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Preview: The Tithe #3

The Tithe #3

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: APR150680
Published: June 24, 2015

The penultimate issue of the first arc turns up the tension as the media and public celebrate the outlaw while legal issues and angry politicians interfere with the FBI’s attempts to stop the last two mega-churches on “the list” from getting robbed.

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Preview: Death Vigil #7

Death Vigil #7

Story By: Stjepan Sejic
Art By: Stjepan Sejic
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: NOV140648
Published: June 3, 2015

Defeated and hopeless, Bernardette is sealed away in an unknown location while Sam is on death’s bed… again. This has not been a good day for the Vigil. Can Clara, Mia, Anubis, Chiyoko, and Vlado find the enemy stronghold in time? Who would even know where it is?

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Preview: Postal #4

Postal #4

Story By: Bryan Hill
Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Isaac Goodhart
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Isaac Goodhart
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAR150586
Published: May 27, 2015

Mark, having barely survived capture, suffers emotional and physical scars. With the mayor and the sheriff afraid to confront the threats to the town, Mark chooses to confront the town’s enemies on his own, but the price of vengeance may change him and the town forever.

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Preview: The Tithe #2

The Tithe #2

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAR150609
Published: May 20, 2015

Another mega-church is robbed despite the FBI’s surveillance. Tension ratchets up as a member of Samaritan’s “heist” team is killed and the “Robin Hood” act isn’t quite as fun as they thought.

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Preview: Artifacts: Lost Tales #1

Artifacts: Lost Tales #1

Story By: Ross Hardy
Story By: Jonny Hinkle
Story By: Andrew Knighton
Art By: Brian Rogers
Art By: Demetres Panayides
Art By: Alvaro Sarreseca
Cover By: Brian Rogers
Cover By: Demetres Panayides
Cover By: Alvaro Sarreseca
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAR150514
Published: May 6, 2015

WITCHBLADE! HEARTSTONE! BLOODSWORD! Three short stories featuring three artifacts by three Talent Hunt-winning creative teams in this special one-shot!

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Enjoy Image Comics on Free Comic Book Day

Savage Dragon LegacyThis Saturday, May 2, in celebration of Free Comic Book Day, comics fans new and old will enjoy a free issue of Savage Dragon Legacy #1 by Erik Larsen and a free issue of Top Cow/Image ComicsTales of Honor by Matt Hawkins and Linda Sejic when they visit any participating local comic book shop, while supplies last. In addition, retailers will have an opportunity to compete for an all-expenses-paid Mark Millar signing for their store.

Bestselling writer Mark Millar is challenging comic book retailers to get their staff in the Millarworld spirit with a very special FCBD competition. Comic book stores who send photos of their staff dressed as Millarworld characters to millarworldpreviews@markmillarltd.com by midday GMT on Friday, May 8 will be entered for a chance to win a Mark Millar appearance at your store! The winner will be announced by Monday, May 11th and Millar will appear by plane, train, or automobile—at his expense—to sign at the winning store later this year.

FCBD appearances Image Comics creators:

Paul Azaceta (OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA)
ACME 4 at Samurai Comics
1120 S. Country Club Drive #107
Mesa, AZ 85210
www.samuraicomics.com

 

Tales of Honor FCBDJacob Semahn (GONERS)
Comic Factory
1298 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
https://thecomicsfactory.com

 

Ryan Cady (WITCHBLADE CASE FILES), Ken Kristensen (TODD THE UGLIEST KID), Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN), Brian Haberlin (SPAWN)
The Comic Bug
Culver City Teen Center
4153 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
www.thecomicbug.com

 

Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON), Matt Hawkins (TALES OF HONOR)
Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff
Oak Grove Plaza Shopping Center
2980 Treat Blvd
Concord, CA 94518
http://www.flyingcolorscomics.com

 

Matt Hawkins (TALES OF HONOR)
Treasure Island Comics
5018 Mowry Ave.
Fremont, CA 94538
http://treasureislandcomics.com

