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Review: Goddess Mode #2

Goddess Mode #2

Dragged violently into a secret world of monsters, magic, and metadata, Cassandra is asked to join the group of superpowered girls who saved her in their fight against the mysterious Daemons. But Cassandra has so many questions of her own to answer first-Why was she attacked? What is the omnipotent Hermeticorp up to? And most importantly, who are these girls anyway?

Goddess Mode #2 keeps up the action in an issue that explains a bit more of what’s going on and not enough at the same time. Writer Zoë Quinn delivers an issue that adds intriguing layers to this world but in the end comes off as a high-tech magical girl story. That’s not a bad thing but this feels like a series we’ve seen before but fantasy is replaced by technology.

Who were the girls Cassandra met and what’s going on? Quinn explains that, sort of, leaving open a lot of questions and also throwing in some things I hate considered, like is it all a hallucination? The concepts thrown out there are interesting, ghosts in the machine being daemons but there’s something about the series so far that feels all too familiar. Again, it’s not bad at all, just not as original as it may have first appeared.

The craziness that Quinn delivers succeeds due to the art of Robbi Rodriguez with color by Rico Renzi and lettering by Simon Bowland. The combination of art and color deliver a look and matches the frenetic and kinetic nature of Quinn’s storytelling. It’s a style that says cyberpunk but not at the same time. There’s a bit of Tron thrown in on top of things as well as popular designs from manga. It all comes together for a series that visually stands out.

Two issues in and Goddess Mode feels more like a mish-mash of a lot of different things from fantasy, cyberpunk, Tron, manga, magical girl trope, and more. It’s not necessarily unique but it delivers a blender full of concepts into something that’s a fun read and gets you to want to see what’s next.

Story: Zoë Quinn Art: Robbi Rodriguez
Color: Rico Renzi Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Goddess Mode #1

Technology is good. It’s at times magic. Magic is power. Goddess Mode explores the technology in our lives in what is and what might be with a bit of a fantasy twist.

Goddess Mode #1 is written by Zoë Quinn with art by Robbi Rodriguez, color by Rico Renzi, and lettering by Simon Bowland.

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Review: Quicksilver: No Surrender

Spinning out of Avengers: No Surrender, Quicksilver: No Surrender is the story of how the hero helped saved the world and got lost doing so. Collecting the five issue series, it’s a solid look into the rather complicated character.

Quicksilver: No Surrender is by Saladin Ahmed, Eric Nguyen, Paul Renaud, Rico Renzi, and Chris Brunner.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on December 11! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Spider-Gwen Vol. 6 The Life of Gwen Stacy

Lost in the multiverse with existence on the line. Wracked with guilt and willing to reveal her identity to the world. There’s a lot in volume 6 in Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Chris Visions, Rico Renzi, and Lauren Affe.

The trade collects issues #30-34.

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Preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #30

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #30

Story: Ryan North Art: Erica Henderson
Color: Rico Renzi Letterer: Travis Lanham
Main Cover: Erica Hederson
Logo: Michael Allred
Editor: Wil Moss Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• It’s the climax (IN SPACE!) of our story as Squirrel Girl (IN SPACE!) faces off against an alien armada (IN SPACE; YES, THIS IS ALSO IN SPACE; THE WHOLE STORY IS IN SPACE!).
• Not just her life hangs in the balance, but also the lives of Tippy, Nancy, Loki, Drax, the Silver Surfer AND an entire planet full of squirrels, so if you believe that stakes can be raised simply by adding more characters into the mix, GOOD NEWS: YOU ARE IN LUCK!
• Will Squirrel Girl survive? Will the alien grifters be brought to justice? Will we see more of Horse Thor, The Thor Who Is Actually A Horse And Who May Have Been Invented Solely For This Solicit Text But Maybe Not?
• Only time, and this comic in particular, will tell!

Review: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26

SquirrelGirlCoverUnbeatable Squirrel Girl takes a little break in issue 26 for a special in-universe zine comic written and drawn by various heroes, villains, and denizens of the Marvel Universe. In real life, they are all written by Ryan North with Erica Henderson switching roles with her Jughead collaborator Chip Zdarsky to pen a surprisingly sultry Howard the Duck story. It’s a fun sampler that mostly hit and very little miss from the much vaunted series of three panel Galactus gag strips by Garfield‘s Jim Davis to Anders Nilsen and Soren Iverson’s poignant story of Wolverine befriending a Sentinel and shotgunning a beer with his adamantium claws. The series Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has a lot of fantastic action, jokes, and the occasional superhero parody, but it’s a book where Doreen listens to both her opponents and allies and tries to work things out with eating nuts and kicking butts. S

So, it’s fitting, we get this comic that is written by a wacky range of POVs beginning with Squirrel Girl herself who stutters through the intro about his being a fundraiser zine. We get to listen to Kraven, hear Spider-Man’s retort, and see the world through Tippytoe’s eyes, which is drawn and colored in an adorable manner  Madeline McGrane’s art and colors make this frame story definitely look like a zine you might pick up at the local coffee shop or one of those fancy schmancy zine stores in bigger stories. It’s followed up by Chip Zdarsky going the closest he’ll ever get to his work on Sex Criminals in a mainstream comic with Erica Henderson doubling as a film noir director, but more awkward. They use close-ups and small panels of Howard the Duck and his femme fatale/client like they’re egging Marvel editorial to linger on this scene more while adding a funny caption. Zdarsky doing Big Two interiors is a big treat, and he barely holds back.

