Kickstart the Week with SAFFRON: Spacetime Academy Adventures #1

By: Nicole D’Andria Experience the colourful all-ages space adventure comic, SAFFRON! In this world, you’ll take part in the daily life of the Spacetime Academy For Fundamental Representatives Of NEXUS (SAFFRON for short), and train to become a spacetime officer! I even spoke with the creative team on the book to learn more about their outer space world.   In SAFFRON, a young woman by the name of Saffron Sizemore falls through a wormhole and appears at her ironic namesake, the Spacetime Academy For Fundamental Representatives Of NEXUS (SAFFRON)! She…

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Kickstart the Week with Alter-Life Issues 1-4

By: Nicole D’Andria Death isn’t the end. At least not in Alter-Life. We’re exploring this mind-bending sci-fi comic book series today with the creative team. Jake losses his family in a tragic car accident. He decides to end his own life, but then finds out he can’t die. So Jake tries again and again, and every time he comes back, the world has changed slightly. What does this mean and why does Jake have this mysterious ability? ­Find out in Alter-Life.The series is written by Caleb Thusat (ZED, The Nook)…

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Power Cubed #1 Advanced Review: What You Get When You Give Jackson Pollock a Green Lantern Ring

By: Nicole D’Andria With a promising premise, I expect entertainment cubed from this title! While it hasn’t quite reached outstanding territory, this was a good start to what could become a great series. If it doesn’t fall to the clichés that are brushing at its panels… For Kenny Logan’s eighteenth birthday he receives more than he thought possible: a cube that can transform matter into anything he can imagine. Unfortunately, a Nazi scientist wants the cube to take over the world (Of course!) and a government agent wants the cube…

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Kickstart the Week: Martian Comics #3

By: Nicole D’Andria This time I’m kickstarting the week with aliens with the third issue of Martian Comics. This anthology is a 52 page special featuring seven stories. Martian Comics is an attempt to recapture the feel of early Vertigo comics like Sandman. All seven stories will be written by Dr. Julian Darius, a comics scholar. He also founded Sequart Organization. I had an in-depth interview with him about the project and the importance of comic books as an art form.

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Indiegogo the Week(end): SAMSARA SAGA

By: Nicole D’Andria On the first “Kickstart the Week(end)” I’m showcasing a comic book project trying to get its funding through Indiegogo rather than Kickstarter. SAMSARA SAGA is a science-fiction graphic novel and the first comic book project from Xenobrane Studios. “Samsara” is the repeating cycle of birth, life and death. In a way, SAMSARA SAGA marks the birth of Xenobrane Studios into the comic book world. It is the first comic book publication of the studio. The creators are Ruel De Guzman and Christopher Harris. This project is the…

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Kickstart the Week: Time Stop #1

By: Nicole D’Andria In “Kickstart the Week” I will be showcasing projects on Kickstarter that you can help make a reality! I will also be interviewing the creative team of the project. First up is a science-fiction comic called Time Stop. Ben Thomas can’t catch a break. He has little money left, may lose his job and is slipping into madness. However, his life turns around when he receives a package containing a wristwatch capable of stopping time. The Kickstarter is for Time Stop #1. Ben’s adventures will not end…

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NYCC 2014: Archie Meets Predator Announced

By: Nicole D’Andria First, he met The Punisher. Then he met Kiss. Then he died. Now, Archie is back in Archie Meets Predator! The new crossover Archie Meets Predator will be written by Alex de Campi (Grindhouse, Lady Zorro, Smoke/Ashes) and the artwork will be done by Fernando Ruiz (Life with Archie). Archie and the gang are going to Costa Rica during spring break but aren’t aware the Predator will be joining them. I can’t help but smile as another wacky comic book crossover is added to the list. I…

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Wynter #1 Review: Something Special

By: Nicole D’Andria ​This comic opens in a world where conformity seems to be inescapable. No one is special. Your DNA is shared by millions, your emotions and thoughts are nothing new. But could Liz Wynter break society and be special? That’s what this series sets up, and it’s an interesting if somewhat confusing first step. Wynter #1 is written by Guy Hasson, who seems to be tapping into the social media that is sweeping the minds (and phones) of teenagers away from their homework and into the virtual world. Hasson…

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Red City #1 Review: A Million Tropes on a Planet Far Far Away

By: Nicole D’Andria Daniel Corey (Moriarty) tries to make this crime noir fresh and new by setting it in space. Can he pull it off or will the reader instead be trapped under a tirade of narration? After a Civil War among galaxies, Detective Cal Talmage is put in charge of finding a missing ambassador’s daughter in Mars Central, also known as Red City. However this simple “babysitting” job is much more complicated then it seems with gangsters and political conspiracies popping up. Red City may be the site of…

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Rocket Raccoon Gets His Own Ongoing Series

By: Nicole D’Andria A month before the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is released Marvel will be coming out with an ongoing series about everyone’s favorite rambunctious guardian of the galaxy Rocket Raccoon. And who better to write the cuddly (and murderous) raccoon than Skottie Young (Oz), whose covers turn Marvel’s most popular characters into adorable babies? This is the first title Young will be both writing and drawing a series.  What’s even more surprising is the fact that Rocket Raccoon is going to be… kid friendly? This is the…

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