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Comic Book Corner Brings Back Cats, Criminals, and Warrior Women

Comic Book Corner Brings Back Cats, Criminals, and Warrior Women
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Welcome again, CBCers, to the TRUE Comic Book Corner! In case you’ve forgotten, since, as all mad tyrants do, Luke tried to steal the huge and storied historical past of Comic Book Corner for himself – I’m Kay, when Luke noticed me he stated “Oh”, and now he’s KOed. He tried to tug a runner, however we acquired him! By putting an unique Optimus Prime toy beneath a cardboard field, we efficiently trapped the usurper king, whacked him upside the top with some copies of the Overstreet Worth Information, and threw him right into a spare workplace and locked the door.

Don’t fear, true believers! He’ll be contributing with the scraps of paper he slips out from beneath the door. So long as he retains hitting his deadlines, we’ll let him out…ultimately!

(In all seriousness, because of Luke for protecting custom going whereas MAJK and I have been swamped over the vacations. We actually will allow you to out actual quickly. And I put your evaluations on this week and all the things.)

This week was a tough one in Comic Book Corner land. Whereas we had some actual winners this week, we additionally bumped into lots of books that didn’t stay as much as our expectations. A few of us (hello) have been enjoying catch-up from the stuff we have been studying over the vacations, and a few of the critiques simply ain’t fairly. Maintain studying to seek out out what we beloved…and what we didn’t.

Purple Sonja Vacation Particular Cowl from Dynamite

Author: Story #1 – Amy Chu & Erik Burnham; Story #2 – Roy Thomas & Clair Noto
Pencils: Story #1 – Ricardo Jamie; Story #2 – Frank Thorne
Colours: Story #1 – Omi Remalante, Jr.; Story #2 – Mike Helleher
Cowl Artist: Leonardo Romero
Writer: Dynamite Publishing

Luke: I haven’t learn any Pink Sonja comics in years, again since Dynamite first received the license and Mike Carey was writing them. They appeared to be actually hit and miss, and I made a decision to offer it a move. Nevertheless, I used to be within the temper for some sword and sorcery with a heavy sprint of violence, so I assumed I might give Purple Sonja Vacation Particular a attempt. It incorporates two tales, and actually exhibits why you shouldn’t pair a narrative with a narrative by Roy Thomas as a result of Roy Thomas goes to make it look inferior, even when the opposite story was good. Which, on this case, it wasn’t.

Within the lead story, Purple Sonja is travelling by way of a snowstorm in a metallic bikini that appears to have gotten even smaller over the previous few years, when she encounters somebody struggling to get to shelter. She saves her, and decides to share a narrative of when she was in New York Metropolis (did this occur in a current title? No context offered right here) and had the which means of Christmas defined to her earlier than she needed to run from gangsters by means of a Santa parade.

Within the back-up story, Purple Sonja travels to a wierd metropolis after a warning from a three-legged goat, and finds herself trapped by a darkish drive. She should use her brains and her brawn to outlive. This story is reprinted from The Savage Sword of Conan #27, which was launched in 1977.

The primary story was fairly uninteresting, and didn’t have something sword & sorcery to it. It was a heavy-handed try and pressure a vacation season message down the reader’s throat, and it didn’t even absolutely succeed at that. It was a very disappointing expertise, and jogged my memory why I are likely to keep away from comics launch by Dynamite.

The back-up story was lots of enjoyable. Thomas all the time had a knack for seeming to channel Robert E. Howard in his tales, and his Purple Sonja is a robust, competent character that I can get behind.

In case you are contemplating this title, as an alternative seize a set of reprints of Thomas’ work on Purple Sonja. You gained’t remorse it.

Cowl of Xena: Penance, commerce paperback from Dynamite

Author: Meredith Finch
Artist: Vincente Cifuentes
Cowl Artist: Vincente Cifuentes
Writer: Dynamite

MAJK: As an enormous fan of the unique TV collection, I’m happy to say that I completely loved this comedian. It was like a visit down reminiscence lane, and whereas not precisely the identical because the TV collection it actually did let me reconnect with the most effective Princess of my youth and her spunky aspect kick. That’s proper, the stunning and each so chatty Gabrielle can also be on this quantity.

