It's snowing in Bayville, NJ, which means my car is being covered as I write this fantastic column. I'm happy to share my table with Michael McDermott who is signing his new graphic novel Imaginary Drugs from IDW Publishing. Be sure to keep your eye out for my review of this antholgy of sci-fi short stories. This week I review: Penny Dora and the Wishing Box #3 and Galaxy Quest #1 for a shorter version of Live From The Comic Shop! On to the reviews…
This month's issue of Penny Dora And The Wishing Box #3 from Image Comics, written by Michael Stock, with art by Sina Grace is pretty intense. After being creeped out by the wishing box knowing her name, Penny makes up her mind that she's going to give it to her best friend Elizabeth. We know from past issues that this is obviously a terrible idea, because Elizabeth will inevitably become drunk with power. Unfortunately for Penny, her troubles aren't over just because she passed the box along to another person. That night, she has a crazy dream, which is beautifully illustrated by Sina Grace. I really enjoy when creators use panel placement to amplify their story. As a reader, I felt very impacted by it. Now I won't spoil how things go down with the wishing box being in the hands of Elizabeth, but it is definitely worth a read. As predicted, she wishes for something that puts Penny in an even worse predicament than she was in before. I'm actually relieved with how awesome this issue has been. I have always enjoyed reading the series, but was concerned about where things were going to go. I wanted something really crazy to happen, and I got my wish! Don't miss out on this kid-friendly tale.
I was drawn to Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues from IDW Publishing, written by Erik Burnham, with art by Nacho Arranz mostly because of how much I loved the movie when it came out years ago. If you don't remember, the movie plot basically centers around a cast of a famous sci-fi show actors who are asked to help an alien race win against an intergalactic tyrant. Little do they know, their actions have consequences. Another world has been affected by what they've done, and now they'll have to come together to deal with their new reality. I will say that it's nice to be with this cast of characters again, especially because of Sir Alexander Dane aka Dr. Lazarus. Anyone else love Alan Rickman? Burnham's script is well written, complete with a gripping plot. Arranz's art style is drawn in a realistic detailed fashion, which creates some nice scenes. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about a continuation of the movie, but I think it was done pretty successfully. I'm interested to see how they are going to further develop the plot from here.
Well it has been an eventful Wednesday here at Conquest Comics. Thanks for reading Live From The Comic Shop! Be sure to come back next week for more new release reviews! If you're looking for some more awesome things to read on Bleeding Cool, check out Typing on the Dead and Sweet Release by Jared Cornelius!
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.