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Fashion Spotlight: Sebastian’s, Samurai Princess, Princess of Dragons

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Sebastian’s, Samurai Princess, and Princess of Dragons, by BlairJCampbell and Hard Decora are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Sebastian’s

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Samurai Princess

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Princess of Dragons

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Fashion Spotlight: BUZZ, Xeno Days, Finding Friends

Ript Apparel has three new designs! BUZZ, Xeno Days, and Finding Friends, by BlairJCampbell, boltfromtheblue, and Dooomcat, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Finding Friends

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Fashion Spotlight: Ghost, I Want Your Voice!, Hipsters of the Universe

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Ghost, I Want Your Voice!, and Hipsters of the Universe, by Obvian, Raffiti, and NibiruHybrid, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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I Want Your Voice!

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Review: Little Mermaid #4

gftlm004The direction in which Zenescope has pushed some of its fairy tale characters has been hard to comprehend.  Some of its characters have had a fairly faithful adaptation to the modern day, while others have struggled to find justification for their association to their namesakes.  Although there are worse cases in Grimm Fairy Tales (such as Cindy), the Little Mermaid has mostly been depicted as neither good nor evil.  She was originally introduced early on in Grimm Fairy Tales but then was ignored until the company went with its bigger picture approach into universe building.  She reappeared in the Myths and Legends story line, but once again she was neither good nor evil, instead acting as an agent of the Sea Witch against her will.

The new series has seemingly tried to redeem that.  Although the direction to be taken with her character is not yet clear, it is evident that it will be somewhat different from what has come before.  Instead of a blank slate for a background, she has been established as somewhat closer to the fairy tale, with royal lineage from those that live below the seas.  It is this background which gives her past a more heroic outlook, even if she is been used for evil in the present time.  As this issue progresses her past and her present come together as she is still held in the research facility designed to create an army.

This is not an entirely fresh take on the Little Mermaid fairy tale, but it does give some new to go with the old.  While some parts of this come off looking as though they were taken straight out of an Aquaman issue, there are other parts which attempt to frame the idea of a mermaid as something a little different.  Evidently Zenescope wants another main hero to include in its ensemble, and for that it cannot really be faulted, as its treatment of female heroes is generally pretty good compared to the industry standard, and as there are not really enough female characters out there.  This ends up being somewhere in between of some of the better stuff that Zenescope puts out as compared to its confusing main series.  It is not necessarily memorable, but still worth a look.

Story: Meredith Finch  Art: Miguel Medonca
Story:  7.7 Art: 7.7  Overall: 7.7  Recommendation: Read

Review: The Little Mermaid #2

gftlittlemermaid002The first issue of the Little Mermaid introduced an interesting element, that of mixing a bit of science fiction into that of mermaids.  As supernatural creatures, mermaids tend to get lumped together more with magic than they do with science, and so using the science experiments on the main character as a plot device was an interesting direction to take such a story.  An interesting concept by itself can’t determine the quality of a story, as it has to be well executed, but while this concept is still here in this issue, it focuses on a different concept altogether.

One of the hallmarks of Grimm Fairy Tales is to gender swap main characters from famous stories from male to female and to thus give the characters a different voice and perspective.  They have done it with the Jungle Book with Mowgli and they have done it with the legend of Robin Hood.  The concept behind this story is the reverse of this usual trend.  Instead of a gender switch from male to female, it is the opposite, as Erica’s father, a merman prince, yearns to be reunited with the human girl that he saved and for any price.  This is of course, with a few changes, the classic tale of the Little Mermaid, only played out here by the Little Mermaid’s father.  Meanwhile the plot still focuses on what is happening with Erica and those that keep her captive.

While the quality of storytelling is still strong enough here, it doesn’t really capitalize on the concept that was introduced in the first issue.  Instead it goes after the lowest hanging fruit of any mermaid story, which is to associate immediately with Atlantis.  While this is handled in an interesting way, it is a little bit of a letdown compared to the first issue.  The story is still heading in an interesting direction, it is only for the creative team to capitalize on the potential that they have already created for themselves.

Story: Meredith Finch  Art: Miguel Medonca
Story:  7.7 Art: 7.7  Overall: 7.7  Recommendation: Read

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMSWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Past Aways #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt is one of the best writers out there, constantly delivering with stories that pay off multiple times during their runs. His latest series has a time traveling twist seeing a group get stranded in the distant past…. 2015!

D4VE #2 (IDW Publishing) – Take the movie Falling Down and mix it with The Office or Office Space, and you get this series which sees a former war hero deal with his dull desk job life.

Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) – Jem goes from cartoon to comics in this brand new series just in time for its 30th anniversary. The first issue is beyond fantastic, giving a story that’ll appeal to old fans and new readers. Expect Jem to be a big thing again.

Skullkickers #31 (Image Comics) – Jim Zub’s off the rails fantasy series is always entertaining. Its been a bit since the last issue, but this one starts a whole new arc that’s a good starting point for readers. Even if you’ve never picked up an issue before, you’ll be entertained.