Tom Fowler’s Brain Drain story is a nice showcase of the underrated Unbeatable Squirrel Girl supporting character and hews the closest to Henderson’s usual style on the book. His take on Brain Drain is philosophical, adorable, and structured like the computer science programs that the character loves. It’s oddly motivational too and worth a reread thanks to its erudite writing style. Speaking of rereads, Carla Speed McNeil draws a Loki comic that only makes sense forwards and backwards and is a great example of how the comics medium allows for flexibility of meaning using Loki as a litmus test. It’s a wonderful double page spread, and the best Loki story since Journey into Mystery.

After this, Michael Cho draws a Kraven the Hunter comic/Spider-Man diss story, which is a pretty fun riff off “Kraven’s Last Hunt” and features dead presidents. His art has a light hearted old school vibe while having a subversive take on superhero/supervillain relationships kind of like the main Unbeatable Squirrel Girl title, but from the bad guy’s perspective. It’s followed up by a one page retort from Spider-Man with some gorgeous, yet still funny digital painting work from Rahzzah, who teams up later in the book to do Nancy Whitehead’s photo collage comic with the help of North, who channels Dinosaur Comics in the strip. It’s a well-designed remix story that will make the non-artists reading this comic smile and the kind of mash-up that you would find in a real zine.

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But the heavy hitter of the bunch is Anders Nilsen and Soren Iverson’s Wolverine story that is fitting for an artist who had done a comic called Poetry is Useless. Anders Nilsen has a minimalist Euro style perfect for a comic about Wolverine getting talked out of killing a Sentinel, who challenges him to look past his shiny mutant killing exterior and team up with him to beat up some kaiju. (Sadly, this part of the story is off panel.) Wolverine gets a big epiphany moment when he realizes that he’s “hating and fearing” the Sentinel just like the X-Men have been treated for most of their career. This story is proof that more Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly guys should draw superhero comics.

Following this weighty, yet fun story is a couple of candy confections. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl colorist Rico Renzi draws an adorable and faux edgy Batman parody starring the one and only Tippytoe. It pokes fun at Batman’s angsty backstory as well as the fact that Tippytoe always plays second banana. Renzi’s art style is similar to the cartoon The Amazing World of Gumball with lush digital backgrounds and colors. Finally, Jim Davis, whose work I was familiar with eons before I ever opened a Marvel comic, transposes the classic Garfield and Jon relationship to Galactus and the Silver Surfer. It’s the same dad-ish, three panel punchline jokes, but told in a more cosmic key, and Davis has a lot of fun showing Galactus doing his planet devouring, face stuffing thing. His literal eye popping Silver Surfer has a similar manic energy to Robin Williams’ Genie in Disney’s Aladdin.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 is a real treat as independent cartoonists, the creator of Garfield, and even the book’s colorist get to take a stab at some of the more familiar faces in the Marvel Universe while also giving Squirrel Girl’s supporting cast a moment in the sun. It’s sometimes poignant and always funny.

Story: Ryan North, Erica Henderson Art: Madeline McGrane, Chip Zdarsky, Tom Fowler, Carla Speed McNeil, Michael Cho, Anders Nilsen, Rico Renzi, Jim Davis Colors: Madeline McGrane, Chip Zdarsky, Rico Renzi, Rahzzah,Soren Iverson
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall:9.2 Recommendation: Read

Preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26

(W) Ryan North, Erica Henderson (A) Razzah, Rico Renzi, Chip Zdarsky, Michael Cho, Carla Speed McNeil (CA) Erica Henderson
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• In this special standalone issue, Squirrel Girl has convinced, cajoled, and otherwise induced her friends in the Marvel Universe to make comics of their own! For the very first time, find out what kind of comics your favorite Marvel characters would REALLY make!
• Will Tony Stark write author-insert coffee-shop alternate-reality comics where everyone talks up how great he is? It seems likely, and yet, he has given us something EVEN CRAZIER to publish!
• Featuring TONS of special guest artists, including a legendary comic strip artist making his Marvel debut!
• This unique view of both Squirrel Girl and the Marvel Universe is sure to make readers laugh, turn the page, read a bit, see a new joke, and then laugh again! It may also make readers say, “Oh my gosh you’ve gotta read this comic; I’m so glad I purchased it at my local comic-book store and will definitely patronize them again in the near future!!”
• NO OTHER COMIC is making this explicit promise this month, so in our opinion you should definitely order our talking squirrel comic book.

Review: Spider-Gwen Vol. 4 Predators

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Spider-Gwen!

Spider-Gwen Vol. 4 Predators collects issues #19-23 by Jason Latour, Hannah Blumenreich, Robbi Rodriguez, Jorge Coelho, Jordan Gibson, Rico Renzi, and Lauren Affe.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on October 31. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Spider-Gwen Vol. 4 Predators
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Gritty Southern Crime Romance Loose Ends Hits Paperback this July

Writer Jason Latour, artist Chris Brunne, and colorist Rico Renzi will release a trade paperback collection of their miniseries Loose Ends this July.

No one seemed to notice Sonny Gibson as he stepped back into The Hideaway, a dusty little honky-tonk nestled off the Carolina highway. But before the night was over, Sonny would be on the run—from the law, from criminals, and even from himself.

Loose Ends is a gritty, slow-cooked, Southern crime romance that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war-torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida.

Loose Ends TP (Diamond code: APR170742, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0215-0) hits comic book stores Wednesday, July 5th and bookstores Tuesday, July 11th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 5th.

Loose Ends #3 Variant Cover Revealed

Image Comics is pleased to reveal a special limited variant cover of Loose Ends #3 by series artists Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi.

Loose Ends, written by Jason Latour, is a slow-cooked Southern crime romance. Issue #3 finds Sonny and Cheri in Miami, surrounded by gorgeous people, beautiful weather, the decadent life—and men waiting in the shadows.

Limited quantities of Loose Ends #3 Cover B (Diamond code: JAN178353) will be available on Wednesday, March 22nd. Final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 27th.

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