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Review: Devil’s Highway #5

Devils Highway #5

Game Of Thrones is one of those shows that hooks you almost right away. The show has a myriad of characters, which you can both relate to and be repulsed by. It shows the world in black and white, but also not everyone is completely evil. The show and the books also don’t mince words for those who are completely evil.

One of the most nefarious characters that have ever graced the screen was Ramsey Snow. He was the son of Lord Bolton, the same man who killed the matriarch of the Stark clan. His end in the series was one, though gruesome, felt righteous in its execution. In Devil’s Highway #5, Shannon gets to the root of it all.

We are taken back to Minneapolis, where Shannon and  Quentin are finding out from one of its victims just how these women get lured into this sinister chain. After all, she has been through, they take her back home to Illinois, and head to one of their main hubs, to stop another victim from being claimed for weird occultist rituals. Eventually, a firefight breaks out, leaving Quentin gravely injured, and Shannon killing the last ring leader, in the same way, he victimized all those women.  By the issue’s end, Shannon avenges her father, and though she thought she killed the last ring leader, she soon finds out it goes higher and more connected than she ever imagined.

Overall, Devil’s Highway #5 is a great issue where we see a hero end one evil and unearth another. The story by Benjamin Percy is incredible. The art by Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge is beyond belief. Altogether, the issue is immense, which gives some closure but opens new doors

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Devil’s Highway #4

Devil's Highway #4

Though we are in a pandemic, the world does not stop. How we entertain ourselves is probably the one industry where we have a plethora of choices from our home. Some season premieres of different television shows have been delayed and others have been pushed to next year. This has made way to explore and check out some new television shows, which as it was before COVID-19 been hit or miss. One of those shows is Big Sky, which deals with a sex trafficking ring in the Northwest.

The show has a few familiar faces but largely dives into an issue that has never really been addressed in television. The premise shows just how insidious something like this can be and how it can hide in plain sight. As it brings to light just how appearances alone are never a good indicator of one’s behavior. In Devil’s Highway #4, Shannon finds out just how deep this network really is.

We are taken back to Minneapolis, where Shannon is interrogating the man who had her handcuffed about his knowledge of the network, Quentin as we soon find out he was a law enforcement official who eventually got way into deep. As we find out that it had been going since 2009, and a weird Occultist group has been engaging in this sadistic ritual, and it’s tied to something even more menacing. AS she eventually ropes Quentin into taking her to one of the offloading sites, an adventure neither of them may survive. By the issue’s end, Shannon and Quentin track down one of the pimps connected to the ring, where she gets more answers.

Overall, Devil’s Highway #4 is a great penultimate issue where we see a hero rise. The story by Benjamin Percy is astounding. The art by the creative team is astounding. Altogether, a great chapter in the miniseries which ratchets up the action.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge,
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Devil’s Highway #3

DEVIL’S HIGHWAY #3

One of my favorite directors of all time is Quentin Tarantino. His body of work transcends most other filmmakers, as each film is homage to a genre. He is also one of the few directors that draws from the films of 1970s. As each of his movies are both connected and an animal all its own.

As one of my favorite movies of his is Kill Bill Volumes 1 &2. AS they were two separate movies but told one connected narrative. As every time we felt our hero in peril, she always found a way out. In the third Devil’s Highway #3 Shannon gets in a pickle and eventually fights her way out.

We’re taken to Northern Illinois where the same young woman that was abducted awakes to a pine box only to see her captor smiling back as she is helpless to escape. Shannon is in Minneapolis trying to find clues as to who killed her father. That leads her to a strip club where she meets an FBI agent who gives her the agency’s file on the network. Her trail leads to an exotic pet dealer who tries to kill her. By the issue’s end, Shannon ends up handcuffed, but soon finds a way to escape and makes her captor give her information about the network

Overall, Devil’s Highway #3 is a great issue that feels exactly like a grindhouse movie. The story by Benajmin Percy is amazing. The art by the creative team is astonishing. Altogether, Devil’s Highway #3 is an action-packed issue that adds more than a few dollops of danger.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Devil’s Highway #2

Devil's Highway #2

One of the most underrated movies of the 1990s was In Too Deep. It starred Omar Epps and a still new to acting, Todd Smith AKA LL Cool J, in what started out as a procedural drama and turned into a tense thriller. Epps played an undercover cop that goes into the underbelly of Cincinatti’s drug ring. Smith, in a role which he actually shined in, played a ruthless drug kingpin.

As the movie shows just how embedded one can get when pretending to be somebody else. As Epps investigation gets him to the top of the organization, unearthing a treacherous network. AS the mindset one has to deal with on that level, tests the moral compass of even strongest. In Devil’s Highway #2 Shannon gets in deeper, but not without consequences.

We are taken to Scott County, Minnesota, where a young woman who works as a street walker, gets an unexpected surprise, one that may be fatal. WE find Shannon getting an early Xmas present, and from someone she assumes is harmless, when simultaneously there is a call for a found dead body on the scanner. Shannon thinks something is fishy, and her research leads her to find out that there is an intricate network of sex traffickers. By issue’s end, Shannon , is getting closer to the truth of what happened to these women and her father.

