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Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Brings a New Era of Jedi Knights to Comics

In its first contribution to Lucasfilm’s bold Star Wars: The High Republic publishing campaign spanning comics and prose, IDW Publishing has announced the February 3rd, 2021 launch of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, an ongoing comic book series set 200 years before the live-action film continuity.

Writer Daniel José Older, bestselling author of Star Wars: Last Shot, joins artist Harvey Tolibao and colorist Rebecca Nalty for a tale of the Republic’s glory days that — while aimed at middle-grade readers — provides a unique perspective to pivotal moments in the Star Wars timeline that fans of all ages can enjoy.

In Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, the Jedi have long maintained galactic peace… but the coming of a powerful new adversary called the Nihil threatens to end it all. Now, a group of Master Yoda’s young Padawan learners must protect the Republic while learning the lessons that will one day lead them to become powerful Jedi in their own right.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1 will be available with two cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy: Cover A by series artist Harvey Tolibao, and a Retailer Incentive edition featuring art by Yael Nathan.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1

Review: Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1

GOOSEBUMPS: SECRETS OF THE SWAMP #1

It’s easy to admire how Goosebumps approaches YA horror, especially in pursuing dark stories without the intention of dialing down the evil behind them. This is the case with the new mini-series set within its universe, Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp, where three girls find themselves in the middle of a battle between werewolves and wolf-hunters. With this setup, writer Marieke Nijkamp and artist Yasmín Flores Montañez kick-off a story that updates the classic Goosebumps formula with a strong and diverse cast along with familiar monsters offering new scares.

The story follows Blake, an expert gamer looking to pass the summer beating high scores online. Her aunt, whom she is staying with, tries to get her back into the real world with hints and clues as to the myths and legends of the town of Fever Swamp. Horror starts to creep in with this revelation as Blake meets Lily and Cara and tales of swamp monsters start circulating between them.

Flores Montañez and colorist Rebecca Nalty do wonders with the setting. Fever Swamp looks vibrant and colorful but dangerous as well. There’s something about a swamp setting that screams blood and monsters and the art team does a great job of capturing it in all its terrifying glory. Colors seamlessly transition from lighter into darker variations of themselves and in the process help carry the storytelling as it moves towards all-out horror.

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1
IDW

The characters’ facial expressions make them feel instantly relatable given they’re so storied and alive. By the end of this first issue, I felt as if I had been reading these characters for a long time. It speaks volumes to Flores Montañez’s ability to bring life into the comics page and the characters that inhabit them.

Nijkamp’s script is expertly paced and allows the story to unravel without heavy exposition dumps. Nothing is explicitly and definitively explained, allowing for a grander sense of the unknown to settle in. As the monsters of the swamp start coming out of the dark, we get the sense that they’re carrying stories with them that don’t conform to the classic trope of ‘good vs. evil’.

Secrets of the Swamp remarkably offers a lot of story in each panel. Details that range from the text on a character’s shirt to the way they move and even how their hair is styled all play into the uniqueness of each character’s identity. This comic feels well lived in. It makes sure readers come back to its world to further uncover its mysteries.

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 is a strong start to a YA horror story that can set a good example as to how to get the most out of the genre. The creative team for this comic is in perfect synchronization and it shows. Stay with this comic. There’s a lot of horror to be had with the promise of more to come.

Story: Marieke Nijkamp Art: Yasmín Flores Montañez Colors: Rebecca Nalty
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy, read, and then visit a swamp (just not alone)
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IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Mad Cave Studios Goes Maverick with a New YA Imprint

Maverick logo

Mad Cave Studios has announced its all-new young adult graphic novel imprint, Maverick! The lineup, which will kick off Fall 2021, includes bi-monthly releases from industry veterans and talented newcomers, featuring titles: Nightmare in Savannah; World Class; Needle & ThreadGood Game, Well Played; Of Her Own Design.

Mad Cave’s very own Editor-in-Chief, Chris Sanchez, will be overseeing every Maverick title and working closely with the editorial staff as well as the creatives behind each title.

