(W) James Asmus, Sam Maggs (A) Priscilla Tramontano, Jack Lawrence (CA) Tony Fleecs In Shops: Oct 07, 2020 SRP: $3.99
When Fluttershy and Discord’s tea time is interrupted by Soundwave, it’s robot logic vs. whimsical chaos! And Dash, sure that she can fly faster than any Autobot can drive, finds herself in a race with the one and only Windblade-let’s just hope Crasher and his Decepticon friends don’t make things too dangerous.
Every child loves getting dressed up like their favorite character. But what happens when a child’s admiration for that fictional character goes too far?
ComiXology and Stout Club Entertainment present Funny Creek, a 5-issue limited series debuting weekly beginning August 4 about the power of pop culture idols and overcoming guilt. Co-written by Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque with art by Eduardo Medeiros, colors by Priscilla Tramontano, letters by Bernardo Brice, and edited by Bis Stringer Horne. Funny Creek will be available simultaneously in both English and Portuguese.
Funny Creek is the first of four comic books coming out of the comiXology Originals multi-book deal with Stout Club Entertainment. Best known as the Eisner, Harvey and Inkpot Award winning artist for American Vampire, this series marks Albuquerque’s chance to explore a different role: as writer.
Set in 1985, young children Lilly and Andy are great friends who both admire the animated wild-west themed TV show Funny Creek. When a terrible tragedy occurs, Lilly finds herself trapped inside her favorite cartoon inhabited by good boys, bad boys and clowns. But the bright world of Funny Creek isn’t as far from the pains of the real world as she had hoped. She joins with Clumsy and Cody to face the devilish villains of Cold Joe and his gang of goons in a showdown in Funny Creek Town. But being a hero isn’t as simple as she thought. As Lilly is pushed deeper into the adventure she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions—not only inside The Funny Creek show, but also in the real world—and must overcome her troubles and make her way home.
Funny Creek deals with the banalization of violence on our society and its potential consequences. Scavone, Albuquerque and Medeiros’ simple “cartoon” characters become deeper and more layered than at first sight. It is a powerful and poignant story about childhood innocence, violence in society and how children process trauma and cope with guilt.
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(W) Ian Flynn, Caleb Goellner, Evan Stanley, Sarah Graley, Samantha King (A) Evan Stanley, Jonathan Gray, Reggie Graham, Priscilla Tramontano, Abby Bulmer, Aaron Hammerstrom, Lamar Wells, Bracardi Curry (CA) Sonic Team In Shops: Jul 08, 2020 SRP: $7.99
“Untold Tales of the Metal Virus!” As the Metal Virus plague-Dr. Eggman’s latest plan that turns all organic life into zombified robots-spreads across Sonic’s world, none can escape its path! Join Sonic and some of his greatest friends and worst foes in six incredible, previously untold stories about how the world reacts to this latest threat!
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Priscilla Tramontano, Jennifer Hernandez, Lamar Wells, Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom In Shops: Jun 24, 2020 SRP: $15.99
The world has fallen to the Metal Virus, a manufactured plague that transforms all it infects into robotic zombies at Dr. Eggman’s command. Even Sonic the Hedgehog has been infected, though his speed has allowed him to keep the virus at bay. Now, Sonic and his friends in the Restoration launch a desperate plan to cure the world! Collects issues #21-24 of the ongoing Sonic The Hedgehog series.
When the Mane Six gallop alongside Autobots in battle, the forces of villainy stand no chance! IDW Publishing and Hasbro welcomes comic fans of all ages to enjoy the wildest crossover of Hasbro creations ever: My Little Pony/Transformers, a four-issue miniseries shipping weekly in May!
In My Little Pony/Transformers, the scheming Queen Chrysalis casts a spell in search of changeling allies, but accidentally interferes with a distant Cybertronian Spacebridge… and brings the Autobots and Decepticons to Equestria! As the dust settles, it’s up to Twilight Sparkle, Optimus Prime, and others to overcome the menace of malevolent magic and machinery!
