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Review: House of Penance #6


Evil has infiltrated Sarah’s sanctuary. Even Warren Peck, her newfound protector, and confidant is overwhelmed by the spirits that seek revenge upon her. In the terrifying conclusion of Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram’s horror miniseries, Sarah is forced to confront her demons, face to face.

House of Penance #6 is a little short on dialogue by writer Tomasi but it’s filled with action as the series concludes. Sarah seems extremely jubilant as her house falls apart around it and falling apart feels like an understatement somehow though. The twist ending I think will actually surprise you.

The art by Bertram continues to shine in a terrifying and grotesque manner. I will admit the way the house falls apart reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle if it was made by M.C Escher. There’s something haunting about its image.

Story: Peter Tomasi Art: Ian Bertram
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Prometheus: Life and Death #4


How do you fight a god? The Colonial Marines had better come up with a plan—because the battle has already begun!

What ends must begin again, especially with cliffhanger endings. Prometheus: Life and Death‘s story arc manages to get stranger as things frequently go from bad to worse. Writer Dan Abnett gives us some brilliance of this arc by leaving the reader wondering what happens next. This issue is no exception when it comes to that aspect.

The artwork by Andrea Mutti manages to amplify the sense of dread in this series. Mutti manages to brighten it some with the gunshots and grenades that fly throughout the issue with great action scenes between Predator and the Engineer. Add in the marines fighting aliens, this issue isn’t short on action.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Andrea Mutti
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Image and Top Cow Announce Dante: an Ink-Soaked Delight

Writer and Top Cow COO Matt Hawkins teams up with all-star artist Darick Robertson and co-writer Jason Ning for Dante, a gritty, supernatural thriller one-shot from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions this January.

Dante was a family man with a wife and a young daughter—and also a top assassin working for an international crime syndicate. For two decades, he worked hard to keep those two lives separate. Manipulated into thinking he could retire with the syndicate’s blessing, Dante is betrayed. While fighting to save himself, he accidentally kills a young Asian boy—an act which changes him forever. Cursed, and covered with otherworldly tattoos, Dante embarks on a journey to uncover the source of this supernatural affliction, and to save his family.

Dante One-Shot hits comic book stores Wednesday, January 25th.


Review: Vampblade #7

Vampblade_7 DIGITAL-3Katie Carva lives in Detroit, a tough town… it’s even tougher when you moonlight as Vampblade and hunt invisible demonic space parasites! But the blades need to feed, so it’s off to the rough side of town for some late night action.

Vampblade is always ready to break the fourth wall in some random, frequently hilarious way. Writer Jason Martin manages to continue that with a focus on gaming puns. It even goes so far as to change her armor some into a character that made the original X-Box succeed. Given how it ends, I’m curious to see how the series continues from here.

Despite taking almost entirely in a sewer system artist Winston Young makes the environment oddly bright. It is hard to tell if somehow the TSD creatures and her blades somehow cast light when they are used. There is clear evidence that the story and art are evolving in unison as things get more complex.

Story: Jason Martin Art: Winston Young
Story: 8 Art:8 Recommendation: Buy

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VIZ Releases The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Omnibus on November 1

zelda-legendary-edition-01-ocarina-of-time-3dVIZ Media, LLC delights fantasy, action, adventure and video game fans with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Vol. 1, Ocarina of Time on November 1st.

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition adapts the 10-volume manga series based on the classic Nintendo role playing, puzzle-solving, action video game into a line of deluxe omnibus 2-in-1 releases. Each release features stunning new covers and color illustrations by creator Akira Himekawa. The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Vol. 1, Ocarina of Time is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and carries a print MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $21.99 CAN. Future omnibus volumes will be released in print three times a year.

The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun! A young boy named Link must defeat evil on his long, perilous quest to find the spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce, and deliver them to Zelda, princess of the land of Hyrule. In the opening volume of the Legendary Edition, young Link embarks on a perilous quest to find three spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce, the wielder of which will rule the world! Link’s plan is to deliver the stones to the Princess of the mystical land of Hyrule, Zelda. But obstacles abound and his long journey has only just begun!

The Legend of Zelda manga series was created by Akira Himekawa, which is the pen name of two women known simply as A. Honda and S. Nagano. The pair created The Legend of Zelda manga series which was inspired by several games and story arcs in the Zelda video game series.

Review: The Tomorrows TPB


The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it. Artists, terrorists, they fight with explosives, they fight with ideas, they fight to reclaim the future we sold. This trade paperback collects issues #1–#6 of the series.

Anarchistic nihilist cyberpunk nirvana is probably the best words to describe The Tomorrows. Despite the nihilistic outlook this book possesses, there is still hope through it all. It manages to blend in this almost transhumanism idealism with a dimensional jumping concept. The only thing somehow missing is a fitting soundtrack to capture the atmosphere of the book as you read it.

The six artistist featured in this book manage to bring their own sense of style to each of their sections. The art helps to make some of the stranger things that happen in the story shine. I’m curious to know if that was originally planned to switch artists with each individual issue released. Whatever the case it worked out well as the art throughout is superb.

