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Action Lab Entertainment in January 2015

DRYSPELL TPB

Writer(s): Ken Krekeler

Artist Name(s): Ken Krekeler

Cover Artist(s): Ken Krekeler

Tom Ferris is a forgotten button-down man in a world of super-heroes who streaking across the sky and hurl themselves over rooftops at night. They are commonplace. Each night, he lies awake though, wishing to be the man he was. Today, Tom gets his wish. And the world will never forget him again!

Collects the critically acclaimed engrossing four issue series.

128 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $14.99

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FIGHT LIKE A GIRL # 3 (OF 4)

Writer(s): David Pinckney

Artist Name(s): Soo Lee

Cover Artist(s): Soo Lee

ROUND THREE! Amarosa has survived two grueling fights and now the stakes are even higher as she finds herself where she never dreamed she’d be: space! Her hands are full trying to survive and learn about herself, but it seems that everyone knows more about her then she does!

32 pgs./ Teen/ FC $3.99

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HERALD: LOVECRAFT AND TESLA# 2 (of 3)

Writer(s): John Reilly

Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (ink, color, letters)

Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers

Synopsis: After an unwanted guest threatens to derail the partnership before it begins, Tesla is told to find a copy of the Necronomicon at Brown University. Lovecraft’s former professor, however, has other ideas

32 pgs./Teen/ FC $3.99

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HEROCATS OF STELLAR CITY TPB

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer

Artist Name(s): Marcus Williams, Ryan Sellers (i), Omaka Schultz (c), Briana Higgins (l)

Cover Artist(s): Marcus Williams

The cutest heroes on the planet have arrived! Meet the Hero Cats of Stellar City in this, their first spectacular graphic novel. Not your ordinary house cats, they’re a tactical action-packed covert team dealing with extraordinary threats to humanity in ways that will amaze.

96 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $11.99

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HOLY F*CK #2

Writer(s): Nick Marino

Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa

Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa (regular covers), Jerry Gaylord limited variant covers)

Zeus, Isis, and the rest of Earth’s mythological gods have a destructive plan to regain humanity’s worship. Will it work? Not if Jesus, Satan, and a nun named Maria have anything to say about it! (That is, if Jesus and Satan can keep their hormones under control long enough to mount an attack.) Includes two limited variant covers by Jerry Gaylord, limited to 1,500 copies each.

32 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/$4.99 Variant

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JACK HAMMER TPB

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows

Artist Name(s): Ionic

Cover Artist(s): Ionic

In Boston, powers are real, heroes are rare and Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a strong right arm and a nose for trouble. When a missing person he’s been hired to find turns up dead, he stumbles into a network of corruption stretching from the streets of Boston to the halls of Congress and the clues lead him back to a world he’d left behind. And just as things are starting to get back to normal, a new shadow falls across his path in the form of the mysterious Usurper. Collects Jack Hammer #1-4 and Jack Hammer: Usurper #1-2.

192 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $14.99

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PIRATE EYE: EXILED FROM EXILE # 1(of 4)

Writer(s): Josiah Grahn

Artist Name(s): Carl Yonder

Cover Artist(s): Carl Yonder

An old enemy exposes a secret that forces Smitty to flee for his life. Now, with a price on his head on land and at sea, Smitty will have to survive long enough to find out what went wrong, how to make it right…and who is responsible. Variant painted cover by series artist Carl Yonder, limited to 1500 copies!

32 pgs./Teen/ FC $3.99/$4.99 Variant

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PLANET GIGANTIC #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Eric Grissom

Artist Name(s): David Halvorson

Cover Artist(s): David Halvorson

Valentina is reunited with MOTHER and together, along with Lyana and the rock-beast Ignatius, attempt a daring rescue of Yuri from within the dark heart of Castle Terror. Will they arrive in time? Or will the Queen steal his soul forever? Find out in the epic conclusion: Apocalypse Neva!

32 pgs./ Teen/ FC $3.99

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PRINCELESS: THE PIRATE PRINCESS #1

Writer: Jeremy Whitley

Artists: Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt

Cover Artists: Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt, Variant cover by Soojin Paek

Princess Adrienne is back! This time Adrienne and Bedelia have found another young princess locked away in a tower and decided to rescue her. But Princess Raven is more than meets the eye and Adrienne may have finally met her match. The story that started in FCBD 2013 will finally be told with Limited Edition Variant cover by the original FCBD artist Soojin Paek.