Check out what’s coming to comic store shelves soon!


Nightmare in Savannah

(W) Lela Gwenn (A/CO/CA) Rowan MacColl (L) Micah Myers 

Football is a religion where Adrian “The Colombian Cannon” Molina comes from, and thanks to his wicked right leg he has a clear shot at the promised land of the European Junior Leagues. But when a football scout offers him a full scholarship to an elite prep school in London, the news seems too good to be true. His enrollment hits a snag upon meeting the team’s star striker, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not — rich, powerful, and connected. Most of all, Titan possesses a hunger to dominate the pitch no matter who or what stands in his way. The constant fighting, teasing, and bullying intensifies Adrian’s crippling anxiety as he is constantly concerned for his spot on the team. All of that changes the day Luciano DeSilva, the team’s star midfielder, takes him under his wing and gives Adrian the confidence to be himself and value not only his position on the team but in the world.

Nightmare in Savannah

World Class

(W) Jay Sandlin (A/CA) Patrick Mullholland (CO) Rebecca Nalty (L) Justin Birch

Football is a religion where Adrian Molina, aka The Colombian Cannon, comes from, and thanks to his wicked right leg, he has a clear shot at the promised land of the European Junior Leagues. But when a football scout offers him a full scholarship to an elite prep school in London, the news seems too good to be true. His enrollment hits a snag upon meeting the team’s star striker, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not — rich, powerful, and connected. Most of all, Titan possesses a hunger to dominate the pitch no matter who or what stands in his way. The constant fighting, teasing and bullying cause Adrian to experience crippling anxiety as he is constantly concerned for his spot on the team. All of that changes the day Luciano DeSilva, the team’s star midfielder takes him under his wing and gives Adrian the confidence to be himself and value not only his position on the team but in the world.

World Class

Needle & Thread

(W) David Pinckney (A/CO/CA) Ennun Ana Lurov (L) Micah Myers

Choosing between living the life you want and living the life your “supposed to” is not always an easy choice. Noah, embracing his truest-self, wants to pursue a career in costume design, something his loving, but traditional, parents would never approve of. Azarie, the perfect, model daughter of a very stern, political family, dreams of embracing the hobbies she secretly loves, hobbies her social circle would never abide by. The two live different lives and their social statuses keep them from ever crossing paths until they have a chance encounter that exposes some common ground: the desire to live the life they’ve chosen for themselves. Together, the two set out to put it all on the line and show everyone who they really are and what they want to achieve through the unlikely medium of cosplay. Their friendship will be tested and their faith in themselves and each other will be tried, but by staying true to themselves they discover that they truly need each other.

Needle & Thread

Good Game, Well Played

(W) Rachael Smith (A/CO/CA) Katherine Lobo (L) Justin Birch

It’s 2005, and Sienna is really not looking forward to flying back into her hometown to say goodbye to one of the people she called family. Though that feels like a lifetime ago.

It’s 1999. And Sienna is looking forward to what is shaping up to be the Perfect Summer in her Perfect Life. She has a job working in the local video game store, Game Champ, with her four best friends, and that’s how it was going to be forever… At least that’s what they thought, until Jason Silver, the money-hungry landlord threatened to shut down the store. Now, the kids must work together to save Game Champ, but with Art’s huge crush on Sienna, Jo’s crippling self-doubt, Sid’s obsession with his band, and Hope’s mysterious living situation getting in the way… how likely are they to succeed?

Good Game, Well Played

Of Her Own Design

(W) Birdie Willis (A/CA) Jess Taylor (CO) Stephanie Palladino

In the small town of Holden, sixteen-year-old Brie Page has been struggling with a tremendous bout of writer’s block. And that’s a problem. One of many she has, actually. Parents that constantly fight, her former best friend/current bully Viv Kinsley, and the gorgeous new girl Kay Ardiger are causing a bit of stress. Brie used to hide from it all by creating her own fictional worlds and stories, but all of that seems so far away now.

