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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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14

When all else fails, write what you know — which may be why this first of two issues of “Invasion of the Mindmorphs” features a writer/artist team of comic creators. Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14 will be out February 1. Writer Robbie Morrison and artist Rachael Stott present a story about a spatting pair of co-workers and roommates who make an action-packed comic about the Time Surgeon, his sonic scalpel, and his assistant Nurse Kara fighting cone-shaped […]

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Leave Me Alone!

Vera Brosgol, author of the fantastic graphic novel Anya’s Ghost, has released a picture book about finding your own space (as announced last summer). Leave Me Alone! is about a grandmother who just wants to get some knitting done. She’s got some tasks to complete before winter, but all the kids in her crowded house keep getting in the way. What’s amazing about this book, and what brought me back to it multiple times, were the superlative double-page spreads. When […]

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Spell on Wheels #4

As the witches’ road trip continues, this issue is great for fans of the “monster boyfriend” theme. The women’s next stopping point turns out to be an abandoned-looking house in the wilds of Maryland, where Megan Levens gets a chance to draw an attractive young beast man. Kate Leth’s story is fun and flirty, but there’s an undertone of ethical consideration, as Jolene enters someone else’s home and Andy’s tempted by stealing from a recipient of stolen goods. The monster, […]

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Jem and the Holograms #23

Jem and the Holograms #23 concludes the “Enter the Stingers” storyline, which began in issue #19. I’m impressed by how well writer Kelly Thompson pulled it all together, because this was the first Jem arc that made me feel left out. I’ve never seen the show; my only exposure to the characters has been this comic series. So the Stingers made me uncomfortable. They’re a new band in town, and the lead singer seems to have a crush on Jem, […]

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Spell on Wheels #1-3

Spell on Wheels is one of those genius concepts that seems so obvious when you see it but it took the creative imagination of its writer, Kate Leth, to bring it about. Here it is: Three witches are robbed, so they go on a road trip to recover their lost items, which have been sold online by a vengeful ex. Jolene is a technopath. Claire is psychic and reads tarot cards. Andy handles spells and potions. They’re a terrific trio, […]

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