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Review: Devil’s Highway #2

Devil's Highway #2

One of the most underrated movies of the 1990s was In Too Deep. It starred Omar Epps and a still new to acting, Todd Smith AKA LL Cool J, in what started out as a procedural drama and turned into a tense thriller. Epps played an undercover cop that goes into the underbelly of Cincinatti’s drug ring. Smith, in a role which he actually shined in, played a ruthless drug kingpin.

As the movie shows just how embedded one can get when pretending to be somebody else. As Epps investigation gets him to the top of the organization, unearthing a treacherous network. AS the mindset one has to deal with on that level, tests the moral compass of even strongest. In Devil’s Highway #2 Shannon gets in deeper, but not without consequences.

We are taken to Scott County, Minnesota, where a young woman who works as a street walker, gets an unexpected surprise, one that may be fatal. WE find Shannon getting an early Xmas present, and from someone she assumes is harmless, when simultaneously there is a call for a found dead body on the scanner. Shannon thinks something is fishy, and her research leads her to find out that there is an intricate network of sex traffickers. By issue’s end, Shannon , is getting closer to the truth of what happened to these women and her father.

Overall, Devil’s Highway #2 is a great second issue that is relevant and exciting. The story by Benjamin Percy is wonderful. The art by Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge is wonderful. Altogether, it’s a great entry in the series that puts a spotlight on a very relevant issue.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: COVID Chronicles

COVID Chronicles

(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Talajic Dalibor, Lee Loughridge (CA) Dalibor Talajic
In Shops: Dec 02, 2020
SRP: $9.99

An illustrated feature chronicling ten personal accounts of life and death from the frontlines of COVID-19. These true stories from journalist Ethan Sacks (Old Man Hawkeye) are brought to vivid life by Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Hotell). Originally distributed online by NBC News, these tales of hope amidst devastation are now available in print for the first time, fully colored, with behind-the scenes features. From a man stuck in Wuhan during the initial days of the outbreak to an ICU nurse in the thick of one of the busiest hospitals in the country to an Italian opera singer who goes viral while trying to bring hope to his devastated neighborhood, this series takes you where news cameras couldn’t go.

COVID Chronicles

Crimson Flower is a New Mind-Bending Series from Matt Kindt, Matt Lesniewski, and Bill Crabtree

From New York Times-bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt with illustrator Matt Lesniewski and colorist Bill Crabtree comes a brand-new, mind-altering journey through Russian folk tales, trained assassins, and government conspiracies in Crimson Flower! Crimson Flower will sport variant covers for each issue from artists including Malachi Ward, Patric Reynolds with Lee Loughridge, Marguerite Sauvage, and Tyler Bence with Bill Crabtree.

After losing her family in a violent home invasion, a woman uses folk tales to cope. In a blood-soaked journey toward revenge, she tracks down the man responsible for her family’s deaths, only to discover a startling government plot—to weaponize folk tales and use them to raise children into super assassins.

Crimson Flower #1 (of 4) will hit comic shops January 20, 2021.

AWA Studios, Magnetic, and Harlequin Deliver 8 New Digital Comics Today

ComiXology Delivers eight new digital comics for you today including the first round of collections from AWA Studios. You’ll also find new releases from Harlequin and Magnetic Press. Find all eight comics and get shopping here or check out the individual releases below.

Archangel 8

Written by Michael Moreci
Art by C.P. Smith
Colored by Snakebite Cortez
Cover by Jeff Dekal

In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.