The brief tales have been entertaining and stayed true to the spirit of TV collection, which earns main bonus factors from me. I wouldn’t have completed plenty of hate-spewing however I might undoubtedly be irritated had Meredith Finch taken an excessive amount of artistic license with such beloved characters.

The plot of the brief tales are tied within the overarching plot of Xena touring to Athens to do penance for her warrior previous and in the hunt for redemption from the Goddess Eleos. However we open the comedian with Gabrielle on the run from some relatively nasty brigands. Now I’ve to say, I relatively beloved that Gabrielle is sensible, snarky, and pretty competent on her personal. Had this been a one on one struggle. I’d lay even cash that she’d win. Sadly, it was three on one, thus she was at a extreme drawback. Xena exhibits up and because it seems was as soon as the chief of those guys. Butt-kicking ensues and the women rout the scum superbly. Xena is intent on travelling alone however Gabrielle argues her means into Xena’s firm and potential on to her good-side if the wry smile from Xena is something to go on.

The artwork as an entire is superb. Xena and Gabrielle are masterfully drawn to look a lot like we’ve come to know and love. Finch did a superb job with every character’s character and dialogue. As I used to be studying, I swear I might hear Lucy Lawless and Reneé O’Connor in my head.

On the entire this can be a should have for Xena Followers. You’ll be able to decide it up at Amazon in paperback or on Comixology if digital is your factor.

Cowl of West Coast Avengers #6

Author: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Shade Artist: Triona Farrell
Cowl: Stefano Caselli & Nolan Woodward
Writer: Marvel

Kay: First, I have to say that the tribute to Stan Lee that Marvel is doing on all their covers, and with these inside black pages is completely destroying me each time I decide up a e-book. Once I was in my hometown for the vacations, a relative requested if I knew about “that comics guy who died.” I attempted to elucidate that this was just a little like when Buddy Holly died. I’ve been singing “American Pie” in my head since I heard. (One thing touched me deep contained in the day the [comics] died. And I used to be singin’…)

There, with that out of the best way, I can speak about this difficulty of West Coast Avengers. We proceed with our new artist, Di Nicuolo, who I like high-quality…however I miss Caselli so much. There was one thing softer about his type that I actually loved.

When it comes to story, we see Kate together with her maybe-mom, making an attempt to determine what’s happening there. The remainder of the group is suspended over a pool of land sharks (hey, keep in mind Situation #1?) and making an attempt to outlive. The plot strikes alongside briskly in a means that doesn’t require numerous commentary; it’s an excellent guide, and I need to proceed to learn it, you recognize? It’s nonetheless one of many higher workforce books I’ve learn in a really very long time. On the final web page, we get a shock go to from Noh-Varr, aka Marvel Boy, aka Kate’s ex-boyfriend from approach again in Younger Avengers (and holy wow do I really like these deep cuts).

Nothing good ever occurs when a personality says “But I can explain everything.” So I’m tremendous psyched for the subsequent situation.

Cowl of Sukeban Turbo #1 from IDW

Author: Sylvain Runberg
Artist: Victor Santos
Cowl Artist: Victor Santos
Writer: IDW

Luke: A comic book a few woman gang operating the streets? Signal me up! Or so I assumed…
Sukeban Turbo #1 begins with a younger woman and boy stealing DVDs from a video rental retailer, earlier than flash forwarding to some years sooner or later. Now, the woman runs a gang and the boy is in a world well-known boy band. Will their worlds collide? In all probability, and I guess there might be a variety of blood on the best way.

I only recently ran throughout Runberg’s work studying Konungar: Warfare of Crowns, which I reviewed right here. I actually loved Konungar, so I had excessive hopes for Sukeban Turbo. Sadly, this title actually didn’t appear to stay as much as my hopes.

