Sunday, May 20, 2018

I Reads You Juniors May 2018 - Update #36

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From BleedingCool:  Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, receives the inaugural "Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award."

From Crunchyroll:  Vertical Announces "Kino's Journey" Manga and More at Anime Central

From BleedingCool:  DC Comics not satisfied with Diamond Comics Distributors April 2018 sales numbers because they should have won the month, but did not...

From OtakuMode: The "Shaman King" spinoff manga, "Shaman King The Super Star," debuts in June in Japan.

From KOB:   Mom releases comic book to inspire kids with disabilities

From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics is apparently planning a Spider-Man theme crossover for the Fall, "Spidergeddon."

From CBR:  How Neal Adams’ First X-Men Issue Helped Change Comic Book Coloring

From IGN:  Stan Lee sues POW! Entertainment, the company he founded, for $1 billion.

From FineBooks:  World Record Comic Book & Art Auction Surpasses $12.2 Million at Heritage Auctions

From Syfy:  Margot Kidder says her "Lois Lane" was truer to the comic book. Kidder played Lane in the 1970s and 1980s "Superman" films, starring Christopher Reeve as Superman.

From BleedingCool:  The series artists for "Sandman Universe" from DC Comics and curator Neil Gaiman have been revealed.

From BleedingCool:  Warner Bros. trademarks the term "DC Universe," which is apparently the name of Warner/DC Entertaiment's upcoming streaming service.

From HuffPost:  Marvel Introduces Their First Official Chinese Superheroes

From FlickeringMyth:  Marvel Comics marks the Return of the Fantastic Four with twenty variant covers

From FlickeringMyth:  Preview of Marvel Comics' "Quicksilver: No Surrender #1"

From TheComicsReporter:  Koyama Press Announces Fall 2018 Line

From BleedingCool:  Jim Lee says that rumors of a DC Comics reboot are ridiculous.

From Riylcast: A podcast interview with alt-comix icon, Adrian Tomine.

From BleedingCool:  IDW announces James Brown biocomic, "Black and Proud" by Xavier Fathoux.

From BleedingCool:  IDW is going to republish writer Randy Stradely and artist Mike Kaluta's comic book adaptation of James Cameron's 1989 film, "The Abyss."

From AnimeNewsNetwork:  New chapters of "Attack on Titan: Junior High" are arriving.

From ComicBook:  "Powerpuff Girls" get manga makeover.

From BleedingCool:  DC Comics Promoting Relaunches With In-Store Posters

From Kotaku:  Inio Asano Is A Dark Manga Artist For Adults Who Want Something Real

From JapanToday:  Rare sketch art by legendary manga artist, Osamu Tezuka, of his character, Astro Boy, fetches a record price at an auction in Paris, France.

From BleedingCool:  "My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies," an original graphic novel from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, due in October 2018.

From BleedingCool:  Peter Milligan and Alison Sampson Take Hit-Girl to India

From ScreenRant:  Marvel Movies Can’t Lose, So Why Can’t The Comics Win? [This article is good but glosses over Marvel's problems with marketing, advertising, and public relations, to say nothing about market over-saturation.]

From ComicBook:  The cast of "Avengers: Infinity War" surprises fans at a comic book store.

From Crunchyroll:  "Golden Kamuy" among 2018 Eisner Award nominees.

From BleedingCool:  DC Comics teases the "ultimate DC membership," the "DC Universe," which may be related to the streaming service that will carry the "Teen Titans" TV show.

From BleedingCool:  Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, the stars of Freeform's "Marvel's Cloak and Dagger," promote Free Comic Book Day 2018.

From CBR:  Which "Avengers: Infinity War" scenes came straight from the comic book?

From THR:  John Barber is the new editor-in-chief at IDW Publishing, replacing Chris Ryall.

From WRAL:  Free Comic Book Day 2018 arrives this Saturday.

From BleedingCool:  Rob Liefeld is recruiting for a revival of his "bad girl" comic book, "Glory."

