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Zack Kaplan goes Forever Forward with Scout Comics!

Zack Kaplan has revealed a new project, Forever Forward, coming in August from Scout Comics.

When brilliant young scientist Dr. Lewis Moody accidentally launches himself, his secret longtime crush and three best friends 33 years into the future with his unproven quantum time machine, they find a mysterious message from their future selves: THE ONLY WAY BACK IS FORWARD. Now, as they jump again and again through strange future times, will they one day find the technology to time-travel back, or are they doomed to hopelessly travel forward…forever?

The sci-fi adventure series lands in shows on August 24th. It features art from Arjuna Susini, colors from Brad Simpson, letters from Jim Campbell, and logo/designs from Tim Daniel. Covers for the first issue are by Jacob Phillips, Stefano Simeone, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ivan Tao.

Preview: Blood on Sunset #5

Blood on Sunset #5

(W) Mark D’Anna (A/CA) Arjuna Susini
In Shops: May 4, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The truth behind Siegel’s murder is revealed, and it’s more disturbing than Braddock had imagined. Beverly and Johnny killed Siegel and they set up Braddock to take the fall for it. Braddock, however, refuses to accept that Beverly would frame him. Intent on proving that Lombardo was the mastermind behind the murder, Braddock confronts him and tries to kill him. But Lombardo flees and Braddock is left to face the possibility that he has been betrayed by the
woman he loved.

Blood on Sunset #5

Preview: Blood on Sunset #5

Blood on Sunset #5

(W) Mark D’Anna (A/CA) Arjuna Susini
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The truth behind Siegel’s murder is revealed, and it’s more disturbing than Braddock had imagined. Beverly and Johnny killed Siegel and they set up Braddock to take the fall for it. Braddock, however, refuses to accept that Beverly would frame him. Intent on proving that Lombardo was the mastermind behind the murder, Braddock confronts him and tries to kill him. But Lombardo flees and Braddock is left to face the possibility that he has been betrayed by the
woman he loved.

Blood on Sunset #5

Preview: Blood on Sunset #4 (of 5)

Blood on Sunset #4 (of 5)

(W) Mark D’Anna (A/CA) Arjuna Susini
In Shops: Mar 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Uppercut Lombardo suspects Braddock may be a hybrid – half human, half vampire. With Bugsy Siegel now out of the way, Lombardo is poised to take over the Los Angeles syndicate. A hybrid like Braddock would make a powerful weapon. So Lombardo enlists his top lieutenant, Johnny Stompanato, to find Braddock and bring him into the fold. Meanwhile, it’s revealed that Lombardo didn’t kill Siegel at all, and the person who has been trying to frame Braddock is the one person he thought he could trust.

Blood on Sunset #4 (of 5)

Preview: Blood on Sunset #2 (of 5)

Blood on Sunset #2 (of 5)

(W) Mark D’Anna (A/CA) Arjuna Susini
In Shops: Feb 09, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Years ago while on duty with the LAPD, Clint Braddock violently killed a suspect in a fit of rage. He was kicked off the force, nearly ended up in jail, and was publicly accused of being an Eater. Ever since that day he’s lived in hiding, struggling to keep the darker side of his nature in check. But now, someone knows his secret and they’re using it to implicate him in Bugsy Siegel’s murder. Desperate to keep his true nature hidden and to clear his name, Braddock must prove that rival gangster and reputed Eater Meyer “Uppercut” Lombardo ordered the Siegel hit.

Blood on Sunset #2 (of 5)

Preview: Blood on Sunset #1 (of 5)

Blood on Sunset #1 (of 5)

(W) Mark D’anna (A/CA) Arjuna Susini
In Shops: Dec 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

It’s June 20th, 1947. Former cop Clint Braddock is drinking at a bar on Sunset Boulevard when he gets a call from his ex-girlfriend, Beverly. Bugsy Siegel’s just been murdered, and she found the body. She’s terrified and needs his help. Fast. Braddock arrives to find the aftermath of a violent, sadistic murder. Not your typical mob hit. It almost looks like the work of…Eaters. Amidst the carnage, Braddock finds evidence that someone may be trying to pin the murder on him. Braddock is part Eater, and he’s spent years keeping his true nature hidden. But it looks like someone knows what he is, and is using it to implicate him in the biggest crime to hit Los Angeles in decades. Now, the seat of power in the criminal underworld is up for grabs, and rumors of a Vampire crime syndicate emerging as major players look disturbingly plausible. As Braddock is pulled deeper into the hunt for Siegel’s killer, he’ll find he’s either the ideal ally for the Vampire cause, or the perfect weapon to stop it. It all depends on where his loyalties lie.

Blood on Sunset #1 (of 5)

Review: Shikari Force: Hunters #2

Shikari Force: Hunters #2

There is something powerful about Firefly. Though a short run, the television show, and movie, is a cult classic. Every year the show gets discovered by someone new and the fanfare gets a boost. The mythology that got injected into this universe more than romanticizes the Old West but showed where it can go when infused with sci-fi. As it took the idealism of the Wild West, imparted the battle scars veterans carry like from the Civil War and put in a dystopian setting like Star Wars, and you get Firefly.

