written by Matt Miner illustrated by Creees Lee colored by Joshua Jensen lettered by Matt Krotzer $16.99 | full color 112 pages MATURE On Sale 2.19.20
A pair of young vigilantes break into a shady laboratory where bizarre tests are being run on animals. What at first seems like a simple rescue mission becomes more dangerous when they stumble on secret military experiments, discovering to their horror that the animals they sought to help have been turned into something different, something monstrous… and, once the cages are opened, Jeanette and Sarah quickly become the prey of these weaponized beasts. This high-octane action comic blends vigilante heroics with sci-fi horror for a brutal new adventure. Collects issues 1-4.
Lab Raider #1 returns us to the world crafted by writer Matt Miner. It’s a world that blends real-world animal activism with an over the top sense of storytelling comics can deliver.
Lab Raider picks up on the world that started in Liberator and followed up in Critical Hit. Jeanette and Sarah are still working together to liberate animals and free them from experimentation. This volume has a bit of a twist though bringing in a horror element to it all.
Lab Raider #1 continues the tense nature of previous volumes. But, unlike those, Miner uses some of the tricks he deployed in his horror series Poser. Throughout the issue, there’s a build up until the eventual reveal at the end. It creates a ride that you both want to see where it goes and don’t at the same time. The series has never shied away from violence and here that continues. Both seen and implied, this is a debut issue that has more in common with slasher horror films than it does with the message focused previous volumes.
The art by Creees Lee with color by Josh Jensen and lettering by Matt Krotzer helps build all of that tension. The art and design are fantastic but there’s still unease about it all. It doesn’t have a line heavy “dirt” look but everything is just slightly muted in a way that adds a dour look to it. The art helps create an atmosphere that builds up to the horror that awaits at the end.
While the series still has a focus on animal rights and activism, this latest volume feels a bit different. It’s not quite as in your face with its message. Instead, it focuses on its main to protagonists. We see the impact from the previous volumes on them. And, their mission this time while still political in nature results in a twist that’s much more in line with what you’d expect in a horror film. This feels like a new direction for the series and Miner is showing some massive growth in his writing bringing in previous success here. Whether you agree with animal activism or not Lab Raider #1 is a solid start and has me wanting to see where it goes next.
Story: Matt Miner Art: Creees Lee Color: Josh Jensen Letters: Matt Krotzer Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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Written by: Matt Miner Illustrated by: Creees Lee Colored by: Josh Jensen Lettered by: Matt Krotzer $3.99 | full color | 32 pages | mature On Sale 6.19.19
A pair of young vigilantes break into a black market laboratory where illegal tests are being run on animals. What at first seems like a simple rescue mission becomes more dangerous when they stumble on secret military experiments, discovering to their horror that the animals they sought to help have been turned into something different, something monstrous… and, once the cages are opened, the rescuers quickly become the prey of these weaponized beasts. This high-octane action comic blends vigilante heroics with sci-fi horror for a wildly new adventure.
Writer: Jeremy Whitley, Paul Cornell
Art: Andy Belanger, Creees Lee, Paulo Barrios, Rapha Lobosco
Cover: Andy Belanger
Rating: Teen +
Vampirella is fresh off a mind-blowing discovery-or at least it should have been. Coming to terms with what she’s learned about herself and her past means a journey to a place far scarier than the twisted future she’s living in… her twisted mind! Prepare yourself for a Vampirella like you’ve NEVER seen before! Collects issues 7-11 of Vampirella (2017)!
writer: Jeremy Whitley
artist: Andy Belanger, Creees Lee, Paulo Barrios
covers: Philip Tan (A), Johnny Desjardins (B), Cosplay Photo Variant (C), Jimmy Broxton (D-Sub)
Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Philip Tan (RI-B/W), Jimmy Broxton (RI-B/W), Philip Tan (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +
Vampirella’s trip to save her friend Vicki and restore death to the world has hit the road, but the road is about to hit back. A mysterious boss wants Vicki dead and Vampirella tortured and has hired some heavily armed maniacs in war-ready vehicles to do it. Can Vampirella save herself and Vicki? Will they make it to their destination in one piece? Who is this person who’s hunting Vampirella? Chaos reigns and a classic Vampirella character returns in part two of Jeremy Whitley and Andy Belanger’s pulse pounding Vampirella epic!