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Preview: 3 Guns TP

3 Guns TP

Writer: Steven Grant
Artist: Emilio Laiso

Creator Steven Grant (DAMNED, Punisher: Circle of Blood) returns along with original series cover artist Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire) and interior artist Emilio Laiso (Hack/Slash) for more action-comedy thrills!

Trench was a deep-cover DEA agent. Steadman was an undercover Naval Intelligence officer. Now, after racing headlong across the Southwest, desperately outrunning Feds and mobsters while trying to clear their names, Trench and Steadman are pulled into another impossible situation: brokering gun deals between the Russians and anti-government revolutionaries…from opposite sides. And little do they know, a Third Gun has her eyes set on the ultimate prize—and she won’t go down without a fight. Collects 3 GUNS #1-6.

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Preview: Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #6

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #6

Writers: Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko
Artist: Piotr Kowalski

Boone must learn what it means to be a god of man and a god of beast. In Annastajia’s search for beauty, a monster will be born from her imperfections. Lude, the demon of a god long past, will live a lifetime of jest in the face of an eternity of chaos. All creatures of the night must learn that life is a fickle thing. Midian calls to us all.

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Preview: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 3 TP

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 3 TP

Authors: Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
Artists: Tom Garcia, Janusz Ordon

The three people to serve as Pinhead—Elliott Spencer, Kirsty Cotton, and Harry D’Amour—have been thrown into various factions fighting a war between Hells that threatens to destroy all of humanity. As the divisions between dimensions dissolve, each of the Hell Popes must decide how far they are willing to go to win the war and to ensure their survival. Clive Barker and co-writer Brandon Seifert, with artist Tom Garcia, bring this epic Hellraiser saga to a thrilling conclusion. This volume also includes stories from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Annual 2013, featuring work by Barker and Seifert, as well as Ben Meares, Jesus Hervas, and Janusz Ordon. Collects Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #9-12, and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Annual 2013.

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Preview: Bee and PuppyCat #5

Bee and PuppyCat #5

Imprint: KaBOOM!

Authors: Natasha Allegri, T. Zysk, Chrystin Garland, Flynn Nicholls, Meredith McClaren
Artists: T. Zysk, Chrystin Garland, Flynn Nicholls, Meredith McClaren

Temp work can be tiring! Bee’s just gonna grab a coffee…or three…or 20. Between caffeine addiction, karaoke contests, and costume changes, Bee and PuppyCat have a lot to deal with!

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Preview: Regular Show #16

Regular Show #16

Imprint: KaBOOM!

Author: K.C. Green
Artist: Allison Strejlau

The smoke is finally clearing and it looks like there is only one victor in this crazy dash of coffee beans and caffeine. Mordecai and Rigby can only make things worse but is Eileen’s insane faith in Rigby going to pull through for her this time around? The coffee shop might just get the suprise of its life.

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Review: Lumberjanes #7

The world is filled with a ton of stupid noise caused by people being jerks and life being weird and arbitrary; comics like Lumberjanes serve as a lovely escape from the bad and a welcome reminder of the good. Yes, writers Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis and artist Brooke Allen’s Lumberjanes is a warm, cute little comic book, unlike those grim and gritty ones about bats and guns. The penultimate issue of this arc (the series is now ongoing!), out today, offers a solid story that makes sense of past issues’ mysteries and gives off the sense that everything is coming together. It’s great, accessible fun.

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At this point in the series, an elegant feeling of camaraderie among the characters melts off of the pages. The simplest interactions between characters is enough to garner a smile, because of how much has been built up to by this point. It really is remarkable how well the creative team here has managed to make these girls worth caring about. All of the good times they share give off an infectious feeling of happiness, and every struggle, no matter how small, is felt; intimate character work is done incredibly well in Lumberjanes. Unfortunately, the amount of action in this issue is certainly lacking in comparison to others, but it is not without its bits of cathartic excitement.

After a silly, funny opening sequence at the start of this issue, the biggest chunk of the plot begins. Reveal after reveal and explanation after explanation ensue, making sense of every head-scratching moment from past issues. The only noteworthy problem with this series has been confusion associated with these intentional gaps in the plot, but this issue rids away those issues. With this one in the can, it is safe to say this arc will read noticeably better in a bulk, trade format.