Overall, Devil’s Highway #2 is a great second issue that is relevant and exciting. The story by Benjamin Percy is wonderful. The art by Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge is wonderful. Altogether, it’s a great entry in the series that puts a spotlight on a very relevant issue.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Devil’s Highway #5 (of 5)

Devil’s Highway #5 (of 5)

(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Brent Schoonover
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) present a chilling crime thriller, loosely based on real events, that examines murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. Sharon Harrow, an elite military veteran with skeletons in her closet and a dark family secret, embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover that he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the Devil, Harrow must first embrace and unleash the darkness within. In this concluding issue, Sharon finally catches up with her father’s killer.

Devil's Highway #5 (of 5)

David Pepose, Luca Casalanguida, Matt Milla, and Carlos M. Mangual introduce us to a new society in Scout’s Honor

SCOUT’S HONOR #1

Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Luca Casalanguida
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
Incentive Cover: Brent Schoonover
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 1.06.21

Years after a nuclear apocalypse, a new society has risen from the ashes…and their bible is an old Ranger Scout manual. 

A young Ranger Scout named Kit has endured the harsh survivalist upbringing needed to conquer the irradiated Colorado Badlands. But after discovering a terrible secret once lost to history, Kit must risk everything on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth behind the Ranger Scouts’ doctrine. 

From multiple Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke, Going to the Chapel, The O.Z.) and artist Luca Casalanguida (James Bond, Lost Soldiers) comes a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age tale that proves when all you know is a lie, a Scout’s Honor is the only way to move forward.

SCOUT’S HONOR #1

Preview: Devil’s Highway #3

Devil’s Highway #3

(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Brent Schoonover
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) present a chilling crime thriller, loosely based on real events, that examines murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. Sharon Harrow, an elite military veteran with skeletons in her closet and a dark family secret, embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover that he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the Devil, Harrow must first embrace and unleash the darkness within.

Devil's Highway #3

Review: Devil’s Highway #1

Devil's Highway #1

Rosario Dawson is one of those magnetic presences on the screen which pulls you in from the first words she utters. I remember seeing her in the underrated cautionary tale, KIDS. Then I would not see her in another movie until He Got Game. She played Ray Allen’s girlfriend in that movie, in a role, which compared to the roles she has played since is much more than her more sophisticated roles.

In one of her most recent roles, she played an interesting protagonist whose world gets thrown for a loop in Briarpatch. Her character goes back to her hometown where her sister got killed in a mysterious car bomb. The show played up its crime noir roots and utilized Dawson’s strengths. In the debut issue of Devils Highway, we find a protagonist much like Dawson’s character in Briarpatch, who finds out the secrets family keeps, can be dangerous.

We are taken to Drift County, Wisconsin, where a young woman frantically walks into a diner drenched in blood and scared out of her mind, as someone looks to kill her. Three days later, we meet our protagonist, Sharon whose father was killed and she came home to find out exactly why. She would retrace the clues that the police never did, where their due diligence faltered. By issue’s end, Sharon uncovers a serial killer at play, one whose fingerprints are all over Drift County.

Overall, an excellent debut issue which will give readers vibes of Briarpatch, but also, Fargo. The story by Benjamin Percy is tremendous. The art by the creative team is breathtaking. Altogether, another fine addition to the canon of crime noir.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover
Color: Nick Filardi Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Devil’s Highway #1

Devil's Highway #1

Devil’s Highway #1 is an interesting comic as far as a debut. As part of the larger story, it feels like it’s a solid entry. But, on it’s own it’s a slow start whose pacing is along the line of a psychological thriller. Written by Benjamin Percy, the story follows a young woman who returns to town after her father has been murdered. She decides to take the investigation of his death into her own hands in what looks to be a serial killer situation.

As said above, the issue is slow. It heavily relies on the art of Brent Schoonover the deliver the story as characters look at crime scenes and evidence to piece together what has happened. This is a comic whose every detail has been thought out and in some ways is asking the reader to play along as detective.

And that’s where it’s all interesting as well.

Percy and Schoonover in a way beg the reader to go further into the story and linger on the images and what’s said to figure out the mystery. We’re shown things for a reason and go along the ride to see what this mystery is all about. We’re delivered evidence and like everyone else are challenged put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Those images too are key in invoking the emotion of it all. Many pages take on a nine panel view with little to no dialogue. Instead they rely on the positioning of the character and body language to tell the story. And it does an excellent job at that.

But, there’s also something unsettling about it all as well. Victims feel fetishized in a way with the final one being particularly unnerving. It doesn’t go over the top in an y way but it still feels a bit off to stare at these images. We get a voyeuristic view into into all.

Percy and Schoonover are joined by Nick Filardi on color and Sal Cipriano on lettering. The color choice of the comic really helps set the mood. With blues and whites, there’s a coldness to it all. It adds to the comic creating a dour mood beyond the at times horrific images.

Devil’s Highway #1 is an intriguing debut. It’s mostly wordless relying on body language and imagery to really drive the narrative. It’s absolutely unsettling at times with images that are disturbing. But, for those that enjoy murder mysteries, it’s a start that has a lot of potential. It doesn’t quite stand on its own but the technical execution is impressive and what they’re doing is rather unique.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover
Color: Nick Filardi Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read


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Preview: Devil’s Highway #1

Devil’s Highway #1

(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Brent Schoonover
In Shops: Jul 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) present a nerve-racking thriller examining murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. A young woman with a dark family secret embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the devil she must first embrace the darkness within.

Devil's Highway #1
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