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Review: 30 Miles of Crazy #6

Where people want to live seems to come down to how you were raised and what you might consider “creature comforts.” Those comforts might be an inconvenience for the next person. I’ve been fortunate to have lived in both cities and suburbs. I also have been deployed as a service member and know how it is live in what most people would not even consider a dwelling.

This is where seeing the world makes a difference. It impacts the way one sees the world and relate to people from different backgrounds. Life is what you make it and that applies to the relationships you have with the people you come across as well. The world doesn’t revolve around one person but instead it does around all the people who inhabit it. In the final issue of 30 Miles Of Crazy, we get one last ride for fans of this anthology series.

In “Sometimes That Is Just Enough,” one homeless man laments on his life and how he got in this position. In “A Good Person,” one woman trying to do something nice ends up in a really awkward situation. In “The Old Lions,” one bar owner runs down he history of his establishment and how long it has been in his family. In “Sweet Caroline,” one man tells a melancholy tale about a prostitute that has longed stayed in his mind after she passed. In the final story “The ZFLTG Club,” a roundtable of women discusses the struggles of being a woman.

Overall, it’s a fine set of stories that rounds out this hilarious and relatable comic series about living in a metropolis. The stories by Karl Christian Krumpholz is entertaining and smart. The art by Krumpholz is remarkable and magnetic. Altogether, an excellent end to a fascinating series that redefines slice of life stories.

Story: Karl Christian Krumpholz Art: Karl Christian Krumpholz
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Offers Lone Ranger & Masked Heroes Groupees Bundles

To celebrate the launch of the recent critically acclaimed The Lone Ranger #1 by Mark Russell, Bob Q and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Dynamite is partnering with Groupees to offer a curated selection of discounted digital and physical comics starring Lone Ranger and all their other published masked heroes. The Lone Ranger & Masked Heroes Bundle is designed to allow fans to scale and choose items to fit their budget – even if it’s zero!

The eight tiers range between free and $25 for digital comics, with savings up to 95% off! For fans who enjoy the sweet sensations of collecting printed paper, deluxe versions of Dynamite classics like The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane and the original Lone Ranger title are available. Fans with taste for high-end collectibles can bundle limited The Shadow issues re-marked by Alex Ross and Jae Lee.

This unique bundle sale is only available for a limited time, so act now!

Digital Tiers

FREE Tier:
Lone Ranger Vol 1 #1
Kato Origins Way of the Ninja #1
The Green Hornet Strikes #1
Preview of the new Lone Ranger #1

$5 Tier:
Kato Origins Way of the Ninja #2-6
Lone Ranger Vol 1 #2-10
The Shadow Now #1-6
20 comics at a $39.80 value

$15 Tier:
Kato Origins Way of the Ninja #7-11
Lone Ranger Vol 1 #11-25
The Shadow Vol 1 #1-15
35 comics at a $69.65 value

$25 Tier:

Green Hornet Strikes #2-10
Lone Ranger Vol 2 #1-25
The Shadow Vol 1 #16-25
The Shadow Vol 2 #0-5
50 comics at $98.50 value

Altogether, 108 comics valued at $ 214.22

Physical Tiers

$50 Tier:
Lone Ranger Definitive Edition HC Vol 1

$100 Tier:
The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane Limited Edition HC

$200 (25 available):
Jae Lee Re-Marked Shadow #1

$500 tier (20 available):
Alex Ross Re-Marked Shadow #1

Valiant and Groupees Announce the Biggest-Ever Valiant Universe Digital Bundle – Available Today!

Valiant Entertainment has announced that it has joined forces with Groupees for the launch of a brand new, DRM-free, pay-what-you-want digital bundle of Valiant comics – the biggest ever offered in Valiant’s history!

Starting today on October 16th, hundreds of Valiant’s critically acclaimed titles – from inspiring creators like Joshua Dysart, Matt KindtPaolo RiveraJody HouserRobert GillRoberto de la Torre, and many more – will be available for purchase on the Groupees website for the next two weeks at pay-what-you-want prices! A portion of the proceeds from all sales will support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization that protects the First Amendment rights of the people who make, read, sell, and teach comics.

