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Red 5 Comics in January 2022

DOWNLOAD #2

(W) Scott Chitwood (A) Danny Luckert
Available January 12, 2022
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After having his brain filled with designs for hundreds of mysterious devices, Eric and his friends begin discovering the strange and fantastic things they can do. They’re also about to find out that other people have received the Download in the past and powerful forces will do anything to get what’s in his mind.

DOWNLOAD #2

MEGA #2

(W) Salvador Sanz (A) Salvador Sanz
FC · 48 page · $7.99
Available January 19, 2022
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The gigantic creature known as “The Salamander” has taken the city of Montevideo by storm, destroying everything in its path. A little girl, advised by her apparently dead grandfather invoked “Mega,” another giant creature to stop the menace. Now the two monsters will clash, and the battle will bring the world to its knees.

MEGA #2

CARRIERS #3 – Cover A

(W) Johnny Arnold (CA) Seb Valencia (A/CA) Kurt Belcher
FC · 32 page · $3.95
Available January 5, 2022
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The gigantic creature known as “The Salamander” has taken the city of Montevideo by storm, destroying everything in its path. A little girl, advised by her apparently dead grandfather invoked “Mega,” another giant creature to stop the menace. Now the two monsters will clash, and the battle will bring the world to its knees.

CARRIERS #3 - Cover A

CARRIERS #3 – Cover B

(W) Johnny Arnold (A) Kurt Belcher (CA) Luis Rivera, Hedwin Zaldivar
FC · 32 page · $3.95
Available January 5, 2022
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The gigantic creature known as “The Salamander” has taken the city of Montevideo by storm, destroying everything in its path. A little girl, advised by her apparently dead grandfather invoked “Mega,” another giant creature to stop the menace. Now the two monsters will clash, and the battle will bring the world to its knees.

CARRIERS #3 - Cover B

MACHINE GIRL VOL. 2: MACHINE GIRL & THE SPACE INVADERS

(W) Matts (A/CA) Sergio Monjes
FC · 120 page · $14.95
Available January 26, 2022
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Machine Girl is back… in the ring! Not only is Megan (again) proving herself as the best fighter in the Galaxy, but she’s now part of a group of Space Pirates! And their latest adventure will lead them to an unexpected treasure, which will set a new course for the team headlong to a race of Space Invaders!

MACHINE GIRL VOL. 2: MACHINE GIRL & THE SPACE INVADERS

THE DARK AGE TPB

(W) Don Handfield (A) Leonardo Rodrigues, Pop Mahn, Alex Nascimento (CA) Nicholas Ely
FC · 192 page · $19.95
Available January 26, 2022
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In the near future all metal on earth suddenly turns to worthless piles of rust and dust. With no technology, no guns, no computers, humanity reverts to a violent feudal system. Each pocket of civilization is ruled by knights of wood and glass and  concrete. This is the new Dark Age.

THE DARK AGE TPB

Red 5 Comics in July 2021

DARK AGE #7

(W) Don Handfield (A) Pop Mahn (CA) Nicholas Ely
FC · 32 page · $3.95
Available July 21, 2021
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Riker, the United States of Canada and the Empire of Man learn the truth behind the alien watchers and the creation of the new world in the conclusion of The Dark Age.

DARK AGE #7

ANGELA DELLA MORTE PREQUEL

(W) Salvador Sanz (A) Salvador Sanz (CA) Salvador Sanz
FC · 48 page · $6.99
Available July 28, 2021
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Discover the true history Angela, how she learned to switch bodies and came to work for Dr. Sibelius.

In an oversized premium edition with a stock cover.

ANGELA DELLA MORTE PREQUEL

The Dark Age Returns from Red 5 Comics

 Fan favorite series The Dark Age reaches its long-awaited conclusion this summer.

The surprise smash hit of 2020, The Dark Age introduced audiences to the world of Ethen and his children Jonnie and Jonah.  A world where all metal on earth suddenly turned to worthless piles of rust and dust. With no technology, no guns, no computers, humanity reverted to a violent feudal system, each pocket of civilization ruled by knights of wood and glass and concrete. The new Dark Age.

