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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.

BIGFOOT: 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
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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A huge and well-deserved congratulations to Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, Natacha Bustos, Tamara Bonvillain, and the whole creative team behind Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur for winning the BEST FEMALE CHARACTER prize at the 2016 Glyph Comics Awards!!!!  

The Glyph Comics Awards commemorates excellent achievement in the field of comics made by, for, and about people of color.  Check out all the other winners here.

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 #7 Review

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It’s a new beginning for the adventures of the intrepid Moongirl and her crimson carnivorous compadre from the team of Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and guest penciler, Marco Failla, along with colors by Tamara Bonvillain.  

Last issue saw Lunella besieged by the dreaded Terrigen Cloud.   She was unable to escape and was encased in a transformative chrysalis.  Devil Dinosaur found her and has remained vigilant, protecting the cocoon in the safe confines of their underground secret base.  Then the cocoon breaks open and Lunella emerges.  She has gone through Terrigenesis but appears physically unchanged, no orange skin, no antenna, webbed fingers, nor uncontrollable laser beam blasting from her ears.  She should be relieved, but remains untrusting over what the change has done to her.   She is waiting apprehensively for the other shoe to drop…

The transformation of Terrigensis is not the same for everyone and this is similar for how long one remains inside the Terrigenic cocoon.  Some emerge from he cocoon in mere moments, others emerge after several hours, while others still can remain within the cocoon for days.  Luella fits into the last of these categories and it turns out that she has been missing for days.  Her neighborhood is peppered with homemade missing signs and her parents are overwhelmed with tearful relief when she finally arrives home.  Luella is happy to see her parents as well, but for her it is a bittersweet reunion.  She still does not know what Terrigenesis has done to her and remains fearfully reluctant over the idea that whatever gifs or curses she has been endowed with might prove harmful to her loved ones.  

Meanwhile, off on the Kree world of Nova Halla IV, we are introduced to young Mel-Varr, a Kree youth who has been a great disappointment to his militaristic father.  Mel is a daydreamer, more interested in surfing the inter-webs than attending to his studies; and it’s resulted in his being denied admission to the Kree Military Academy, much to his father’s chagrin.  Mel’s dad browbeats the kid for being such a let-down.  

Hurt and desperate to win his father’s approval, Mel hatches a scheme to capture an Inhuman to prove his worth.  Yet he knows he’s no match for the likes of Black Bolt, Crystal, or Karnak so he opts to go after what his scans suggest is the least powerful Inhuman out there: Lunella.  

Back on earth, Lunella tries to get on with her life as she wishes to lead it, doing well in school and fighting crime alongside Devil Dinosaur.  She’s having a good ol’ time, but is continually pestered by the looming worry that the effects of her Terrigensis will soon manifest.

Using Kree science to make his blue skin appear caucasian, Mel has infiltrated Luella’s school as a transfer student from Kalamazoo.  He initiates his challenge of Lunella by declaring that he should be in charge of the class’ science project.  This greatly irritates Lunella and her irritation quickly escalates into a blind rage.  She begins to growl and pounces on Mel like a wild animal.  What is going on with her?  We find out when the narrative switches to Lunella’ secret lair.  Somehow Lunella has been transported here but she doesn’t remember how.  Then she looks in the mirror and discovers her mind has been transplanted into Devil Dinosaur’s body… which suggests DD’s mind is now in Lunella’s body. uh oh…

It appears as though Luella’s Inhuman powers have finally made themselves evident.  She has the ability to switch her consciousness with Devil Dinosaur.  Pretty cool.  I just hope it’s reversible, but we’re going to have to wait until next issue to find out.  

A very fun read and an excellent beginning to a new chapter in the saga of Moongirl & Devil Dinosaur.  I just love where Montclare and Reeder are going with this title and their on-going use of Terrigenesis as a metaphor for maturation is clever and a delight to read. 

Mel-Varr is a fun character and, in my opinion, a much better foil for Moongirl compared to the Killerfolk.  With his bowl haircut, Mel reminds me of Mandrark from the cartoon ‘Dexter’s Laboratory.’

