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Humble Bundle Kicks Off Halloween with the Humble Horror Book Bundle

‘Tis the season for terror in this chilling collection of horror books and comics. Humble Bundle has teamed with several of the leading publishers to kick off the Halloween season right with a variety of the most sought after horror books on the market. Customers can pay what they want while supporting charity and satisfying their craving for carnage all at once with the Humble Horror Book Bundle which includes works by such luminaries as Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Joss Whedon, Joe Hill, Max Brooks and many more.

Customers can name their price for Shadowman Vol. 4: Fear, Blood, and Shadows, Song of Kali, The Mocking Dead #1, Houses of the Holy, The Last Zombie, Zombies: The Recent Dead, plus two songs by band-on-the-rise, A Sound of Thunder. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Buffy Omnibus Vol. 1, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 1 & 2, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, Swan Song and Knights of Sidonia, Humble Bundle’s first ever manga title. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, the Eisner award-winning Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome To Lovecraft and the first two issues of the acclaimed series Afterlife with Archie.

That’s an amazing mix of comics, and a fantastic sampling for folks who enjoy horror, or want to see what various publishers have to offer.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators and charity. The Humble Horror Book Bundle supports the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund which defends first amendment rights of comic book professionals nationwide.

The Humble Horror Book Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

For those who don’t know what it is, Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $47 million toward charity to date.

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Preview: Bob’s Burgers #3

Bob’s Burgers #3

Chad Brewster, Rachel Hastings, Mike Olsen (w)
Tony Gennaro, Frank Forte, Kat Kosmala, Damon Wong (a)
Devin Roth (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Five brand-new stories of the Belcher family! Tina’s erotic friend fiction takes us to the Wild West for a sharp shooter stand-off, Bob makes a profitable prediction, Louise imagines a fantastically unfathomable fort, Linda pitches peculiar perfumes, and Gene presents a musical that is both euphonious and amphibious. From the creative team behind Bob’s Burgers, one of the most popular animated sitcoms on television, as seen on Fox!

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Review: Purgatori #2

purgatori cover 002Purgatori represents an attempt by Dynamite Comics to revive an almost forgotten character from the bad girl days of mid-90s.  In the first issue the character was roughly introduced, offering enough of a jumping off point for either old fans or new fans to know what was going on.  In this issue Purgatori continues in her mission to free herself from the control of her bloodlust while also trying to figure out what has happened to her.

The issue kind of plays out in two distinctive parts.  The first half is more focused on mostly gratuitous blood and gore, as Purgatori is revealed to have sucked the blood dry out of numerous animals as well as the lecherous truck driver from the previous issue.  While this part of the story is maybe necessary to establish her as a character, it is equally difficult to read as it seems mostly superfluous, especially as some parts of it seem particularly unrealistic, especially as a random family looks at her writhing in pain and only comments something to degree that she is sick.  The second half of the issue finally advances the story, but it is once again with the somewhat unnecessary addition of blood and gore.  After she is rescued, her group is soon ambushed and killed, but the artist would have maybe been wiser to go with the “less is more” approach as the images of exploding heads is not really necessary from a storytelling standpoint.  It is only at the end where the story finally moves forward, but it is too late to save what the issue was after.

The end result of the issue is one that feels mostly unnecessary.  While the story is moved forward, it feels mostly as an afterthought to the gratuitous violence.  For fans eager to see the return of the character, perhaps some of this violence is what they after, but for a new reader, it feels as though this issue missed the mark.  Indeed, an issue two synopsis at the beginning of issue #3 would reveal little more than what transpired in the last three or so pages.  This promise of a story sounds intriguing enough, but the question becomes how long will it take to tell this story with all the other disturbances.

Story:  Aaron Gillespie Art: Javier Garcia-Miranda
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.0  Overall: 6.5  Recommendation: Pass

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Lady Zorro #4

Lady Zorro #4

Alex de Campi (w)
Rey Villegas (a)
Joseph Michael Linsner (c)
FC • 34 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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It’s war. In the smoking ruins of what was a thriving Spanish village only a few days before, the Spanish patriots and Chumash warriors prepare to fight a well-trained, well-equipped army of German mercenaries. As the battle begins, Lady Zorro and Hugo gallop off on a last-ditch effort to avert the full-on massacre of the defenders. But the evil German general sees through Lady Zorro’s plan, and has a bullet for all her troubles. This is the end for Alta California as we know it… and Lady Zorro.

