Another week of new comics, so what are we recommending you may want to look out for should you be visiting a comic book store this weekend or online, with the latter still being the safer option don’t forget.
Tammy and Jinty Special 2020 (Rebellion)
“Boarding School”/“Cat Girl Returns”
Written by Rachael Smith/RAMZEE
Art by Yishan Li/Elkys Nova
Letters by Jim Campbell/Simon Bowland
Comics wouldn’t be where they are today without writers and artists like Alison Fitt and Giorgio Giorgetti, but it’s not every publisher that pays homage to them like 2000 AD. This year’s Tammy and Jinty Special could’ve focused on new stories but being told “Cat Girl Returns” is a reboot of the Sally series, “The Cat Girl,” doesn’t mean anything unless you know who Cat Girl is. Thanks to an essay on Giorgetti and a few of his panels you get to appreciate RAMZEE and Nova’s take on the character even more.
“The Boarding School” is a story about favoritism and the effect it has on two siblings. While the obvious route would have been to have the siblings resent each other, that’s not how Smith plays things at all, and every detail (from the furniture to the speech bubbles) sells how differently they are treated.
Because Pippa Bowland is the colorist on both stories it makes the issue feel more cohesive, and while there is one thing I would have changed about the ending to “Boarding School,” I do like that both stories feature technology as an empowering tool and that it’s not future tech, but an ordinary cell phone or camera. – Rachel Bellwoar
Dark Nights: Death Metal #5 (DC Comics)
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo + Jonathan Glapion
Dolors by FCO Plascencia
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Dark Nights: Death Metal is the most fun summer event in quite some time, and this third issue may very well be the dour and dark crescendo to a symphony almost half a decade in the making, but it also gives Snyder and Capullo the change to run wild with the DC Comics toy box, and creating a few new toys in the process.
All in all, this whole series should read as one big downer, but thanks to Snyder’s snappy, often humorously-edged dialogue and an understanding of his characters, we get a book that remains lighter in tone than it deserves to be and, really, is a celebration of DC Comics past crises all rolled up into one, with plenty of call-backs included in this issue.
Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 is another issue of well balanced humour, horror and irreverence and homage – Olly MacNamee
Vlad Dracul #2 (Scout Comics)
Written by Matteo Strukul
Art by Andrea Mutti
Letters by Joel Rodriguez
Arrows blacken the skies outside the Giurgiu fortress. Beneath them, the wails of thousands of men cry for salvation. Vlad’s forces have the Ottomans surrounded. Those that survive the storm of flaming arrows live only long enough to meet Vlad’s wrath.
Vlad Dracul’s latest issue lives up to the promises made in Issue #1. I look forward to seeing the Sultan’s response, especially when Vlad’s past meets his furious present. If the revelations are any indication, victory will come at a much steeper price than Vlad anticipated. – Malissa White
Billionaire Island #4 (AHOY Comics)
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Steve Pugh
While there is a calculating and callous threat to the global population being planned by the elites of Mark Russell and Steve Pugh’s Billionaire Island #4 on their playboy paradise island, it’s all expertly done with laughs aplenty. Yes, it’s an exaggerated take on the current state of wealth distribution in the world, but there’s a good deal in this issue – nay, in this series – that is rather too close to the truth.
Pugh’s mastery of anatomy, pose and movement brings each character to life, with even the most mundane of scenes lit up with figures full of expression and emotion. His eye for outfitting each character only helps readers’ realise them more fully and more easy to relate to too.
In this issue Russell delivers a plot that involves a great escape, fuelled by the wealth’s own shortcomings, what seems to be a change of mind in one of the peripheral cast members, and, as ever, his well timed, brilliantly aimed satire. They shoot, and they score with this issue once again. – Olly MacNamee