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Etrigan Emerges Again in The Demon: Hell is Earth

Jason Blood and Etrigan: the best of enemies, destined to spend eternity bound together. When a haunting vision leads Jason to Death Valley, a supernatural weapon is unleashed, radically transforming not only the land, but also Blood…and the Demon. The worst, though, is yet to come, as hell begins to make its way into our world.

Don’t miss the start of this horrifying miniseries, where Etrigan and Blood’s relationship will be changed forever!

Written by Andrew Constant with art and cover by Brad Walker and Andrew HennessyThe Demon: Hell is Earth is out November 15.

Review: Secret Weapons #3

SW_003_COVER-A_ALLEN“Class is in session, and Amanda McKee – the machine-wielding hero codenamed Livewire – is here to show her unconventional class of recruits what it really takes to master power. And lesson number-one is…teamwork! But as these once-abandoned psiot castaways put their pain behind them to become a fully functioning unit, an even deadlier set of challenges will soon rise to meet them…”

If you haven’t read the first two issues in this four issue miniseries, and you’re thinking of starting here, don’t. I mean, you could, but why bother? Eric Heisserer has written such a compelling story that it would be a shame to start here.

Secret Weapons feels like an updated version of the X-Men, a comic that truly focuses on the trials and tribulations of a group of young misfits with some almost useless powers, only they’re not called mutants here, but psiots; one can talk to birds, one can conjure things (with no control over what he conjures) and one can turn into pure marble. Only he can’t move when he does so. The series thus far has gone from strength to strength as we’ve been introduced to the misfit central characters, had a cameo or two from the wider Valiant universe (which you don’t need to  be familiar with to enjoy the series), as well as slowly introducing the villain proper last issue.
SW_003_005This issue sees Avichal Malakar, the statue powered psiot, trying to live his life way from the others only to face hostility from the public – not because as a Sikh he wears a turban, but because he’s a psiot. Without giving too much regarding the content of the comic away, things turn from bad to worse for Avi in a reflection of some of the recent real world issues without ever slapping you in the face with the comparison. Heisserer is a newcomer to comics, but you wouldn’t think it reading this issue – it is quite simply one of the best issues I’ve read all year, and incredibly relevant.

The art, by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin (who also letters the comic), is visually arresting. Allen’s use of the grid shows a level of visual story telling that perfectly complements the writing. I am a huge fan of Allen and Martin’s work, even though I was only introduced to their art with Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior (I say “they” because I’m not quite sure where one’s contribution ends and the other begins with the art. Ultimately, when it looks this good, I’m not as worried as I should be), and to get to see them firing on all cylinders with this issue is a complete treat.

I honestly thought that the best comic I’d read all week would be Divinity #0. I am happy to say that I was wrong in thinking that. Heisserer, Allen and Martin are one issue away from giving us a multi layered story that will stand among the best of the year.

This is where I add a cliched “if you’re not reading this…” statement where I try and push you into reading Valiant comics. But honestly? You don’t need to be familiar with Valiant to appreciate just how good this is. Don’t ignore this series – it’s absolutely fantastic.

Story: Eric Heissera Art: Raul Allen with Patricia Martin
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommedation: Buy

Although Valiant provided a FREE copy to review, I read the issue I picked up from my LCS.

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? Sound off in the comments below!

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The Beat – Wizard World expanding to smaller markets and getting back into print – Interesting.


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Preview: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #8


Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
Cover A: Claudia SG Iannicello
Cover B: Will Brooks Photo
Cover C: Arianna Florean
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: August 16

More shocking revelations for the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, as the true extent of Gabby’s powers starts to become clear…and Cindy’s response changes everything!

Preview: Vampirella #5

Vampirella #5

writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Jimmy Broxton
covers: Philip Tan (a) Valentine DeLandro (b) Cosplay Photo Variant (c)
subscription cover: Jimmy Broxton (d)
incentive covers: Cosplay Photo (“virgin art”), Philip Tan (B/W art), Jimmy Broxton (B/W art), Philip Tan (“virgin art”)
Order the cover of your choice.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

This is it! You’ve gotten to see the Great Beyond, meet the fellow who’s running it, and savor the world as we don’t know it that feeds into everything! Now it’s time for Vampy to do something that will change… well, everything! The world will never be the same after this, and that just may not be a good thing!

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X #3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X #3

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Khary Randolf (a) • Nick Pitarra (c)

Journey to Stump Asteroid, where the biggest no-hold barred brawls in Dimension X can be found! The newest warriors to enter the ring? The TMNT!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Generation X #5


CHRISTINA STRAIN (W) • Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque (A)

  • All eyes on EYE-BOY!
  • The most diligent student at the Xavier School for Mutant Education and Outreach is about to learn the most difficult lesson of all: When you can see EVERYTHING, you end up seeing some things you wish you hadn’t!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Preview: Aquaman #27

Aquaman #27

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“UNDERWORLD” part three! Aquaman lives! Threatened by the return of Atlantis’ natural-born ruler, King Rath accelerates his plan to scrub the sunken city of all its ancient magical treasures-but why is he stockpiling magic? Whatever the reason, Rath will need all the firepower he can get when Mera breaks through the barrier surrounding the city!

Preview: Normandy Gold #3


Writers: Megan Abbot, Alison Gaylin
Artist: Steve Scott
Cover A: Claudia Iannicello
Cover B: Steve Scott
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: August 16


After heading to Washington DC to investigate her estranged sister’s disappearance, tough-as-nails Sheriff Normandy Gold began to dig deep into the city’s underground sex industry. Playing the part of a high-class escort, Normandy soon uncovered a disturbing trail of sex, politics and murder, leading her to focus her investigation on a certain US presidential candidate, Senator Selwyn Grange…

Preview: Magnus #3

Magnus #3

writers: Kyle Higgins (main), Aubrey Sitterson (Doctor Spektor)
artists: Jorges Fornés (main), Dylan Burnett (Doctor Spektor)
covers: Giuseppe Camuncoli (A), Jorge Fornés (B), Giuseppe Camuncoli (RI-B/W), Jorge Fornés (RI-B/W)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen +

Magnus confronts her own personal demons as she visits a shady acquaintance – someone who knows her from back when she was better known as Magnus: Robot Hunter! – as the past and present collide while she’s searching for a lead to track down her prey: a deadly, homicidal AI who’s still on the loose!

Will she be able to shake the specter of the past and capture the rogue AI before someone else is hurt?

DOCTOR SPEKTOR PART 4:The story of the all-new master (and we use the term lightly) sorcerer continues…when Doc plays shrink – and both literally (and metaphysically) GETS INSIDE a client’s head!

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