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Review: Bass Reeves #2

Bass Reeves #2

There can never be sunshine with rain, as I used to hear my grandmother say. I never quite understood that as kid, even after she explained it to me. Life as a kid was always straightforward, and I never saw what the adults in my life had to deal with. As I am an adult and a parent now, I wished they shared with me more now of what they dealt with.

As we never wanted for anything, but my parents dealt with their own set of struggles, something they shielded us from. As their hearts and minds were in ensuring our future as I do now for my daughters. That struggle and the need to “just do” is what makes us who we are. The folks at Allegiance Arts explores the struggles our protagonist had in Bass Reeves #2.

We find Bass as he grows his legend all across the Oklahoma Territory, one outlaw at a time, as he shows that he is a man that suffers no fools. We are also taken to a Seminole village, where a bunch of prospectors attempt to take advantage of the native’s kindness, which is quickly extinguished by Bass, where he unearths an outlaw looking to make his mark. We also find Bass’s son, Benji, who without his guidance, becomes a bit of a problem for Bass’s wife., Nellie. By the issue’s end, his new antagonist, Yah Kee, who has just robbed a stage wagon, and looking to send a  message.

Overall, Bass Reeves #2 is a great second issue that humanizes this icon. The story by Kevin Grevioux is relatable. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that grounds our character and further endears him to the reader.

Story: Kevin Grevioux Art: David Williams, Kelsey Shannon, Eric Weathers, Herman Octavio, and Chris Kindrick
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Bass Reeves #1

Bass Reeves #1

As a fan of Watchmen, I was happy to see the TV show give the series its proper due. It was basically a sequel, which had all the characters we loved from the comic book series. What made the series really phenomenal is how the creators made it relevant to what our current climate is. It pushed to take apart America’s ills and everything that comes with the hate that gave birth to the country.

One of the elements added to the show, which I found exciting, was how they connected Bass Reeves to the story. As comic book and history buffs will tell you, he’s the inspiration behind The Lone Ranger. It’s sad to say, but very little has been written about this historical figure and his indelible mark on the Wild West. The folks at Allegiance Arts realized the void, and with the help of the creative world attempted to fix that gap with Bass Reeves #1.

We’re taken to the Indian Territory in 1865, where a tense standoff is taking place and where we meet Judge Parker, who has lost too many Marshalls to the outlaws in this area. We are then taken to the Louisiana territory where a band of outlaws is conjuring the legend of Bass Reeves, which meet sooner than any of them would even predict. Judge Parker soon hears about Bass and offers him a job, one that he turns down, as his family and his land are his priorities. By the issue’s end, he realizes the lawlessness that exists may soon come to his doorstep and he is the only one who can protect them all.

Overall, Bass Reeves #1 is an excellent debut issue that brings this important historical figure to life. The story by Kevin Grevioux is action-packed. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that gives readers, a different look at what made a hero in the Wild West.

Story: Kevin Grevioux Art: David Williams, Kelsey Shannon, Eric Weathers, Herman Octavio, and Chris Kindrick
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel, Harlequin, and the Greatest Olympic Champion Highlight Today’s Digital Comic Releases

ComiXology has eight new digital comics available for purchase right now. There’s a mix of what you can get including new digital comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and graphic novel from SelfMadeHero. Check out all of the releases here or the individual releases below.

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Written by Jack Kirby
Art by Jack Kirby
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects Captain America #206-214 and Annual #3-4.

The King keeps Cap’s quests coming with menaces from deep in space and deeper in the human soul! Even the evil of the Red Skull might pale before the fearsome Bio-Fanatic! Plus: Magneto and a rarely seen batch of evil mutants! Featuring the Falcon and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Fury: Peacemaker

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Darick Robertson
Cover by Gary Frank
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Collects Fury: Peacemaker #1-6.

Before he presided over S.H.I.E.L.D., before he ran with the Howling Commandos, Sgt. Nick Fury fought on the blood-stained sands of the Tunisian desert. It was there that he came face-to-face with the incomparable might of the 21st Panzer Division and its skilled warrior commander, General Stephen Barkhorn, and barely lived to tell about it. And it was there that he got a second chance at life – and revenge. In this gripping tale, Garth Ennis (GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER) and Darick Robertson (PUNISHER: BORN) offer a never-before-seen glimpse into the soul of a warrior you only think you know.

Fury: Peacemaker

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

Written by Gail Whitiker
Art by Chieko Hara
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Schoolteacher Helen starts sweating the moment she sees Oliver, the guardian of a new student. She wonders if he remembers saving her all those years ago from her aristocratic employer’s wandering hands. Oliver remembers, all right, and can hardly believe an aristocrat’s prostitute could become a teacher! Does he dare leave his young stepsister in the care of this lewd woman?

