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Review: Magdalena #1

Magdalena1Cover.pngIn Magdalena #1, writers Tini Howard and Ryan Cady, artist Christian DiBari, and colorist Mike Spicer dust off a nearly 20-year-old character from the Witchblade universe and give it a soft-ish reboot with style. Patience is a 32-year-old woman and happens to have the blood of Mary Magdalene, which allows her to wield the Spear of Destiny that pierced Jesus Christ’s side when he hung on the cross. She uses this Spear to defend the Earth from demons, but isn’t on speaking terms with the Vatican, her old employers. Except her powers have been going wonky recently, and the spear and her abilities don’t have the same effect on evil as she used to be.

Howard, Cady, and DiBari bookmark Magdalena #1 with riveting action scenes featuring freaky demons and pyrotechnics from colorist Spicer, but do an even better job fleshing out the women behind the spear. Patience has been feeling the weight of her burden as the longest serving Magdalena in history and just the persistent crush of evil and institutions that do nothing about it. Howard and Cady’s dialogue for Patience is wry action hero one-liners, but their captions for her are more vulnerable and thoughtful. She is coming to a crossroads in her life, and maybe it’s time to pass her mantle on. Di Bari’s art helps with this as well with panels of wounds on Patience’s torso that are slow to heal as she falls into Logan with even more religious imagery mode and comes to grips with her own mortality.

And this is where Maya Dos Santos aka your new favorite Goth Latina skeptic mystical MagdalenaInterior.pngweapon wielder-in-training comes in. Her first scene in Magdalena #1 is an argument with her mother about religion and not going to Mass. However, Tini Howard and Ryan Cady don’t writer her like a Reddit/Bill Maher atheist and give her a nuanced view of religion. Maya wishes she could believe in a higher power, but sadly can’t. Maya has strong emotions and her passion as a character makes her endearing from the get-go as her long-suffering friend Shilpa deals with her from wanting to have fun at the club to pining for a boy and then back to feeling sad. They have an easy, self-aware banter with Shilpa being the more responsible one while still having fun.

His faces and inking style reminds me a lot of fellow Top Cow artist Stepjan Sejic (This is a compliment.), but Christian DiBari’s work in Magdalena #1 stands out when he indulges his taste for devilish horror. For example, Maya’s problematic crush Greg, who happens to be the host for the demon Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, starts retching and then his neck snaps when the demon takes over his body. The neck snap, and the gruesomely green vomit from DiBari and Spicer crosses the book from urban fantasy into horror territory and provides Maya with a rude awakening into the world of being a Magdalena as she must learn her new abilities while one of the most powerful demons is on the loose. I look forward to more slicing, dicing action from DiBari and Spicer like the first time Maya wields the Spear of Destiny and gets a surge of energy that almost pops up in the page.

Tini Howard, Ryan Cady, Christian DiBari, and Mike Spicer successfully reimagine a popular 90s character in Magdalena #1 by giving their two protagonist relatable feelings and personal issues to go along with the demon ass kicking. Maya is 19 and trying to become her own person when she gets drawn into a world of Christian symbolism and demons while Patience is having a midlife crisis on a cosmic level.

Patience and Maya’s doubts and flaws along with their grit and determination plus some cool action, demon designs, and general gore make Magdalena #1 worth picking up even if you’re like me and only knew Magdalena from a lyric from “I Wanna Live in a World Full of Heroes” by nerd rock band Kirby Krackle.

Story: Tini Howard and Ryan Cady Art: Christian DiBari Colors: Mike Spicer
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics/Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman/TMNT Adventures #5 (IDW Publishing) – This book has just been plain all out fun! I was skeptical of the quality it would be after the last Batman/ TMNT crossover, which was good but this story so far just ninjas the previous teams ass! It takes the very best aspect of Batman: The Animated Series and melds it together in the Turtles world. Each issue is better than the previous and even though they are leaning to The Mad Hatter being the big boss behind it all, when Tetch is written correctly he is quite the villainous force. I can’t wait to see how this joyride through my childhood icons ends.