32 pgs./Teen/ FC $3.99/$4.99 Variant

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SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS #6 (OF 6)

Writer(s): Martheus Wade

Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade (Art) Janet Wade (Colors)

Cover Artist(s): Martheus Wade

Captured and alone, Shianndrea is faced with the realization that the world may just be better off with her in the custody of her father. Meanwhile, Kim, Turra, and Ai conduct a suicide mission to rescue their friend. But is it enough to save them all?

32 pgs./ Teen/ FC $3.99

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STRAY #1 (of 4)

Writer(s): Vito Delsante

Artist Name(s): Sean Izaakse

Color Artist(s): Ross Campbell / Simon Gough

Cover Artist(s): Mike Norton/Ben Hunzeker (reg), Khary Randolph (var)

The Doberman, one of the world’s greatest heroes, has been killed…but by whom? And where has his former sidekick, the Rottweiler, been? Will he avenge his mentor’s death? Limited-edition variant cover by Khary

Randolph, limited to 1500 copies

32 pgs./Teen/ FC $3.99/$4.99 Variant

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #7

Writer(s): Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza

Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): TMChu, Dan Mendoza (limited variant)

Risque variant cover (limited to 2500): TMChu

Artist variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza

As Zombie Tramp makes her way through the Southwest, she stops for a bite at a local fast food chain. It seems that ordering off the menu at this chicken joint can land you in the nugget grinder though, so Janey will have to wield her budding necro powers well if she wants to stay undead!

Features a variant cover by Dan Mendoza (limited to 2000 copies) and a risqué variant cover (limited to 2500 copies).

32 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/$4.99 Variant

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ZOMBIE TRAMP VOLUME 3 TPB

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Jason Martin

Artist Name(s): TMChu

Cover Artist(s): TMChu

Zombie Tramp begins her new ongoing adventures, learning more about her growing supernatural abilities while traveling the seedier streets the US has to offer… and what better place to start off than Sin City! But can Janey survive her encounter with the “King” of the Las Vegas sex trade?

Collects the first four issues of the wildly popular sexy and dangerous new ongoing series.

128 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $14.99

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Preview: Jack Hammer: Usurper #1 (of 2)

JACK HAMMER: USURPER #1 (OF 2)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
32 pgs./ FC/ All Ages
$3.99

Just as things are starting to get back to normal for Jack McGriskin and friends, a new shadow falls across their path… and lands squarely on Ramona! A mystery man stalks her through the streets of Boston, but is she his target or only a means to an end?

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Preview: Jack Hammer #4 (of 4)

JACK HAMMER #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
32 pgs./Teen / FC $2.99 / $3.99 Variant

The conclusion to the “Political Science” storyline! Jack McGriskin may be down, but he’s not out. The Black Smile is confident he’s won, and that might just give Jack the edge he needs to bring one of Boston’s most-notorious killers to justice at last! But he’ll need a little help–okay, a lot of help–from his friends! Variant cover by Rafer Roberts.

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Action Lab in July 2014

BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA #4 (Bimonthly)

Writer(s): Pavel Balabanov
Artist Name(s): Pavel Balabanov
Cover Artist(s): Pavel Balabanov

Bo and his new special forces unit are in a showdown with the Rasta Gang. It’s all out battle with our plushy protagonist, exosuits, ninja-girls, and Jamaican octopus-controlled zombies!

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99

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DRYSPELL # 2 (Bi-Monthly)

Writer(s): Ken Krekeler
Artist Name(s): Ken Krekeler
Cover Artist(s): Ken Krekeler

Tom Ferris has started seeing the world differently. As colorful heroes shine for all to see, Tom’s new friends have revealed a different path; a path where he’s free to express himself–where he can embrace who he should have been, instead of who he is. And the world turns, waiting.

32 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99

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FRACTURE: VICE AND VIRTUE TPB

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (p/i), Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Chad Cicconi (p/i), Bill Blankenship (c)

In this exciting installment of FRACTURE, Jeff fights to assert control over his own mind in an increasingly complex world. With his control slipping and everyone around him in peril, Jeff is forced to seek help from an unlikely source — his evil side’s former ally! At a mind-bending pace, this volume crash es towards a final confrontation — with all Jeff’s “marbles” on the line! Collects Fracture V2 issues 1-4.