One of the best parts of the story is Summer Glau’s portrayal of River Tam. We find out after a few episodes her and her brother Simon are no mere passengers. Every law enforcer in the galaxy is looking for them, especially River. The way Glau portrayed the character and how underscored the prominence of her abilities is what makes her storyline so special. In the second issue of Shikari Force: Hunters, our crew finds a River Tam of their won, one that causes as much as complications as the Firefly crew undertook.

The leader of the Nagas has discovered the Shikari Force has found the Dakini. Naga implores Krait, leader of his armed forces Nest 13, to hunt down their vessel. We also find the crew dealing with the aftermath of the Dakini’s considerable powers. She has ecimated their lab. We’re also taken to the Old City on Varanasi where the Dakini finds refuge with an elderly woman. Nil and Meena eventually find the Dakini but so has the Nagas. By issue’s end, a firefight breaks out between Nil and Meena and the Nagas,  but Krait finds a way to Jimi’s lair, which may leave our heroes doomed.

Overall, another stirring issue which pushes the limit of action-packed sci fi epics. The story by Sarwat Chadda is well developed and intelligent. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that gets the reader on the edge of their seat hoping the heroes will come out of it triumphant despite the odds.

Story: Sarwat Chadda Art: Arjuna Susini and Aditya Bidikar
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Shikari Force: Hunters #1

Shikari Force: Hunters #1

As a child of 1980s, I grew up watching a ton of television shows. Some that my parents liked and others only me and my cousins liked. Many of the shows sought to tell stories that aren’t often seen on television now. An example is the cool exteriors, complex storylines and suspense of Sting Ray, a television show which only lasted two seasons, but showed many writers that you can blend genres without sacrificing what makes each type so interesting.

Another show that captivated audiences was V, a story that would be remade in 2011, and circled around an alien race who visits Earth, as harmless visitors but ends up revealing to the audience that they are ruthless conquerors. The show painted a world where we should be cautious of strangers, and though it seemed as though the good guys were seeing daylight in their battles with the aliens, you never felt that they were quite a match. As I had pondered a few times in my childhood flights of fancy, only if the humans were as powerful as the aliens. In the first issue of Shikari Force: Hunters, we find a motley crew whose abilities make them perfect to stop a new alien threat.

We meet Nil, an assassin and demon hunter, whose work finds him on a spaceship flying right above the Indian Ocean, where he finds a beautiful woman asleep in a capsule. Meanwhile, on Earth, we also meet Jimi, a brilliant scientist, whose company’s work is on the forefront and Meena, his girlfriend, who just so happens to be a daughter of a demon, who senses something is not quite right. We are also taken to the Himalayas, where an army of aliens, are amassing weapons and soldiers to take over the world, as they quietly set a trap for our heroes. Jimi’s obsession with work gives Meena concern, a distraction that Nil would love to give her an escape from. By issue’s end, Jimi wakes up to nightmares one that draws him back to the capsule, where the woman in the capsule has risen, who just so happens to be a renegade goddess.

Overall, an excellent first issue that introduces us to team much like the Watchmen. It’s just as complex and even more intriguing. The story by Sarwat Chadda is smart, even-paced, and exciting. The art by the creative team complements the story well. Altogether, an action-packed debut that does more than impress.

Story: Sarwat Chadda
Art: Arjuna Susini
and Aditya Bidkar
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Zac Thompson and Arjuna Susini Deliver The Replacer from AfterShock in April

The 1990’s. Tragedy strikes the Beharrell family in the form of a debilitating stroke. Now the youngest child in the family is convinced his paralyzed father didn’t truly fall ill but is possessed by something sinister. He believes a demon, The Replacer, has come to take away his jolly, agreeable, tech-obsessed Dad. But no one seems to see the monster — and with every passing day, his father falls deeper into the clutches of evil.

Based on Zac Thompson’s true story of coming to terms with a disabled parent, The Replacer is a complete 64-page graphic meditation on loss, tragedy and fear told through the eyes of a nine-year-old — a horror tale about learning to walk again, even if a demon has to teach you how to do it. A bizarre mashup of IT, The Exorcist and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, with stunning visuals by Arjuna Susini, The Replacer is not for the faint of heart.

The Replacer features colors by Dee Cunniffe and a cover by Susini. It’s out April 24 from AfterShock.

Preview: Made Men: Getting the Gang Back Together

Made Men: Getting the Gang Back Together

(W) Paul Tobin
(A) Arjuna Susini
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
(CA) Arjuna Susini with Gonzalo Duarte
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Crime, Science Fiction
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 128

When Jutte Shelley and her squad are gunned down in an ambush, it looks like the end for the Detroit police officers, but Jutte comes from a very storied family… named Frankenstein. Using the secrets of her ancestors, Jutte enters the family business of resurrection, bringing her squad back from the dead. Sort of. As long as you don’t look too close. Eager for revenge, they’ve no choice but to team with the Detroit mob, using them for the resources to find the lowlifes who did them in, now that Jutte has quite literally gotten the gang back together.

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