From ComicBookBin:  New webcomic Johnny Bullet episode #162 in English.
From ComicBookBin:  New webcomic Johnny Bullet episode #162 in French.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review: RWBY: The Official Manga Anthology Volume 1

RWBY OFFICIAL MANGA ANTHOLOGY, VOL. 1 – RED LIKE ROSES
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia

CARTOONISTS: monorobu; Ritsu Hayami; Kuma; KaTe; Xily; Uri; Sora; Amaya; Mikanuji; Moromoimaru; Koogeimoai; Siguma Koko; Mate; mojojoj; Amechan; Shiki Miou; Sorappane; Rojine Kio; Sun Hiura; Umiyo
TRANSLATION: Joe Yamasaki
ENGLISH ADAPTATION: Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley
LETTERS: Evan Waldinger
EDITOR: Joel Enos
MISC. ART: Sai Izumi; Esu; Shiki Miou; Tsukasa; Omutatsu
COVER: Ein Lee and Meteo
ISBN: 978-1-9747-0157-5; paperback (May 2018); Rated “T” for “Teen”
184pp, B&W, $12.99 U.S., $17.99 CAN, £8.99 U.K.

Based on the animation from Rooster Teeth Productions; RWBY created by Monty Oum

“RWBY” is an American animated series that is streamed on the World Wide Web.  “RWBY” was created by the late Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth Productions (an American company), which is known for its streaming and web animated series.  “RWBY” is produced in a Japanese anime style, although some consider it to be an actual anime series.  It is the first western-produced anime series to be distributed to Japanese television.

“RWBY” is set on the world of Remnant, which is beset by “Grimm,” horrific monsters bent on the destruction of humanity.  The kingdoms of Remnant have risen to combat these monsters by training powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses at academies around the planet. “RWBY” focuses on Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long, four such Huntresses-in-training who are collectively known as “Team RWBY.”

Shiwa Miwa, the creator of the manga Dogs and Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, produced a manga based on “RWBY” and entitled RWBY.  It was published in graphic novel form by VIZ Media in January 2018.  Now, VIZ is introducing RWBY The Official Manga Anthology, which will publish original short manga and comics set in the world of RWBY that showcase the members of Team RWBY

RWBY The Official Manga Anthology, Vol. 1 is subtitled “Red Like Roses” and focuses on Team RWBY leader, Ruby Rose.  The stories reveal that Ruby has insecurities just like everyone else, although she is a Huntress team leader.  While her worries run deep, Ruby is determined to overcome her shortcomings in order to be a true hero.  From working with other teams to taking on evil clones, Ruby is driven to be the best... even if it means she has to change her hair color.

[This volume contains commentary one-panel cartoons from the cartoonists that contributed to this volume.  It also includes “Message from Ein Lee” and “Message from Lindsay Jones.”]

I had not heard of “RWBY” until I received a VIZ Media press release that it was going to publish Shirow Miwa's 2015-2017 manga adaptation of the anime.  As I wrote in a previous review, I was not interested in reading it, but my VIZ Media rep gave me a copy.  However, I was looking forward to the RWBY The Official Manga Anthology manga, VIZ Media came through.

RWBY The Official Manga Anthology Graphic Novel Volume 1 is a little more entertaining than the first RWBY graphic novel.  That is mainly because the stories are mostly humorous.  They are lighthearted vignettes that focus on the relationships between the members of Team RWBY.  Ruby Rose is the emphasis in these tales, but her teammates star in most of the stories here and are featured almost as much as she is.

RWBY The Official Manga Anthology Volume 1 – Red Like Roses is a good way to let readers learn more about the characters via comedy and teamwork.  Most of these stories are about 10-pages in length.  According to the press release that accompanies this first volume's release, the mangaka (creators) that contribute to this anthology are new artists, and it shows in the fact that these stories feel like amateur press comics or “dōjinshi.”  These stories are fun, but I miss the fantasy-horror-action mix of the previous RWBY manga.  Still, I think Red Like Roses will serve to make new RWBY fans just because of the friendly nature of these stories.

