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Zoop Celebrates National Comic Book Day with a Comic Sampler

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Starting off with full disclosure, I’m the marketing manager for Zoop. It’s why we haven’t covered the new crowdfunding platform at all, I just felt it weird crossing the streams and one who cares about the “ethics” of journalism it’s a bit hard to mix things up for me. But, today is National Comic Book Day and the platform is celebrating that with a cool sampler of all of the crowdfunding projects past and present on the site. You can catch more of that below.

I more wanted to talk about why I’m excited about being a part of the Zoop team. The simple answer is, we get to do stuff like this. I’ve been reading and collecting comics for over 35 years. My collection is massive (100+ long boxes) and the variation of comics is… a lot. There’s big publishers, small publishers, indie comics, paper stapled together after being xeroxed. It varies. I really like comic books. And, I like talking about comics and sharing what I like and promoting them. Hence this site.

That’s part of what drew me to Zoop and the team. I get to promote cool comics. I get to help try to make them a reality. So far, we’ve succeeded with them all and I’ve backed every single one. We not only get to help make these comics a reality by getting them funded but we’re building a community while doing it. Unlike other crowdfunding platform, this isn’t every creator in their mostly walled off garden. We use each campaign to build on the next. We’re attempting to bring together comic fans who want to help make this creator-owned indie comics a reality. To be a part of that is really cool.

When I was 20ish I helped published an indie comic that was released during San Diego Comic-Con. I got my name in the credits. That won’t happen here but to see that at 20 is such a cool exprience. I helped create something that others could enjoy. I get to do that every day with Zoop. And that’s what’s cool about this sampler, I feel like I’m 20 again with its release.

Today, I’ll be out promoting the current projects that are looking for funding, all three of them, and in-between spending some time reading some comics myself.

Check out the first Zoop sampler release and all of the comics that you can currently help make a reality. Links are within the comic sampler, so dive in, enjoy, and help celebrate today by reading some comics and maybe help make some a reality.

Current projects currently funding found within the sampler include:

  • Trickster by Neil Gibson, Connor McCreery, and Veronica Saraceno
  • The Brothers James by Brian Level, Ryan Ferrier, and Eamon Hill
  • Cornerman by Ray-Anthony Height and Chris Robinson

Successfully funded projects include:

  • Slow City Blues by Samuel Haine, Shawn Moll, John Livesay, David Baron, and Thomas Mauer
  • Scarlett Couture – The Munich File by Des Taylor
  • Resolution by Ron Marz, Andy Lanning, and Rick Leonardi
  • Heads Will Roll by Bart Sears
  • Remember Andy Xenon? by Tom Pinchuk and Nikos Koutsis

ComiXology Features Five New Including new Legends of the Dark Knight and Truth & Justice

There are five new releases available now on comiXology. Get new comics from Yen Press, Harlequin, iPOP, and DC including two DC Digital Firsts. Start shopping now or check them out below.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #14

Written by Brandon M. Easton
Pencils Karl Mostert
Inks Karl Mostert
Colored by David Baron
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CATECHISM FINALE! Instead of fighting each other, Batman and Azrael will need to pool their resources to stop the might of Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins from getting away with the Vessell of St. Januarius!

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #14

Truth & Justice (2021-) #18

Written by Andrew Aydin
Pencils Juni Ba
Inks Juni Ba
Colored by Nick Filardi
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As Batman and Ra’s al Ghul wage a battle around him, Damian is left to ponder a life altering question: choose immortality and stand at his grandfather’s side or choose mortality and continue on his path alongside his father.

Truth & Justice (2021-) #18

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #57

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Shingo Adachi, Noboru Kannatuki, Kento Sakaeda
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DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore
Cow Girl’s uncle reflects on how he came to share his roof with two people, and Goblin Slayer’s party continues on its journey… Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One the same day as Japan!

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #57

Monster Me: Lion Queen (Teacher’s Edition)

Written by iPOP! Labs
Art by Maxflan Araujo, Davide Puppo
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LeMon’s adventure has her testing out the goods of 3 LIONS. But what will happen when those 3 lions find out a MONSTER has been messing with their stuff? Includes a teacher’s guide.