Action Comics # 976 (DC Comics) – Well here it is, the battle for Superman’s future! Can Supes defeat Myx (not spelling his damn name) and get back his family or will he lose more than he gained in the process? All I know is if Jon becomes a casualty out of it, I’m going hunting with Kryptonite bullets. Nevertheless a good twist on a classic Superman character and I am enjoying the various runs on my hero since Rebirth. Can anyone say New New 52?

Reborn #5 (Image Comics) – I have really dug this team up of Millar and Capullo thus far. I don’t think it has tremendous long term value but the short term storyline has been fantastic. The art is some of Capullo’s best and Millar’s writing is less Millar-y than usual which keeps it at a nice tempo for me. Very interesting look into the theory of reincarnation and one that wants to make sure my pet gets all the love he can get before I meet him in the afterlife. A fun ride for sure, not ready to get out of the car yet.

Iron Fist #1 (Marvel Comics) – The timing for this couldn’t be better as I have just reached the middle of my binge watching of “Iron Fist” on Netflix and I love it. My Danny Rand – ometer is at it’s peak right now so more firery chi punching for me is a must. This book is welcome, hope it meets my kung fu needs.

 

Joe

Top Pick: The Unworthy Thor #5 (Marvel) – What did he do to make him unworthy?! It seems like this is the issue where we should finally learn what was whispered into Odinson’s ear.

Action Comics #976 (DC Comics) – The end of the fantastic Superman Reborn arc! I loved this entire run so far and this arc has been so crazy it works.

Doom Patrol #5 (DC’s Young Animal) – This is one of the most fun and wacky comics out. I am obsessed with Nick Derrington’s art and wished he was drawing everything lately.

Black Hammer #7 (Dark Horse) – It has returned! One of the best comics out in the medium and written by one of my favorite writers, Jeff Lemire.

Dept. H #12 (Dark Horse) – Matt and Sharlene Kindt have been so consistently good on this book every month. I love this cover and I am excited to return to the deep and find out whodunit.

 

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #1 (Valiant) – I have the review copy sat on my desktop just waiting to be opened up and read again, but before I did that, I realized that this was honestly one of the few comics this week I’m looking forward to reading (again) when I pick it up i print so I can see the art without the watermark on it. I can’t wait to see it.

Hulk #4 (Marvel) – I read the first issue of this entirely by accident and immediately found one of my favourite new series. The tension you feel as Jen struggles to not change into the Hulk is palpable, and so well written. I don’t even need a villain in the series, I could read about Jennifer Walters living her life all day long.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #20 (Marvel) – The war between the X-Men and the Inhumans has come to an end, and the X-Men need to figure out their next move. I am very excited for the upcoming ‘ResurreXion’ event and looking forward to seeing the new paths the X-Men take.

Top Pick: Hulk #4 (Marvel) – This has been a great book from the start, showing that even a superhero can be shaken to their core after traumatic events.  Jen has definitely seen her share, from losing her cousin to almost dying by Thanos’ hand. This book is doing a fantastic job of showing her struggle to try and gain back her life while keeping her Hulk side at bay. If you aren’t reading this book, jump in now while it’s still early; you won’t be disappointed.

Invincible Iron Man #5 (Marvel) – I’ve been enjoying this book and getting to know Riri Williams.  It’s a fun book, seeing her being mentored by AI Tony Stark, and seeing her show him a thing or two in the process.  This issue should be fun as well, as various heroes are approaching her to join their teams but, of course, we’ll some villains tag along.  This should be fun.

Unworthy Thor #5 (Marvel) – Will Odinson just pick up the damn hammer already?!?!

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Torture Report: A Graphic Adaptation (Arcade Publishing) – On December 9, 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report condemning the CIA for its secret brutal torture during the Bush administration. This graphic novel summarizes and makes that important document understandable for individuals. The illustrations add poignancy to the facts.

The Circle #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A solid teenage horror tale that mixes fantastic art with a creepy story.

Heathen #2 (Vault Comics) – The first issue was great, the second issue is somehow better. This is a fantastic new series from a relatively new voice in comics and definitely a unique spin on things. Two words: lesbian. vikings.

