as a violent, but slightly lovable fuck-up shooting his way through the DC Universe and generally being a terrible teammate. However, my favorite part of this first issue was Segovia’s varied fight choreography for the various WildCATs from Grifter’s drunken gun fu to Zealot’s precision and Caitlin Fairchild basically being a kid on Grand Theft Auto 5 with all the cheat codes turned on. You don’t have to be a Wildstorm stan to jump into this book, but maybe you will be by the end. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy

Space Trash Vol. 1 (Oni Press) Space Trash Vol. 1 is the opening salvo in Jenn Woodall’s queer punk dystopian sci-fi series. This volume introduces readers to the three leads Una, Stab, and Yuki and their place in the ecosystem of a fully automated school on the Moon. Woodall’s art is full of gorgeous and occasionally hilarious background details, like the graffiti that fills the school. I also love her approach to character design and personalities through fashion and hair styles. It takes a bit for the plot to kick in, but Space Trash ends up being quite revolutionary and relatable to our late capitalist world exploring themes of misinformation, surveillance, and of fucking course, queer liberation. Overall: 8.1 Verdict: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Jed McGowan explores My Life Among Humans in a debut graphic novel

Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group is set to release the debut graphic novel from renowned comics illustrator and cartoonist Jed McGowanMy Life Among Humans, on February 7, 2023My Life Among Humans is an evocative, melancholy, and ultimately hopeful story of a solitary alien’s misguided search for connection among its human subjects. McGowan’s unique art style lends to the very emotional experience of the alien and the community he inhabits.

My Life Among Humans follows a nameless alien data compiler who comes to Earth to study humans, setting up shop on the outskirts of a small desert community in North America. Working under forced labor, it must watch humans in complete secrecy while sending regular reports to its manager back home. Using spore-like technology to read the minds of his hosts, the alien quickly takes a special interest in Will, one of his early subjects. That interest proves to be a problem when the alien is accidentally revealed to Will’s family and takes desperate measures to save its own life. In doing so, it discovers a forbidden ability…it can control human minds. Now, the alien struggles to keep this secret from its manager, deal with a growing number of suspicious humans, and come to terms with its ethically questionable decisions.

My Life Among Humans will be available in hardcover via Simon & Schuster (ISBN: 978-1-63715-199-0) at both digital and physical retailers everywhere on February 7, 2023.

My Life Among Humans

Dan McDaid’s Debut Graphic Novel DEGA Arrives January 10, 2023

Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group is set to release the debut graphic novel from celebrated British creator Dan McDaid, Dega, on January 10, 2023Dega is a high-concept science-fiction graphic novel set on a hostile alien planet where a young female astronaut searches to harness the power source buried beneath the world while struggling to hold on to her sanity. Dega will be available in hardcover via Simon & Schuster and will include 14 pages of extensive production notes by McDaid.

Written, illustrated, and lettered by McDaid, Dega delivers a stirring, unsettling blend of hard-boiled sci-fi action, hypnagogic surrealism, and existential mystery. The clues are all there, but hurry—time is running in

Dega (ISBN: 978-1-63715-196-9) will be available at both digital and physical retailers everywhere on January 10, 2023.

Dega

Oni delivers a solid strike with Punch Up from Zachary Sterling

Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group will release Punch Up!, the action-packed, manga-inspired debut graphic novel from one of the animation community’s busiest creators,  Zachary Sterlingpublishing globally June 6, 2023. The first book in a three-volume series, Punch Up! centers around the daring adventures of orphan Pitch, an aspiring tournament fighter who longs to make his mark at the Wide Plains Fighting Tournament. Sterling’s vibrant art style and diverse cast of characters are sure to delight martial arts fans young and adult.

Punch Up! is a shonen manga story of young orphan Pitch, an aspiring tournament fighter who has big dreams. He dreams of traveling to the city and competing in the Wide Plains Fighting Tournament. He also harbors a secret wish—to be reunited with the man he believes is his long-lost father, aging tournament fighter Sonny Chan. Can Pitch make it in a big city filled with unsavory types that want to do him harm? Is Emperor Vergil, host of the fighting tournament, one of those people? Will Sonny decide to act decent for once? Find out in this exciting blast of battle energy! 

Punch Up! (ISBN: 978-1-63715-217-1) will be available at both digital and physical retailers everywhere on June 6, 2023, for the list price of $15.99.

Punch Up!

Krampus!: A Yuletide Adventure gets a sequel set for 2024

Christmas 2024 has come early, with Oni Press confirming the release of the long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed comedic holiday horror classic Krampus!: A Yuletide Adventure. The festive tale returns, with cocreators acclaimed writer Brian Joines and artist Dean Kotz at the helm. This Krampus! news arrives as a repackaged edition of the first installment, including a brand-new cover by Dean Kotz, hit stores. The revamped collection is available now at retailers everywhere.

