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Review: Motor Girl #6

If there is one person on Earth that visiting aliens trust, it’s Samantha Locklear. Now Sam is fighting to save the desert junkyard that has become a UFO safehaven from an industrial tycoon determined to seize the land and install an anti-UFO weapon. Fortunately, Sam has a secret weapon of her own, her imaginary gorilla friend Mike!

A month off from Motor Girl, even for the release of the first trade, feels like too long for what is one of the best comic series on the market today. Terry Moore, who both writes and draws the series, continuously knocks it out of the park with a combination of humor and heart in a comic where you never know what to expect, but you know you’ll leave with a smile on your face even when you’re fighting back tears like this issue.

Picking up from the last issue it’s hard to talk about the first half of the comic without spoiling it. But, the humor is packed to the beginning setting up the reader for the latter half which feels like a punch to a gut by the end of it. The first half continues the alien abduction story and it’s really hilarious how it’s presented but as with what feels like everything with this comic, not all is at it seems. Again, don’t want to spoil things, that’s part of the fun of the series.

But, Moore delivers a punch to the fut as I said with the latter half that dives into Sam’s military service after an explosion triggers a memory and what I assume is PTSD. We are taken to her service in what’s clearly a Middle Eastern field of battle. It doesn’t matter specifically where only what happens. Again not to spoil anything, but Moore reveals Sam’s injuries she’s sustained and been danced around a little bit and also what’s likely the origin of Mike. It’s utterly heartbreaking, shocking, unexpected, and again Moore adds so much depth to his characters.

What starts with putting a smile on my face ended with my jaw dropped and a gasp. But, even with the air sucked out I still kept smiling due to the first half of the comic. Moore brilliantly mixes humor and emotion in a comic that has delivered with every issue and continually surprises. Easily my favorite comic out today and one of the best being released.

Story: Terry Moore Art: Terry Moore
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Motor Girl #4

motor-girl-4Vic and Larry try to bully Samantha into selling the junkyard, but Sam proves to be a formidable opponent, especially with the help of a few resident extraterrestrials!

Motor Girl, let me tell you how much I love you.

Writer and artist Terry Moore continues to knock it out of the park with this latest series which brilliantly mixes sci-fi and humor for a combination that’s one of the most fun comics on the market, and it really should be a downer.

The comic is about a sleazy corporate-type guy trying to buy a junkyard from an old woman, while the keeper of the yard, Sam, is possibly seeing UFOs, has a drinking problem, and her best friend is a talking gorilla. Weird doesn’t come close to summing up the series, but it’s quirky fun that I find myself laughing with every issue and finishing each with a big grin on my face. This issue is no exception.

Last issue we saw Larry get abducted by a UFO and in this issue Same comes across Vic who’s waiting for his friend to return like a lost puppy. That parts funny enough, but then add in a scientist who’s tripping because he licked a toxin and it gets even funnier. This issue is full of comedy, both physical and situational. We also get to know Sam more too.

As the heroine of the comic, Sam is an interesting one. She’s tough and I mean that both physically and emotionally. She’s experienced some trauma with hints seen in this issue and we also get to see her kick some ass. When it comes to favorite female comic characters, she’s quickly rising to becoming one of my favorites. Terry Moore continues to knock it out of the park with his characters and here he keeps adding depth through small additions.

As much as I examine the comic, it’s flawless. The worst part is, I want to read more. It’s such a fun read it flys by and a month is too long to wait. Motor Girl is my new favorite series and one of the best on the market today.

Story: Terry Moore Art: Terry Moore Cover Color: Steve Hamaker
Story: 10.0 Art: 10.0 Overall: 10.0 Recommendation: Buy

Wednesday Comic Rally: Motor Girl #1

motor-girl-1Too often comic fans rally around a series far too late, when it’s already been cancelled or announced its ending. We’ve recently seen that with the cancellation of Nighthawk and Mockingbird, two solid series that featured excellent writing, but lacked the buzz to keep them going.

Introducing “Wednesday Comic Rally” (the eventual name to still be determined) where I hope to spotlight a series, comic, graphic novel, etc., that you should go check out when you head to the shop each week. The idea is to focus on small press and indie comics as well as low selling mainstream comics and make the case as to why you should get it (and actually provide options as to where you can purchase the comic if you don’t have a local shop or prefer digital).

We saw how easily we can boost a series like Mockingbird so lets show our power as comic fans and speak with our dollars to keep quality comics around by showing our support.

This week’s rally? Motor Girl #1 by Terry Moore and Abstract Studio!

When Samantha’s junkyard is visited by a UFO looking for spare parts, she is only too happy to oblige. But when word gets out she is a reliable source, Sam’s booming alien business catches the attention of an Area 51 investigator determined to shut her down!

