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Review: Elasticator #6

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-10-56-54-amMikey Mazzagatti’s story comes to an end with the latest issue of A.C. Medina and Kevin Shah’s Elasticator. The previous chapters chronicled the rise of Brother V and his drug empire–and the life-changing effects they had on Mikey.

Despite its limited run, Elasticator has pulled off a thought-provoking story over the course of six issues. Superheroes have always been a political entity, and by focusing on some of the people who were most affected by the 2008 recession. Elasticator takes the reaction to the recession to some improbable extremes (superpower-giving drugs, for example), but all events are underscored by a focus on humanity.

Issue six jumps right into the fray. The fight for Brooklyn’s fate was set up throughout the previous issues, and Medina and Shah waste no time in diving into the conflict. As with previous issues, Elasticator distances itself from other superhero comics by pausing on those affected by the events as they unfold.

The pacing of the story has always been quick, but moments where residents of an apartment building band together to save a small child slow the frenetic pace just enough that the story isn’t a wild rush to the finish. The timing of Elasticator has always been narratively jumpy, but the story is bookended by scenes that mirror the introductory issue, bringing everything full circle.

The effect is a cool storytelling trick. Mikey has visibly and emotionally changed between his first appearance and his last even though very little time has passed while he told his story. The ending is complex and somewhat unexpected. Without getting too spoilery, the ending is ambiguous and multifaceted, forcing readers not just to think about the outcomes, but how events influence people in different ways.

Shah’s art and Ross A. Campbell’s coloring are, as they have been, perfectly geared to the story at hand. The fights have dramatic flair (pages 6-8 are tons of fun to read) but the quiet moments don’t lose any of the lovely vibrancy present throughout the comic. Shah’s style is expressive and lively, perfect for the tone and pacing of the story.

Elasticator–though not for all audiences–is a fun comic that packs a punch, and with a team that works as well as this one, we can hopefully look forward to future comics.

Story: A.C. Medina Art: Kevin Shah
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

Scout Comics Announces Four New Series at New York Comic Con

Kicking off Saturday at New York Comic Con, Scout Comics announced four brand new series coming to shelves in 2017.

WELCOME TO PARADISE

Written by A.C. Medina
Illustrated by Morgan Sawyer
Colored by Ross A. Campbell
Lettered by Micah Myers

Filled with deadly drag races for sport, routine mass killings called “the cleanings”, and where the common house is the size of a closet. Meet Manny, a fun loving, chop shop delivery boy, on the run and in possession of what may be humanity’s last hope. The only problem is Manny’s world is a bunker the size of California and just about everyone in it wants him dead.

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INFERNOCT

Written by Mina Elwell
Illustrated by Eli Powell
Colored by Tristan Elwell
Lettered by Rob Jones

As Sam attempts to discover the real reason the people of her town are being destroyed, she becomes aware of mind-redning creatures that feed off the sanity of their victims. It’s up to her to do something about it… if she can only keep her grip on reality.

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LITTLE GUARDIANS

Written by Ed Cho
Illustrated by Lee Cherolis

Little Guardians tells the story of two young people switched at birth and now unknowingly living each other’s lives. Subira was supposed to be the next Guardian of Yowza Village, but she was born a girl. Instead she lives a quiet life working at The Item Shop never knowing what should have been. Idem trains to be the next Guardian and tries his best to be the warrior he was never meant to be. How will the next generation survive the choices made for them as strange incidents start plaguing the village and demon attacks appear to be on the rise?

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MINDBENDER

Written by James Pruett
Illustrated by Federico De Luca

Alex was only 7 when he first awakened the power that left him comatose for nearly 16 years, an evolutionary power lying dormant in all mankind, bubbling within the unconscious mind waiting and yearning to be unleashed. Finally, a young child was able to touch this untapped force and the results were catastrophic. Those that would use his ability have been awaiting Alex’s awakening. Now, that wait has ended, and the world will soon learn the true potential of mankind. But will Alex be a vanguard for the world or will he be responsible for its annihilation?

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Preview: Wayward #4

Wayward #4

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Steve Cummings
Art By: John Rauch
Cover By: Steve Cummings
Cover By: Ross A. Campbell
Variant Cover By: Philip Tan
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: ICSEP140764
Published: November 26, 2014

IMAGE COMICS’S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION! A storm rages across Tokyo while secrets are uncovered below the city streets.

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Preview: Wayward #3

Wayward #3

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Steve Cummings
Art By: John Rauch
Cover By: Steve Cummings
Cover By: Ross A. Campbell
Variant Cover By: Jorge Molina
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140692
Published: October 29, 2014

IMAGE COMICS’ NEW SUPERNATURAL SENSATION! More students with strange abilities, more creatures emerging from the shadows…Rori can see patterns pulling it all together, but can she discover the secret beneath before it’s too late?

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Preview: Wayward #2

Wayward #2

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Steve Cummings
Art By: John Rauch
Cover By: Steve Cummings
Cover By: Ross A. Campbell
Variant Cover By: Riley Rossmo
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140588
Published: September 24, 2014

IMAGE COMICS’ NEW SUPERNATURAL SENSATION! Rori’s uncanny senses lead her to a classmate with a dark secret…one he’s willing to kill to keep hidden.

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Preview: Wayward #1

Wayward #1

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Steve Cummings
Art By: John Rauch
Cover By: Steve Cummings
Cover By: Ross A. Campbell
Variant Cover By: Alina Urusov
Variant Cover By: Jeff “Chamba” Cruz
Variant Cover By: Adam Warren
Variant Cover By: John Rauch
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN140487
Published: August 27, 2014

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FOR A NEW GENERATION! Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late? JIM ZUB (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack), STEVE CUMMINGS (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot), and JOHN RAUCH (INVINCIBLE) team up to create an all-new Image supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the action and mystery of Hellboy. Don’t miss it!

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Preview: All-New Secret Skullkickers #1

All-New Secret Skullkickers #1

Story by: Jim Zubkavich
Art By: Edwin Huang
Cover By: Edwin Huang & Ross A. Campbell
Variant Cover by: Saejin Oh
Price: $3.50

THE ALL-NEW SECRET SKULLKICKERS: We can’t hide the secret any longer!
SKULLKICKERS is the most fun adventure comic in the entire industry.
Jump on board with this unbooted new first issue and see why!

And, for those of you wishing comics kept the original numbering: No problem! Our B cover variant is a legacy-tastic issue twenty-two.

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