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Ruby Falls’ River Runs Red Again with Ann Nocenti, Flavia Biondi, and Lee Loughridge

From legendary writer Ann Nocenti, extraordinary new talent Flavia Biondi, and acclaimed colorist Lee Loughridge comes Ruby Falls: a neo-noir tale of love, memory, and murder mysteriously woven through three generations of women, and hinging on their individual, intertwined fights for freedom. Ruby Falls, the new four-issue miniseries, is the latest addition to Karen Berger’s critically acclaimed imprint Berger Books at Dark Horse Comics

Ruby Falls is a sleepy town. But sleep brings nightmares, and 20-something Lana is about to wake up in the middle of her hometown’s biggest secret: the “disappearance” of Betty Gallagher, who was infamous for her progressive ways during the mobster-ruled heyday of this old mining town. The dim details of this cold-case murder are trapped in the mind of Lana’s grandmother Clara, who suffers from dementia. When Clara starts to share these deeply-buried, violent memories with her, Lana is hooked. She becomes obsessed with cracking the case, even if it means snapping the minds of everyone involved, splintering the peaceful town— and putting herself in grave danger. 

Ruby Falls is a new kind of noir—a dazzling and unforgettably modern murder mystery with a feminist edge; a story of risk, adventure, passion and trust… until the Ruby Falls river runs red again. The first issue of Ruby Falls goes on sale October 2, 2019.

Ruby Falls

Review: Six Days is an Incredible True Story of a Lost D-Day Chapter

2019 is the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, D-Day and 75 years later, there’s still amazing true stories to tell about it.

Six Days: The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter is about one hundred and eighty-two paratroopers who mis-dropped 15 miles away from their target and wound up teaming up with a French village to take on the German army.

Story: Robert Venditti, Kevin Maurer
Art: Andrea Mutti
Color: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores March 14! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Exclusive Preview: Snelson, the Amazing Back Up from Hashtag Danger

It’s Hashtag Danger time from AHOY Comics! Debuting May 1, Hashtag Danger is the latest series to launch from the upstart publisher as part of their second wave of comics.

As with all AHOY Comics, Hashtag Danger #1 is packed with extras including a comic from writer Paul Constant, artist Fred Harper, colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rob Steen, Snelson! It’s one of three you’ll find in the first issue on top of the main story by Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso.

We have an exclusive look at Snelson which you can get next week as part of Hashtag Danger #1, on shelves May 1st.

Hashtag Danger #1

Preview: WWE Wrestlemania 2019 Special

WWE Wrestlemania 2019 Special

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Bill Hanstock, Andrew Stott, Lan Pitts, Ryan Ferrier,
Artist: Hyeonjin Kim, Andy Belanger, Kendall Goode, Serg Acuña
Colorists: Wesdllei Manoel, Lee Loughridge, Doug Garbark
Letterers: Jim Campbell, Serge Lapointe
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Rahzzah
    Preorder Cover: Xermánico
    Incentive Cover: Marco D’Alfonso
Price: $7.99

The biggest event in Sports Entertainment returns to comics! This jam-packed special includes stories about the Kane/Undertaker clash at Wrestlemania 20, Asuka and Charlotte Flair’s battle at Wrestlemania 34, and more!

WWE Wrestlemania 2019 Special

Review: Marvel Comics Presents #2

Marvel Comics Presents #2

Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle’s cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!

I don’t have a long history with Marvel Comics Presents, although I have read stories reprinted from the original series, I’ve never read one of the original issues. The first one I had picked up was the first issue of the 2019 series, and I was immediately taken with the format. Probably because I’m a big Wolverine fan.

Thus far, each comic features two standalone stories, with the series being linked by a multi-part story featuring Wolverine (though even that can be read starting here is you missed MCP#1). It’s a format that immediately brings me back to a time when I didn’t care about continuity as much as I did a good story (now I’m a little more concerned with continuity whilst also wanting a good story). This issue has three stories that decline gradually in quality from the first to the final, though I’d happily read the issue for two of the three, so one average tale in an anthology style comic isn’t bad (especially when it takes up the least amount of page space).

Charles Soule‘s Wolverine tale kicks us off, and was the highlight for me. It follows on from the previous issue, though one can read this without having read the first part. The story is set in the fifties, and finds Logan teaming up with a young mystic to combat an unkillable demon named The Truth from corrupting the world; one can argue the allegories and symbolism in this till the day is long, but even on face value this is still a very entertaining tale.