Archangel 8

A Baby For The Boss

Written by Maureen Child
Art by Megumi Toda

Jenny is at a loss. Finally getting a big opportunity for her career, she finds out she’ll have to work with Mike of all people. Jenny had once felt an instant connection with the tall, handsome billionaire. But it had all disappeared when their one-night stand led to a horrible misunderstanding the next morning. Now, trying to forget their past intimacy while working with Mike makes it increasingly difficult for Jenny to deny her feelings. She succumbs and they share another passionate night together. Jenny finds out she’s pregnant, but Mike can’t seem to get over the past…

A Baby For The Boss

The Contaxis Baby

Written by Lynne Graham
Art by Kanako Uesugi

“A horrible woman who drove her boyfriend, Connor, to his death.” That’s the cruel reputation that haunts Lizzie. But worse still is the truth about Connor, which Lizzie refuses to reveal. With a heavy heart, Lizzie agrees to a friend’s invitation for a night out. There, she draws the eye of a Greek man named Sebastian. She spends the night with him…but little does she know, his true intention is revenge!

The Contaxis Baby


Written by John Lees
Art by Dalibor Talajic
Colored by Lee Loughridge
Cover by Kaare Andrews, Keron Grant

You won’t find it on any map, but if you happen to be driving down Route 66 late at night and you’re truly desperate for shelter, sanctuary or secrecy, you might see a battered sign on the side of the road: The Pierrot Courts Hotel – where many check in but few check out.


Red Border

Written by Jason Starr
Art by Will Conrad
Colored by Ivan Nunes
Cover by Tim Bradstreet

A young Mexican couple narrowly escapes the Juarez Cartel by fleeing across the border into Texas, only to be run down in the desert by the Cartel’s most brutal thugs. Rescued by a mysterious local who takes them to the safety of his family’s ranch, the couple soon realize their hosts have more than just skeletons in their closet. Trapped in a house of horrors beyond their wildest imagination, the army of assassins on their trail might be the least of their problems.

Red Border

The Collected Toppi Vol. 4: The Cradle of Life

Written by Sergio Toppi
Art by Sergio Toppi

The fourth volume contains ten tales set in Africa, India, and Australia, presented in English for the first time: The Kokombo Dossier, Bwuma, my Son, Warramunga, M’Felewzi, and Pacific Island. Featuring a foreword by NYTimes and Eisner-winning author John Jennings.

The Collected Toppi Vol. 4: The Cradle of Life

The Resistance

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Mike Deodato Jr.
Colored by Lee Loughridge, Frank Martin Jr.
Cover by Rahzzah, Mike Deodato Jr.

J. Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?

The Resistance

Year Zero

Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Ramon Rosanas
Colored by Lee Loughridge
Cover by Kaare Andrews

Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist – five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. Year Zero wrestles with the weighty moral and theological questions posed by the pandemic and investigates its cause and possible cure.

Year Zero

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Review: Penultiman #1

Penultiman #1

There’s been numerous comic series that have launched that are deconstructions or explorations of the superhero. Many have gone on to be praised and considered modern classics. Some have fallen a bit flat. There’s also a point where you wonder if there’s anything new to explore. Penultiman #1 is a worthy entry in that genre taking a different angle exploring superheroes.

Written by Tom Peyer, Penultiman #1 explores a hero who has no confidence. He’s Superman who has been taken being cast out as a blow. Sent back in time from the future, he seems to be on a mission to prove himself worthy to return but taking it all a bit personal resulting in a bit of self-hatred.

Peyer gives us an interesting take on the concept. This is a hero who’s driven by a desire of approval from parents he thinks have rejected him. That lack of confidence extends to his alter-ego whose stumbling doesn’t come off as much as an attempt to protect his secret identity as it does an extension of his personal issues.

But, it feels like it wouldn’t be a comic from AHOY if it took itself too seriously. Peyer infuses the comic with a lot of humor. By the end of the issue it’s clear that this isn’t quite going to be a serious look at the superhero psyche but instead a humorous play on it all. We’ll find out more with the second issue of course.

That humorous tone is helped by the art of Alan Robinson who’s joined by Lee Loughridge on color and Rob Steen with lettering. The modern world of Penultiman is what you might expect with superheroes. It’s nice to look at and the designs are fun. But, there’s the future where things are… odd. That’s the point I realized the comic wasn’t as serious as it might be. The designs there are just weird and funny, and add a bit of quirk to the comic that helps drag it back into the world of fun and not so dour. The art “lifts” the comic in a way and adds enjoyment to the story.

