Webcomic Wednesday: Pumpkin Spiced

Webcomic Wednesdays is a weekly feature here at Girls Read Comics Too. Each week, we like to shine a spotlight on one of the webcomics that we happen to keep up with on the interwebs.

Pumpkinspiced

Pumpkin Spiced is an adorable little webcomic. Okay, maybe calling it “little” when it is already on its fifth issue and has two volumes in paperback isn’t exactly accurate, but somehow the adjective still feels fitting. Despite the longevity of the webcomic, there is a closeness to both the characters and the story that makes the reading experience an intimate one.

Through the entire length of my binge read I felt like I was being allowed to be a fly on the wall witness to the lives of Violett, Penelope, and Isabell. Despite the supernatural elements of the story (Penelope is a zombie and their neighbor Skarlett is a vampire), everything feels grounded. The creator, Paige Lavoie, was the one who dropped a little note about this comic into our inbox and I am eternally grateful to her for it. This was the perfect remedy for a stressful work week, being both sweet and funny all in one go.  Each page is laid out in a way that makes it easy to read, the cute drawings colored in a pastel, almost watercolor style that is different from other comics I have seen on the web.

If you’re in the mood for a little Halloween fun, despite the season, then I recommend taking a look in on the lives of two sisters and their housekeeper as they cope with roommates and being young adults with a twist. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll spend some quality time wondering where you can find a pumpkin spice latte in April just so that you can fit right in (preferably in a panda mug).

Pumpkin Spiced can be found at pumpkinspiced.com.  Paige Lavoie can be found on twitter @pumpkin_spiced.

Are you the creator of a webcomic? Do you have a webcomic that you love and think more people should check out? Then drop us a line either here in the comments or shoot us an email! We’re always looking for new things to read and get excited about!

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“Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher” Review and Giveaway

Avengers Confidential

There’s been lots of talk and discussion lately on the lack of female-led superhero films (especially when Black Widow is poised for one right now), but the animated market does provide room for said films. While the title gives Punisher top billing as well, let’s be clear: this is Natasha’s film. Period.

And while this is not the Black Widow film we so desperately want, it’ll do.

Avengers Confidential features Black Widow and Punisher teaming up to take down an enemy corporation called Leviathan, who are your standard Big Bad trying to create and sell a super-powered army. While they aren’t anything special, they do provide some great character moments for Black Widow and Punisher.

The movie opens up with Frank Castle doing what he does best, which is pure, unrepenting violence. While there’s no gore and the blood is minimal, the dark animation and quick cuts create a tense atmosphere, and present the Punisher as he should be: terrifying.  For the rest of the movie, Frank is featured as a single-minded person with nothing but innocent lives and punishing on his mind, and it got old fast. He does have some moments – one particularly poignant one I won’t spoil here.  Brian Bloom’s voice work is perfect here.

AC: Black Widow

Let’s dance.

Natasha, however, is a joy. While Jennifer Carpenter did not live up to the voice work (especially surrounded by such a veteran cast), Widow is everything that we wish a great character to be. She’s competent, she’s impressive, she flirts, she feels, and most importantly, she’s given plenty of light-hearted moments (mostly ribbing Frank) to balance out how dark the film is.

And the animation. I’m so torn. On one hand, she’s designed just as you’d expect, and I sighed. But then the fight scenes began, and they were a joy to behold. Natasha is a goddamn lethal ballerina, and it shows in every move she makes. It’s wonderful.

The pacing and plot move incredibly quickly – 45 minutes had passed in what felt like 15 – and there are some moments that made me groan (see: Amadeus Cho), but overall, Avengers Confidential is a fun addition to the Marvel Animated Series universe.

Where to Buy:
Digital: iTunes (available now)
Blu-Ray: Amazon (available 3/25)

Facebook: Marvel Anime

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Review: Black Widow, vol. 5 #1

Black-Widow-001-(2014) by Phil Noto

Story: Nathan Edmondson
Art: Phil Noto
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel

Behind the cut is a review for Black Widow, volume 5, issue 1. There are light spoilers for this issue, but none for future issues. If you’d like to go in complete blank, please proceed with caution!