In Krampus!, the titular character is released from his North Pole prison by the Secret Society of Santa Clauses, an organization made up of gift-giving figures from multiple cultures across the world. Their magical powers stolen by an unknown source, the Society must turn to Krampus to help return to the human world and recover them. Along the way, he’ll encounter malevolent Sugar Plum Fairies, a holiday-themed gun for hire, and a dark secret that could rock the Society to its core.

Krampus!: A Yuletide Adventure trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1637150832) is available now at both digital and physical retailers everywhere.

Gender Queer Virginia Case is Officially Over

Gender Queer

In August, a Virginia judge dismissed the obscenity lawsuit against Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer: A Memoir and Sarah MaasA Court of Mist and Fury. Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Pamela Baskervill ruled that neither book meets the standard for obscenity under Virginia law and that the obscenity law itself was unconstitutional.

Though the case was dismissed there was still a chance the two individuals behind it, Republican State Delegate Tim Anderson and failed Republican congressional candidate Tommy Altman, could appeal and drag it out further. Anderson vowed the “fight would continue” and that Altman was reviewing the appeal options.

Now, with the deadline passed, the case is officially over. Neither Anderson or Altman have appealed the case which settles this particular flashpoint.

It’s a battle won within an ongoing culture war. Gender Queer is one of the most challenged books in the country and become a flashpoint being used in political elections as an attack point by the right.

Virginia Judge Dismisses Gender Queer Book Ban lawsuit

Gender Queer

A Virginia judge has dismissed an obscenity lawsuit that put Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer: A Memoir and Sarah MaasA Court of Mist and Fury further in the spotlight and possibly restricted in the commonwealth. Following a hearing this Tuesday, Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Pamela Baskervill ruled that neither book meets the standard for obscenity under Virginia law and that the obscenity law itself was unconstitutional.

Republican State Delegate Tim Anderson and failed Republican congressional candidate Tommy Altman decided to abuse a little-used rule that allows indviduals to launch obscenity proceedings in the state. Both felt the material in the books were explicit and unsuitable for those under 18.

The lawsuit would have restrict not just the sale of the book but potentially even individuals sharing the books with each other.

Judge Pamela Baskervill dismissed the case stating that Altman and Anderson hadn’t provided substantial evidence the books were obscene and that Virginia’s laws around obscene books violated the First Amendment. You can read ruling 1 and ruling 2.

Losing attorney Anderson stated on Facebook the fight would continue and that Altman is reviewing the appeal options stating they feel the standard for obscenity for children should be different than for adults. Both we’re sure were very pro empowering parents in the most recent election but seem to not think parents can make those decisions for their kids. That makes them hypocrites.

Gender Queer has become a target in the national attacks on literature. It’s yet another example of the book banning that is being pushed by right-wing provocateurs to make gains politically by stoking “culture wars”.

As has been shown, a dark money network is funding campaigns against “Critical Race Theory”, something not being taught in schools. This book banning is an off-shoot of that showing these pushes are about as natural as an oral bowel movement. The “movement” is being used as a wedge issue to whip up voters by the right since they have nothing else to run on. It attempts to pit parents vs. bureaucrats (and teachers and librarians), a match that’s unfortunately pretty easy to get traction on. The movement has been working for decades and continues the right-wing push to take over at the local level, first at the state and now even lower to get their regressive agenda passed.

Review: This is a Birthday Cake

This is a Birthday Cake continues the fun kids-focused graphic novel/picture book series from Andrew Cangelose and Josh Shipley and published by Oni Press.

Fun for both kids and adults we get to see why you should follow the instructions and not rush things. Good lessons for all.

Story: Andrew Cangelose
Art: Josh Shipley

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Preview: Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

(W) Aaron Durán (A/CA) Sara Soler, Jaime Martinez

Althalia Cabrera is desperately trying to do the right thing, but exactly what the right thing is has never been murkier to the young bruja. She can either accept the help of her indigenous religion’s ancient death gods and save the life of her beloved abuela, or face the loneliness of being the last of her kind. Shattered by grief and surging with her growing power, Althalia is about to show the underworld what can happen when you threaten the wrong witch’s sweet little abuela.

Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

Preview: Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)

(W) Aaron Durán (A/CA) Sara Soler, Jaime Martinez

Althalia Cabrera is desperately trying to do the right thing, but exactly what the right thing is has never been murkier to the young bruja. She can either accept the help of her indigenous religion’s ancient death gods and save the life of her beloved abuela, or face the loneliness of being the last of her kind. Shattered by grief and surging with her growing power, Althalia is about to show the underworld what can happen when you threaten the wrong witch’s sweet little abuela.

Season of the Bruja #5 (of 5)
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