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Guys, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur debuts TOMORROW!! IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!! Do do do do, do do doot doot do!

Find out how kid inventor Lunella Lafayette, or Moon Girl, makes the unlikeliest of friends. It’s our new book with Marvel, written by me and Brandon Montclare. I’m also drawing covers.

What I’m REALLY excited about is you getting to enjoy the interiors by the great Natacha Bustos. She’s sort of a newcomer and she’s about to blow you away. Check out this art, with vivid colors by Tamra Bonvillain.

Penny Dora & the Wishing Box by Michael Stock, Sina Grace, and Tamra Bonvillain

Penny Dora & the Wishing Box by Michael Stock, Sina Grace, and Tamra Bonvillain

Fangirls, do you know the story of Pandora and her box? It’s a piece of Greek mythology, where Pandora receives a box, and once it’s opened, it releases all the evils of the world. This is a comic kind of about that same thing.

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Pisces #1 Review: Plenty of Signs of Intelligent Life in this One!

Pisces #1 Review: Plenty of Signs of Intelligent Life in this One!

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Pisces #1
Written by: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by: Johnnie Christmas
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by: Ed Brisson
Published by: Image Comics
Reviewed by Nikki S.

Another week, another case of “what in the heck did I just read?” Because seriously, this is not a book to be digested in one read-through, and it’s not a book that presents itself clearly. Pisces #1, written by Rat Queensscribe Kurtis J.…

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MoonGirl & Devil Dinosaur #3 Review

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Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclaire & Natacia Bustos et al. deliver another very fun installment of Lunella and her crimson carnivore pal’s adventures in this third issue.  

The evil Killer Folk (a group of sinister neanderthals from prehistory) have captured Lunella and taken from her the Kree Omniwave Projector.  The Killer Folk call this object the Nightstone; they wish to possess it because they believe it will offer them near-omnipotent power.  Lunella is equally desperate to possess this object because she feels it is the only thing that can used to prevent her from going through Terrigenesis and being transforming into an Inhuman.  

Devil Dinosaur arrives in time to save Lunella, but in the course of doing so, he accidentally knocks the Omniwave Projector into the Hudson Bay, hopelessly out of Lunella’s reach.  And oh boy is she ticked at DD over his clumsiness…

Now dubbed ‘Moongirl’ by the media, Luella attempts to go back to her life normal life.  She is beside herself with worry over what may happen the next time the Terrigen Cloud passes over New York.  Her Inhuman genes will no doubt be triggered and there’s no knowing how it will ultimately affect her.  Her parents try to be helpful, but there is only so much they can do… and they sort of make matters worse by referring to Luella’s Inhuman genes as her ‘condition.’  

Lunella’s classmates have seen her in the news and it further exasperates the extent to which she is ostracized and teased by her peers (which is odd in that being seen riding on a dinosaur would have likely made me the most popular kid in school, but perhaps the kids of the Marvel Universe are a bit more jaded to such matters).  

A science experiment at school goes terribly wrong, causing a fire that traps many of Lunella’s classmates.  Devil Dinosaur arrives on the scene and Lunella is able to get him to save the students, using his head and tail as a make-shift slide that allows the students to escape the fire.  

Whether or not this will result in Lunella and DD being heralded as heroes remains to be seen because, before anyone can catch their breath, The Totally Awesome Hulk (Amadeus Cho) arrives for what will likely be a showdown between him and Devil Dino.  This is where the issue ends with some serious brawling likely for the fourth installment.

It’s a fun issue with some neat action and a lot of good character development for Lunella.  Her worries about what will happen when and if her Inhumans genes are exposed to Terrigen seems to be a metaphor for growing up and fear of what sort of changes maturation may bring about.  There a few points where this metaphor feels a bit heavy handed, but I have to imagine there are quite a few readers who can very much relate to the matter.  

I think Devil Dinosaur is very cool, but must admit that I actually prefer the scenes focusing on Lunella interacting with her family, friends, and fellow students.  I’m hopping that The Hulk doesn’t take up too much of the story when issue four rolls about.  

Natacha Bustos’ illustration (with Tamra Bonvillain on colors) continues to impress.  The style is sort of part Jack Kirby, part Gilbert Hernandez and it’s just a joy to take in.  I’m hopeful to see some of the other Inhumans show up at some point down the line - I’m very much look forward to seeing Ms. Bustos illustrate Black Bolt and/or Medusa.  

Definitely worth picking up… Three out of Five Lockjaws.

BIGFOOT SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #3 (OF 6) CVR B HAMANN & RIVERA

(W) Josh S. Henaman (A) Andy Taylor, Tamra Bonvillain (CA) Dave Hamann, Jules Rivera

The sci-fi sword, sorcery and sasquatch epic continues with Bigfoot and Bagworm on the hunt for the Heart of the Sun, a priceless gem worth untold riches! Standing in their way is Malona the Damned, Queen of the Fiends of Mars! Variant cover by Dave Hamann and Jules Rivera, limited to 1,500 copies!