128 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $11.99

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JACK HAMMER TPB

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic

In Boston, powers are real, heroes are rare and Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a strong right arm and a nose for trouble. When a missing person he’s been hired to find turns up dead, he stumbles into a network of corruption stretching from the streets of Boston to the halls of Congress and the clues lead him back to a world he’d left behind. Collects Jack Hammer #1-4.

128 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $11.99

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MIDNIGHT TIGER #1

Writer(s): DeWayne Feenstra, Ray-Anthony Height
Artist Name(s): Ray-Anthony Height
Cover Artist(s): Ray-Anthony Height (reg). Jerry Gaylord (v)

Having lost all hope in the heroes of his world, fate steps in and gives young Gavin Shaw the power to do the things they have not. Only as the teenage hero Midnight Tiger does his city have a chance at redemption. Retailer incentive cover by Jerry Gaylord!

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $2.99/ $3.99 Variant

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Skyward #11

Writer(s): Jeremy Dale
Artist Name(s): Jeremy Dale
Cover Artist(s): Jeremy Dale (reg), Craig Rousseau (var)

Clearly, it’s time for action. With the startling events of last issue leaving our heroes reeling, it’s time to enlist aid from the northlands. Onward… to the home of the Berserkers! From Breakthrough Talent of 2013 award nominee creator Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Marvel Kapow!), this issue also features an incredible RETAILER INCENTIVE variant cover by Craig Rousseau of Perhapanauts fame!

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $2.99/ $3.99 Variant

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ZOMBIE TRAMP VOL 3 #1 (Ongoing)

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): TMChu
Cover Artist(s): TMChu, Jerry Gaylord, Josh Howard, Jamal Igle

The series relaunch previewed with a Free Comic Book Day issue continues here. Join creator Dan Mendoza for the all new adventures of the cult hit series featuring his undead anti-hero, Zombie Tramp, now brought to life by the amazing talents of new superstar artist TMChu. It’s kinky supernatural fun as Zombie Tramp hits the road, starting in… sin city of course!

Special Notes: Also available in 3 cover variants; risqué, Josh Howard (Dead@17), and Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies) and a special retailer exclusive Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Supergirl) cover.

32pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variants

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Preview: Jack Hammer #3 (of 4)

JACK HAMMER #3 (of 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic

With the architect of Eddie Newman’s death revealed, Jack goes on the offensive to confront the mastermind pulling the strings of Boston’s underworld and rescue Newman’s kidnapped widow. He knows the who and the how, but the questions remain: why? And does he stand a chance?

Variant cover by Des Taylor (The Trouble with Katie Rogers)

FC/ 32 pages / $2.99 standard /$3.99 Variant edition     ALL AGES

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Review: Jack Hammer #3

Part of this review originally ran in 2011 when the series was published by a different company.

JACK HAMMER 3Jack Hammer is back with a new publisher behind the detective’s adventures. Originally published by Reasonably Priced Comics, The detective meets super powers series by writer Brandon Barrows and artist Ionic has a new publisher Action Lab Entertainment as part of their “Return of the Hero” line of comics.

With the architect of Eddie Newman’s death revealed, Jack goes on the offensive to confront the mastermind pulling the strings of Boston’s underworld and rescue Newman’s kidnapped widow. He knows the who and the how, but the questions remain: why? And does he stand a chance? The protagonist Jack Hammer is still on the trail of the murder and winds up going against a villain from his past.

Much I like I thought when I originally reviewed this comic, even three years later, it’s still a nice solid read, it’s good. Sporting an entertaining mix of super heroes and a crime/noir story it hits the notes you’d expect as far as dialogue, character personalities and action.  There’s great flow to the story.

There’s also been a lot of growth over the three issues as far as the look and style of the characters, many of the nitpicking issues I had with the first issue have smoothed away and/or grown on me.  The style fits the series and makes the comic series stand out a bit.  Issues I had with things like hair are not as prevalent, as a depth that was missing at times has been added. The angles and use of panels is solid as well.

There’s one more issue to go in this volume, and it’ll be interesting to see if it still holds up over the years. I expect it’ll leave me with the same satisfied feeling I had during the first read through. Hopefully we’ll see more of Jack Hammer through Action Lab, a publisher that seems like a perfect home to him and his world.

This issue also sports an amazing variant cover by Des Taylor.

