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Preview: Infinite Seven #6

INFINITE SEVEN #6

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Arturo Mesa (pencils), Geraldo Filho (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Arturo Mesa (Covers A-B), Josh Greathouse (Cover C)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99

The boys of the Infinite Seven decide to blow off steam with a night on the town. Little do they know that they are being hunted by an enemy with vengeance on his mind and oil in his veins. Witness the rise of the CYBORG! Plus, a surprise ending that EVERYONE will be talking about!

Preview: Amerikarate #5

AMERIKARATE #5

Writer(s): Brockton McKinney, Corey Kalman
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Devin Roth (Cover A), Daniel Arruda Massa (Cover B), Anthony Petrie (Cover C), April O’Neil (Cover D)
Cover A – Regular cover (unlimited): Devin Roth
Cover B – Movie Poster Cover (limited to 1500): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover C – Action Cover (limited to 1500): Anthony Petrie
Cover D – April O’Neil Cosplay Cover (limited to 1500)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99

AmeriKarate continues with a new storyline and the same outrageous, sexy B-movie martial arts action that you demand! Sam and Cynthia are faced with a new hidden foe and crime wave that has the city shaking in its city-boots! Join us for a high-kicking new adventure and a shocking twist that will leave you clutching your book with a kung fu grip!

Preview: Peter David’s Artful Collected Edition

PETER DAVID’S ARTFUL COLLECTED EDITION

Writer: Adapted by Nicole D’Andria from the Peter David novel
Artist Name: Laura Neubert
Cover Artist(s): Laura Neubert
192 pgs./ A / FC
$14.99
An adaptation of the Artful novel by award-winning writer and comic book legend Peter David, this Oliver Twist spin-off story stars the Artful Dodger as our reluctant hero. Alongside Van Helsing’s son Bram, Dodger must take on hordes of vampires to save a princess from a nefarious plot.

Collects ARTFUL #1-6.

Preview: Medisin Volume 1: First Do No Harm

MEDISIN VOLUME 1: FIRST DO NO HARM

Writer(s): Jeff Dyer and Mark McKeon
Artist Name(s): David Brame (Pencils), Joaquin Pereyra (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): David Brame
96 pgs./ T+ / FC
$11.99

Health care for super villains! A team of doctors are blackmailed into providing medical aid for the world’s worst bad guys. Led by brilliant Ethan Sharp, the doctors struggle with their own ethics and morals in a dangerous battlefield where saving a patient’s life can mean death for countless others! This graphic novel collects MEDISIN issues 1-3. Get in on the ground floor of Action Lab’s newest smash hit series.

Preview: Danger Doll Squad #0

DANGER DOLL SQUAD #0

Writer(s): Jason Martin, with Dan Mendoza and Bryan Seaton
Artist Name(s): Celor, Marco Maccagni and Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Celor (Covers A-B), Dan Mendoza (Covers C-D), Bill McKay (Covers E-F)
Cover A – Celor (unlimited)
Cover B – Celor Risqué variant (limited to 2500)
Cover C – Dan Mendoza variant (limited to 2000)
Cover D – Dan Mendoza risqué (limited to 2500)
Cover E – Bill McKay variant (limited to 2000)
Cover F – Bill McKay risqué (limited to 2500)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$4.99

Danger Zone has three popular monthly titles each starring different deadly ladies, and now for the first time, all three girls come together in one book! Danger Doll Squad #0 is the fuse that ignites the explosive upcoming series featuring Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, and DollFace!

This all new crossover features our three most popular characters in one special event with covers by three different artists (each with a risqué variant as well)!

Preview: Toyetica #1

TOYETICA #1

Writer(s): M. Alice LeGrow
Artist Name(s): M. Alice LeGrow
Cover Artist(s): M. Alice LeGrow
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

In the world of Toyetica, a tiny race of humanoids called Bittles jockeys for its place in the world alongside humans. Luckily, there’s always steady employment as models for children’s toys! At Dollington Academy, young Bittles go to school to hone their toy theme, choose their accessories and prove to toy companies that they’re the most marketable, lovable and toyetic of them all. Whether it’s as an action figure, fashion doll or The Next Big Thing, for these young students, the race to the toy store is on!

A Preview of Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess Year 2 #1. Out October 18

Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess is a pirate revenge adventure, a soap opera full of messy teenage love stories, and about a dozen coming of age stories set on the high seas. Think “Legend of Korra” at sea with an all female cast. Written by Jeremy Whitley, the comic features art by Xenia Pamfil.