BIGFOOT SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #4 (OF 6) CVR B LIAM FRANCIS WALSH

(W) Josh S. Henaman (A) Andy Taylor, Tamra Bonvillain (CA) Liam Francis Walsh

UNCANNY INHUMANS #5 CHO VAR

(W) Charles Soule (A) Brandon Peterson (CA) Michael Cho

“THE QUIET ROOM” STARTS NOW!
•  Black Bolt’s new place is a fascinating curiosity that could very well put all the Marvel Universe in a tight spot.
•  BRANDON PETERSON joins the flagship Inhumans book!

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Wayward, Vol. 3: Out From The Shadows TP by Steven Cummings & Tamra Bonvillain

WAYWARD, VOL. 3: OUT FROM THE SHADOWS TP (ADVANCE SOLICIT)
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART / COVER: STEVEN CUMMINGS & TAMRA BONVILLAIN
MAY 4 / 136 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99
The new gods of Japan have arrived and a clash with the myths of old will change the country forever. JIM ZUB (Conan Red Sonja, Samurai Jack) and STEVEN CUMMINGS (Dead Shot, Legends of the Dark Knight) combine the camaraderie and emotion of shows like Buffy with Japan’s engaging culture and mythic monsters.
Collects WAYWARD #11-15

Review: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 review. A treat for fans of all ages #comics

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 puts together all the pieces of the first two issues to create one satisfying, adorable whole balancing  dinosaur misadventures with the every day life of Lunella Lafayette, a genius girl with an Inhuman gene, who just wants to be normal for once. But some Killer Folk (aka what Jack Kirby decided to call cavemen in the original Devil Dinosaur) got up in her…

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WAYWARD TP VOL 03 OUT FROM THE SHADOWS (MR)

(W) Jim Zub (A/CA) Steven Cummings, Tamra Bonvillain

After the massive revelations of WAYWARD, VOL. 2, chaos reigns. The new gods of Japan have arrived and a clash with the myths of old will change the country forever. JIM ZUB (Conan Red Sonja, Samurai Jack) and STEVEN CUMMINGS (Dead Shot, Legends of the Dark Knight) continue their supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of shows like Buffy with Japan’s engaging culture and mythic monsters.

Collects WAYWARD #11-15

ULTIMATES #6

(W) Al Ewing (A) Christian Ward (CA) Kenneth Rocafort

• Once he was the Devourer of Worlds – but now, at long last, his endless hunger has been cured.
•  But is there a hidden price? What does it mean to wring new life from death? What does it mean to be…Galactus?
•  Special guest artist Christian Ward (ODY-C) takes us into the life of the Lifebringer – for the most cosmic issue yet!

LOONEY TUNES #230

(W) Sholly Fisch (A/CA) Dave Alvarez

Wabbit season! Duck season! Wabbit season! Insurance season? Salesman Daffy Duck accidentally sells insurance to an accident-prone Elmer Fudd, so when Bugs Bunny shows up during Elmer’s wabbit hunting trip, Daffy will have to throw himself in front of exploding TNT and falling anvils…if he doesn’t want to go bankrupt, that is!

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Strayer #1

By Justin Jordan, Juan Gedeon, Tamara Bonvillain and others

Published by Aftershock Comics 2016

Apocalyptic adventure comics are almost a dime a dozen these days. it’s a popular genre in our ever increasingly nihilistic culture. While the predominant concept of humanity destroying itself is the most common setting for these nihilistic apocalypse adventure stories, it’s also a good background for storytelling due to it’s blank canvas sort of situation. With this kind of story background, sometimes we get radically inventive sorts of plots. I think STRAYER fits that bill.

STRAYER #1 gives this tired “after the end of the world” plot concept a bit of a unique spin, introducing super humanistic mutant type creatures into this destroyed Earth scenario and going from there. Not that this kind of plot point is entirely unique either, but the general mood of storytelling to this intro issue was appealing to me for a couple different reasons. The characters are all relatively simplistic, yet charming in their, I suppose, intended naivety. And adding fantasy mythos to technological disasters and superhuman powers is kinda cool too.

Strayer is the name of our main character. He’s basically a bounty hunter with a mysterious past and has in his possession a couple of hand weapons which transmute into bladed weapons upon command. He’s a big dude, fierce and powerful, yet sweet. He’s a simple yet charismatic character. The other main character is a mysterious electro-mage type character named, Mala Tenboom and she’s pursuing a mysterious agenda of returning the world to prosperity or some sort and forcefully recruits Strayer into her scheme.

Having just accidentally taken out a huge skyscraper sized monster together, they seem to be a good team. I imagine once the tension and mistaken hostilities pass between the two, they’ll turn into a good team. We shall see in future issues, I guess.

Overall, I believe there’s some fun and interesting potential with this comic. Yes, it’s nothing totally unique and yeah, it probably won’t win any industry awards, but it’s entertaining and I think that’s all that really matters.