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

The Maid Of Lorne

Written by Terri Brisbin
Art by Kaishi Sakuya
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During a revolt by the Scottish army against the king, Lara and her siblings are captured along with their father, the leader of their clan. By order of the king, Lara is forced to marry Sebastien, the king’s loyal subordinate. If she refuses, she and her family will be killed. On the verge of despair, she makes up her mind to fulfill her duty as the daughter of a clan leader. On their wedding night, Lara is terrified, but Sebastien treats her gently. She is surprised at first but ultimately follows his lead. But there is a secret behind his gentle demeanor…

The Maid Of Lorne

Marvel Westerns

Written by Steve Englehart, Justin Gray, Karl Kesel, Joe R. Lansdale, Jim McCann, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker, Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente
Art by Homs, Eduardo Barreto, Tomm Coker, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Rafa Garres, Federica Manfredi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Marshall Rogers, David Williams
Cover by Eric Powell, Marshall Rogers
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Collects Marvel Westerns: The Two-Gun Kid, Marvel Westerns: Western Legends, Marvel Westerns: Kid Colt And The Arizona Girl, Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns Starring The Black Rider, And The Marvel Westerns: Outlaw Files Handbook.

Marvel’s masked men ride again in all-new tales by a posse of today’s most talented creators! It’s the raucous return of Two-Gun Kid, Hurricane, Red Wolf, the Man From Fort Rango, Kid Colt, Arizona Annie, the Black Rider, Gunhawk and more! And introducing the Philadelphia Filly and Spender! Plus: re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack “King” Kirby and other classic Marvel Western tales.

Marvel Westerns

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Written by Andy Diggle, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Paul Gulacy, Kyle Hotz, Mark Texeira
Cover by Mark Texeira
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Collects Punisher: Red X-Mas, Punisher: Bloody Valentine And Punisher: Silent Night.

Spend the holidays with the Punisher! In RED X-MAS, ’tis the season – for revenge. Following an eight-casket funeral, a group of vengeful mob widows go holiday shopping for the perfect assassin to take down the man responsible – and enlist the services of the lovely and lethal Sicilian assassin known as Suspiria! In BLOODY VALENTINE, something sparks the little black pit in Frank Castle’s chest – the one that used to be a heart! Suspiria’s back, and she wants to kiss and make up. It seems the murderous pair have a mutual enemy, an arch-villain whose pursuit will take them to Suspiria’s home turf of Rome. Can Frank withstand his partner’s charms? Does he want to? And finally, are you ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. In SILENT NIGHT, he’s more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he’ll have to face his greatest foe. Hint: He’s fat, dresses in red and sports a white beard!

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Shanna, The She-Devil

Written by Frank Cho
Art by Frank Cho
Cover by Frank Cho
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Collects Shanna The She-Devil #1-7.

She’s bold, she’s beautiful, and she’s your best hope of escaping the raptors nipping at your heels. She’s Shanna, the She-Devil! Award-winning creator Frank Cho brings you Marvel’s bodacious jungle girl as you’ve never seen her before: Reborn from Nazi science gone mad to battle her genetic destiny on an island full of prehistoric horrors. Trust us, Shanna has never looked this good…or acted this bad.

Shanna, The She-Devil

Zátopek

Written by Jan Novak
Art by Jaromir99
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Emil Zátopek is arguably the greatest Olympic champion of all time. The Czech runner’s three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics, for the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter, and marathon is an achievement that has never been matched. His success as a runner made him a national hero, but as a public figure, outspoken and unafraid to take a stand, he was equally impressive. Even before the Helsinki Games, Zátopek had scored a remarkable victory, successfully pressuring the Communist regime to allow his colleague Stanislav Jungwirth, who until then had been excluded on political grounds, to compete. In Zátopek, Jan Novák and Jaromír 99 trace the extraordinary life and times of the great Olympian, from his first meeting with Dana, the love of his life, to the victories that would ensure his lasting legacy.

Zátopek

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Marvel Delivers Exiles and More Plus Harlequin Romance Manga, Today on comiXology

Today there are a dozen new digital comics added to comiXology‘s store. Marvel has ten new releases ranging from Exiles to Hellstorm. Harlequin also delivers two new romance manga. Check out the full list of releases here or check out the individual releases below.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Chuck Austen, Judd Winick
Art by Jim Calafiore, Clayton Henry, Tom Mandrake, Mizuki Sakakibara, Kev Walker, Skottie Young
Cover by Mike McKone
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Collects Exiles #20-37 And X-Men Unlimited #41.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate. Now, relive their quest to fix the kinks in the chains of reality.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Chuck Austen, Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Mizuki Sakakibara
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Collects Exiles 38-58.

