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Preview: Masks 2 #6

Masks 2 #6

writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Eman Casallos
covers: Butch Guice (a), Jae Lee (b)
subscription cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive covers: Colton Worley (Black Bat), Butch Guice (B/W art), Jae Lee (B/W art), Gabriel Hardman (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Cast through the time stream, the masked heroes of three different eras find themselves face to face with the sinister forces that spawned the Red Death… the menace who has laid waste to the world! But wild adventures through time have brought about amazing… and sometimes horrific… changes in the Shadow, Green Hornet, Black Sparrow, and the others. In order to set things right, the league of heroes–like you’ve NEVER seen them before–must band together in hopes of saving all of reality.

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Preview: Justice Inc.: The Avenger #4

Justice Inc.: The Avenger #4

writer: Mark Waid
artist: Ronilson Freire
cover: Francesco Francavilla
incentive cover: Francesco Francavilla (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

With Justice, Inc. in shambles, the Avenger must face the Invisible Death alone in the skies over the Eastern Seaboard–and be willing to sacrifice his life to save his country from an outbreak of international war! Industry heavyweight Mark Waid (Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk) takes out all the stops in the latest epic story of globe- trotting adventurer Richard Henry Benson, the Man of a Thousand Faces!

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Preview: Swords of Sorrow: Miss Fury & Lady Rawhide

Swords of Sorrow: Miss Fury & Lady Rawhide

writer: Mikki Kendal
artist: Ronilson Freire
cover: Mirka Andolfo
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

When everything is going wrong, sometimes the only person you can trust is a complete stranger. Can Miss Fury and Lady Rawhide put aside their differences long enough to figure out what’s really going on?

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Preview: Bob’s Burgers #3

Bob’s Burgers #3

writers: Loren Bouchard, Rachel Hastings, Anneliese Waddington, Brian Hall
artist: Anthony Aguinaldo, Hector Reynoso, Mike Guerena
covers: Anthony Aguinaldo (a), Paul Claerhout (b)sub
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

In the third issue of the Bob’s Burgers Comic Book, we bring you more titillating tales from the Belchers! Louise discovers the wondrous wonders of the ride that stops time; Genederella is given a chance to attend a Joyous Jam Jamboree with the help of a special fairy; Tina brings us on a super-spy adventure to sabotage an evil villain; Bob’s imagination drives his latest Fantasy Food Truck; and Linda tries again to take a nice family photo in front of the restaurant.

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Preview: The Shadow #2

The Shadow #2

writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Giovanni Timpano
cover: Butch Guice
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

As the Shadow continues his crusade against a cabal of magicians, he comes closer to uncovering the truth behind Houdini’s message from beyond the grave. But the magicians are bringing in a specialist to eliminate the Shadow–an assassin who uses prestidigitation to lethal effect!

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Preview: Aliens/Vampirella #1

Aliens/Vampirella #1

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Javier García-Miranda
cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive cover: Gabriel Hardman (B/W cover)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Humans have begun to colonize Mars, but something ancient and sinister got there first. Now Vampirella is faced with a mystery only she can solve, and the bloody realization that some monsters should never be awakened.

Writer Corinna Bechko says, “I’ve loved Alien since I first saw it as a kid on a crummy old TV in a well-lit room and got scared half to death anyway. Now that I have the chance to add a little corner to that universe I couldn’t be happier. And pitting such an implacable horror against Vampirella? That’s a meeting that definitely produces very fertile story-telling ground. The Alien franchise has always thrived with strong women in the lead. Smart, self-assured Vampirella is a joy to write for, even when she may have met her match.”

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Review: The Shadow Vol. 2 #2

shadow2Did you read the last issue of The Shadow? It was on sale for the grand price of a dollar, and while the comic certainly justified that price, it would have been harder to give the same recommendation if The Shadow Vol. 2 #1 were a full priced comic.

The same cannot be said for the second issue.

The Shadow Vol. 2 #2  is a much stronger comic.  Giovani Timpano‘s art work is, frankly, a step above the last issue, and his layouts during the opening scene where The Shadow is wandering a graveyard are simply wonderful. Cullen Bunn has really found his feet with the second issue, and maybe that’s because he is no longer constrained with trying to recap The Shadow Vol. 2 #0 issue from a year prior to the release of The Shadow Vol. 2 #1, because it certainly feels as if he is more comfortable behind the reigns of The Shadow with this offering.

With The Shadow Vol. 2 #2, Cullen Bunn is exploring the fascination with life after death, and just how desperate some people can be to gather knowledge that may be best left unknown. The story is focused on a cabal of magicians desperate to procure knowledge from the land beyond life, and Cullen Bunn is beginning to weave an ever more interesting tale about the lengths people will go to in order to get a man’s secret. Although he hasn’t made a solid appearance in the series so far, the story is centered around the legendary Harry Houdini, and that when he died he was able to return to the land of the living with a secret, but rumour has it that nobody knows what the secret is. Nobody, that is except The Shadow.

The Shadow knows!

This issue follows the masked vigilante as he continues to track down the cabal of magicians intent on learning the secrets from beyond the grave, and there is a glimpse offered of a deadly assassin that will no doubt come to plague The Shadow in the issues to come. This issue is decidedly less action heavy than the first, but is stronger because of it. The creative team have more space to tell the story with The Shadow Vol. 2 #2 without the need to fill readers in on the previous happenings,  and the second issue (yes, technically it’s the third) in the series shines because of the space afforded to them.

