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Preview: Savage Dragon #199

Savage Dragon #199

Story By: Erik Larsen
Art By: Erik Larsen
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUN140571
Published: October 29, 2014

COUNTDOWN TO ISSUE #200 REACHES ITS PENULTIMATE ISSUE! Malcolm Dragon tackles the deadly Demonoids! It’s an allout underworld war as the Lava Lords, Ant-Menaces, and Demonoids battle it out for world domination—and whoever wins—we lose!! The surface world is on fire and the son of the Savage Dragon is in over his head!

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Preview: Umbral #10

Umbral #10

Story By: Antony Johnston
Art By: Christopher Mitten
Cover By: Christopher Mitten
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140688
Published: October 29, 2014

“THERE, IN THE GLEAMING…” Rascal gets in trouble. So what else is new? …Well, the Mistwalker finally lives up to its name, Dalone finds something that shouldn’t exist in the darkness, and you won’t believe who’s in the cage. Stick that in your Oculus and smoke it.

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Preview: Black Science #10

Black Science #10

Story By: Rick Remender
Art By: Matteo Scalera
Art By: Dean White
Cover By: Matteo Scalera
Cover By: Dean White
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140638
Published: October 29, 2014

Fueled by a long string of failures as a leader, Kadir launches a mad rescue attempt. Can he live up to his promise and finally redeem himself, or will he fall beneath the crawling chaos of a million psychic millipedes?

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Review: Southern Bastards #5

So here we are, back in Craw County after a brief hiatus. We come back to a little bit of a breather. A little bit of place setting. And that’s okay, because we learn a lot this episode too.

One of the big questions about the first arc was who exactly is Coach Boss? Earl said they played football together, but past that we knew nothing. How did he become so powerful? How did he become comfortable enough to kill a man in the street, in front of plenty of witnesses, and think he could get away with it? (He even went to the funeral and gave the sheriff the business!) While we don’t learn that, we do learn a lot about the man himself.

Coach Boss is ordinary, except for one defining trait: he doesn’t give up. In flashbacks he’s told that he’s terrible at football, and that he should quit. His family is insulted, and he’s told he should quit. He’s sexually assaulted, and he’s told he should quit. But he gets right back up and makes for the tackling block, like nothing even happened. So we learn that he’s an average player with an unhappy childhood, which is not a unique history, but he’s also the most stubborn man in Craw County. He makes it work. And he wants people to remember it, which is why he tempts fate and puts Earl’s stick (the weapon Boss used in the murder) right up on the wall of his barbeque joint. Fair enough.

Through a few wordless panels we also learn a lot about present day Coach Boss. His home is modest; he’s the only one sleeping in his bed; the empty half of his closet, and the one high heel on the floor that he hasn’t picked up, imply that he used to be married or be in some kind of relationship, which in turn implies a gloomy former life. These panels are drawn in pale, muted colors, which make the scene stand out from the red, heat soaked panels of the flashbacks. It gives the scenes of his home life a sterile feel; it makes him seem lonely.

The rest of the book is given to the funeral, which is okay, as well as the introduction of presumably major players who will soon be introduced/play a large role, which is much more interesting. We get a reference to a hunter who lives in the woods, twin young women who own the bank, maybe a reference to the Dixie mafia, a sick mayor and his wife (who most likely wields the power), as well as a panel solely focused on the sheriff, who was introduced in the last arc. Earl’s daughter is finally given a name (Berta), and I hope she comes to town really soon. She ought to bring Hell with her.

All of these pieces of story are pulled together by the once again incredible artwork. I already mentioned the coloring choices, but this issue proved again that Jason Latour is just as deft with quiet scenes as he is with violence. The scenes at the funeral lose none of their grit just because there’s a lot of talking.

Now that we know a little bit more about Coach Boss, and the table has been set, I’m really excited for what will hopefully be a big next issue. Bring the pain, Berta!