 I just love the idea of science nerds, Lunella and Mel-Varr going at each other just like Dexter and Mandrake (which I guess makes Devil Dino Dede :3).  

And the twist of the nature of Lunella’s Inhuman powers was unexpected and just plain terrific.  What a terrific book.  And a much needed balm to ease my nerves after reading one of the worst comics of the year (I won’t say what comic that is, but its title rhymes with ‘Saptain Camerica: Treve Sodgers’).

Natacha Bustos’ penciling is very much missed, but Marco Failla does fine work filling in.  And Tamara Bonvillain’s colors are excellent as always.  And check out the cover illustrated by writer, Amy Reeder!  It’s fantastic!

Great book, highly recommended.  Four out of five Lockjaws

Fantom’s picks from the May previews

We’ve taken a few months off the solicitation picks, but we’re back in that saddle!

Snotgirl #1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung (July 20)

Slice-of-life comic about a fashion blogger who also has massive allergies? By Scott Pilgrim’s Bryan Lee O’Malley and fantastic up-and-coming artist Leslie Hung (@milkmanner​)? An all-Asian American (or Asian Canadian) creative team?! Sign us up!

Angel Catbird vol. 1 by Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas (September 7)

Legend Margaret Atwood comes to comics for the first time with a series of graphic novels drawn by Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered, Island) and colored by Tamra Bonvillain (Rat Queens, Island)?! The preview promises a superhero adventure with plenty of cat puns.

Prophet vol. 5: Earth War by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis, Grim Wilkins, Ron Ackins, and a ton of other people! (September 7)

The finale of Prophet! Finally! We’ll be doing a gigantic book club for this when it arrives in September. Also, that sweet original cover art by Grim Wilkins, unfff

Mirror: The Mountain by Emma Ríos and Hwei Lim (September 14)

The first five issues of Mirror, finally collected in a gorgeous paperback! Gotta love that original cover art, too. If you haven’t checked it out yet: Mirror is a fantasy comic about people doing experiments on animals to give them human intelligence, and the moral quandaries that ensue. Spanish artist Emma Ríos (Pretty Deadly, Island) is known for her dreamlike layouts, and Malaysian up-and-coming artist Hwei Lim holds her own with a distinctive watercolor style.

Review: Nighthawk #1

Nighthawk #1 is a strong debut that tackles real world problems. Read our review #comics

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In Nighthawk #1, writer David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), artist Ramon Villalobos (E is for Extinction), and colorist Tamra Bonvillain (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur) craft a vigilante meets psychological thriller yarn rooted in the reality of 21st century United States with racial tension and gun violence everywhere. Nighthawk is wealthy African American businessman, Raymond Kane, by day,…

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PREVIEW | Wayward, Vol. 3: Out from the Shadows (Image Comics)

  • Paperback/full color/$12.99 (US, digital); $16.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 25 May 2016
  • Story: Jim “Zub” Zubkavich
  • Illustrations: Steven Cummings
  • Colors: Tamra Bonvillain, Marissa Louise, Brittany Peer
  • Essays by: Zack Davisson
  • “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 (Deadshot, Legends of the Dark Knight) combine the camaraderie and emotion of shows like Buffy with Japan’s engaging culture and mythic monsters.”
Preview: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #7

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #7

STORY BY: Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder ART BY: Marco Failla COLORS BY: Tamra Bonvillain LETTERS BY: VC - Travis Lanham COVER BY: Amy Reeder, Jamal Campbell, June Brigman, Nolan Woodard RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2016

NEW STORY STARTS NOW! • What’s next for Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur? The all new, all different, MOST AMAZING Marvel Team-Up continues… • Face to face with the Terrigen Cloud that could turn her Inhuman, Lunella Lafayette’s world is about to turn upside down! Now more than ever, she’ll have to rely on smarts and keep a cool head! Meanwhile, a new boy in school has moved to town from far, far away…but why is he so interested in Lunella? Plus, the most wanted T-Rex in NYC is running out of places to lie low. • Part One of “Cosmic Cooties” begins here!!!

 
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