WEFOUNDThe Mighty Zodiac (Issues) (6 Book Series)


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(W) J. Torres
(A/CA) Corin Howell
(C) Maarta Laiho
Age Range: 8 and up
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Price: $3.99

The Unlucky Four finally arrive at Twilight’s Bastion, where they find that Master Long is in even worse condition than they feared. And they are still starless! Meanwhile, the other members of the Mighty Zodiac face multiple obstacles in their journey to Twilight’s Bastion. Will any of them make it in time to see Master Long alive?

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THE MIGHTY ZODIAC #1
Written by J. Torres
Art by Corin Howell, Maarta Laiho
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: April 6, 2016

Writer J. Torres introduces readers to the members of the Mighty Zodiac through the very plot device driving the story. With the passing of the Blue Dragon, the stars have fallen from the eastern sky. Six stars, to be exact, which matches the number of issues this series is slated to produce.

The fallen stars brings about the descent of the Moon Rabbit Army, and Master Long, a dragon in his own right, sends message out to the Mighty Zodiac to retrieve the stars before the rabbits do. To accomplish this, Master Long summons Hess, the snake, to send for the other members of the Zodiac. In a roundabout way, we then meet the team, such as they are. Scattered throughout the story, but clustered in groups of two or four, Torres and artist Corin Howell introduce readers to: Tan, the rooster; Mar, the sheep; Yaya, the monkey; Ko, the cat; Kane, the dog; Mal, the horse; Rang, the rat; Ho, the tiger; Tok, the ox; and Buta, the boar.

Torres has come a long way from the days of staring hopefully at fax machines. While he has worked on more mature titles, he has a fondness for kid’s literature and proudly proclaims be a big kid himself. His latest project is The Mighty Zodiac , an adventure featuring characters representing the Chinese zodiac. Explains Torres in a Comicosity interview :

“It all started with a trip to Korea about 7-8 years ago. At a museum, I saw these cool stone statues representing the animals in the Chinese Zodiac dressed up like warriors. I imagined them coming to life and having adventures. It took a few years to develop the story, but I eventually pitched it to Oni, and last year I started working on it with Corin Howell and eventually Maarta Laiho.”

Writing for his own creation leaves Torres at the mercy of inspiration. It can take him anywhere from three weeks to a month to complete his own stories, while working on a book with established characters and background, such as Teen Titans GO! goes much faster thanks to the existing shorthand. From there, scripts are passed on to the editor for review and, assuming no rewrites are needed, the penciller takes over, usually producing a page per day, which are then passed on to inkers, colorists , and letterers. The entire process takes about three months to produce a 20-page book.

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(W) J. Torres
(A/CA) Corin Howell
(C) Maarta Laiho
Age Range: 8 and up
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Price: $3.99

The Unlucky Four finally arrive at Twilight’s Bastion, where they find that Master Long is in even worse condition than they feared. And they are still starless! Meanwhile, the other members of the Mighty Zodiac face multiple obstacles in their journey to Twilight’s Bastion. Will any of them make it in time to see Master Long alive?

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THE MIGHTY ZODIAC #1
Written by J. Torres
Art by Corin Howell, Maarta Laiho
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: April 6, 2016

Writer J. Torres introduces readers to the members of the Mighty Zodiac through the very plot device driving the story. With the passing of the Blue Dragon, the stars have fallen from the eastern sky. Six stars, to be exact, which matches the number of issues this series is slated to produce.

The fallen stars brings about the descent of the Moon Rabbit Army, and Master Long, a dragon in his own right, sends message out to the Mighty Zodiac to retrieve the stars before the rabbits do. To accomplish this, Master Long summons Hess, the snake, to send for the other members of the Zodiac. In a roundabout way, we then meet the team, such as they are. Scattered throughout the story, but clustered in groups of two or four, Torres and artist Corin Howell introduce readers to: Tan, the rooster; Mar, the sheep; Yaya, the monkey; Ko, the cat; Kane, the dog; Mal, the horse; Rang, the rat; Ho, the tiger; Tok, the ox; and Buta, the boar.

