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Preview: Chaos #6

Chaos #6

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?

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Preview: Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1

Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1

Christina Blanch, Chris Carr (w)
Chee (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
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How far will a man go to save his son? Charlie Wormwood has a pretty normal life – a house, a wife, a job, and a kid. With his son sick, he begins treading a dangerous path to make things right. Teaching in prison gives him many “opportunities” but what problems will he create as he walks into the prison of darkness for his family?

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Preview: Vampirella #5

Vampirella #5

Nancy A. Collins (w)
Patrick Berkenkotter (a)
Terry Dodson, Jenny Frison (c)
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In “Kauzstadt”, the penultimate episode of the “Our Lady of Shadow” story arc, Vampirella and Drago travel to Eastern Europe in search of the vampire blood necessary to defeat Lady Umbra, the Queen of Shadows. Their first stop is in Serbia, where they must locate and hunt down the rarest of vampires, the eerily beautiful Leptirica, before heading to the Transylvanian village of Kauzstadt, home of the King of the Nosferatu—who also happens to be Vampirella’s half-brother! From the creative team of writer Nancy A. Collins (Swamp Thing, Sunglasses After Dark) and Patrick Berkenkotter (Avengers/Invaders, The Torch).

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Preview: Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1

Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1

Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery (w)
Carlos Furuzono (a)
John Cassaday, Aaron Campbell, Colton Worley (c)
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The world’s most famous detective meets the world’s most famous magician… and death ensues!  Famed detective Sherlock Holmes and brash showman Harry Houdini must combine forces to defeat a mysterious mystic dedicated to destroying Houdini’s career and killing anyone who gets in his way.  A new five-issue series by Anthony Del Sol and Conor McCreery, the Harvey Award-nominated creators of Kill Shakespeare.

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Review: Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1

shhhcoverDynamite‘s Sherlock Holmes Vs. Harry Houdini features two enduring characters that are famous representatives of the late Victorian era.  What is equally interesting about the series is that the characters share something in common only in reverse.  Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character that many think to be real, as evident by the fact that many people send questions to his mostly fictitious address of 221B Baker Street in London.  Equally Sherlock Holmes has faced off against a number of real life people in fiction, among them Jack the Ripper.  While it is the case that likely fewer people think of Houdini as a fictional character, despite having been a real-life historical character, he factors often into fictional works.  Without even getting to the first page of the issue, the savvy reader therefore would recognize this as an interesting mix of two characters with a similar though opposite affliction in common.

There are many different representations of Sherlock Holmes, and to this day new stories focused on the character continue to be written, long after Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his last story about the iconic detective.  One of the more dreary representations of Sherlock was the period in which he was under the influence of opium.  That was based in a time when opium was not as heavily regulated as it is now.  By itself this creates a strange setting for the series as for instance there are very few series with a modern setting that would set up one of the main characters as a heroin addict.  So too is the interplay between these characters a little strange, and almost forced.  The basic concept behind this series as far is based on two different ideas, that occultists are trying to force Houdini out of the business and that Sherlock Holmes is focusing on exposing Houdini’s escape as logical tricks.  The first of these will evidently form the main plot of the series, with the presumed eventual pairing together of Houdini and Sherlock, but it is the other aspect which is a bit hollow.  Instead of the escapes being well researched, Sherlock Holmes guessed at their resolution through a number of assumptions which may or may not be the case.  This aspect of the story thus ends up a bit dry and feeling a little forced.

While there are a couple of drawbacks to this story though, the magnetism of the two characters together is there, and while the story has maybe not been set up enough to truly do both of the titular characters justice, it still is not constrained enough to not let them be themselves.  The end result is engaging enough, especially as the two start to interact in a more realistic and organic way.  In the end the writers manage to get enough interest in the story to make me want to read more, even if the start was kind of rocky.

Story: Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery Art: Carlos Furuzono
Story: 7.2 Art: 6.5 Overall: 3.75 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dynamite Delivers a Mega Bundle Digital Comic Offer

Dynamite10thAnnivImageDynamite Entertainment is being aggressive with the expansion of its digital presence with its latest Digital Comic bundle, offering 50 of its biggest comic books for a special anniversary price of $19.93 to celebrate the founding year of its parent company, Dynamic Forces. This limited time Mega Bundle is available on Dynamite.com/digital from now until October 1st, 2014. With 10% of each sale going to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as Dynamite’s ten-year anniversary celebration rolls on, fans not only have the opportunity to reward themselves with a great offer, but also to support such a worthy cause.

