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Review: Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe

Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula's Safe

Bad Idea is a publisher that’s willing to throw out new ideas and see how it sticks. There’s a long list of both good and bad about their latest, a comic available for only 24 hours. It must be paid for today. Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe is just $1 delivering an entertaining enough detective story. Featuring a B-Side (that’s Bad Idea’s version of a backup story), it’s definitely worth the money. Now the question is, is it worth having to go to the store?

Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe introduces us to a detective who must determine who broke into the safe at a pizza joint. The short comic seems to have fun with its genre pulling out various tropes and throwing them at the reader like an interrogation. Writer Robert Venditti seems to take the concept as a good and roles with it. The concept itself is taken seriously which delivers a level of spoof about it.

David Lapham delivers the art with Simon Bowland on lettering. The combo of the two makes the comic feel more like a B-Side since its style in art and pacing is so close to the series of “Hero Trade” stories that have filled the releases so far. Like Venditti, the art too feels like it’s having fun with the concept and story again playing on tropes for the genre and also playing them very straight.

The comic also features the teaser story for Save Now, a riff on the time travel genre. Written by Matt Kindt, the comic features art by Tomas Giorello, color by Diego Rodriguez, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. The concept is straight out of the manga All You Need is Kill (which inspired the film Edge of Tomorrow). A team of heroes features a leader who can go back in time and then let things play out. The only things are he can’t go forward and he does age. But, it allows him to fix mistakes in battle and find the best strategies. I don’t want to ruin the twist and surprise but the teaser comic has me excited to read more with its concept and features some fantastic art.

Is Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe worth it? Sure, the comic is definitely worth the $1 cover price. Now, is it worth making a special trip for? That’s more up in the air. If the comic was available for a week, sure, but for one day only, this is a special trip to the comic shop it’s ok to skip. Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe is for the diehard Bad Idea fans.

Story: Robert Venditti, Matt Kindt Art: David Lapham. Tomas Giorello
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland, Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy (if you’re already going to the shop)


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Review: ENIAC #3

The paranoia ramps up in ENIAC #3 and another twisted “heroic” story with a B-Side of The Hero Trade.

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Doug Braithwaite, Doug Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Review: ENIAC #3

ENIAC #3

ENIAC #3 continues the mission to stop an out-of-control artificial intelligence. But, it’s beyond the action that really stands out. It’s the paranoia that permeates throughout the storytelling that’ll keep readers at the edge of their seat.

For those catching up, ENIAC is the story of an artificial intelligence developed during World War II that has been growing its reach through the decades. Now, in modern times, it has launched a countdown until something. What that is is unknown. But, it’s expected to be bad. A team has been gathered to track down ENIAC and stop it from its mission. In the previous issue, we discovered that Fletcher’s mother was involved somehow and may hold the key to stopping ENIAC.

Writer Matt Kindt continues a great mix of storytelling in the issue. There’s a tense nature about it with a little bit of action but it’s really the setup before the confrontation. Kindt plants seeds in the reader’s mind forcing them to question some of what we know and where things are going. It’s all a bit too convenient and pre-ordained. Is ENIAC ahead of everyone or is there something else at play here?

A lot of those twists and reveals are fun but ENIAC #3 has some minor bumps in its storytelling. It’s a little too convenient that Fletcher’s mother is involved. The world is a bit too small in a way. But, with some teases and hints and one key moment, that might be part of the point of it all. There’s also the use of the Challenger Explosion which felt a little in poor taste. It could be the fact it’s an event I lived through and witnessed live on tv but it being a part of the narrative doesn’t quite work. The series has weaved real history in and out of its narrative for a while but this is the first time that has given me pause.

Doug Braithwaite’s art continues to impress. With color by Diego Rodriguez and lettering by Dave Sharpe, the issue lets it all hang out. There’s some solid emotion driven by the images and it’s use of nudity creates an interesting dynamic with the very tech driven nature of the series. There’s also some great perspectives in what’s delivered that brings a cinematic quality to the visuals. With beautiful color and sharp lettering, it all comes together with fantastic visuals that continue to shine and pop on the page.