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(W) J. Torres
(A/CA) Corin Howell
(C) Maarta Laiho
Age Range: 8 and up
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Price: $3.99

The Unlucky Four finally arrive at Twilight’s Bastion, where they find that Master Long is in even worse condition than they feared. And they are still starless! Meanwhile, the other members of the Mighty Zodiac face multiple obstacles in their journey to Twilight’s Bastion. Will any of them make it in time to see Master Long alive?

Graphic Policy believes in journalistic integrity and transparency.  We will disclose when a product has been given for free for review and/or when no cost has been incurred to the staff so that you may be able to make a fully informed decision as to the opinions provided.

THE MIGHTY ZODIAC #1
Written by J. Torres
Art by Corin Howell, Maarta Laiho
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: April 6, 2016

Writer J. Torres introduces readers to the members of the Mighty Zodiac through the very plot device driving the story. With the passing of the Blue Dragon, the stars have fallen from the eastern sky. Six stars, to be exact, which matches the number of issues this series is slated to produce.

The fallen stars brings about the descent of the Moon Rabbit Army, and Master Long, a dragon in his own right, sends message out to the Mighty Zodiac to retrieve the stars before the rabbits do. To accomplish this, Master Long summons Hess, the snake, to send for the other members of the Zodiac. In a roundabout way, we then meet the team, such as they are. Scattered throughout the story, but clustered in groups of two or four, Torres and artist Corin Howell introduce readers to: Tan, the rooster; Mar, the sheep; Yaya, the monkey; Ko, the cat; Kane, the dog; Mal, the horse; Rang, the rat; Ho, the tiger; Tok, the ox; and Buta, the boar.

Torres has come a long way from the days of staring hopefully at fax machines. While he has worked on more mature titles, he has a fondness for kid’s literature and proudly proclaims be a big kid himself. His latest project is The Mighty Zodiac , an adventure featuring characters representing the Chinese zodiac. Explains Torres in a Comicosity interview :

“It all started with a trip to Korea about 7-8 years ago. At a museum, I saw these cool stone statues representing the animals in the Chinese Zodiac dressed up like warriors. I imagined them coming to life and having adventures. It took a few years to develop the story, but I eventually pitched it to Oni, and last year I started working on it with Corin Howell and eventually Maarta Laiho.”

Writing for his own creation leaves Torres at the mercy of inspiration. It can take him anywhere from three weeks to a month to complete his own stories, while working on a book with established characters and background, such as Teen Titans GO! goes much faster thanks to the existing shorthand. From there, scripts are passed on to the editor for review and, assuming no rewrites are needed, the penciller takes over, usually producing a page per day, which are then passed on to inkers, colorists , and letterers. The entire process takes about three months to produce a 20-page book.

For kids looking for a quick read, this definitely will fill that void. It delivers some laughs, and a lot of action, but without much substance it quickly loses its footing. To be expected each one of the Zodiac animals are there, each with their personality matching their species. Much like other big team comics or cartoons there are only two female animals and the rest of the cast is overwhelmingly male, it would have been nice to see this divide a little more balanced. For me that just adds to the blandness of the book, making it seem a little dated.

In comparison with Autumnlands (the only other anthropomorphic comic I know coming out right now) it doesn’t stand a chance. Granted, each has a very specific audience, but I couldn’t help think of Busiek’s compelling story as I was reading Torres’ uninspired plot. I’m sure once it gets a few issues in The Mighty Zodiac will gain some momentum, and for kids just getting into the talking animal genre it could be a jumping off point for some of the greater works.

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(W) J. Torres
(A/CA) Corin Howell
(C) Maarta Laiho
Age Range: 8 and up
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Price: $3.99

The Unlucky Four finally arrive at Twilight’s Bastion, where they find that Master Long is in even worse condition than they feared. And they are still starless! Meanwhile, the other members of the Mighty Zodiac face multiple obstacles in their journey to Twilight’s Bastion. Will any of them make it in time to see Master Long alive?

Graphic Policy believes in journalistic integrity and transparency.  We will disclose when a product has been given for free for review and/or when no cost has been incurred to the staff so that you may be able to make a fully informed decision as to the opinions provided.


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