Aimee Garcia and AJ Mendez Join GLOW VS. THE BABYFACE Creative Team

Aimee Garcia and AJ Mendez Join GLOW VS. THE BABYFACE Creative Team

IDW Publishing welcomes Aimee Garcia (star of Luciferand Dexter), former WWE superstar and New York Times bestseller AJ Mendez (Crazy is My Superpower), and sensational returning artist Hannah Templer (Cosmoknights) as the rasslin’ roster behind the upcoming comic book series, GLOW vs. The Babyface. A new story set in the world of the acclaimed Netflix Original comedy series and overseen by showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, this four-part miniseries match-up debuts in November.

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This Week's Comic Book Picks (Week August 17th 2016)

Comics Books are released every Wednesday to the public to purchase and buy. There are so many comic book companies we can't review every single book that comes out. Starting today I will be giving you my top picks each week of comics that you should check out. 

IMAGE Comics

Demonic #1

Description: SERIES PREMIERE! Detective Scott Graves will do anything to protect his family… even bargain away his soul. Now, the only thing to fear isn’t New York’s worst criminals, but what's already raging inside of him. After all, what's the cost of your soul when it's already damaged? 

Mini Review: Demonic #1 is the standout book from Image Comics this week. Story by Christopher Sebela and artwork by Niko Walter and Dan Brown. This story griped me from the beginning with it's gritty artwork and compelling main lead in Scott Graves. Scott is not in the best state of mind. He had a terrible childhood which was hinted at but not explained. His daughter is dying and he is keeping secrets. However the most compelling aspect of his story is that he has a demonic entity that has been attached to him since he was kid. This demon has been watching Scott and waiting for the best moment to strike. This demon wants Scott and offers something that he might not be able to refuse. I like the realism of the demon and how seductive and cunning it is. The relationship of Scott and this demon will have you hook to see if Scott can defeat the beast within. 4.5 out of 5.

IDW Publishing

Powerpuff Girls #2

Description: A hotshot movie director claims that his new movie is so scary, even THE POWERPUFF GIRLS will be too chicken to watch it! Never ones to back down from a challenge, fall into his trap! Using his “movie magic,” he’ll turn the girls into actual chickens so he’ll be free to enact his evil plans! Can the ChickenPuff Girls save the day?!

Mini Review: The Powerpuff Girls #2 is fun for all ages. Parents this is a comic series for your kids to enjoy. The art is work is spot on with the look and feel of the original television show. The writing and dialogue can be a little cheesy and can fall a little flat with it's pop culture references.  However issue #2 has a great lesson for kids about peer pressure and not doing something because of pride. The girls are in fear of the city calling them chicken because they don't want to see a horror movie. Not to be viewed the superheroes who are afraid of something they take the challenge of seeing the film. They end up being part of master scheme by the one who offered them the challenge. The guys motivation is completely silly and makes no sense but for the kids it will be hilarious. 4 out 5 Stars.

Dark Horse Comics

Briggs Land #1

Description: Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, contains the largest anti government secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community—and her immediate family—that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.

Mini Review: Briggs Land is Dark Horse Comics standout book this week. If there is any book to put on your must buy list it's this one. Briggs Land #1 introduces a compelling world of Grace Briggs and she is seeking control of her husband Jim Briggs empire. Jim is locked up in prison for life for an assassination attempt. However Jim still operates the land from prison.  Grace finally fed up with her husband and his lifestyle decides she will start making changes to Briggs Land. For the sake of spoilers I won't go into further details about the plot. Briggs Land #1 setups of this world very nicely. Each member of the Briggs family gets time to get their characters a solid introduction. The relationship between Grace and her family is very fun to read and the ending has me waiting for the next issue. Briggs Land has great artwork and coloring and a compelling story. 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Marvel Comics

Civil War II: The Fallen #1

Description: s a giant falls, friends and enemies alike gather to mourn his passing. Amadeus Cho, Rick Jones, Betty Ross, Thunderbolt Ross, the Warbound and more. Can they all keep a level head - or will some of them get ANGRY? Plus, what secrets lie in the Last Will and Testament of Bruce Banner?

Mini Review: Out of all the books from Marvel this week Civil War: The Fallen #1 is the standout book. This book packs an emotional punch as we see the Marvel Universe (well most of them) mourning the lost of The Hulk from the actions of Hawkeye. The Fallen #1 has beautiful art work that really brings out the tone and emotion set out to the reader. Seeing how everyone close to Bruce Banner/The Hulk reacts to his death was a treat. Betty reaction, Tony Stark Reaction and the entire Hulk family are spot one. This is an emotional book and will string at the heart for some Hulk fans. Bruce last message his touching and humorous at the same time. Marvel fans this one is the one to put in the shopping bag. 4.5/5 Stars.