Plus, it’s a goo looking comic. Artist, Juan Gedeon and colorist Tamara Bonvilian provide very attractive visuals for us. From the eye catching cover to all the internal pages. While clearly, Juan Gedeon is still raw and developing his style, he has very interesting compositional and storytelling skills. And while style is almost everything when it comes to comics, quality compositional and storytelling skills (often overlooked), are key to the success of a comic book artists career.

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Rat Queens #16 by Tess Fowler & Tamra Bonvillain

RAT QUEENS #16
STORY: KURTIS J. WIEBE
ART / COVER: TESS FOWLER & TAMRA BONVILLAIN
APRIL 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
NEW STORY ARC
“WHEN BEARDS COLLIDE.” Part One
The Rat Queens return to Palisade to find that the world has moved on without them. The tavern is infested with would be heroes, drinking all the ale and getting in all the fights. What’s a warrior girl to do?

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Action Lab have released previews of their latest comics and TPB’s

BIG FOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #3

Writer(s): Josh S. Henaman
Artist Name(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Artist(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Variant Cover Artist(s): Dave Hamann and Jules Rivera

The sci-fi sword, sorcery and sasquatch epic continues with Bigfoot and Bagworm on the hunt for the Heart of the Sun, a priceless gem worth untold riches! Standing in their way is Malona the Damned, Queen of the Fiends of Mars! Variant cover by Dave Hamann and Jules Rivera, limited to 1,500 copies!

32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC                                                    $3.99 (reg.) /$4.99 (var.)

CYRUS PERKINS AND THE HAUNTED TAXICAB #4
Writer(s):  Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Anna Lencioni
Cover Artist(s): Anna Lencioni

The stunning conclusion to the most innovative crime noir in comics! Will Cyrus solve Michael’s murder? Will Michael finally get the peace he deserves? If you think you know how the story ends, you are DEAD WRONG.
32 pgs. / Rated. A / FC                                                    $3.99 (reg.) /$4.99 (var.)

CYRUS PERKINS AND THE HAUNTED TAXICAB TPB
Writer(s):  Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Anna Lencioni
Cover Artist(s): Anna Lencioni

After a young boy dies in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins must solve the boy’s murder… or be haunted by the spirit trapped in his car! Double Jumpers creator and co-writer of the hit all-ages series Vamplets  teams with rising star Anna Lencioni to deliver a supernatural crime noir with a hero like no other: Cyrus Perkins!  Collects Cyrus Perkins 1-4.
128 pgs. / Rated. A / FC                                          $14.99

 THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #1
Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz

Murder is only perfect when everyone knows you got away with it.  Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families whose fates have commingled. On the eve of her inheritance, Edana is summoned to the grand estate to meet the enigmatic Count Montresor. She embarks on the journey, unprepared for the secrets still to be revealed, and unaware that a killer has set the stage for one final act of vengeance upon the Fortunato family.  Revenge does not end in THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic revenge tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

32 pgs. / Rated. T/ FC                                                    $3.99 (reg)

VENTURE TPB
Writer(s): Jay Faerber
Artist Name(s): Jamal Igle (penciller/inker), James Brown (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jamal Igle

Down-on-his-luck reporter Reggie Baxter has stumbled onto one of the greatest secrets of all time…high school history teacher, Joe Campbell is the superpowered hero known as Venture! But who is Joe Campbell? And more importantly, how rich will Reggie become by blackmailing him? A creator owned superhero morality tale by two of the industry’s finest; Jay Faerber (Copperhead, Dynamo Five, Noble Causes) and Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Supergirl, The Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy)! Collects Venture #1-4.

128 pgs. / Rated. E / FC                                                    $14.99

Previews – Bigfoot: Sword Of The Earthman, Cyrus Perkins, The House Of Montressor & Venture Action Lab have released previews of their latest comics and TPB’s BIG FOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #3…

INSUFFERABLE ON THE ROAD #1 SUBSCRIPTION VAR

(W) Mark Waid (A) Peter Krause (CA) Mitch Gerads

On the trail of the murderer who bankrupted them, Galahad and Nocturnus are forced to travel overseas-where their connections and resources are of no use to them!

ALL NEW HAWKEYE #4 CHO VAR

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Ramon K. Perez (CA) Michael Cho

• It’s a brand-new adventure all about Kate-Hawkeye!
•  A sneak peek into Kate’s past reveals more about her mysterious father.
•  Back in the present, Clint leads a S.H.I.E.L.D. team to rescue the kids from the clutches of Hydra!

WAYWARD #14 CVR B LOTAY (MR)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Steven Cummings, Tamra Bonvillain (CA) Tula Lotay

Tokyo Tower burns as mayhem takes hold of the city.

Cover A is part four of a five-part panorama by STEVEN CUMMINGS and TAMRA BONVILLAIN. Buy all five issues of this story arc to fit them together into a massive WAYWARD illustration. 

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