Art: Jason Smith (sculptor), Michael Turner (artist)The vampire goddess from Egypt, rising from the pits of Hell, has never looked so desirable… or deadly! Based on the work of comics sensation Michael Turner (Fathom, Witchblade) and sculpted by the ever-talented Jason Smith, the bat-winged beauty of Chaos! Comics joins the brand-new Women of Dynamite line of statues. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Purgatori statue stands approximately 12″ (nearly 14″ to the tips of her wings!) in height with a 6″ base, with each individually numbered as part of a Limited Edition run of 1994 statues (celebrating the debut year of Chaos! Comics). The Women of Dynamite: Purgatori statue comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This crimson-skinned killer makes an alluring addition to every hardcore fiend’s collection!
The vampire goddess from Egypt, rising from the pits of Hell, has never looked so desirable… or deadly! Based on the work of comics sensation Michael Turner (Fathom, Witchblade) and sculpted by the ever-talented Jason Smith, the bat-winged beauty of Chaos! Comics joins the brand-new Women of Dynamite line of statues. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Purgatori statue stands approximately 12″ (nearly 14″ to the tips of her wings!) in height with a 6″ base, with each individually numbered as part of a Limited Edition run of 1994 statues (celebrating the debut year of Chaos! Comics). The Women of Dynamite: Purgatori statue comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This crimson-skinned killer makes an alluring addition to every hardcore fiend’s collection!
Miss Fury #5 is an action comic that’s 90% fight, 5% sage wisdom with a side of spirit animal and, 5% set up. In this issue, Corinna Bechko has the 1940’s superhero trying to right some wrongs and turn the tide to save the world.
There’s a whole lot of fighting going on in this issue. After the first pages story set up the bad guys are met head on by Miss Fury and she came to win, if she can. The fight is a hard one that finds our hero deep under water with only her spirit animal to guide her to safety.
Miss Fury tries to make sense of all of the supernatural forces that surround her and she finds herself unable to come to terms with the dark forces that she seems unable to defeat. There are winged Krakenesque beasts on the attack, pig faced people on the offensive and double crossing humans standing her way.
Corinna’s writing is decent but, she seems to focus more on adding more elements to the story than character development. In some places, I felt as if the story relied more on Jonathan Lau‘s beautifully illustrated throwback artwork than on the character. This issue seemed to have our hero flying blind and not giving us any of her trademark sass. I found myself a little disappointed but, still invested.
There seemed to be a bit of a disconnect in this issue that separated it from the previous issues, I’m not sure if this was done intentionally or to set things up for the rest of the arc. It felt more like a placeholder than a stand-alone issue which left me hoping for another couple of pages to round things out. There were a whole lot of fight panels where I got to see what Miss Fury could do but, it felt like she was holding back and had left her A game at home. The few pages that were not action packed fight panels were pretty tame and didn’t really help move the story along.
Overall the issue was a decent read but, not what I was expecting or hoping for. We already know that she kick ass but, we want to know more about her and this issue fell short. The switching back and forth between the long fight panels and the moments of Miss Fury having what felt like an existential crisis (or awakening) were done with minimal transition and I think this issue would have been much better if it were split in two, part one being the fight scenes and supernatural set up and part two being her underwater sorting things out with herself and then emerging from her underwater vision quest ready to fight some more.
This issue wasn’t enough to make me give up on Miss Fury and her adventures but, it was enough to have me already giving the side eye to the next issue because I’m not sure it’s going to be able to bounce back and bring our hero with it.
Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Jonathan Lau
Story: 6.4 Art: 7 Overall: 6.2 Recommendation: Read
Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Miss Fury Vol. 2 #5
writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Jonathan Lau (b)
incentive cover: Jonathan Lau (B/W art), Jonathan Lau (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Marla must choose her fate as past and future collide. Is she Marla Drake, friend and co-worker, or Miss Fury, a creature of dark power and fierce retribution? The answer lies far from land as the Minor Key seeks to unlock an apocalypse they can’t control, forcing Miss Fury to confront the mysterious force coiled within her. Will she learn to harness it in time, or will all of New York pay the price?
One of the comic industry’s finest – James Robinson – delivers the surprising, funny, violent, and sexy tale of romance that fans have been clamoring for: Grand Passion! Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Robinson’s highly-anticipated series will launch with its first issue on Wednesday, November 16th, and welcomes Tom Feister as the interior artist, and John Cassaday as the cover artist.
Doc’s a cop. Mabel’s a crook. They’re two wayward souls, fated to fall in love at first sight… even as Mabel swears to kill Doc if it’s the last thing she does. A tale as only James Robinson could deliver, marrying elements of a Harlequin romance and hard-boiled crime.
