June 22, 2017

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This Week’s Comics: Unbeatable Kid Sherlock

Making a list for this year’s summer vacation? Don’t forget to check this week’s list of new releases! Dark Horse Comics releases a new edition of Faith Erin Hick’s Adventures of Superhero Girl with new stories and art by Hicks and friends. IDW Publishing releases the final issue of Jem and the Holograms while Titan […]

Review: ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass’

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass Writer/artist: Akira Himekawa Viz Media; $17.99 Rated A for All Ages The latest game in Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise, Breath of The Wild, was released in March, leading to the regular, periodic spike in interest of all things Zelda. That might explain why Viz has been […]

12 Marvelous Manga for Middle Schoolers

Looking for manga that’s appropriate for middle school readers but still high on the cool factor? From the sweet and light to the utterly bizarre, these titles have it all.

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This Week’s Comics: Inspector John Blake

Something old, something new, something ending on this week’s list of new releases. Archie Comics Publications begins with the first volume of Sabrina The Teenage Witch Complete Collection, a collection of all the Sabrina stories from 1692-1971. IDW Publishing introduces the Hasbro Universe with Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #1, while Boom! Studios wraps up Brave Chef […]

This Week’s Comics: Kingdom Sweeties

June is busting out all over with new releases this week. Papercutz debuts the first three books from their new Charmz imprint, Chloe, Stitched, and Sweeties, with some pizzazz. IDW Publishing releases Robotanimals #1, a new mini series based on the latest rendition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon, while Tokyopop continues their […]

Review: ‘Toppu GP’ Vol. 1

Toppu GP, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kosuke Fujishima Kodanasha Comics; $12.99 Rated T (Ages 13+) Even if readers don’t recognize the name Kosuke Fujishima, if they’ve read much manga then chances are they will be familiar with his most famous creation, the long-running series Oh My Goddess! (sometimes translated as Ah! My Goddess!). And if they’re […]

Pokemon: Games vs TV vs Comics

Last summer, Pokemon Go took not just the US but the world by storm. This casual game took what everyone knew about Pokemon—catching the creatures—and made that into a cellphone app that anyone could use. But there is more to Pokemon than just “catching them all.” Pokemon is a franchise that spans video games, TV […]

This Week’s Comics: Brave Dancing

It’s science and music time on this week’s list of new comic book releases. Archie Comics releases a one shot where Archie tries to make his songwriting dreams come true with Archies #1. First Second Book has a new Science Comics graphic novel featuring those daring men and their Flying Machines, while IDW Publishing takes […]

Review: ‘Flying Witch,’ Vol. 1

Flying Witch, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Chihiro Ishizuka Vertical Comics; $10.95 Teenage Makoto is a witch and, as the title of the manga she stars in indicates, she does indeed fly. On a broom, of course, in the traditional manner of witches. That is not what makes her stand out as an outsider in Hirosaki, the […]

Review: ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Vol. 1

Dragon Ball Super, vol. 1 Writer: Akira Toriyama Artist: Toyotarou Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen The anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which ran for a whole decade on Japanese television, were based on artist Akira Toriyama’s epic 11-year, 519-chapter manga series, Dragon Ball. The newest Dragon Ball comics, which just […]

This Week’s Comics: Something’s Yo-kai

This week’s list of new releases is sure to make your wallet lighter. Lion Forge explores the African Savannah with the release of Little Tails: In the Savannah, the third volume of their Little Tails series. Papercutz debuts the new series Loudhouse, based on the Nickelodeon cartoon, while Viz Media brings out the manga adaptation of […]

This Week’s Comics: Midnight Over Misfit City

Find new worlds to explore in this week’s list of new releases. IDW Publishing adds to their Funko Universe series with the entry of the original Ghostbusters, making ghosts and giant marshmallow men cute, while bringing to an end their cartoon crossover series Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures with issue 6. Vertical Comics continues their […]

This Week’s Comics: Friendship and Free Comics

It’s Free Comic Book Day and there is plethora of new releases to check out while at your local comic book store this weekend. Alterna Comics releases a trio of titles covering sci-fi, superheroes, and supernatural adventure with new issues of Adam Wreck, Amazing Age, and Lilith Dark. IDW Publishing kicks off Funko Month with […]

This Week’s Comics: Nameless Kid

Girls rule the new releases again this week. BOOM! Studios starts the fourth year of Lumberjanes with the start of a new story line that new readers can jump in on. IDW Publishing releases a new series of Real Science Adventures featuring the Flying She-Devils, while Tokyopop releases the final volume of Kilala Princess, which […]

This Week’s Comics: Gravity Making Waves

The girls have the power in this week’s list of new releases. Archie Comics continues their reboot of Josie and the Pussycats with issue #6 sending the girls to Antarctica. Boom Studios completes their Kaboom! series Mega Princess with issue #5, and IDW Publishing releases the second trade of the new Powerpuff Girls. The List: […]

Review: ‘Disney Beauty and The Beast’

Disney Beauty and The Beast: The Beast’s Tale and Disney Beauty and The Beast: Belle’s Tale Writer: Mallory Reaves Artists: Studio Dice Tokyopop; $10.99 All Ages I was initially pretty perplexed as to why Disney was bothering to make live-action remakes of some of its classic animated films, particularly those like The Jungle Book and […]

Review: ‘Anonymous Noise’

Anonymous Noise, Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Ryoko Fukuyama Viz; $9.99 Rated T for Teen Nino Arisugawa has a great voice—and lousy luck with friends. As a child, she shared her love of singing with her next door neighbor Momo…until he suddenly disappeared, his family having skipped town without even giving her a chance to say goodbye. […]

This Week’s Comics: Belle-ing a Crafty Cat

Hop down the Bunny Lane for some sweet new comics. IDW Publishing delves further in the history of the world of My Little Pony with Legends Of Magic #1. BOOM! Studios wraps up their BOOM Box series about the dorky cupid who can find love for anyone but herself, Jonesy, while DC Comics completes Art […]

This Week’s Comics: Recycling Cats

Need a break from Spring Break? Pick up some of this week’s new releases! IDW Publishing lets Art Baltazar loose in their Hasbro Universe crossover with Revolution Aw Yeah #1. Explore the universe in Lerner Publishing’s Smash: Exploring The Mysteries of the Universe With the Large Hadron Collider, while Titan Publishing Group expands on the […]

Review: ‘The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún’ Vol. 1

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Nagabe Seven Seas Entertainment; $12.99 All Ages Manga studio Nagabe’s beautifully, carefully, delicately rendered The Girl from the Other Side isn’t quite a beauty and the beast story, a particular fairy tale currently resonating rather loudly in pop culture thanks to Disney, but […]