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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS CH. 1

Written by Greg Weisman

Art by Christopher Jones

Color by Kelly Fitzpatrick

Letters by Wes Abbott

THE DEAL: I’m going to preface this by warning folks that if you’re an avid DC fan, I’m not the reviewer for you. I’m a comic lover, but I’m not particularly enthusiastic about either of the Big Two. With that out of the way…

Young Justice: Outsiders brings together the scions of the League’s foremost champions: Batgirl, Superboy, Miss Martian … and of course, the ever-present Beast Boy. Together, they fight evil wherever it rears its exposed brain, while working through the challenges that come with being normal hormonal teenagers who hang out on an asteroid and wear spandex every moment of their lives.

THE GOOD: Something I look for in all my comic art is facial expression, and that’s some...

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PRINCELESS VOL. 7

Written by Jeremy Whitley

Pencils by Emily Martin

Inks by Ainhoa Aramayo

Colors and Letters by Brett Grunig

THE DEAL: Humans and elves are at war. Dragons and sphinxes populate the land. Desert kingdoms and forest villages alike are caught up in the political schemes of … wait. Princesses are literally waiting in towers for a prince to rescue them?

Not all of them. A myriad of characters explore a world of fantasy tropes – and smash ’em to bits, one by one.

THE GOOD: I love a good genre-bender! It’s clearly written for a younger audience, but the dialogue is still tight and punchy, and each character has a unique voice that gives the world life...

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Snap Flash Hustle #1

Written by Pat Shand

Art by Emily Pearson

THE DEAL: Haley is a 20-something girl with a mountain of debt and even higher expectations. Marriage, work, and adulthood have lost their shine already, and her addiction to attention has driven her into one of the most cutthroat industries in the modern age: social media modelling. Trouble is, the age of Instagram has made the whole world her competition – but a secret hashtag could be the route to stardom … if she’s willing to go all the way.

THE GOOD: I gotta tell you, I’m not a fan of social media, so I approached this one with more skepticism than usual. I’m happy to say that I was wrong – this is how you tell a modern story about youth in North America...

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MINIONS: VIVA LE BOSS

Written by Stephane Lapuss’

Art by Renaud Collin

THE DEAL: Don’t worry about spoilers this time, folks – I couldn’t ruin this plot if I wanted to. This series of single- and double-page shorts is exactly what you’d expect from the Minions: surprises, laughs, and the occasional awkward body humour.

THE GOOD: I’m going to be real honest, here. I hate the Minions. They’re the Pixar equivalent of Air Bud: mute, one-dimensional, and barely able to hold my attention.

But guys – I like this comic. The art has a sketch-like quality that I find endearing. The plots are tight and succinct. The punchlines are more hit than miss...

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MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1

Written by Steve Orlando

Art by Riley Rossmo

Colours by Ivan Plascencia

Letters by Deron Bennett

THE DEAL: Justice League legend J’onn J’onnz has returned to the DC Universe! This time, under the guise of detective Joshua Jones, he spends his days and nights (mostly nights, from the looks of it) investigating violent crimes with his partner Diane. The scenes are grisly and shrouded in mystery … just like Joshua’s extraterrestrial past.

THE GOOD: First of all, the underlying themes of this first issue are poignant for the times, particularly as a re-introduction of a character with such steep history in DC’s canon. While Joshua searches for clues to uncover the more ghastly crimes he encounters on Earth, his Martian past drifts in and out with a flow that seems effortless...

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