Starting in May of 2017, the Allred family of Lee, Laura & Michael Allred whose work has appeared in titles like Silver Surfer, iZombie, Madman & X-Statix will be teaming up to work on a new Young Animal miniseries titled Bug!: The Adventures Of A Forager and will feature several Jack Kirby creations like the original Sandman & Atlas. More details at CBR
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Tyler’s Recommendation… Wild Storm #1
“Warren Ellis returns to the Wildstorm universe! I’m of the mind that any new Ellis book is worthy of my time, so I’m excited for this. I very much enjoyed his previous run on Stormwatch, and his work as of late has been fantastic, I would advise any curious minds to grab a copy of this on Wednesday“
After an almost three year hiatus (the last post came out on 4/30/14), I’ve decided to bring back my column “The Haul.” At its inception, I vowed to write something once a week. Not only did that not happen then, but I will not even pretend to make that claim again today. However, what I can promise is to pop in at least once a month for this new endeavor. When “The Haul” first debuted, it was meant as a place where I could talk about whatever was on my mind that week in the world of comics. Having that freedom was nice, but this next iteration will have better specified boundaries. By dropping a lens over this column, I can provide a clearer focus on what it is readers can expect.
By Jody Houser, Jim Krueger, Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Hester & Trish Mulvihill
After three reboots of pre-existing concepts, Gerard Way’s new Young Animal imprint unveils its first original character: Mother Panic. The debut issue of her adventures is an intriguing hybrid which mixes new ideas with familiar tropes. Protagonist Violet Paige is introduced lounging on her private jet as it approaches Gotham City’s airport. She downs a glass of wine as an unidentified companion warns Violet of overexerting herself. The context is vague, leaving the reader unclear what sort of destructive tendencies the aide is referring. Violet immediately conveys the spoiled apathy of the privileged, flipping off the paparazzi greeting her at the airport with questions about the latest gossip. Internally, Violet muses about this corrupt city to which she keeps returning. Perhaps she should simply burn it to the ground and be done with it all. Still, for all that cynicism, she remains capable of brightening a stranger’s day. When she glimpses two fans timing their selfie for the moment Violet will pass in the background, Violet offers a sly grin for their camera. In the course of these initial two pages, writer Jody Houser successfully introduces these multiple aspects to Violet’s personality, immediately drawing the reader into Violet’s story.
By Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zarcone and Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover by Becky Cloonan
Shade The Changing Girl is a book about two young females who might have more in common than appears on the surface. Loma, a young female alien from the planet Meta is in search of an adventure. In a letter to her current boyfriend Lepuck she explains how they will never last long term. She uses the classic line “it’s not you it’s me” explaining that she is kind of a mess, owing bad people money, losing her job, even having other lovers on the side. She is in search of an escape. Megan is a high school student from Valleyville. She is a bully and she has the cute nice boy under her thumb. Her best friends actually hate her and she may have an issue over indulging on dangerous drugs. Both women are in search of adventure. Megan takes things too far and ends up in a coma. Loma convinces Lepuck to override the security at the Museum of Alien Curiosities and steals Rac Shade’s coat. This coat transports Loma into Megan’s unconscious body and bam, we have a fish out of water story.
The comic is pretty solid once you get into it but it can be tough to understand. What appears to just be surface level confusing at the beginning slowly places the building blocks and eventually constructs a solid first issue. One aspect I was very impressed with was the characterization of Megan through the reaction of her family and friends. Megan has been in a coma and written off as gone, in fact the plug was going to be pulled on her. When she awakens due to the arrival of Loma in her body her family doesn’t seem too excited. It would be a huge emotional shock and might not even feel real at the moment, so that family reaction didn’t really raise too many flags. However, when the school finds out that Megan is awake her “friends” seem more annoyed than happy. This really helps solidify our idea of what kind of person Megan was. She wasn’t a nice girl. Now Loma, who wanted to escape her life, finds herself in a body that might be more trouble than she was expecting.
The art by Marley Zarcone is solid. I really enjoyed her art back when I was the only person reading Effigy. She draws a nice clean line but with these psychedelic panels that really open up the visual and allow her to cut loose and let the art flow. Facial expressions are important in opening issues as we get to know new characters and Marley is superb in the facial detail. The emotions of the characters are clearly seen and understood.
Shade The Changing Girl is kind of weird, very psychedelic and at times confusing. In saying that there are some deep ideas being explored here and some interesting parallels between the characters. If this sounds like your thing you won’t be disappointed by Shade The Changing Girl.