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Review: Chasing the Dragon #2

Chasing the Dragon #2

Two escaped slaves must overcome their fears before attempting to cross a deadly acid lake. But they don’t have a moment to lose, with the kingdom’s most notorious slave hunter hot on their trail. Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers a familiar concept and creates tension in a bleak world.

On the run, Jyn and Andre must work together or risk being returned to their lives of slavery. Writer Denton J. Tipton opens the second chapter with some humor as well as tension. The two must first make it out of the castle and then across a deadly lake. The combination hearkens to classic fantasy quests.

It’s a smart second chapter to the story. The two fugitives must work together and get a sense of who each is. They each have their pasts and abilities and we get a better idea of how this duo will actually work together if they will at all. We’re introduced to each in this organic way.

It’s an interesting issue as Tipton mixes in humor with the rather dark visuals. It’s n unexpected addition to the story that will catch readers off guard. It might feel out of place but without its quirky moments Chasing the Dragon #2 would feel even more dour and morose.

Menton3‘s art is dark and gloomy delivering a fantasy world that feels ominous. The style brings with it a gloom that weighs heavy on the world as if each step for the characters is fraught with danger. There’s also some very unexpected moments with the art delivering frights that feel more like shadows haunting our duos steps than outright scares. The color choices too add to the haunting aspect of the comic that both creates a sickly palette at times but also a spotlight on what’s important.

Gilberto Lazcano‘s lettering also adds to the experience with what feels like a minimal take at times. The dialogue in some scenes is sparse and Lazcano places things in key locations to draw the eye as to what’s important. Like the art itself, the lettering in some ways adds to the overall setting creating the somewhat reserved, quiet, and gloomy nature of it all.

Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers an interesting second issue that feels like a standard chase. The “cop” looks for clues as to where his prey is heading while the prey must overcome numerous dangerous obstacles. The fact that Tipton delivers such humor in a rather tonally dark comic is interesting. We’re given some quirky aspects to mix things up. It’s a fantasy setting that those who enjoy the genre can dive in to.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Menton3 Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Early Review: Chasing the Dragon #2

Chasing the Dragon #2

Two escaped slaves must overcome their fears before attempting to cross a deadly acid lake. But they don’t have a moment to lose, with the kingdom’s most notorious slave hunter hot on their trail. Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers a familiar concept and creates tension in a bleak world.

On the run, Jyn and Andre must work together or risk being returned to their lives of slavery. Writer Denton J. Tipton opens the second chapter with some humor as well as tension. The two must first make it out of the castle and then across a deadly lake. The combination hearkens to classic fantasy quests.

It’s a smart second chapter to the story. The two fugitives must work together and get a sense of who each is. They each have their pasts and abilities and we get a better idea of how this duo will actually work together if they will at all. We’re introduced to each in this organic way.

It’s an interesting issue as Tipton mixes in humor with the rather dark visuals. It’s n unexpected addition to the story that will catch readers off guard. It might feel out of place but without its quirky moments Chasing the Dragon #2 would feel even more dour and morose.

Menton3‘s art is dark and gloomy delivering a fantasy world that feels ominous. The style brings with it a gloom that weighs heavy on the world as if each step for the characters is fraught with danger. There’s also some very unexpected moments with the art delivering frights that feel more like shadows haunting our duos steps than outright scares. The color choices too add to the haunting aspect of the comic that both creates a sickly palette at times but also a spotlight on what’s important.

Gilberto Lazcano‘s lettering also adds to the experience with what feels like a minimal take at times. The dialogue in some scenes is sparse and Lazcano places things in key locations to draw the eye as to what’s important. Like the art itself, the lettering in some ways adds to the overall setting creating the somewhat reserved, quiet, and gloomy nature of it all.

Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers an interesting second issue that feels like a standard chase. The “cop” looks for clues as to where his prey is heading while the prey must overcome numerous dangerous obstacles. The fact that Tipton delivers such humor in a rather tonally dark comic is interesting. We’re given some quirky aspects to mix things up. It’s a fantasy setting that those who enjoy the genre can dive in to.

Chasing the Dragon #2 comes to shelves on April 7 from Magma Comix.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Menton3 Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Exclusive Reveal: Martin Coccolo’s Variant Cover for Chasing the Dragon #5

Chasing the Dragon #5 from Magma Comix wraps up in June and we have the first look at Martin Coccolo‘s variant cover for the issue. Retailers who order 10 copies of Chasing the Dragon #5 will receive one free variant by Coccolo.