DC Comics

Suicide Squad Rebirth #1

Description: “The Black Vault” part one! When a mysterious and definitely super-important cosmic item falls out of the heavens and into enemy hands, America has only one option: Task Force X, Amanda Waller’s strike team of incarcerated super-criminals. A one-stop-shop for plausibly deniable espionage and ultra- violence, this “Suicide Squad” only handles missions they’re not expected to survive. An insane new era of SUICIDE SQUAD begins here with superstar artist Jim Lee and red-hot writer Rob Williams (UNFOLLOW, MARTIAN MANHUNTER).

Mini Review: While some of the DC arcs like Batman are wrapping up. New arcs such as Suicide Squad, Supergirl and Birds of Prey are just beginning. Out of the three new additions to the Rebirth line I found Suicide Squad the most enjoyable. The new rebirth doesn't really add anything you don't already know about the squad and we don't get much of a backstory except for Deadshot. However the art work by Jim Lee is spot on and once again beautiful to see. There are some chuckle moments with Harley but otherwise nothing really new under the sun. 3.5/5 Stars

 

DC Comics

 

SDCC News: Street Fighter X G.I. Joe Announce at IDW

image credit: IDW  

image credit: IDW
 

Polygon is reporting Capcom's Street Fighter and Hasbro's G.I. Joe are crossing over in a new miniseries. Titled Street Fighter X G.I. Joe, the series will reportedly be published by IDW Publishing some time in 2016. No details on the creative team were given.

According to Polygon, during the Capcom panel Thursday at Comic-Con International: San Diego, the company teased the idea of M. Bison versus Cobra and Vega versus Storm Shadow.

UDON has had the comic book license for Street Fighter for the past twelve years, but there's been no mention of UDON in Polygon's report.

 

 

source: Polygon

Star Trek and Green Lantern Crossover

Image Credit: IDW Publishing/DC Comics

San Diego, CA (April 4, 2015) – IDW Publishing, CBS Consumer Products and DC Entertainment announced today that they will boldly go where no one has gone before…in brightest day, in blackest night. Two iconic franchises will meet this summer in a legendary crossover event with the release of a six-part comic book miniseries, STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR. Both Star Trek and Green Lantern are known for their strong cast of interstellar characters and when they come together for the first time this July, fans new and old are sure to experience a galaxy-sized thrill.

STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR is six-part monthly mini-series and will be written by veteran Star Trek comic writer Mike Johnson with interior art by Angel Hernandez (INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE, ARROW). STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR #1 will be available in stores and online in July, boasting covers from Gabriel Rodriguez,Francesco Francavilla,Elsa Charretier, and Garry Brown. Following issues will feature covers from an amazing lineup that includes Declan Shalvey, Marc Laming, and more!

“We’ve looked forward to bringing these two iconic universes together for a long time,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “Star Trek and Green Lantern both share so many of the same science-fiction adventure themes and ideals, that a galaxy-spanning crossover like this is simply…logical.”

 

“Green Lantern is one of the most popular, storied characters in the history of comic books and a modern DC Comics icon.

An entire universe of Green Lanterns and other supporting characters have grown out from his original adventures in the 1940’s, and this series really showcases the intergalactic scope of the franchise,” said Bob Harras, Editor-in-Chief of DC Comics.

A pop culture mainstay for almost 50 years, Star Trek's fan base continues to grow exponentially with the new feature films in 2009 and 2013. Now all Star Trek fans can watch their favorite U.S.S. Enterprise crew members meet Hal Jordan and the entire Green Lantern Corps in an adventure that spans space, time and all the colors of the spectrum. Set in Star Trek’s 23rd Century, the balance of the universe will be tested when the Green Lantern Corps’ Power Rings come into the possession of certain Star Trek characters while a dark and powerful evil looms around every corner.  Only the combined power of the Green Lantern Corp and the Federation stand any chance of stopping those who worship evil’s might.

 

 

Source: Newsarama

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 41 (Comic Review)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 41 (Comic Review)

Attack on Technodrome” begins! Time is short as Krang accelerates his plan to terraform the Earth… which will kill all who live on it! A surprise alliance results in a daring plan—and the stakes have never been higher! This next issue in TMNT focuses heavy on Donatello, Shredder and Krang.