All of that changes when an unexpected encounter with a mischievous bookseller, Ambrose Chance, leaves Brie with a magical pen. One that breaks through her writer’s block and causes her stories to flow onto the page… Too bad the whole town of Holden had to get caught up in it too when her stories come to life. Now, when the most important people in her life are stuck in fantastical tales, Brie needs to save them by diving into her worlds and facing her worries head-on. Which would be fine… if only she was better at writing endings.

Of Her Own Design

Marieke Nijkamp, Yasmin Flores Montanez, and Rebecca Nalty Deliver New Goosebumps

IDW Publishing has revealed that Marieke NijkampNew York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends and writer of DC’s The Oracle Code graphic novel, will pen the latest entry in the long-running children’s horror series, Goosebumps!

Written by Nijkamp, the monthly Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp comic book miniseries will debut in September, featuring the artwork of Yasmin Flores Montanez and colors by Rebecca Nalty.

The five-issue Secrets of the Swamp introduces Blake, a twelve-year-old girl who is shipped away to her weird aunt’s home in Fever Swamp for the summer. Expecting her weeks to be filled with video games, mosquito bites, and a whole lot of nothing, she instead finds herself in a spooky turf war between wolf hunters and werewolves. With monsters on both sides, it’s up to Blake to use all of her gaming skills to escape alive.

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Bill Underwood and a Retailer Incentive edition by Clara Meath.

Bettie Page Returns in New Series from Karla Pacheco, Vincenzo Federici, Rebecca Nalty, and Becca Carey

Bettie Page is back and better than ever, with a new alternate history twist making her a true Hollywood star in the making – and suspect to a murder!

Writer Karla Pacheco brings her kickass skill and sensibilities to another iconic babe, building up a new yarn for Bettie that’s part pulp noir, part pin-up, stylized yet realistic. She’s joined by Italian artist Vincenzo Federici, who’s drawn the “Dark Angel” before. Rounding out the team are colorist Rebecca Nalty and letterer Becca Carey.

In this series, Bettie has moved from New York to Hollywood sometime around 1954. She’s transitioned into more minor acting working, with theater success and bit parts in B-movies. Though she’s still challenged navigating the sticky swamp of producers, perps, pumps, and pushers who call La La Land home and want a piece of the pie – and Bettie. The question is – does Bettie Page find trouble, or does trouble find her? Signing on for a supporting role in a “tastefully sensual” fantasy film set on an idyllic tropical island, she’s wrapped up in a new environment and colorful cast of characters. Until someone is murdered and a massive storm hits!

For such an iconic woman, a crop of all-star artists are contributing covers! Junggeun Yoon leads the pack, joined by Kano and of course the legendary Joseph Michael Linsner. Riki Le Cotey marks a first with a cosplay cover. The real-life Bettie herself is featured on two photo cover variants, one nice and one naughty. Plus a slick homage to Frank Miller from Stephen Mooney.

Preview: The Avant-Guards Vol. 2 SC

The Avant-Guards Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty, with Keiran Quigley and Eleonora Bruni
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Noah Hayes
Price: $14.99

The Avant-Guards have been on a roll, but when they hit the end of their winning-streak, will these new friendships survive? As The Avant-Guards struggle to move forward, they’ll soon learn just what it means to truly be a team – on the court and, most importantly, off the court.

The critically-acclaimed team of writer Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and artist Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) deliver the next chapter of the series where every shot counts when you take them with your friends.

Collects issues #5-8.

The Avant-Guards Vol. 2 SC

Vault Reveals a Jen Hickman Cover for Finger Guns #1

Vault Comics has announced that Finger Guns #1 is receiving an additional new, wrap-around C cover from star artist Jen Hickman.

Jen Hickman is a visual storyteller and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Sequential Art program. Past work includes TESTMoth & WhisperJem and the Holograms, the Femme Magnifique anthology, and more. They get really excited about dystopian fiction, good coffee, and drawing hands.