Grand Passion #1 features a cover by the one and only John Cassaday and is slated for release in November.
Dejah Thoris #6
writer: Frank J. Barbiere
artist: Francesco Manna
incentive cover: NEN (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
The thrilling conclusion to Dejah’s latest adventure! Reunited with John Carter, Dejah arrives in Helium to find the city in the midst of an uproarious revolution! Will she be able to bring peace to her city and find the truth behind the disappearance of her father?
Women Of Dynamite Vampirella Statue Diamond Eye Ed.
Only 199 of these gorgeous “Diamond Eye” edition statues exist in the whole world! An extremely Limited Edition Vampirella statue based on the work of comics sensation J. Scott Campbell and sculpted by the ever-talented Jason Smith, featuring our blood-craving heroine with a twinkle in her eye. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Vampirella statue stands approximately 12″ in height with a 6″ base. This rare variant edition of the first Women of Dynamite statue comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The ravishing, raven-tressed vampire has never been so beautifully represented in three dimensions, the perfect addition to every hardcore fan’s collection! NOTE: Limited to only 199 statues. Allocations may occur.
Seduction of the Innocent Collection
writer: Ande Parks
artist: Esteve Polls
cover: Francesco Francavilla
FC • 104 pages • $15.99 • Mature
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-4 PLUS AN INTRODUCTION BY ANDE PARKS
FBI Agent Thomas Jennings has just arrived in San Francisco, fresh-faced and ready to tackle crime in the big city… but he’s not nearly prepared for what he’s about to encounter. The city’s crime lords are being systematically murdered, and those responsible are the stuff of his nightmares. In a desperate race to end the spree killings and rescue two targeted and helpless children, Jennings will be forced to question every belief he holds dear… and struggle to hold onto his humanity. Gritty, sometimes depraved crime fiction in the tradition of James Elroy, Jim Thompson, and EC-era crime and horror comics, Seduction of the Innocent reunites writer Ande Parks and artist Esteve Polls, the acclaimed creative team that brought you The Death of Zorro and The Lone Ranger.
W) Robert Place Napton, Gardner Fox
(A) Cliff Richards, Frank Frazetta
(CA) Jae Lee
After a military helicopter crashes in a remote valley in Africa, a lone survivor awakens without memory of his identity or mission. From the wreckage, he learns only his name: Roger Drum. Armed with instinctive survival skills, the amnesiac roams his new surroundings, discovering a bizarre lost world of dinosaurs, mammoths, sabretooth tigers, and primitive human tribes. Against the backdrop of this hostile new reality, Drum must come to terms with his violent past… so that he may assume the respected and feared mantle of the prophesied jungle warrior Thun’da!
Thun’da, the hero of the primeval forest created by legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta, returns in this action-packed adventure by Robert Place Napton and Cliff Richards! As a special treat, Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents four classic tales of Thun’da, fully remastered and featuring the creative talents of comic legends Gardner Fox (Detective Comics, The Flash) and Frank Frazetta himself!
Kirby Genesis: Dragonsbane Collection
writer: Robert Rodi
artist: Fritz Casas
cover: Alex Ross
FC • 104 pages • $15.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-4
Sigurd Dragonsbane, one of the greatest creations of legendary comic book writer/artist Jack “The King” Kirby, returns in an epic tale of valor and victory! When the Fell Mists, which have shrouded the borders of Valhalla for time immemorial, rise to expose other Mythlands beyond his own, Sigurd and his brethren Balduur, Honir, and Heimdall revel in the knowledge that they may once again ride abroad into unknown lands, lending arms to those in need. Tahmina, a princess imprisoned by fearsome dragons in distant Persia, sends a psychic projection to Valhalla, requesting their aid. Across strange summits and seas, they rush into adventure… facing witches, hulking beasts, and fiery she-demons along the way!
writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak
cover: Jae Lee
FC • 144+ pages • $19.99 • Mature
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5 PLUS RICK REMENDER’S SCRIPT TO ISSUE #1, AND MORE!
Every living creature on Earth has been devolved – the evolutionary clock turned back, reverting all life to odd mutations and prehistoric incarnations. The cities of man are little more than bloody territories ruthlessly dominated by tribal Neanderthals ruling from the backs of mammoths, packs of saber-toothed tigers, and giant man-eating insects. Raja, one of the few remaining “Still Sapien” humans, heads to San Francisco to find the antidote for the world-changing DVO-8 viral agent. But to cross the wasteland, she’ll have to convince the last pocket of humanity to join her quest… and survive the Nazi hillbillies that rule them through fear!