Writer Don Handfield teams with superstar artist Pop Mahn to return us to the world of The Dark Age as the Empire of America and The United States of Canada confront the strangers from the sky who were behind the fall of human civilization in the startling conclusion of The Dark Age.

Red 5 will also be releasing The Dark Age #6 in June and The Dark Age #7 in July, 2021, to be followed by a collection of all seven issues later in the year.

The Dark Age #7

Preview: Raven: Daughter of Darkness #12

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #12

(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Pop Mahn (CA) Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Raven has joined Baron Winters’ new Night Force to battle the ancient, mystical assassins known as the Shadow Riders. But she discovers the Riders were created to protect mankind from Arcanes: super-naturally powered individuals who were not always heroes! Can it be true that Raven and the Night Force have been the “bad guys” all along?

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #12

Preview: Raven: Daughter of Darkness #11

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #11

(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Pop Mahn (CA) Yasmine Putri
In Shops: Jan 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Raven has joined Baron Winters’ new Night Force to battle the ancient, mystical assassins known as the Shadow Riders. But she discovers the Riders were created to protect mankind from Arcanes: super-naturally powered individuals who were not always heroes! Can it be true that Raven and the Night Force have been the “bad guys” all along?

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #11

Preview: The Flash #34

The Flash #34

(W) Joshua Williamson, Michael Moreci (A) Pop Mhan (CA) Neil Googe
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Black Hole” part one! When a shocking reunion leads to an even more dire discovery about The Flash’s new powers, Barry and Wally will have to confront their rocky past if they both hope to get out alive!

Preview: Teen Titans #10

Teen Titans #10

(W) Ben Percy (A) Khoi Pham, Pop Mahn, Phil Hester, Trevor Scott (CA) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“BLOOD OF THE MANTA” part two! After learning he’s the son of the villainous Black Manta, Jackson Hyde is forced to join his father on a journey to find the ocean’s greatest treasure-a game-changing weapon that would spell disaster for anyone in Manta’s way. Meanwhile, Damian’s status as team leader is challenged by Starfire, who recruits Tempest to help track down their missing member! Will the Teen Titans find their friend before Black Manta gains ultimate power?

Aspen Comics Review – Executive Assistant: Violet #3

Aspen Comics‘ summer event The Hitlist Agenda has been really interesting.  At first glance, you see a lot of curvy women kicking ass.  It’s a lot of barbie dolls, in crazy gear, shooting guns.  But dig a little deeper, and there’s an interesting inter-weaving plot involving corporate take overs and double crosses and a war involving Pakistan and India.  It all got a bit confusing and I’m still not quite sure what’s going on.

Executive Assistant: Violet #3 sees Violet fighting against the chip Duncan Villone implanted in her and trying not to kill her employer.

The clutches of “The Hit List Agenda” begin to squeeze the life out of Executive Assistant Violet as she discovers the horrific means by which a power-hungry mogul will go to control her. However, Violet begins to show she possesses her own strength—in numbers—and the fight to survive will be a bloody one! The end is here as Violet decides the only way to survive is to kill her way out!

Unlike all of the other EA titles, this one is mostly fighting and shooting and running, all action, it’s a bit emptier, but it’s just one chapter in a larger story.  But there’s some nice moments.  Violet’s personal life is dragged into it all, which nicely circles back to the first issue that helped humanize her as a character.  It’s cool to see and there’s something fun about a tough woman kicking ass.  My only issue with the action is it wasn’t as over the top as I’d like.  It’s a comic, why not go crazy and do things you couldn’t do in a movie?

There’s still a few issues left in The Hitlist Agenda and I’m still slightly confused as to what Villone’s overall plan is.  But, there’s one thing that’s a given, lots of women kicking ass.

Story – Marc Andreyko, Art- Pop Mahn, Colors – John Starr

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Aspen Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

Preview – Executive Assistant: Violet #3

Official Press Release

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: VIOLET #3

Marc Andreyko – Story / Pop Mahn – Art / John Starr – Colors

“The Hit List Agenda” heats up for Executive Assistant: Violet!

