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DC and Webtoon Team for New Webcomics

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It’s was only a time before a major publisher did it, by DC and Webtoon have cut a deal to bring DC’s superheroes to webcomics.

DC and Webtoon will release standalone webcomics that will “appeal to all fans”. The goal is to not need to know or read any previous stories.

The details are slim but expect popular characters and the tentpole characters to start. More will be announced in the next few weeks. The webcomics will be available in English to start the then translated into other languages.

The webcomics are available in the free Webtoon app for Android and iOS and what readers need/can purchase can vary. It’s unknown if readers will need to purchase the DC releases and how that’ll work.

Webtoon says it averages 72 million monthly active users. 10 million of those are in the United States. The platform’s audience is in the 16-24 year old range.

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The move for DC is a smart one as Webtoon’s platform has grown in popularity with a massive reach and the younger demographics than the average comic reader (who is in the mid-30s and up) will allow DC to build an audience that might convert later to other releases by the company. The publisher’s graphic novels for young readers covers the 15 and under set, Webtoon now the 16-24 age, and regular publishing is likely 30 years old and up. That leaves options for age ranges and new ways to consumer properties when they grow out of the current way they’re reading comics.

DC has focused on the future in recent years. Not only have they expanded their “digital first” offerings, but have looked to expand their readership and markets. The publisher has made deals with Walmart for exclusive releases as well as focused heavily on graphic novel for younger readers. Both have done quite well for the company.

Webtoon also has partnerships with Legendary, Pow!, and Top Cow Productions.

(via Variety)

Review: Haxor #2

Haxor #2

As a kid of the 80s, I grew up watching some very iconic movies. One of those movies was Tron. Watching it now, one would say the technology was very crude, and it was, but at the time, it was cutting edge. It showed a world where everything was connected to technology.

The sequel would capitalize on this very notion, utilizing today’s technological advances, giving viewers, a true view of the new world. How we were connected was not only clairvoyant but relevant. As we are approaching a world in which much of that is becoming very true. In the second issue of Walter Ostlie’s excellent Haxor, we find a new world, where technology blurs what is visceral

We find Iso at the beginning of the game where she is meeting up with the rest of her team, right before a game starts. One of her teammates, Verve, senses something is wrong with the lineup, giving them some cause for concern, but still ready to play. As they are watching where one team is getting obliterated by the game, often making moves that would otherwise have them on the winning side. By the issue’s end, the team in the game gets “deleted” but Iso remains vigilant despite what she just saw.

Overall, Haxor #2 is an excellent chapter that gets us deeper into the story. The story by Ostlie is exciting. The art by Ostlie is stunning. Altogether, a story that explores the possibilities of technology.

Story: Walter Ostlie Art: Walter Ostlie
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Firebrand #3

Firebrand #3

I have been a fan of Terry Brooks for too many years to count. I remembered the first time I saw one of his books. It was at a School book fair, and Scholastic was there. As all of us loved to get our books by class mail order, bringing in money so we can get the books we checked off. So we all got excited and of course, we’re happy that we did not have to wait for the books to come because they were there.

As Scholastic were not the only booksellers there. In fact, there was one who sold used books, and right there I saw Magic Kingdom for Sale and was hooked from that point on. I of course got into the Shannara Chronicles and was dazzled by the strong female protagonists. In Jessica Chobot, Erika Lewis, and Claudia Aguirre’s third issue of Firebrand, our protagonist finds out who her family really is, much like Shea in The Sword of Shannara.

We find Natali meeting her aunt, her mother’s twin for the first time, Selena, and whom she would call Izeba(aunt) Selena, as she finds out that she is part of a race of powerful witches. Fast forward, eight years later, and she hasn’t seen father in all that time and must take part in a deadly competition, Basa Gerra,  which would weed who was the best witch/wizard of them all and who would be her Aunt Selena’s next apprentice. She would face some stiff competition from her cousin, Jenna. By the issue’s end, the young witches and wizards see what awaits them, almost certain death.

Overall, Firebrand #3 is a chapter that ramps up on the action. The story by Chobot and Lewis is thrilling. The art by Aguirre is stunning. Altogether, it’s a story that all readers can enjoy.