Powerless #1 (Vault Comics) – Everyone has powers, but a new disease takes away those abilities. A cool concept from the upstart publisher.

Terms and Conditions (Drawn & Quarterly) – R. Sikoryak has taken the iTunes Terms and Conditions and created a word for word graphic adaptation.

Kill the Minotaur, from Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner, and Image this June

Famed video game and film writers Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa team up with comics artist Lukas Ketner for the all-new series Kill the Minotaur, coming this June from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.

Athens lost the war to Crete. Now, they must pay tribute to King Minos by sacrificing their best citizens to his unearthly labyrinth and the terror within. Conspirators believe Theseus can be the hero they so desperately need to end the mad king’s bloody reign…but no one in this world has ever encountered anything like the savage minotaur.

Kill the Minotaur #1 (Diamond code: APR170711) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 14th. Final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 22nd.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 3/18

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


 

Alex

All-Star Batman #9 (DC) Written with an almost prose style, this comic is easily the better of the two Batman books this week, giving us an interesting look at the Mad Hatter as Snyder continues his out-of-Gotham tour of Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

american gods 1.jpgAmerican Gods #1 (Dark Horse) I have never read the prose version of this story before, although I have a vague idea as to what the basic premise is from conversations with a friend, but I wasn’t prepared for how quickly the story went from hinting at something just beneath the surface to throwing it into your face. I liked it, however. Quite a lot. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #19 (DC) ….. it took me four minutes to read this, and that was four minutes I could have spent watching paint dry instead. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

Deadpool The Duck #5 (Marvel) Stupid, yet fun. Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Venom #5 (Marvel) Despite the fast pace it feels like there’s not been too much happening yet in this series, and yet I’ve been enjoying it nonetheless. There’s some great art sequences here that more than make up for the comparative lack  of substance. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Elana

BW_Cv1_dsBatwoman #1 (DC)– The Rucka / J.H. Williams III run of this character is the stuff of legends. I’ve eagerly awaiting the new creative team and this first issue is a promising start that should excite fans of the modern classic. Marguerite Bennett is the first queer woman to write Batwoman (and her cowriter for this, James Tynion IV is bi too). I’m relieved to have their perspectives on DC’s premiere lesbian heroine. The art from Steve Epting and Ben Oliver shares the striking noir glamor of of J.H. Williams’ original figures though their layouts are more traditional. Seeing a comic cover with 3 mysterious women of color on it is just what I needed. Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

I Hate Fairyland #11 (Image)** – Welcome back, muffin fluffers! Now that Skottie Young
has liberated himself from the useless encumbrance of things like “story arcs” and “plot”, he can get on with what this series does best: pure mayhem. In this issue, Gert goes fangirl on Gwag the Barbarian and in return is subjected to the fannish attentions of Gert cosplayer Maddie. The usual fun. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: buy

Casanova: Acedia #8 (Image)** – And into flashback, with art this time by Gabriel Bà. This is an absolutely paint-by-numbers assassin’s-daughter story, you know the one: assassin tries to shield daughter from The Life but she embraces it anyway. Nary a note of the originality and twist I expect and deserve from a Matt Fraction story. This story is stuck in neutral and needs a swift kick. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Skip

Sex Criminals #17 (Image)** – In this issue, Fraction & Zdarsky do their best Brubaker & Island_15-1Phillips… and really made me wish that Brubaker & Phillips had in fact done this issue. In fact, “The Skell” would be a great start to a series where we really dig into the m.o.’s of the various other sex criminals that are being hunted by Myrtle Spurge and her sex cops. In short, this would have been great if Fraction would just have run with it instead of backing off. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Kill of Be Killed #7 (Image)** – And speaking of Brubaker and Phillips and Breitweiser, and issues that deviate from the main plot to focus on a secondary character… Now this is how it’s done. “What Kira Sees” takes us into the world of vigilante Dylan’s ex in a series of
family photos and therapy sessions, which leads her into Dylan’s closet and a very good, totally sensible, and really terrible decision. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Island #15 (Image)** – Sadly, this is the final issue of Brandon Graham and Emma Rios’ anthology series. We open with Grim Wilkins’ wordless “Mirenda”, a very nice fantasy piece with animation-like drawing. Not really my thing, but well done. Farel Dalrymple follows with a new installment of “Pop Gun War,” which is really my thing: freewheeling rock n’ roll urban crime whmsy. Where can I get more of this? Oh, here: http://fareldalrymple.com/ (trade collection in June!) Next up: this issue’s stunning highlight, Dilraj Mann’s “January”, a starkly-drawn meditation on young fame and the lies we tell to be pop. And then the series peaces out with Brandon Graham hisself in a delightfully surreal installment of “Multiple Warheads”. All I can do is quote the closing lines: “Good dream.” “… Hope so…” I have really loved this series and would happily take more of this sort of thing. Thanks, Brandon and Emma, you guys are the best. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Ryan C

