Monthly Archives: October 2018

Reign the Swamp

Jook Joint #1
Writer: Tee Franklin
Artist: Alitha Martinez
Colors: Shari Chankhamma
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Cover artists: Martinez (regular)/Mike Hawthorne (variant)
Editor: Brendan Wright
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $3.99 US

Tee Franklin is the real deal, folks. She has quickly emerged as a powerful and resonant voice in comics, and you’d do well to sit up and take notice of her. Her first big splash was this year’s Bingo Love, one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in 2018. And with Jook Joint, she demonstrates that fantastic debut was no fluke. Furthermore, she proves she’s a versatile writer as well, as the tone of this book is much harsher, much more intense and significantly angrier. And for good cause. The timing of Jook Joint couldn’t be better, given last week’s controversial events in American politics and justice (though some would understandably argue what occurred was far from justice). Jook Joint would have been written at least several months, well ahead of the Kavanaugh hearings and confirmation vote, but the anger in America and abroad seems perfectly reflected in this story of a horrific #MeToo movement before its time.

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Spectrum Visions

Rainbow Brite #1
Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Britney Williams
Colors: Valentina Pinto
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Cover artists: Paulina Ganucheau, Tony Fleecs & “Classic Art”
Editor: Kevin Ketner
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Price: $3.99 US

Rainbow Brite? There’s a Rainbow Brite comic? And I’m reviewing it? Really?

Really. Writer Jeremy Whitley sent a digital review copy of this latest licensed-property adaptation, and while I had absolutely no interest or knowledge of Rainbow Brite, I decided to give it a look, based solely on the strength of the creative reputations of the writer and artist, Britney Williams. While this book definitely wasn’t crafted with a middle-aged comics enthusiast in mind, it was crafted adeptly and will appeal to younger readers. I can’t go so far as to call Rainbow Brite and all-ages comic, but it’s a perfect comic to put in the hands of young girls will an interest in reading, adventure and wonder.

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Alice: From Dream to Dream original softcover graphic novel
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Giulio Macaione
Colors: Giulia Adragna
Letters: Jim Campbell
English adaptation: Jackie Ball
Editor: Shannon Watters
Publisher: Boom! Studios/Boom! Box imprint
Price: $14.99 US/$18.99 CAN/10.99 UK

I hadn’t heard anything about this graphic novel for teen and ‘tween readers, so when it turned up on my doorstep, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Still, the art was inviting, so I started to peruse the opening pages. I was quickly captivated by Giulio Macaione’s characterization. The premise — about a girl with the ability/curse to experience people’s dreams with them when in proximity to the — is full of potential, but the real strength of the book is its down-to-earth characterization, its universal exploration of a coming of age, of the trials of adolescence and of the sense of powerlessness a teenager can feel when having no control over a life in purgatory between childhood and adulthood.

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