The issue also features another B-side of The Hero Trade. Matt Kindt continues to deliver intriguing stories along with artist David Lapham. Each story has felt like something from The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt and is beyond entertaining on its own. This one features the selling of parts of a missing superhero. Gruesome stuff and a twist that’s solid. My issue continues to be not with the quality but the disconnect between each story as far as focus. One is a techno-thriller, the other a horror story involving superheroes. The lack of theme is a bit head-scratching.

ENIAC #3 continues a quality series from Bad Idea. The production quality is excellent from the card cover to the quality of the paper within. It features a solid story with fantastic art. The series has its followers and deserves far more delivering the high-quality entertainment I’d expect from this creative team.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Doug Braithwaite, David Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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Legends of the Dark Knight #4 Highlights today’s New Digital Comic Releases

There are two new comic releases on comiXology today. DC and Harlequin each have a new release which you can get now or check out the individual releases below.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #4

Written by Darick Robertson
Pencils Darick Robertson
Inks Richard P. Clark
Colored by Diego Rodriguez
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BAD NIGHT, GOOD KNIGHT PART 4! Riddle Me This…Who has summoned Batman to an abandonned TV studio turned deadly deathtrap? If you think The Riddler is responsible…so does Batman…but that doesn’t make you right.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #4

The Beckoning Dream #2

Written by Paula Marshall
Art by Misao Hoshiai
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The year is 1667, and King Charles II reigns in England. An actress named Catherine finds that her brother is set to be executed for high treason, and her only hope of saving him is to accept a shocking role. She is to play the wife of man named Tom Trenchard and carry out a mission of espionage with him. She’ll have to set sail with this brutish stranger who reminds her of a pirate while they pretend to be an adoring couple. But she begins to let her guard down when she sees how reliable he is. Perhaps by the time it’s all over, her love won’t be an act…

The Beckoning Dream #2

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Explore More Legends of the Dark Knight in Today’s New Digital Releases

There are six new digital comic releases today on comiXology. Get new comics from DC, Harlequin, and Yen Press now. Check out below what’s available now.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #3

Written by Darick Robertson
Pencils Darick Robertson
Inks Richard P. Clark
Colored by Diego Rodriguez
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BAD NIGHT, GOOD KNIGHT PART 3! The Joker is dying from the chemicals he was going to use to wreak havoc in Gotham. Batman only has enough anti-toxin left for one person. Does he save his greatest foe? It sounds like a mortality riddle…what other villain could be waiting for Batman to fail?!

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #3

Dead Mount Death Play #64

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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Civil’s malice unnerves the Corpse God, but that’s not the only thing… Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #64

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #54

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Shingo Adachi, Noboru Kannatuki, Kento Sakaeda
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This series is rated Adults Only
DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore
After taking down some goblins, Goblin Slayer gets his first lesson on what it means to be in a party. Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One the same day as Japan!

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #54

Princesse malgré elle: Bébés royaux

Written by Leanne Banks
Art by Aya Tsukishima
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N’ayant plus de famille depuis la mort de sa mère, Coco est devenue baby-sitter. Le père célibataire du bébé qu’elle garde s’appelle Benjamin et il possède un ranch. Alors qu’elle découvre la douce personnalité qui se cache derrière son corps musclé, Coco s’éprend de Benjamin. Un jour, deux hommes rendent visite à Coco pour l’informer d’une nouvelle inattendue : elle serait en fait une princesse du pays de Chantaine. Ayant du mal à y croire, Coco est néanmoins curieuse de rencontrer sa famille. Voyant son indécision, Benjamin lui propose de l’accompagner en se faisant passer pour son fiancé.