Story: Jason Aaron Art; Jason Latour

Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Sex #17

Sex #17

Story By: Joe Casey
Art By: Dan McDaid
Art By: Piotr Kowalski
Cover By: Dan McDaid
Cover By: Piotr Kowalski
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140676
Published: October 29, 2014

“Breaks on a bus, Breaks on a car! Breaks to make you a superstar! Breaks to win and Breaks to lose – but these here Breaks will rock your shoes!”

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Preview: Wayward #3

Wayward #3

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Steve Cummings
Art By: John Rauch
Cover By: Steve Cummings
Cover By: Ross A. Campbell
Variant Cover By: Jorge Molina
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140692
Published: October 29, 2014

IMAGE COMICS’ NEW SUPERNATURAL SENSATION! More students with strange abilities, more creatures emerging from the shadows…Rori can see patterns pulling it all together, but can she discover the secret beneath before it’s too late?

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Preview: Roche Limit #2

Roche Limit #2

Story By: Michael Moreci
Art By: Vic Malhotra
Cover By: Vic Malhotra
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140674
Published: October 29, 2014

Alex and Sonya forge a dangerous alliance as they work to find Bekkah. Meanwhile, Moscow moves to take control of the colony’s underworld, and three mysterious beings add to the mystery of Roche Limit.

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Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses—A new path of violence

Award-winning creator David Lapham begins an all-new story arc in the cult classic series Stray Bullets with Sunshine & Roses. The new story will center around violence, love, and the bad decisions made when characters find themselves in over their heads and ensnared in seedy, illegal dealings. The new arc launches on January 21 and follows up the staggering return to form by Lapham in Stray Bullets: Killers.

In Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses, the Baltimore underworld is falling apart at the seams and blood has been spilt. Where and when things went to hell in a handbasket can be traced back to a time a few years earlier, when a man named Harry ran the city, Spanish Scott and Monster enforced the rules, and an insecure young man name Orson met a wild and crazy girl named Beth. The two together cooked up the boldest, most outlandish, and just about the stupidest plan ever devised—a plan to steal a whole lot of Harry’s money and drugs and exact a little revenge along the way.

Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses #1 (Diamond Code NOV140580) arrives in stores this 1/21 and will be available for $3.50.

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Preview: Rasputin #1

Rasputin #1

Story By: Alex Grecian
Art By: Riley Rossmo
Art By: Ivan Plascencia
Cover By: Riley Rossmo
Variant Cover By: Ryan Stegman
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140526
Published: October 29, 2014

DRACULA AT DOWNTON ABBEY! In one night Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, drowned, then tied up and thrown in a frozen river. It was really bad timing. His beard was just coming in nicely. New York Times bestselling author ALEXGRECIAN and fan favorite artist RILEYROSSMO reunite for the first time since their critically acclaimed series PROOF!

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Casanova: Acedia – An all-new, mind-bending adventure begins

Eisner Award-winners Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon team up with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon for an all-new Casanova Quinn story in Casanova: Acedia #1, coming to Image Comics on January 7.

In Casanova: Acedia #1, Casanova Quinn returns to find himself caught between unlocking the riddle of his own past and discovering the hidden history of his mysterious new criminal benefactor.

Faction said in a release:

When we last saw him, Casanova Quinn crash-landed on our Earth from the ruins of his past with absolutely no memory of who he is, where he came from, or anything that happened to him before — but he knows he was somebody dangerous and that people are out to kill him. So new readers and Cass alike have the exact same blank-slate context for this all-new adventure in Los Angeles.

The idea came up at the end of a podcast with the two writers when Chabon mentioned a desire to write Casanova backups in the spirit of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s classic “Tales of Asgard” strip. Produced for the back pages of The Mighty Thor, these stories introduced young Marvel Comics readers to classic Norse lore.

Casanova tells the story of a hedonistic thief turned kind-of spy as he navigates the incredibly complex and stunningly psychedelic parallel world of interdimensional global espionage.

Casanova: Acedia #1(Diamond Code NOV140529) arrives in stores this 1/7 and will be available for $3.99.

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