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Secret Weapons #0 Reveals the Year’s Most Poignant Superhero Origin in January!

Valiant has announced Secret Weapons #0 – an all-new, standalone prelude to the year’s best-selling independent limited series from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer and legendary artist Adam Pollina! Before the fall of the Harbinger Foundation… Before the opening pages of Secret Weapons #1…  An essential new chapter in the Harbinger mythos will soon be revealed as Nikki Finch – a future founding member of Livewire’s squadron of misfit telekinetics – relives the never-before-told saga of her recruitment and activation at the hands of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation in a must-read standalone special from two of Valiant’s most accomplished storytellers!

Meet high school senior Nikki Finch… She’s a gifted athlete with an unusual set of medical ailments and high-aptitude test scores that have drawn the attention of an obscure and little-known NGO calling itself the Harbinger Foundation. With seemingly limitless resources at its disposal, the Harbinger Foundation has just offered Nikki a place in their newest class of recruits for a prestigious, but secretive, mission: to unlock her hidden potential via the invasive, dangerous and often deadly process known as “psiot activation.

If they succeed, Nikki could become an extraordinary example of Toyo Harada’s vision for the future of post-human biological superiority. If they fail, she’ll likely die on the operating table…or be locked away for future study in the mysterious research facility only known as The Willows…

Told in an poetic storytelling style chronicling the most formative year of Nikki’s life one week – and one panel – at a time, the New Year’s most surprising and poignant superhero origin starts here on January 3rd!

Featuring covers by Raul Allen, Veronica Fish, rising star Sibylline Meynet, Sija Jong, and Adam Pollina!

Preview: SLAM!: The Next Jam #1

SLAM!: The Next Jam #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Marina Julia
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Veronica Fish
Subscription Cover: Jen Bartel

Get ready for another lap around the track in this follow-up series to Pamela Ribon’s critically acclaimed SLAM!

After breaking one of the biggest rules in derby (not to mention an actual collarbone), Knockout and CanCan have a lot of work to do to rehabilitate their bodies and improve their standings in the league.

Preview: Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 (of 4)

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Nina Vakueva
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Nina Vakueva
Teen Movie Homage Subscription Variant Cover: Brooke Allen
Unlocked Retailer Variant Cover: Veronica Fish
Price: $3.99

Film and TV director Carly Usdin (Suicide Kale) teams up with breakout artist Nina Vakueva (Lilith’s Word) for a new series that’s music to our ears!

New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She’s prepared to deal with anything—misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie.

But when the staff’s favorite singer mysteriously vanishes the night before her band’s show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl…her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club!

Preview: SLAM! Vol. 1 SC

SLAM! Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Veronica Fish
Cover Artist: Veronica Fish
Price: $14.99

Bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and retired Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon (Going in Circles, Why Girls Are Weird) joins artist Veronica Fish (The Wendy Project, Spider-Woman) for a tale of friendship, heartbreak, and truly epic jams.

In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, and a better friend—if the competition doesn’t tear you apart!

Collects the first limited series.

A New Take on Peter Pan, The Wendy Project is Out Today

Out today from Super Genius and Papercutz, The Wendy Project is a 96 page fresh, deeply moving and modern take on the world of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and an extraordinary story about memory and magic, life and loss. Featuring stunning art by Veronica Fish, The Wendy Project is the graphic novel debut of actress, screenwriter and The Wendy Project creator Melissa Jane Osborne. Their collaboration is breathtaking and beautiful and a testament to the power of self-expression and storytelling in the wake of tragedy.

It is a late summer night when 16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a New England lake with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager — shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is “The Wendy Project” merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds? As Wendy works her way through her emotions of loss, sadness and survivor’s guilt she chooses to confront her feelings and, contrary to Peter’s motto . . . grow up.

This publication marks the first time The Wendy Project has been available in book form, following its release online and at comic conventions as a four issue comic book series from Emet Comics, an LA-based publisher dedicated to telling stories created by women and featuring strong female protagonists.

Preview: The Backstagers Vol. 1 SC

The Backstagers Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Rian Sygh
Cover Artist: Veronica Fish
Price: $14.99

  • James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast.
  • When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Hunter, Aziz, Sasha, and Beckett become his new best friends and introduce him to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain that the rest of the school doesn’t know about, filled with strange creatures, changing hallways, and a decades-old legend of a backstage crew that went missing and was never found.
  • Collects issues #1-4

Papercutz Has an All-New Gumby Series and a Short Story by Kyle Baker

Papercutz has released a Gumby short story by Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist Kyle Baker, in advance of its new Gumby comic book series debuting on July 5, 2017. Baker’s story entitled “Model-Ty Crew” appears in Gumby #1, alongside a 10-page story by acclaimed writer Ray Fawkes and artist Jolyon Yates, a five page story by writer and editor Jeff Whitman and New York Times bestselling artist Jolyon Yates and a cover by Rick Geary. Upcoming issues will include contributions from a wide array of acclaimed children’s and young adult graphic novel creators, including Art Baltazar, Gregory Benton, Eric Esquivel, Veronica and Andy Fish, Sholly Fisch, Ryan Jampole, Jolyon Yates, Jeff Whitman and others. Each 32 page, $3.99 issue will feature a lead story and a five-page backup story, which will provide the opportunity for high profile creators to try their hand at the adventures of the “little green ball of clay.”

