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Review: The Shepherd #1

After the loss of his son, a theologian takes on the mission to make sure his son’s soul finds peace in the afterlife.

The Shepherd #1 is a solid debut that’s hampered a bit with a split of artists.

Story: Andrea Lorenzo Molinari, Roberto Xavier Molinari
Art: Luca Panciroli, Ryan Showers
Color: Pamela Poggiali, Heather Breckel
Letterer: Joel Rodriguez, Jacob Bascle

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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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Review: Phantom Starkiller

From the vastness of the unknown regions, whispers of his return paralyzed all in fear: Phantom Starkiller, The Cosmic Ghoul Warrior must now unleash his inner darkness to carry out his master’s wishes, all while plotting his revenge; for he cannot stop his interstellar rampage until The Curse of The Cryptocrystalline Stone has been broken!

Phantom Starkiller delivers Kirby inspired black light delivering cosmic action!

Story: Peter Goral
Art: Joseph Schmalke
Color: Peter Goral
Letterer: Joel Rodriguez

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Scout Comics & Entertainment Inc. Continues to Grow With New Hires

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Scout Comics & Entertainment Inc. has announced multiple new executive hires to fill out its ranks as the company sees growth in its sixth year of business.

Lesa Miller has come on as Scout’s Chief Operating Officer. Lesa earned her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University School of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1996, and went on to co-found and manage two successful law practices while also co-founding and managing a flourishing commercial property management company. Lesa has also practiced law in Florida for nearly two decades. Learning the coding language HTML in the 1990s, Lesa is also an accomplished computer programmer and website designer and is certified as a circuit civil mediator.

Trent Miller joins as the new General Counsel of Scout Comics. Trent graduated from the Delaware School of Law in 1997, earning Dean’s Honors and passing the Florida Bar the same year. A member in good standing of the Florida Bar, certified circuit civil mediator, and a Florida litigator for nearly 25 years, Trent began his career at a large Miami-based law firm, working his way up to partnership before establishing his own successful law practice in 2007. Having litigated thousands of cases, Trent has represented some of the most prominent companies, clients, and insurance carriers in America. A highly experienced trial lawyer, Trent has appeared, presented, and argued thousands of motions, hearings, and full-blown trials as lead counsel. Trent has also briefed appeals to the Florida’s First District Court of Appeals and participated in cases briefed to the Florida Supreme Court and the Delaware Supreme Court.

Megan Marsden has come on as Scout’s new Marketing Liaison. Megan’s comics career began by joining the Diamond Comic Distributors marketing team in April 2016. Her tenure in the marketing department included advertisement sales, public relations, representing the Previews brand at trade shows, and assisting in the planning and creation of Free Comic Book Day and Halloween ComicFest content. Megan joined Diamond’s print purchasing team in October 2018 as a brand manager to many independent publishers, including Scout Comics.

Joel Rodriguez is Scout’s new Head of Design. Joel has a background in comic production as a letterer and graphic designer. He has enjoyed crowdfunding success with his comic series THE DUSK COUNTY CHRONICLES through his production company, Metal Ninja Studios. Joel also runs Brink of Reality Productions, through which he helps new and seasoned creators realize their dreams of bringing their comics to life.

Andrea Lorenzo Molinari joins the company as Editorial Director. Andrea is a co-writer/ co-creator of THE SHEPHERD graphic novel series with Scout Comics’ horror imprint Black Caravan. Molinari received his Ph.D. from Marquette University with a specialty in ancient religious history and literature. His previous academic writings include four books and numerous popular and scholarly articles, and he also holds a B.A. in Journalism.  In addition, Molinari also has served as a submissions editor and project editor for Caliber Comics since 2016, as editor for the Spanish publisher, Amigo Comics (Málaga, Spain) since 2019, and has done editing work for Action Lab and Behemoth Comics.

Review: Assassin & Son #1

Donovan Braddock is a one-man killing unit who works with a team of covert assassins known as “The Horsemen.” Assassin & Son #1 is the story of Donovan’s son as he seeks revenge after his father is murdered.

Story: Shad Gaspard, Marc Copani
Art: Eder Messiah
Color: Paul Little, Joaquin Pereyra
Letterer: Joel Rodriguez

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The Shepherd Takes Us to the Afterlife for Revenge

Coming this January from Scout ComicsBlack Caravan imprint is The Shepherd.

Prof. Lawrence Miller falls into a dark vortex of guilt and anger after enduring the tragic death of his teenage son from a drug overdose. He cannot shake the sense that his son is now a lost soul, wandering between heaven and earth. Grieving and profoundly disturbed, he opts for suicide, pursuing his son into the afterlife. Once on the other side, he encounters his deceased father and is given a mystical pendant of great power. Unfortunately, in Lawrence’s hands it becomes a weapon that allows him to unleash his fury on those who brought the drugs to his son, leaving a trail of insanity and chaos in his wake. His existence becomes a terrifying conflict between his unchecked anger and his knowledge that he might have lost his way.

The Shepherd is co-written and co-created by Andrea Lorenzo Molinari and Roberto Xavier Molinari, with art by Ryan Showers and Luca Panciroli, color by Heather Breckel and Pamela Poggiali, lettering by Jacob Bascle and Joel Rodriguez, and project managed by Jason Dube.

The Shepherd

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: Vlad Dracul #3

Vlad is still defending his nation but needs allies to defeat the Ottoman Empire. Vlad Dracul #3 is in a second printing all ready but it’s not too late to catch up!

Story: Matteo Strukul
Art: Andrea Mutti
Color: Vladimir Popov
Letterer: Joel Rodgriguez

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Get a Look at Phantom Starkiller, out this October from Scout’s Black Caravan imprint

From Scout‘s new Black Caravan imprint. For uncounted millennia, the Cryptocrystalline Stone remained lost to the blackness of space, hidden amongst the stars. As time passed, the galaxy slipped into greater peril. Thousands of systems fell and worlds crumbled. Dark and ominous beings conspire from the shadows to possess its unlimited power and ability to resurrect a legion of deathless warriors. From the vastness of the unknown regions, whispers of his return paralyzed all in fear: Phantom Starkiller, The Cosmic Ghoul Warrior must now unleash his inner darkness to carry out his master’s wishes, all while plotting his revenge; for he cannot stop his interstellar rampage until The Curse of The Cryptocrystalline Stone has been broken!

Phantom Starkiller is by creator/writer/colorist Peter Goral, artist Joseph Schmalke, and letterer Joel Rodriguez. Out in October, the comic is based on the Super 7 toy line.