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Links: The Muppets take Marvel

Katherine Dacey

Good news for Muppets fans: Marvel will be publishing The Four Seasons, a four-issue mini-series drawn by Roger Langridge. The story, which Langridge drew for BOOM! Studios, was briefly stuck in limbo after Marvel/Disney assumed ownership of the Muppets license. Look for issue one of The Four Seasons in July.

In an upcoming Sabrina/Archie crossover comic, everyone’s favorite teenage witch casts a spell on Archie, Betty, and Veronica that transforms them into Archina (a ginger-haired girl), Billy (a blond-haired boy), and Ronnie (a dark-haired boy).

Graphic Novel Reporter has a preview of The Graphic Canon, a three-volume survey of Western literature in comic-book form.

The blog Superheroes Are for Girls, Too is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a contest. To enter, just submit a picture of your daughter, niece, cousin, or grandchild dressed up as her favorite superhero. Winners will receive — what else? — Wonder Woman loot.

Jess Smart Smiley discusses Upside Down: A Vampire Tale, his contribution to Free Comic Book Day. The short story will be featured in Top Shelf’s all-ages giveaway.

The local paper profiles Rafael Rosado, the artist for the newly released Giants Beware! Rosado’s day job is creating storyboards for Curious George and other animated series.

Chad Bowers talks to Ian Flynn about the return of the Red Circle characters to Archie Comics.

VIZ Media just announced two new additions to its Shojo Beat imprint: Strobe Edge, a coming-of-age story about a girl who befriends the class hottie, and Demon Love Spell, a supernatural romance aimed at older teen readers.

In other manga licensing news, JManga has rescued five TOKYOPOP titles from limbo, including Animal Academy: Hakabune Hakusho, Tactics, and Your & My Secret. All five manga will debut on the site on April 26th.

Reviews: Over at Comic Attack!, Drew McCabe looks at Green Lantern, Voltron Force, and Jurassic Strike Force 5, while his colleague Kristin Bomba tackles the latest volume of Dawn of the Arcana.

Young Readers (Ages 4-8)
Gilbert Short on Adventure Time (Multiversity Comics)
Claude Ponti on Chick & Chickie Play All Day! (Forbidden Planet International Blog)
Adam Tyrrell on I’m Not a Plastic Bag (Spandexless)
Jennifer W. on Miss Annie, Book 1: Freedom (No Flying No Tights)
Jennifer W. on Miss Annie, Book 2: Rooftop Cat (No Flying No Tights)
Sheena McNeil on Monsters Are Just Like Us (Sequential Tart)
Douh Zawisza on The Shark King (Comic Book Resources)

Pre-Teens (Ages 9-12)
Sheena McNeil on Baneberry Creek: Academy for Fairies, #1 (Sequential Tart)
Matthew on Good-Bye, Marianne (No Flying No Tights)
Andrew Ardizzi on Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom (Comic Book Daily)
Nichole on The Smurfs and the Magic Flute (No Flying No Tights)

Teens (13+)
Snow Wildsmith on Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Good Comics for Kids)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1-10 of The Antique Gift Shop (Manga Xanadu)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 5 of Archie Archives (Comics Worth Reading)
Anna on vols. 11-12 of Basara (Manga Report)
Sterg Botzakis on Infinite Kung Fu (Graphic Novel Resources)
Matthew J. Brady on Infinite Kung Fu (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
Nick Smith on Simpsons Comic Confidential (ICv2)
Kristin Bomba on vol. 9 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (Comic Attack!)
Mike Pawuk on vols. 1-2 of Thor: The Mighty Avenger (Good Comics for Kids)
Patrick Smith on War of the Woods (Spandexless)

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Katherine Dacey About Katherine Dacey

Katherine Dacey has been reviewing comics since 2006. From 2007 to 2008, she was the Senior Manga Editor at PopCultureShock, a site covering all aspects of the entertainment industry from comics to video games. In 2009, she launched The Manga Critic, where she focuses primarily on Japanese comics and novels in translation. Katherine lives and works in the Greater Boston area, and is a musicologist by training.

Comments

  1. Mike Pawuk says:

    Great to hear about the Muppets comics finally being released. Now if only Marvel/Disney would get their act together and reprint all of the Boom! graphic novels. They were awesome.

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