Customers can pay a minimum of $5 or more to unlock the ORIGINS tier of comics which includes Volume 1 trades of Faith, Bloodshot (2012), Harbinger, Unity, and Shadowman (2012), plus The Valiant and Book of Death!

Paying at the $10 ESSENTIALS tier level will unlock another new crop of critically acclaimed first volumes and single issues, including Harbinger Renegade, X-O Manowar (2017), Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage, Secret Weapons #0, Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1, and more – plus everything unlocked in the ORIGINS tier for a combined retail value of $172!

At the next level, customers can unlock the VALIANT tier for a minimum of $20 and obtain entire runs of Faith, Harbinger, Unity, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, and much more – plus everything from the ORIGINS and ESSENTIALS tier, for a combined value of $526!

And then, for $500 at THE UNIVERSE tier, fans can snag a full set of Valiant’s entire digital comic collection – a $1,812 retail value for just over a third of the cost!

The highest contributor to the Groupees Bundle will receive a free VALIANT VIP PASS to New York Comic Con 2019 – including two NYCC badges, preferred seating at all of Valiant’s panel presentations throughout the weekend, a deluxe tour of Valiant Headquarters, and dinner with members of Valiant’s hardworking and talented staff! (Travel and lodging costs are not included.)

PLUS: As more bundles are sold, the campaign will also feature surprise bonus STRETCH GOALS that unlock even more free content for contributors at every single level!

The Valiant Universe Groupees Bundle will run for two weeks and ends on October 30th!

Review: Train 8: The Zombie Express #1

One of the best movies I have ever seen, because of its transcendence of concept and genre, was Snowpiercer. At first glance, the movie seemed to be one of those abstract films within the science fiction genre, that one would have to see a few times to understand the meaning. The most obvious and most used example is Inception which uses the well-researched science behind sleep and dreams to create an evocative celluloid classic. One my favorite movies, although many do not consider it a science fiction movie, is Adjustment Bureau which blends the genre with romance movies.

As affecting as these movies are, they are also very relevant in the message they deliver of the world today. This is the very reason science fiction is often considered protest fiction. In comics, we have seen over the last few years, this be even more prominent than any other medium. In Train 8: The Zombie Express, the reader gets embroiled in one such tale where an experiment goes wrong.

We are taken to the Genesis Research Unit in Seattle, Washington, where some scientists are trying to play with God where an experimental serum has caused violent outbreaks on its subjects. On the famous 8 train, which passengers from Seattle to Chicago, a few unknowing passengers, unexpectedly gets their day turned upside down, as one man got infected with the contagion created at Genesis. Rapidly, the virus starts affecting each passenger and turn them into primordial beings who feast on other humans. By issue’s end, the last remaining survivors suddenly realize that they are alone, and no help will be coming.

Overall, the issue is a pulse pounding debut issue that sets up what is soon to be a major motion picture and looks to be across between Resident Evil and The Mist. The story is explosive, fast paced, and highly entertaining. The art is gorgeous considering the subject matter. Altogether, it’s an excellent introduction to a world where playing with the course of evolution has dire consequences.

Story: Marysol Levant, Bryant Phillipson, and David Stephan
Art: Alex Cormack, Ashley Cormack

Story: 9.6 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: 30 Miles of Crazy #5

Growing up, I never really understood why my parents would tell me not to hang out with certain kids. The people I made friends were the people I naturally gravitated towards. For me, my friends usually fit into more than one group. I had friends who were in to sports and were honor roll students. The kids who everyone figured was trouble, were usually really misunderstood or had other things going on which made them act out. The ones I never really got along with, was just because they had preconceived notions of who I was.

As I joined the military, I noticed many of those cliques in high school remained just in different forms. The reality is, you really are not who you are with. They may influence you but they do not make you. In the fifth and penultimate issue of 30 Miles Of Crazy, we find a few wild bunches, which challenges the boundaries of friendship.

In “The Crazy Ones,” one bar owner gives the rundown on one of his regulars, someone that has changed his life. In “Running,” one local bargoer talks about how he kept his integrity through the years. In “The Meanest Man In Scotland,” we get a tale of how it is drink abroad and the difference in distillation. In “Another Satisfied Customer,” a bartender spouts all the rules that needs to be followed when talking to the person behind the bar. In “The Failed Optimist,” one local bargoer talks about her many failed attempts at having a social life. In “Wes’ Story,” one gay man talks about how it used to be when being gay was still considered taboo.

