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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

It’s a Time-Traveling Assassin vs. Spy in 1944 Trying to Kill Each Other in Artemis and the Assassin

Artemis and the Assassin #1

Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artists: Meghan Hetrick & Francesca Fantini
Colorist: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Cover: Phil Hester w/ Mark Englert
1:15 Incentive Cover: Dave Johnson
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 3.18.2020

What happens when a time-traveling assassin and a spy from 1944 try to kill each other?

For a price, a top-secret assassination organization will travel through time and interfere with watershed moments. Trained as the agency’s top assassin, Maya is sent to kill Virginia Hall, the deadliest spy of WWII. Charged with carrying important plans about the invasion of Normandy to the allied troops, Virginia’s death would have a cataclysmic effect on WWII as we know it.

Written by Stephanie Phillips (Butcher of Paris, DESCENDENT), with art by Meghan Hetrick and Francesca Fantini, colors by Lauren Affe, and letters by Troy Peteri, Artemis and the Assassin is a pulpy adventure story about the cost of changing history

Artemis and the Assassin #1