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Preview: Lumberjanes Vol. 18

Lumberjanes Vol. 18

(W) Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (A) Kanesha C. Bryant (CA) Kat Leyh
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $14.99

When April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley get in trouble with Rosie, the mysterious director of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, they figure the punishment is gonna be a walk in the park… er, woods.

But they’re not ready for the surprises that await, including Abigail, Rosie’s elegant & enigmatic best friend from long ago, who joins forces with the Lumberjanes once more!

Collects Lumberjanes #69-72.

Lumberjanes Vol. 18

Preview: Power Rangers Vol. 1

Power Rangers Vol. 1

(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Francesco Mortarino (CA) Matteo Scalera
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $16.99


Only the original Power Rangers, now known as the Omega Rangers – Jason, Trini and Zack – can hope to defeat a new cosmic threat, but their secret weapon is… the villainous Lord Drakkon?!

But will Drakkon be their ally… or the one who dooms them all?

Collects Power Rangers #1-4.

Power Rangers Vol. 1

Review: Sleeping Beauties Vol. 1

Sleeping Beauties Vol. 1

Margaret Atwood is one of those writers who can both spellbind you and terrify you at the very same time. Her prose feels so voyeuristic, you feel kind of guilty even reading one of her powerful tomes. For the world seems to mostly have found The Handmaid’s Tale, through the TV series, it only sees a sliver of her genius. The connecting theme amongst her books, among many, is the breadth of a woman’s agency in the world.

As she has written books in several different timelines, evoking a woman’s struggles much in the way Philippa Gregory does in her books. It is her narrative that compels you to look but cringe in ways you could never imagine. The reality is, even though she writes fiction, does not mean, she doesn’t tell truth. In Stephen King and Owen King’s graphic novel adaptation of their hit book, Sleeping Beauties, we get a grim dystopia, much what Atwood, writes where one woman becomes an outlier.

We are taken to a future where a malady has made a lot of the female population to fall asleep because of a disease called Aurora, except one, who says her name is Eve and who lives in the woods by a town called Dooling. As she awakens and wanders, we find the town has a penitentiary and has its own share of troubles, as she happens upon a house, and kills all the men who live there. Meanwhile, even more cases start popping all across the world, the most prominent in Australia, as the town starts getting flooded by everything natural including insects and animals become suddenly supernatural, a seeming harbinger of worst things to come. The sheriff eventually arrest Eve and brings her to the prison, where things on the outside only get worse, riots escalate, and increasingly, women all around the world including Dooling unconsciously turn into homicidal killers, attacking men everywhere. Eventually, militias rise up, blowtorching any trace of Aurora, even if it means lives. BY volume’s end, Eve reveals she is immune and can end all the chaos while some desperate locals look to end things by their own means.

Overall, Sleeping Beauties Vol. 1 is an impressive story that has echoes of the panic that has occurred during our pandemic but reveals a much grimmer future. The story by the Kings is truly rapturous. The art of the creative team is awe-inspiring. The adaptation is some of the best work I have seen in a long time. Altogether, this adaptation of this modern classic is a game-changer.

Story: Stephen King and Owen King Adaptation: Rio Youers
Art: Alison Sampson, Annie Wu,  Jenn Woodall Christa Miesner, Valerie Lopez, and Triona Tree  Farrell
Story: 10 Adaptation: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Preview: My Little Pony Vol. 14 Shadowplay

My Little Pony Vol. 14 Shadowplay

(W) Nicole Dubuc, Justin Eisinger, Josh Haber (A) VARIOUS
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $7.99

Relive your favorite episodes of the beloved My Little Pony animated cartoon in this graphic novel adaptation featuring Season Seven’s “Shadowplay!”

When Sunburst discovers the lost journal of Star Swirl the Bearded, he shares it with Twilight Sparkle. Together, they find out how the sorcerer and several other of Equestria’s heroes, known as the Pillars of Old Equestria, sacrificed themselves to defeat the evil Pony of Shadows. After researching more about the heroes’ disappearance, Twilight believes that the Pillars are still alive and trapped in limbo and becomes obsessed with trying to free them, but it might not be such a good idea!

My Little Pony Vol. 14 Shadowplay

Preview: Firefly: Blue Sun Rising Vol. 2

Firefly: Blue Sun Rising Vol. 2

(W) Greg Pak (A) Dan McDaid, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Daniel Bayliss (CA) Nimit Malavia
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $19.99


The stage is set for the final battle as the first ever Firefly event concludes, with Sheriff Mal Reynolds – yeah, he’s still getting used to it too – making a choice that may cost him those he loves most, whether he knows it or not…

Collects Firefly #23-24 and Firefly: Blue Sun Rising #1.

Firefly: Blue Sun Rising Vol. 2

Review: Commanders in Crisis Book One: The Action

Commanders in Crisis

In a multiverse, anything is possible. A multitude of Earths, each with its own series of diverging paths. Some of those paths lead to glory, while others are destined only for destruction. In Commanders in Crisis, four superheroes from doomed Earths are rescued minutes before their worlds implode. Together, they are the Crisis Commanders, sworn protectors of the new earth they now call home. The first arc of this series, created and written by Steve Orlando, is as stirring as it is irreverent. The first six issues of this series have been collected into a trade paperback, available now from Image Comics.