Moore originally was going to create this series after Strangers in Paradise, but instead he made ECHO instead. After ECHO was the new plan, but then Rachel Rising was his next project. So, finally we get this new series that’s been years in the making and the wait was worth it.

The first issue of Motor Girl debuts this week and it’s as solid as I’d had hoped giving us a cute and entertaining comic that bends genres and features the quirks that makes creator Terry Moore’s comics great. The comic star Samantha a tech handy manager of a junkyard and a talking gorilla, it’s everything I expected and more. The comic has that sensibility of a series like Wonderfalls or Pushing Daises… but with a talking gorilla. There’s a magical and whimsical feel about it that had me immediately wanting to read the next issue.

That’s helped in Moore’s distinctive black and white style which perfectly balances details. There’s not too much, there’s not too little. It’s something he’s mastered over the years and is a prime example of a black and white comic being superior to its color bretheren.

Having read the issue, it’s solid and a comic I highly recommend being one of the best I’ve read this week.

So, lets show quality can rise!

You can purchase Motor Girl #1 at your local shop, through the Abstract Studio website, on comiXology, through Amazon, or pre-order the second and third issue through Things From Another World.

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Kyle Higgins, Ross Thibodeaux, Marguerite Bennett, Trey Moore, James Kochalka, Jorge Corona
Artists: Rod Reis, Rob Guillory, Huang Danlan, Terry Moore, James Kochalka, Jorge Corona
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Goñi Montes
Incentive Cover: Richard Chang
Acetate Incentive Cover: George Caltsoudas
Price: $7.99

Comics creators come together to celebrate their mutual love of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! From short stories like “Only the Strong” (the origin of Goldar) to “Unlockly Heroes” (basically, what would happen if Bulk and Skull became Rangers?), this oversized anthology collection features contributions from creators like Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Rob Guillory (Chew), James Kochalka (Monkey vs. Robot), and more!

40 pages of new story and art!

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Preview: Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz HC

Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz HC

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Writers/Artists: Mike Allred, Art Baltazar, Paige Braddock, Megan Brennan, Frank Cammuso, Derek Charm, Colleen Coover, Evan Dorkin, Chynna Clugston Flores, Julie Fujii, Shaenon K. Garrity, Melanie Gillman, Zac Gorman, Jimmy Gownley, Matt Groening, Dan Hipp, Keith Knight, Mike Kunkel, Roger Langridge, Jeff Lemire, Jonathan Lemon, Patrick McDonnell, Tony Millionaire, Caleb Monroe, Terry Moore, Dustin Nguyen, Molly Ostertag, Lincoln Peirce, Paul Pope, Hilary Price, Liz Prince, Stan Sakai, Chris Schweizer, Ryan Sook, Jeremy Sorese, Raina Telgemeier, Richard Thompson, Tom Tomorrow, Lucas Turnbloom, and Jen Wang

Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz is a giant love letter from creators new and old from comic strips to webcomics, children’s books to comic books. Unprecedented at this scale, it is very rare for the Schulz estate to allow other cartoonists to illustrate the Peanuts gang in their own signature styles. This collection of original stories, pin-ups, and strips pay tribute to Schulz and the world of Peanuts, and includes contributions from Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Jen Wang (In Real Life), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Terry Moore (Rachel Rising), Mike Allred (Silver Surfer), Paul Pope (Battling Boy), and many more. Features an introduction by Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate).

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KaBOOM!’s Unprecedented Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz Hardcover

On October 2, 1950, good ol’ Charlie Brown made his first appearance in a classic, four-panel comic strip printed in seven newspapers nationwide. In the 65 years since, Charlie Brown and his friends have become household names around the world—and in Snoopy’s case, on the moon—appearing on television, on the stage, and in theaters. Charles M. Schulz’s creation has been awarded high honors and praise, and most importantly, the Peanuts gang has touched the lives of generations and continues to delight and inspire to this day.

Paul Pope

This October, KaBOOM!, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Peanuts Worldwide have the honor of presenting an unprecedented collection of original stories, pin-ups, and strips dedicated to Charles M. Schulz’s beloved creation in Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz.

This 11.5” x 9” hardcover features 128 pages of full-color illustrations and comics from 40 renowned cartoonists, presenting the Peanuts gang in their own signature styles in a very rare opportunity and in cooperation with the Schulz estate. Mo Willems , Raina Telgemeier, Jen Wang, Patrick McDonnell, Stan Sakai, Terry Moore, Liz Prince, Mike Allred, Paul Pope, and many more celebrate their love of Peanuts in this one-of-a-kind collection.

Liz Prince Patrick McDonnell

The Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz hardcover arrives in comic shops on October 14th and in bookstores October 20th for the price of $34.99

Peanuts A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz Cover Design by Scott Newman, with Charles M. Schulz, Ryan Sook, and Paul Pope

Strangers in Paradise now on Thrillbent!