Story: Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis Art: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 26

Acursian Chapter 26

When it comes to how a story ends, everything is if it’s able to stick the landing. You have to make sure that everything is resolved. If not, fans may feel let down having experienced an incomplete story. One thing that I realize from being overseas, is that as an American, we are obsessed with happy endings. While most of the rest of the world enjoys realistic endings, even if it does not end well.

We love for our protagonists to end up winning and our antagonists to meet what we believe is the natural ending.  Of course, the reality is never that sweet and we often lose more than we win. So when something good happens, it is often glorious. In Acursian Chapter 26, the finale, we find our heroes embracing the grandeur of their new dawn.

We open up our heroes shortly after they have defeated Bregon, and coming to the realization that Nate has Albion’s powers now, making his stay at Isle Of Shadows more than long term. Charlie returns to the new reality where Allison and Rory lived a lifetime without him. Corra decides to change this, by putting him back to before Rory was born, allowing their family to grow together. By the story’s end, Nate returns one last time, allowing him and the sisters, to gift Charlie, one beautiful surprise, for Rory to have his grandfather, Jock.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 26 is an excellent ending to this exciting story, no matter how saccharine it is. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is great. The art by the creative team is captivating. Altogether, Acursian Chapter 26 is a beautiful conclusion to this multilayered tale.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 25

Acursian Chapter 25

Within the world’s imagination, there exists Star Wars. This universe that was created by George Lucas so many years ago is not only part of pop culture but just about every piece of literature. It is hard to track how many references are made to the franchise as compared to King Arthur which at this point, has been surpassed. The franchise has many memorable characters, each with their own flavor.

The one most people identify with is Han Solo. As every man thinks he is just like him and every woman secretly finds many of his qualities attractive. What initially charms audiences is the fact that he did not want anything to do with the Rebellio. Despite that, he helps regardless.  In Acursian Chapter 25, we find Charlie helping Cora, instead of saving his own hide.

We open up on Corra battling Bregon, as his powers have grown since Corra left. We also find Ceillech telling Charlie that he should leave, as this is no longer his battle, a fact that doesn’t want to concede. He instead decides to come up with his own plan, something a bit risky, but the payoff might be enough to beat Bregon. By the issue’s end, Charlie tips the scales in the Sisters’ favor, as Bregon is completely surprised.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 25 is a great entry in the series that pushes the story to its best. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is powerful. The art by the creative team is enchanting. Altogether, the story is magnificent in every way.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 24

Acursian Chapter 24

There are always those parts in the big action movies, where it seems like the heroes will probably lose. It is where the audience, suddenly suspends disbelief  , because they are invested. It is where you realize that the people you are rooting for may not get out of it alive. That is why the movies of the MCU are so compelling.

As the Avengers movies, proved to movie fans, those characters’ times on screen was finite. There were real consequences for every action taken. This is why when Vision was killed both times, it was truly heartbreaking.  In Acursian Chapter 24, we find our heroes in the midst of the fight which also has real consequences.

We open up on Alison and Rory shortly after reuniting with Charlie and Nate, as they know they have to get to the Isle Of Shadows to save Ceillach.  We find Corra battling Bregon’s Dark Army, where she gets a little help from Nate, as we soon find out just how powerful he really is.  We also find Connell have her Battle Royale with Bregon, one final fatal fight, that will leave one of the siblings meeting their ultimate end.By issue’s end, Charlie attempts to awaken Ceillech as Bregon comes even closer to his goal.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 24 is an exceptional entry in the series that begins the penultimate phase of the story The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is worthwhile. The art by Beni Lobel is enthralling. Altogether, it’s a chapter that astonishes by excellent storytelling.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Punderworld Delivers a Romantic Retelling of the Hades and Persephone Myth

Fan-favorite creator Linda Šejić will offer readers a romantic retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth in the forthcoming original graphic novel, Punderworld. This fresh take on the Greek tale will follow the couple’s love-struck misadventures with contemporary sensibilities this August from Image/Top Cow.

Originally published on Webtoons, the webcomic of Punderworld has a devoted following with 348.2K subscribers and 13.5M hits.