Monster Me: Lion Queen (Teacher's Edition)

Truth Or Dare

Written by Jolie Kramer
Art by Kazuna Uchida
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To break out of her routine, Megan decides to go on a trip to indulge in a romantic fling. Ever since her right leg was disabled and her heartless ex-boyfriend dumped her because of it, Megan’s found it difficult to get back in the love game. While on her trip, she uses a leg brace to pretend that her leg is fractured. There, she meets Luke Webster, the most beautiful man she has ever seen, and the two spend a hot, steamy night together. With her goal completed, Megan’s ready to move on and forget him, but Luke insists on continuing their relationship. She can’t keep lying to him, but she can’t resist his invitation…

Truth Or Dare

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10 New Comics Await on comiXology

There’s ten new comics available now on comiXology. You can get new releases from Noeve Grafx, DC Comics, Yen Press, Harlequin, and iPOP. Get shopping now or check out the releases below.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #13

Written by Brandon M. Easton
Pencils Karl Mostert
Inks Karl Mostert
Colored by David Baron
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CATCHEISM BEGINS! Batman heads to Rome to stop Ra’s Al Ghul and the Leage of Assassins from getting their hands on an ancient artifact that they want to use to exacerbate the power of the Lazarus Pits. What Batman doesn’t know is that the artifcat is already under the protection of the Order of St. Dumas, specifically, AZRAEL! From the creative team of Critically Acclaimed Writer Brandon Easton and rising star artist Karl Mostert!

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #13

Truth & Justice (2021-) #17

Written by Andrew Aydin
Pencils Juni Ba
Inks Juni Ba
Colored by Nick Filardi
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Captured and taken to Turkey, Robin’s battle with Tarhun and Arinitti takes him on a crash course through the city. But who is pulling the gods’ strings and what does he want Damian for?

Truth & Justice (2021-) #17

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro Vol. 2

Written by Nanashi
Art by Nanashi
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Nagatoro est en seconde. Pleine d’assurance, joueuse, moqueuse, elle se découvre un jour un passe-temps favori : martyriser son “Senpai”, lycéen de première timide et mal dans sa peau. Nagatoro taquine, agace, aguiche, va parfois trop loin… mais qu’a-t-elle vraiment derrière la tête ? Et si derrière ses moqueries elle cachait une véritable affection ? Et si finalement, ses farces permettaient à Senpai de s’affirmer ?

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro Vol. 2

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro (édition Deluxe) Vol. 2

Written by Nanashi
Art by Nanashi
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Nagatoro est en seconde. Pleine d’assurance, joueuse, moqueuse, elle se découvre un jour un passe-temps favori : martyriser son “Senpai”, lycéen de première timide et mal dans sa peau. Nagatoro taquine,
agace, aguiche, va parfois trop loin… mais qu’a-t-elle vraiment derrière la tête ? Et si derrière ses moqueries elle cachait une véritable affection ? Et si finalement, ses farces permettaient à Senpai de s’affirmer ?

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro (édition Deluxe) Vol. 2

Deux en même temps

Written by Leslie Kelly
Art by Mao Karino
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Chloé a été embauchée par Troy pour travailler sur un projet de design de vitrines dans un grand magasin. Elle était enthousiasmée par le travail et surprise lorsqu’elle a vu Troy danser, sans porter de chemise et sous la pluie. Il est toujours si sérieux ! Quand elle découvre ce nouveau côté chez lui, elle tombe amoureuse. Mais il est toujours professionnel et strict au bureau. Elle a de nouveau rencontré le côté passionné de Troy en Floride et a été séduite… mais maintenant il s’appelle Trent ! Quand ils sont rentrés chez eux, Troy a fait semblant de ne pas se souvenir de la nuit chaude qu’ils avaient partagée en Floride ! À quel jeu joue-t-il?

Deux en même temps

Goblin Slayer #61

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Kousuke Kurose
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DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore
Wizard Boy has rushed ahead and found the captive adventurer, but will soon learn that you underestimate goblins at your own peril… Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer at the same time as Japan!

Goblin Slayer #61

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #42

Written by Takahiro
Art by Strelka
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This series is rated Adults Only
DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality
Hinowa and her allies set off to the east in search of the next man recommended by the elder. Read the next chapter of Hinowa ga CRUSH! at the same time as Japan!

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #42

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Vol. 1

Written by Coolkyousinnjya
Art by Coolkyousinnjya
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Un matin, la tête enfarinée après une nuit de beuverie, Kobayashi voit débarquer sur le pas de sa porte… un dragon. Ou plutôt une dragonne fantasque, dénommée Thor, qui a décidé de son propre chef de se mettre à son service !