Chasing the Dragon is written by Denton J. Tipton, with art by Menton3, and lettering by Gil Lazcano.

Chasing the Dragon #5 (of 5)

Denton J. Tipton (w) • menton3 (a/ca)

In Chasing the Dragon, New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons.

The fatal, final faceoff between alchemical forces arrives, with the fate of Obsidian Bay hanging in the balance!

Variant cover by Martin Coccolo (Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering)!

For fans of The Witcher and Breaking Bad.

*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Martin Coccolo!

On sale 6/16/21

Chasing the Dragon #5 Martin Coccolo variant

Chasing the Dragon #1 from Heavy Metal and Magma Comix Has Sold Out

We have the scoop that the debut issue from Magma Comix, Chasing the Dragon #1, has sold out.

Chasing the Dragon explores a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons. When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages?

The comic by Denton J. Tipton and Menton3 was released in comic shops on February 24 and shops may still have copies.

When announcing the news, Magma Comix stated “We are monitoring reorders, and prepared for a second printing if there’s demand.”

Chasing the Dragon #2 comes to comic shops on April 7 and can be ordered with Diamond Code JAN211377.

Chasing the Dragon #1

Exclusive Reveal: Check out Andrea Di Vito’s Chasing the Dragon #4 Retailer Incentive Cover

We have the exclusive first look at Andrea Di Vito‘s retailer incentive cover for Chasing the Dragon #4. If retailers order 10 copies they get one free variant cover by Di Vito. In Chasing the Dragon, New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons.

With their pursuer closing in, Jyn struggles to kick her habit while Andre is struck by an epiphany, all leading up to next issue’s finale!

Chasing the Dragon is written by Tipton with art by menton3, with lettering by Gil Lazcano, and is published by Magma Comix an imprint of Heavy Metal!

Chasing the Dragon #4 (of 5) is on sale May 9, 2021.

Chasing the Dragon #4 Andrea Di Vito retailer incentive cover

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Francesco Francavilla’s Chasing the Dragon #1 Variant

We have a first look and the exclusive reveal of the Francesco Francavilla variant cover to Chasing the Dragon #1, from writer Denton J. Tipton and artist menton3. The issue features a main cover by menton3 and the variant by Francavilla. Retailers who order 10 copies of the comic will get a free Francavilla variant.

Out February 24 from Heavy Metal‘s Magma imprint, Denton J. Tipton and menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons.

When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages? For fans of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

Chasing the Dragon #1 Francesco Francavilla variant

Preview: The X-Files: Case Files—Hoot Goes There? #1 (of 2)

The X-Files: Case Files—Hoot Goes There? #1 (of 2)

Joe & Keith Lansdale (w) • Menton3 (a) • Catherine Nodet (c)

For 25 years, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have been shining their flashlights into the shadows, searching for the truth. To celebrate this anniversary, IDW Publishing proudly presents The X-Files: Case Files! Under this banner, faithful fans will see the release of numerous micro-series, featuring stories that explore X-Files of the past and present by top talent from comics and prose!

This second offering comes from legendary author Joe R. Lansdale, Keith Lansdale and artist Menton3. In “Hoot Goes There?”, Scully and Mulder find themselves on the road again, this time to a small East Texas town to investigate the disappearance of a woman said to have been carried away by a creature fitting the description of a harpy from Greek myth. But things only get stranger from there…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: The X-Files: JFK Disclosure

The X-Files: JFK Disclosure

Denton J. Tipton (w) • Menton3 (a & c)

The truth is out there… but when it comes to the greatest conspiracy ever, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the truth can be murky. When he learns the real reason behind President Kennedy’s murder, Mulder also discovers his father was involved. It’s a revelation that forces him to decide between the two things he holds most sacred: his family and the truth. It’s bombshell after bombshell as The X-Files digs into one of the greatest mysteries of all time!

HC • FC • $14.99 • 72 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-254-7

Preview: The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #2

The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #2

Denton J. Tipton (w) • Menton3 (a & c)

When he learns the real reason behind President Kennedy’s assassination, Mulder also discovers his father was involved in the conspiracy. This revelation forces him to decide between the two things he holds most sacred: his family and the truth. It’s bombshell after bombshell in The X-Files: JFK Disclosure!

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Preview: The X-Files #17

The X-Files #17

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)

“Resistance,” Part 4 (of 4): The final piece of the puzzle falls into place, threatening to send Mulder over the line, just as shadowy forces are revealed to have compromised the upper echelons of government.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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