When I started reading Young Terrorists #1, I was taken aback by how different a story it was. Black Mask is kind enough to send us advance copies of their books, and without fail, they have been extraordinary. They have also run the gamut of stories and styles. This one is by far the most violent and necessary of a mature readers label of any so far. Before I go much farther, I'll share the press release from Black Mask and then go into the review.Some preview pages, which we have black bar edited, follow the review.
I was hesitant to continue to review Empowered Vol. 9, but Adam Warren has really gone meta with this series. I'll get into the analysis of how it approaches the role of female characters in comics in a bit. First, we all need to recognize that the window dressing of Empowered hides a creator trying to do something more than draw lots of pictures of a scantily clad super-heroine in various states of bondage, despite that being the origin of the series from some 2004 commissions. Since then, Adam Warren has been striving to make the series something more than that.
I've been enjoying the mess out of Jem and the Holograms. Even if it wasn't a licensed property, I'd be buying it. Sophie Campbell's artwork is so gorgeous that every character is beautiful, even when they're being absolute monsters. Kelly Thompson is writing an absolutely wonderful story about two bands at war, yet is managing to work in a great love story or two. The blending of these two creators is so perfect, I worry about the recent solicitations without Sophie Campbell on the book, but from artist's Emma Vieceli's blog, it looks like just a guest spot. Whew! I was worried there for a second.
Last week, Black Mask concluded their four-issue series Mayday. Because of the excellent comic We Can Never Go Home, we always try to read anything Black Mask sends us. Unfortunately, it seems that something always gets in the way of writing reviews. I became bound and determined to review Mayday, and refreshing my memory, read the entire series again in one sitting.
Archie Comics keeps doing a better and better job of updating their line of comics. It all started with Afterlife With Archie. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina continues this trend of taking old characters and updating them. We've yet to see the two books crossover, but it's beginning to look like a matter of time before it happens.
It's not often that the second issue of a series turns out better than the first, but when it does, it becomes something special. Years ago, back when I tried to highlight times when comics stepped up the plate and managed to do things other than show super-heroes hitting things, I gave up when there were just too few cases of comics managing to say something more universal than the basic plot. DC Comics' Prez is changing all of that.
I'm always on the lookout for something new, so when I saw the previews come in for Power Up, by Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Seeing Red) and Matt Cummings (Adventure Time), I was sure to give it a shot. How is it? Read on, preview pages follow the review.
We get review copies from several companies in our e-mail every week, and in most cases, we don't review them because of the comics review policy we have of using reviews to promote the best that comics have to offer unless a comic is being so heavily promoted that it's in the interest of our readers for us to review them. This week, Dynamite sent us some review copies and I decided to take a loot at a Red Sonja special, Red Sonja 1973, which has several short stories featuring the She-Devil With A Sword as she was called back shortly after her 1973 debut.
Lumberjanes won two Eisner awards at San Diego Comic-Con, which means that its way past time for us to do a proper review of an issue. This series has gotten a lot of positive word of mouth, but is more directed to teenage girls, so I might not be the target audience for it. However, I do appreciate good comics, so if it's as good as people say, my age and gender shouldn't matter.
There's been a lot of speculation about Archie Comics Riverdale relaunch. There were fears that it would turn into a grim and gritty reboot, on par with the infamous Fan Film Trailer made by Point Blank Creative in 2011. However, Mark Waid had a reputation that didn't match those fears, and artist Fiona Staples has the brightest style, even when illustrating very dark scenes. I'll address the tone of the new series and the overall quality of the book. CAUTION: There may be SPOILERS ahead, despite my best efforts to avoid them.
I was really eager to read the new Prez series. I have a very fond place in my heart for Joe Simon's original Prez series which only ran for four issues. I'm a little disappointed that this is only going for twelve issues this time, but if the comic is good, I'll take whatever comes from it. I didn't know what to make of the new series, but was hopeful after DC's sneak preview, which takes place later in the series. Because of the elements of the story, this review could be considered to have spoilers in it. That being said, let's see about this new Prez series.