Dead Inside #4 (Dark Horse)** – In the best crime/mystery story fashion, John Arcudi ramps up the unanswered questions just prior to wrapping things up next month, while continuing the strong characterization that’s been a hallmark of this series from the outset., and Toni Fejzula’s Wrightson-esque art drives home the dark atmospherics in a dead inside 4 coverway that can only be described as “pitch perfect.” Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #19 (DC)** – Is this story actually going anywhere? We get it, Batman and Bane are gonna fight, but this is the second straight installment comprised more or less entirely of build-up, and it leaves us off, bizarrely, further back than we were last issue, when at least the fisticuffs had already gotten underway. I wouldn’t mind at all if the characterization and backstory were enlightening or shed something new on the proceedings, but Tom King so far hasn’t managed to do that. Oh, and David Finch’s art is still lousy. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

Batwoman #1 (DC)** – Writers Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV deliver a reasonably intriguing spy/noir thriller that suits artist Steve Epting’s considerable talents to a “T,” but it’s also fair to say it’s not exactly earth-shattering stuff and covers ground that’s very well-trod indeed. I liked it fine, but it was certainly predictable in the extreme. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Black Panther: World Of Wakanda #5 (Marvel)** – Roxane Gay and Alitha E. Martinez put the wraps on their five-part story arc, which I loved at the beginning, with an issue that continues the sad trend of each installment getting progressively worse than the last. Granted, this is essentially a prequel and, as such, is hamstrung by the same problem all prequels are — namely, you know how it’s going to end — but Gay, who is a very skilled author, never really fleshed out her two intriguing lead characters beyond their very broadly-defined internal struggles, and the art is bog-standard stuff. All in all, a woefully wasted opportunity. Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass

 

Shean

Black Panther: World Of Wakanda #5 (Marvel) The cliffhanger on the last issue, had hankering for what will happen next, and the creative team somewhat . We find Wakanda dead inside 4 coverin the throes of an awakening amongst the country’s women, as everyone has heard by this point what Aneka has done , and want retribution as well. What the Dora Milaje doesn’t see coming is one of their own seeking revenge. By issue’s end, you do realize it’s a prequel, one much like a recent show, leaves you an unsatisfactory ending. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Odyssey Of The Amazons #3 (DC)– We catch-up with the Amazons as they meet the Valkyries. Their resolve tested and possibly new allies by their side, they are still searching for their lost sisters. Trolls and Jojins continue to battle them at every front , Tgemyra’s leadership continues to wane and the ship’s crew unity begins to dissipate.By issue’s end, it seems the Amazons have been dealt a fatal blow. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Batwoman#1 (DC)– Definitely one of the better reboots from The Big Two, as this spy thriller felt a little Iron Man/ James Bond -Ish as this has all the workings that one would expect of either character but as this gender switch deftly proves, it is even more interesting with a woman in this position. One should buy if you are enjoying Brubaker and Phillips “Velvet”, as Kate Kane is one smooth operator to be watched.
Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Chaykin’s The Divided States of Hysteria Sees the Dramatic Downfall of America

Image Comics is pleased to announce that this June, creator Howard Chaykin will deliver The Divided States of Hysteria—a pulls-no-punches, dystopic suspense story about the dramatic downfall of the most formidable and globally far-reaching government the world has ever seen.