Mark Waid‘s revisionist take on the Fantastic Four before their powers is interesting, and a neat twist on Marvel’s First Family focused more on Reed and Ben’s relationship against a Cold War setting. It’s an interesting What If? style story that I’d love to get more of in the future.

Lastly, we have the Gorilla-Man feature by David and Maria Lapham. It isn’t bad by any means, but certainly isn’t the highlight of the issue. In fairness, this may be more down to my lack of knowledge of – and desire to read about – Gorilla Man than any indication of the ability of the writers. It wasn’t my cup of tea, and I found it a touch jumbled as it seemed to bounce the story between present and flashback. Still, this is far from unreadable, and suffers more because of the stories it’s paired with than anything else.

All in all, Marvel Comics Presents #2 is a win. Easily one of the more fun comics for Marvel right now., unencumbered by continuity and story constraints as it is.

Wolverine: The Vigil
Story: Charles Soule Penciler: Paulo Siqueira
Colour Artist: Frank D’Armata Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.7

Liftoff featuring Mister Fantastic
Story: Mark Waid Artist Djibril Morissette-Phan
Colour Artist: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.8
This Man, This Gorilla featuring Gorilla-Man
Story: David & Maria Lapham Artist: David Lapham Colour Artist: Lee Loughridge Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Story: 6.3 Art: 7.2 Overall: 6.7

Marvel Comics Presents #2 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Journey Into Unknown Worlds #1

In celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary and the comic books that captivated hearts and minds across generations, join us for two scintillating sci-fi stories – the first an extraterrestrial adventure by Cullen Bunn the likes of which haven’t been seen in this or any other decade, and the second a tale of terror by Clay McLeod Chapman that could take place in your very own back yard! The secrets of the universe lie waiting to be discovered, True-Believers, on a JOURNEY TO UNKNOWN WORLDS!

Story: Cullen Bunn, Clay McLeod Chapman
Art: Guillermo Sanna, Francesco Manna
Color: Lee Loughridge Letterer: Travis Lanham

TV Review: Deadly Class S1E1 Pilot

Deadly SyFy

A disillusioned teen finds purpose and fights for survival at an elite academy for the Deadly Arts.

The latest comic adaptation to come to the screen is here as the much beloved and praised Deadly Class has officially debuted on SyFy.

Based on the comic series by Rick Remender with art by both Lee Loughridge and Wes Craig and published by Image Comics, the series focuses on a school that teaches kids to be the next generation of assassins.

Set in the 80s, there’s a lot taken from tropes of the time and a soundtrack that’ll take you back the 30+ years. As it’s set in high school, there’s the usual cliques and lots of references to the socio-political situation of the time.

The pilot is a slick debut that belies the fact it’s on SyFy, a channel I don’t usually associate with quality. Great looking, solid direction, and some animation thrown in, the pilot is a debut that immerses you into the world introducing you to it as it introduces our initial main character Marcus, played by Benjamin Wadsworth.

And this show is very much about the characters. This is an ensemble show featuring Benedict Wong, Lana Condor, Henry Rollins, and so many more. And the show nails the characters. Their tone, their look, it all feels like the comic come to life. Deadly Class is one of the finest comic adaptations to have come out on multiple levels.

The show knows its strength in the material with Remender involved that’s not surprising. There’s a certain cool about it all, not that we haven’t seen parts of this story elsewhere. Still, this combination, this world, is something interesting and to see it live and breathe on the small screen is pretty impressive. Here’s hoping what follows the pilot keeps it up and can deliver on what this initial episode promises.

Overall Rating: 9.0

Review: The Punisher: War Machine Vol. 2

Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, still has the War Machine armor and he’s using it to take on criminals. Between that and his siding with Hydra, the superhero community aren’t too happy with him and are out to stop him.

The Punisher: War Machine Vol. 2 collects issues #224-#228 by Matthew Rosenberg, Stefano Landini, Guiu Vilanova, and Lee Loughridge.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores November 27! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Crude #3

Steve Orlando, Garry Brown, and Lee Loughridge‘s saga of oil rigs, Russian gangs, and revenge takes a turn for the violent as in various guises, Piotr tries to find the person responsible for ordering the hit on his son, Kiril, who went to the dangerous city of Blackstone to start a new life and find a place where he would be free to be a bisexual man even if it’s dangerous. Crude #3 is peppered with flashbacks as Piotr wishes he would be a father, and every twelve hour shift, punch thrown, and bone broken is in service of finding some kind of closure. Except, by the time the issue ends, this mission of vengeance is much more complicated.

