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.

Rat Queens #18 by Tess Fowler & Tamra Bonvillain

JULY 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
The return of Violet’s brother Barrie has completely upended life in Palisade. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any beardier.


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

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!

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Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman #3 preview. The sci-fi sword, sorcery epic continues #comics BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #3 Writer(s): Josh S. Henaman Artist Name(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain…
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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 #6 Review

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The first chapter of Reeder, Montclare, Bustos, and Bonvillain’s fantastic Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur comes to its thrilling conclusion in this thoroughly fun, exciting, and satisfying sixth issue.  
Lunella is at her wits end. She is done running from her problems and not being treated seriously.  She’s taking the fight head on full force and no one is going to stop her, not the Killerfolk, not the mean kids at school, not even her parents.  In the end, Lunella succeeds and scores a huge victory, and yet this victory arrives too late and the one thing she had been fighting so hard to avoid comes to its inevitable fruition.  

As seen in the last issue, Lunella had rescued Devil Dinosaur from his imprisonment at The National History Museum.  Reports of this daring rescue have made it into the local newspaper and, when Lunella’s mom sees it, she storms to Lunella’s school to confront her daughter over her lying, sneaking out despite being grounded, and once more endangering herself.  Lunella is sick of making excuses for herself and it leads to a very poignant scene between Lunela and her mom.  

The Terrigenesis that Lunella so desperately wishes to avoid has acted as a metaphorical stand-in for physical maturity in this series.  Lunella fears the changes that Terrigenesis will cause in her in the same way that many preadolescents fear the changes inherent to growing up… changes to the body and mind that so often alters a person’s character and attitudes.
Lunella likes who she is and doesn’t want to change.  Perhaps more importantly, she needs her parents to truly see her, validate and respect who she is, who she has chosen to be… and do so before she is changed, before it is too late.  

This intense interaction between Lunella and her mom is interrupted by The Killerfolk, the gang of time-displaced Neanderthals who are seeking to abduct Lunella and sacrifice her to appease their moon god.  And this offers Lunella the opportunity to actually show her mom just who she is: a brilliant inventor, scientist, and grade A badass who is more than capable of holding her own against these despicable cavemen.  Utilizing her arsenal of bizarre inventions, cobbled together from kids toys and random electronics, Lunella drives off the Killerfolk.

Emboldened by her victory, Luella fetches her pal, Devil Dino and sets out to track down the Killerfolk, defeat them once and for all, and retrieve the Omniwave Projector (a Kree artifact the Killerfolk posses and that Luella feels she can use to suppress her Inhuman genes and avoid Terrigenesis).  The duo encounter the Killerfolk on a rooftop for a final battle under the full moon.  The fight is quick and one-sided and our heroes make short work of the Killerfolk and obtain the Omniwave Projector.  Luella has succeeded and it finally appears as though things are going to turn around for her.  Unfortunately, in her haste to hunt down the Killfolk, Lunella had neglected to keep track of the Terrigen Cloud that had been floating about New York these last few nights.  
The cloud has snuck up on her, it surrounds her on all sides.  There is nowhere to hide and poor Lunella is engulfed.  She tries to hold her breath but it is no use…  The thing that she has feared the most, change, is upon her and no longer any escape…

Having chased off the Killerfolk, Devil Dinosaur returns to Luenelle only to find that she has been encased in a Terigenic cocoon.  Somehow he knows that it is her and he takes the cocoon to their secret underground base, guarding it and keeping it warm as though it were his egg.  And it is here that the story ends… for now.

It is an absolutely perfect ending to a truly wonderful first arc.  Equal parts sad, heart-warming, exciting and anxiety-provoking.  It’s an extremely satisfying conclusion and yet I still cannot wait to see what happens next.  Like going to a restaurant, having a great dinner and being fully sated, yet still excited to go back for another meal.  

I’ve read that co-creator and co-writer Brandon Montclare had initially intended this series to stand alone without any connection to Terrigenesis and The Inhumans.  I’m sure Amy Reeder and Montclare could have crafted an equally good series without the connection to the Inhumans, but I’m not sure how it would have worked.  As it is, Lunella’s desperation to avoid Terrigensis is very much the emotional heart to the story.  It is just such an ideal metaphor for pubescence.

I think it can be easy to forget just how frightening the prospect of maturity can be to a youngster.  They see their older siblings or peers go through this seismic change and transform into a very different person.  And not just different on a physical level, but different in terms of priorities and attitudes and mood.  For an intellectually and/or emotionally precocious kid, like Lunella, the prospect of such change can especially alarming… she can see it coming, but can do nothing to avoid it.  

The reason Lunella is so resistant to this change is that she actually likes who she is - who she has made herself into and not whatever preprogramed fate her genes have in store for her.  It makes for a very interesting notion that latency (that short period of time between childhood and adolescence) is an all-too-brief window where we can be our true unencumbered selves.  The latency-aged kid is no longer bogged down by the limitations of childhood, and is not yet ensnared by the instinctual drives of an adolescent.  They are free, unembarrassed, and authentic.  I don’t blame Lunella for wanting to stay in this place forever and avoid the inevitable changes of growing up.  

Reeder and Montclair deliver all this with a deft hand (much more skillfully than I just did).  The narration doesn’t pummel the reader over the head with these existential and psychosocial themes, but rather leaves the clues out there, inter-spliced with humor and action, and lets the reader come to conclusion on their own.  It’s all really quite remarkably done.

And Natacha Bustos (along with colorist Tamra Bonvillain) deserves equal approbations.  The wonderful illustrations and spot-on facial expressions of emotion pairs just perfectly with the writing.  Mongolia and Devil Dinosaur may have the look and feel of an all ages book, but it’s just as smart and clever and thought provoking as any comic I’ve come across.  This is the medium at its best.
I must read.  Five out of Five Lockjaws.    

My Dearest, Rat Queens: A Love Letter to the Ladies of Palisade

My Dearest, Rat Queens: A Love Letter to the Ladies of Palisade

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My Dearest, Rat Queens, Art by Roc Upchurch After learning that your book will be going on hiatus for the foreseeable future, I thought I’d take a moment to let the four of you know what you’ve meant to me since your first issue debuted three years ago. While I have confidence that you’ll return to my comic book shelves someday, in case we don’t see each other for a while it’s important that…

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Comic Book Review: The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1 - Bounding Into Comics
Check out our other reviews of The Unbelievable Gwenpool (1) explores a question friends have been discussing around tables for decades, “What would you do if you had superpowers?” To be fair, Ms.Poole and her new found sidekick, Cecil, stress the idea that she has no superpowers in her debut solo comic, however some of …


Okay so it’s not exactly a transformation sequence but I must say this double page spread really got my nerd-juices flowing.  Until now MoonGirl has just been “super” in a metaphorical sense - she has suffered big setbacks and consequences but this has only galvanized her for the fight ahead.  She can do and be anything she can imagine - and Moon Girl’s got big ideas.  Super-hero Status Achievement: UNLOCKED!

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Angel Catgbird Volume 1 TP by Johnnie Christmas

The most anticipated graphic novel of 2016!
Angel Catbird Volume 1 TP
Margaret Atwood (W), Johnnie Christmas (A/Cover), and Tamra Bonvillain ©
On sale Sept 6
FC, 112 pages
TP, 6” x 9”
Internationally best-selling and respected novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate for one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of 2016!
A young genetic engineer is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with that of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure—with a lot of cat puns.
• Margaret Atwood’s first original graphic novel!
• Atwood has been published in over thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays, and has won the Man Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Premio Mondello, and more.
• Features bonus content by David Mack, Matt Kindt, Tyler Crook, and more!