Given the quality of Lumberjanes #7, it’s likely next month’s conclusion will stick the landing. If you missed out on this series as it came out, you better look out for the trade.

Story: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis Art: Brooke Allen
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Butterfly #2 (of 4)

Butterfly #2 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Writers: Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Antonio Fuso

Facing her father for the first time in 20 years, Butterfly must decide whether or not she can trust the man she thought she knew. With enemies bearing down on them, the two operatives will have to start sorting through the two decades of lies between them if they want to survive.

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Preview: Memetic #1 (of 3)

Memetic #1 (of 3)

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan

A Meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then spreads throughout multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host. But history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. Memetic shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a “meme” in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything.

Memetic is truly an event comic—three oversized, 48-page issues detailing the end of the world over the course of three days, and a wholly unique take on the disaster genre. Much like his work on The Woods, James Tynion IV and fantastic newcomer Eryk Donovan (The House in the Wall) will bring horror to a whole new generation and fans of J-horror films like Uzumaki and The Ring.

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New York Times Bestselling Duo Return for First Full-Color Adventure Time Original Graphic Novel

BOOM! Studios has announced the latest Adventure Time original graphic novel, the fourth in the series!

This November Kate Leth and Zachary Sterling bring us Adventure Time Vol. 4: Bitter Sweets OGN, and this time it’s in full color.

This graphic novel is an all-new, self-contained story that plays out like an episode of the animated series. It’s that lovely time of year where Princess Bubblegum gets to leave the Candy Kingdom and venture out into the outer limits of Ooo. But when her annual quest to visit old friends takes a dark and unexpected  turn, it’s up to PB and Peppermint Butler to keep the peace by using the true power of friendship. Bitter Sweets is a deliciously twisted adventure with a surprising aftertaste.

The on-sale date for Adventure Time Vol. 4: Bitter Sweets OGN is November 5th. The cover is illustrated by Stephanie Gonzaga and it retails for $12.99.

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Review: Sleepy Hollow #1 (of 4)

SleepyHollow01_coverAAfter dying on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War, Ichabod Crane awakes in present-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. His resurrection is tied to the reappearance of the Headless Horseman, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Realizing it is his mission to help stop the end of the world, Ichabod teams with the SHPD’s Lt. Abbie Mills to meet each evil threat head-on. When minor miracles start to sweep the town, they’re glad something good seems to be happening for once. No decapitations, no headless horseman, no worries, right? But as one by one the miracles start to backfire, more and more violently, Abbie and Ichabod must find time between saving the world to save the citizens of Sleepy Hollow…

As a fan of the television show, being able to get more Sleepy Hollow other than my weekly dose is something I’ve been looking forward to since the series was announced. The tricky part is that the television show isn’t a monster of the week show (for the most part). Instead it’s a continuing storyline of Ichabod and Abbie’s battle against evil, and attempt to stop the apocalypse. For a while, I thought the show would be a bit more like The X-Files with some slightly different characters. When it comes to the big picture, the show does that, but it skimps on the monster of the week mysteries that made The X-Files so much fun. In steps the comic book….

As a fan, the first issue of the comic is decent. It doesn’t quite hook me like the television show, and interestingly shows off some of the issues that can come up translating characters from one entertainment medium to another. Nothing about the comic is bad, in fact it fills in the needed monster of the week type story that’s missing from the television show. What’s interesting is the actors. Much of my enjoyment of the show is actor Tom Mison’s portrayal of Ichabod Crane. His acting, and line delivery are a lot of the fun of the show. As a comic, that aspect is missing. Of course I attempt to to recreate that in my reading, but I’m no Tom Mison.

Overall though, the story is a solid one. It has a nice one and done aspect to it, something that lax comic fans, or folks who have never seen the show, will enjoy. You can pick up the comic, and have some enjoyment in reading it and move on. The art too is pretty solid capturing the look, and even some of the physical style of the actors. The art also captures the general style of the television show. There is an issue in that the style doesn’t play off some of the ethnic diversity of the show. Instead some characters just look like darker colored characters.

Similar to problems I’ve had with the comic depiction of The X-Files, Sleep Hollow is entertaining, and a good adaptation, but when comparing the two, I’d rather have the live action version.

Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Jorge Coelho
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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