B+
7 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: THE MAN FROM THE GREAT NORTH


THE MAN FROM THE GREAT NORTH
IDW PUBLISHING/EuroComics – @IDWPublishing

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

CARTOONIST: Hugo Pratt
TRANSLATION: Dean Mullaney, Simone Castaldi, and Ariane Levesque Looker
COLORS: Annie Frognier and Patrizia Zanotti
EDITOR: Dean Mullaney
ISBN:  978-1-68405-058-1; hardcover – 8 1/2” x 11” (October 2017)
104pp, Color, $24.99 U.S., $33.99 CAN (November 21, 2017)

Hugo Pratt (1927 to 1995) was an Italian comic book creator and artist.  Some consider him to be among the first literary and artistic comic book creators, and his best known work is his Corto Maltese series, which he produced from 1967 to 1988.

IDW Publishing is currently publishing new English-language editions of Pratt's graphic albums and comics.  One of those is a full-color graphic novel, The Man From the Great North.  It was initially entitled Jésuite Joe and was serialized in the French comics magazines, Pilote.  Jésuite Joe was then collected as a graphic album in 1980 in France (by Dargaud).  In Italy, it was published as L'uomo del grande nord (The Man From the Great North) and was one of four graphic novels that Hugo Pratt contributed to Italian publisher Edizioni Cepim's “One Man, One Adventure” series.

IDW's The Man From the Great North is the first English-language version of Jésuite Joe (according to the publisher).  IDW's edition includes Pratt's original 48-page version of Jésuite Joe and also 21 pages of storyboard material that Pratt produced for a 1991 French film based on the graphic novel and directed by Olivier Austen.  The storyboards are integrated into the original graphic novel to produce an expanded version of the Jésuite Joe graphic novel.

IDW's The Man From the Great North also has five pages of watercolors studies and five spot illustrations that Pratt produced for Jésuite Joe.  Pratt also produced 19 pages of a second Jésuite Joe story that he never finished, and that is reprinted in this book.

The story focuses on Jesuit Joe, who is a “Métis,” an ethnic group in Canada and part of the United States that is descended from indigenous North Americans (Native Americans) and European settlers.  In Joe's case, he is of French-Canadian (father) and Mohawk (mother) descent.

The Man From the Great North's story takes place in 1912 in Canada (the “Great North”), and for most of the story, Joe is dressed in the uniform of a Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP), specifically a corporal's uniform.  Joe finds the uniform in a cabin shortly before he kills two men who hat shot into the cabin.  Next, he encounters a Cree medicine man in the middle of some kind of ceremony involving a baby stolen from white settlers, and Joe kills him.

Thus, begins Jesuit Joe's spree of killing and violence that includes a Catholic priest, family, Indians, and the man who is tracking him, Sergeant Fox, among others.  All the while, Jesuit Joe is looking for something... something ephemeral... or absolute.

In his essay, “Whatever became of Jesuit Joe?”, Gianni Brunoro writes that Hugo Pratt “...was interested in telling stories about ideas.”  Brunoro writes that Jesuit Joe may have been “an ideologically completed story,” so for Pratt, there was nothing to which he should return.  Something else worth noting:  in his forward to Jésuite Joe, written in 1991, Pratt talks about writers who influenced this creation, including Jack London and Zane Gray.

For me, Jesuit Joe seems like an idea, a story about a guy going through the wilderness of the “Great North,” killing people at just about every stop because that is what he does.  His motivation is inscrutable, unless a reader wants to admit that Joe does things simply because he wants to do those things.  He is simultaneously ephemeral, a force of nature, and a personification of death.  One can see that this story and character seem like ideas inspired by the works of Jack London.

The story in The Man From the Great North is impressionistic and is told in illustrations that are abstract when they are not treading the ground of realist art.  The influence of the great American cartoonist, Milton Caniff, is evident on The Man From the Great North, as it is on Pratt's Corto Maltese series.  The storyboard pages are loose and seem immediate and relevant, but do not show the influence of any particular artist or writer.  They seem like pure Pratt.

This story, with its wraith-like character who wanders a sometimes dream-like wilderness landscape, seems to me to be about inspiring the reader's imagination.  Pratt seems to tell us to follow Joe and make of it what our imaginations will.  I find that this story does indeed arouse my imagination, and I cannot help but be intrigued and emotionally involved in it.  The violence (murder, kidnapping, assault, rape, etc.) moves me.  I feel something... and some things I should not admit...