Princesse malgré elle: Bébés royaux

My Lady Innocent

Written by Annie Burrows
Art by Nei Nowaki
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After her father and brothers passed away in a war against the king, Maddy sought to live as quietly as possible in her lucky position as a lady-in-waiting. But after some strange events, she begins to suspect someone wants her dead. Maddy must pull herself together and think clearly, but she can’t figure out whether her relationship with a certain handsome kennel master is a distraction, a strategic marriage or destiny…

My Lady Innocent

MORE THAN PERFECT (colored version)

Written by Day Leclaire
Art by Nami Akimoto
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Despite her better judgment, Angie, a secretary, has unrequited feelings for her boss, Lucius, who is known by his employees as “the Devil.” Concealing these feelings, she buries herself in her work as his subordinate. But when Angie discovers the “Apprentice Bride Program” Lucius has commissioned to help him search for a wife, she approaches the program’s creator to ask that the results be rigged so that she will be put forth as Lucius’s perfect apprentice bride!※This work is originally colored.

MORE THAN PERFECT (colored version)

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ComiXology Features a Trio of New Releases Including Legends of the Dark Knight #2

There are three new releases on comiXology today highlight by Legends of the Dark Knight #2 from DC. Start shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #2

Written by Darick Robertson
Pencils Darick Robertson
Inks Richard P. Clark
Colored by Diego Rodriguez
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BAD NIGHT, GOOD KNIGHT PART 2! You don’t do business in Gotham City without running afoul of the Joker! The Clown Prince of Crime has gotten his hands on the deadly chemical and he’s going to expose it to all of Gotham City, Batman is going to have to stop him and save the GCPD from the Joker’s wrath.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #2

Baby In The Making

Written by Elizabeth Bevarly
Art by Takako Hashimoto
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Hannah was a lonely seamstress who was separated from her parents at the age of three. Working her day job at a high-end men’s clothing store, she also dreamed of one day opening her own store, but one day she was told a shocking truth. She was the granddaughter of a wealthy man, and the sole heir to his fortune. How could I be the only heir? But in order to receive her inheritance, she must become pregnant within six months. Hannah had no boyfriend or boyfriend, so she asked her client Yaeger, who she had been talking to for a long time, to help her. He was an attractive businessman who was also popular with women, and he seemed like a perfect match for a sperm donor, but then he came up with three unexpected conditions…

Baby In The Making

Un Mariage Pour Récupérer Ses Jumeaux Vol. 3: Requis: Les Milliardaires les Plus Éligibles du Monde

Written by Penny Jordan
Art by Tomomi Yamashita
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Ruby, la plus jeune et la moins expérimentée de ses sœurs, se rend toute seule à une soirée où elle fait la rencontre d’un bel homme, Sander. Elle finit par passer la nuit avec lui. Mais le lendemain matin, il change totalement d’attitude envers elle et la met hors de sa chambre. Six années ont passé. La seule chose qui donne un sens à sa vie ce sont ses jumeaux. Sander réapparaît de nulle part et essaie de lui prendre les enfants, la forçant ainsi à faire une proposition audacieuse pour contrarier cet homme riche !

Un Mariage Pour Récupérer Ses Jumeaux Vol. 3: Requis: Les Milliardaires les Plus Éligibles du Monde

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Review: ENIAC #2

The mission to take out ENIAC really begins but how do you stop a computer that’s five steps ahead?

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Doug Braithwaite, Doug Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Zeus Comics

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Review: ENIAC #2

ENIAC #2

ENIAC delivered a solid debut with a story that mixed action and a bit of history. The combination felt like a story that came from the headlines but with a fantastical spin. ENIAC #2 delivers more of the same quality with an issue that features more history and a lot of action.

Matt Kindt does a nice balancing act of a story that feels like classic 80s action films. But, mixed in the clichés and explosions is some history and 90s paranoia. ENIAC #2 delivers a story about technology gone wrong. ENIAC is loose and counting down to something which has forced a crack squad to attempt to destroy the computer. What we learn is ENIAC is far more advanced than we first expected. The computer isn’t just toying with life but also delivering peace as well. It has created the balance and safety that social systems like Marxism promised. The computer has achieved what humans could not. But, at what price?

Kindt delivers a wrinkle in that way. The series could easily be a countdown to destruction, much like the latter half of Wargames. But, with this new bit of information we’re challenged to debate if ENIAC is all that bad. ENIAC #2 creates a bit of a gray area for our villain. It also throws up a huge question mark for readers to questions the motives surrounding its destruction. Is this computer really a threat? We assumed the countdown would lead to destruction. What if it would bring peace to the world instead? Isn’t that as much a threat to leaders?

