Will Robson and I had a chance to talk with Newsarama contributor Zack Smith about the future of The Future Foundation.
Nrama: What do you feel makes the book unique among the other superhero titles out there?
Whitley: I take the pedigree of this book very seriously. There are only two writers who have written a book called “Future Foundation” before now – Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction. Those are two of the best writers working today and I don’t intend to be the one who drops the ball. We’re going big from the first issue and you’ll never finish an issue and not want the next one right away, I promise that.
Robson: This book to me is the X-Men of space. Young heroes struggling to find their place not only in this world, but on many.
Smith, Zack. “FUTURE FOUNDATION Launches Into the MARVEL Multiverse With ‘Rainbows & Lasers’, Newsarama. 5 August 2019.
The Future Foundation is a fairly recent addition to Marvel’s teams, but they are a natural addition to the universe that have felt like they belonged from their inception. Whitley and Robson have delivered a wonderful return for the team, showing exactly what makes them stand out from the rest of the universe and why they’re so fun to read.
Whitley sprinkles in subtle humorous elements and banter between the characters showing the family dynamic of the team while introducing the cast of characters for new readers who are leaping into the series with a fresh take on the Fantastic Four series. New readers will fall in love with this team while old fans of Hickman’s FUTURE FOUNDATION will latch on to this incarnation awaiting the clever tales to come. The only aspect missing from the issue was Valeria and Franklin Richards. This reviewer hopes they can rejoin the team in the future.
dispatchdcu. “Future Foundation #1 Review”, Weird Science Marvel Comics. 7 August 2019.
But Why Tho? The Podcast reviews Rainbow Brite #3.
Rainbow Brite continues to be a delightful adventure that feeds the nostalgia which is so popular right now. Reboots are all the rage and similar to She-Ra, Rainbow Brite keeps true to the source material but successfully updates it for the modern reader, young and old. I highly recommend this book to fans of the original series but also anyone who enjoys She-Ra, Hilda, or similar stories that focus on the whimsy of childhood and colorful adventures.
Rainbow Brite #3 is available at comic stores and digital retailers everywhere January 2, 2019.
Rating: 4/5 Color Guardians
Garcia, Lizzy. “ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Rainbow Brite,” Issue #3” But Why Tho? The Podcast. 26 December 2018
Recap The role reversal, which includes a young female protagonist rescuing the big bad wolf, (good insight) provides the intrigue and infuses the story with hope. Wisp is fun, feisty, courageous and, most of all, compassionate. She is able to see past outward appearances to the heart of the matter, which is a powerful example for any young person. I highly recommend this beautiful tale to children and parents of young children.
However, despite the wordy nature of the comic, it is delightful. Whitley writes an incredibly likable Wisp. Additionally, Williams’ art adds a lot of whimsy to the story with its cartoonish design. In a book called Rainbow Brite, color is very important. While a lot of this issue had to rely on grays, the end panels are beautifully colored and drawn. Pinto’s coloring within the last three pages of the book elevates the book entirely. The last pages smartly feature little dialogue and instead focus on Wisp’s expressions and transformation. Overall, I highly recommend this book for someone looking for a lighter read as well as fans of Rainbow Brite both new and old.
Rainbow Brite #2 is available at comic stores everywhere.
Rating: 4/5 Star Sceptors
Garcia, Lizzy. “REVIEW: ‘Rainbow Brite,’ Issue #2” But Why Tho? The Podcast. 14 November 2018.
Dynamite’s Vampirella is a classic. She’s sexy, she’s gruesome, and she really needs no introduction. Written by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Andy Belanger and Rapha Lobosco, colors by Lee Loughridge, and letters by Travis Lanham, “The God You Know” is a great introduction to Vampirella for any newbie.
Bruce, Christine M. “Vampirella: Volume #2: The God You Know’” But Why Tho? The Podcast. 17 October 2018.
Whitley once again delivers another comic full of spunk and fun. The banter entertained, and the action was engaging. All of the characters sport their own personalities. Even the most underappreciated avenger, Jarvis, returns to teach Nadia how to drive. The art by Gurihiru pops with vibrant colors and cool designs. The letters by Joe Caramanga suit the tone of the comic perfectly.
Verdict: Buy! This comic was the best thing I read this week, maybe this month. Whitley is doing even better than last time, and this series is top shelf quality. Buy it, read it, and when you finish it, give it to someone else. This comic is the perfect gift for boys and girls of all ages.
KrisK. “The Unstoppable Wasp #1 – Review” Talking Comics. 19 October 2018.
The story is action-packed with interesting twists and turns. A transition occurs midway through the book when Wisp confronts a mystical creature which she sees outside her home. She reacts courageously, as does Willow, demonstrating the continuity between her play persona and her real life choices! The art is light and cartoony while supporting both the thematic and fantasy elements of the story. Our little heroes are adorable and the fact that they have ambitious dreams that are unaffected by monsters and supported by parents makes the story that much better . I highly recommend this book for children and parents of young children. Overall = 9
tjaxzi. “Rainbow Brite #1”. Talking Comics. 8 Oct. 2018
Wisp herself gives off a “Kelsey of the Creek” vibe, but of special note is Willow and her family. When the origin story of Rainbow Brite leads with a black girl breaking from her fantasy comic to put her homemade mage hat over her natural hair and argue about Live Action Role Play with her friend, the moment is remarkable in how normal it is. She’s not a sidekick, but a precocious nerd raised by supportive, wryly humorous parents. By the last page, this comic made for an entertaining prologue to a property that I had little knowledge of. I envy the children who have this book put into their hands — especially once the full story is released and collected. Here’s hoping many more enjoy this re-introduction to Rainbow Brite, and the talents shaping her world.
My childhood is painted with the colors of Rainbow Brite. She was the hero I needed when I didn’t have a hero I could turn to. She and her friends were my family, and I’ve followed their adventures through thick and thin and have never wavered in my love for them. In fact, I loved her so much that, to this day, there are friends and family who still call me Rainbow Brite. So, when I heard about an all-new ongoing comic book series, I was intrigued but worried.
Then I read it.
Released through Dynamite comics, the series gives Rainbow Brite a chance to be that hero she was for me to a whole new generation of kids and, after reading the first issue, I can honestly say they’re going to love her!
Mogan, Kenyth. “RAINBOW BRITE IS THE FEARLESS RAINBOW WARRIOR WE ALL NEED” Rediscover the ’80s. 27 September 2018.