Overall, it’s an entertaining issue which showcases some of the wildest tales about the city. The story by Karl Christian Krumpholz is funny and relatable. The art by Krumpholz is alluring. Altogether, it’s a one of the funniest issues from the series.

Story: Karl Christian Krumpholz Art: Karl Christian Krumpholz
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Titan and Humble Bundle are Celebrating 30 Years of Tank Girl

Titan Comics and Humble Bundle have launched the Humble Comics Bundle: Tank Girl 30th Anniversary by Titan to support The Hero Initiative!

You’re invited to the most raucous, messy, outrageous birthday celebration of the year! The bundle is up now running for two-weeks, and is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover this comic icon, or if you’re already an aficionado, to add to your digital library – while at the same time supporting the work of The Hero Initiative!

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Born in 1988 in British indie comics magazine “Deadline”, co-creators Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, delivered a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, anarchic, shaven-haired heroine, who along with her main-squeeze, Booga the kangaroo, Jet Girl, Sub Girl and a host of other friends (and enemies) have gone on to be a scourge of the industry ever since.

This must-have birthday bundle takes you from the early black and white strips by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett; through to The Power of Tank GirlEverybody Loves Tank GirlTank Girl CariocaBad Wind Rising; the return of Jamie Hewlett on 21st Century Tank Girl; the epic Tank Girl trilogy of Two Girls One TankTank Girl Gold and World War Tank Girl by Alan Martin and artist Brett Parson; and two issues of the glorious The Wonderful World of Tank Girl.

Plus, a very special birthday requires something a little extra, and we present Tank Girl: Skidmarksavailable in digital for the first time, and a never-before-released, special edition of Tank Girl: Gold #2!

It’s gonna be one helluva’ ride!

The Humble Comics Bundle: Tank Girl 30th Anniversary by Titan will be available for purchase from October 10 at 11am PST to October 24, 2018 at 11am PST.

BUNDLE CONTENT:

TIER ONE: Pay $1 or more for…

Tank Girl Classic #1-5

Everybody Loves Tank Girl #1-3

The Power of Tank Girl (The Gifting/Visions of Booga/The Royal Escape)

Tank Girl: Carioca #1-6

Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising #1-4

TIER TWO: Pay $8 or more for Tier One and…

21st Century Tank Girl complete collection

Solid State Tank Girl complete collection

Tank Girl Classic #6-10

Tank Girl: Full Color Classic #1

Tank Girl: Skidmarks – Humble Bundle Exclusive!

TIER THREE: Pay $15 or more for Tiers One, Two and…

Tank Girl Classic #11-14

Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank complete collection

Tank Girl: Gold complete collection

World War Tank Girl complete collection

The Wonderful World of Tank Girl complete collection

Tank Girl: Gold #2 Special Edition – Humble Bundle Exclusive!

Review: Denver Moon #3

The brilliance of Philip K. Dick’s writing is one that has transported readers who have the luck of coming across his stories. His primary audience was science fiction but the more one looks into his writing, the audience he truly spoke to was simply human. The way he wrote human condition is what usually pulls readers into his books. His landmark work, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, spoke of how we treat others who are different through the allegory of using androids.

This vision was originally realized in the much lauded but classic Blade Runner, which was about a detective investigating the killing of androids. In the sequel, Blade Runner 2049 everything comes full circle and serves to be even more faithful to the spirit of the original work. As with most works about a robot apocalypse, it is not truly about robots but about how humans react to “others” integrating into society. In the third and final issue of Denver Moon, our hero gets closer to the murderer and to the truth, one of them which will change everything.

We catch up with Denver as she escapes certain doom at the hands of Rafe, instead finding a submerged escape route and begins putting together the clues. The trail leads Denver to an uncomfortable truth, that leads back to her client and a truth was comfortable with her knowing. As the truth about the Bot is played through a series of flashbacks, which reveals how fluid identity is, even for androids. By story’s end, a tragedy could not be averted, and Denver’s outlook becomes changed forever.