Sukeban Turbo felt like a type of tales that tries too onerous to be hip and edgy, however actually simply comes throughout tepid. The woman gang is admittedly simply spoiled bratty youngsters who additionally occur to make use of weapons to take out their angst, however relatively than arduous and gritty they really feel immature and silly. In the meantime, the boy band appears to be filled with naïve doofuses.

This ended up being a reasonably large disappointment. Perhaps it can get higher with time and will discover its stride, however I gained’t be hanging round to seek out out.

Cowl of Unattainable Inc #three from IDW

Author: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Mike Cavallaro
Cowl Artist: Mike Cavallaro
Writer: IDW

MAJK: Within the final situation of Unimaginable Inc., Quantity and Buddy discovered their father Goliath. Happiness gave method to unhappiness as they misplaced him once more, regardless of the having talent and know-how on their aspect. Heartrendingly, they discovered that some legal guidelines are immutable as they’re pressured to let go as soon as extra.

Worse but, once they arrived residence the self-same universe-devouring threats that induced Goliath to shatter into hundreds of items now threatened not solely their world however the very order of Time itself. Decided to cease the Infinite Spiral from collapsing and time durations colliding, Quantity’s desperation deliver her eye to eye with probably the most harmful foes ever vanquished by her father. In a second of weak spot, Quantity almost allies herself with an entity whose sole function in life is destruction.

Though she avoids making an unholy pact with this creature, it appears she can pay for her weak spot. In a rush to return and save the multiverse, Quantity fails to recollect an important factor maintaining the Exterminators of their place. Whereas Quantity works to implement an alternate answer to cease the Time termites, the Exterminators are working to free themselves to allow them to as soon as extra roam the galaxy razing worlds.

I’ve already famous that the Silver-Age-like artwork in Unimaginable Inc matches the story superbly. Each the story and the artwork supply properly designed characters that mix fresh-faced idealism with the difficult job of defending the Multiverse from threats which are bigger than life. The expansive creativeness and wealthy world constructing continues to be on show as we encounter a race satisfied that each one worlds must be re-made in its picture. There’s not as a lot philosophical, cosmic perspective on actuality right here, however numerous that’s because of the absence of Goliath. There’s, nevertheless, the show of actual human feelings when our characters cope with the sudden sudden return of these nearest and dearest solely to right away have them as soon as extra snatched away.

Variant Cowl Rainbow Brite Situation #three from Dynamite

Author: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Brittney Williams
Colorist: Valentina Pinto
Cowl Artist: A, Paulina Ganucheau, B, Basic Artwork
Writer: Dynamite

Kay: Difficulty #three of Rainbow Brite actually dives into the Magical Woman theme that Whitley goes for on this ebook. I can’t say sufficient about how a lot I really like Magical Women; from Sailor Moon (at present rewatching with my youngsters as a result of my 7yo requested for tickets to Sailor Moon Reside! for her eighth birthday and how a lot does THAT rock?) to Revolutionary Woman Utena, there’s one thing a few common woman imbued with magical powers that takes over my coronary heart in a approach that princesses and sorceresses simply don’t.

I’ve been loving Rainbow Brite because the starting. I referred to as this ebook the sunshine I wanted in a darkish world, and that’s much more true now. In Concern #three, we see extra of how Wisp’s powers work; she needs to be holding the Star Scepter. When she shouts “RAINBOW POWER…or something!” I howled with laughter. We see that Wisp can deliver shade again to the world with the scepter, however its energy isn’t limitless, and appears to must be recharged.

However we additionally see Wisp having doubts about this entire “magical destiny” factor. She says “I don’t know what kind of hero this Rainbow Brite is supposed to be…I’m not a hero, Twink. I barely even survived [the encounter with Murky and Lurky].” What I really like right here is that Twink doesn’t attempt and persuade Wisp that she is the Chosen One. He says that she is the perfect hope Rainbowland has, so will she proceed to assist him till they discover the hero they do want? This Wisp can comply with. She and Twink set off to seek out the Purple Guardian.