There will be no more Jesuit Joe by Hugo Pratt.  I want more because this story moves me.  There is no beginning, middle, and end in a traditional way; in fact, The Man From the Great North seems like a small section of a larger story.  Like Pratt's other work, this is a work of graphic fiction and graphic storytelling that grabs the reader in ways that larger, more developed comics do not.  That is the reason why Pratt is always worth reading, but concerning Jesuit Joe, this is the end.

9 out of 10

[This book includes a forward by Hugo Pratt, and an essay, “Whatever became of Jesuit Joe?” by Gianni Brunoro.]

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Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: KAGUYA-SAMA: Love is War Volume 2

KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, VOL. 2
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia

MANGAKA: Aka Akasaka
TRANSLATION: Emi Louie-Nishikawa
ENGLISH ADAPTATION: Annette Roman
LETTERS: Stephen Dutro
EDITOR: Annette Roman
ISBN: 978-1-9747-0031-8; paperback (May 2018); Rated “T” for “Teen”
228pp, B&W, $9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 UK

Kaguya-sama: Love is War is a manga from creator Aka Akasaka.  The series was first serialized in the Japanese manga magazine, Miracle Jump, before moving to Young Jump.  Kaguya-sama: Love is War focuses on two high school geniuses who fall in love, but refuse to admit it.  VIZ Media is publishing the series in English as a series of graphic novels.

In Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Kaguya Shinomiya is a well-bred lady and an heir.  She is Student Council Vice-President at Shuchin Academy, a school for the children of the rich and famous and for future leaders.  Miyuki Shirogane is the strong, silent type who has a singular focus on his studies.  He is President of the Student Council.  Kaguya and Miyuki are two geniuses, each in love with the other.  But love is war, so which will confess love to the other when the one who confesses his... or her love first loses.

When Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Vol. 2 (Chapters 11 to 20) opens, Miyuki has finally obtained a smart phone.  As he enters his information in his new device, he wonders if he should ask Kaguya for her phone number.  But could she mistake a request for such information as a declaration of love?  We can't have that!  Then, Kaguya and Miyuki accidentally switch drinking cups.  Is drinking from another person's cup like kissing him... or her?  And will such a kiss be a declaration of love?!

Plus, it's the battle of the cat ears.

[This volume includes bonus manga and an essay, “When reading Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Vol. 2...” by Aka Akasaka.]

The Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga is an episodic manga like Hayate the Combat Butler, which means that each chapter is essentially an episode and focuses on a new situation.  Kaguya-sama's situations are comedic, so it would be fair and accurate to call it a situation comedy or sitcom.

My VIZ Media rep sent me a copy of Kaguya-sama: Love is War Graphic Novel Volume 2.  I was sure I received a press release about this manga before the first volume was published, but the series did not register with me until I received a review copy of Vol. 2.  I must say that I really enjoyed this manga.  It is funny to watch these two genius slash idiots struggling against common sense and the fact that they really want to date each other.  I do think that this series will have to evolve over time, as has Hayate the Combat Butler.

For now, however, just being funny is good enough.  Fans of sitcom-type manga will want to read the Shonen Jump title, Kaguya-sama: Love is War.

A-
7.5 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: YOUNGBLOOD #1

YOUNGBLOOD No. 1 (2017)
IMAGE COMICS – @ImageComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Chad Bowers
ART: Jim Towe
COLORS: Juan Manuel Rodriguez
LETTERS: Rus Wooton
COVER: Jim Towe with Brad Anderson
VARIANT COVERS: Rob Liefeld; David Finch; Chris Daughtry
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2017)

Rated T+ / Teen Plus

Youngblood created by Rob Liefeld

Youngblood Reborn – Chapter One: “What Happened to Man-Up?”

Youngblood is a superhero comic book series created by writer-artist Rob Liefeld.  Debuting in 1992, Youngblood was the first comic book series published by Image Comics.  Youngblood #1 (cover dated:  April 1992) was the highest selling independent comic book at the time of its first publication.

