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Girls of Dimension 13 is a Fantasy Tale of Discovery and Empowerment

GIRLS OF DIMENSION 13 #1

Writer: Graham Nolan
Artist: Bret Blevins
Colorist: Greg Wright
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover: Bret Blevins w/ Greg Wright
Incentive Cover: Graham Nolan w/ Greg Wright
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 4.21.2021

Four young women are brought together by a mysterious invitation to live in a creepy building in NYC. They soon learn that the building houses a portal to the other twelve known dimensions, and that a malevolent creature known as Abraxis has bound these dimensions together, enslaving them to his will. For centuries, the portal has been guarded by a gatekeeper to prevent the evil on the other side from gaining access to OUR dimension.

Now the gatekeeper, Anna Nightlinger, is missing, and the only thing standing in Abraxis’ way is a quartet of young women with powers and abilities they don’t even know they have…for now.

Written by Inkpot Award-winning writer/artist Graham Nolan (The Chenoo, Return to Monster Island, co-creator of Bane) and illustrated by Emmy Award-winning artist, Bret Blevins (Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League), GIRLS OF DIMENSION 13 is a fantasy tale of discovery and empowerment, proving that sometimes all you need is a little help from your friends.

GIRLS OF DIMENSION 13 #1

Review: Scout’s Honor #1

Scout's Honor #1

Post-apocalyptic stories featuring a society attempting to rebuild itself after an event have been a pretty popular genre lately. Most have been interesting but haven’t quite delivered enough new to it. Scout’s Honor #1 is the latest entry but gives a spin on the concept with some new, and rather interesting, concepts.

Years after a nuclear apocalypse, a new society has arisen based around the manual from the Ranger Scouts, a Boy Scouts-like organization. While you could go into the comic thinking it’s a fairly straightforward story involving one group fighting another, with writer David Pepose, you know you’re getting something more.

Scout’s Honor #1 presents a story that can be approached in many ways. There’s of course the simple groups clashing potential but the issue really sets up a story about faith, beliefs, and what happens when they’re shaken. This is the story about when the truth about the foundation of a society is challenged and revealed to be built on lies.

But, that by itself could be interesting but Pepose goes for a trifecta of interesting concepts. In the main character Kit, there’s also a challenge of the society itself. Kit is a young women who has disguised herself as a man so she can become a Scout. It’s a challenge of the society from another angle providing an even more intriguing series.

Luca Casalanguida‘s art along with Matt Milla‘s color, and Carlos M. Mangual‘s lettering are top notch. There’s some great details to the comic. We’re given a post-apocalyptic world but it’s not quite the broken down wasteland. There’s been some movement in rebuilding the world but Milla’s colors and Casalanguida’s design remind us of what was. The coloring delivers an eerie look, an aura of the destruction that has lead to this.

Scout’s Honor #1 is a fantastic start to the miniseries. It approaches a familiar concept but does so in different than expected ways. There’s many directions and issues that the series seems it’ll be tackling delivering much more than just another clash in a post-apocalyptic world. We’re getting a series that’ll challenge and discuss where you go when you find out your world is a lie. It’s a timely comic that we might be able to reflect on our own reality from.

Story: David Pepose Art: Luca Casalanguida
Color: Matt Milla Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Disaster, Inc. #5

Disaster tourism is a real-world thing and Disaster, Inc. takes a group to the Fukushima disaster zone. But it’s not just radiation to worry about, ghosts haunt the area and the bodies begin to pile up. Disaster, Inc. #5 wraps up the horror series delivering chills.

Story: Joe Harris
Art: Sebastian Piriz
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual

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Exclusive Preview: Disaster, Inc. #5

DISASTER INC. #5

Writer: Joe Harris 
Artist & Colorist: Sebastian Piriz 
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale DECEMBER 2nd 

Chased by ghostly samurai warriors risen to defend the land against their trespasses, and abandoned by the man who brought them there, the final survivors of this tour take the only route left…and head straight toward the heart of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown.

DISASTER INC. #5

Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse That Laughs #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs

I’ve been vocal in my mixed feelings about Dark Nights: Death Metal. The main event has been mixed in quality and the one-shots, while they used to stand out, are now fumbling themselves. Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs is another stumble presenting four stories with few standing out and most being forgettable.

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs opens with an introduction introducing the scary stories to follow. Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, the intro isn’t so much Cryptkeeper as it’s a tease. Juan Gedeon handles the art, Mike Spicer color, and Troy Peteri the lettering and the art is solidly entertaining. But, the tales the Robin Kings aren’t what’s presented, and sadly what is, is far less interesting. A nice introduction to lay out the concept of the comic but it actually hurts what’s really could have been accomplished with some text on the first page.

Patton Oswalt, Sanford Greene, David Baron, and Josh Reed to a twisted take on Zsasz in “Feeding the Beast”. Sadly, the story itself doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at all. It feels like interesting ideas chopped together without a strong narrative. To say it’s a frustrating start is an understatement and the issue stumbles from there.

