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Review: GLOW #1

Glow #1

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are ready to take on the world-or at least LA-in this comic based on the hit Netflix series! When the unthinkable happens and the women of GLOW find themselves ahead of schedule, Sam ruins the promise of a wrestling-free weekend with… more wrestling! Robbed of blissful relaxation and forced to raise money to fund their way to the event, the GLOW team is less-than-prepared for their opponents: real gorgeous lady wrestlers. What could possibly go wrong?!

Netflix’s GLOW was a surprise hit to me delivering a series that was a bit unexpected in its mix of drama, humor, some history, and wrestling. GLOW, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is based on the real sports entertainment that has a cult like following to this day. The comic spin-off takes a much more comedic spin to the material as the ladies must raise money to go to Wrestlefest.

Written by Tini Howard, the first issue acts as an intro for those who might be new to the characters and series. Through the need to raise money, we learn each of their personalities getting a good idea of how each stands out. That aspect of the comic is solid and really smart. Through the situation, and story, we organically learn about each character. For those expecting wrestling, that’s sparse in the comic which instead is more segments as we see how each raises their needed money.

The art by Hannah Templer with color by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Christa Miesner plays off of the comedic tone of the series. It reminds me a bit more of a style geared more towards kids, which is odd since the show is absolutely not aimed at kids. But, there’s no reason the comic can’t be and the humor of much of the comic is driven by the art which creates an exaggeration by so many of the characters that there’s an almost anime like quality about it all.

GLOW the comic features the same characters as GLOW the television show but the two feel like two very different entities in their focus and tone. The television show is a much more serious adult drama with comedic elements while the comic focuses, at least for now, on the more comedic aspects of it all. And it still works. For those coming in from the show, the difference might be a bit jarring but for those new to it all, this debut issue is a fine introduction to this slice of entertainment history.

Story: Tini Howard Art: Hannah Templer
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Christa Miesner
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Avant-Guards #3

The Avant-Guards #3

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Noah Hayes
    Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

The basketball season is off to a start, and Charlie, Liv, and the rest of the Avant-Guards are trekking across state for their very first game. They’ve hardly had time to polish their skills, though, and if the season isn’t going to end before it’s really begun, they’ll have to fight to make their dreams come true!

The Avant-Guards #3

Preview: Sparrowhawk #5

Sparrowhawk #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Matias Basla
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Miguel Mercado
Price: $3.99

Art’s quest has led her to the Unseelie Queen’s palace and the terrible sacrifice she’ll have to make to return home.

Sparrowhawk #5

Review: The Avant-Guards #2

The Avant-Guards #2

Charlie is done with team sports. Nope. Not happening. Never again. But Liv and the rest of the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics basketball team are determined to get Charlie to join them, and they’ve cooked up a ruse to woo her! For basketball. Nothing else.

The Avant-Guards #2 continues the fun, cute, series, that continues BOOM! Studios and BOOM! Box‘s streak of winning sports themed comics.

Written by Carly Usdin, the second issue focuses on Liv and the rest of the potential team attempting to get Charlie to join. The comic is beyond adorable wearing the fun on its sleeve. But, what Usdin also makes the comic wear its progressive values on its sleeve as we learn more about each girl.

The second issue gives each a moment to shine as the “team comes together” and the presentation is adorable. There’s an energy about the comic, a vibe about it all, that’s hard to not enjoy and that’s partially the enthusiasm of the character Liv and what she brings to the series. Usdin has created a character that should be annoyingly perky but somehow doesn’t cross the line and instead sucks us into the story as that enthusiasm is infectious.

Noah Hayes‘ art with colors by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Ed Dukeshire is fantastic. Each character, even if they’re in the background, has personality, and each is beyond unique in their own way. No two are the same and the designs tell stories by themselves. There’s Hayes also presents body language that gives each character a way to move that is subtle but also feels important in establishing each character.

The first issue was solid and second is just as fantastic. The Avant-Guards is the queer basketball comic you didn’t know you wanted but whose voice makes it hard to not get sucked into the excitement.

