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Review: Spider-Verse #1 (of 6)

Miles Morales is drawn into the Spider-Verse to help save the multiverse!

Story: Jed MacKay
Art: Juan Frigeri, Stacey Lee, Arthur Adams, James Harren, Dike Ruan, Sheldon Vella, Cotton Valent
Color: Carlos Lopez, Federico Blee, Dave Stewart, Carlos Lopez, Antonio Demico
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Preview: Livewire Vol. 2 Guardian

LIVEWIRE VOL. 2: GUARDIAN TPB

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover by STACEY LEE
$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 11th

Investigating the disappearance of a young girl, Livewire stumbles upon an OMEN facility where young psiots are taken and taught to control their powers.

Is this the safe haven Livewire’s dreamed of or is there something more sinister to this sanctuary?

One of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful heroes continues down her road to redemption with rising star writer Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and artist Kano (Gotham Central)!

Collecting LIVEWIRE #5–8, the “Guardian” story arc.

LIVEWIRE VOL. 2: GUARDIAN TPB

Preview: Livewire #10

LIVEWIRE #10

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by TANA FORD
Colors by KELLY FITZPATRICK
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by STACEY LEE
Cover B by KATIE COOK
Cover C by IRENE KOH
Pre-Order Edition by ELSA CHARRETIER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 11th

Amanda McKee—a.k.a. technopath psiot “Livewire”—fights to clear her name.

But when she teams up with a politician to repair her image and make herself a hero again…

…Will the public be able to forgive her?

LIVEWIRE #10

Preview: Livewire #9

LIVEWIRE #9 (New Arc!)

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by TANA FORD
Colors by KELLY FITZPATRICK
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by STACEY LEE
Cover B by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover C by KRIS ANKA
Pre-Order Edition by JEN BARTEL
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 21st

“Hero” begins here!

Wanted fugitive Livewire has been on the run for months from the authorities for shutting down the country’s power in an effort to protect people gifted with powers.

Will a shocking offer to go public pull Livewire into a political spotlight?

LIVEWIRE #9

Preview: America #12

America #12

(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Stacey Lee (CA) Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE MIDAS WAR PART 2
• La Légion is back! And they’re setting fire to everything America’s fought for.
• Can she take back the home she’s come so far to find? Or is this the end of the Chavez line?
• America battles for the big stuff – legacy, family, love. Who knows what adventure awaits?

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

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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.

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