I reside in a home with 4 youngsters, and as quickly as I come residence with this guide, the 6 and 7 yr olds (a boy and a woman) virtually come to blows over it. The 6 yr previous has described it as “a pretty good comic you got there,” and the 7 yr previous bounces with pleasure when she sees it in my pile. If there’s a greater suggestion for a comic book on this age group, I don’t realize it. Get this guide on your youngsters.

“A” Cowl of Clean Criminals #1 From BoomBox!

Writers: Kurt Lustgarten & Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith
Artist: Leisha Riddel
Colours: Brittany Peer
Cowl Artist: Audrey Mok
Writer: BOOM!Field (BOOM! Comics)

Luke: A unusual buddy time journey story set 20 years in the past that finally ends up being a heist drama? There definitely appears to be so much happening right here.

Clean Criminals #1 follows a brow-beaten lab assistant who, in her free time, plots schemes of nice energy as a hacker. Set in 1999, the know-how is a bit totally different than what we’re used to now, however definitely was harking back to what I noticed again within the day. In fact, when a secret authorities time journey venture turns into concerned, a lady from the ‘70s on the cusp of a huge heist falls smack into the middle of everyone’s plans, and chaos ensues.

Clean Criminals #1 didn’t actually do it for me, and I’m struggling to determine why. The plot line is kooky with out being too oddball, and the characters are slightly one-dimensional, however not terribly so. I feel the type of the storytelling is what journeys me up. The humor falls flat for me, and I don’t discover the charming elements charming. This may be a type of unlucky occasions when a comic book and a reader simply don’t match.

Clean Criminals will possible discover a glad audience, and I sit up for seeing if it will get good press elsewhere, however it simply isn’t a match for me.

Cowl of Wizard Seashore #1 from Growth!

Author: Shaun Simon
Artist: Conor Nolan
Colorist: Meg Casey
Cowl Artist: Jorge Corona
Writer: Growth! Studios

MAJK: In a land distant, magic is the order of the day and warfare rages. In that chilly, unforgiving world the place the Waterfalls of the Everlasting are frozen, a life-threatening freeze is decreasing magic in addition to life expectancy. Hexley Daggert Ragbottom, a younger impetus soul, refuses to simply accept his father’s angle of resignation. He’s sure that his estranged Uncle Salazar is aware of the magic wanted to save lots of them. His father disagrees and forbids Hexley from heading out to seek out his uncle. Hexley is a cussed boy and leaves anyway.

What Hexley finds, although, is past his wildest creativeness. His uncle has joined a secret, reclusive group of witches and wizards hiding in plain sight. On this magical seashore city with a boardwalk of magic outlets, Hexley finds his uncle half bare and burning his physique within the solar… not the type of factor you’d anticipate from probably the most highly effective wizard of the fashionable age.

Uncle Salazar, or “”Sally”” as he prefers to be referred to as, has little curiosity in educating magic or the goings on of a world removed from his cozy seashore locale. Dubbing his nephew Hex, Sally proceeds to introduce the youthful wizard to the Wizard council. Hex is thrilled, till he meets them.

The council is way extra all for style, trendy meals, and negotiating with a spice demon than saving the world. It’s the whole lot you’d by no means anticipate full with a lifeless wizard who’s often reanimated by his loyal however lecherous wand. If Hex thought his uncle was a little bit of a shock, then the poor boy is absolutely in hassle. Infuriated, Hex storms off, or slightly… he would if he might.

Apparently, Uncle Sally has extra to him than Hex realizes. That is fairly a ridiculous comedian, in all the greatest methods. It’s the type of irreverent enjoyable that fantasy buffs, particularly tabletop RPG players can really recognize. Sally reminds a lot of Disney’s Merlin from Sword within the Stone that I couldn’t assist however like him proper off. I can’t wait to learn the subsequent problem…which is out now by the best way. Trace, trace.