Story: Carly Usdin Art: Noah Hayes
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: The Avant-Guards #2

The Avant-Guards #2

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Noah Hayes
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Noah Hayes with colors by Rebecca Nalty
Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

Charlie is done with team sports. Nope. Not happening. Never again. But Liv and the rest of the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics basketball team are determined to get Charlie to join them, and they’ve cooked up a ruse to woo her! For basketball. Nothing else.

The Avant-Guards #2

Preview: Sparrowhawk #4

Sparrowhawk #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Matias Basla
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist:  Miguel Mercado
Price
: $3.99

Art and her strange allies come to a crossroads as they finally reach the Unseelie Queen’s castle.

Sparrowhawk #4

Review: The Avant-Guards #1

The Avant-Guards #1

Welcome to the Georgia O ‘Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, an historically all-female school whose population is decidedly more drama geek than jock.

Liv, aspiring actor and basketball enthusiast, doesn’t understand why she can ‘t be both, but she seems alone in that belief… until Charlie.

Charlie is a recent transfer, a star basketball player, and the answer to all of Liv ‘s problems. She ‘ll stop at nothing to get Charlie to join the ragtag group of misfits that make up their fledgling basketball team.

There’s been a wave of western takes on sports manga with BOOM! Studios, through their BOOM! Box imprint, leading the charge in releases. The Avant-Guards is the latest entry into that genre following a basketball team for a very small school. Like those other series, this one knows that while the sport itself will deliver action, it’s the characters that will really bring us back. And, it delivers that and then some.

The first issue revolves around Charlie and what makes it work is delivering a story so many of us can relate to and empathize with. Writer Carly Usdin keeps it simple, so far, by focusing on a new student trying to figure out where they fit in. It’s something we go through, especially when it comes to school. Usdin also gives us a nice mix of characters with each being unique in their own way. And yet, it still makes sense this group would get together.

Noah Hayes‘ art with color by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Ed Dukeshire is solid. The style is a bit on the cartoonish end of things but that style does well to compliment the tone of the comic which can switch between serious and humor. A different style, the story as presented might not work but there’s a nice balance between needs here. There character design is fun as well giving each a bit more personality and allowing us the reader to find out more about each without having to be told.

The Avant-Guards #1 is a fun debut that continues BOOM!’s successful steak of bringing the manga sports genre to western audiences. This is another fun one that delivers a solid set up with a nice mix of humor and emotion. Definitely one to check out this week.

Story: Carly Usdin Art: Noah Hayes
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Vita Ayala and Dynamite Bring Xena Back to Comics in April

Dynamite has announced a new Xena: Warrior Princess ongoing series for April written by Vita Ayala, illustrated by newcomer Olympia Sweetman, colored by Rebecca Nalty, and lettered by Ariana Maher.

Journey back to Ancient Greece with the reformed warlord. Take up your swords and chakrams to follow the newest adventures of the cult classic TV phenomenon and her trusted companion Gabrielle. As they will first have to investigate a mysterious village where children are miraculously strong. Could the infamously petty Greek Gods be involved, and if not how long before they stick their meddlesome hands in?

The first issue features a range of stunning covers from today’s top talents David Mack, Emanuela Lupacchino, Erica Henderson, Paulina Ganucheau, as well as Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin.

Xena Warrior Princess

Preview: The Avant-Guards #1

The Avant-Guards #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Noah Hayes
    Preorder Cover: Veronica Fish
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Siobhan Keenan
Price: $3.99

Giant Days meets Check, Please, from the creator of Heavy Vinyl!

Welcome to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, an historically all-female school whose population is decidedly more drama geek than jock.

Liv, aspiring actor and basketball enthusiast, doesn’t understand why she can’t be both, but she seems alone in that belief…until Charlie.

Charlie is a recent transfer, a star basketball player, and the answer to all of Liv’s problems. She’ll stop at nothing to get Charlie to join the ragtag group of misfits that make up their fledgling basketball team.

Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and Noah Hayes (Goldie Vance) present a touching tale about finding what you’re looking for… on and off the court.

The Avant-Guards #1

Preview: Sparrowhawk #3

Sparrowhawk #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Matias Basla
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Miguel Mercado
Price: $3.99

Though Art is growing stronger in Faerie, she is still hunted, still pursued. When she meets another creature on the run, Art must learn if she is ready to move from prey to protector.

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