The last issue, I recommended you buy it if you were half interested in the synopsis and the character; for a dollar, you really couldn’t go wrong. This issue, however, is a great comic book in it’s own right. It’s not quite a standalone issue in that reading The Shadow Vol. 2 #1 may be advantageous to your enjoyment, but it’s certainly not required. Compared to the prior issue, this is head and shoulders above it, and if the series continues on this trajectory then now is the time to hop on board.

Story: Cullen Bunn  Art: Giovanni Timpano
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.

All-New Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain Debuts in November

Dynamite Entertainment and Paizo, Inc. have announced the upcoming November release of Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1, the first chapter in a six-issue comic book miniseries. The series will be written by the collaborative team of game developers Erik Mona, F. Wesley Schneider, and James Sutter, and feature artwork by Tom Garcia, recently the illustrator of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly. Each issue contains an RPG appendix detailing part of the Hollow Mountain dungeon (with poster map) and a write-up of one of the new characters.

Hollow Mountain draws iconic Pathfinder heroes Valeros, Seoni, Kyra, Merisiel, and more deep into an ancient fortress built by the runelords, the archvillains of the franchise. Carved in the immense visage of Alaznist, Runelord of Wrath, the Hollow Mountain is home to a honyecomb labyrinth of trap-laden chambers and corridors. The team of Pathfinder agents must explore the ruins in search of a magical artifact from the runelords’ day, but they aren’t the only adventurers interested in the mountain’s secrets. Open combat between the rivals will ensue… but Alaznist has not left her former stronghold unprotected, and fearsome guardians will force some rather uncomfortable alliances.

Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1 will be shipping in November 2015.

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Dynamite Announces Vampirella #1969

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of Vampirella #1969, a 48-page one-shot special that celebrates over 45 years of the vampire heroine’s advenutres in horror and fantasy. The over-sized issue celebrates the heady days of the character’s earliest appearances with contributions from a roster of all-star writers and artists, including: Nancy Collins and Fritz Casas, Eric Trautmann and Brett Weldele, Phil Hester and Jethro Morales, Mark Rahner and Colton Worley, and David Walker and Aneke. Vampirella #1969 will debut in November and feature three covers: one by Robert Hack in retro-style dress, a cover by Jack Jadson, and a rare edition featuring Hack’s artwork in black-and-white, much like the artwork of the original Vampirella magazine.

Several of the Vampirella #1969 contributors have shared their thoughts on the upcoming celebratory event:

Nancy A. Collins: “When I was asked to contribute a story to Vampirella #1969, I went back to see exactly what was going on the month the first issue of Vampirella hit the stands. As it turns out, the police were searching for the killers responsible for the Tate-LaBianca murders while America was dealing with the aftershocks, both physical and cultural, of Hurricane Camille, Woodstock, and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. My story has classic-era Vampirella landing in a Hollywood that bears a closer resemblance to the reality of the time than what existed in her goofy/campy early adventures.”

Phil Hester: “I was three years old when Vampirella debuted. It wasn’t until I was thirteen that I became very, very interested in the character, especially that life-sized poster I had saved my paper route money to buy. But beyond the undeniable visual impact of Vampirella, there was always a core decency to her character that burned brightly even amid the dark, horror-oriented themes of her stories. She was always, well – good. Even though she was a vampire, and was always mixed up with creepy characters and monstrous villains, she somehow maintained this kind of purity that I found really refreshing in a culture awash with anti-heroes. I hope my story harkens back to that classic Vampirella heroism.”

Eric Trautmann: “One of the things that made me most eager about contributing to Vampirella #1969 was the opportunity to work more in the (pardon the pun) same vein as the Warren-era material – short, punchy, atmospheric, without the need to build a longer continuity. Adding to that the opportunity to see the script realized by an artist like Brett Weldele made this one the best Vampirella experiences I’ve had to date.”

David F. Walker: “I first discovered Vampirella back in the 1970s, when it was a magazine that I wasn’t allowed to look at – too much sex and violence for a little kid. And so for me, Vampirella has always represented something a bit dangerous, or at least the possibility of something dangerous. Those old stories were daring and outrageous, and that’s what I tried to capture when I wrote my contribution to this book.”

A raven-haired heroine, Varmpiella remains – even after four-and-a-half decades of publication – one of the comic industry’s leading ladies, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment’s stewardship of the character. Since Vampirella’s very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published two volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.

Vampirella #1969 will be shipping in November 2015.

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Preview: Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini TP

Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini TP

writer: Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery
artist: Carlos Furuzono
cover: John Cassaday
FC • 120 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

When the world’s most famous detective meets the world’s most famous magician… death is the case!
Escape artist Harry Houdini’s London tour comes under attack from a mysterious figure that controls the powers of spirits. The goal? To destroy Houdini’s career and kill anyone who gets in the way. Houdini reluctantly teams with sleuth Sherlock Holmes, who is locked in a fight of his own. Can the two rise above their own battles to overcome a seemingly impossible force?

Written by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, the Harvey Award-nominated creators of Kill Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini is a witty adventure full of magic, spirits, technology and deduction. It’s a mystery you won’t be able to escape.

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