Dough Braithwaite’s art continues to be top-notch. It dances between the past and present with a detail and look that’s fantastic. Diego Rodriguez delivers colors and Dave Sharpe the lettering. The look of the comic balances that action vibe with that of horror. ENIAC #2 really is an action-horror story. Numerous images deliver a shock while others increase the tension as you wonder who will survive or what might explode. The art nails down the tension that Kindt’s story sets up.

Kindt also delivers a backup story with artist David Lapham. “The Bloody Mess” feels like a solid Twilight Zone addition. The story is about a husband who crawls out of a shallow grave only to be accused of killing his wife. The mystery zigs and zags and leaves you guessing until the very end. Its punchline is a direction that’s unexpected. The only downside is the story doesn’t match in “tone” to the main feature creating a combination that’s a bit disjointed. They’re both quality stories though.

ENIAC #2 is a great second issue. The series is a hell of a start and high bar for new publisher Bad Idea. It mixes solid action with a techno-thriller mixed in with a little bit of horror. The combination is a fresh take on a classic concept. The series may be hard to get being limited to a couple hundred comic shops but it’s one that’s well worth seeking out.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Doug Braithwaite, David Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


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Bad Idea in June 2021 includes Tankers #2 and ENIAC #4

TANKERS #2

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with LAURA MARTIN
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
THREE ISSUES | BI-MONTHLY

$5.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  RATED: T+  |  ON SALE JUNE 2, 2021

The CEO of global energy conglomerate Greenleaf Oil has just discovered a terrifying secret: the planet only has a decade or less of petroleum left before it’s gone forever. But he has a plan to make sure his great-great grandchildren can continue to generate maximum shareholder value – and secure his own legacy in the process. Rather than develop a game-changing renewable energy source through the power of corporate innovation, Greenleaf has perfected the next best thing – time travel (duh) – so that a team of six field-rat contractors armed to the teeth in individually customized mech suits can go back to the Cretaceous Period, tweak the trajectory of the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, and give mankind another 500 millennia worth of oil reserves. What could go wrong? Only all of human history, of course – because when Greenleaf’s team of Tankers come home, they’ll discover that not only did the dinosaurs never die out, they’ve kept evolving for another 60 million years…and they’re more pissed off than ever.

Bone-shredding destruction! Wanton corporate malfeasance! Reckless use of industrial machinery! And lots and lots of ammunition. Like a Saturday morning cartoon that’s run irresponsibly over-budget, New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Justice League), blockbuster artist Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine), and colorist extraordinaire Andrew Dalhouse (The Multiversity Guidebook) are here to take all of our insecurities about mankind’s most self-destructive impulses and turn them up until the knob snaps off with the second of THREE MEGA-SIZED ISSUES SHIPPING BIMONTHLY (that means every other month, don’t look it up).

ENIAC #4

Written by  MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PLUS: An All-New HERO TRADE story as a BAD IDEA B-SIDE
FOUR ISSUES  |  MONTHLY  
$3.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  RATED T+  |  ON SALE June 2, 2021

Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, accidentally created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). Designed to be a cutting-edge breakthrough in supercomputing that could deliver a decisive victory to the Allies, ENIAC did just that…by ordering the bombing Nagasaki without human consent or approval. A fully autonomous A.I free from the bounds of programming or morality, ENIAC spent the decades since manipulating global superpowers from the shadows, secretly shaping everything we thought we knew about the history of the geopolitical order. And, throughout it all, one classified question has plagued presidents and prime ministers, generals and spymasters alike: “What is ENIAC planning next?”

Now, after years of silence, ENIAC has re-emerged with a 72-hour countdown until it unleashes every weapon in Earth’s atomic arsenal. Its motives? Unknowable to humankind. Its endgame? Destruction on an unthinkable scale. As ENIAC’s clock rockets toward zero, it’s down to two covert operatives to infiltrate a Russian black site and free the one man alive who knows how to kill the machine…before it erases mankind, once and for all.

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