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Kondansha will be releasing an 250 page anthology Attack On Titan comic with work by Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Michael Avon Oeming, Ronald Wimberly, Kate Leth, Genevieve Valentine, Afu Richardson, Faith Erin Hicks & more. Details at CBR
In 2016, Dynamite will be relaunching there Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris & Vamperilla titles with redesigns by artist Nicola Scott & overall direction from writer Gail Simone. The series will be written by Marguerite Bennett, Aneke, Frank Barbiere & Kate Leth. Press release below Continue reading Simone & Scott Overseeing Dynamite Relaunch By Barbiere, Bennett & Leath
In December of 2015, Marvel will release an ongoing series written by Kate Leth of Kate Or Die, Ink For Beginners, Bravest Warrior, Adventure Time: Seeing Red, Fraggle Rock & Edward Scissorhands on the Hellcat character titled, Patsy Walker aka Hellcat. It will be illustrated by Brittney L Williams of Lumberjanes, Samurai Jack & Garfield. More details at Yahoo
As the third and final title to be relaunched in the Dynamites Gail Simone led initiative, Vamperilla get it’s right in a fun and charming take on the character that hit’s it’s b-movie horror tone in all the right ways.
Writer Kate Leth re-introduces the protagonist in Los Angeles and instantly establishes a tone and style for the comic that is light but also has real stakes. There is the introduction of a mystery with some general horror tropes sprinkled on top, but Leth elevates the issue in her characters and sense of place. Vamperilla and her cast feel instantly recognizable and fully formed, especially her romantic relationship towards her sidekick which is equal parts sweet, sex positive and complex with a refreshing degree of subtlety and sophistication. The dynamic between the two and the rest of the cast has an easy naturalism that keeps the book entertaining throughout. Leth has a gift for plainspoken dialogue that feel’s distinct yet never overwhelming. This lends itself to the writers vision of Los Angeles, a weird and provocative backdrop, but also one that feels welcoming and familiar. Artist Eman Casallos can feel generic at times to the Dynamite house style, but there’s moments of inspiration and stylistic flair that ultimately elevate the visual storytelling while colorist Valentina Pinto gives a distinct look to the book that deals in darker shades of blues with brighter pinks and purples in contrast.
Vamperilla #1 is by far the most successful of the relaunched Dynamite comics in it’s causally loose fun. It may not be breaking any ground, but it’s entertaining in it’s subtle strengths.
by Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Kuhn, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Winifred Searle & Sally Jane Thompson
Recently, Rosy Press released the second issue of their digital anthology series Fresh Romance. Consisting of three different serials (two set in the present, one in the past) the series brings a contemporary flair to the romance genre. Romance comics may not be in vogue much presently, but they have a long history in the medium, enjoying periods of high sales. These days romance tropes may be prominent in popular series (Saga comes readily to mind), but not as much as a standalone genre. Fresh Romance offers a refreshing corrective to this situation.
Continue reading Review of Fresh Romance #2