Story: Curt Pires
Art: Jason Copland, Alexis Ziritt, Ian MacEwan, Andrew MacLean, Liam Cobb, Kevin Zeigler
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Rise of the Black Flame #1


The bizarre origin of the BPRD’s greatest foe.

Young girls are going missing from the cities of Siam, and the trail leads to the jungle hideout of a bloodthirsty cult wielding an ancient evil power—the Cult of the Black Flame.

I will say this for Mike Mignola‘s Hellboy universe, it is rarely dull. This holds true as Rise of the Black Flame #1 kicks off this new limited series. The comic is great because it incorporates brief mentions of one Mignola’s lesser known characters in the process. The issue showcases a solid balance between storytelling and history in a superb first issue.

Best known for his work on Criminal Macabre artist Christopher Mitten joins the Mignola universe. He manages to blend his own art style into the recognizable style of the Mignolaverse. Mitten showcases the various times in the intro well as the story begins in imperial held Burma. I’m curious to see if the series will continue in this time period or will it progress forward with each issue?

Story: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson  Art: Christopher Mitten
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Aspen Comics in January 2017


David Wohl – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors

Santeria: The Goddess Kiss returns!

From the creator of Executive Assistant: Iris, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Witchblade, and the artist of Fathom: Kiani comes a new tale spanning centuries, deep within the heart of the ancient civilizations of Africa…

As word spreads of Naomi’s newfound ability, she finds herself gaining notoriety on the streets. But, she soon begins to realize that this “gift” comes with a terrible price—and once you’ve been kissed by the Goddess, her magic can never be taken…except in death!

SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #3 is in stores January 18th, 2017!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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Vince Hernandez – Story / Claudio Avella– Art / Erick Arciniega – Colors

An unlikely team of BLUE rise!

They have all come from beneath the surface, each for a different purpose. United in their exile from their homelands below, looking to blend in out of sight amongst humans, unaware of their true potential. However, one man, Admiral Maylander, who has spent the better part of his life hunting The Blue, is keenly aware of their presence–and he will stop at nothing to use these Blue as weapons against their own, even if it means killing them in the process!

The first all new Fathom series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible underwater adventure over 18 years ago! Collecting together the entire first Fathom Blue series along with a complete cover gallery, this beautiful trade paperback is a must have for any Aspen or Fathom fan!

FATHOM BLUE Vol 1 TPB is in stores January 25th, 2017!

FC 176 pages $16.99 TPB



JT Krul – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Federico Blee – Colors

The world of magic and technology have finally collided!

A new cast of characters has risen. Cassidy, a young high school student with a very big secret, will discover that magic is not only real-but will change her life forever in ways she never could’ve imagined. Meanwhile, Miya, the ancient warrior from the earliest days of the Soulfire Universe, has returned with a vengeance–and both of their paths will be inextricably united! Explore the world of Michael Turner’s Soulfire as you’ve never seen it before!

Brought to you by New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul (DC’s Bloodlines, Jirni), with art by superstar artist Alex Konat (DC’s Gotham Gazette:Batman, Fathom), and colorist Federico Blee (Jirni), this thrilling new series in the Soulfire Universe is not to be missed!

ETERNAL SOULFIRE Vol 1 TPB is in stores January 25th, 2017!

FC 176 pages $16.99 TPB


Archie Comics in January 2017


Dilton Doiley, Riverdale’s smartest kid, is in the spotlight—but Reggie Mantle has a vested interest in taking him out! Meanwhile, Cheryl Blossom plans her ultimate revenge against Veronica!

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
Variant Covers: Marguerite Sauvage, Dean Trippe
On Sale Date: 1/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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It’s JUGHEAD versus ALL OF RIVERDALE in a race to the finish!  A “video game go-kart race to the finish,” that is.  BUT IT’S STILL EXCITING.  When Reggie convinces everyone to bet that the winner will be King For A Day and everyone has to do what he says, what could possibly go wrong? Well, “Reggie then winning that bet and being in charge of everyone” springs immediately to mind.   SPOILER ALERT: THAT IS TOTALLY A THING THAT HAPPENS!  This start of a new arc features the following: Pals! Conflict!  And making mistakes on the internet which no one NEVER EVER FORGETS!!

