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Work Up an Appetite for Destruction with the Final Volume of Voracious!

The critically acclaimed Top Chef meets Jurassic Park series returns this May with a fire-roasted final chapter – Voracious: Appetite for Destruction! The new five issue series will conclude the daring time-travel adventures of Chef Nate Willner and his friends as they try to save their town from Nate’s mistakes and find a way to overcome the losses in their lives.

Over the course of the first two volumes, Nate’s dinosaur hunts in an alternate dimension reignited his passion for cooking and started to turn his life around. But traveling through time and space for prehistoric meat has consequences he never imagined. He’s damaged another universe, fractured the trust of the people he cares for most, and unleashed a flesh-hungry monster on Blackfossil.

Written by Markisan Naso with art by by Jason Muhr you can pre-order a regular edition copy of Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #1 using the Diamond item code MAR191332. For the variant cover edition, use Diamond item code MAR191333. Cover A is by Jason Muhr and cover B is by Valenin Ramon.

Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #1

Action Lab is Going to the Chapel with a Romcom Heist Thriller

When a conflicted bride’s wedding is taken over by bank robbers, she’ll discover love is the ultimate hostage situation.

Get ready to say yes to distress in Going to the Chapel, an insanely action-packed romantic comedy from Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose and rising star artist Gavin Guidry at Action Lab: Danger Zone.

Emily Anderson’s big day had become the wedding from hell — and that was before the bank robbers showed up. What do a conflicted bride, her dysfunctional family, a gang of Elvis-themed crooks, and one relentless sheriff have in common? They’re all about to discover love is the ultimate hostage situation.

Written by David Pepose, with art by Gain Guidry, colors by Liz Kramer, and lettering by Ariana Maher, Going to the Chapel is due in stores and digital devices Fall 2019. It features covers by Lisa Sterle, Maan House, and Gavin Guidry.

Going to the Chapel #1

The Mutant Snowmen Cometh in Spencer & Locke 2 #3

Left for dead by Roach Riley, can Spencer and Locke survive the most terrifying battlefield of all?

Spencer & Locke 2 #3 is due in stores and digital devices June 2019 from Action Lab: Danger Zone

The stakes have never been higher than in Spencer & Locke 2 #3, as the Ringo Award-nominated saga takes our heroes to the edge! Hovering between life and death, Spencer and Locke must make the ultimate choice as they journey across a terrifying and otherworldly battlefield. Meanwhile, Roach Riley aims to paint the town red — that is, unless an unexpected hero has something to say about it! Be sure to preorder writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s pulse-pounding fight across the funny pages in
Spencer & Locke 2 #3, arriving in comic shops and on digital devices June 2019!

Spencer & Locke 2 #3

Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess Hardcover Collection

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS HARDCOVER COLLECTION

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade (Pencils), Gene Fayne (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Janet Wade
326 pgs./ E / FC
$19.99

Fourteen year old Shianndrea is dealing with the hardships of any normal teenage girl. She’s in love with a boy who is way out of her league and dating someone else. She hates the way she looks. Her teachers are overbearing. And her rival just so happens to be a star pupil who’s always willing to make her look bad. But Shianndrea is not like any normal girl. She is a ninja princess, born into a world of martial arts training and death-defying ninja action, all in order to safeguard Japan from its evil Emperor.

This 326 page hardcover collects volumes 1 and 2 of Shinobi: Ninja Princess and includes production artwork and character bios!

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS HARDCOVER COLLECTION

Preview: Zombie Tramp #58

ZOMBIE TRAMP #58

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Vince Hernandez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Winston Young Regular Cover
Cover B – Winston Young Risqué (limited to 2500)
Cover C – Bill McKay variant (limited to 2000)
Cover D – Bill McKay risqué variant (limited to 2500)
Cover E – Dan Mendoza risqué variant (limited to 2000)
Cover F – Dan Mendoza risqué variant (limited to 2500)
24 pgs./ M / FC
$4.99

The origin of the new Zombie Tramp unfolds with chaos as Angel awakens in her new form… rabid and angry as hell!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants from fan favorite series’ artists!!

Review: Cold Blood Samurai #1

Cold Blood Samurai #1

“We are the last warriors, the last pacifists of that school, and I leave her inheritance in your hands… you are a Gaijin.” A feudal Japan with anthropomorphic and samurai animals inspired by Homer’s poem on “War of Mice and Frogs,” Batrachomyomachia. As in the classic poem, one tells of the futility of war and the desire for peace by Gaijin, a foreign salamander in a Japan of frogs invaded by lizards.