This is probably a blasphemous statement, but I don’t think Steve Orlando is a very good storyteller. Don’t get me wrong the guy excels at writing characters. He’s also clearly talented at writing scripts that are easy for the artist(s) to follow, as books he writes always look really good. Unfortunately, a story needs more than flashy concepts and interesting characters. The plot of Commanders in Crisis feels stapled together. The narrative ambles along from one plot point to the next, but never makes a lot of sense. There’s just too much going on within this six-issue story arc. Orlando peppers the story with super heroics, murder mystery, interpersonal drama, existential dread, and domestic terrorism but doesn’t do a good job of connecting all the elements together. Although there are some cool single moments, most of the story ends up being convoluted and confounding.

One thing I did enjoy about Commander in Crisis was the characters. They all have distinct personalities and possess creative powers. They also go through realistic struggles as they strive to understand and control their superpowers. The uniqueness of their powers sets the heroes, and this series, apart from other team superhero books. The Crisis Commanders roster also boasts a high level of diversity. That being said, obviously, any representation is great, but the characters’ diversities felt forced. Each characters’ racial differences and sexual orientations are used to describe who they are on the outside, but then are never really used to define who they are on the inside. By the end of the book, most of the characters felt more like tokens than representations.

As I said above, Orlando’s script and collaboration allow co-creator and artist Davide Tinto’s illustrations to really shine. The narrative’s timeline is easy to visually follow and the action sequences have a dynamic look. I especially appreciated the wide panels used in the page layouts. Using larger panels gives Tinto the chance to showcase the character’s emotions by drawing realistic expressions on their faces. The wide-set panels also makes letterer Fabio Amelia’s job easier, as he often has a lot of dialogue he has to fit in a single panel. Even with expert lettering and spacious framing, there are single panels that look cramped because of everything that is crammed into them.

Commanders in Crisis is the type of comic that doesn’t take itself seriously. Orlando takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the superhero genre, especially enjoyed the cheeky nods to the comic book industry. The story is full of creative concepts and exciting elements but beyond that, a lot of the story itself doesn’t make much sense. Despite its off-kilter writing, the artwork and general wackiness of this series do produce a few entertaining scenes. However, this is a title that readers should first browse before they commit to purchasing this trade paperback.

Creator & Writer: Steve Orlando Creator & Artist: Davide Tinto
Colorist: Francesca Carotenuto Letterer: Fabio Amelia
Story: 4.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Browse 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends Vol. 2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends Vol. 2

(W) Gary Carlson (A) Frank Fosco (CA) Kevin Eastman
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $29.99

This is it, fans! You demanded it-the entire Image Comics TMNT run (a.k.a. TMNT Volume 3) reproduced for the first time ever in full, four-color glory, capped with three all-new issues to complete the unfinished series!

Join creators Gary Carlson and Frank Fosco as they take the Heroes in a Half-Shell on some of their most amazing, dangerous, and bizarre adventures ever… culminating in three brand-new issues by Carlson and Fosco to properly close out this long-beloved storyline at last! Long out of print and incomplete, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 3 is one of comics’ lost treasures, now uncovered at last and completed by the original creators. Collects the final 13 issues, #14-26, of the series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends Vol. 2

Preview: Judge Dredd: False Witness

Judge Dredd: False Witness

(W) Brandon M. Easton (A/CA) Kei Zama
In Shops: May 05, 2021
SRP: $15.99

Justice Academy drop-out Mathias Lincoln always survived by sub-legal means, but after uncovering a vast conspiracy, he finds himself pursued by legendary lawman Judge Dredd!

Get ready for a street level look at justice in Mega-City One as one person fights to expose the darkest secrets of the rich and powerful in a thrilling mystery set against a backdrop of media manipulation and social unrest. While on a job for a rich client, Justice Academy drop-out and professional fixer Mathias Lincoln makes a horrific discovery-children are disappearing, and the conspiracy stretches from the wastes of the Cursed Earth all the way to the halls of power in Mega-City One.

Judge Dredd: False Witness

Review: Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming

Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming

For those of us who live far away from where we were born, going back home can be a surreal experience. As we get older, we often have feelings of trepidation and nostalgia when something reminds us of that place. Many memories of why you left home in the first place are part of that internal consternation. We also are reminded of the things and people who are only in that place you came from.

Every time I have been home to New York I’m reminded of growing up there including both good memories and bad memories. I still call it home, even after being away from it for 25 years. What holds true is that every time you go back it feels different every single time. In Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming, our protagonist goes home but to some unexpected reactions.

In “Tatami”, we find Usagi going back home to the North Province of Tatami, a place he had not been for a very long time, and he is flooded by memories of why he left in the first place, and where he and Chizu protect a valuable transport for the Lord who killed his master, a journey the Neko Ninja Clan looks to foil, but not without a fight from our protagonist, Chizu, and the vassals. In “Mon”, Usagi meets resistance in Tatami and finds trouble in those still bitter from a war long ago, where Usagi lets them meet their ends. In the last story“ The Return”, we find Usagi soon after he defeats the samurai in Tatami, where he ends in his home village and meets some old friends, but their reunion is cut short, when a band of ronin looks to avenge their master, but not before Usagi, his Sensei, and his friends defend their homes.

Overall, Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming is an excellent collection of stories that proves Sakai still has many tales to tell. The stories by Sakai are exciting. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, this set of tales proves why everyone should read Usagi Yojimbo.

Story: Stan Sakai Art: Stan Sakai, Shawn Lee, Tom Luth, and Peach Momoko
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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