Punderworld is the classic tale of Greek myth—but 100 percent more awkwardly relatable. Hades is the officious, antisocial ruler of the Underworld. Persephone, daughter of Demeter, is an earth goddess of growth and renewal—they’ve been crushing on each other for the past two centuries. But when a festival (and a little liquid courage) present an opportunity to put an end to their olympian will-they-won’t-they, a meddlesome pantheon and several titanic misassumptions threaten to give every god in the sky the wrong impression… and leave their romance dead before it can bloom.

Punderworld (ISBN: 978-1-5343-2072-7, Diamond Code JUN210157) will be available on Wednesday, August 25 and in bookstores on Tuesday, August 31. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore via Bookshop or IndieBound, or it can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

Punderworld

Review: Acursian Chapter 23

Acursian Chapter 23

It is always profound when characters enter that turning point. When they make a choice which upends everything, leaving the reader to gasp. This is when we often question where the writer is taking us. Some of them are well-treaded steps, as you can often find parallels within the Hero’s journey.

The most memorable example that comes to mind is in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. The movie is probably the most loved amongst movie fans. The choice Indy makes at the end, comes out of wisdom and resolve. In Acursian Chapter 23, we find Charlie making a life-altering choice.

We open up on Rory reuniting with Charlie and Nate, as they try to figure out how to fix the timeline. We also find Bregon, abandoned by Rory, summoning his Dark  Army, as he plots to take over control of the island from his sisters. We also find Bregon and Rory at Charlie’s ancestral home. We soon find Charlie and Rory back in the Witches Realm, giving up the necklace to get Allison back. By issue’s end, Charlie outsmarts the witch, but the Fates have war at their door.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 23 is an excellent entry that gives the story some real stakes. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is rewarding. The art by the creative team is alluring. Altogether, it’s a chapter in the story that adds some excitement.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 22

Acursian Chapter 22

What I love about alternate universe stories is how they show just how crazy things can get. If a protagonist makes a different choice, we’re taken down a different road. That is why most of us are fascinated with these alternate worlds. It’s a concept so pervasive that when you mention “Mirror Universe”, individuals who have never seen an episode will know you’re talking about Star Trek and the concept.

This makes sense why Star Trek Discovery, has utilized it within its first 2 seasons. It gives us a different look and version of a character we have grown accustomed to. It presents possibilities which intrigues the most.  In Acursian Chapter 22, we find Rory discovering the life he could have had.

We open up on Charlie and Corra arriving at the Isle of Shadows, where Nate is tending to Corra’s sisters, who are being affected by the loss of the necklace.  This pushes the three to take drastic measures so that Charlie can get Ceillech’s orb and Corra can save her sisters. We also find Bregon and Rory at Charlie’s ancestral home. Where a skirmish breaks out between the two and Rory grabs the staff. By the issue’s end, Rory uses the staff to get back to Charlie .

Overall, Acursian Chapter 22 is a great entry that gives the protagonist a bit of humanity. The story by the creative team is satisfying. The art by the creative team is pleasing to the eye. Altogether, the story spurs the imagination.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 21

Acursian Chapter 20

Playing cards is a skill that most people don’t quite master. As with most games, it’s all about reading people. “Reading” your opponent remains the most important aspect in the way you play. We see it all the time, in football, where teams game plan for weeks on end.

In card games, you plan your game as you go. That is why it is always interesting to watch when someone overplays their hand. It is definitely devastating to the player. In Acursian Chapter 21, we find Charlie underestimating one such adversary.

We open up on Charlie and Alison entering the Witches Realm, which they soon find out is a trap and Charlie comes up short on what he promised Flora.  We also find Corra and Nate as they are holding a rendezvous with Alba, who holds their mother, and where Nate lets her know that Bregon has an ulterior motive. We also find Bregon and Rory looking for the talismans in the 16th century, at Charlie’s ancestral home. By the issue’s end, Charlie and Corra figure out the next steps after Flora holds Alison as a prisoner, maybe even taking desperate measures.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 21 is an action-packed entry in the series that raises the stakes. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is enjoyable. The art by Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards is elegant. Altogether, it’s a story that puts our protagonist on notice.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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