Writer: Brandon Barrows Art: Ionic
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Action Lab in June 2014

JACK HAMMER #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
The conclusion to the “Political Science” storyline! Jack McGriskin may be down, but he’s not out. The Black Smile is confident he’s won, and that might just give Jack the edge he needs to bring one of Boston’s most-notorious killers to justice at last! But he’ll need a little help–okay, a lot of help–from his friends! Variant cover by Rafer Roberts.
32 pgs./Teen / FC $2.99 / $3.99 Variant

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PRINCELESS: THE PIRATE PRINCESS #1 (of 4)

Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artists: Soojin Paek
Cover Artists: Soojin Paek

So far Adrienne has focused on saving her sisters, but when she comes across a mysterious young woman named Raven trapped in a tower, she can’t resist saving her! What she doesn’t know is that this girl has a dangerous past and deadly enemies. Now Adrienne and Bedelia are about to get pulled into the adventures of the Pirate Princess.
32 pgs. /All Ages / FC $3.99

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SCUM OF THE EARTH #1 (Bi-Monthly)

Writer(s): Mark Bertolini
Artist Name(s): Rob Croonenborghs
Cover Artist(s): Rob Croonenborghs

Meet Laura and True–-two bourbon-toasted gunslingers caught between hardcore scores and soul-depraved rehab! Dirty, violent and simple, or so it seems…. The pair’s desert road trip of carnage and courtship may just take a cosmic turn when a mysterious figure begins to tail them on their explosive journey. Features a variant cover edition by Allen Byrnes!

32 pgs. / Mature Readers / FC $3.99 / $4.99 Variant

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SKYWARD #10

Writer(s): Jeremy Dale
Artist Name(s): Jeremy Dale
Cover Artist(s): Jeremy Dale (reg), David Petersen (var)

As the smoke clears from the massive attack on Three Rivers last issue, Quinn finds a new path with a new, unexpected ally!  This issue serves as a GREAT JUMPING-ON POINT for new readers as a new chapter begins in the lives of our heroes–and to celebrate, it’s only a buck!  Not to be missed.
From rising star creator Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Marvel Kapow!), this issue also features an incredible RETAILER INCENTIVE variant cover by David Peterson (Mouse Guard)!

32 pgs. /All Ages / FC $1.00 / $2.99 Variant

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ZOMBIE TRAMP ACTION PACK TPB

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza

The entire run of Dan Mendoza’s critical hit ZOMBIE TRAMP in one handy
two-volume package just in time for the new ongoing series! Follow the adventures of everyone’s favorite street-walking dead, Janey, as she engages in all the fetish, gore, and grindhouse mayhem that can be dished out—in style! Collects Zombie Tramp #1-4 and Zombie Tramp Volume 2 # 1-4

256 pgs. /Mature Readers / FC $19.99

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Preview: Jack Hammer #2 (of 4)

JACK HAMMER #2 (of 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
FC/ 32 pgs / $2.99

Private investigator Jack McGriskin is a magnet for trouble–and this time it’s a doozy. Businessman Eddie Newman is dead and Jack has suspects, but can he make the charges stick? And more importantly, can be live long enough to? Stalked by a super-powered killer, Jack’s time is running out! Variant covers by New York Times best selling author Brett Weldele (The Surrogates) and John “Super Ugly” Williams!

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Action Lab in April 2014

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land #1

Writer(s): Dean Rankine
Artist Name(s): Dean Rankine
Cover Artist(s): Dean Rankine

Take some time for an adventure to a magical world with two cute bunnies… two foul mouthed, drug using, butt-naked bunnies that go on adorably offensive, insultingly hilarious adventures! Your journey into off-color fun begins here, with this mix of Adventure Time and underground comix! Also available in an alternate classic “RETRO” comic spoof variant cover (limited to 1,000 copies)!
32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99

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JACK HAMMER #4 ( of 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic

The conclusion to the “Political Science” storyline! Jack McGriskin may be down, but he’s not out. The Black Smile is confident he’s won, and that might just give Jack the edge he needs to bring one of Boston’s most-notorious killers to justice at last! But he’ll need a little help–okay, a lot of help–from his friends!  Special “RETRO” Variant cover by Rafer Roberts (limited to 1000 copies)!
32 pgs./All Ages/ FC $2.99

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SKYWARD VOL 3: BATTLE AT THREE RIVERS

