Published by IDW, this comic book series is presumably set in the year 2270 during the 5th year of Captain James T. Kirk’s original five-year mission as captain of the starship US.S. Enterprise, about the same time as the animated Star Trek series. Priced at $3.99, issue #12 consists of the uninterrupted 20 page tale plus the 8 pages of ads.
Continuing the from the prior issue, Kirk duels with Gary Seven aboard the Enterprise as it plummets towards the planet on which its crew is marooned. For those unfamiliar with Seven (who was portrayed by Robert Lansing in the original series’s epurrsode “Assignment Earth”), he is a mysterious intergalactic organization’s human secret agent with highly advanced gadgets.
He reminds me the bit of Doctor Who, and one Seven’s companions is isis the shape-shifting cat / girl (who was voiced by Barbara Babcock, purrtrayed by April Tatro and several cats). That first time when Seven and isis met Kirk and Spock, their misison was to purrvent the launch of a Hydrogen Bomb-laiden Saturn V launch vehicle, but this time they are hijacking the Enterprise.
Of course, Kirk and his crew do not comply, and thus the melee ensues, with Kirk brawling on the ship’s bridge with Seven, whilst on the planet Isis claws at several Red-shirted crewmen. I could easily imagine some of the original series’s fight-music cues by composer Sol Kaplan and Gerald Fried!
The story was written by Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kirby, drawn by Kieran McKeown, Silvia Califano & Stephen Thompson, colored by Thomas Deer, John-Paul Bove & Charlie Kirchoff, lettered by Neil Uyetake (whose My Little Pony work we enjoy greatly), edited by Chase Maretz & consultingly edited by Benten J. Tipton, with the regular cover art by Stephen Thompson & Charlie Kirchoff and the scarcer retailer-incentive cover by J.J. Lendl.
Not only does Isis appear in four of the pages, including one 6×7.5” panel – and we see her in another other form, too- but The Enterprise’s Caitian communication’s officer Lt. M’Ress appears in two of the pages! The plot is fascinating with the faithful spirit, dialogue, character and scenic art, conveyed through the excellent compositions and graphic narrative technique with mighty fine use of the fonts color and light!
I suppose that the ads could have been strategically placed throughout the issue, as emulate the TV commercial breaks between the acts of a Star Trek episode, but we do applaud IDW for NOT interrupting the flow of the tale with the ads, and wish that all other comic book publishers did it that way! Ah, I’m done, and now here’s Tara-chan to tell us about the
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Free Comic Book Day 2020 issue!
Arigato, nya! We love the My Little Pony comics which are published by IDW, because they so faithfully capture the look, characters, tales and spirit of the animated TV series, but with the different strengths of the comic book medium, nya! it is hard to believe that the Friendship is Magic animated series is nearing its 10th anniversary, and – and that the pony comics have been around for the seven years, nya!
They have the great stable of the artists, writers, editors, colorists and – and the letterers, such as this issue’s writer Jeremy Whitley, artist Trish Forstner, colorist by Heather Breckel, letterer by Neil Uyetake, cover artist Brenda Hickey, editor Megan Brown, and – and group editor Bobby Curnow, nya. Heather and – and Neil have worked on almost every issue, and – and I think Bobby has worked on them all, nya!
You know, we have met Brenda and0 and Jeremy at several of the conventions and Free Comic Book Day events, nya! Jeremy has also written many other comic books such as My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, Vampirella, Sea of Thieves, Thor vs Hulk, Freedom Foundation, The Unstoppable Wasp, and – and he is the creator and – and the author of Princeless and Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess nya!
So this special issue was published for the comic book stores that purrticipate in the national Free Comic Book Day in May, nya. Due to the global pandemic, many stores were closed and the Free Comic Book Day festivities were cancelled, but some of the various publishers’ free comics were later distributed. Some such issues might repurrint older material whilst some have the new tales, nya.