 

Nick Dragotta (HOWTOONS)
Alameda Public Library Main Branch
1550 Oak St
Alameda, CA 94501
http://alamedaca.gov/library/events/3275

 

Sina Grace & Michael Stock (PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX)
The Pasadena Public Library
285 E Walnut St
Pasadena, CA
http://cityofpasadena.net/library/news_events/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20150502

 

Megan Levans (MADAME FRANKENSTEIN)
Blastoff Comics
The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blastoff-Comics/225861877482304

 

Jimmie Robinson (THE EMPTY)
Blue Moon Comics
1560B 4th St
San Rafael, CA
http://bluemooncomics.com/

 

Michael Moreci
Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL 60077
http://awyeahcomics.com

 

Kyle Starks (SEXCASTLE)
The Book Broker
2717 Covert Ave
Evansville, IN 47714
http://www.bookbrokercollectibles.com

 

Alex di Campi (NO MERCY)
Aw Yeah Comics
107 North High Street
Muncie, IN 47305
http://awyeahcomics.com

 

Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel (C.O.W.L.)
Daydreams Comics
21 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
www.daydreamscomics.com

 

Kyle Strahm (SPREAD)
Elite Comics
11842 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS 66210
www.elite-comics.com

 

Kurtis J. Wiebe (PETER PANZERFAUST, RAT QUEENS, PISCES) & Johnnie Christmas (PISCES)
Third Eye Comics
2027-A West St
Annapolis, MD
http://www.thirdeyecomics.com/sat-5215-free-comic-book-day-the-7-year-anniversary-of-third-eye-comics/

 

Joe Eisma (MORNING GLORIES), Rob Guillory (CHEW), Kody Chamberlain (PUNKS THE COMIC), Robert Wilson IV (BITCH PLANET)
Bombshell Comics and Stuff
2103 Hardy St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
https://m.facebook.com/events/1037192826308177?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A98%7D&aref=98

 

Otis Frampton (ODDLY NORMAL)
The Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave N.
Roseville, MN 55113
www.sourcecomicsandgames.com

 

Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS)
HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND
1957 East 7th Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
https://www.facebook.com/events/1580439275531068

 

Ryan Browne (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS), Jason Howard (TREES)
Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Dr,
Greensboro, NC 27408
www.acmecomics.com

 

Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS)
Zapp Comics
Valley Ridge Shopping Center
574 Valley Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470
zappcomics.com

 

Adam McGovern (NIGHTWORLD)
Dewey’s Comic City,
13 Park Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940
https://www.facebook.com/events/1568059173474541/

Joe Kelley (BANG!TANGO)
Comic Book Depot
2847 Jerusalem Ave
Wantagh, NY 11793
https://www.facebook.com/TheComicDepot

 

Jim Zub (WAYWARD, SKULLKICKERS) **NOTE: This is a SUNDAY event**
Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street,
Huntington Village, NY, 11743
http://escapepodcomics.com

 

Steve Orlando (UNDERTOW)
Comic Depot
514 Broadway,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
www.comicdepotllc.com

Excellent Adventures
110 Milton Ave
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
www.excellentadventurescomics.com

Hollywood for Homeless Pets: A Salute to the Hollywood Superhero
Canfield Casino, E Congress St
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
https://www.facebook.com/events/358148364378935/

 

Kurt Busiek (THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW)
Dragonvine Comics and Gifts
1859 Pioneer Pkwy East
Springfield, OR 97477
http://www.dragonvinetoys.com

 

Shaun S. Struble (THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY)
Comic Asylum
905 N. Jupiter Road #170
Richardson, TX 75081
www.comicasylum.com

 

Ryan Burton (DARK ENGINE)
Lyon’s Den
20 W Bolivar S
Vidor, TX 77662
https://www.facebook.com/lyonsdencomicsandgames

 

