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Review: Stake #2

Stake #2 takes us deeper into Angel’s world and her battle against vampires.

Story: David A. Byrne
Art: Francesca Fantini
Letterer: Joel Rodriguez

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Review: Stake #2

Stake #2

I loved the first issue of Stake. The series is a sort of new but also familiar take on the vampire genre. With a social media update, the comic follows Angel, a member of the Vampire Bounty Hunting Union. Angel witness vampires rip the heart out of her friend when they announced their presence three years prior. Stake #2 dives a bit more into Angel’s world and this group she belongs to. It’s an interesting and unexpected issue that fleshes out the world and characters.

Written by David A. Byrne, Stake #2 is an issue that really adds a lot to the world set up in the first issue. While it was clear Angel belonged to a group, we now get a better sense of it all. The issue takes the series from Blade territory to more of the X-Men. Angel goes to a school where she’s taught her craft and we as readers get to learn more about the vampire world. It’s a great way to introduce a lot of additional details to the story without bogging down the narrative. The issue doesn’t quite have the action-packed punch of the debut, it still delivers a nice dose of action with an exploration of things.

The art by Francesca Fantini is solid as well. Joined by letterer Joel Rodriguez, the setting of the comic takes us to a school which feels every bit the character of the story. It also feels like a lot of schools I’ve been in. There’s a great amount of detail, not just in the settings but the various characters. And that’s one of the impressive things about the comic. It feels there’s some thought put into the visuals, especially characters, and what they tell us. We learn a lot about each of the characters by what they wear, how they stand, and even their haircuts. It’s a great example of showing, not telling. There’s a minimal amount of color use too. It’s used to emphasize details, enhancing the art instead of distracting. Rodriguez’s lettering is impressive as well packing in a lot of dialogue at times in panels. It never feels like it’s an issue and at times helps the flow of the storytelling.

Stake #2 is a solid issue that fleshes out its world and characters. This is much more than a solo actor taking care of vampires, there’s entire schools and organizations dedicated to it. It’s a broader world than readers will have first thought opening up the potential even further for the series.

Story: David A. Byrne Art: Francesca Fantini Letterer: Joel Rodriguez
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Stake #1

Stake #1

There are times you go in reading a comic and expect to be entertained but then are caught off guard as to how good it is. Stake #1 is that type of comic. While I expected it to be entertaining, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is. Stake‘s concept is rather simple. Vampires are real and a young woman is out for revenge after a friend is killed and another injured by them.

Written by David A. Byrne, Stake #1 does an amazing job of introducing us to this world and moving the story along. The story focuses on Angel, aka Stake, who’s out to kill vampires in an act of revenge. It’s hard to really go into detail for the comic because what’s revealed is what makes it so interesting and why it’s unexpected. There are some interesting depth and twists and turns to the comic which has a bit of a Blade meets Lost Boys for the social media age vibe about it all.

Byrne delivers a really interesting debut using media to drive the narrative. The introduction of the vampires is done through video and the news with commentary from Angel. Angel’s initial hunt is broadcast live online. This isn’t your typical vampire comic and there’s a lot packed in to parse out and ruminate on if there’s deeper meaning or it’s just a great way to tell the narrative.

What Byrne also does is deliver a hell of a twist toward the end of the comic. Our expectations of Angel, aka Stake, are subverted as she gets into battle with the vampires she’s hunting. This twist is partially why the comic is so different, there’s an intelligence about how it approaches the concept and world. It also takes some of the silliness we see elsewhere and grounds it in some ways.

The art by Francesca Fantini is fangtastic. The different delivery of the imagery, through video as an example, really shakes things up and creates interesting visuals. The comic is also black and white with a splash of red. The designs of the characters are great playing with some different aesthetics we’d expect and delivering something a bit new too. The lettering by Joel Rodriguez is great as it changes up a bit to give readers a better idea who is talking and also through what medium they’re doing so.

Stake #1 is a fantastic debut that took my expectations and shattered them. There’s parts that caught me as a reader completely off guard. I want to see what comes next and where the series goes from here. It’s not the simple direction I was thinking. While the concept might sound like a vampire story you’ve read and seen so many times before the actual end product is so much different.

Story: David A. Byrne Art: Francesca Fantini Letterer: Joel Rodriguez
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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It’s Revenge Against a Vampire in Stake this January

Scout Comics has announced Stake from writer David A. Byrne, art by Francesca Fantini, and lettered by Joel Rodriguez. The first issue features a retailer incentive cover from Derrick Chew as well as a main cover by Fantini.

Three years ago, Vampires announced their presence to the world in grand fashion; in one instant, Angel lost her two best friends and her existence changed forever. Now, as a member of the Vampire Bounty Hunter Union, and with the help of her ancient vampiric mentor Jessamy, she’s out to track down the bloodthirsty monsters who destroyed her life. She is… Stake.

Stake is out in January from Scout Comics.

Review: Artemis and the Assassin #5

A time-travel action adventure as an assassin from the future must kill a woman from the past. Artemis & The Assassin #5 wraps up the series, but does it stick the landing or does it get lost in its concept? Find out!

Story: Stephanie Phillips
Art: Francesca Fantini
Color: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Troy Peteri

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Preview: Artemis and the Assassin #5

Artemis and the Assassin #5

Writer: Stephanie Phillips 
Artists: Francesca Fantini 
Colorist: Lauren Affe 
Letterer: Troy Peteri 
Cover: Phil Hester w/ Mark Englert
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 9.30.2020

Hurtling through historical eras, time-traveling killer Maya and World War II spy Virginia can only survive if they work together. But as assassins close in, is Maya willing to turn her back on the only life she’s ever known? 

Artemis and the Assassin #5

Review: Artemis and the Assassin #4

A time-travel action-adventure as an assassin from the future must kill a woman from the past. In Artemis & The Assassin #4, we get more info about Maya and what might be going on.

Story: Stephanie Phillips
Art: Francesca Fantini
Color: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Troy Peteri

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Exclusive Preview: Artemis and the Assassin #5

Artemis and the Assassin #5

Writer: Stephanie Phillips 
Artists: Francesca Fantini 
Colorist: Lauren Affe 
Letterer: Troy Peteri 
Cover: Phil Hester w/ Mark Englert
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 9.30.2020

Hurtling through historical eras, time-traveling killer Maya and World War II spy Virginia can only survive if they work together. But as assassins close in, is Maya willing to turn her back on the only life she’s ever known? 

Artemis and the Assassin #5

Review: Artemis and the Assassin #2

A time-travel action adventure as an assassin from the future must kill a woman from the past. The issue is full of fight scenes and excitement and can be enjoyed even if you missed the first issue.

Story: Stephanie Phillips
Art: Meghan Hetrick, Francesca Fantini
Color: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Troy Peteri

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Exclusive Preview: Artemis and the Assassin #3

Artemis and the Assassin #3

Writer: Stephanie Phillips 
Artists: Francesca Fantini 
Colorist: Lauren Affe 
Letterer: Troy Peteri 
Cover: Phil Hester w/ Mark Englert
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 07.15.20

Transported to the Wild West, an infamous WWII spy and a time-traveling assassin have to contend with outlaws, drunkards, and even a fifteenth-century ninja in order to return to their respective time periods. 

The tense time-travel adventure by Stephanie Phillips (DESCENDENT, Butcher of Paris), Francesca Fantini, Lauren Affee, and Troy Peteri continues at a breakneck pace! 

Artemis and the Assassin #3
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