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Vol. 1

Monster Me #2: Body Chemistry (Teacher’s Edition)

Written by iPOP! Labs
Art by Cocoon Productions, Maxflan Araujo, Davide Puppo, Irene Yeom
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Learn about nutrition and sugar through comics! Follow the adventures of Midori and Perla, a Cookie Monster and a few friends as they go on an adventure to discover why Perla still feels hungry after eating a big meal. Includes a teacher’s guide.

Monster Me #2: Body Chemistry (Teacher's Edition)

Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1

Written by Tomo Takeuchi
Art by Tomo Takeuchi
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Collégien en déroute, Tatara Fujita ne sait pas quoi faire de sa vie. Il n’a ni talent particulier, ni passion, ni grande envie de chercher. Il n’est ni très costaud, ni très courageux, et n’a pas vraiment confiance en lui. Le hasard et une bande de caïds mal intentionnés lui feront rencontrer Kaname Sengoku, danseur professionnel qui à la suite d’un quiproquo le traînera jusqu’à un nouveau studio de danse de salon. Tatara y découvre l’univers de la danse sportive. Une révélation qui bouleversera son quotidien puis toute sa vie…

Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1

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Review: Batman #105

Batman #105

James Tynion IV‘s run on Batman, so far, has been a lot of ups and downs. Arcs overall have been good but none are instant classics. It’s all entertaining but not a lot is memorable. Everything is just a setup to something else with very little feeling like real conclusions. Batman #105 continues that pattern as the “Ghost Stories” arc wraps up.

Batman, Harley Quinn, and Clownhunter are still captured by Ghost-Maker with Clownhunter being tempted to enact revenge against Harley with only Batman there to stop him. It’s a test by Ghost-Maker in hopes of making a point to Bruce/Batman that his ways are a failure. It all leads into another battle between Batman and Ghost-Maker as Bruce attempts to make a point his way is better to his long-time friend and rival.

Tynion uses the arc to introduce this new rival/friend but also continues to set up the new status-quo for Batman. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as layers are added to his vision for the character. But, while some themes are touched upon, each new layer seems to forget there was a layer underneath ignoring what has been set up before. In this case, Gotham is still dealing with the after effects of “The Joker War” but that is barely touched upon. Instead we get a bit of a continuation that Bruce/Batman has been a failure.

The forgetting of layers also seems to happen within Batman #105. The first half of the comic focuses on the dynamic between Clownhunter and Harley. As soon as that’s over, Clownhunter stomps off and Harley just disappears. While Bruce fights it out, she’s nowhere to be seen though could have stuck around to help. You’d also think Clownhunter, so focused on revenge, might want to stick around to get some against the person who kidnapped him.

The art of the comic is handled by Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki, Alvaro Martinez, Christian Duce. Unlike the previous issue, this one feels much more consistent in art. The different creators aren’t as noticeable and not the detriment like the previous issue. Joined by David Baron on color and Clayton Cowles on lettering, the issue has an almost “classic” design about it. Batman looks much more like Neal Adams’ version, the blue cowl and grey suit. There’s some inconsistency in Batman’s body but overall, everything flows well and there’s a good view of the action. Nothing is confusing or too much of a “quick cut”.

Batman #105 sets up an interesting dynamic by the end of the issue but like the arcs before doesn’t quite satisfy. It again feels like a piece of a bigger puzzle. And due to that, it’s not all that satisfying. These aren’t the classic days where Batman’s adventures were confined to some issues that you could enjoy on their own. Instead, this is just part of a bigger story whose arcs don’t feel like they quite stand on their own.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki, Alvaro Martinez, Christian Duce
Color: David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Batman #104

Batman #104

Mixing Batman with Saw sounds like an awesome concept. Batman #104 dances around diving into that combination as Batman, Harley Quinn, and Clownhunter have been captured by Ghost-Maker. The first story arc after “The Joker War” continues to stumble as the series fails to excite.

Batman #104 has the group capture by Ghost-Maker bouncing between that and Nightwing and Oracle discussing Bruce’s history with Ghost-Maker. Writer James Tynion IV dips his toes in what could be a very interesting concept and direction. Ghost-Maker forcing Batman to make a tough decision with Clownhunter and Harley Quin while trapped within a room. But, the issue focuses mostly on Bruce’s past with the mysterious Ghost-Maker. By the end, we have learned only a little more than we knew before.