SIP CASTAward-winning writer/artist Terry Moore, creator of Strangers In Paradise, one of the medium’s most acclaimed and honored comics series, brings his long-running masterpiece to Mark Waid and John Rogers’ Thrillbent digital comics site beginning Friday, July 3.

Strangers In Paradise’s 107-issue epic, a groundbreaking romantic thriller focused on the complex relationship between its two female leads, won the Eisner Award in 1996 and the GLAAD Award in 2008. It will be serialized weekly over the next two years from its very beginning for Thrillbent subscribers as part of the site’s continually updated library of content from comics’ top creators. There, Strangers In Paradise joins Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire, James Tynion and Jeremy Rock’s The Eighth Seal, Alex De Campi and Christine Larsen’s Valentine, Seanan McGuire and Erica Henderson’s The Best Thing, and dozens of others groundbreaking series and short stories.

Archie Comics Teams with Retailers for Exclusive Archie #1 Variant Covers

Archie Comics is proud to reveal the full line-up of retailer exclusive variant covers for this summer’s blockbuster Archie relaunch by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples! After teaming with retailers for exclusive variant covers for the debut issues of the hit-series Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, they knew it was time to do something even more special with the release of Archie #1 on July 8.

Featuring an all new story from comics legend Mark Waid and stunning artwork from superstar Fiona Staples, these Archie #1 retailer exclusive variant covers are by the best and brightest talents in the industry including Jae Lee, Terry Moore, Cameron Stewart, and many more!

Take a look at the full assortment of retailer exclusive covers below and pre-order the covers you want with these great retailers!

 

 

Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Welcomes Kitchen, Moore, Root, and Veitch

Al CappThe Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center on September 2527, 2015 for its 16th annual show! The have announced returning guests, Denis Kitchen, Terry Moore, Budd Root, and Rick Veitch.

The Harvey Award-winning Denis Kitchen began his comics career as a self-published underground cartoonist (Mom’s Homemade Comics, 1969), but quickly became primarily a publisher. His Kitchen Sink Press for three decades published such legendary and diverse artists as Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, R. Crumb, Mark Schultz, Charles Burns, Al Capp, Scott McCloud, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Dave McKean, Howard Cruse, and countless others. Kitchen also founded the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chaired it for eighteen years. A monograph of his cartoons, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, was recently published. Kitchen curates exhibitions, is an art agent, a literary agent, a comics historian and author (The Art of Harvey Kurtzman and a biography, Al Capp), and has recently brought back Kitchen Sink Books as an imprint of Dark Horse Comics with partner John Lind. This is Denis’s 6th appearance at Baltimore Comic-Con where he has a special connection: as the representative of the Kurtzman estate, he was responsible for bringing the annual Harvey Awards to the convention.

Rachel RisingHaving decided to publish his initial work, Strangers in Paradise, via his Houston-based Abstract Studios, Terry Moore won an Eisner award for his work. Since then, he has gone on to write several titles for Marvel, including the hit series Runaways. Through Abstract Studios, he created the Harvey award-winning Echo, which ran for 30 issues and has since been collected, and his current title, the Harvey-nominated Rachel Rising, for which Moore both writes and provides the art.

Budd Root initially broke into the mainstream comics industry with his first published work at London Night Studios. Ultimately, Root decided he would publish his own comics, forming Basement Comics in 1993 and issuing the now-synonymous Cavewoman. The title has since gone on to see publication with Caliber Press and Avatar Press. It has also garnered an Ignatz Award nomination in 1999.

A member of The Kubert School’s first graduating class, Rick Veitch made a name early in his career as a fantasy artist and writer for Marvel’s Epic line of titles, where he worked on Epic Illustrated, Heartburst, and The One. He went on to work on the critically acclaimed Swamp Thing from DC Comics, as well as Miracleman from Eclipse Comics, for which he both wrote and provided art. Veitch then moved into the indie comics scene, working initially on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios and then launching his own King Hell publishing house, with titles like Bratpack and The Maximortal. Returning to larger publishers, Veitch has worked on Image’s 1963 and Supreme, and DC’s Tomorrow Stories, America’s Best Comics, The Question, and Aquaman. More recently, he wrote the Vertigo title Army@Love and The Big Lie from Image. You can find his Miracleman work reprinted these days from Marvel Comics.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Paul Levitz (Convergence: World’s Finest Comics); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Mark Waid (Daredevil); John Watson (Red Sonja); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

Preview: A Voice In The Dark: Get Your Gun #2

A Voice In The Dark: Get Your Gun #2

Story By: Larime Taylor
Art By: Larime Taylor
Art By: Sylv Taylor
Cover By: Terry Moore
Cover By: Sylv Taylor
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140690
Published: January 14, 2015

Zoey and Rio get to know each other better and find in each other someone who truly understands them. Detective Dunst starts to narrow down the suspect list, but is he working for justice or money?

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