Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “It’s Valentine’s Day at St. Genesius Prep and the Backstagers are back in (stage) blacks for some ROMANTIC adventures in the mysterious world behind the scenes! It’s the “seasons of love” for your favorite backstage boys! (No, you can’t wear pink backstage. Or red. Or glitter. Or cherub wings, Sasha.)”Look out. We’ve got an early dosage of love coming your way!THE BACKSTAGERS: 2018 VALENTINE’S INTERMISSION #1(W): James Tynion IV + Samantha Johns (A): Rian Sygh, Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina (C): Walter Baiamonte, Brittany Peer (L): Jim Campbell, Rebecca Nalty, Katy FarinaValentine’s Day. This day can be a bit of a sore spot. A bit of a drag. Or, a day to curl up with your loved one and do what you do. Either way, people have individual feelings about the holiday. I’ve never been one to dive into “holiday-themed” comics until two years ago. BOOM! Studios gave me life when bringing Christmas to Giant Days and I haven’t looked back since. This year, our favorite boys, The Backstagers are back! I’m an absolute sucker for anything dealing with these boys behind the stage. They’re back with creators, writer James Tynion and artist Rian Sygh, helming their original Valentines Day story with a few special guest to help them along the way. There’s so much to love about this supersized Valentine’s Day gem.via BOOM! StudiosBackstagers: 2018 Valentine’s Intermission #1 is written with the main story first with our original fantastic team with short stories by guests to tell a small perspective of everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Our main story, written by James Tynion IV with art by Rian Sygh, colors by Walter Baiamonte with Brittany Peer and lettering by Jim Campell is a delightful, yet critical look at Valentine’s Day through the eyes of Beckett that hits a little close to home.Beckett’s goes on an epic quest to separate himself from V-Day and the dance that will follow. He waits to partake in his favorite pastime, pizza and bloody horror movies with fellow backstager Aziz to combat the gross-ness of the holiday. Plans start to change when Aziz has a situation on deck, Bailey Brentwood (the coolest girl in the world) might be digging Brock Manchester (the coolest boy in the world), and he still has to do the lights for the V-Day play.For those who actively try to avoid everything dealing with Valentine’s Day, this one is for you. James Tynion IV writes the cynical beast that is within us all when it comes to the day through Beckett. I must admit, and this is being 100% bias, I loved this comic a little more for it. Tynion undeniably writes relatable characters that you immediately resonate with.via BOOM! StudiosIn this central story, Beckett goes through an epic journey in only thirty pages that from start to finish is incredible. Throughout the night, he goes through small changes of what he thinks about the holiday. He goes from cynical, heartbroken, a man of action, understanding and genuinely accepting his circumstances (with the help of Mr. Rample. Protect at all costs!). Who else can write that in such a short span of time and make it count but Tynion? Through Beck’s eyes, Tynion’s almost saying, YOU might not like the holiday, but the people who do, let them have this.Rian Sygh’s art is among some of my personal favorites in comics. Sygh has a way of showcasing every single character and giving them their own being and temperament. Each panel, Sygh’s pencils gives us something different, displaying emotions and actions that we associate with each character. One thing I adore about Sygh’s art is how playful it is. It never takes itself too seriously, always a little zany, always with an easter egg or two. It’s another central part of The Backstagers that makes it fun to read. Art has a feeling, and Sygh always seems like he has the best time with the boys. It makes it more of an enjoyable read when you can see the creators sincerely love what they do and adore the character they bring to readers.via BOOM! StudiosWalter Baiamonte teams with Brittany Peer for colors and they capture the holiday and the emotions on that day on every page. Baiamonte and Peer give us those beautiful valentines day colors such as pink and red, but mix it up a little-displaying pastel and loud oranges, neon pinks, blues and more. The Backstagers is a comic command so much presence with a palette that goes all over the place. Baiamonte and Peer do that well. It’s not messy, but its just as fun and detailed as Sygh’s art is. It’s a harmonic mixture between the light and the dark. The pastel and the neon. It makes the comic feel that much funnier and even more alive.Jim Campbell’s letters finish off this central story that gives it even more of the charm that’s needed. Campbell’s lettering in The Backstagers is some of my favorite because he places to where it heightens up the drama. This very much plays to each characters personalities and his strength. It’s rare for me to see a letterer who can match the flare of lettering to the characters and he very much does.via BOOM! StudiosWe’re not leaving this review without talking about the small, but unique bouns shorts you get within it. Tynion teams up with Samantha Jones to write three short comics for this V-Day special, and each is more adorable than the last. “Finding The One,” with art by Brittney Williams and colors by Rebecca Nalty, pens Jory against time as he tried to find the perfect valentine for Hunter. “Love Rodent #9,” with art by Caitlin Rose Boyle has the McQueen twins take a bit of Love Potion #9 and help them realize how much they adore their backstagers (and each other). Last but not least, “Of Mice and Munchies,” illustrated, colored and lettered by Katy Farina, gives us a look into Sasha’s Alice in Wonderland candy coma. Each story gives us a little piece of everyone’s personalized V-Day and shows who (and what) they love and care for the most.The Backstagers is a perfect way to start your weekend filled with love for the holiday. If you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or determined to take the Beckett route (I sure do), make sure you curl up with this Valentine special that will give you the warm and fuzzy just in time for the holidays. The Backstagers: 2018 Valentine’s Intermission #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.02/07/18 Releases – In addition to THE BACKSTAGERS: 2018 VALENTINE’S INTERMISSION #1 here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading (and will get you in the mood for love).Twisted Romance #1 by Alex de Campi, Magen Cubed, Sarah Harrocks (W), Katie Skelly, Sarah Harrocks (A) Image ComicsYoung Monsters In Love #1 by Various (W) Various (A) DC ComicsThe Snagglepuss Chronicles #2 by Mark Russell (W), Mike Feehan (P), Mark Morales (I), Paul Mounts (C), Dave Sharpe (L), Ben Caldwell (CA) DC ComicsRogue & Gambit #2 by Kelly Thompson (W), Pere Pérez (A), Frank D’Armata (C), VC’s Joe Caramagna (L), Kris Anka (CA) MarvelBackstagers V.2 by James Tynion IV (W), Rian Sygh (A), Walter Baiamonte, Brittany Peer (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
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