This series has one of the most diverse and exciting casts of any comic on the market. It’s full of action, adventure, and revenge – but even more full of love stories and soap operas. Raven is one of the first YA comics with an openly gay leading lady. But on top of that it has a cast of women who represent a wide spectrum of the LGBTQ community. It’s equal parts soap opera and actual opera.

Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess Year 2 #1 will be available in comic book stores on October 18. You can preorder it with Diamond item code AUG171072.

Party with the heroines of Raven in this dance sequence from pages 9-13 in the first issue of Year Two.

Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess Cover

Action Lab Announces a Spencer & Locke Plushie Contest!

Heads up, Spencer & Locke fans — there’s a panther on the loose! To celebrate the release of the Spencer & Locke trade paperback in comics shops and ComiXology now, writer David Pepose, artist Jorge Santiago, Jr. and publisher Action Lab: Danger Zone are giving away an exclusive, limited-edition Spencer doll to one lucky reader!

Just post a photo of yourself with a copy of Spencer & Locke by Wednesday, August 9, and tag David Pepose (@peposed), Jorge Santiago, Jr. (@jorgesantiagojr) and Action Lab: Danger Zone (@actionlabdanger) for a chance to win!

You can read our review of the first trade but in short, go to your shop and buy it!

Review: Spencer and Locke Vol. 1 TP

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I heard about Spencer and Locke a few months ago. I had seen the premise somewhere online, and thought it was an interesting concept, but never got around to reading it until this past week. I soon discovered I was missing out on something that was familiar, but also new. Sure, it’s no secret that Spencer and Locke borrows its basic idea of a childhood toy coming to life for adventures with his human friend from the legendary Calvin and Hobbes, but it adds a wrinkle to the classic formula by having the boy be a full-grown man, Detective Locke, and the childhood toy and friend, Spencer, be a blue panther, complete with a button for an eye.

You constantly hear the term page turner, but that is exactly what this is. Writer David Pepose writes a fantastic and quick-moving story following the death of Detective Locke’s high school sweetheart, Sophie Jenkins. Along with the help of his panther friend, Spencer, whom to everyone else is of course a stuffed animal, they uncover many things from their past. The story gets dark in spots, but it never felt out-of-place. That may seem odd, since much of this is familiar to the childhood tale most everyone loves, but this is still an adventure after all, similar to what Calvin and Hobbes went on. The only difference is the adventures of Spencer and Locke involve murder, alleyways, abuse, and many more horrible things that exist in the real world of a traumatized boy who grows up to be a man.

The art by Jorge Santiago Jr. and colors by Jasen Smith works quite well with the story, and while most of the book has a distinct cartoon noir style, there are some great pages that channel the classic style made famous by greats like Bill Watterson. You really feel like you’re looking at a Calvin and Hobbes strip until the end where something like violence, child abuse, or something else really deep hits you hard. It’s effective, nostalgic, and really pulls off something that could have come off as cheesy, or as a cheap rip off. That’s the beauty of this entire book. It’s an ode to the past while bringing a new perspective to an old idea.

While it borrows from Bill Watterson’s classic comic strip, there’s a lot of Frank Miller and Ed Brubaker type inspired crime drama here as well. It’s somehow a perfect marriage of the two, which probably wasn’t an easy thing to pull off by the creators.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new take on an old classic, or just some original idea to what seemed like an already done formula. It’s a buddy cop story with a man and his stuffed panther doll. The ending was intense, and left me wanting more. The producer of the Hitman movies has optioned the movie rights, so hopefully something comes of this, because it would be awesome on the big or small screen. This could work awesome as a Netflix series. I look forward to more of this series, and think you should check it out as well, because there is something here to love for everyone.

Story: David Pepose Art: Jorge Santiago Jr. Colors: Jasen Smith Lettering: Colin Bell
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Zombie Tramp: Origins #2

ZOMBIE TRAMP: ORIGINS #2 (VOLUME 1 COLLECTOR EDITION)

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (Covers A-B), Celor (Covers C-D), Bill McKay (Covers E-F), Dan Mendoza (Cover G)
Cover A – Dan Mendoza Main cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Dan Mendoza Risqué variant (limited to 2500)
Cover C – Celor SEXY variant (limited to 2000)
Cover D – Celor Risqué SEXY variant (limited to 2500)
Cover E – Bill McKay GORY variant (limited to 2000)
Cover F – Bill McKay risqué GORY variant (limited to 2500)
Cover G – Dan Mendoza Replica variant (limited to 2500)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$4.99

The second issue in the remastered reprinting of the highly collectible original mini-series, that was never before released in single issues to the direct market.

Features a new cover by series creator Dan Mendoza, plus new SEXY and GORY variants (all with risqué variants), plus a “replica” variant (recreating the rare original issue cover)!

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