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Review: Call of Duty Zombies 2 #1

The year is 1910, the place is Morocco, and there is a job that needs doing. The man to do it? A commanding officer in the French Foreign Legion. The prize? An artifact of unspeakable power. The price? More than he bargained for.

I’m a bit conflicted about Call of Duty Zombies 2 #1. While the zombies are a bit scarce, the comic itself reminds me a lot of Indiana Jones.

Written by Justin Jordan, the first issue is the set up for what I expect to be zombies at some point. Instead, we get a man hiring an officer in the French Foreign Legion to get an artifact. Decrease his age, give him a whip and a fedora, and the issue would remind me a hell of a lot of a certain classic character.

The issue is far from what I expected, it being a Call of Duty comic and also featuring zombies. Much of that is on me as I haven’t played a Call of Duty game in some time and expected more of the storytelling we get in that series. Your expectations may vary.

But, what’s presented is good and it’s entertaining. So much so, I’d love to see Jordan take on Jones in a new comic series. The issue is good with the set up of wherever it’s going and feels like a solid archaeological focused adventure.

The art by Andres Ponce, with ink by Mauro Vargas, and color by Dan Jackson fits the story perfectly. The style evokes the time and characters well and designs are solid. Again, there’s a certain whip carrying character that it all would look well with.

Despite it not being what I expected, again on me as much as anything, the issue is an adventure that you just don’t see in comics much. It’s fun, it reminds me of a certain someone I’ve mentioned a few times now, and it has me wanting to come back and see where it goes. Don’t expect zombies in this one but do expect a fun and entertaining pulp adventure.

Story: Justin Jordan Art: Andres Ponce
Ink: Mauro Vargas Color: Dan Jackson Lettering: Nate Piekos
Cover Art: E.M. Gist
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.90 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Justin Jordan Returns to Call of Duty Zombies with artist Andres Ponce and Mauro Vargas

In 2016, Dark Horse Comics’ first wave of Call of Duty Zombies comics brought fans into the Tranzit crews’ fight for survival across the apocalyptic wasteland of a desolate, fractured, and destabilized future earth. Now, Dark Horse Comics and Activision invite fans to meet the brand-new cast of characters from this year’s game! Writer Justin Jordan returns with new artists Andres Ponce and Mauro Vargas for a thrilling prequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 that fills in some essential pieces to the Zombies puzzle.

In Call of Duty Zombies, pieces are set in motion that shadowy forces have long been putting into place. They believe what comes next cannot be stopped. Little do they know an unlikely group from around the globe is about to be assembled.

Call of Duty Zombies #1 goes on sale September 05, 2018. The series features cover art by E. M. Gist and colors by Dan Jackson.

Dark Horse Returns to the World of Dragon Age with Unabridged Edition of “Hard in Hightown”

Revisit the streets of Kirkwall in this unabridged edition of prolific dwarven author Varric Tethras’ Hard in Hightown.

This in-world novel follows the adventures of Donnen Brennokovic, a weathered and weary city guardsman who finds himself paired with a fresh-faced recruit. While on a routine patrol, the unlikely duo stumbles across the body of a murdered magistrate, and soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between Chantry agents and a shadowy organization known as the Executors, over a mysterious ancient artifact.

What unfolds is a fast-paced crime noir full of adventure, passion, and Varric’s signature panache to keep readers hooked.

Ghostwritten by Mary Kirby, who wrote Varric for both Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Inquisition, and gorgeously illustrated by Stefano Martino, Álvaro Sarraseca, Andres Ponce, and German Ponce, with a painted cover by E.M. GistDragon Age: Hard in Hightown is an essential addition to Dragon Age fans’ collections!

Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown goes on sale July 31, 2018. The gorgeous 96-page hardcover retails for $19.99.

Preview: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge Collection

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge Collection

writer: Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon, Rik Hoskin
artist: Andres Ponce
cover: Andres Ponce
FC • 136 pages • $24.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-6!

From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time! Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents an all-new, in-continuity story set within the universe of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein novel series.  While healing from a beating she suffered at the hands of Victor Helios (the madman once known as Dr. Frankenstein and her own maker), Erika Five decides to leave the comfort of her glassed-in porch and bottle of cognac to explore Victor’s secret home lab, which she believes is an antechamber to something more sinister. With the help of a decapitated head named Karloff, Erika finds a secret lab and within discovers that Victor’s experiments are not limited to his attempts at creating a race of super-immortals. No, he has constructed a mirror-like portal to another universe… one of infinite realities that Victor is trying to bridge for his own horrible reasons!

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Preview: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #6

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #6

writer: Dean Koontz, Rik Hoskin
artist: Andres Ponce
cover: Andres Ponce
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ 

As the risen dead rampage through New Orleans like locusts, police detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison finally track down the source of the undead uprising – Victor Frankenstein! But can two detectives really stop a city on the verge of death?

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Preview: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Storm Surge #5

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Storm Surge #5

writer: Dean Koontz, Rik Hoskin
artist: Andres Ponce
cover: Andres Ponce
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

As the risen dead rampage through New Orleans like locusts, police detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison finally track down the source of the undead uprising – Victor Frankenstein! But can two detectives really stop a city on the verge of death?

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Preview: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #4

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #4

writer: Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon
artist: Andres Ponce
cover: Andres Ponce
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The gale force winds and floodwaters have devastated The Big Easy… but the undead hordes unleashed by Victor Helios will tear the city down at its foundations! Meanwhile, Frankenstein’s first creation Deucalion has his monstrous fingers at Erika’s throat, while Carson and Michael attempt to figure out what drives the zombie army to their fearsome purpose!

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Preview: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #3

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #3

writer: Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon
artist: Andres Ponce
cover: Andres Ponce
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The Resurrection Engine has fulfilled Victor’s latest dreams of power, raising an army from the dead amidst the flood waters of Hurricane Shelley. But are these charred creatures truly at his command? Meanwhile, Carson and Michael face the undead hordes at the 13th ward, and Erika continues to interrogate the severed head of Karloff about the full extent of Victor’s machinations.

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Preview: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #2

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #2

writer: Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon
artist: Andres Ponce
cover: Andres Ponce
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Dean Koontz continues this all-new modern reimagination of the classic horror tale Frankenstein, created exclusively for comics! As Hurricane Shelley sends refugees fleeing like rats, Victor Frankenstein discovers that his portal to an alternate dimension has been used… and decides that the captive, animated head of Karloff must suffer for keeping its secrets. Meanwhile, Erika Five explores a whole new world, one with its own Karloff to question, a doppelganger just as treacherous as his namesake. Will Victor’s true motives stand revealed?

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Preview: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #1

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #1

writer: Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon
artist: Andres Ponce
cover: Andres Ponce
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

An all-new original story! From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the story, you know only half the truth. Welcome to the mystery, the myth, the terror, and magic of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein.

While healing from a beating she suffered at the hands of Victor Helios — once Dr. Frankenstein — and her own maker, Erika Five decides to leave the comfort of her glassed-in porch and bottle of cognac to go exploring into Victor’s secret home lab, which she believes is an antechamber to something more sinister. With the help of the bodiless head Karloff and his disembodied hand, Erika finds a secret lab and within sees experiments revealing Victor’s attempts to do more than create a race of super-immortals… and a mirror-like portal to another universe, one of infinite realities Victor is trying to bridge for his own horrible reasons!

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