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Jem and the Holograms IDW 20/20

Writer: Seena Grace

Artist: Sioban Keenan

Letterer: Shawn Lee

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Synopsis: It’s been 20 years since Jem and the Holograms were on top. Now, as they attempt a comeback, there are obstacles in the way ranging from the differences that caused their breakup to outside forces trying to sabotage their rise back to the top. Can Jerrica get the band back together in time?

Review:  This is a drama in ink. Right from the beginning you see the dramatic elements including the past hurts, an outsider trying to consider profit over talent, and the questions of what happened over the last 20 years that led to this point. The characters have a very real and adult element to to them. You can tell by the writing that a lot has happened and there is a lot to uncover...

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Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams #2-3

At the end of my review of Issue #1 of this five-issue miniseries I pointed out that readers who are new to The Maxx might find themselves a bit lost. I said, “Just roll with it, and enjoy the ride.” If you are that lost person and found you couldn’t heed my advice, stop now. The story isn’t going to suddenly pop into clarity for you in Issue #2.

Issue #1 closed in Arkham Asylum, with Dr. Disparu connecting Penguin into the system that allows him to tap into the subconscious world of The Outback. Meanwhile in The Outback, The Maxx and Batman found themselves in the tentacles of a giant Deadly Poisonous Air Blowfish. Issue #2 opens just a few moments later, with the duo slicing their way free, turning the Blowfish into a Salvador Dali-esque blob, with Penguin’s face...

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Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams #1

I can’t remember the last time I was legitimately excited to read Bat-anything. I was excited to read this. The Maxx is a hero I’ve always loved, I his much too short-lived TV run as part of MTV’s Oddities, and I loved the comic. Due to a number of factors, I’ve only read about 1/3 of The Maxx series, even with several reprints over the years, although this title allowed me to discover an upcoming omnibus collection coming in the near future. But that’s another story for another review. Today we are looking at what happens when you drop The Maxx into the slums of Gotham and when you drop Batman into the wilds of The Outback in Maxx’s head.

Issue #1 opens in The Outback of Maxx’s mind, as he gives us a brief setup of something strange happening there...

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Demi-God #1 and #2

Writer: Ron Marz

Artist: Andy Smith

Lettering: Steve Dutro

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Synopsis:  What happens when a former wuss suddenly becomes transformed into a hero figure with Herculean kind of strength? Jason McAndros can tell you becoming a demi-god is definitely a boost to the old ego. How did it happen and what happens next as Jason deals with the Tirrus Corporation? These are a few of the answers you will find in Demi-God #1 and #2.

Review:   This comic is what comics should be. Amazing fun! After Jason’s change he doesn’t shy away from letting everyone, including the reader know how special he is, as he reminds you it’s all about him. This story made me laugh, while also having a moment of sadness...

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Dungeons and Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #1A

Written by: Jim Zub

Artwork by: Dean Kotz

Cover by: Max Dunbar

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Synopsis: The former heroes of Baldur’s Gate have returned from their adventures in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms. As each hero must face their own trials, the Ranger Minsc attempts to reclaim his place as a hero even though the people have a new hero.

Review: While I expected fantasy, adventure, action, and an interesting story, I did not expect to laugh as much as I did. This is well written, funny, and left me ready to buy the next edition. The artwork is classic DnD with bold details and a busy (in a good way) background. There is nothing flat about any of it and I love that just as much as the storyline.
Minsc and his sidekick hamster are lovable and funny...

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