Almost half of the comic is dedicated to the past of Bruce and the anti-hero, about six times as is needed. We already knew they trained together, so adding in a little more is fine but much of the issue sets up the relationship between the two to once again emphasize that Bruce/Batman cares. The focus feels like filler to some extent presenting a sequence extended far more than it needs to be.

Where things would get interesting is presenting Batman with an actual dilemma, one where he needs to make a difficult choice. We get that tease in what looks like the set of Saw. Pitting Batman, Clownhunter, and Harley Quinn together in the situation really emphasizes Ghost-Maker’s point. And while the basics are there, it never really gets to the interesting aspects. That’s teased for the next issue.

Things aren’t helped with the art on the issue which is inconsistent. Ryan Benjamin, Danny Miki, Bengal, and Guillem March all contribute to the issue and it’s noticeable that there’s so many hands in it. There’s a dip in details from segment to segment and at times page to page that’s distracting. While DC has gotten away with multiple artists where things aren’t an issue, Batman #104 features such a variation that it’s jarring at times. Not even the art can really save the issue.

Much like much of the Ghost-Maker arc so far, Batman #104 continues a story which has potential but never quite nails the interesting meat of it. The issues feel like a build-up to what will be a packed final issue that really lays things out. This seems to be Tynion’s pattern with his multiple arcs so far. The initial issues lay out some interesting concepts, dances around them, and the final issue lays out the theme and “conclusion” of the arc. It creates for issues where things don’t feel satisfying and as a reader we’re left with potential with little payoff.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Ryan Benjamin, Danny Miki, Bengal, Guillem March
Color: David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation:
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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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Review: Batman #103

Batman #103

Batman #103 continues a rather middling new arc for the series after the mixed “Joker War”. The issue features Batman battling Ghost-Maker as we learn a little more about the two’s history. Nothing is too surprising or exciting but at the same time, there’s also nothing particularly bad about the issue. It’s a fine, somewhat forgettable read.

Writer James Tynion IV continues his Batman run with a “fight issue”. It’s interspersed with cliché and things we’ve seen so many times before. All it was missing was Ghost-Maker uttering “you have failed this city”. That’s just some of the frustration of the comic. With Ghost-Maker uttering “Bruce” every other page, you wonder who at this point doesn’t know Batman is Bruce Wayne. With Clownhunter standing there… does everyone have to know his identity?

There’s nothing particularly bad about the issue. If you enjoy fights and battles, that’s about it. Whether it’s Batman vs. Ghost-Maker or Clownhunter vs. Harley Quinn, Batman #103 delivers visuals and action over substance. There’s a bit more depth as to the history between Batman and Ghost-Maker but overall you leave the issue with little more than you began the issue with.

Where things do get a bit more fun and interesting is the mentioned Clownhunter vs. Harley Quinn. Harley is attempting to right her ship and do the hero thing again. Clownhunter though, wants his revenge. Watching the two battle it out is actually interesting as Harley mostly plays defense, laying out her vision of going legit. She also has some fun with it all analyzing Clownhunter a bit during their dance. That’s the most interesting aspect of the comic and hints at what Tynion might have been going for presenting the issue as is. We’re supposed to get a little juxtaposition between the two sets of adversaries. But, that never clicks. We generally get some nice visuals and tired cliché where Batman explains how Ghost-Maker’s actions actually hurts things.

Visually, the comic features a trio of creators, Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki, and Guillem March. Along with David Baron on color and Clayton Cowles lettering, the art flows between the three with little notice of changing things up. Visually, the comic looks crisp and nice and beyond a weird positioning of Batman at the end the action as presented is interesting. Harley and Clownhunter’s dance especially stands out with its close quarters and humorous tone to it.