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Transformers: Drift #1 Empire Of Stone (Comic Review)

Transformers: Drift #1 Empire Of Stone (Comic Review)

Transformers: Drift #1 Empire Of Stone centers around Transformer Drift. Drift was formerly known as Decepticon Deadlock, but after seeing the horrors of the Transformers War he perspective changed. Drift goes to undisclosed planet where Decepticon rogues are trying to take over.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #40 (Comic Review)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #40 (Comic Review)

The heroes on the half shell, are back in all new issue for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #40. The battle has finally become with the Turtles and their mutant allies vs Bebop and Rocksteady. This issue is action packed and most of it is action more than story.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol #38 (Comic Review)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol #38 (Comic Review)

Old Hob has perfected the art of making mutants! With the ranks of his mutant gang swelling, the Turtles will have to determine if they can truly trust Hob against the Foot. Throw in Alopex’s return to New York and the mutant mayhem will only get crazier! Issue #38 TMNT continues it's amazing storyline on the turtles. This issue doesn't have much on action, but what it does have is a great story.

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G.I. Joe #1 (The Fall of G.I. Joe) Review

DOES THE WORLD NEED G.I. JOE? Cobra had become an international peacekeeping force… and the future of G.I. JOE looks bleak. SCARLETT leads what’s left of America’s ultimate fighting force but will she be able to keep her new team together?

G.I. Joe #1 is a fresh new take on the Joe's. Writer Karen Traviss brings her experience of writing stories based on military and politics and weaves it into the Joe's. The first issue is not an action packed by any means. Instead we trade in the guns, explosions and the classic battle cry for a more political driven issue. Cobra has now become an international peacekeeping force and are trying to establish allies and ties. With Cobra not up to their usual ways the government is debating whether the G.I. Joes are even needed. Enters Scarlett the new leader of the Joe's who is trying to keep the Joe's together. I actually like Scarlett as the leader of the G.I. Joe's. Her intelligence, strategic knowledge, and her relationship with each member works well. 

While I enjoy this issue I wish there was a little action in this. However this is building up to something that can be huge story arc for the Joe's. Cobra is definitely not all they appear to be, the Joe's might be heading to it last hurrah, and the world is in a brink of uncertainty. If you like a political thriller that will lead up to an all out battle. Check this one out.

Final Grade 7.5/10





Godzilla Cataclysm: Vol 1 Review

Godzilla Cataclysm is a recent mini comic series published by IDW Publishing. The king of all monsters returns to the comics, however is it any good? I'm happy to say yes it is. So far Godzilla Cataclysm is up to a  promising start. The story follows a group of human survivors after a huge battle between the monsters. The world has been destroyed and has enter officially the post apocalyptic era. The remaining humans are doing what they must to survive. In this issue it centers on a group of survivors trying to gather supplies. The monsters haven't been seen in a long time, so the survivors travel to outskirts of the safe zone. The survivors soon find out that they're not alone.

Godzilla Cataclysm does a great job of setting up this post apoocalyptic world. I like the fact that the battle with monsters are already over. Instead of showing the invasion with monsters and having Godzilla save the day. We get a world that has already been destoryed by battles Godzilla has already have. It's nice to see the effects of Godzilla's battles. Humans are starving for food, supplies for health and much more. It's a realistic approach on what will happen if Godzilla actually exist. The human characters so far are likeable and the pacing is really flushed out. The first issue doesn't give you much in terms of backstory or character development. However it does great on setting up this new universe. The art is great and has a lot of detail on the destruction of the city. I really enjoy the use of color for overcast and environments. Overall Godzilla is back and it's something you should check out.

Final Grade: 8.0/10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Vol 37 Review

In TMNT issue #37 the heroes on the half shell are not present. Instead the focal point of this issue is on Shredder and Krang. Shredder is on Krang's boat trying to get the general to join his side. Krang feels that he has all the power, all the resources that he doesn't need Shredder at all. I won't get into more details because it travels into spoiler area. I will say that what transpires is pretty epic and shows how much of a bad ass Shredder really is. This issue not only shows Shredder true intentions, but also a makes you actually cheer for him. Even though Shredder's intentions are completely evil, I couldn't help myself cheering for him when Krang was being all arrogant. Yes Shredder is evil, but he is human at the end of the day and you see layers of his loyalty to his foot clan and people who place faith in him.

Overall this issue was very well written. The action was packed with Shredder stealing the scene. Reading this made me respect Shredder and really hate Krang. Even though the turtles weren't in this issue I didn't miss them, and that was thanks to ole Shred Head. The art is great especially the action that takes place on the boat. Facial expressions, movements of the battle made me really wish this was longer. If you're a fan of Shredder this is an issue that you have to check out.

Final Grade: 9.0/10