My Little Pony/Transformers assembles an all-star team of comic creators for this mind-blowing series: writers James Asmus, Ian Flynn, and Sam Maggs, and artists Casey W. Coller, Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Priscilla Tramontano, and Tony Fleecs (who also provides cover artwork for the entirety of the series).
(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Priscilla Tramontano In Shops: Nov 27, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“The Last Minute,” Part Three! Sonic has been infected by the Metal Virus, and so far the only thing keeping him from going full-on zombot is his incredible speed… but how long can that last? As Sonic pushes himself to his limits gathering data for Tails, he comes face-to-face with the one problem more important than the Metal Virus: its creator, Dr. Eggman.
Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher, Kei Zama, Andrew Griffith, & Priscilla
Tramontano (a) • Kei Zama (c)
of the Road! The Autobots are faced with multiple threats, one of them a danger
not only to Cybertron, but to the whole universe! Trapped between Shockwave’s
attack and Unicron’s onslaught, Optimus and the Autobots struggle to make sense
of what’s left of their world, as Optimus’ colonist soldiers contend with a
brutal reality–they have no homes to return to. Plus, Shockwave reveals ancient
truths–as an old friend tries to reconnect with Cybertron. Collects the 2018 Annual and issues #22–25, which
conclude the series.
The battle against Unicron forces Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers to contend with a brutal reality-they have no homes to return to. But when they make a move against Trypticon, the human-controlled home of the next generation of Cybertronians… can the end be far behind?
Transformers: Optimus Prime #23 could have been an interesting tie-in to the current “Unicron” storyline. Instead of exploring the concept of the end of the world and what you should do, the issue devolves into a typical battle due to misunderstandings. Like the “Unicron” main series, it also has no problem killing characters off, indicating the end is near in multiple ways.
Writer John Barber gives us a pretty typical story of things getting out of hand due to misunderstandings. It all escalates in expected ways and of course there’s that moment of no return. In all of those ways, the comic is pretty lackluster for what’s presented.
What’s interesting though is the exploration of the Cybertronian history and their true nature of destruction. Even though they think they protect, they destroy. It’s a cycle that seems to play out in numerous ways over and over. It’s even manifested in the character Jazz himself. Unfortunately, the protector/destructor duality is spelled out for us. Jazz reminds us multiple times in his dialogue. So, even the interesting aspects stumble in this issue. Add in those who reject Optimus and decide to attack, it all just comes together in a comic that throws a lot into the pot but doesn’t quite make the case for any of it.
The art by Priscilla Tramontano is also a let down. The G.I. Joe characters look a bit too cartoony and their style doesn’t mix well with both their vehicles and the Transformers that surround them. It feels like two different stories mashed together in that way. Tramontano’s style would work really well for a younger reader Transformers/G.I. Joe series, or if the Cybertronians had a similar flow in their style as the humans. The color by Josh Burcham is cool and reminds me of the comics from the 80s that I love so much.
The issue has an interesting idea and set up but never quite lands things. It has to spell things out for the reader or falls into a story that we’ve seen too many times before. As far as a tie-in, this issue falls flat when so many others have been so good. It feels like a wasted opportunity to explore more of the Hasbro universe before things wrap up.
Story: John Barber Art: Priscilla Tramontano Color: Josh Burcham Letterer: Tom B. Long Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
The battle against Unicron forces Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers to contend with a brutal reality—they have no homes to return to. But when they make a move against Trypticon, the human-controlled home of the next generation of Cybertronians… can the end be far behind?
What new future will the Transformers bots face? With Optimus Prime trapped on Cybertron, embroiled in the First Strike event, the Autobots on Earth set off on a mission to find their missing friend, Jazz. But anti-Cybertronian humans are after him as well, and they’re armed with Cybertronian weapons! Collects Optimus Prime issues #11–14 and the Optimus Prime: First Strike and Transformers: First Strike one-shots.