They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mark McKenna, Paul Pelletier, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #59-74 And The Age Of Apocalypse Handbook.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Casey Jones, Paul Pelletier
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #75-89 And Exiles Annual #1.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Written by Chris Claremont, Mike Raicht
Art by Ronan Cliquet, Tom Grummett, Clayton Henry, Paul Pelletier, Steve Scott
Cover by Paul Pelletier
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Collects Exiles #90-100, Days Of Then & Now And X-Men: Die By The Sword #1-5.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality—brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Clayton Crain
Cover by Clayton Crain
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Collects Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #1-6.

Here it is – the prequel to Garth Ennis and Clayton Crain’s smash hit GHOST RIDER: ROAD TO DAMNATION! Travis Parham thought he’d seen hell. As a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, he stood neck-deep in muck and blood, surrounded by the whistle of hot shrapnel and the screams of dying men. Two years later, Parham has carved a new life for himself, doing his best to forget the depravity that lurks in the pits of men’s souls. Now, Parham’s tranquil world is about to be rudely interrupted. Up from the depths comes a force of nature that transcends his wildest dreams – a fiery wraith that knows a thing or two about evil and even more about vengeance.

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Secretary On Demand

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Maoko Nagasaki
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Waitress Shannon secretly looks forward to seeing the man who comes to her restaurant for lunch every day. But then trouble with a customer gets her fired! The man who saves her from her financial woes is none other than her lunch man, Kane! He’s the president of a major corporation and he offers her a job. He wants to turn a waitress into his secretary? Should she take him up on his offer?

Secretary On Demand

The Sheikh’s Bride: Sheiks

Written by Sophie Weston
Art by Rikako Tsuji
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While tour guide Leo is visiting Cairo with her clients, she runs into members of an Arabian royal family at the hotel where she’s staying. She is immediately drawn to a sophisticated man with a noble air. His name is Amer and he’s the sheikh of Dalmun, a country in the Middle East. The prince of the desert should want nothing to do with her. But that night, he suddenly appears in front of her when she gets fired from her job!

The Sheikh's Bride: Sheiks

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan – Equinox

Written by Alex Irvine
Art by Russell Braun
Cover by Arthur Suydam
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Collects Hellstorm: Son of Satan (2006) #1-5.

When the Son of Satan is your best option, God help you. New Orleans. The Big Easy. The membrane between our world and the underworld has always been a little thinner here. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the outpouring of human misery has drawn demons like sharks to a bloodbath. What better time for Daimon Hellstrom – a.k.a. the Son of Satan – to pay a visit? It starts with the doctor who delivers a baby that vanishes into the night. A doctor who is devoured by demons wearing New Orleans P.D. badges. Demons who work for someone – or something – -that’s descended on the Big Easy and doesn’t give a damn who Hellstorm or his father is. Something that’s harvesting body parts in a furious race toward unspeakable purposes. This is the Son of Satan as you’ve never seen him before, brought to you by acclaimed novelist Alexander Irvine (The Narrows), with searing art by Russell Braun (Animal Man) and Klaus Janson.

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan - Equinox

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Clay Mann
Cover by Francis Tsai
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Collects Heroes for Hire (2006) #11-15.

The Heroes return to New York to find it the first battleground in WORLD WAR HULK. Will Humbug’s recently amplified powers be a factor against Hulk’s compatriots, Miek and Brood? Can the heroes salve the wounds of their adoptive city and still turn a profit? Both answers are “yes” if Misty Knight has anything to say about it!

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Written by Chris Giarrusso, Marc Sumerak, Paul Tobin
Art by Chris Giarrusso, Andy Kuhn, David Williams
Cover by David Williams
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Collects Hulk and Power Pack #1-4.

Power Pack couldn’t be more excited to meet their father’s new colleague, the world-famous Dr. Bruce Banner. But when the kids find themselves trapped in the tunnels beneath Manhattan by the Absorbing Man, they find out what happens when the good doctor gets angry! Get ready to go gamma as a brand-new team-up begins here!

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

Written by Marc Sumerak
Art by Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Iron Man and Power Pack #1-4.