Greg Rucka (LAZARUS)
Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics
4230 Pacific Ave SE
Lacey, WA
www.olympiccardsandcomics.com

 

Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Jenny Frison (REVIVAL)
Johnny Cee’s Cards
536 Grand Ave
Schofield, WI 54476
www.johnnyceecards.com

 

ENGLAND:
Christian Ward (ODYC), Duncan Fegredo (MPH), Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)
Gosh! London
1 Berwick Street, London
www.goshlondon.com

 

CANADA:
Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER)
Gotham Central Comics
Missassauga, ON
https://www.facebook.com/gothamcentral

 

Valentine de Landro (BITCH PLANET)
Dr. Comics
44 Kensington Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2J9
https://www.facebook.com/1drcomics

Ed Brisson (SHELTERED)
BIG PETE’S COLLECTIBLES
128 Lonsdale Ave
North Vancouver, BC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1417551841893785/

Preview: Witchblade #182

Witchblade #182

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Laura Braga
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: NOV140698
Published: April 29, 2015

Mysterious agents have appeared in the small town Sara Pezzini calls home. Their agenda, and the secret power behind them, will change Sara’s life forever. The next evolution of the Witchblade saga begins here!

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Preview: Postal #3

Postal #3

Story By: Bryan Hill
Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Isaac Goodhart
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Isaac Goodhart
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: FEB150623
Published: April 22, 2015

As the murder continues to fray the fragile peace of the town and Maggie’s relationship with the FBI takes a darker turn, Mark decides to come face-to-face with the men responsible for the woman’s murder and learns the truth of his own past.

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Review: The Tithe #1

Tithe01_CoverAA heist story unlike any before! Mega-churches are being robbed for millions of dollars by a crusader hacker group known as Samaritan who is giving the money to causes they deem more worthy. This modern day “Robin Hood” is being pursued by two FBI agents who actually admire their quarry but want to stop the theft before it escalates.

I’m not a fan of religion, and especially not a fan of mega-churches which I think fleece individuals to fund opulence. Why does that statement matter? The Tithe #1 hits this exact subject as writer Matt Hawkins and artist Rahsan Ekedal give us a heist story with a bit more of a modern, and blasphemous, twist. The story is like any heist story out there, that part isn’t particularly new, it’s the fact our thieves are focusing on mega-churches as their targets. The series, has me at least, cheering for the thieves as they reveal hypocrisy and what is essentially a scam.

The series wears its disdain for this type of preaching on its sleeve, as the comic opens up with facts about the very real Jim Bakker and the fact the host of the 700 Club was convicted of financial fraud in 1989, served five years of his forty-five year sentence, and was back on tv in 2003 up to his old schtick. The comic focuses on that level of godliness, and for good reason.

The story is interesting, and for me with my views, I had a sense of glee reading what Hawkins lays out and the corruption that’s hinted at. It’ll be interesting to see where this all goes, especially due to Hawkins’ habit of working in real world stats and issues into the comics he writes.

Ekedal on art is wonderful as always. I really enjoy his style ever since I was introduced to it in 2010 with the series Echoes that he did with write Joshua Hale Fialkov. The style is consistent, clean, and each character has a bit of “personality” in their looks that make them unique. That’s especially interesting since part of the story hinges that the thieves look the same in their get-up they use to rob.

While the main cops and robbers story is very familiar, the setting has changed. The fact the target is rather appropriate and in the news as to largesse makes it all the more familiar. The Tithe might be a bit blasphemous, but it’s the type of blasphemy I enjoy.

Story: Matt Hawkins Art: Rahsan Ekedal
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Tithe #1

The Tithe #1

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: FEB150488
Published: April 15, 2015

A heist story unlike any before! Mega-churches are being robbed for millions of dollars by a crusader hacker group known as Samaritan who is giving the money to causes they deem more worthy. This modern day “Robin Hood” is being pursued by two FBI agents who actually admire their quarry but want to stop the theft before it escalates.

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