Tuesday, July 24, 2018

This Week In Comics: 7/25

It's Tuesday already? That means tomorrow is New Comic Book Day! Hit the jump to check out some of the new comics hitting the shelves at your local comic book shop this week.

Disclaimer: I received advance copies of all comics featured this week courtesy of their individual publishers.
Opinions are my own.

Lumberjanes #52 (BOOM! Studios)
April, Mal, and Ripley break the surface and see the light of day once more—but how will they get back to the Mess Hall without breaking Jen’s rule about setting foot outside? Meanwhile, in the Mess Hall itself, chaos builds across the tabletop world of Panterra, leaving Jo, Diane, and Barney grappling for power.

It looks like the arc surrounding Emily’s homebrew board game has come to an end just as it was getting really good. Diane’s magic brought the game to life and for a second we were getting some Yu-Gi-Oh! style cheese that I love so much.

Down below, the less interesting main plot of April and the others finding a giant bug reaches Godzilla sized mayhem as they realize the millipede is not alone. These two stories have gone unrelated so far and are finally coming together, although it looks like the girls will be teaming up for the bug plot and the board game story is all but over.

I do like how we sorta get this vibe that the group works better together than apart. The underground bug adventure may have gone in a completely different direction if the girls were together. Of course they’ve been split up before, but this was the first time I recall the group being split for two completely unrelated adventures. I’m looking forward to seeing how this reunion effects everyone - especially Mal and Molly’s relationship.

Click here to catch up with Lumberjanes Vol. 1 through 9!

Battlecats book comic TPB

Battlecats Vol. 1 (Mad Cave Studios)
The premiere series from Mad Cave Studios, Battlecats is Thundercats meets Dungeons & Dragons with a side of Game of Thrones and Magic: The Gathering and… man, there is a lot of fantasy awesomeness going on in here!

This first story arc opens with an honest to go quest given to a band of warrior cats - each with an RPG character class and unique personality that you can pick up from the first page. After that, it’s kickass action and some top-notch worldbuilding. It’s amazingly good!

Click here to check out my full review of Battlecats Vol. 1.

Fence Vol. 1 (BOOM! Studios)
I hadn’t checked this one out before so I’m glad I finally got the chance here. Fence had been described to be as Yuri on Ice with fencing… I’ve never actually seen Yuri on Ice so I have no idea how accurate that is.

Fence is indeed a comic about fencing with some homoerotic overtones, but I was actually genuinely surprised at how much it does feel like an anime/manga. It’s in color and not full-blown Japanimation with big eyes and spikey hair, but there are plenty of little bits with subtle anime-style imagery and gags.

The story follows Nicholas, a wannabe fencer trying to prove himself to his estranged father. He comes face to face with Seiji, a hot shot fencing wunderkind who is on track to go pro. The two but heads and personalities clash - especially when the two end up sharing a room together.

Fence is a lot of fun and, speaking as someone who isn’t crazy about sports, I really enjoyed it. I kinda want to see this creative team do a comic about fighting demons just to see how far the anime vibes can go. Until then, I’m gonna catch up on Fence!

Click here to pre-order Fence Vol. 1 today.

What comics are you picking up this week? Let me know down in the comments below!