As I stated, Batman #103 isn’t a bad comic at all. It’s just rather boring. Much of it feels like things we’ve already seen. That can work if it’s presented in a new or interesting way. As is, we have another “anti-hero” thinking Batman’s actions haven’t worked while Batman explains he sees a bigger picture. It’s an attempt to extend some of the themes from “Joker War” but it never quite works or clicks. Instead, the comic feels like it putters about a bit never getting to the point and extended things out much longer than they should.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki, Guillem March
Color: David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL GUIDEBOOK #1

I remember “guidebooks” from back in the day. They’d be a lot of text that were more like roleplaying game supplements than comic books. And that’s what I expected with Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1. I was also really wrong about that as well. The Dark Nights: Death Metal tie-in is full of standalone stories and tales that shed more light on what has happened. It’s also a perfect guide for those that skipped “Year of the Villain” and want to catch up.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1 featured five stories from various creative teams and in between it has one-page guides/sketches that I was expected more of. As with all anthologies, the quality varies in story and art but this is the rare case where everything is at least good if not great. The story subjects, tones, and focus are all different delivering insight into the event.

The main chunk of the comic is made up of the “Fall of Earth”. The story goes into detail exactly what happened. While it skips some of the lead up it’s the perfect read for those who want to know what they missed. In goes into so much detail it spoils the first three issues of Dark Nights: Death Metal as well. It’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the event and when I got to the end, I felt like I had a good grasp as to what was going on and the why. None of it was Earth-shattering (pun intended) but I feel like I have a bit more of a grasp as to what’s going on now.

The other four stories focus on various heroes and villains and where they stand.

Harley Quinn gets a spotlight as she explores the irradiated wastelands and it answers some questions as to what has happened to some villains while raising questions as well. Aquaman is the most intriguing of the stories as it shows a former King subjugated and folded to protect his people. We learn more about Wonder Woman and her jail of villains. The story is the highlight of the comic delivering an emotional punch. Wrapping it up is a story featuring Batman, Jonah Hex, and the Joker Dragon. While the overall story is the weakest of the bunch it also has some key details that will impact the main story. There’s a reason Hex was chosen by Batman and something he must do if things go sideways.

The art is pretty solid all around. The styles vary a bit but none of it varies too much from each other. It’s unique but cohesive at the same time. All of it is good across the board and each has its moments that’ll leave you lingering. With a limited amount of pages to work with, the art is key to tell the story and bring emotion.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1 is a one-shot tie-in that really works. While it feels like it should have come out earlier in the event, it does a great job of acting as a starting point for those who missed the first three issues. It answers a lot of questions and also drops some key hints for the main story as well. It’s a spin-off that feels as vital as any main event issue.

Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Chip Zdarsky, Becky Cloonan, Vita Ayala, Christopher Priest
Art: Doug Mahnke, Khary Randolph, Becky Cloonan, Dan Panosian, Eduardo Risso
Ink: Jamie Mendoza
Color: David Baron, Emilio Lopez, Tamra Bonvillain, Luis Guerrero, Eduardo Risso
Lettering: Tom Napolitano, Dave Sharpe, Steve Wands, Ferran Delgado, Willie Schubert
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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ComiXology Delivers 4 New Digital Comics from DC Comics and Harlequin

ComiXology has four new digital comics for you today! Harlequin has two romance manga and DC has two new DC Digital First comics! Get them now or check out the individual issues below!

Callaghan’s Bride

Written by Diana Palmer
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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On the huge Texas ranch that’s run by the Hart brothers, Tess can’t understand why the second oldest brother, Callaghan, is always so cold to her. But it takes only one act of kindness from him to make her fall in love. One day, the two end up sharing a surprising and passionate kiss. So why does the much older Callaghan still keep pushing her away?

Callaghan's Bride

Luc’s Revenge

Written by Catherine George
Art by Maoko Nagasaki
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One day, Portia, a real estate agent, receives a call. It’s a request to see Turret House. As soon as she hears that, she feels light-headed. It’s the one place she never wants to visit ever again. When she arrives there, a sexy man with a smile on his face is waiting for her…

Luc's Revenge

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #5

Written by Riley Rossmo
Pencils Riley Rossmo
Inks Riley Rossmo
Colored by Riley Rossmo
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“The Life and Death of Harley Quinn”
It’s the history of the life, the universe, and everything as told by HARLEY QUINN! From the big bang all the way to the end of the world! This one has got it all! Spaceships, parades, prison breaks, copious amounts of costume changes and most importantly: Harley, Harley, and more Harley!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #5

Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

Written by Phil Hester, Louise Simonson
Pencils Bret Blevins, Eric Gapstur
Inks Bret Blevins, Eric Gapstur
Colored by David Baron, Chris Sotomayor
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Story 1 – Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

 Story 2 – A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

Preview: Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

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