WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #43
Script: Bill Golliher
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/1
160-page, full color comic
Veronica’s throwing the Halloween bash of the year and everyone’s invited—human and animal alike! But when an unwelcome intruder tries to crash the party, the pets spring into action! Will they catch the evil villain, or will it ruin their monster bash? See what happens in the BRAND NEW story, “A Haunting We Will Go!”
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry #5
Jim Butcher, Mark Powers (w)
Carlos Gomez (a)
Stjepan Sejic (c)
FC • 40 pages • $4.99 • Teen+
Giant-sized conclusion! Harry Dresden and his Wardens are beaten, exhausted, and vastly outnumbered. But a supernatural weapon of mass destruction has been unleashed—and it doesn’t distinguish between wizard and vampire, Red Court or White Court, Venatori or civilian! Can Harry and his half-brother Thomas accomplish the impossible and contain the otherworldly beast before it devours thousands, while simultaneously battling the bloodthirsty Red Court? Their long night is almost over – but a new and darker one may just be starting…
Tech Jacket #4
Story By: Joe Keatinge
Art By: Khary Randolph
Art By: Emilio Lopez
Cover By: Khary Randolph
Cover By: Emilio Lopez
Diamond ID: AUG140686
Published: October 1, 2014
Just what is the Colossal doing to Zack Thompson? The evolution of the Tech Jacket starts here!
Cloaks #2 (of 4)
Writers: David Henrie, Caleb Monroe
Artist: Mariano Navarro
After the shocking reveal of what truly happened to his mentor and father figure Blackstone, Adam reluctantly agrees to join the ranks of the CLOAKS black-ops organization and is immediately thrown into his first mission: hunting down his predecessor on the team, someone who Adam can’t help but find familiar…
One of the most surprising trends on the modern comic market is the presence of fairy tales. While these have always been with comics in one way or another, their resurgence in popularity has been one of the defining features of the past ten years. Conversely, while comics as a whole tend to incorporate almost every genre, fantasy is often one of the more niche choices of setting. In terms of overall popularity, fantasy does not compete in the medium when compared to superheroics or science-fiction. With both of these trends in mind, the story of Blood Queen is one of the more interesting on the market at present time. Most fairy tale stories incorporate fairy tale characters into the modern day, but some are based in a fantastical setting. Even these though lose this concept of the fantasy world pretty quickly and focus more on the fairy tale aspect. The exception to this trend as far as I have seen is in the series Blood Queen.
So far into this series the characters have interacted in a way which incorporates both genres. A lot of the story is based around stories straight out of fairy tales (though none specifically) such as poisoned drinks or poisoned fields. Behind this trend though is a strong impulse of the court setting which is so common among fantasy. Blood Queen thus feels like a fairly strong entry into both genres, with an engaging story.
If there is one drawback to the series thus far it is the rather drab artwork. While it fits the period to a degree, it also has a tendency to make a lot of the characters look the same. For someone that reads only one series per month, it might be easy to sort out the somewhat generic looking characters here, but without strong visual identifiers a lot of the characters tend to get muddled together. At the same time this is not of any great importance, as the main concept of the plot supersedes the individual banter between whoever it is that is speaking, either two witches or two knights.
This series has been one of my biggest surprises of the past year, and it is one of the few series which I look forward to coming out. While it is flawed in some minor ways, for fans of either fairy tales or fantasy (or both) this is an excellent series to get into, especially as it is still close enough to the start of the series to find the other issues.
Story: Troy Brownfield and Caleb Monroe Art: Fritz Cases
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.8 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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Tim Seeley (w)
Mirka Andolfo (a)
Emanuela Lupacchino, Tim Seeley, Nei Ruffino (c)
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The final issue of the epic Chaos event, redefining Evil Ernie, Chastity, Purgatori, the Chosen, and the greatest horror comic universe of all time! A wave of suicide engulfs the United States. The conflicting forces of the Chaos Universe arrive at the Fairview Mental Institution to determine the fate of the world. Is it a new beginning or a new Armageddon?
The Fade Out #2
Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140545
Published: October 1, 2014
Was a murder covered up? Or did the movie starlet commit suicide? And how does the show go on with a dead leading lady and an unfinished film? BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS’ new crime noir masterpiece is just getting started! Remember, every month THE FADE OUT has exclusive back pages articles that are only available in the single issues.
The Woods #6
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
As the crew continues to track down their kidnapped classmates and the mysterious Hunters in the woods, we flashback to Calder on the opening night of Bay Point’s rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Cloaks tells the story of a street magician and social activist. In the first issue the character was established as a modern Robin Hood, with a few nice little details making the character have a bit more depth. For instance, after stealing and fencing watches he heads to drop off the money at an orphanage. While this is an interesting take on the character, it ends up being a strange changing act. Not long after the character is introduced he is recruited into a super-secret spy organization and forced to hunt down his first major criminal.
This is a decent enough concept for a series, but there is one fatal flaw in the entire presentation and that is one of length. In the first issue there were as training montage to show how to become a magician, and then in the second issue there is a training montage showing how to become a spy. In the second issue the main villain of the series is revealed, and not surprisingly the character has already been seen before as there is not enough time to get around all the necessary storytelling details of the plot, introduction of the characters, explanation of their abilities, introduction of the organizations pulling the shots, and the unconventional romance that unfolds. Already in the second issue, this series only has two more and it is hard to see that it doesn’t have to keep up this ridiculous pace throughout.
In the end that is the failing of this issue and likely of the series, that way too much is being attempted in far too little time. This series would have benefited from either going for a smaller concept, or simply more issues. As it is, there is nothing inherently wrong with the plot, the characters or the artwork, only that it feels too crammed together.
Story: David Henrie and Caleb Monroe Art: Mariano Navarro
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.2 Recommendation: Pass
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SONIC UNIVERSE #68
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
Tabloid Variant Cover: Jonathan H. Gray, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 10/1
32-page, full color comic
The FIRST EVER Sonic Universe trilogy continues HERE in “Total Eclipse” Part Two! Knuckles leads Team Dark’s Rouge and Omega into the wilds of the Red Mountains, searching for the mysterious Dark Arms. But while the echidna’s away, the darklings will play—but darklings don’t play for fun—they play to kill! With Knuckles’ back turned, the evil Eclipse attacks Shadow the Hedgehog! Can even the ultimate life-form withstand Eclipse’s terrifying Monster Form?! Find out in the second chapter of THE DARK TRILOGY! And don’t miss the new cover art from Tracy Yardley and returning Sonic painter Ben Hunzeker—plus an all-new “TABLOID” variant cover by Jonathan H. Gray, Jim Amash and Matt Herms!