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Review: Twelve Devils Dancing Vol. 1

Twelve Devils Dancing

There is something so alluring to crime procedural dramas, that despite the gruesome details, you still want to see it to the end. This why Law & Order lasted so many years and why its offshoots have prospered. It also has generated an industry which has become fixated with its real-life true crime. Humanity’s obsession with the darker recesses of our minds is both peculiar and enthralling.

This is why the show The Following. was so magnetic. There was the strong performances of Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy and their undeniable chemistry. The show revolved around a recently escaped serial killer who creates a community to carry out random killings while toying with the retired special agent who put him in jail in the first place. The show does what good horror stories do make you uncomfortable while keeping you glued to the television. In Action Labs: Danger Zone‘s brilliant Twelve Devils Dancingwe get one such story where an FBI agent must correct his past mistakes.

We meet Callum Cooper, an FBI agent who has gotten a diagnosis that he is dying of a fatal disease one that derails his career permanently. Of course, this news doesn’t come at the perfect time as he has been chasing a serial murderer known as the Crypto Killer. The killer has started to leave “presents” for Callum’s attention which also draws in an innocent bystander Aisha Miller, a college student who is trying to escape her demons but decides to help.

Overall, the comic series is a penetrating thriller that will make the reader unsettled. The story by Erica Schultz is chilling, discerning, and well developed. The art by Dave Acosta, Andrew Covalt, and Kelly Williams is gorgeous. Altogether, a crime procedural that belongs in the great canon of murder mysteries.

Story: Erica Schultz
Art: Dave Acosta, Andrew Covalt, and Kelly Williams
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Twelve Devils Dancing TPB

TWELVE DEVILS DANCING TPB

Writer(s): Erica Schultz
Artist Name(s): Dave Acosta (Pencils), Andrew Covalt (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Bill Sienkiewicz

For years, a serial killer dubbed The Crypto-Killer mutilated women and left cryptic ciphers on their bodies. FBI Special Agent Callum Cooper was the one to solve the ciphers and catch the killer…Or did he? Now retired from the FBI because of a fatal diagnosis, the REAL killer emerges with a new mystery for Callum, and his past comes back to haunt him, torturing him in his last days. With the help of Aisha Miller, a bio-tech genius college student, Callum and Aisha are tasked with confronting this agent’s past mistakes, as they both seek redemption before it’s too late.

Features a stunning cover from industry legend Bill Sienkiewicz!

128 pgs./ M / FC $14.99

Twelve Devils Dancing TPB

Review: Destiny, NY Vol. 2

The show The Magicians is one of the few shows on television which gives the world a whole new view of their surroundings. I wasn’t sure how the books would turn out but I was more than interested in finding out. The books came to be known as the “Magicians Trilogy” and was more than anyone including me ever expected. They took a more mature look at magic. Basically if Hogwarts was a college and everyone was having sex, much like how it happened in the fan fiction that followed the genre. The television series for the most part is pretty faithful, and more than carries the spirit of the source material. I just wished both iterations were more representative of the world. Destiny, NY also plays with the concept that magic is a real and accepted part of life taking place in New York City. In the second volume the reader finds more about the protagonists as well as the other characters.

We find Logan in the midst of a fever pitched dream where the death of Song still haunts her, where she wakes up next to Lilith, and find the happy couple living together for the last three months. Meanwhile. at Destiny University, we find the school is under investigation, by the Mystical Code Enforcement Agency, who are looking into the inner workings of the school, and what lead to the false prophecy in the first place, as the principal, Karen Davids, tries her best to be diplomatic. In the most improbable of times, Logan’s parents visit her and Lilith to see a woman who is quite different from the young lady they raised.  We also find Gia, not trusting her skills as a seer as she tries to find her way, while getting in trouble at school. We also find Joe having a meltdown of his own which is compounded by the fact, that there are masked men trying to neutralize students with exceptional magical abilities. As all our protagonists are being outed by someone, as Lilith suspects Arvid, Song’s assistant to be behind the doxing. Meanwhile, Logan’s ex, Bailey, is being managed by Arvid, who has plans in the works, hoping to take his revenge in the name of Lilith’s sister, Song. Arvid makes his move, kidnapping Logan in a desperate attempt to connect to Song, but Lilith comes to the rescue.

On top of that, the collection features numerous short stories set in this world.

