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It has been a while… too long really. So, I want to take a moment to highlight & review a couple of my fav books. Including the newest issue of Jem & the Holograms!
When Lumberjanes #13 came out and I saw Brooke A Allen came back, well, it was like a homecoming. If you STILL haven’t read her A Home for Mister Easter, stop stalling. It’s a very sweet book. Anyway, this issue is especially great because… it’s the first day of camp! And woah, there is double the sexy dad happening here:
Plus, you get to see other Lumberjanes’ family including the wildness of Ripley’s, as well as the origin of Molly’s “hat” Bubbles. It really is an issue that has me squealing, yes, for joy! This series is fo’ real. Pick up a copy, or 2 or 3.
I have to say, before this issue, I was getting a little worried the series might start to fizzle for me. Nowak’s art online is pretty darn cool, but the Lumberjanes material was not as fulfilling for me. Sometimes it occurred as rushed and other times I found myself comparing her to Brooke A Allen. With that said, her online stuff is great, please go support her and check out her stuff here. And here’s a snip-it from her blog:
Princeless Pirate Princess #3
In the newly evolving genre of “Princesses who Save themselves” that the industry is clearing a pathway for, came Princeless. This series is only getting stronger and better. The art is tight every single issue and Jeremy Whitley’s writing is wonderfully executed. The characters are distinct, strong and fierce, but in their own ways. The bonds are growing tighter for Raven & Adrienne. Plus, it’s packed with badassery with shooting arrows off of dragons while cannonballs are flying through the air. Yuuuuup. Note that Princeless The Pirate Princess trade paperback is new this week. They moved fast. In fact, I didn’t even realize #4 was last week.
Help Us Great Warrior #3
This series is great for many reasons. This issue was exceptionally hilarious. Leo and the Warrior find a food stand with their fav food and chow down. Meanwhile, the waiter comes up and this happens:
Madeline Flores is still doing a great job flushing out the story. For something that was a web comic and had short bits, she’s really giving us more as well as the humor we know and love each and every issue. We find out more about the Warrior’s past at the end of this issue.
I’m loving the coloring on this. Thanks to Trillian Gunn for a job well done. Trillian’s art if fantastic so make sure to visit Gunn’s tumblr page as linked above.
Jem & the Holograms #2
The first issue of #1 was really all setup, which is good and great and all, but I was left with ” I need moorrrre.” So, #2 I was highly anticipating and it blew me away. For one, a lot of fans have wanted Kimber and Stormer’s relationship to be cannon. Well, now it is.
Plus, I just love Sophie Campbell’s art. I am always looking out for a new project from her and this is a really perfect one. This issue also offers a really cool visual for singing in a comic. A lot of times, to denote there is singing happening there’s music signs next to the text and that is it. In this comic, though, it looks like this:
Pretty cool, Sophie…Pretty cool.
Also, the lovely Sara Richards is doing the subscription covers, as well as the super cool Misfits covers by Amy Mebberson. This comic is a win-win.
The letter’s page in the back is especially awesome. John Barber, Senior Editor at IDW, has been pushing for this comic to exists for a long time. Why? Because he loves Jem. To him, “Jem was music and adventure for everybody, inclusive of me.” He wanted to bring a new, modern version that still respected the source material and was accessible to longtime fans and newbies alike. Good on you John! It is awesome.
I also want to make mention that the first issue has artist credits as Ross Campbell and the second, Sophie Campbell. That’s because brave Ross Campbell came out – as the series was launching – as her true form, Sophie Campbell. IDW is super on top of renaming all the series she is on too. Yay!
Check out her adult webcomic Can’t Look Back (NSFW) It’s super awesome, cute & gay.
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