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Magdalene Visaggio, Corin Howell, Valentina Pinto, and Zakk Saam Deliver the Calamity in February

From Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio, breakout artist Corin Howell, colorist Valentina Pinto, and letterer Zakk Saam comes Calamity KateCalamity Kate is a modern day adventure of heroes and monsters. It tells the story of Kate Strand as she moves west to hunt monsters. 

Calamity Kate catches up with titular hero Kate Strand after she reboots her destructive life and moves to L.A. to become the superhero she always wanted to be—a gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition. Kate is desperate to show she’s worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: The Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore. 

The first issue of Calamity Kate (of four) goes on sale February 13, 2019.

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Review: Maze Runner: The Death Cure Official Graphic Novel Prelude

An all new, original Maze Runner story set directly before the upcoming third film, The Death Cure. This new graphic novel bridges the gap between the second and third films.

Featuring three stories:
“Prelude” by Eric Carrasco, Kendall Goode, Valentina Pinto, and Jim Campbell.

“The Zealot” by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, Jackson Lanzing, Nick Robles, Juan Manuel Tumburus, and Jim Campbell.

“A Father of Three” by Collin Kelly, Nick Robles, Juan Manuel Tumburus, and Jim Cambell.

How’s the graphic novel? What if you haven’t seen the movies or read the books? We review it and you can get it now!

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny—Ahsoka & Padme

Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny—Ahsoka & Padme

Beth Revis (w) • Valentina Pinto (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny initiative celebrates the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from a galaxy far, far away….

Star Wars Adventures has joined the festivities with an exciting weekly series of comic books that explores all corners of the Star Wars universe, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters, such as Princess Leia, Rey, Padme, Ahsoka, and Hera along with your soon-to-be favorites from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige!

Fans will be excited to discover these stories told by talent from across Star Wars novels, comics and animation, including Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, Jody Houser, and Devin Grayson!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Maze Runner: The Death Cure Official Graphic Novel Prelude SC

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Official Graphic Novel Prelude SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Eric Carrasco
Artist: Kendall Goode
Colorist: Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $14.99

This all-new, authorized graphic novel bridges the gap between The Maze Runner hit feature films, The Scorch Trials and the upcoming The Death Cure.

They used to live and die by the Maze—a seemingly endless labyrinth of deathtraps that kept the Gladers prisoner and in fear. But the day Thomas arrived, he motivated them all to push back… and escape.

But what they discovered was far worse than any maze—a world scorched by disease and controlled by the oppressive organization, WCKD. Thomas, aided by a band of rebels, now readies to take the fight right to WCKD’s doorstep in the hope of finding a cure for the plague that’s ravaging mankind.

Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny Comic Books Coming in 2018 from IDW Publishing

Fans who took their first step into a larger world with Star Wars Adventures are destined to love Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny. IDW Publishing and Lucasfilm are collaborating on a new series further exploring the comic book adventures of Star Wars for all ages— Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny is a weekly comic book series that will star such popular Star Wars heroines as LeiaReyPadméAhsoka, and Hera along with the newest stars from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige.

Just as exciting are the talented creators who will be bringing these beloved characters’ stories to life, including an impressive roster of female writers from across the galaxy: Delilah S. DawsonElsa CharretierBeth RevisJody Houser, and Devin Grayson.

Art and covers will be provided by Elsa Charretier, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto, and Nicoletta Baldari. Charretier will also contribute five interconnected variant covers, which combine to create an iconic Forces of Destiny image. Collectible animation cell variant covers will be available from your retailer, as will a super-rare variant by Annie Wu.

May the Force(s) be with you this January when Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny arrives weekly!

Ghostbusters “Answer the Call” Crew to Star in New Comic Series

Fire up your proton pack—the Ghostbusters universe is set to expand with Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, a five-issue comic book series launching in October 2017.

The members of the Ghostbusters team from Sony’s 2016 feature film were first introduced to IDW’s long-running Ghostbusters comic books line with Ghostbusters 101, in which they joined forces with the original Ghostbusters for an inter-dimensional crossover adventure. Their highly publicized comic book debut sold out upon release, and now the proton pack-wielding women are back. No longer content to share the spotlight, they are busting out into their very own comic series!

The creative forces behind this series are writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell both of whom have confronted the paranormal and lived to tell the tale, each having played in the Ghostbusters comics sandbox previously. Their rendition of the new generation of ‘busters is the next exciting addition to the ever-expanding Ghostbusters shared universe, and will serve as the perfect jumping-on point for Ghostbusters fans—old and new alike—combining the spirit of the original franchise with the spunk of the 2016 film.