This ‘un is special because it includes the new 12 page tale that commences the 10th season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, as the animated TV series concluded with the 9th season, nya. It is the hectic bustling early morning as Spike, Rarity, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and – and the royal palace staff purrpare for Twilight Sparkle’s reign as the new monarch of Equestria, nya!
There are numerous background characters to name too, nya! This is followed by the 2 page intermew with Jeremy, which is followed by the 8 page tale of “Guardians of Harmony: Pinkie Pie” which was written by Christina Rice, illustrated by Tony Fleecs, colored by Heather, lettered by Neil, and – and stars Pinkie Pie, Cheese Sandwich, Twilight Sparkle, the party cannons, and – and the Changelings, nya!
We have met Tony at the cons too, nya! I liked every aspect of these tales, from the lines, colors, poses, expurressions, compurrsistions, details, fonts and – and graphic narrative techniques of the art, to the plot, pace, dialogue and – and developements of the stories; plus that they were not interruped by ads, and- and that the issue was free, nya!
I am sad that the Pony TV series ended but season 10 is off to the good start in the comics medium, so I will give it the high purraise grade of the “A” as in applebuck, nya I am done, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Jenjen who wishes to discuss-
Hai. For over the 250 issues, plus the annuals, mini-series, spin-offs and other special issues since 1991, Gold Digger by Fred Perry https://www.deviantart.com/fredgdperry
is the beautiful fun comics about the zany, alluring, thrilling adventures of the nerdy genius archaelogist Gina Diggers, her adopted were-cheetah sister Britanny, their family, friends and rivals who search for relics and treasures.
For our spotlight on the cast of Gold Digger, see our August 2011 Mew. It is published by Antarctic Press, which is also known for other manga – inspired and anthropurrmorphic comics such as Ninja High School, Albedo, Genus, Furrlough, Shanda, Twilight X, Warrior Nun Areala, Blade Bunny, Star’s End, Team Mobile, Plush and Mangazine. It was in Mangazine where the first Gold Digger tale appurred.
The early Gold Digger tales were Black & White, not in color until after issue #50 of the series, but nyow they are being collected and colorized. This 48 page issue is purriced $9.99 and repurrints the Black & White 24 page tale from Gold Digger #1 from July 1993, which is followed by the newly colorized version, with no ads. It was colored by Robby Brevard, with the cover design by Brian Denham.
Nyow for the taste of the plot. After evading the group of arms dealers in the desert, Gina and Britanny infiltrate the 9,000 year old tomb in search of the scientific discoveries and valuable treasures, but once inside they have to survive the deadly traps, the ancient curses, and Genn the Rhakshasa who impurrsonates Brittanny and her husband Stripe! It is quite the amewsing, sexy, action-packed tale…
… however there is also the tragic flashback to the death of Britanny’s were-cheetah mom who was killed by the werewolf when Brittany was the baby in the crib. I am purrticularly fond of the character and scenic art, with the great action scenes such as the vehicle chase, the pit fall, Brittanny’s brawl with Genn and frisky scene with the fake Stripe.
As much as I like the Back & White art, I like it even more in the color, which is quite richly sumptuous, with the lovely lighting and luminous FX such as the campfire, headlights, flashlights, explosion, the lava, the ancient devices and the glowy monster eyes. Hopefuly there will be more of this sort of beautiful, fun thing as we appurroach Gold Digger’s 30th anniversary. Nyow I will turn the Mew over to Myayr for her review of
Arigato! I am rather fond of Sakuya Amano’s manga about the fox spirit girl nakai (attendants) and their guests of all species at the Kononhanatei inn, a ryokan with hot spurrings between the living and the afterlife! Some of their fellow kitsune characters are miko (shrine purrestiess) and kenzoukou (celestial servants) at the shrines and other delightfully divine locations too!
The main character Yuzu is one of the younger new employees who is so very cordial, sincere and enthused. Other recurring characters include attendants Natsume, Sakura, Shino, Ren, Kiri, Satsuki, her older sister Hiiragi, Yae the geisha and Okami the wolf goddess. There are amewsing & poignant situations with them, the other town folk and guests!