Overall, an engrossing book that you will both love and be lost in for hours. The stories by the creative team are fast paced, engaging and action packed. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a stimulating chapter in this series that charms, enthralls, and shocks you at the most unexpected moments.

Story: Pat Shand, Erica Schultz, Natasha Alterici, Emily Ree, Brian Cogan, Amy Shand
Art: Rosi Kampe, Jim Campbell, Manuel Preitano, Megan Levens, Natasha Alterici, Emily Ree, Claudia Aguirre, Eve Mae, Lisa Sterle , Katie Kuffel
Editor: Shannon Lee
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Xena #10

Xena #10

writer: Erica Schultz
artist: Vicente Cifuentes
covers: Sergio Davila (A), Vicente Cifuentes (B)
Sergio Davila (RI-Virg), Vicente Cifuentes (RI-Virg), Sergio Davila (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

How far will Sevdis go to fulfill her obsession of Xena and Gabrielle? Will she…KILL them? As Xena searches for her comrade in arms, Gabrielle’s time may be running out!

Preview: Xena #9

Xena #9

writer: Erica Schultz
artist: Vicente Cifuentes
covers: Vicente Cifuentes (A) Vicente Cifuentes (B)
Vicente Cifuentes-B (RI-B/W), Vicente Cifuentes-A (RI-Virg), Vicente Cifuentes-A (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

There can be only one Xena…but you wouldn’t think so if you were to happen upon the festival in Dyme. Gabrielle and Xena mingle among admirers, but some “fans” can take things a little too seriously…

Preview: Xena Vol. 4 #8

Xena Vol. 4 #8

writer: Erica Schultz
artist: Vicente Cifuentes
covers: Vicente Cifuentes (A), Vicente Cifuentes (B)
Sergio Davila (RI-Virgin), Vicente Cifuentes (RI-B/W), Sergio Davila (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

With Nazar protected by Keenta and her Amazons, Xena and Gabrielle confront the Oracle at Delphi. But will they be able to convince the Oracle to stop their assassins before it’s too late?

Preview: Daredevil Annual #1

Daredevil Annual #1

(W) Erica Schultz (A) Marcio Takara (CA) Shane Davis
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Misty, meet the Devil!
You know Daredevil as the Man Without Fear, the protector of Hell’s Kitchen. But once upon a time, Daredevil was just the newest super-suit on the block – and NYPD Detective Mercedes “Misty” Knight was just a cop on the job. So when she places Daredevil at the scene of a crime, sparks will fly – and not the good kind. Award-winning crime writer Erica Schultz teams with fan-favorite artist Marcio Takara to bring you a story of street-level heroism in the early days of the Marvel Universe!

Preview: Xena #7

Xena #7

writer: Erica Schultz
artist: Vicente Cifuentes
covers: Sergio Davila (A), Vicente Cifuentes (B)
Sergio Davila (RI-Virgin), Vicente Cifuentes (RI-B/W), Sergio Davila (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

What could Nazar have done to set the Oracles out to kill her? Maybe she really DID kill her sister. But Xena and Gabrielle can’t fight the assassins AND keep Nazar safe, so the Warrior Princess calls in a favor…with the Amazons!

Preview: Twelve Devils Dancing #1

TWELVE DEVILS DANCING #1

Writer(s): Erica Schultz
Artist Name(s): Dave Acosta (Pencils), Andrew Covalt (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Kelly Williams, INTERIOR COVERS CH 02: Maria Laura Sanapo and Jason Lewis, CH 03: Adriana Melo
64 pgs./ M / FC
$5.99

Three issues in one! FBI Special Agent Callum Cooper has always tried to escape his past, but some mistakes…you can’t outrun. Now retired from a fatal diagnosis, an old foe returns to torture Callum in his last days. Unable to go it alone, Callum teams up with college student, Aisha Miller, hitting the road to catch the killer before more women become his victims.

Preview: Xena #6

Xena #6

writer: Erica Schultz
artist: Vicente Cifuentes
covers: Sergio Davila (A), Vicente Cifuentes (B)
Sergio Davila (RI-Virg), Vicente Cifuentes (RI-B/W), Sergio Davila (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The start of a new adventure! A young girl flees for her life—from her parents?! Xena and Gabrielle must determine if the girl is a visionary or a demon. Unfortunately for all concerned, the Oracles of Delphi have already decided!

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