February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Review: ‘Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1′

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 Writers: Paul Dini and Marc Andreyoko Artist: Laura Braga DC Comics; $3.99 Rated T for Teen There are a couple of categories of inter-company comic book crossovers. There are those that sound ideal from the get-go and seem like perfectly natural pairings, like Batman/The Shadow or Lumberjanes/Gotham […]

Review: ‘Kigurumi Guardians’ Vol. 1

Kigurumi Guardians, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Lily Hoshino Kodansha Comics; $12.99 For ages 13+ Manga has become such a pervasive presence in the North American comics market over the last few decades that readers can easily become inured to the sorts of weirdness that our cousins in Japan can somehow shape into long, popular, mass-media narratives. […]

Review: ‘Calla Cthulhu’

Calla Cthulhu Writers: Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer Artists: Erin Humiston and Mario A. Gonzalez Dark Horse Books; $12.99 Rated 14+ The mythos of cosmic horror that H.P. Lovecraft created and curated during his short writing career has always proved a curiously inviting and creatively fertile milieu for other writers to work in, on, and […]

Review: ‘Man-Thing By R.L. Stine’

Man-Thing By R.L. Stine Writer: R.L. Stine Artists: German Peralta, Tyler Crook and others Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up The trade paperback collection of juvenile fiction juggernaut R.L. Stine’s recent five-issue Man-Thing miniseries contains a brief prose introduction from the author that contains some downright shocking information. Stine writes that […]

Review: ‘Dinosaur Empire’

Dinosaur Empire Writer/artist: Abby Howard Amulet Books; $15.99 What are two of the most awesome things to ever exist in the entire history of the planet Earth? If you answered dinosaurs and comic books, then you and I are on the same wavelength, dear reader, and I therefore feel quite confident in recommending Dinosaur Empire […]

Review: ‘Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point’

Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point Writer/artist: Kim Dwinell Top Shelf Productions; $19.99 Former real-life surfside girl turned animator Kim Dwinell makes her graphic novel debut with a pretty powerful argument for the old saw that you should write (and, here, draw) what you know. Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point is a […]

Review: ‘Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat’ Vol. 1

Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat, Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Natsumi Hoshino Seven Seas Entertainment; $11.99 Long before the manga boom of yesteryear, when the shelf space devoted to translated manga in big-box book stores first began to dwarf that allotted to American comic book collections, it was fairly common to hear worldly comics aficionados […]

Review: ‘Cosmic Commandos’

Cosmic Commandos Writer/artist: Christopher Eliopoulos Dial Books; $13.99 Jeremy is loud, arrogant, and always ready to leap into action without thinking. His likes include video games and complaining about the unfairness of his life, while his dislikes include school (especially homework), reading, and his brother. Justin is quiet, polite, and thinks before acting. His likes […]

Review: ‘Ten Thousand Years in Hell’

Ten Thousand Years in Hell Writer/Artist: Maurice Tillieux Fantagraphics; $19.99 The title story in Ten Thousand Years in Hell, a new collection of a pair of Gil Jordan, Private Detective stories from the early 1960s, takes its title from a courtroom scene. Jordan and his comic relief sidekick Crackerjack are before a tribunal in a […]

Review: ‘Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures’

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Writer: Matthew K. Manning Artists: Jon Sommariva and Sean Parsons IDW Publishing; $19.99 Last year’s unlikely Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover series played it safe and straight, and was perhaps as earnest a story featuring such wildly divergent franchises as possible. That had the unfortunate side effect of making it […]

Review: ‘Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1—Riri Williams’

Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1—Riri Williams Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stefano Caselli Marvel Comics; $24.99 Rated T+ for Teens and Up Thanks to his prominence in the Marvel Studios movies, Iron Man Tony Stark has become one of the pillars of the modern Marvel comics universe, one of several centers at the middle […]

Review: ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus’

DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus Writer: Shea Fontana Artist: Yancey Labat DC Comics; $9.99 How are you spending your summer vacation? Perhaps you would like to spend it reading about how Wonder Woman, Supergirl and the other kids at Super Hero High in Metropolis are spending their summer vacation? That’s the premise of Shea […]

Review: ‘Champions Vol. 1: Change The World’

Champions Vol. 1: Change The World Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos have been making comics since I was a teenager, so they likely wouldn’t be among the first names to pop into my mind if you asked me who might be best qualified […]

Review: ‘The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch Vol.1: 1962-1972′

The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 1962-1972 Writers: George Gladir, Frank Doyle, Dick Malmgren and others Aritsts: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Bob White and others Archie Comics; $9.99 Because of the peculiar, frozen-in-amber aspect of Archie Comics’ teenage protagonists—which means that a kid today can read Archie Comics and get the same basic story that […]

Review: ‘The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch Vol.1: 1962-1972′

The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 1962-1972 Writers: George Gladir, Frank Doyle, Dick Malmgren and others Aritsts: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Bob White and others Archie Comics; $9.99 Because of the peculiar, frozen-in-amber aspect of Archie Comics’ teenage protagonists—which means that a kid today can read Archie Comics and get the same basic story that […]

Review: ‘New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China’

New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artists: Viktor Bogdanovic and Richard Friend DC Comics; $16.99 Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, a long-time library and bookstore favorite for works like American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero, started writing for DC Comics’ Superman back in 2015, but it wasn’t […]

Review: ‘Archie Crossover Collection’

Archie Crossover Collection Writers: Dan Parent, Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, Angelo DeCesare and Ian Flynn Artists: Parent, Gisele Lagace, Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash and Rich Koslowski Archie Comics: $14.99 Archie Andrews and the gang have starred in some of the more memorable comic book crossovers of the last few decades—memorable for their sheer weirdness if […]

Review: ‘Josie and The Pussycats Vol. 1′

Josie and The Pussycats Vol. 1 Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio Artist: Audrey Mok Archie Comics; $17.99 When it came time to add a Josie and The Pussycats ongoing to Archie Comics’ blossoming “New Riverdale” line of books—then consisting of the Archie, Jughead, and Betty & Veronica revamps—the publisher went with something pretty out […]

Interview: Rebecca Mock on ‘Knife’s Edge’

When the graphic novel Knife’s Edge is released this month, 12-year-old twin adventurers Cleopatra and Alexander Dodge will find their adventures at an end—at least for now. Will they find the treasure that is their inheritance? Will they manage to escape the dread pirate Felix Worley? Will Cleo ever kiss another boy? Will they ever […]

Interview: Hope Larson on ‘Knife’s Edge’

Writer Hope Larson and artist Rebecca Mock’s 19th century pirate adventure saga concludes this month with the release of Knife’s Edge, the sequel to their 2016 Compass South. That their story is a duology is appropriate, as their protagonists are also two in number: Twelve-year-old twins Cleopatra and Alexander Dodge. In the first book, the […]