In The Divided States of Hysteria, a deeply troubled America is barely beginning to recover from a profound national trauma, only to be further destabilized by a worst-case terrorist attack.

Chaykin calls the comic a “raw, uncompromising vision of an all too familiar, all too near future America.”

A powerful and profoundly unsettling new series echoing today’s political turmoil and the restlessness of a jaded society, Chaykin’s The Divided States of Hysteria is poised to upend what readers have come to expect from comics.

The Divided States of Hysteria #1 (Diamond Code APR170684) hits stores on Wednesday, June 7th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 15th.

Jim Mahfood Returns to Grrl Scouts with Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks

Image Comics has announced Jim Mahfood has come home to creator-owned comics for the first time in years with the glorious return of Grrl Scouts, set to hit shelves this May.

In Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks, readers join Gwen, Daphne, and Rita as they reunite for a pulse-pounding psychedelic adventure through the streets of Freak City.

This first issue is stuffed to the gills with an action-packed story, bonus art, soundtrack, sketchbook, and a behind-the-scenes commentary. Plus, a variant cover by the one and only Skottie Young. Pure fun! Pure flavor!

Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1 Cover A by Mahfood (Diamond Code MAR170683) and Cover B by Young (Diamond Code MAR170684) hit stores on Wednesday, May 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 24th.

Review: Kill or Be Killed #7

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To put it simply, this is one of the best comic books out. That’s doesn’t mean it is one of the best non-superhero books, or best crime or noir books, it is one of the best comic books out in the entire medium right now. This is the type of story made by masters of their craft, and this crack team are certainly that. This isn’t their first comic together, or even their first crime comic together, and it shows. You always hear act like you’ve been there before, well these three have, and it shows in Kill or Be Killed #7.

The story does not start off or even touch much on Dylan’s situation much until the end of the book, and even then it is all seen through Kira’s eyes. If you do not remember or know who Kira is, she is the old friend and former lover of Dylan, oh and the ex-girlfriend of his roommate. Yeah, sometimes life is messy, and this story nails real flawed people, and how crazy life can be. None of this odd love triangle or square at this point feels forced, cliché, or unbelievable. This issue felt earned because I have been with these characters on a journey. Kira’s return felt real, and something I have seen in my own life, where an ex returns out of the blue because they want the other person back, or have some other plan. Let’s just say that when Kira does return, she finds some things that she does not like, including that other woman.

Ed Brubaker made an issue that I think could have been pretty boring and while it took me a bit to get into it the way I did, I then realized what he was doing. He took an entire issue and put a ton of character development into it. I feel like I know Kira so much more, and I am so excited to see where this story goes with her back in it. This issue also set up some big things for future issues with what she finds that I won’t spoil. The world seems to be ready to come down around Dylan, who thinks he’s still pulling all of this off, but we know in the real world, things don’t work this way. Dylan is not some expert assassin. He’s not The Punisher. He’s someone in over his head, and he now has a curious and scorned ex as well as a detective looking at things he doesn’t want or know are being looked at.

Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser are the other half of this crack team. They have been with Brubaker on other classics, and they absolutely blew me away with this issue. From the brilliant use of panels showing Kira and her psychiatrist, which again helped so much with her character development, to the photo album filled with old pictures of Kira’s family members that had died, which by the way was a very haunting idea that her family did that. You can see many layers to Kira, as if she was a real person because that’s how real people are. I know I have repeated that quite a bit, but to me it’s one of the most impressive things about this book, and this team. The hard to look awkward scene at the end of the book where Kira is let’s just say eavesdropping on Dylan was depicted so well. From the dialogue, and having it told through her eyes and her ears was a fantastic use of storytelling.

You should read Kill or Be Killed. I think it’s a book that anyone can appreciate. You don’t have to just like crime books, or detective books, this is about real people in real situations, and in real trouble real soon. Dylan is on a crash course for a bad ending, but the book keeps me guessing, and I love it for that. It is continuously one of my favorite comics every month, and I highly recommend to everyone.

