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Preview: The Tithe #3

The Tithe #3

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: APR150680
Published: June 24, 2015

The penultimate issue of the first arc turns up the tension as the media and public celebrate the outlaw while legal issues and angry politicians interfere with the FBI’s attempts to stop the last two mega-churches on “the list” from getting robbed.

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Preview: The Tithe #2

The Tithe #2

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAR150609
Published: May 20, 2015

Another mega-church is robbed despite the FBI’s surveillance. Tension ratchets up as a member of Samaritan’s “heist” team is killed and the “Robin Hood” act isn’t quite as fun as they thought.

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Review: The Tithe #1

Tithe01_CoverAA heist story unlike any before! Mega-churches are being robbed for millions of dollars by a crusader hacker group known as Samaritan who is giving the money to causes they deem more worthy. This modern day “Robin Hood” is being pursued by two FBI agents who actually admire their quarry but want to stop the theft before it escalates.

I’m not a fan of religion, and especially not a fan of mega-churches which I think fleece individuals to fund opulence. Why does that statement matter? The Tithe #1 hits this exact subject as writer Matt Hawkins and artist Rahsan Ekedal give us a heist story with a bit more of a modern, and blasphemous, twist. The story is like any heist story out there, that part isn’t particularly new, it’s the fact our thieves are focusing on mega-churches as their targets. The series, has me at least, cheering for the thieves as they reveal hypocrisy and what is essentially a scam.

The series wears its disdain for this type of preaching on its sleeve, as the comic opens up with facts about the very real Jim Bakker and the fact the host of the 700 Club was convicted of financial fraud in 1989, served five years of his forty-five year sentence, and was back on tv in 2003 up to his old schtick. The comic focuses on that level of godliness, and for good reason.

The story is interesting, and for me with my views, I had a sense of glee reading what Hawkins lays out and the corruption that’s hinted at. It’ll be interesting to see where this all goes, especially due to Hawkins’ habit of working in real world stats and issues into the comics he writes.

Ekedal on art is wonderful as always. I really enjoy his style ever since I was introduced to it in 2010 with the series Echoes that he did with write Joshua Hale Fialkov. The style is consistent, clean, and each character has a bit of “personality” in their looks that make them unique. That’s especially interesting since part of the story hinges that the thieves look the same in their get-up they use to rob.

While the main cops and robbers story is very familiar, the setting has changed. The fact the target is rather appropriate and in the news as to largesse makes it all the more familiar. The Tithe might be a bit blasphemous, but it’s the type of blasphemy I enjoy.

Story: Matt Hawkins Art: Rahsan Ekedal
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: The Tithe #1

The Tithe #1

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: FEB150488
Published: April 15, 2015

A heist story unlike any before! Mega-churches are being robbed for millions of dollars by a crusader hacker group known as Samaritan who is giving the money to causes they deem more worthy. This modern day “Robin Hood” is being pursued by two FBI agents who actually admire their quarry but want to stop the theft before it escalates.

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Preview: Think Tank: Fun with PTSD #1

Think Tank: Fun with PTSD #1

Written By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $4.99
Diamond ID: JAN140545
Published: May 14, 2014

SPECIAL OVERSIZED ISSUE!

Dr. David Loren tries to help a SEAL team member overcome his PTSD in a story that will make you laugh and cry. Plus Zero G dogs!

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Preview: Tales of Honor #1

Tales of Honor #1

Written By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Jung-Guen Yoon
Cover By: Jung-Guen Yoon
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Patrick Tatapolous
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN140539
Published: March 5, 2014

THE HONORVERSE EXPANDS TO COMICS!

Based on the bestselling military science-fiction novels by David Weber, this original comic book series introduces spaceship captain Honor Harrington on the eve of her execution. From prison, Honor relays her epic adventures, starting with a command outpost to a hellish backwater star system that ends up being the linchpin of an interstellar crisis that will bring war to her home planet. This series is part of a new multi-platform story world that includes a mobile game app to be released with the first issue and a feature film currently in development.

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Preview: Think Tank #12

Think Tank #12

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: OCT130627
Published: February 12, 2014

“OUTBREAK,” Conclusion

What will war take from Dr. David Loren?

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Preview: Think Tank #11

Think Tank #11

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: SEP130643
Published: December 4, 2013

“OUTBREAK,” Part Three

World War III is imminent! And the only person stepping forward to prevent it is the slacker genius Dr. David Loren! Can a lab rat who has never even fired a handgun stop a weapon of mass destruction?

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Preview: Panels for Primates

Panels for Primates

Writers: Stuart Moore, David Petersen, Jason McNamara, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Fred Van Lente, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Michael May, Kevin Church, Ben Towle, Mark Shainblum, Toren Atkinson, Roger Stern, Mike Carey, Stan Lee, Jamie Delano, Jeffrey Burandt, Paul Kupperberg, Douglas Rushkoff
Artists: Simon Roy, Rick Geary, David Petersen, Rahsan Ekedal, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Colleen Coover, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Max Riffner, Ben Towle, Toren Atkinson, Caleb Hystad, Carla Speed McNeil, Dean Haspiel, Adam Domville, Gideon Kendall, Simon Fraser, Jeff Lemire, Richard Case, Aaron Florian, John Byrne, Molly Crabapple
Letter: Ryan Ferrier, Jeff Leblanc
Price: $9.99
Pages: 81
Rating: 15+

PANELS FOR PRIMATES is a charity anthology of primate-themed comics, prose, and illustration, with contributions from veteran creators and talented newcomers alike, assembled by Troy Wilson. Proceeds from this anthology go to benefit the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY, a nationally respected sanctuary housing more than 50 primates, including 11 chimpanzees. The organization’s work has been featured in the award-winning book Animal Underworld, by investigative journalist Alan Green and the Center for Public Integrity, in the magazine Animals’ Agenda (now Animals and Society Institute), on television and in newspapers nationwide.

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Preview: Think Tank #10

Think Tank #10

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUL130548
Published: October 9, 2013

“OUTBREAK,” Part Two

Slacker genius Dr. David Loren made a calculated gamble that the US government would never allow his latest DNA-targeting virus to go airborne… and lost. Can he mitigate the collateral damage triggered by his deadly invention? Or will he lose everyone he loves?

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