Not much has changed since March, the world has still been turned upside down by a global pandemic. Thankfully, I’ve still been able to keep working from home and everyone if my family is healthy (including my brand new baby niece Eva who made her debut a couple of weeks ago) but it’s still a lot to take in and I found myself in an extended reading slump for March and part of April. But the warm weather is helping and I finally found my reading and writing groove again. So let’s talk comics!
BOOM! Announces Retailer Support Services
Our local comic book shops are some of the businesses being hit hard by this pandemic. So BOOM! has announced some new measures to help them out during this time. These initiatives include the #BoostYourLCS promotions. Through this BOOM! Studios will increase targeted advertising and promotion around comic shops, and specifically spotlight stores offering Safe Services (like curbside pickup or online ordering), using the #BoostYourLCS hashtag.
They’ve also compiled an interactive maps of comic shops offering “Safe Services” which you can access here.
Netflix First-Look Deal
While physical comic sales may be slower than usual things are still moving behind the scenes for BOOM! as they’ve just signed a two-year first-look deal for television with Netflix. The comics publisher and Netflix have already been working together on the upcoming feature film The Unsound directed by David F. Sandberg, based on the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole in the works. And in 2019 BOOM! debuted a graphic novel series tied into Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
While no new shows have been officially announced, I’ve enjoyed doing some brainstorming on what comics I’d like to see on my TV. I loved to watch along with the adventures of the Lumberjanes, or see how they would render the ghosts in Ghosted in LA or scare myself silly with Something is Killing the Children.
Something is Killing the Children #6
Werther Dell’Edera (artist), Andworld Design (letterer), Miquel Muerto (colourist), James Tynion IV (writer)
March 18, 2020
In the previous issue, we saw the big climactic moment where Erica finally slayed the monster that was terrorizing the town of Archer’s Peak. But the town isn’t safe yet as there are still more surprises lurking in the shadows. Erica may have won the battle but this issue gives the impression there’s a much bigger war coming. Though this isn’t the most action-heavy issue of the series I still really enjoyed it as it gave us a little more time to get to know Erica. In the aftermath, she goes to visit the little girl who survived the creature. This provides a more tender version of Erica. We’ve seen her interact with children before, like Tommy, and while she’s not cruel to them, she’s often short or unaccommodating. There are also a few hints about where Erica might have come from and who she’s working with and I can’t wait to see how those plot lines develop.
Jim Campbell (letterer), Matt Kindt (writer), Chris O’Halloran (colourist), Matt Smith (artist)
March 25, 2020
At the beginning of this series, Ansel went on a quest to find the Folklords. He’s been having visions of another world (a world that looks an awful lot like our world) and he thinks they may have the answers to the questions these visions have left him with. Since that first issue, his quest has had some ups and downs and he’s picked up a few companions along the way.
In this issue, Ansel and his friends have arrived at the Library of Banned Books and they finally come face-to-face with a Folklord. But this encounter is far from what any of them expected and opens up many new possibilities for where this story will go next.
The art for this series has been consistently good throughout but it does a particularly good job in this issue representing the tone and action as things move forward. It starts out dark and subdued as they enter the Library, but when they finally come face-to-face with the Folklord the panels brighten up as their understanding grows and the action picks up. The subtle shifting of the lightning throughout the issue really adds to the tension and makes this a standout issue of the series so far.
Heavy Vinyl Y2K-O!
Jim Campbell (letterer), Irene Flores with Leo Caballero (artist), Natalia Nesterenko (colourist), Carly Usdin (writer), Nina Vakueva (artist)
March 25, 2020
In 2017, we were introduced to the world of Vinyl Destination, a record shop run by a group of creative and outspoken women. But they don’t just sell records. They also fight crime as a vigilante fight club. The original mini-series was a lot of fun and now the group is back in this original graphic novel.
In Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O! we meet back up with the gang at the end of 1999. This time they’re preparing for a Battle of Bands competition as a cover to investigate the corporate heads of the music industry who are trying to put an end to the world of digital music before it’s barely off the ground and the Y2K panic is giving them the perfect scapegoat.
I really enjoyed jumping back into the world of Vinyl Destination as it is such a fun premise for a comic series. This is a delightful throwback to the 1990s and I loved the references and the fashion choices. I also really enjoyed seeing how Chris and Maggie’s relationship was continuing to develop. Chris is such a classic teen, head over heels in love but has no idea what she’s doing. And though you may experience some second-hand embarrassment, you can’t help but smile during the scenes they’re together. My one complaint about this comic is that the ending felt a bit rushed – but I’m happy to take that as an excuse for another followup.