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Exclusive Preview: America #11

America #11

(W) Gabby Rivera (A/CA) Stacey Lee with Flaviano Cover: Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE MIDAS WAR PART 1
• America’s finally found the family she’s been searching for. Planeta Fuertona awaits.
• But Exterminatrix and her corporation aren’t done with America yet! And their motives go way deeper than America even dreamed.
• When the Midas Corporation reignites a decades-old threat, America’s newly discovered home stands at the brink of implosion!
• And the biggest danger…may be America herself.

Preview: Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #2 (of 3)

Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #2 (of 3)

Kelly Thompson (w) • Stacey Lee (a & c)

The FIRST EVER Jem/Misfits Crossover Event continues here in “INFINITE PART THREE!” Jem and The Holograms are transported to another world where they (and unlikely allies The Misfits!) must save the world from JEMCORP, a corrupt corporation that now controls all Hologram Technology!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Jem and the Holograms Infinite #1

JemInfiniteCoverJem, the Holograms, and the Misfits are back in Jem and the Holograms Infinite #1, which begins as yet another squabble between the rival bands. However,  by the time you reach the final page cliffhanger, the comic has definitely taken a turn for the sci-fi courtesy of writer Kelly Thompson, artists Stacey Lee and Jen Hickman, and colorist Sarah Stern. It looks like the story of two “families” will play out in a futuristic (still unrevealed) alternate universe and not the music industry as the focus flips to the actual hologram technology instead of the band that uses it.

Most of the plot of Jem Infinite #1 is spent trying to dredge up bad blood between the Holograms and Misfits before a side character hastily flips the comic’s genre. However, the writing of the title doesn’t slip thanks to the return of Kelly Thompson. Thompson has a strong handle on these women’s relationships, emotions, and senses of humor and showcased this in the more character driven Jem and the Misfits miniseries, which turned “villains” into some of the most likable people in this universe through the power of authentic backstories. These characteristics aren’t lost under bickering about events in past issues, and Thompson and Lee make room for Kimber and Stormer to exchange sweet nothings while everyone else feuds.

Speaking of Stacey Lee, the art shift from her to Jen Hickman could be much worse, and colorist Sarah Stern bright take on the Holograms’ and Misfits’ complex makeup helps keep continuity through the issue. But there are some hiccups because Hickman’s work is inked a little bit rougher and has less sheer energy and beauty, JemFiercewhich is why it’s a good thing that Lee handled the double page concert spread and the fierce entrance scenes of the Holograms and the Misfits. Her style evokes the pure pop style candy of Sophie Campbell’s original designs while Hickman’s work is a little quirkier, which might end up making her a good fit for alternate dimensions and space. She also nails Techrat’s post-cyberpunk undercut.

It’s a little disheartening to see the Holograms and Misfits fall back into old patterns of physical violence in the first arc or so of the series after growing as characters for 26 issues and a five issue miniseries. Aja’s pure rage at the Misfits is kind of funny, but the Holograms and Misfits square up ready to throw down and then back out. And there’s really no payoff until the final few pages. The bands are pretty one-dimensional when facing each other, but Thompson does a better job with the relationships inside the band. Jetta talks about a mysterious thing called “the high road”, which they learned about in the Jem and the Misfits when they decided to stop selling out and arguing on camera to boost their reality show ratings.

 On the Holograms side of things, the band discusses telling the public about the fact that Jem is a hologram and is actually Jerrica Benton. Shana thinks that by coming clean that they can spin this story in their favor, but for now, the band decides to keep the secret so their band doesn’t get blacklisted like the Misfits were back in the Stingers arc. The discussion about holograms instead of musical sound and fame is actually a nice transition to the Techrat/alternate universe, and it will be interesting to see if their interdimensional travel influences the possibility of Jem going public with her identity.

Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #1 starts strong with the fierce artwork of Silk‘s Stacey Lee, but then it becomes merely average when Jen Hickman takes over in the back half. Most of Kelly Thompson’s story is resetting the rival dynamic between the Holograms and Misfits and then pouring a whole can of multiversal science fiction into the mix. The Misfits and Holograms’ banter is sharp as ever so fans of the last comic book series shouldn’t be afraid to flip through this one.

Story: Kelly Thompson Artists: Stacey Lee, Jen Hickman Colors: Sarah Stern
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #1 (of 3)

Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #1 (of 3)

Kelly Thompson (w) • Stacey Lee (a & c)

The FIRST-EVER Jem/Misfits Crossover Event begins here and now with INFINITE PART ONE!” Now a happy quintet, Jem and The Holograms are stronger than ever, which is a good thing because they’re about to embark on an adventure unlike anything they’d ever imagined possible. After a public fight with The Misfits at a charity event, a strangely dressed Techrat shows up and takes them to a whole new world… literally. And it is going to change EVERYTHING.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Jem and the Holograms Gets a Music Video Based on the Comics

Jem and the Holograms gets a “Comic Book Musice Video” courtesy of IDW Publishing based on their Jem and the Holograms comic books. The video features art by Sophie Campbell, M. Victoria Robado, W. Scott Forbes, M.J. Barros, Jen Bartel, Stacey Lee, Jenn St-Onge, Gisèle Lagacé, and Jason Millet with stories written by Kelly Thompson. The Jem and the Holograms theme song music is written by Robert J. Walsh (BMI), Ford Kinder (ASCAP), Anne Bryant (BMI), with lead vocals by Kirsten Gundel. Music, mixing, and backing vocals by Mike Scudieri Recording and engineering by Alex Zander. “Jem Fan” portrayed by Katie Courtney, cinematography by Jack Rivera, and directed by Steven Scott. The animation was provided by MoreFrames Animation.