We Can Never Go Home #1 (Black Mask Studios) – The series sees two rather odd high school students team up after they find out about each others powers. There’s clearly more to the story, and I have my suspicions, but the first issue is gripping, and very entertaining.

Edward

Top Pick: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 (Marvel/Disney) – Disney tries to adapt its rides to other media, and it worked really well with Pirates of the Caribbean. It will be interesting to see if this works.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents the Little Mermaid #2 (Zenescope) – The first issue was a combination of mermaids and science fiction, which is a pretty interesting mix.

Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) –  This relaunch issue looks like a lot of fun, where 1980s big hair meets modern young woman.

Morning Glories #44 (Image Comics) – The mini story arc within the larger story arc within the larger story is getting closer to resolution as Casey gets closer to winning her seat as class president.

Suicide Risk #23 (BOOM! Studios) – Every issue of this series seems as though it finds a new way to surprise, and almost every one of them seems to be better than the last.

Elana

Top Pick: Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) – We had writer Kelly Thompson on the podcast last night  and we couldn’t stop gushing. This is a fun and compelling first issue. The new origin story is emotionally resonant and is an approachable and relevant comic to share with older kids. Also, I noticed that when I posted about it on Facebook I had friends coming out of the woodwork to talk about how much they loved the show back in the day. This is a great comic to share with your friends who grew up with the show and maybe don’t read comics on their own. The art by Sophie Campbell, (who just came out as trans!) is lovely, fun and inclusive. Every comic should aspire to the body diversity reflected in this book. And the colors make it a good inclusion in any Easter baskets you might be making.

All-New X-Factor TP Vol. 3 AXIS (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the series and was sorry to see it cancelled. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and buy the trade. I actually think this book will be even better in trade. The stylish art is first rate with an angular style that reminds me of fashion illustration. It’s refreshingly female-gaze-y. Peter David’s characterizations are perfect and charming as ever. He writes Quicksilver better then any other writer EVER. He has the best feel for all of the characters. So if you are a fan of anyone on the team (Gambit, Polaris, Danger, Warlock, Doug Ramsey) you absolutely need this book.

Elektra #11 (Marvel) – I’m one of this book’s biggest proponents. It didn’t seem to find its audience. But if you like scary comics that still feel like a superhero book then you need to read this. The painted art is striking new ground and looks very adult. If you enjoy the character Elektra at all then you need to be reading this before it gets canceled. Kind of feels like the classic Daredevil “Fall from Grace” TP.

Gotham Academy #6 (DC Comics) – Speaking of cliffhangers, I am more intrigued by this series than ever. It is easy to fall in love with the emotionally real yet adorable teen characters and the charming and unique art. It’s still Hogwarts in Gotham and approachable as heck.

The Wicked + The Divine #9 (Image Comics) – This may be my favorite current comic series. The mystery our heroine is trying to solve continues but last issue ended on an intriguing personal cliffhanger for her. Our protagonist, Laura is about to have one of her personal desires fulfilled. But how is it really going to work out for her!? <commence excited bouncing, squealing, and clapping of hands>

Review: The Little Mermaid #2

LittleMermaid_01_cover AOf the many fairy tales explored and modified by Grimm Fairy Tales, it is probably the Little Mermaid that has had the weakest ride.  There have been those that have become good (like Little Red Riding Hood) and those that have become bad (Cinderella) but when it comes to the Little Mermaid, she is somewhere in between.  Seemingly wanting to be good but controlled by the influence of the Sea Witch she never really got a chance to develop as a character before disappearing into the oblivion of forgotten characters that were touched on briefly and then dropped from sight.  This series is hopefully the return of the character to the Grimm Fairy Tales universe, and if this is any indication then she will come back with a purpose.

This first issue explores the past of the character, and what exactly has happened to Erica since the last time that she was seen.  Despite the general inclination of Grimm Fairy Tales to lean towards magic and the supernatural for the explanation of anything and everything, the story here instead takes a science-fiction approach, at least in part and after the fairy tale side is examined as well.  It is also smart to also focus not only on Erica but on the two that put her in such dire straits to begin with, her mother and the Sea Witch, and they also seem to have changed their outlook since last seen.

There is maybe a long way to go for Erica, but it would seem the the route for a return to relevance is there.  Zenescope has been moderately successful into turning Robyn Hood into a female Green Arrow, and with this new outlook it might be possible that Zenescope is looking for a female Aquaman.  Whatever there intention for the character is though, it would seem as the redemption is there for her.  At times the stories from Grimm Fairy Tales can be tedious and hard to get through, but then sometimes they really throw as much creativity as they can at an old story and then come up with some new and entertaining, which is the case here.

Story: Meredith Finch  Art: Miguel Medonca
Story:  8.2 Art: 8.2  Overall: 8.2  Recommendation: Read

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Fashion Spotlight: Ursula, Deep Space Terror, and Spielworld

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Ursula, Deep Space Terror, and Spielworld from PolySciGuy1, wetbrain, and marcin will be for sale on January 8, 2015 only!

Ursula by PolySciGuy1

Ursula

Deep Space Terror by wetbrain

Deep Space Terror

Spielworld by marcin

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