Story: Ed Brubaker Art: Sean Phillips Color: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Head Lopper #5

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Head Lopper is back! One of the weirdest, most violent, yet beautifully drawn books in comics returns, and I am excited. This title was one of my favorites last year, even with only four issues. Now, they’re four long issues, but we still only had four issues total. With Head Lopper #5 comes a new arc called “The Crimson Tower” and for good reason. This issue has a lot of blood, some heads being lopped, and more blood. It is a ton of fun. This book is part fantasy, part Viking, part eighties movie, part Adventure Time, and all awesome. This comic takes elements from all of those things and blends them into one of the most unique things out there right now in any medium, and it works very well.

Andrew Maclean writes, draws, does the letters, and designs the look of the comic book. Certainly, he isn’t the only creator to wear multiple hats in the comic book industry, but what is incredible is he is one of the ones who wear all of those hats so well. The story is great, the art is jaw dropping, the books overall design fits into the book’s tone perfectly, and even the lettering has his style all over it. The only other person that helps Andrew on the book in any of the art, is Jordie Bellaire. By now you should know who that is, as they are one of the best colorists in the industry, and the colors in this book are a large part of what makes it great. The art looks like stills from a cartoon and a great cartoon at that. There are certain scenes where I was prepared to start seeing the water move, or a torch flicker. It is that good. It looks like I paused my TV, and at any moment, I can hit play, and watch it all play out. So as far as the art goes, I don’t think you get much better than Maclean, and Bellaire.

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Variant Cover

As for the story itself, we follow our favorite head lopper, Norgal, and the grouchy witch head on his back, Agatha. We again get some great comedy relief from Agatha and others from the book, but to me, she always makes me laugh the hardest. Maclean knows the ridiculousness of having a witch head that was a head that Norgal lopped on his journey with him, and it gives some great moments in the book. With the head lopper are Xho, and Zhaania, two warriors that have joined his side, with their own cause and quest within the tower. They arrive at The Crimson Tower, which is on an island where a race called the Fonga believe that having one of their own enter the tower will bring greatness to their people. This also gives us Bik, and Twerpal, two brothers. Twerpal is tasked with watching after his little brother, Bik by his mother, but when he finds he has wandered off, he soon discovers where he went, and that brings the both of them to the tower, and where our heroes are. From here the book has everyone that is in the tower fighting and solving puzzles to survive and escape it. This is similar to stories like The Hunger Games or The Running Man or even Krull for you eighties fantasy fans. This is where the book cranks it up to eleven, and leaves it in a spot where I cannot wait to return with the next issue.

I won’t lie, Head Lopper is a violent book. Yes, it’s in a fun cartoon style, and in the vein of shows like Samurai Jack and Adventure Time as I mentioned before, but there is well, obviously, head lopping, and quite a bit of blood. Somehow, the book is still one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. That’s a testament to how good Maclean and Bellaire are. I loved the first four issues, and I loved this as well. This issue showed there is no sign of stopping with Head Lopper, and I cannot wait for the next three issues of this arc. The first chapter as Maclean calls it of “The Crimson Tower” is fantastic, original, and so much damn fun.

Story/Art/Letters: Andrew Maclean Color: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Blindbox Comics’ March 2017 Unboxing

Blindbox Comics is a monthly comic book subscription box that includes five regular monthly releases and one exclusive variant cover. Or, you can order just the variant. Or, you can order just the comics.

We open up and show off the latest and final box released, going over the comics plus a variant! Find out what’s inside!

Samaritan, From Matt Hawkins and Atilio Rojo in May

Fan-favorite writer Matt Hawkins and artist Atilio Rojo team up for an all-new, action-packed thriller from Top Cow/Image Comics in Samaritan. The new series is set to launch this May.

In Samaritan, a woman with a vendetta decides she’s going to take down the largest military contractor in the world and has the means and a plan that just might work. How do you bankrupt one of the richest, most technologically advanced and successful companies in the world? You steal all their research and give it away to everyone. Can she survive long enough to pull it off with the entire US government trying to kill her?

Samaritan #1 (Diamond Code MAR170694) hits stores on Wednesday, May 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 1st.

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