Spell on Wheels #5

The crime caper/road trip/family of witches story wraps up successfully. The three young women confront their burglar (who’s also a manipulative, jealous ex-boyfriend), but first, there’s time for a magical fashion change, because even when you’re fighting for justice, you should feel good about how you look. We find out who’s behind the plot to steal their artifacts. We knew the ex was trying to gain his own power — and how timely is a plot about a pouty white […]

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Angel City #5

Angel City #5 is packed with action, gearing up for the conclusion next issue. Dolores’ attempt to solve her friend’s murder takes a back seat to staying alive, as crooked cops and gangsters sent by studio bosses are both after her for not shutting up and leaving well enough alone. (No matter the era, someone always wants the strong women to sit down and be quiet.) As the issue opens, she’s been framed for someone else’s murder, sending her fleeing. […]

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Mockingbird: I Can Explain

It’s rewarding to see how comic creators who didn’t grow up in the medium can take long-running characters (who often have been dragged in so many directions over the years that there’s no personality left, or they’re a mass of contradictions) and find fresh, modern new approaches to them that make them fascinating. That’s precisely what Chelsea Cain does with Bobbi Morse, Mockingbird, in this five-issue collection. Mockingbird: I Can Explain contrasts hugely with the cash-grab Mockingbird: Bobbi Morse, Agent […]

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The Double Life of Miranda Turner: If You Have Ghosts

The digital series The Double Life of Miranda Turner, which ran nine issues from October 2013 to April 2016 (at 14 pages or so an issue), is now available in a print collection. I’ve already talked about why I liked the series, so before everyone forgets about it entirely, I wanted to point out that it’s available in a more permanent form. Jamie S. Rich wrote and George Kambadais drew this story about a girl taking on her dead sister’s […]

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Giant Days #23

Now that the girls, in their second year of college, are living off-campus, the stories by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming are less about college hijinks and more about trying to grow up. As shown here by that terror of adulthood, the dinner party. Susan’s sick and refuses to take care of herself, Esther’s waiting to hear about a job at the local comic shop, and Daisy’s spending more time with her girlfriend. So to cheer everyone up, […]

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Ladycastle #1

Talk about catching the hottest wave in culture! The four-issue miniseries Ladycastle tags into several current areas of debate, protest, and wishful thinking. As written by Delilah S. Dawson and illustrated by Ashley A. Woods, it’s an adventure fantasy in which almost all the men have disappeared. We open with the famous concept of a princess trapped in a tower. She even sings! She’s a bit snarky, though, with a pet snake and dreams of anarchy. The other women — […]

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The Assignment: Trans for Shock Value

I am flabbergasted that anyone thought publishing The Assignment was a good idea these days. But it’s a tie-in to a movie already made (filmed November 2015, supposedly to be released in the US this year) starring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver, and Titan Comics loves its licensed comics. This was a comic before it was a film, published in France (although the first draft of the script, according to Wikipedia, was in 1978, and that makes a lot more […]

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The Saviors: Advice for Anyone Publishing With Image

The Saviors collects the five-issue miniseries written by James Robinson and illustrated by J. Bone. It’s the story of a slacker who discovers and tries to stop an alien conspiracy to conquer the earth, or as Robinson puts it, “a pro-marijuana series, neatly wrapped in an alien invasion comic.” Tomas works at an auto garage in a small town where his friends all got out. He lives for simple days and getting high. Then he sees the sheriff talking to […]

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