Script: Ryan North
Art: Derek Charm, Jack Morelli
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Erin Hunting, Tula Lotay
On Sale Date: 1/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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There are a set of unspoken rules when it comes to dealing with Reggie Mantle. Rules that, when broken, can easily get you on his bad side. Unfortunately for most of the people Reggie encounters, they don’t know these rules. In fact, there’s only one person that does—and it isn’t a person at all, it’s Reggie’s devoted Dachshund, Vader. With half of Riverdale High School having committed the mortal sin of ditching a Mantle house party, Archie and Betty’s attempts at interfering in Reggie’s life, Midge actually pitying Reggie and a friendship request from someone very unexpected, Reggie and Vader are going to have to get a lot smarter about their schemes!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: David Mack, Chip Zdarsky
On Sale Date:  1/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Learn the secrets and hidden tales from the summer before the eternal love-triangle begins in this special issue, which features four short stories focusing on the major players and events in the Riverdale series. You dare not miss this special commemorative issue in advance of the upcoming ongoing Riverdale series, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and the writers of the CW’s Riverdale series, with stunning art by Alitha Martinez (Black Panther)!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Alitha Martinez
Cover: Alitha Martinez with Steve Downer
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Adam Gorham, Robert Hack with Kelly Fitzpatrick, Sandra Lanz, Moritat, Dan Parent, Thomas Pitilli, Matthew Dow Smith, Cory Smith
Blank Sketch Cover Also Available
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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READ THE STORIES THAT INSPIRED THE NEW CW TV SERIES! In the past two years, the little town of Riverdale has changed in a number of amazing ways. The entire Archie universe has been given a fresh coat of paint and it’s only getting bigger and better from here. Road to Riverdale presents to readers all of the first issues of each of our new series so far, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie & Me, timed to the release of the brand new CW series Riverdale. This graphic novel features riveting stories and dazzling artwork from superstar writers and artists like Mark Waid, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett, Fiona Staples, Chip Zdarsky and much more. You won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind collection that shines the spotlight on the New Riverdale, and serves as the ultimate guide for both new readers and long-time fans.

Script: Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett & Cameron Deordio, Tom DeFalco
Art: Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes, Audrey Mok, Sandy Jarrell, Andre Szymanowicz, Jose Villarrubia, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/11



Celebrate Archie’s 75th anniversary in a special way with this commemorative digest! This issue is jam-packed some of the best stories featuring Archie, Betty and Veronica and even more of the gals of Riverdale, bonus art pages and fun intros from writers, artists and fans alike. Each anniversary digest is a special collector’s item for every Archie fan!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/4
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.



Brand new story! The new game “Cosmo Go!” is all the rage and kids are running all over Riverdale trying to seize rare Cosmo characters to get the biggest prize of all—Cosmo himself!  Pop Tate sees the value in becoming a “COSMO STOP” and tries to get in on the success of the game, but through a mix up thanks to Archie, the Lodge mansion becomes a hot spot, and Mr .Lodge does not feel like playing! Find out what happens in “Cosmo Go!”the fun, new lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/4
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.



Brand new story! When Reggie manages to get out of a school charity drive, a little white lie escalates.  Reggie tells the gang he’s on an elaborate trip in Rome, and now he has to fake it! When he gets spotted in Riverdale by one of the gang, how will Reggie get out of this mess he created? Find out in “When in Rome,” the hilarious lead story to this comics annual, featuring even more pages of fun!

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/18
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.



Brand new story! The girls agree to be bridesmaids when one of their babysitters gets married. But how will they get past the horrific bridesmaids dresses they have to wear? Veronica will not grin and bear it… enter her cousin and fashion maven Harper Lodge! See it all unfold in “Here Come the Bridesmaids,” the awesome new lead story to this JUMBO-sized comics digest!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/11
256-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.



Ready, steady, go!—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Spin dash into some of Sonic’s grandest adventures from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Sonic Boom™ comic series! Join Sonic and his pals, the Freedom Fighters, as they work together to protect the world from the evil Dr. Eggman! Dash into adventures that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome cover art by Jennifer Hernandez and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!

Script: Ian Flynn and various
Art: Various
Cover: Jennifer Hernandez, Gary Martin and Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 1/25
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.



SONIC and Tails head for ADVENTURE in “Genesis of a Hero” Part Four: Our celebration of the Blue Blur’s 25th anniversary comes to a close with a look back to the most titanic turning point of the Classic Era!  Sonic and Tails have been diverted, trapped and attacked all across Angel Island by the mysterious native called “Knuckles!”  Now, deep in the heart of the island, they confront Dr. Eggman’s latest minion in an all-out brawl! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante plus a “Sonic VS. Knuckles” variant by long-time Sonic comic colorist, Matt Herms!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata, John Workman
Cover: Patrick Spaziante
Variant Cover: Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 1/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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The PIRATE PLUNDERING reaches its peak in “Case of the Pirate Princess” Finale: The Chaotix Detective Agency’s deep cover in the pirates’ ranks may be too deep to escape!  In the heart of a long-lost temple, Cpt. Shellbreaker stands poised to find an ancient power.  Can the Chaotix finally rescue Princess Undina?  Can they rescue themselves?  Or will the Chaotix turning pirates be their saving grace?  It all comes to a head in this frantic finale! Featuring cover art and an “Excitement Under the Sea” variant by Mr. Sonic comics, Tracy Yardley!Script: Aleah Baker & Ian Flynn

Script: Aleah Baker & Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Ben Hunzeker
Variant Cover: Tracy Yardley, Steve Downer
On Sale Date: 1/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Preview: Zoe Dare vs the Disasteroid TPB


Writer(s): Brockton McKinney
Artist Name(s): Andrew Herman
Cover Artist(s): Andrew Herman
128 pgs./ T / FC

When the Earth itself is in danger from an alien threat, a professional stuntwomen is our only chance to save humanity! But is she up to the task? With the help of her punk rock, I.T. savvy sister and two A.I. enabled robots, the unlikely team begins the adventure of a lifetime!Collects ZOE DARE VERSUS THE DISASTEROID 1-4.



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