In the exciting series debut, “What Dreams May Come, Part 1!,” while on a routine house call to dispose of a simple Class III spook, Abby, Patty, Erin, and Holtzmann encounter a truly terrifying Class VII that appears to be feeding on fear. Able to create illusions that prey on their greatest fears and with designs on turning the world into its own nightmare dimension (‘natch!), our ladies may have finally met their match!

Fans in need of a healthy dose of ectoplasm can look for Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #1 in stores October 2017. Corin Howell will draw the main cover, with Elsa Charretier and Valentina Pinto providing the variant covers.

Preview: Strawberry Shortcake: Funko Universe

Strawberry Shortcake: Funko Universe

Georgia Ball (w) • Valentina Pinto (a & c)

Journey back to Strawberryland with Funko Pop and old friends like Blueberry Muffin, Huckleberry Pie and of course, Strawberry Shortcake! Wherever she goes, trouble and the Purple Pie Man of Porcupine Peak are sure to follow on a berry sweet Funko adventure.

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Preview: Strawberry Shortcake, Vol. 3: Berry Good Life

Strawberry Shortcake, Vol. 3: Berry Good Life

Georgia Ball, Zena Dell Lowe (w) • Tina Fransciso, Valentina Pinto (a) • Valentina Pinto (c)

When a film crew arrives to interview Berry Bitty City’s favorite baker, Strawberry Shortcake, what they find is a heated rivalry between her and the Purple Pieman that might be the award-winning film documentary the crew was looking for! Collects issues #6–8.

HC • FC • $12.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-884-7

Preview: Strawberry Shortcake #8

Strawberry Shortcake #8

Georgia Ball (w) • Tina Franscisco (a) • Valentina Pinto (c)

The rivalry between Strawberry Shortcake and the Purple Pie Man has escalated into a hold-nothing-back race to the finish! Strawberry will need her friends, her food savvy and a little luck to stay ahead of her ruthless competitor all the way to Big Apple City.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Review: Vampirella #1

JAN161313Even without familiarity with her character, Vampirella always feels like one of those characters who’s just always been around. With her ubiquitous red bathing suit costume that puts Carol Danvers’ old black one to shame and a wildly complicated and retconned backstory, Vampi is just one of those characters that feels like she’s been there forever and will always be there. Despite this fact though, she hasn’t had a major story come out in years. The closest was probably the 2014 miniseries that crossed her over with fellow cult character and hostess Dawn, but that one was plagued by delays and mixed to negative reviews. Ironic, considering the fact writer and artist Joseph Michael Linsner once claimed he could have gotten rich doing Vampirella comics in the 90s.

The newest Vampirella series by Kate Leth, Eman Casallos, and Valentina Pinto doesn’t focus on her backstory, but rather updating her character for 2016 while focusing on her history as a monster hunter over her status as a sex symbol.

This isn’t to say that the book isn’t sexy though. It’s plenty sexy, in fact. While the new costume created by Nicola Scott takes centerstage on the cover and on Vampirella’s first excursion in Hollywood, there is one appearance of the old costume in a masterfully use scene as Vampi prepares to “settle in” for the night with her boyfriend Tristan but is soon attacked by a monster in her new home, which prompts her to shout “Didn’t you see the sock on the door?!” Leth has always been a writer with a great sense of humor, and it’s nice to see that humor at work still in a book that is decidedly not all-ages. Casallos is a good balance for Leth in this case, giving the book an appropriately gothic and sexy look without it slipping into T&A territory. In fact, the best panels he draws of Vampi are actually when she’s just woken up, looking rather annoyed at her butler Coleridge and when she delicately slips a martini olive into her mouth. It’s these moments that make her less of a Sex Symbol™ and more of a character who owns her sexiness, which might just make her all the more alluring.

Of course, it isn’t all fun and sexy games after Vampi gets her picture taken by someone in the bushes of her own home and becomes a viral sensation overnight. Now along with hunting monsters and trying to find a woman named Slade who is killing off innocent actors, she now has to deal with unwanted fame. Enter Juliette Court, a “spooky and strange and altogether too alluring” social media manager interested in representing Vampi. It seems as if her intentions are not completely altruistic, but between her character design from Casallos, her deliberate shades of purple given by Pinto, and the way Leth writes her, she might just be the breakout character of the issue.

Deciding to keep it simple in story and cast, the first issue of the new Vampirella series from Dynamite Entertainment is a fun and sexy story that introduces a classic character to a new, modern audience. It’ll be interesting to see where the story of Vampirella as a viral media sensation goes, but the groundwork laid by Leth, Casallos and Pinto in this first issue make sure that it will not be boring in the least.

Story: Kate Leth Art: Eman Casallos and Valentina Pinto
Story: 9.0  Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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