The clutches of “The Hit List Agenda” begin to squeeze the life out of Executive Assistant Violet as she discovers the horrific means by which a power-hungry mogul will go to control her. However, Violet begins to show she possesses her own strength—in numbers—and the fight to survive will be a bloody one! The end is here as Violet decides the only way to survive is to kill her way out!

Aspen’s first ever Summer-spanning event, “The Hit List Agenda” continues right here in the pages of EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: VIOLET!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: VIOLET #3 is in stores September 28th, 2011!

Aspen Comics Review – Executive Assistant: Violet #2 and Soulfire #3

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It’s our second batch of reviews for Aspen Comics.  This time we’re covering two books Executive Assistant: Violet #2 and Soulfire #3Mindfield #6 is also being released this week, but you can find our review for it last week.

Executive Assistant: Violet #2

Marc Andreyko – Story, Pop Mahn – Art, John Starr – Colors

I’m digging the Hit List Agenda event.  The overall storyline has a lot of political and business intrigue involved, though I’m not quite sure what that bigger picture is.  But, to focus on this issue, it’s solid as I’d expect.  I finished feeling the same way I felt about the other comics involved in this story line.  What’s different about Executive Assistant: Violet #2 is that it delves into the personal life of the main character Violet more.  Half the comic involves that, even with the action.  And that simple difference, makes this one stand out a little bit more than the other three similar comics I read.  I walked away caring a bit more about the main character, and because of that cared more about her actions, and what happened to her.  That’s not to say there still isn’t a bad-ass chick kicking ass in this.

What’s a bit down is the art.  It’s still good, but I felt in the latter half of the book during the big fight scene there were some positions that seemed odd and lack of transition in motion that made me pause.  For instance Violet jumps through a window, which looks great, but in the next panel she’s standing there.  The two are a bit abrupt due to that.

As much as the story improves on the Executive Assistant comics, the art is just a tad less impressive.  But, just like those series, I absolutely want to read more and see what happens next.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Soulfire (Vol 3) #3

J.T. Krul – Writer, Jason Fabok – Art, John Starr – Colors

I’m going to right out say, I feel like a jerk for what I’m about to say.  The difficulty in reviewing a comic book series that’s already started is you’re often left without knowing what has come before.  Some comics you can pick up no problem.  Others, not so much.  This comic falls into the latter.  I honestly was so very confused by the comic.  From what I can tell there’s the real world and a fantasy world both have magic.  The fantasy world has two factions.  In the real world there’s these strange monsters who seem to be attacking people, but no one seems to really be reacting to this fact and go about their lives.  Here’s the description of the comic:

The magic has returned! But, this time…the light has grown dark.

The Chaos has taken over! Across the globe, the number of victims to this dark and sinister magic begins to grow quickly. But Malikai, confident with his own increasing power, encounters the Chaos with surprising results. However, the biggest challenge to Malikai’s existence will prove to be someone not looking to take his power—but his life. While in the magical kingdom of Anantia, Grace attempts to hold together the people after the vicious attack by Onyx and the murder of their esteemed leader. Yet, Grace will soon learn that the power of Onyx and the Shadow Magic are far more evil than even she could have ever anticipated!

New adversaries, exotic locations, and a fresh cast of exciting characters, including some from the Soulfire Universe’s long forgotten past, reign supreme in this epic third SOULFIRE volume!

Maybe that’ll interest you more.  I just felt lost, but I have to judge the comic before me right?

The art though is easier to judge and I like that a lot.  There’s obviously “light magic” characters, “dark magic” characters and then the real world and all three have a distinctive feel to them.  A lot of that is due to the use of colors.

The hope for any new comic I read is that I’ll be able to dive in, get at least a general sense of what was going on, and it’d make me want to check out previous issues.  While I got the most general sense, it failed to get me to want to go back.  Not my cup of tea, but it might be yours.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Pass

Aspen Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of these issues for FREE for review.

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