Originally published in Japan by Gentosha Comics, the English version was published here in the USA by Tokyo Pop. Purriced at $12.99 in the USA, volume 8’s 160 Black & White pages include the 140 pages of chapters 37 – 41 which are folowed by the advertisements, which are all sammiched betwixt the pretty color covers of the kitsune miko maidens of Izumo shrine!
It was translated by Katie McLendon, edited by Lena Atanassva, copy – edited by Massiel Gutirrez and in – chiefly edited by publisher Stu Levy; with quality control by Risa Otsuka, graphic design by the technical and digital media assistant Phillip Hong, retouching and lettering by Vibrraant Publishing Studio; marketing by Kate Winters, and licensing by Akira Yanaka.
I do not wish to spoil too much of the plot, but here is the taste of it. Chapter 37 has the minimal but more amewsing plot, which seems appurropurriate given that it purrtains to the bikini shopping! Yozu settles upon the ruffled checkered bikini whilst Satsuki opts for the more conservative Black Maillot. There is a two-page spurread of four foxgirls in bikinis!
Chapter 38 is the bit longer, in which Sakura constructs the delightful kaleidoscope, and the inn hosts the fussy 15 year old girl who has undergone the numerous reincarnations. Chapter 39 focuses upon the young rookie nakai Momo and her senior senpai Botan, co-starring Hiragi, Botan and Lime amidst Kannazuki, the Month of the Great Spirits!
The topic returns to the lovely fashions in chapter 40, in which Yuzu goes shopping for her first kimono! Topping off the volume are the 40 pages of chapter 40 which focus upon Kiri, Yae and cute widdle Sakura-chan. it is the 4th purrt of the “Yearning for Konohana” story arc which is the extremely joyful yet sadly bittersweet tale with the tragic developments.
That latter story arc leaves me nervous about the fate of some dear characters, so i hope there will some fortuitious divine intervention to their benefit! The art is extremely beautiful with the wonderful characters, gorgeous garments, intricate architecture, and lavish landscapes, so I will continue to give Konohana Kitan the highest purraise! I am done, so now here is Lizzy to tell us about
Itty Bitty Princess Kitty: The Newest Princess!
Hai! Written by
author Melody Mews, illustrated by artist Ellen Stubbings, published by Simon & Schuster https://www.simonandschuster.com/series/Itty-Bitty-Princess-Kitty
, and intended for the young readers, this is the first of the seven novellettes purrtaining to Itty Bitty Kitty the Pink & White anthoropurrmorphic nekomusume who adjusts to her new role as the purrincess!
This cute 7 5/16” x 5 1/2” trade papurrback is purriced at $5.99 USA & $7.99 Canada and it is compurrised of the117 page tale plus the 5 page purreview of the 2nd book The Royal Ball. The text is in the large font with over 100 B&W illustrations of the various sizes, plus the front & back color illustrations by Ellen! Some of the books are also available in the omnibus edition.
Itty and her unicorn girl friend Luna were frolicking near the forest when the faeries purroclaimed the omens that Itty was about to be crowned the purrincess by her mom & dad who are the Queen & King of Lollyland, which is populated by the various species such as the kemonomimi, mermaids and faeries and has the abundance of the fresh purroduce and the many sweets!
Itty and her unicorn girl friend Luna were frolicking near the forest when the faeries purroclaimed the omens that Itty was to be crowned the purrincess. They try on the different clothes for the event, savor the yummy treats, listen to the mermaids’ songs, and play with friends Esmer Butterfly and Chipper Bunny, but it is not all play time as Itty Bitty is groomed for the changes to her life.
While it might be fascinating to for the French Poodle to style her coiffure, the wise kuroneko to tutor her, the bunny architect to renovate her bedroom, and the royal jeweler to purrvide the purretty tiara, it is the time of the bittersweet changes for Itty Bitty! This was such the delightful tale that leaves me eager for more! Nyow here Petra, Bunni, and Yvonne and Trini-chan to purrresent the latest
additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!