Smash up Review of Strange Academy, Killing Red Sonja, Snow White Zombie Apocalypse, and Join the Future

My Smash Up Comic reviews are a combination of new releases, one-shots, and comic stories that haven’t finished their runs yet. I don’t give stars to the comic stories that are not finished. Instead, I will say if I will want to continue the series or not.

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Strange Academy #1

Strange Academy 1



Writer:  Skottie Young

Artist:  Humberto Ramos

Colorist:  Edgar Delgado

Letterer VC’s Clayton Cowless

Publisher:  Marvel



Strange Academy follows Emily Bright, who was born with magical gifts. She writes a letter to Dr. Strange telling him about her powers. Then, she is asked to join the Strange Academy. We follow Emily to the school in New Orleans. Here we meet her class of brand new students, all with magical abilities. This story reminds me of Harry Potter and the X-men mashed together. This story is geared more for young adult readers, but adults will enjoy the story. I loved seeing the special guest appearances of other magic users from the Marvel universe. This was a fun read, and I am looking forward to reading what happens in issue 2.


Snow White Zombie Apocalypse



Writer: Brenton Lengel

Illustrator/Letter: Hyeondo Park

Colorist: Jio Butler

Publisher: Scout Comics




Snow White Zombie Apocalypse is a one-shot comic about a much darker twist on our best know fairy tales. Rapunzel is a zombie killing warrior that helps protect our ever distracted Prince. Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, the Seven Dwarfs are just a few of the zombies you will find in this twisted fairy tale. The Prince stumbles upon Snow White, who has been asleep the last twenty-eight days and has missed the start of the Zombie Apocalypse. She falls instantly in love with the Prince, which causes extreme friction between her and Rapunzel. Amongst all that, they have to survive the Zombie Big Bad Wolf to get to their happily ever after. This was a fun read from Scout Comics. I gave this one 3 stars.


Killing Red Sonja 1

Killing Red Sonja 1

Writers: Mark Russell and Bryce Ingman

Artist: Craig Rousseau

Publisher: Dynamite




Killing Red Sonja is about a boy whose father was killed by Red Sonja. His father was a king and was tricked into going into battle by one of his advisors. The boy and his talking pig set off on a quest for revenge. This one surprised me. It wasn’t what I was expecting when I picked it up. I was expecting more Red Sonja and a lot darker serious comic, which did not happen. It is focused more on the boy and his journey. The child is very naive, and you get the sense that he is only going after Red Sonja because of the promise he made to his father. There is no sense of real grief. The talking pig was a major surprise, and I’m not sure how I feel about him. I will pick up the next issue and see since my expectations for the comic was totally different than what it was.


Join the Future 1

Join the Future 1

Writer and Creator: Zack Kaplan

Artist: Piotr Kowalski

Colorist: Brad Simpson

Publisher: AfterShock




Join the Future #1 was an exciting beginning to a new series. I really enjoyed this comic. It starts off with the propaganda of how amazing it is to live in the City, and you get to see all the shiny amenities. Then it switches to a family hunting in the woods. The reader, then, meets the other faction in this world. The people that don’t believe in the City. The father reminds his children that to join the City is to give up your freedom. When the family returns to town, a representative from the City is trying to recruit people to resettle there. Problems, as you can guess, happen. The story was engaging as we learn about this new future world and the people that resist the City’s technological advances. The City is kept mystery beyond its fancy technology in issue 1. I am curious and want to learn more about the City and why you have to give up your freedom to live there. Is it really a utopia? They are definitely made to look creepy in the comic. I am looking forward to the second issue and will be picking it up.

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