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Bachman’s Best – New Warriors

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The best thing I read last week was New Warriors vol 5 issue #1. I’ll just say it’s simple and sweet. In 1990 the first comic I bought with my own money was New Warriors vol 1 issue #1, and I was hooked. Not only did it cement me as a lifelong comic fan but it made me a New Warriors fan for life. Marvel has deemed fit to bring back my very favorite super team with some new members and some classic. Lo and behold, I have my Warriors back!

The new group so far appears to only have 2 previous Warriors as members, Vance Astrovik a.k.a. Marvel Boy now know as Justice and the heart of the team, the Masked Marvel himself, Bobbie Baldwin the super kinetic Speedball! At the start of this first issue the team is not together yet so writer Christopher Yost is taking us along to form this new crew so as the series progresses we will get to see the members meet and interact, a lot of them for the first time. I’m so excited.

Bringing Yost’s powerful prose to life is the spectacular Marcus To, honestly you could buy this book just to look especially after David Curiel puts his paint brush down and colors To’s lines. All round fantastic job by the new crew. I loved it. I bought 2 copies. I have a 3rd on the way signed by Marcus Totravelling all the way from Canada to me.

The New Warriors are back baby!

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Wednesday’s Webcomic: Strong Female Protagonist

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I’ve been wanting to share Strong Female Protagonist for awhile now, but I wanted to wait until the current story arc was resolved since it was such a nail-biter. Strong Female Protagonist can be an incredibly emotionally intense story; best be prepared to sometimes have a powerful cry at your monitor. The comic tells the story of Allison Green, a New York City college student. She’s a pretty average girl who studies for exams, lives in a dorm, and clashes with her professors with one notable exception: she’s a former teen superhero. Super strong and completely invulnerable to harm, Allison publicly unmasked herself and denounced the superhero way of life when she realized she wasn’t really doing anything to actually save the world. She wants to draw attention to fighting poverty, disease, and war, but that’s difficult when everyone’s afraid you will squish them like a bug, old friends are nagging you to get back in the crime-fighting game, and super villains bust into your life to settle old scores. There’s also the question if some mysterious power or shadowy organization has a vested interest in preserving the status quo, and if they are quietly assassinating heroes who are trying to actually make a difference.

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We have to worry about suddenly running into our exes. Alison has to worry about guys like this.

The comic is black and white with gray-scale washes for shading. The characters and art style are more cartoonish than the average mainstream comic book. The anatomical rendering is excellent, with clear actions sequences and intense facial expressions. And I do mean intense. While not a depressing comic by any means, the emotional anguish of the characters at certain points in the story really reaches into your chest and starts pumping your heart for you. The comic has updated biweekly with regularity, and three complete “chapters” have been published.

The Authors and their Other Works:

The duo behind Strong Female Protagonist are writer Brennan Lee Mulligan and artist Molly Ostertag. Mulligan is a filmmaker in addition to being a writer, with some short films available for streaming on his website. Ostertag has created some other comics in print, including a retelling of the true story of Khutulun, the Wresteler Princess, a Mongolian folk hero.

FANS OF WEDNESDAY’S WEBCOMIC: I need your help! I am running out of comics I know of to read. If you are writing or reading a webcomic that you love, please let me know about it so I can read it and maybe recommend it in the GonnaGeek’s new forum!