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.
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.
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.
There was a lot of controversy over this issue, and for the most part, it has settled down thanks to an extensive apology from writer James Robinson. Given the stance I took on comments made by John Byrne, I felt that I needed to look into the issue in question. My review will talk about the controversy and the apology, as well as consider the issue and the contents in question as a whole.
Black Mask is quickly becoming one of my favorite publishers, out to produce some quality comics. We Can Never Go Home continues to be a major contender for comic of the year, and their other titles have a level of quality in the story and art that rival other publishers with a significant market share. Outside of We Can Never Go Home, we haven't been able to review their other titles, but that is going to change, right now. The first of their other books that we're going to review is a nice little adventure in time travel, Transference.
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.
I've really been loving this series, so it wasn't strange for me to read the next issue as soon as I could. It's been very good with using science fiction elements to tell a different, more personal story about something other than time travel. While it's blatant about its intentions, it's entertaining in its execution. Because it goes so far into the realm of theoretical time travel theory, it can play loose with the rules. To say more would be getting into reviewing the comic, so rather than blather on, let's get started with the review.
I caught a little bit of flak for my last review of Savage Dragon, and the assumption was made by a few people that I had not read many issues of the series, when I have read EVERY ISSUE of this comic. I really appreciate a creator that commits to a character and carries it through for as long as Erik Larsen has. Not many writer/artists can make a claim to have continuously stuck with a character for as long as this. The only one that comes to mind is Dave Sim, but I'm certain that there's more. Nevertheless, I'm still reading Savage Dragon issue after issue and I thought I might add another issue to my list of reviews. Here's a warning, I may spoil some story elements.
Tank Girl become something of a phenomenon in the early 1990s. Eventually, she got the full movie treatment, which was panned by critics who really didn't get the essence of Tank Girl. She was born in the punk rock culture of late 1980s and the rise of anti-Thatcherism, especially as Britain's ultra-conservative government sought to legislate against homosexuality. Somewhere along the line, this mindset that had spread across the pond lulled and Tank Girl went with it, and her American adventures became more plot and continuity driven as her creators went on to bigger things. Well, they're back.