The all new Gumby comic books and upcoming graphic novels are the result of a recently announced partnership between Papercutz and Premavision Inc which allows the children’s graphic novel publisher to create new material based on the hit Gumby. Premavision also recently announced development of a new Gumby television series (in partnership with the Jim Henson Company) and plans for a feature film are also in the works.

Papercutz will collect the first three issues of the Gumby comic as a graphic novel, in both hardcover and trade paperback editions, on November 7, 2017.

Exclusive Preview: The Unstoppable Wasp #7

The Unstoppable Wasp #7

(W) Jeremy Whitley (A) Veronica Fish (CA) Elsa Charretier
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• In the fallout from the attack on G.I.R.L. by the Red Room, lives and the future of the lab hang in the balance. Nadia is lost, drifting and unsure how to move forward. Now, there’s only one heroine who can save the day and that is…
• THE WASP! Janet Van Dyne is on the scene to save the day. But the Red Room is not done yet. Can Janet take on the superhuman bounty hunters who have been contracted to retrieve Nadia and Ying?

Preview: Spider-Woman #17

Spider-Woman #17

(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Veronica Fish (CA) Robbi Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Spider-Woman’s tangled with Tiger Shark, Blizzard and a whole host of super villains in her time, but nothing has prepared her to take on a Goblin. Jessica’s about to put it all on the line like she never has before.

Review: Spider-Woman #17

SpiderWoman17CoverI’m going to preface this review by saying that slapstick is the type of comedy I find least funny. It can be great in small, quick doses and definitely is a good fit for the comics medium with artists having unlimited ability to draw all kinds of wacky faces and gestures. However, it doesn’t work well when one gag is the driving force of a comic’s plot, like in the case of Spider-Woman #17, which is about Jessica Drew’s son Gerry getting superpowers and reads like Boss Baby sans Alec Baldwin and plus superheroes.

But Spider-Woman #17 isn’t a total bust. Writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Veronica Fish bring out some choice cattiness in dialogue and facial expressions when Black Widow isn’t impressed by her dating the former Porcupine, Roger Gocking. Their sniping with other superheroes, like Hawkeye and Carol Danvers, playing referee are the most hilarious parts of this issue. Fish gives each hero stylish civilian clothes (Except for Spider-Man, who is still fully in costume.), which highlights the outrageousness of them arguing like middle schoolers. And then Gerry pops out of the house and kicks a lot of them in the face, including Black Widow, whose parkour moves are no match for the Super Gerry Sweeping Swan Kick. (Sadly, no one calls it that in the comic.) Colorist Rachelle Rosenberg gives his energy blasting a distinct gross, yet mysterious green color that resembles Terrigen Cloud vomit, but is visually striking.

In the background and providing the heart of Spider-Woman #17 (and the whole run arguably) is Roger, who finds solace taking care of Gerry away from the silently (Except for Natasha, who is kind of the worst in this issue.) judging superheroes. And even when he gets thrown into a Veronica Fish double page spread featuring Gerry turning into an energy blasting, human equivalent of one of those annoying bouncy balls from the dollar store, Roger is a perfect dad figure, boyfriend, and worthy of both of the monologues that Jessica spouts about him.

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The superheroes that Jessica invites to her party represent traditional superhero storytelling where villains are redeemed, but only to serve the story before it’s time to bring them back when an arc gets stale. Hopeless and Fish have subverted this in their run on Spider-Woman where Roger gets to be a friend and close confidant of Jessica Drew and her rock as she balances being a superhero and single mom. Then, after all the build-up and baby/guy in a porcupine suit bonding, he becomes Jessica’s boyfriend. Roger started out as silly villain punching bag, but Hopeless and Fish have given him a personality, sense of humor, and a great relationship with our protagonist.

Too much of Spider-Woman #17’s running time is given to repetitive slapstick shenanigans, but it is nice to see a superhero, like Jessica Drew, who has been through some fairly dark situations since her first appearance in 1977 (See Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers run.) find happiness in both her superhero and personal life as a single mom and friend. Dennis Hopeless, Veronica Fish, and Rachelle Rosenberg deserve credit for giving her and Roger fantastic, overall character arcs and also fixing her friendship with Carol Danvers even in the face of Civil War II although this issue isn’t one of the series’ better ones.

 Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Veronica Fish Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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