Preview: The Unbelievable Gwenpool #10

The Unbelievable Gwenpool #10

(W) Christopher Hastings (A) Gurihiru (CA) Stacey Lee
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

JOIN THE GWENPOOL ARMY!

Give your all to Gwen for very little appreciation! After all – you’re probably just an extra created to serve her, right?

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Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #3 (of 6)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #3 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, Tini Howard
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Elsa Charretier
Incentive Cover 1: Emily Hu
Incentive Cover 2: Stacey Lee
Price: $3.99

Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, Kimberly must work with old and new friends to free her loved ones from Goldar’s clutches.

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No Powers. No Responsibility – Your First Look at The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1!

Wait, really? Yes, really! 2015’s overnight sensation is slicing and dicing her way into hearts and minds as well as her very own ongoing series! Hold on and hang tight world, because she’s The Unbelievable Gwenpool – and her first issue is coming at you this April from writer Christopher Hastings and artist Gurihiru!

Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you…until one day she woke up INSIDE the Marvel Universe. Now all the characters she read about are real! But they can’t be really real, can they? This has got to be some kind of dream or something, right? Well you know what that means – NO CONSEQUENCES! First order of business, get a costume and start fighting crime. Why? Because that’s what everyone who has a solo series does!

No power. No responsibility. No rules. No limits. The Marvel Universe  has a new player, and she’ll shoot and stab her way through anyone and everyone. Could she truly be Marvel’s least role-modely and least responsible character to date? She can if she tries! Find out this April as this marvelous mercenary makes her explosive entrance!

THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #1 (FEB160762)
Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art & Cover by GURIHIRU
Variant Covers by FRANCISO HERRERA (FEB160763), STACEY LEE (FEB160764), CAMERON STEWART (FEB160768) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (FEB160766)
Hip-Hop Variant by WOO DAE SHIM (FEB160765)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB160767)
FOC – 3/21/16, On-Sale – 4/13/16

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Spider-Woman, Silk and Spider-Gwen Swing Into Action in Spider-Women Alpha #1!

The Spider-Event of 2016 is here! This April, Silk, Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen unite for a story too big for any one of their titles to contain! Marvel has released a first look at Spider-Women Alpha #1 – kicking off the epic 8-part universe hopping crossover! Blockbuster writers Jason Latour, Dennis Hopeless and Robbie Thompson are joined by a dazzling array of artists, including Vanesa Del Rey, Bengal, Javier Rodriguez, Tana Ford and more to bring you a story you won’t want to miss!

A routine trip to Earth-65 to visit Spider-Gwen turns into a nightmare as Silk and Spider-Woman find themselves trapped on Gwen’s alternate Earth! And they’re not alone! The villainous organization S.I.L.K. is on their tails, and they’re dead set on using these interdimensional interlopers for their own gains. Now, it’s a race against time to get home in one piece! But while these Spider-Women struggle to find their way back, who’s keeping an eye on their universe? Plus – Cindy Moon comes face-to-face with her Earth-65 counterpart!

Don’t miss one minute of the excitement as these three wallcrawling warrior women swing into action this April!

SPIDER-WOMEN #1 (FEB160774)
Story by JASON LATOUR, DENNIS HOPELESS & ROBBIE THOMPSON
Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
Art by VANESA DEL REY
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Connecting Variant A by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (FEB160775)
Variant Cover by STACEY LEE (FEB160776)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB160777)
FOC – 3/14/16, On-Sale – 4/06/16

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Review: Silk #1

Silk_1_CoverSince she escaped the bunker and returned from the universe-hopping Spider-Verse her one mission has been to track down the missing members of her family. But her quest has taken her down a darker path than she ever expected, and now she’s found herself on the wrong side of the law, and in league with Marvel’s most ferocious feline, the Black Cat. What could have happened in the eight months since Secret Wars to get under her skin? Is there any redeeming her, or is she already lost?

Wait, Silk is a bad guy!? I didn’t read the solicit text above before reading Silk #1, so I missed the twist in this comic, which has a few. Writer Robbie Thompson takes Cindy Moon/Silk and gives her a nice space all her own in this new series.

The first half of Silk #1 feels like a classic Spider-Man story to me, more so than the current Spider-Man series that has been released. She’s swinging around, punching bad guys (still the Goblin Nation), and trying to balance her personal life during it all. Thompson does an excellent job of balancing all of that action while also catching up readers as to Cindy’s life. You could pick up this issue never having read a comic featuring Silk and be fully caught up. It’s actually really impressive to do all of that so smoothly while also setting up a new direction.

And boy is there a new direction. We have the solicit text above, but there’s so much more that I don’t want to spoil. I got to the “bad guy” reveal which caused me pause and I said “holy crap that’s cool,” but what comes after that has even more potential and answers questions I had while reading.

Thompson is helped by Stacey Lee whose style is really cool. Not quite sure how to describe it, but I’ll say Lee does an excellent job balancing the action with quieter moments in Cindy’s life. I enjoy the character design and Silk is handled in a way that her skin tight outfit doesn’t feel like it’s visually exploiting her body at all.

The comic’s first issue is a lot of fun. I want to see what happens next and Thompson has carved out a solid space for Silk that keeps her in a world that feels familiar for fans of the Spider family but also is unique enough to make it stand out. A great debut.

Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Stacey Lee
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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