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Preview: Veronica’s Hot Fashions

VERONICA’S HOT FASHIONS

Trendy, sexy, always on the cutting edge—that’s Veronica Lodge’s approach to fashion! She’s Riverdale High’s leading fashionista, and is always eager to prove it. There’s nothing she can’t pull off, no matter what the cost! Let Ronnie give you her own personal runway show with over 100 pages of her hottest fashions. Can her BFF Betty even hope to compete?

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Preview: Betty’s Cool Fashions

BETTY’S COOL FASHIONS

Beautiful, practical, cool clothes on a budget—that’s Betty Cooper’s approach to fashion! She’s Riverdale High’s biggest sweetheart, and always dresses the part. No matter how small her budget is, Bettty makes it work! Let Betty give you a down-to-earth fashion show with over 100 pages of her hottest fashions. Can her BFF Veronica handle not being in the spotlight?

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Review: Tart #4

tart02With the death of another Toxic Fruit soldier, the organization is at a breaking point. Lose any more agents and they might not be able to hold the line against the demonic threat. Tart and two of her colleagues are pulled from the front lines and sent on a survival training mission, while their boss travels to the outskirts of Hell to barter with a Devil.

Definitely one of the major developments of the expansion of the internet is the manner in which information is passed, including in how creative work is published. As opposed to the olden days (if you can call days before the internet as “olden” already) when creators trying to get into the market had to have the right combination of skill and luck, now there is a wide array of ways in which new creators can get their material to the general public. In the case of comiXology, they provide access to their distribution network to not only the big companies but also to start-ups and the self-published. In so doing the creative efforts of the next wave are being given a chance to compete for the attention of the general public, with the weeding out process being met with different forces than before. Instead of editors turning away the aspiring talents, now they can be weeded by either selling or not.

Strangely enough a lot of these stories have some commonalities, and some of these are seen in Tart. It would seem as though new comic creators have a strong affinity for female characters who are demon hunters. Even when as high-profile as a new creator as Jenna Jameson got into comics (though she did not really have much to do other than the concept) this was a core idea. Tart is the same to do some degree as it deals with similar imagery both from a writing and artistic perspective.

tart01As a kind of proving grounds for new comic talent, it is kind of interesting to see some of the work put into this series, having reached #4 already. The writer relies on a lot of simple plot points and the characters are not really fully fleshed out. In a previous issue, the characters dealt with their sexuality, and this too seems to be a hallmark of a new writer, especially it would seem of a male writer handling female characters. Equally the artist here embarks on the same journey, with a certain amount of gratuitous nudity that doesn’t really serve any point. Despite the rookie mistakes here though, it is interesting to read in a sense, kind of like why people will go to a minor league baseball game. They are not likely to see anything new or even very exciting, but still get a reliable form of entertainment, and might just see a future star, all for a fraction of the cost.

In the case of Tart, this might be the case, it is evident that the writer and the artist still have a long way to go, but it also seems like the talent is there.  For someone with a bit of extra change to throw at comics in any given week, this might not be a bad choice. The entire collection of four issues thus far costs less than some monthly comics, and it is promising at times although at other times it is frustrating. The end result is obviously not the same as would be expected from a mainstream publisher, but the reader shouldn’t be looking for this either. On the whole, I would give this a miss, but others might see past some of the shortcomings and find a gem here, or in other comiXology series offering new creators similar opportunities, although this one seems to have some potential hidden within.

Story: Kevin Joseph Art: Ludovic Salle
Story: 5.0 Art: 4.8 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Comixology and Kechal Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Tally Marks #2

Tally Marks #2

Writer/Artist: Natalie Nourigat
Price: $0.99
Pages: 29
Rating: All Ages

Travel sketches from Paris, Geneva, St-Malo, and Lyon.  Tally draws everything from real-life swing-dancers to fictitious astronauts.