The fifty comics included in this latest bundle include work from such high-profile creators as Gail Simone, Alex Ross, Mark Waid, Bill Willingham, Phil Hester, Kurt Busiek, Jeff Parker, and more. Ranging from award-winning covers to fan-favorite best-sellers, these are the comics no Dynamite fan should be without. The full list includes:

  • Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #2 by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
  • Red Sonja #3 – 4 by Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni
  • Legenderry #2 – 3 by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila
  • Kevin Smith’s Bionic Man #1 – 3 by Kevin Smith, Phil Hester, and Jonathan Lau
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry #2 – 3 by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers
  • Codename Action #1 – 2 by Chris Roberson and Johnathan Lau
  • Dark Shadows #1 – 3 by Stuart Manning and Aaron Campbell
  • Kirby Genesis #0 – 1 by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
  • The Owl #1 by J.T. Krul and Heubert Khan Michael
  • Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #1 – 5 by Steve Darnall, Alex Ross, and Jonathan Lau
  • Battlestar Galactica: Zarek #1 – 4 by Brandon Jerwa, and Adriano Batista w/Aries Mendosa
  • Flash Gordon (2013) #1 – 7 by Jeff Parker and Evan Shaner
  • Jungle Girl #2 – 3 by Frank Cho
  • Vampirella #2 by Eric Trautmann
  • Mocking Dead #2 by Fred Van Lente
  • The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #3 – 5 by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Aaron Campbell
  • Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #4 – 6 by Chuck Dixon
  • Chaos #2 – 3 by Tim Seeley and Mirka Andolfo, main cover by J. Scott Campbell
  • Miss Fury #3 – 4 by Rob Williams
  • Pathfinder #2 – 3 by Jim Zub
  • American Flagg #3 – 4 by Howard Chaykin

This special anniversary Mega Bundle is only available for a limited time. It follows Dynamite’s addition of the Bitcoin payment system to the company’s DRM-Free digital store front, which at only a month old has already provided strong benefits to the overall comics market through consumer transition to printed material. More discount digital bundles are expected as Dynamite continues to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

Preview: Justice, Inc #2

Justice Inc #2

Michael Uslan (w)
Giovanni Timpano (a)
Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla, Gabriel Hardman, Ardian Syaf (c)
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A rift in Time brings the Doc Savage of today face-to-face with the Doc Savage of 1939! Even Einstein is not certain of the consequences! Just then, The Voodoo Master strikes, laying a death-trap for his nemesis, The Shadow, while another powerful evil force lurks in the darkness and poised to strike next. Meanwhile, wealthy industrialist Richard Henry Benson and his family are aboard a plane headed for Nepal to witness Doc Savage’s latest scientific breakthrough, co-funded by Benson. But the airliner is instead destined for the very heart of tragedy. What are the secrets linking The Shadow and Doc Savage to the birth of The Avenger? What allows three men of mystery and power to shed their very different ideological shells and deal with each other on a deeper human level? In this tale, a shaky bond is forged among not just Doc Savage, The Shadow and The Avenger, but among “Clark, Kent and Richard.” It’s the revealing Chapter Two of six in the saga of “JUSTICE, INC.”

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Preview: Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #7

Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #7

Bill Willingham (w)
Sergio Fernandez Davila (a)
Joe Benitez (c)
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FINAL ISSUE!!! THIS IS IT! Red Sonja teams up with Zorro who has been fighting a one-man revolution to overturn the shadow government of The Principality! However, the Principality isn’t all General Tara and his league of villains want—it’s only the beginning. It’s up to Red Sonja and company to stop it all, but will they have time to save the day or will the ominous Black Massceremony ring in their doom?

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Preview: Red Sonja #12

Red Sonja #12

Gail Simone (w)
Walter Geovani (a)
Jenny Frison, Joyce Chin (c)
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The wild and untamed climax to Sonja’s epic journey to collect the six most gifted individuals of her age…but will she give them over to the sadistic emperor, as she promised?

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Preview: Pathfinder: City of Secrets #5

Pathfinder: City of Secrets #5

Jim Zub (w)
Leandro Oliveira (a)
Genzoman, Carlos Gomez (c)
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Kyra and her friends face off against unholy demonic evil while Merisiel’s morals are tested… as Ezren’s life hangs in the balance! Come see why Pathfinder is the industry’s best-selling fantasy tabletop game. Each issue features an EXCLUSIVE removable, playable tactical map and poster!

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