 

Cowl A of Breakneck from Titan Comics

Author: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Simone Guglielmini & Raffaele Semeraro
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski & Chris Chuckry
Cowl Arist: Fay Dalton
Writer: Exhausting Case Crime (Titan Comics)

Luke: Coming off of the excessive of studying Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ The Fade Out (take a look at the assessment right here), I used to be on the lookout for extra noir to fill the void. Which is once I got here throughout Breakneck. Arduous Case Crime has put out some nice prose fiction, however I hadn’t had the prospect to discover their comedian line but. Wouldn’t it maintain up?

When a person begins to uncover proof that his spouse is dishonest on him, he decides there is just one option to deal with it: monitoring down the person making him a cuckold and hitting him with a brick earlier than pummeling him with a baseball bat. Which is strictly the place Breakneck #1 begins, and additionally precisely the place issues start to go fallacious. As a result of when your revenge includes you drugging a undercover agent and releasing a lady who might the truth is be a terrorist planning to explode a big portion of Philadelphia, then perhaps the brick-and-bat strategy simply won’t have been the easiest way to go about issues.

Breakneck #1 is a strong comedian. The artwork does a pleasant job of progressing the story, though it does at occasions appear to attempt too arduous to be gritty at the price of readability with regards to facial expressions. That stated, it does a implausible job of setting the tone of the story. And the plot itself is gripping. It was a pleasure to observe issues spiral uncontrolled, and I can’t wait to see what occurs subsequent.

Particularly nice, Breakneck #1 incorporates the primary two elements of the story. This implies you get two full comics value of story in a single sitting. I actually like this strategy, because it grounds me within the story shortly and has me prepared for extra.

Crime followers, verify this out!

Cowl A of Man-Eaters #four from Picture

Author: Chelsea Cain
Cowl/Artistic Producer: Lia Miternique
Further Inside Artwork: Lia Miternique and Stella Greenvoss
Further Writing: Eliza Implausible Mohan
Writer: Picture

Kay: I’ve completely beloved each single concern of Man-eaters…till now. To be truthful, this isn’t actually a problem of a comic book, at the least not in the best way I perceive it. This difficulty is a satirical model of a magazine that would exist within the Man-eaters universe. Arrange like Seventeen or Teen Vogue, the journal consists of “articles” like “How I Survived,” “Stay Safe At Home,” and “Ask The Doctor.” These all speak about how boys survive cat assaults, indicators that your sister or girlfriend are about to show into big homicidal panthers, and so on. The journal consists of advertisements for numerous merchandise that don’t include estrogen, and subsequently make males act like males.

Sigh.

There’s a number of causes this obtained on my nerves. To start with, Cain has already been criticized by trans readers due to the best way the comedian focuses solely on cis women and doesn’t permit for trans youngsters in any respect. That is aggravating as a result of the no-periods factor might truly be actually useful for trans youngsters; trans boys wouldn’t have to wrestle with potential dysphoria because of having a month-to-month cycle, and trans women would have fewer dangers of being outed on account of NOT having a month-to-month cycle. So this felt a bit like rubbing salt right into a wound.

Then, there’s particularly an article referred to as “Teen Scene” that focuses on “all gender bathrooms” which provides a pull quote stating “I don’t necessarily feel safe going to the bathroom with girls.”

WHAT. THE. FORK.

The toilet debate round transgender people has been happening lengthy sufficient that there’s absolute no excuse for that getting used, whilst satire, whilst a joke, even in any respect.

So, yeah. This may, with out the transphobia, have been a cute addition to a commerce. As a standalone concern, it sucked. With the transphobia, I’m fairly pissed, and it’s solely on the power of the earlier story that I’m prepared to maintain studying in any respect.

Should you haven’t purchased this but, skip it. Wait and see if the subsequent difficulty is best.

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So thanks for hanging out whereas we play Comic Book Corner catch-up, people! As all the time, if there’s nice books on the market which we ought to be studying and aren’t, please tell us!