Written by Justin Richards, drawn by Val Halvorson, colored by Rebecca Nalty, lettered by Taylor Esposito, and designed by Tim Daniel, Finger Guns is one of Vault’s most talked about new 2020 series so far, having already garnered glowing early reviews, along with spotlights in The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter.

In Finger Guns, two troubled teenagers discover they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns. There will be laughs. There will be tears. There will be uncomfortable teen feelings and angst. Oh yeah.. And chaos. So much chaos.

Finger Guns #1 is on sale February 26th, 2020.

Finger Guns #1 Jen Hickman variant

Review: James Bond #1

James Bond #1

With a new film on the horizon, the excitement for more James Bond is in the air and Dynamite Entertainment delivers a new direction and series kicking off with James Bond #1.

Written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore the comic is an entertaining heist story but feels a little short when it comes to 007.

The first issue revolves around a missing painting which has been stolen with a forgery put in its place. Much of the issue is the discussion around and investigation involving that. Bond’s role is limited to an action sequence opening and a much later appearance. Instead, the issue is mainly focused on the two investigators attempting to figure out who stole the painting.

The comic is a good setup, don’t get me wrong. We get taken through the investigation and logic to figure out who the most likely thieves are. But, with a lack of Bond and lack of action, the comic feels more like The Italian Job from the police perspective than Bond. Still, the comic is good for those that enjoy that sort of story. By the end, we get at least more of a glimpse of our hero and the main attraction. Unlike recent Bond comics, this one doesn’t throw you into the action instead it gives us a slow build of the mystery.

The art by Eric Gapstur is good. Colored by Roshan Kurichiyanil and Rebecca Nalty with lettering by Ariana Maher, the comic’s art keeps the story entertaining despite the lack of action. It’s difficult to make what’s presented visually engaging but the team does a solid job. It doesn’t have the big explosions are crazy sequences but there’s something expressive about the characters that hooks you.

As a heist story, James Bond #1 is a solid start. As a Bond story, it’s a bit mixed. The issue is a lot of buildup to whatever villain awaits. It’s just a bit different in how we get there. The threat too feels a bit scaled back for a character who in the past has stopped global threats, another interesting change. There’s more to come and the debut is interesting enough to check the rest out. It just might be a disappointment for those expecting the typical Bond over the top action and threats.

Story: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore Art: Eric Gapstur
Color: Roshan Kurichiyanil, Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Vault Announces Finger Guns from Justin Richards, Val Halvorson, Rebecca Nalty, and Taylor Esposito

Vault Comics has announced Finger Guns, a new comic book series written by Justin Richards, drawn by Val Halvorson, colored by Rebecca Nalty, lettered by Taylor Esposito, and designed by Tim Daniel.

In Finger Guns, two troubled teenagers discover they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns. There will be laughs. There will be tears. There will be uncomfortable teen feelings and angst. Oh yeah.. And chaos. So much chaos.

Finger Guns #1 will hit store shelves in February 2020. The first issue will drop with it’s own Pulp & Paint variant cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel.

Finger Guns #1

Preview: Welcome To Wanderland SC

Welcome To Wanderland SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jackie Ball
Artist: Maddi Gonzalez
Colorists: Nimali Abeyratne, Cathy Le, Maarta Laiho, Cristina Rose Chua, Rebecca Nalty, Kieran Quigley
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Maddi Gonzalez
Price: $14.99

Bellamy Muñoz is a Wanderland SUPERFAN, and she knows everything there is to know about the most “wander-ful” place on Earth. So when she winds up in the very real and very magical world the park is based on Bel is pretty sure she’s uniquely prepared for this situation. However, it soon becomes clear that Wander isn’t actually much like the theme park, and the characters Bel loves aren’t at all like she’d imagined…

Created and written by CYBIL Award-nominated writer Jackie Ball (Goldie Vance), and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Maddi Gonzalez (Elements: Fire), Welcome to Wanderland shows you a whole new world, and invites you along for the ride of your life

Collects the complete 4-issue series!

Welcome To Wanderland SC
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