As it’s an AHOY comic, the issue is packed with extras including three prose entries from Kek-W, Chris Lundy, and Philip Ellis, and art by Rob Steen, Joe Orsak, and Elliot Mattice. These are all entertaining and a bit all over in content but to me, it’s the bonus for a comic I’d buy otherwise. It “adds value” to something I’d already get and read.

Penultiman #1 is an interesting comic with what feels like a new take on the examination of the superhero. It does it as well without taking itself too seriously. The combination of something to say with some humor feels welcome in the space and where the series goes should be interesting. It’s definitely a comic to keep an eye on and might be one that gets folks buzzing.

Story: Tom Peyer, Kek-W, Chris Lundy, Philip Ellis Art: Alan Robinson, Rob Steen, Joe Orsak, Elliot Mattice
Color: Lee Loughridge Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Hotell #4


There is a reason why everyone who has watched any of Alfred Hitchcock’s films calls him the master of suspense. As his deft use of tension and silence allowed the one thing viewers usually hope for, relief. As you unconsciously hope the good guys win and the evil incarnate perishes. This is where Hitchcock both excels and cruelly tricks the viewer, as this si where he usually twists the knife.

As the terror that usually we spend the whole film waiting, for is equally unanticipated and worse than what the viewer expected.  Take, for example, Psycho, where we find out who is the villain in the film, as they are both tragic and inexorably malevolent. As the materialization of said sinister force, makes the payoff, that much more rewarding.  In the final issue of Hotell, the Pierrot Courts finally have their reckoning.

We are taken back for the last time, to the Pierre Courts Hotel, where the front desk clerk, as our narrator, feels the agitation and knows we are asking to leave, from the frights that lie within. We meet David, a man traveling with a priest, Father Villalobos, who just kidnapped his son, Cody, believing he was been possessed by a dark spirit, prompting David to commit an exorcism. Before long, the spirit overtakes him, destroying the hotel and a long-dead secret which leads the spirit to the hotel in the first place, leaving the place overtaken by the fire. By the story’s end, every occupant gets their comeuppance, in the most unsettling ways.

Overall, a more than satisfying conclusion to a collection of stories that has redefined nightmare fuel. The story by John Lees is shocking. The art by the creative team is spectacular. Altogether, a story that more than induces fear, it remixes it for the modern era.

Story: John Lees Art: Dalibor Talajic, Lee Loughridge, and Karen Andrews
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Chuck Austen Returns with comiXology Original Series Edgeworld with art by Patrick Olliffe

This fall, comic book writer Chuck Austen is making his surprise return to comics.

Austen’s controversial takes on mainstream superhero characters divided fandom with their romance fueled storylines. Now he’s partnering with his good friend, long-time Marvel/DC artist Patrick Olliffe to create Edgeworld, an edgy expectation-busting western set in the far reaches of outer space. The latest creator-owned comic book series from comiXology OriginalsEdgeworld is a gritty, sexy, potent adventure series that’s part science fiction, part detective series, and part western. Joining Austen and Olliffe (who is illustrating his first creator-owned series) are acclaimed colorist Lee Loughridge, letterer Jodi Wynne, and editor Bis Stringer-Horne. Edgeworld debuts September 15, 2020 with issue #1 of 5.

In EdgeworldKillian Jess is the magistrate and a former United Authority soldier who knows the system, upholds the law, and delivers the verdict—with a vengeance. Alongside native Palan Cheela, Killian fights to protect the planet Pala, a backwater, frontier planet on the edge of known space located beneath a riftgate—the greatest and most valuable discovery in galactic history. Together, the duo must battle alien invasions, military forces, black market traders, otherworldly infestations, drug runners and the disastrous, ecological aftermath of a brutal, planet-wide war, in order to save the world they love.

