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Preview: C.O.W.L. #6

C.O.W.L. #6

Story By: Kyle Higgins
Story By: Alec Siegel
Art By: Joe Bennett
Art By: Rod Reis
Cover By: Joe Bennett
Cover By: Rod Reis
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: SEP140575
Published: November 26, 2014

NEW STORY ARC! Before he started C.O.W.L., Geoffrey Warner fought for Chicago as the city’s first hero, THE GREY RAVEN! But what started him down the path of crime fighting? Witness the origin of Chicago Superheroes, the War Years, and the formation of C.O.W.L. as told in the sellout issue written by C.O.W.L reporter and comic book writer Randall Winters.

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Preview: Purgatori #3

Purgatori #3

Aaron Gillespie (w)
Javier Garcia Miranda (a)
Nei Ruffino, Joyce Chin, Tony Fleecs (c)
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An ancient relic may be the answer to quenching Purgatori’s unnatural thirst. But if she wants it, she’ll have to defeat Jade and her Yakuza goons. It’s a fight Purgatori would normally savor, but with one foot in the grave, it won’t be easy.

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Preview: Madman In Your Face 3D Special!

Madman In Your Face 3D Special!

Story By: Michael Allred
Art By: Michael Allred
Art By: Laura Allred
Cover Price: $9.99
Diamond ID: ICSEP140576
Published: November 26, 2014

This super-sized specialeffects spectacular features an all-new Madman story by MICHAEL ALLRED, plus an exclusive 3D gallery of superstar talent: PAOLO RIVERA, MARCOS MARTIN, JAE LEE, EDUARDO RISSO, EMMA RIOS, NICK DRAGOTTA, ANDREW ROBINSON, SEAN MURPHY, MARIS WICKS, AARON CONLEY, JENNY FRISON, DECLAN SHALVEY, BECKY CLOONAN, JOE QUINONES, MING DOYLE, NICK BRADSHAW, and more! Plus newly converted 3D versions of the acclaimed “Swiped From Dimension X,” where ALLRED drew almost every panel in the style of a different artist, and “The World’s Biggest Comic Book Panel.” Also includes a cut-out 3D cube and surprises galore! Custom MADMAN 3D glasses included!

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Preview: Prophet Strikefile #2

Prophet Strikefile #2

Story By: Brandon Graham
Story By: Simon Roy
Story By: Giannis Milonogiannis
Art By: Brandon Graham
Art By: Simon Roy
Art By: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover By: Joseph Bergin III
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: APR140584
Published: November 26, 2014

Part two of a who’s who look at the Prophet universe, including a comic history of a bizarre mind-enhancing alien egg and bio sheets pulled from the deepest corners of known space, revealing the secrets of gods, aliens, and the distant worlds that contain them.

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Preview: Bee and PuppyCat #6

Bee and PuppyCat #6

Imprint: KABOOM!

Authors: Natasha Allegri, Andrew Lorenzi, Joy Ang, Meredith McClaren, Carey Pietsch
Artists: Natasha Allegri, Andrew Lorenzi, Joy Ang, Meredith McClaren, Carey Pietsch

Whether it’s hunting down lost library books across the galaxy or trying to make Deckard a tasty meal, nothing is ever easy when Bee and PuppyCat are on the case!

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Preview: Umbral #11

Umbral #11

Story By: Antony Johnston
Art By: Christopher Mitten
Cover By: Christopher Mitten
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: SEP140759
Published: November 26, 2014

“IN NOBODY WE TRUST” Only Rascal can save…Shayim and Munty?! But not before she decides it’s time for a pretty drastic change. And that’s not even mentioning what she sees in the blade, or who follows her into the woods. It’s time to stand and fight!

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Review: Pirouette #2

pir 2 covIf there can be said to be such a thing as sub-genre within comics of female clown characters, then already by this second issue has Pirouette stolen everything of use from Harley Quinn and moved on to better things.  After the first issue, we were left with some ambiguity about where this series could be headed.  Of course it was headed back to Lima, Ohio, but aside from that it was not really clear if this series was meant to be a horror, a drama, a comedy, an adventure, a crime noir or a mix of all of them.  By the end of the second issue things are moving in a more defined direction, but it is not the story that moves this so much as the instantly lovable main character, Pirouette.  In essence she channels a lot of what has made a lot of other comic book characters so popular (like most of the X-Men and Spider-Man) by being an outsider, unable to fit in, except she is doing so inside of a circus, the very place where people that can’t fit in are supposed to run away to.

The story telling here is nothing short of fantastic.  Interspersed with the crime of the clowns and the technical and historical aspects of the circus is that of Pirouette.  Seeing as she has had a small rebellion and lost in the previous issue, she figures here that it is time to get on board with the other clowns, at least until she can get what she wants.  Given the first opportunity she runs away from the circus eager to find the family that left her all those years ago, and the reader is taken along step-by-step on the journey.

There is little to complain about in this issue, nor in this series so far.  Its pace is frenetic, meeting that of the attitude of its main character, and similar to the work being done on Gotham Academy, the reader explores the world of Pirouette in an organic and logical way, through her own eyes, without it feeling forced.  There are for sure other secrets hiding within this circus, but Pirouette seems like she will have an answer for all of them and the reader will be treated to the experience.

Story: Mark L. Miller Art: Carlos Granda
Story: 9.2 Art: 8.6 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Preview: Oddly Normal #3

Oddly Normal #3

Story By: Otis Frampton
Art By: Otis Frampton
Cover By: Katie Cook
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: SEP140737
Published: November 26, 2014

Oddly Normal’s troubles continue as she embarks on her first day of school in the magical land of Fignation.

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Preview: American Legends #5

American Legends #5

Story By: Zachary Schwartz
Story By: Bill Schwartz
Art By: Studio Hive
Cover By: Studio Hive
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: SEP140571
Published: November 26, 2014

AMERICAN LEGENDS #1-5 – WEEKLY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER! Depicting the extraordinary exploits of the legendary pioneers DAVY CROCKETT, MIKE FINK, and SALLY ANN THUNDER on a quest to save the Lewis & Clark expedition and thwart a conspiracy hatched by Napoleon to destroy the promising future of a young American nation. Featuring a unique look at the Hatfields & McCoys, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Sacagawea, and many, many more! These are the stories of the great frontiersmen who explored the magical and savage frontier before becoming mythical heroes in American folklore. These are the tall-tales of our youth, known and loved by all. These are the American Legends.

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