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Preview: Heartbreakers #5

Heartbreakers #5

Writers: Script: Anina Bennett; story: Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan
Artist: Anina Bennett
Letterer: Willie Schubert
Price: $0.99
Pages: 8
Rating: 15+

Biovoc CEO Vegas Ward, intent on regaining control of Sorenson’s latest genetic discoveries, sends an assault team to raid the Heartbreakers’ hideout on Ganymede.

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Preview: Archie & Friends: Faculty Funnies

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: FACULTY FUNNIES

We see a lot of Archie and friends, but have you ever wondered what Mr. Weatherbee, Ms. Grundy and the Riverdale High staff do in their spare time? Wonder no more—this 100-page digital exclusive book explores just that! Read these laugh-out-loud stories starring your favorite teachers. Class is in session, and you’re about to get SCHOOLED!

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Vamplets are free on Comixology!

Action Lab Entertainment is now offering the first volume of Vamplets: The Nightmare Nursery for free on Comixology.com! Available until September 5th, 2014, you have the opportunity to pick up the first issue of Vamplets: The Nightmare Nursery for free! Recently featured on The ViewVamplets is a modern fairy tale filled with monsters, mayhem, and magic!

Created by Gayle Middleton, the talented artist responsible for the redesigns of My little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop for Hasbro, Vamplets is the story of teenager Destiny Harper. With graduation coming and zero prospects for the future, Destiny is at a crossroads in her life. Answering an ad for “The Night Care Nursery” seems like a great idea, until she is magically transported to Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of “The Nightmare Nursery” and return home? Fairy tales get a modern update in this coming of age tale of monsters, mayhem, and magic!

Vamplets: The Nightmare Nursery is in stores now,  Diamond Item Code: AUG130915, Volume Two is scheduled for a August 2014 release and is available for order, Diamond Item Code: AUG130915.

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Preview: The Red Panda #7: Night of the Red Panda Part 4

The Red Panda #7: Night of the Red Panda Part 4

Writer: Gregg Taylor
Artist: Dean Kotz
Price: $0.99
Pages: 19
Rating: 12+

The all-new, two-fisted pulp adventures Terrific Twosome of Toronto! This issue: “Rhyme Spree pt 2 of 2” With the city under the spell of the metrical malfeasance of The Poet, the Terrific Twosome of Toronto must find the key to his larcenous literature before the citizenry succumbs to the sinister sonnets! Now with extra alliteration! Plus two more serialized chapters of the prose pulp novel “Pyramid of Peril”, and a behind the scenes “villain file” with all of the scoop on The Poet in radio and comics!

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Action Lab Goes DRM Free and $0.99 on All Digital Titles

It looks like the hot thing to do in comics is go DRM free! Action Lab Entertainment has announced that beginning with the Action Lab hit, F1rst Hero and the Action Lab Danger Zone sexy mega hit, Zombie Tramp, all of their titles will now be released as full issue, digital first offerings through comiXology.

The entire catalog from both Action Lab and their mature readers imprint, Action Lab: Danger Zone will be available DRM Free as part of Comixology’s Digital Ownership Initiative. That initiative was announced by comiXology at this  year’s San Diego Comic-Con. This is the seventh comic publisher to announce going DRM free this year.

Single issues will be $0.99 during the first two weeks of release, before returning to their regular price of $1.99.. In addition, books will be timed to release digitally the same month they are offered in Diamond Distribution’s retailer catalog, Previews, giving comics fans a taste of what we do and driving them to comic shops nationwide.

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Preview: Bandette #8

Bandette #8

Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Colleen Coover
Price: $0.99
Pages: 22
Rating: 15+

Has Inspector B.D. Belgique of the Special Police finally found the evidence he needs to bring down Absinthe and the FINIS crime syndicate once and for all? Will the insidious Absinthe discover the betrayal from his own inner circle? Will Bandette, the world’s greatest thief, face the deadly strangler known as Il Tredici… ALONE? And, just what is… the secret of the wardrobe? Plus: candy bars and a pirate!

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