Sometimes all it takes to hook you into a comic is the title. A title like Cold Blood Samurai.

I hadn’t actually read the preview text when opening the comic, so I didn’t expect to find a comic featuring anthropomorphic reptiles. Massimo Rosi‘s story is also far more interesting that I expected, too; I’m not too familiar with Japanese history around the time the comic is set, but I didn’t need to be in order to become engrossed in this comic.

Rosi is able to set the scene and give a background to his story through the narration of the first half of the comic, bring those unfamiliar (like myself) up to speed with the story’s setting, which positions him in begin delving into the deeper themes of the series as the comic unfolds. Themes of war and peace, the reluctant hero outsider and the corruption of state. Cold Blood Samurai is a tense, yet gently paced read that will open its arms to you and pull you into the murky arms of a story that is, at it’s heart, about one verses many (though one gets the sense that this is an oversimplification of the comic).

Visually, penciller Ludovica Ceregatti and colourist Renato Stevanato have produced a visual style that easily enables the reader to differentiate between the frogs, lizards and the titular salamander whilst remaining on the more serious side of spectrum. There are some utterly wonderful silent action sequences that make an effective use of nine horizontal panels to create an elegant dance of death as the salamander faces off against nearly a dozen foes before zooming in to watch the lethality of his swords-creature-ship.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first issue of this series, but now that I’ve found what could easily be one of the better comics from Action Lab, I’m looking forward to the second issue. Cold Blood Samurai took me by surprise – a wonderfully elegant surprise.

Story: Massimo Rosi Art: Ludovica Ceregatti
Colours: Renato Stevanato Lettering: Mattia Gentili
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Null Faeries #3

NULL FAERIES #3

Writer(s): Chad Cicconi
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (pencils, inks), Federico Sioc, Jr. (colors), Adam Wollett (letters)
Cover Artist(s): Chad Cicconi (Cover A), Sorah Suhng (Cover B)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99

Her guide grievously wounded, Ionantha must escape the clutches of the Earth-faeries, solve the riddle of how a human can sense the faerie world (and even use the forbidden pixie dust), navigate the intrigue of court politics, and infiltrate a human village in her race against time to recover the lost shipment and save the faerie world from destruction.

NULL FAERIES #3

Preview: Sweetie #2

SWEETIE #2

Writer(s): Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli (co-writer)
Artist Name(s): Sean Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Sean Dillon
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Maggie can leap across tall buildings, take on a small army single-handed, and even dodge bullets. But talking to new peoples or making new friends? No way! None of Maggie’s training will prepare her for her greatest adversary yet: freshman year of high school! To make matters worse, there’s a boy at school who knows about her secret hero work. Is he an ally? Or will he spill Maggie’s secret and sabotage the next four years of high school? While Maggie is distracted by school, what will her recently defeated nemesis be plotting from prison?

SWEETIE #2

The Mutant Snowmen Cometh this June in Spencer & Locke 2 #3

The stakes have never been higher than in Spencer & Locke 2 #3, as the Ringo Award-nominated saga takes our heroes to the edge! Hovering between life and death, Spencer and Locke must make the ultimate choice as they journey across a terrifying and otherworldly battlefield. Meanwhile, Roach Riley aims to paint the town red — that is, unless an unexpected hero has something to say about it!

Be sure to preorder writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s pulse-pounding fight across the funny pages in Spencer & Locke 2 #3, arriving in comic shops and on digital devices June 2019! The issue features colors by Jasen Smith, lettering by Colin Bell, a main cover by Santiago, Jr. and variant covers by Maan House and Joe Mulvey.

Sweetie Vol. 1 Delivers an Action Hero Story from the Vantage Point of a High School Nerd

Maggie is the ultimate comic book, cartoon and action movie fangirl. She’s taught herself every move of her favorite action star and superhero. Finally, she’s putting her moves into action! On the eve of her first day of high school she faces off against the evil mercenary group known as the Numbers! Her self-taught super-skills pull through and win her the day, but things get even more complicated when her classmate finds out about her “heroic” extra-curricular activities. Now she battles the big fight that is high school, AND the endless legions of the Numbers invading her city! Follow her journey in the first collected volume of Sweetie!

Written by Sean Dillon and Steven Petrivelli with art by Dillon, join Sweetie on her adventure this June. You can pre-order a copy of Sweetie Volume 1 using the Diamond item code APR191297.

Sweetie Volume 1
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