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Preview: Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 #3

Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 #3

Tony Lee (w)
Aneke (a)
Ardian Syaf (c)
FC • 34 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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As Starbuck and Athena face a terrifying enemy under Carillion, and Apollo, Boomer and Jolly face Baltar’s Cylonic Giants, the Aethership Galactica heads to Gemini to stop an invasion! But will it be their greatest battle – or their LAST? Come with us on this Steampunk re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica by #1 New York Times bestselling
author Tony Lee!

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Preview: Justice, Inc. #3

Justice, Inc. #3

Michael Uslan (w)
Giovanni Timpano (a)
Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla, Gabriel Hardman, Ardian Syaf (c)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Richard Henry Benson lives… or does he? Lines blur now between living and dead, between revenge and redemption, between law and justice, as three vastly different powerful heroes are forced to work together to face the explosive, dark alliance between one of The Shadow’s most deadly foes, The Voodoo Master, and one of the greatest super-villains in pulp history. When Doc Savage’s fortress is suddenly invaded by the Voodoo Master’s entranced hordes bearing the destructive weapons of his mysterious evil partner, The Avenger is forced into action for the first time ever in a baptism of fire with zero room for error!

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Preview: Red Sonja Vol. 2

Red Sonja Vol. 2

Gail Simone (w)
Walter Geovani (a)
Jenny Frison (c)
FC • 208 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

A dying emperor has a last request of Sonja. He is throwing the ultimate send-off party, and needs the six greatest artisans from all the known lands: the greatest chef, swordsman, courtesan, and more. If Sonja brings them in time, he will free a thousand slaves…but if she fails, they will be buried alive right next to his coffin!

COLLECTION FEATURES:

  • Issues 7-12 and 0 of the critically-acclaimed series by GAIL SIMONE (BATGIRL, BIRDS OF PREY), WALTER GEOVANI and NOAH SALONGA.
  • Gail Simone’s original script to RED SONJA #0
  • All of the beautiful covers by some of the top artists in the comic book industry including: JENNY FRISON, STEPHANIE BUSCEMA, JOYCE CHIN, NEI RUFFINO, AMY REEDER, STEPHANIE HANS, ALLISON SOHN, EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, and MORE!

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Preview: Twilight Zone #9

Twilight Zone #9

J. Michael Straczynski (w)
Guiu Vilanova (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 34 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Ben Chambers is a private investigator at the end of his career, an arc best viewed through the bottom of a whiskey bottle.  He has investigated missing persons, adulterous lovers, embezzling partners…and none of it has ever meant anything.  None of it has ever changed anything.  So Ben looks at his life now and wonders, what was it all for, really?  He resignedly takes on one last case, investigating the unsolved murder of corporate CEO Jason Black’s son, an Iraq veteran killed shortly after an anti-war rally.  Ben expected that his investigation would take him into the past through photos and research and interviews.  What he never expected was that the trip into earlier years would be literal…as he time travels back to the night of the murder, and discovers that he finally has his chance to make a difference, courtesy of The Twilight Zone.

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Preview: Chaos: The Chosen

Chaos: The Chosen One-Shot

Michael Moreci (w)
Ivan Rodriguez, Rod Rodolfo (a)
Tom Raney (c)
FC • 48 pages square bound • $7.99 • Teen+

Spinning out of the events of CHAOS, the Chosen are a group of monster teens who travel the world with one agenda – hunting other monsters! In this double-shot of horror, action, and humor, the Chosen team up with the powerful witch Suspira to take down Epitaph, a force of evil bent on using three co-eds to help him return from the dead. Then, the Chosen travel to an east coast hamlet to do battle against a strange, ancient monster! Two terrifying tales that explore the darkest corners of the Chaos universe!

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Preview: Vampirella: Prelude to Shadows

Vampirella: Prelude to Shadows One-Shot

Nancy A. Collins (w)
Cristhian Zamora (a)
Emanuela Lupacchino (c)
FC • 48 page square bound • $7.99 • Teen+

Before Vampirella was marked by the Cult of Chaos as a living sacrifice to Lady Umbra, Queen of Shadows, she worked as an field operative for Cestus Dei, the Vatican’s version of MI-6. In this one-shot, set before the “Our Lady of Shadows” story arc (from Vampirella #1-6), Vampirella must go undercover at a French convent to investigate a series of weird deaths and odd disappearances believed to be the work of a long-dead evil witch known as Metifa, Satan’s Mistress. That’s right – one of the classic Warren-era menaces makes her modern age debut, with bestselling horror author Nancy A. Collins at the helm!

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