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Review: Old Haunts #1

Old Haunts #1

I’m a big fan of mob films. I can watch films like The Godfather, Goodfellas, New Jack City, and Casino, over and over. What you rarely is that genre mashed up with others. There have been attempts at comedy or romance but most films are pretty siloed in style. Old Haunts #1 is an interesting spin on the mob story as it attempts to deliver something new, a mob story with a horror twist.

Written by Ollie Masters and Rob Williams, Old Haunts #1 introduces us to three mobsters who have a literal pile of bodies underneath them. They have decided to get out of the business and move on. But, their past crime doesn’t want them to. It’s a take on the concept of one’s past coming back to haunt you.

The result is pretty decent, enough that I really want to see where it goes.

The story delivers a few cliches from the genre and Old Haunts #1 is mostly set up but there’s enough there to want to see more. The issue is, our three main characters are generally forgettable. They each have some minor things to set them apart but they generally blend away after reading. Not long after I’ve read the first issue and each character’s name is already forgotten.

It’s the character types that really stand out and that plays into the horror aspect. Instead of the “slut” we have one character who pays for sex. We still have the tough guy who’s surely going to die. Then there’s the nice guy who’s probably supposed to be the protagonist that we cheer for in hopes they survive and are happy. It’s not bad but you can see there’s a bit plug and play going on. Still, it works as a start setting up what’s to come.

The art by Laurence Campbell is pretty solid. With color by Lee Loughridge and lettering by Sal Cipriano, it relies heavily on shadows delivering a style that fits the noir/crime genre. Blues, reds, yellows, and purples, with a heavy dose of black pepper the panels giving the comic a very interesting look that befits the story. The characters are definitely different in their look and style, but run into that issue that they also don’t stand out. It’s not bad but also a comic that you’ll remember liking but nothing specific you can really pinpoint. The horror aspects though absolutely deliver a creepy vibe and go in a solid direction I want to see more of.

As an introduction, Old Haunts #1 is interesting and entertaining. It brings together two genres you don’t see mashed up often. It’s a good introduction that as a piece of the bigger story will be fine but on its own falls a little short. It lacks that little bit something special that really puts it over the top. But, like a horror film, that’s also not the point. This is the lull before the storm and we really want to see the scares from here. As a set up to that, it works quite well.

Story: Ollie Masters, Rob Williams Art: Laurence Campbell
Color: Lee Loughridge Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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AWA Studios Releases a Trailer for Old Haunts

AWA Studios has released the official trailer for the supernatural crime thriller, Old Haunts, written by Ollie Masters and Rob Williams, art by Laurence Campbell, colors by Lee Loughridge, and lettering by Sal Cipriano. Old Haunts has an updated release date of June 10, 2020.

Three Made Men, standing at the brink of retirement, find their unbreakable bond put to the ultimate test when they are suddenly assaulted by the ghosts of their past. Confronted by decades of buried secrets – resentments, affairs, double-crosses, and murders – the three friends have no choice but to unearth the deepest, darkest sin from their past and pray they don’t find an empty grave.

Review: Killer Groove

It’s 1970s Los Angeles and a tale of music and murder as a struggling musician gets mixed up with a local mob hitman.

Killer Groove collects issues #1-5.

Story: Ollie Masters
Art: Eoin Marron
Color: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Review: Killer Groove #5

Though we haven’t read the first four issues, Killer Groove #5 still feels like a satisfying ending… and makes us want to see what we missed!

Story: Ollie Masters
Art: Eoin Marron
Color: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Preview: Sons of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book Three SC

Sons of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book Three SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Ollie Masters
Artist: Luca Pizzari, Eoin Marron, Lucas Werneck
Colorists: Adam Metcalfe, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the the third and final of the Sons of Anarchy Legacy Editions! Collecting the previously released Sons of Anarchy comic for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.

The ride begins here. Jax Teller has always had one dream: to follow the family legacy and join the Sons of Anarchy. But at eighteen, still reeling from his father’s death and just starting out as a prospect, Jax is about to discover just how hard the life of an outlaw can be.

Collects Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original #1-12

Sons of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book Three SC

Exclusive Preview: Killer Groove #2

KILLER GROOVE #2

Writer: Ollie Masters
Artist: Eoin Marron
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Eoin Marron
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 06.26.19

The music plays on in Killer Groove #2 and the killing continues as we delve further into this pulpy LA tale of musicians, contract killers and PIs. Iggy teaches Jonny the finer points of his violent new occupation, while Jackie and Raúl reconnect investigating Lucy’s missing father.

From Ollie Masters (The Kitchen, Snow Blind) and Eoin Marron (HER INFERNAL DESCENT,Army of Darkness, James Bond) comes the next rock’n’roll sensation, with a beat that’ll kill you dead.

KILLER GROOVE #2

Vertigo’s The Kitchen Gets Its First Trailer

Based on the Vertigo comic series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, The Kitchen stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss.

The gritty, female-driven mob drama from New Line Cinema and BRON Creative, was written and directed by Andrea Berloff, who was nominated for an Oscar for the original screenplay for Straight Outta Compton.

The story revolves around three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally.

The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), James Badge Dale (Only the Brave), Brian d’Arcy James (Spotlight), with Margo Martindale (TV’s The Americans), Oscar winner Common (Selma, Marshall), and Bill Camp (Vice). The cast also includes Jeremy Bobb (Marshall), E.J. Bonilla (TV’s The Long Road Home), Wayne Duvall (Prisoners), Annabella Sciorra (TV’s Daredevil), Myk Watford (HBO’s True Detective).

The Kitchen comes to theaters August 9, 2019.

Preview: The Raid

THE RAID

Writers: Ollie Masters, Alex Paknadel
Artist: Budi Setiawan
FC, $16.99, On sale: May 8, 2019

The martial arts movie hit punches its way onto the page, in a critically-acclaimed, bone-crunching new story set during the second film!

Ollie Masters (The Kitchen) and Alex Paknadel (Assassin’s Creed) team up with artist Budi Setiawan (Rex Royd) to send hero cop Rama undercover into the depths of prison!

Rama wields his brutal skills to protect an incarcerated officer… and himself! But in the world outside, crime lord Bejo begins his bloody rise to power – and prison walls are no obstacle to his wrath! Plus: the dark secrets behind fan favorite villains Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man are revealed!

THE RAID

AfterShock, Ollie Masters, and Eoin Marron Takes us on a Killer Groove

In 1970s Los Angeles, Jonny is one of the thousands of musicians trying to make it big while working a crummy bar job, and getting drunk with his whiskey soaked P.I. friend, Jackie. When Jonny gets tangled up with a local mob hitman, he not only finds a new and violent career, but maybe the inspiration for his music as well.

This May, writer Ollie Masters, artist Eoin Marron, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou deliver a Killer Groove, a brand new series being published by AfterShock.

Killer Groove #1 arrives May 29, 2019 with a cover by Marron and a 1:10 Incentive Cover by Cliff Richards and Irma Kniivila.

Killer Groove #1

Preview: The Raid #4

THE RAID #4

Plot: Ollie Masters
Writer: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Budi Setiawan
Cover A: Rhoald Marcellius
Cover B: Photo
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: November 7, 2018

A brutal finish to this action-packed expansion on the martial arts hit!

Rama fought off his enemies in jail, but those outside took notice… the invasion by Bejo’s assassins begins!

Baseball Bat Man and Hammer Girl, back in action!

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