The Super-Pets get the spotlight in “The Super-Threats“. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the story is a Super-Pets spin on DCeased. Krypto returns from space to find a planet ravaged and all that remains are the Super-Pets. It’s a nice horror short story packed in well and filled with a little bit of humor to make it different and stand out from DCeased. Chad Hardin‘s art with color by Enrica Eren Angiolini‘s color is solid as the animals are filled with emotion as the story unfolds. There’s a slight coloring issue when one infected creature is described as having yellow eyes and red teeth and neither being present. Lettering by Carlos M. Mangual really stands out with the unique speech bubbles that makes the story really fun.

In “Hard-Traveled“, Earth has been taken over by Hal Jordon who’s used his power to bring order to the planet. Standing in his way is Green Arrow. Saladin Ahmed‘s story is interesting in concept but sadly doesn’t get enough pages to really stand out. But, it’s a comic I’d love to read. What does stand out is Scot Eaton‘s art. With Norm Rapmund on ink and Hi-Fi on color, the story builds to a Rocky vs. Apollo ending.

Much like the story leading into it, “The Fear Index” also suffers from not enough pages. Steel has to deal with a planet that has been enveloped by Scarecrow’s toxin. It’s a great idea that we’re mostly teased with. Written by Brandon Thomas, the story itself is the trailer for a film we want to see more of. The art by Thomas Mandrake is solid. With color by Sian Mandrake, it comes off as the twisted fear-induced visions you’d expect. It’s not the over the top trip that has been done before but it’s presented as unsettled. That’s helped by Deron Bennett‘s lettering which enhances the hallucinations from the fear toxin. It emphasizes the situation and world.

There are some things to like about Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs. The idea of an anthology telling stories in this twisted world has potential but few are given the space they’re needed to really be interesting. Instead, they all fall short as teases for something far more entertaining. Both the Green Arrow and Steel stories are worthy of their own one-shots and an entire line could be done like the other Dark Multiverse one-shots releases. But, as is, there’s not a lot here to get excited about.

Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Saladin Ahmed, Brandon Thomas
Art: Juan Gedeon, Sanford Greene, Chad Hardin, Scot Eaton, Thomas Mandrake
Color: Mike Spicer, David Baron, Enrica Eren Angiolini, Sian Mandrake, Hi-Fi
Ink: Norm Rapmund
Letterer: Troy Peteri, Josh Reed, Carlos M. Mangual, Deron Bennett
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Chido Comics’ Coquí Takes You to El Yunque in Puerto Rico in 2021

Chido Comics has been teasing a new project coming out in 2021. Written by Ivan Plaza, with art by Matteo Illuminati, and lettering by Carlos M. Mangual, Coquí is a brand-new mini-series launching next year.

After falling down a cliff in the mystical mountains of El Yunque, a young man is reborn, walking away with more than just his life. An extraordinary gift was bestowed upon him to protect his island in it’s darkest hour. The series is inspired by superhero films mixed with a throwback to classic superhero action-adventure stories.

Check out the teaser trailer below.

Preview: Disaster, Inc. #4

DISASTER INC. #4

Writer: Joe Harris 
Artist & Colorist: Sebastian Piriz 
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / On sale 10.07.2020 

With their fellow travelers dropping like sick butterflies, Abby and the remaining disaster tourists are both haunted and hunted by the restless guardians of Fukushima. But some of these thrill seekers are worse than others, and Abby begins to sort out the truth behind Paulo’s off-map excursion deeper into the Nuclear Exclusion Zone.  

Writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific, Rockstars, The X-Files) and artist Sebastian Piriz lead a disaster tour through the most dangerous places on Earth. In a world rife with calamity, catastrophe and unrest…you’re going to need the right guides to see it for yourself!

DISASTER INC. #4

Review: Disaster, Inc. #4

Disaster tourism is a real world thing and Disaster, Inc. takes a group to the Fukushima disaster zone. But it’s not just radiation to worry about, ghosts haunt the area and the bodies begin to pile up. Disaster, Inc. #4 delivers some unexpected twists to the story that’s already full of surprises!

Story: Joe Harris
Art: Sebastian Piriz
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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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

Exclusive Preview: Disaster, Inc. #4

DISASTER INC. #4

Writer: Joe Harris 
Artist & Colorist: Sebastian Piriz 
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / On sale 10.07.2020

With their fellow travelers dropping like sick butterflies, Abby and the remaining disaster tourists are both haunted and hunted by the restless guardians of Fukushima. But some of these thrill seekers are worse than others, and Abby begins to sort out the truth behind Paulo’s off-map excursion deeper into the Nuclear Exclusion Zone.

Writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific, Rockstars, The X-Files) and artist Sebastian Piriz lead a disaster tour through the most dangerous places on Earth. In a world rife with calamity, catastrophe and unrest…you’re going to need the right guides to see it for yourself!

DISASTER INC. #4
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