Writer(s): Jeremy Dale
Artist Name(s): Jeremy Dale
Cover Artist(s): Jeremy Dale

Jeremy Dale and Action Lab proudly present the third volume of the runaway hit action-fantasy, Skyward! At last… WAR! Herod’s army has reached Three Rivers and its only hope is our small band of heroes… Also: the biggest revelation in the series history! Oh boy, it’s a big one. Continuing the fantastic storybook adventure from Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe, Marvel Kapow!), following the thrilling tale of Quinn and his dog, Jack— finding a new life amidst the invasion of his homeland. Collects Skyward #7-9!
96 pages/All Ages/FC $8.99

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VAMPLETS VOL.1: THE NIGHTMARE NURSERY (HC/One-shot)

Writer(s): Gayle Middleton and Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Amada Coronado (a), Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Amanda Coronado (a), Bill Blankenship (c)

Offered Again! Teenager Destiny Harper is at a crossroad in her life. Graduation is coming, and she has zero prospects for the future. Answering an ad for “The Night Care Nursery” seems like a great idea, until she is magically transported to Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of “The Nightmare Nursery” and return home? Fairy tales get a modern update in this coming of age tales of monsters, mayhem, and magic!
48 pgs./All Ages/FC 15.99

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VAMPLETS: THE UNDEAD PET SOCIETY #1 (ONGOING)

Writer(s): Gayle Middleton and Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Amada Coronado (p), David Dwonch (i) Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Amanda Coronado (a), Bill Blankenship (c)

The Legend of the Ghost Pony begins here in this terrifyingly sweet installment from Hasbro designer/illustrator of My Little Pony, Gayle Middleton! Ghost Ponies have been the harbingers of the weird for years. Whenever they appear, creatures near have disappeared, never to return. Where do they come from? What is their terrible secret? And what is the Ghost Pony’s connection to a vampyre baby named Lily Rose Shadowlyn? Find out in this all new adventure! Variant cover by Gayle Middleton herself (limited to 1000 copies!).

32 pgs./All Ages/ FC    $3.99 (regular cover) $4.99 (Gayle Middleton Variant Cover)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP VOL.2 #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza

Now that Janey and her mysterious new friend Morning have reached their destination, things get even more volatile as a friend from the past comes to visit our Zombie Tramp. Double-crosses, revenge, and the Necronomicon all collide in the conclusion to The Taint Train of Terror! Alternate “risqué” variant cover also available (limited to 1000 copies).

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Review: Jack Hammer #1

unnamed(5)Jack Hammer is back, and this time being published by Action Lab Entertainment. The series was originally published by Reasonably Priced Comics, but under Action Lab’s “Return of the Hero” banner, the series will hopefully get the greater attention it deserves.

I reviewed this comic originally way back in January of 2011, but a few years later, and a new publisher I revisited the first issue and thus an updated review. When I first saw the title Jack Hammer: Political Science #1 I imagined a series of political intrigue that might hearken back to my days as a political science major. Instead I’m thrown for a loop as it’s a pretty entertaining detective comic with superhero elements.

In Boston, where powers are real and heroes are rare, Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a wicked right cross and a penchant for nosiness.  When a missing person he’s searching for turns up dead, he stumbles onto a web of hidden corruption and a world he thought he’d left behind!

The writing is actually very solid, to the point I want to see what comes next in the second issue. The art is a little rough, but also good. You can see a lot of potential and there’s only some minor issues I have with it.

Overall, if you like detective stories, Jack Hammer: Political Science is worth checking out because 1) you’re supporting a smaller independent publisher and 2) it’s a really good read.

Written by Brandon Barrows the story is the usual standard noir/detective story and hits all of the plot points you’d expect. Crooked people, a cop you’re not quite sure you can trust, a detective with a shady past and dames. It’s all there. But still, this is entertaining and set up in a while it doesn’t seem like a list is being checked off. The dialogue is good, some flashbacks add depth to the main character and enough is hinted at to show there’s more to come as far as character development.

The art and character design is by Ionic. The art is decent, but doesn’t quite seem finished at times. You can really see this with the hair of the characters which looks stiff and flat. You have the head design (and some times you can see the rough pencils) and then the hair is penciled in with some lines and then colored. It works, but seems a bit rough, like there’s a next step to the art that’s been skipped and depth is missing. But that’s not always the case, which is weird. But overall I liked the art.

When I first read the issue three years ago, and have re-read it, I still am. Like most noir out there, it’s not totally original, but it has personality and enough to make it stand out. If you dig a detective story with a super hero twist, pick up a copy.

Story: Brandon Barrows Art: Ionic
Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainemnt provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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