The series has been discontinued and revived a number of times, and on this, the 25th anniversary of Image Comics, we have the new Youngblood.  It is written by Chad Bowers; drawn by Jim Towe; colored by Juan Manuel Rodriquez, and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Youngblood #1 (“What Happened to Man-Up?”) begins with a young woman named Petra Gomez, and she is looking for her missing friend, Horatio, who is also the budding superhero, Man-Up.  Petra is also a budding superhero, who is known as “Gunner,” although she may be the new “Vogue.”  Her search and superhero activity will bring her into the circle of a few original members of the famous and infamous superhero team, Youngblood, perhaps, sooner than she wished.

Rob Liefeld took over two years and a half years to publish the original 11-issue run on Youngblood (#1-10 and a #0 issue).  I did not stick around that long, as I could not stomach Youngblood after four issues because it was such a terrible comic book.  I was absolutely crazy for writer Alan Moore and artist Steve Skroce's aborted run on a revamped Youngblood, published in early 1998.

Chad Bowers and Jim Towe's new Youngblood falls in the huge space that is between the quality of the Liefeld and the Moore/Skroce Youngblood series.  It is not as bad as Liefeld's run, nor is it anywhere near as good as the Moore/Skroce run.  Towe is good at storytelling, but his compositions lack polish and professionalism because he should not ink his own pencils, which is what he does on this first issue.  Towe could use a veteran inker, which would vastly improve the visual quality of the art.

Chad Bowers story is not great or really good for that matter.  However, Bowers' writing is not anywhere near the worst of Youngblood storytelling, and actually interests me enough that I will seek out at least one more issue.  Truthfully, if Bowers and Towe are up to it, they could produced a quality, long-running Youngblood series.  These two creators have potential, but Rob Liefeld and (I imagine) sales/finances may ultimately decide the fate of this latest Youngblood series.

[This comic book includes the bonus story, “As It Should Be” - story by Rob Liefeld; art by Liefeld (pencils) and Shelby Robertson (inks); colors by Juan Manuel Rodriguez; and letters by Rus Wooton.]

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You'


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Monday, May 14, 2018

BOOM! Studios from Diamond Distributors for May 16, 2018

BOOM! STUDIOS

MAR181297    DODGE CITY #3    $3.99
MAR181269    FENCE #6    $3.99
MAR181304    GARFIELD 2018 VACATION TIME BLUES #1    $7.99
MAR181284    LUCY DREAMING #3    $3.99
MAR188255    MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #26 SG (2ND PTG) (C: 1-0-0)    $3.99
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JAN181321    MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS & ZORDS POSTER SC (C: 1-1-2)    $19.99
JAN181332    PERSEPHONE ORIGINAL GN HC (MR) (C: 0-1-2)    $19.99
JAN181327    RUGRATS TP VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2)    $14.99
MAR181305    STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #16 (C: 1-0-0)    $3.99
MAR181306    STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #16 SUBSCRIPTION OMAC VAR (C: 1-0-0)    $3.99
JAN181351    UNSOUND TP (C: 0-1-2)    $19.99

Dark Horse Comics from Diamond Distributors for May 16, 2018

DARK HORSE COMICS

MAR180014    ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #1 (OF 5)    $3.99
MAR180015    ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #1 (OF 5) VAR POPE CVR    $3.99
JAN180154    I AM A HERO OMNIBUS TP VOL 06 (C: 1-1-2)    $19.99
JAN180129    JAM NOVEL SC (NEW EDITION) (C: 0-1-2)    $12.99
JAN180131    MOGWORLD NOVEL SC (NEW EDITION) (C: 0-1-2)    $12.99
MAR180034    NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS MY AINSEL #3 MAIN CVR (C: 1-0-0)    $3.99
MAR180035    NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS MY AINSEL #3 VAR DAVID MACK CVR (C    $3.99
DEC170050    ORIGINALS ESSENTIAL ED HC (MR) (C: 0-1-2)    $29.99
MAR180068    USAGI YOJIMBO #3 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN    $3.99