Posts Tagged ‘BOOM! Studios’

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Chro Noz, the time travel drug. Just pop a capsule, take aim, and the next thing you know, you’re there – wherever, nay, whenever you’ve aimed – within the parameters of your own existence, of course. Addictive as all get out. It’s becoming a problem in Interesting Drug, Shaun Manning’s new graphic novel from BOOM! imprint Archaia.

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Every Monday on G&C I’ll be previewing the new comics I’m most looking forward to in the coming week. These are the comics that I expect will be fun, exciting, and worth your monies. If you think I’ve missed anything, leave a note in the comment section and let me know what you’re eagerly anticipating. Here’s my top three, and then a short list of other books to be aware of.

New Comics for April 23, 2014:

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" #33 from IDW. Cover art by Mateus Santolouco.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” #33 from IDW. Cover art by Mateus Santolouco.

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Cover to "Translucid" #1 from BOOM!

Cover to “Translucid” #1 from BOOM!

Every superhero has a supervillain; heck, some would even say that every superhero needs a supervillain. Superman has Lex Luthor, the Fantastic Four have Doctor Doom, and Batman has the Joker. These characters act as foils for one another; their strengths, weakness, and personality are complimentary. The question has been asked before: are supervillains essential to their superheros? Do they need each other to provide them with purpose, to fulfill their existence? This twisted relationship is at the heart of BOOM!’s newest six-part miniseries, “Translucid.”

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Cover to "Lumberjanes" #1 from BOOM!. Cover art by Noelle Stevenson.

Cover to “Lumberjanes” #1 from BOOM!. Cover art by Noelle Stevenson.

Have you ever heard of the Bechdel movie test? It was popularized by Alison Bechdel (famous American cartoonist and graphic novelist) in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For.” In order to pass the Bechdel test, a movie must have: 1) At least two named female characters; 2) Those characters have to talk to each other; 3) Their conversation has to be about something other than a man. You’d be surprised how few movies pass that test, but this applies to more than just movies. I read a lot of comics, and unfortunately most of them also fail the Bechdel test.

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Every Monday on G&C I’ll be previewing the new comics I’m most looking forward to in the coming week. These are the comics that I expect will be fun, exciting, and worth your monies. If you think I’ve missed anything, leave a note in the comment section and let me know what you’re eagerly anticipating. Here’s my top three, and then a short list of other books to be aware of.

New Comics for April 9, 2014:

Cover to "East of West" #11 from Image. Cover art by Nick Dragotta.

Cover to “East of West” #11 from Image. Cover art by Nick Dragotta.

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Cover to "Adventure Time: The Flip Side" #4 from BOOM!. Cover art by Wook Jin Clark.

Cover to “Adventure Time: The Flip Side” #4 from BOOM!. Cover art by Wook Jin Clark.

“Adventure Time: The Flip Side” is a topsy-turvy mini-series that upended my initial expectations. Unfortunately, the newest issue fails to deliver. “The Flip Side” #4 sacrifices some of the fun in the name of craziness and insanity, resulting in a muddled plot and a book that can be hard to understand.

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Every Monday on G&C I’ll be previewing the new comics I’m most looking forward to in the coming week. These are the comics that I expect will be fun, exciting, and worth your monies. If you think I’ve missed anything, leave a note in the comment section and let me know what you’re eagerly anticipating. Here’s my top three, and then a short list of other books to be aware of.

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