Edgeworld #1

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Review: The Resistance #3

The Resistance #3

In our new world of social media, life has become different. People who are normally introverts in person may find their voice behind a keyboard. People who cannot express their views in a normal setting find their platforms online. It is through this new medium, that the taste of celebrity can be intoxicating.

Some people use it for good, bringing attention to much-needed causes. Then there are those who use it for their own ignorance. Which makes you wonder how would superpowered beings operate in a climate like we have now? In the third issue of The Resistance, a hero must make a moral choice

We’re taken to the Swan Kirby Chase Powers Placement Agency, which is a one-stop shop for these newly superpowered people. We meet  James, one of the new super-powered beings. We also meet Hector Alvarez, the man who outfits all these “superheroes” and leads him to find his superhero name. We also get some background on James how his family abandoned him soon after finding out his new abilities. By the issue’s end, he senses there may be something he doesn’t want to be part of and becomes his own hero.

Overall, a powerful third issue, which gives readers a hero to root for. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is gripping. The art by the creative team of Mike Deodato Jr., Lee Loughridge, and Sal Cipriano is splendid. Altogether, a story that gives readers a new perspective.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Lee Loughridge, Sal Cipriano
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Hotell #3


The Old Guard has created a lot of chatter since it premiered. The film starring Charlize Theron offered a new take on the hitman genre. My first thought was that it may be another Wanted. Also based on a comic series, it turned out to be much more, as these particular hitmen are mostly immortal.

Just like the book, it got into the backstories of several important characters. We find out Charlize Theron’s character knew another immortal that got imprisoned underwater for the rest of her days. The mere thought of never being able to die and being held captive for the rest of your days is in effect hell on earth. In the third issue of Hotell, the Pierrot Courts have a guest who may not leave.

We are taken to the Pierre Courts Hotel, where we meet Kirsten Clements, who is driving in the rain to right to the Pierrot Courts. As we soon find out she is tracking the whereabouts of a woman who went missing at the hotel and never left. She soon has a nightmare where the victim finds her, which leaves her restless, and leads her down a tunnel where an ungodly discovery captures her. By the issue’s end, Kirsten realizes she now faces the same fate as the victim she came to look for.

Overall, a skin-crawling entry into an already spooky story. The story by John Lees is devastating. The art by the creative team of Dalibor Talajić, Lee Loughridge, and Sal Cipriano is stunning. Altogether, a story understands the power of the anthology.

Story: John Lees Art: Dalibor Talajić, Lee Loughridge, and Sal Cipriano
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen is Out in the UK on August 20


Something strange has been unleashed in the North of England. A modern-day druid has been committing a series of ghastly murders in an attempt to unleash the awesome power of the ancient gods of Great Britain. But all hell really breaks loose when his latest would-be victim, rebellious teen Nicnevin “Nissy” Oswald, turns out to be more than she seems. In Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen, debut graphic novel writer Helen Mullane, acclaimed artists Dom Reardon and Matthew Dow Smith, and celebrated colorist Lee Loughridge have created a haunting and unsettling coming-of-age horror story for our times.

Humanoids, the publisher of some of the world’s most iconic and groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy graphic novels, will publish Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen in the UK on August 20, 2020. The book features a stunning cover by Jock, one of the modern masters of comic book suspense.

This original graphic novel marks the literary debut of writer Helen Mullane, who collaborates with artists Dom Reardon and Matthew Dow Smith, letterer Robin Jones, and colorist Lee Loughridge for a different kind of horror and a different kind of heroine. In the story, London teen “Nissy” Oswald is stuck in the countryside for the entire summer with only her mother and little brother for company, but things start to look up when she meets Reggie, an attractive and mysterious older man to whom she feels inexorably drawn. As Nissy divides her time between feuding with her mother and lusting for Reggie, the small town is rocked by a grisly murder, and everything changes.

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