Everyone’s favorite super-powered siblings – Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie – join forces with the Armored Avenger to bring down the mega-sized metallic monstrosity known as Ultimo; Marvel’s fastest villain, the Speed Demon; and the cryogenic criminal called the Blizzard! Does the action ever end? Not for Marvel’s youngest heroes! Someone is using stolen Stark Industries technology to take control of Marvel’s most high-tech heroes and villains. Sounds like the perfect time for Power Pack to attend an exhibit of old Iron Man armor! Nothing could possibly go wrong there…right?

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

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Preview: Bettie Page Unbound #7

Bettie Page Unbound #7

writer: David Avallone
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: John Royle (A), Scott Chantler (B), David Williams (C), Vincenzo Federici (D), Photo Cover (E)
Photo Cover (RI-Virgin), David Williams (RI-Virgin), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Vincenzo Federici (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

A mysterious, invisible enemy is closing in on Model Agent Bettie Page, and she doesn’t know where to turn or who to trust. Can she infiltrate and expose this deadly conspiracy in time to save the world? The Invasion of the Bettie Snatchers continues!

Bettie Page Unbound #7

Preview: Bettie Page: Unbound #6

Bettie Page: Unbound #6

writer: David Avallone
artist: Julius Ohta
covers: John Royle (A), Scott Chantler (B), David Williams (C), Pasquale Qualano (D)
Photo Cover (E), Photo Cover (RI-Virgin), David Williams (RI-Virgin), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Pasquale Qualano (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

It’s almost 1953, and Americans are afraid. There are flying saucers in the sky, a Commie spy under every bed…and something even more dangerous might be attacking America…from within! It’s up to Model Agent Bettie Page to find out what it is…and stop it. A new storyline begins with… The Invasion of the Bettie Snatchers!

Preview: Bettie Page: Unbound #4

Bettie Page: Unbound #4

writer: David Avallone
artist: Julius Ohta
covers: John Royle (A), Scott Chantler (B), David Williams (C), Julius Ohta (D), Photo (E)
Photo (RI-Virgin), David Williams (RI-B/W), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Julius Ohta (RI-B/W), David Williams (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Bettie’s next stop on her dimension-hopping quest finds her six inches tall…with gossamer wings. Can one tiny adorable sprite stop the most powerful creatures in the multiverse from throwing it all into chaos and destruction?

Bettie Page: Unbound #4

Preview: Bettie Page: Unbound #3

Bettie Page: Unbound #3

writer: David Avallone
artist: Julius Ohta
covers: John Royle (A), Scott Chantler (B), David Williams (C), Julius Ohta (D), Photo (E), Photo (RI-Virgin), David Williams (RI-B/W), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Julius Ohta (RI-B/W), David Williams (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

The Crisis on Infinite Betties goes interplanetary romance when Bettie’s next dimensional leap finds her wearing the tiara, and carrying the sword, of a Princess of Mars! The Great Old Ones are shattering reality itself, and only the Beauty with the Bangs can keep their grubby tentacles off our mulitiverse!

Bettie Page: Unbound #3

Preview: Bettie Page: Unbound #2

Bettie Page: Unbound #2

writer: David Avallone
artist: Julius Ohta
covers: John Royle (A), Scott Chantler (B), David Williams (C), Julius Ohta (D), Photo (E)
Photo (RI-Virgin), David Williams (RI-B/W), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Julius Ohta (RI-B/W), David Williams (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

A new dimensional shift finds our heroine with sharpened canines, an eye-catching monokini, and a taste for blood…but if that’s what it takes to stop the Great Old Ones from destroying our reality, pour her a Type O plasma on the rocks! The Crisis on Infinite Betties continues, and only our Pin-Up Protagonist can save the multiverse, in part two of the epic four-part saga from writer David Avallone (ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK) and artist Julius Ohta (SHERLOCK HOLMES.)

Bettie Page: Unbound #2

Preview: Bettie Page: Unbound #1

Bettie Page: Unbound #1

writer: David Avallone
artist: Julius Ohta
covers: John Royle (A), Scott Chantler (B), David Williams (C), Julius Ohta (D), Photo (E)
Photo (RI-Virgin), David Williams (RI-B/W), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Julius Ohta (RI-B/W), David Williams (RI-Virgin), John Royle “Sneak Peek” (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

When you step through an inter-dimensional gate the results are unpredictable: sometimes you find yourself in a bikini made of coins with a sword in your hand! Reality is shattering, the gate has been opened for an invasion from the Great Old Ones…and only model spy BETTIE PAGE can save the world in this epic four-part miniseries from David Avallone (ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK) and Julius Ohta. The Crisis on Infinite Betties begins in BETTIE PAGE: UNBOUND #1!

Bettie Page: Unbound #1
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