Overall, it’s an excellent story that ends with a twist that speaks where we are in the world and how even the most progressive minds can be wrong. The story by Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola subverts tropes and shows the human condition in all its naked glory. The art by the creative team is compelling and vivid. Altogether, it’s beautiful and action-packed, blends genres, a tells a smart story. It does it all behind some gorgeous vistas.

Story: Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola
Art: Matt Hubel, Aaron Lovett, Matt Van Scoyk and Jaymes Reed
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: 30 Miles of Crazy #4

Bars can be lonely places. But, it’s a place where you meet people from all walks of life. Sitting in the same bar you might find things in common. I’ve met some lifelong friends in places where spirits are involved just from simple conversations we had about life. In fact, some of my noteworthy conversations have been in places with hardwood floors and familiar smiles. This is also some of the places where I said goodbye to friends.

Some of those goodbyes were merry as they were moving on to improved jobs. Then there were the ones where I said goodbye for the last time. Those were melancholy to say the least. Bars can be epicenters for moments in life that need to be recognized. In the fourth issue of 30 Miles Of Crazy, we find a few patrons whose lives has taken some interesting turns.

In “Pickup Line,” a man who gets hit by a woman in a car, tries to actually “hit” on her. In “The Incident at The Family Dollar,” an overzealous geriatric calls the cop on a patron who accidentally bumps into him. In “Decisions,” a young woman checks on a homeless person who they believe may be dead. In “Crawfish,” a drunken woman lashes out at a restaurant to only get arrested moment later. In “Alone,” a young woman shows the reader what is dreadful about eating alone in a restaurant.  In “Wake Up,” two drunks try to get a drink after last call, only to try to get their drinks from a tattoo parlor. In “That Night,” one man recounts when trying to be the good Samaritan didn’t quite workout the way he wanted. In the last and probably most sorrowful tale in the series “Seeing The World,” one widower talks about how him and his wife were going to see the world until she got sick and passed away and how took to seeing the world for both of them.

Overall, the issue is another excellent installment in this fascinating series of vignettes about life in the concrete jungle. The story by Karl Christian Krumpholz is smart, funny, and relatable. The art by Krumphol is captivating. It’s another great issue with keen observations of the city.

Story: Karl Christian Krumpholz Art: Karl Christian Krumpholz
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Spectacle #9

Spectacle #9

(Digital Release)
(W/A/C/CA) Megan Rose Gedris
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Supernatural/Mystery
Price: $1.99
Page Count: 23

True love is hard to find, especially on the road. In this issue, a confession is finally heard, and a mermaid grows legs.

Review: 30 Miles of Crazy #3

That old saying “you can go home again,” is one that so many can relate to in their own way. It could be that they’ve changed. They’re no longer a product of their environment, and they have grown exponentially since they left. They’re just not the same person. The place they call home could not be the same place. Neighborhoods change all the time, not only through developments but also the myriad of people who now inhabit what you consider home.

This becomes even more difficult the older you get. You realize you’re still the same person, but you’re no longer tethered to what you considered home. To most people, they don’t realize it once they leave home, your change has already begun. The world forces you to change along with it. In the third issue of 30 Miles Of Crazy a few characters find out this lesson the hard way.

In “Appropriate Behavior,” one drunk intentionally flirts with a barfly only to step over a line. In “Humor,” a cartoonist talks up a drunk woman who makes a bad joke. In “Late One Evening,” a couple gets a stranger inadvertently wet for their mistake. In “Spare Change,” a homeless man makes a woman uncomfortable for not giving him any money. In “Please,” a heartbroken man pleads for hi solve to take him back. In “The Christmas Comic,” a man helps a drunk cross the street only to be cursed out by him. In “You Cant Go Home Again,”  a drunk woman frustrated with change at her local bar , feels the place is not the same. In “Making The Rent,” a woman laments on how her neighborhood is not longer affordable for her. In “Drinks With A Dead Man,”  a man leaves it in his will to have one last round of beers for everyone at his favorite watering hole.

Overall, the comic is a hilarious set of stories that both bewilder and amuse the reader into stitches. The stories by Karl Christian Krumpholz are smart, funny, and irreverent. The art by Krumpholz is stellar. Altogether, it’s a slice of life comic that captures the experiences that can be found in most major metropolises.

Story : Karl Christian Krumpholz Art: Karl Christian Krumpholz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

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