Brown and Loughridge’s visuals in Crude #3 run the gamut from explosive to mundane. There’s a twelve, nearly silent panel page showing Piotr’s life as an oil rig worker for evil conglomerate PetroPinnacle, and then several pages later, there’s a huge, orange explosion when rival gang Meshe Adam suicide bombs where he works. These two scenes encapsulate what Piotr’s co-worker Mikhail says the reason why many people go to Blackstone: to make lots of money and experience danger that is the opposite of the rocking chair and watching biathlon on TV life that Piotr settled into back in Crude #1. While still following the throughline of Piotr’s vengeance quest, Orlando and Brown dive face first into the lurid, vile world of Blackstone, including strip clubs, back alleys, rooftops, and bath houses because nothing trips up toxic masculinity like some straight up homoeroticism.

Like almost all of the comics he works on, Lee Loughridge and his color choices set the tone and are the unsung heroes of Crude #3 as well complementing Garry Brown’s combination of scratchy and minimalist inking styles. A sequence featuring the skyscraper HQ of PetroPinnacle has a rancid color palette as sickly, Industrial Revolution-seeming smoke billows surround the tower and instantly signal corruption before a word is spoken or an action is carried out. Later, in the book, Loughridge goes for pure sex with a dark pink palette as Piotr tries to be one of the guys and goes to a strip club after work. Finally, there are the harsh blacks to go with close-ups of pockmarked faces that reminded me of Frank Miller’s work in Sin City when Piotr’s motivation is at his purest: killing the scumbags who murdered his son. Loughridge is a true palette maestro.

Three issues in, and Steve Orlando and Garry Brown have barely scratched the surface of the criminal underworld that runs the oil town of Blackstone, such as PetroPinnacle, the less corporate and more anarchist Meshe Adam, and not super well defined Prava plus the ordinary dock workers and small shop and stand owners that Piotr has sort of become a folk hero to. However, because of its singular focus on Piotr, Crude #3 isn’t bogged down by this “lore” and instead of exposition, we get earthy conversations, street fights, and light stalking of big wigs, who spout corporate, motivational bullshit to workers that experience things on a daily basis that they would never dream of. Piotr is like the protagonist of a good, open world video game: he’s competent at the whole violent thing, agreeable in day to day interactions, and has deep, emotional pain that keeps him sympathetic. Plus he has a whole dark streak from his days as an assassin that could easily come to the forefront thanks to the concluding incidents of this issue and also pops up later on when he starts wrecking a man’s apartment and putting heads through walls just to get a clue for her son’s demise. Brown’s rough speed lines help accentuate the violence in these situations.

Crude #3 has plenty of knock your teeth out and kick mud in your face action, dangerous situations, and emotional turmoil as Steve Orlando, Garry Brown, and Lee Loughridge place Piotr on a hopeless quest for vengeance. For fans of Orlando’s previous work, Crude is more Virgil than JLA and has an added layer of moral uncertainty to go with Loughridge’s fiery, hazy, and ever shifting color palette.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Garry Brown
Colors: Lee Loughridge Letters: Thomas Mauer
Story: 8.8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.9  Recommendation: Buy 

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Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, and Emma Vieceli Deliver a Twist with Olivia Twist Published by Berger Books

Dark Horse and Berger Books are pleased to announce the next series in the critically acclaimed imprint, Olivia Twist, a female-centric futuristic fable.

Olivia Twistmarks the first time internationally bestselling novelist Darin Strauss will venture into the comics medium. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir Half a Life, he’s joined by short fiction author Adam Dalva as cowriter. Artist Emma Vieceli and colorist Lee Loughridge bring the series to illustrated life. Top women comics artists, Vanesa Del Rey, Tula Lotay, Sana Takeda, and Emma Vieceli, create the gorgeous cover art for this reimagining of the classic character.

In a dangerous future London, teenage orphan Olivia Twist joins the Esthers, a rag-tag gang of girl thieves, to save a boy she barely knows. Led by the elegant, queenly Fagin, they steal from the rich inhabitants of Vertical City while battling the illegally-augmented Trads for control of the streets.

But Olivia’s life of newfound friendships in this world of internment camps and dark technology gets even more complicated when she discovers that she has more power and wealth than she’s ever dreamed of. But it comes at an unfathomable cost.

The first issue of a four-part miniseries, Olivia Twist goes on sale September 19, 2018, and will be available for preorder at your local comic shop later this month for $4.99.

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