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Webcomic Wednesday: Altar Girl

Webcomic Wednesdays is a feature here at Girls Read Comics Too. We like to shine a spotlight on one of the webcomics that we happen to keep up with on the interwebs.

altargirl

Altar Girl is a cute little comic whose existence I was completely unaware of until the creator dropped us a line in our inbox. Now that I’ve read it, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t stumble upon it myself (though a little nudging is always nice). The upside is that since I was a little late to the party there were more pages for me to read as I binged my way through it.

Telling the story of Ashley Altars, a Catholic school girl with a massive crush on the most popular guy in school whose life takes a turn for the strange when a twin pair of angels and a ghost descend on her life all due to a key necklace she’s had since she was a kid. Now she has to balance the rigors of high school and the meddling of otherworldly creatures, some of whom want to help and some who don’t.

I don’t typically read manga or manga-style comics, but I wasn’t going to let a little detail like past preference stop me. What I found was a lovingly crafted, fun little webcomic that I’m eager to see continue. Part of me is a little disappointed that it is only updated once a month, but that’s okay since the updates usually come in bigger doses.

At its heart, Altar Girl is cross between a love story and a coming of age story. There’s angels and demons and a guy who died and was transported across time, all of which serve to add a little something extra to the typical teen flair. Don’t let the art or the fluffy seeming exterior cause you to shy away. What’s inside packs a relatable punch to those who spent any time in high school (or now) wishing that they had something bigger than themselves meddling to ensure their happiness. It’s a bit of wishfulment, but in a good way. It was the perfect antidote to the post-holiday blues that I found myself dealing with.

Altar Girl was created, drawn and written by Kata Kane. Read at altar-girl.com.

It’s worth a peek!

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Art Love: Batman

Batman by Dan Mora

The Bat-man by Dan Mora

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Review: East of West, Volume 1: The Promise

East of West Vol. 1

East of West, Volume 1: The Promise
Story
: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Nick Dragotta
Colors: Frank Martin
Letters: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image

Yes, yes, I know I’m late to the party. I’ve had so many other comics on my pull list over the year that I missed out on East of West simply because of how I view Jonathan Hickman’s writing.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Hickman after the last few years of reading his work, it’s that you will get frustrated and wonder if he even knows what the hell he’s doing, but then the day comes, that wonderful, glorious day, when everything clicks. Story lines come together and create something so big, you have to wonder how he does it over and over again.

East of West is his most refined and elegant work so far.

Here, the wait to see plot threads come together isn’t so long (or so frustrating). Though there is a much bigger story at play, volume one ends with a sort of closure, a sort of understanding. Death may walk away toward an ever growing plot, but the promise that this volume is named for is understood. One tiny thread has been tied off, and that is enough to satisfy me and keep me reading and wanting more, more, more.

East-of-West-3-Wolf-on-Crow-LoveI’ve only ever experienced Hickman within the Marvel universe, so to see him build a world so effortlessly in the first issue alone is incredible. A large part of that has to do with Nick Dragotta’s artwork. It marries western and sci-fi in a way that just plain makes sense. I need to track down some of Dragotta’s other work, just to see his take on superheroes. Frank Martin’s color palette is muted and beautiful.

I thought about starting to add this to my pull list, but I think I’ll be waiting for the trades. I enjoy Hickman much better when I don’t have to wait for a year to see where his stories are going.

(Volume provided by NetGalley; this has had no effect on this review.)

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Art Love: Thor

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Thor by Mark Brooks & Sonia Oback

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Art Love: Storm

Storm by Hanie Mohd

Storm for all seasons by Hanie Mohd

(This is but one of four fantastic pieces.)

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Art Love: Lois Lane & Superman

Super Solo Duo by Brittney Williams Super Solo Duo by Brittney Williams

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Art Love: Black Widow

Black Widow by theopteryx

Black Widow by theopteryx

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