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Sins of the past return to haunt in Top Cow’s Cutter Trade Paperback

Television writer Seamus Kevin Fahey, comic writer Robert Napton, and acclaimed horror artists Christian Dibari and Maan House team up for Top Cow’s Cutter trade paperback, which collects issues #1-4 and will be available this October.

What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of Cutter, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you.

Cutter trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0094-1, Diamond Code AUG170547) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 4th.

Preview: Cutter #4

Cutter #4

Story By: Robert Napton
Story By: Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art By: Christian Dibari
Cover By: Christian Dibari
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140547
Published: October 29, 2014

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer…”The Cutter.” From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

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Preview: Cutter #3

Cutter #3

Story By: Robert Napton
Story By: Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art By: Christian Dibari
Cover By: Christian Dibari
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140546
Published: October 15, 2014

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer…”The Cutter.” From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

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Preview: Cutter #2

Cutter #2

Story By: Robert Napton
Story By: Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art By: Christian Dibari
Cover By: Christian Dibari
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140545
Published: October 8, 2014

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer…”The Cutter.” From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

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Preview: Cutter #1

Cutter #1

Story By: Robert Napton
Story By: Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art By: Christian Dibari
Cover By: Christian Dibari
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140544
Published: October 1, 2014

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer…”The Cutter.” From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

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Review: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #26

Deja26-cov-RenaudA former student betrays his master, roping a younger student into his treachery. A woman clad in less than a cubic meter of cloth and golden pasties helps the tubby old master defeat his students and activate a 500,000 year old time portal. Add to that the Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoomian milieu and you just might have the fixings for a 26th issue to this series.

My experience with Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris is tenuous at best. I’m a huge fan of the original novels, the first of which was published in 1917, and the series is a great mash-up of the swords-and-sandals action that would develop in the following decades and a great exemplar of mainstream early American science fiction. I say that my feelings toward this book are tenuous, because I struggle with the continued portrayal of Dejah Thoris in nothing but a bikini, despite the fact that Robert Napton is actually a skilled writer, and he captures the swashbuckling adventurist flare of Barsoom expertly in Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #26.

Napton presents a stand-alone issue that details Dejah’s visit to her old archaeology professor’s dig site, a hallowed ancient city called Dorvas. Swashbuckling and decapitation ensues, and Dejah and professor Syl Mak save the day (but Mak’s old and current students get a failing grade—academic pun, anyone?). The narrative fits nicely into the 24 pages, never feeling rushed or tiresome, and paces along so that I felt eager to finish up the issue.

Carlos Rafael and Carlos Lopez are a great team, with Rafael providing the solid lines and detailed expressive faces that help push the story along, and Lopez working his colors like any good colorist. It’s nothing ground breaking, but the pages are great fun and, again, Rafael makes facial expressions pop! Also, it’s clear that Rafael is skilled with drawing the female figure; you would have to be literally blind not to pick up on that…

It is frustrating, however, that Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris doesn’t seem to fall into continuity with the other Barsoom book by Dynamite, Warlord of Mars, since Dejah’s father and grandfather are mentioned early on in issue #26, but readers of the other series will know that that can’t be possible. Still, a fun read if you have the time or are a fan of Barsoom; I guess there could be other motivations for picking up a book featuring Dejah Thoris, though.

Story: Robert Napton  Art: Carlos Rafael and Carlos Lopez
Story: 7  Art: 7.5  Overall: 8  Recommendation: Read

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy to review

Preview: Son of Merlin #5

Son of Merlin #5

Story by: Robert Napton
Art By: Zid
Price: $2.99

CONCLUSION!
Dr. Simon Ambrose, MIT professor and heir to Merlin’s magic legacy, has fled from the vengeful Morgana long enough. Now it is time to stand his ground and fight. But will inherited talent and his cursory understanding of Merlin’s diaries be enough to conquer a mage of Morgana’s level and might?

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Preview: Son of Merlin #4

Son of Merlin #4

Story by: Robert Napton
Art By: Zid
Price: $2.99

OSCAILT AMACH!
Morgana has found the brilliant M.I.T. professor and heir to Merlin’s magic, Dr. Simon Ambrose, and will stop at nothing to seize Merlin’s power from his grasp. Simon, however, is untrained in magic and until he is better versed in casting Druid spells, he will need to rely on the safeguards Merlin planned in advance for him to flee Morgana’s wrath. But will it be enough?

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Preview: Son of Merlin #3

Son of Merlin #3

Story by: Robert Napton
Art By: Zid
Price: $2.99

Morgana never anticipated that Merlin’s bastard son, the MIT professor Simon Ambrose, would delay her plan to obtain the Stone of Giramphiel. But even with the power inherent in Merlin’s diary, Simon isn’t ready to face her in battle. To seek refuge from Morgana’s grasp, Simon will need to call upon enchanters of old who have spent the past century hiding in plain sight in New York City.

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Preview – Son of Merlin #2

Son of Merlin #2

Story by: Robert Napton Art By: Zid
Price: $2.99

THE BATTLE BEGINS ANEW
Morgana and her Black Knights will stop at nothing to thwart Merlin and obtain the Stone of Giramphiel.  With Merlin out of the picture, the only person who can stop Morgana is a young MIT professor – Simon Ambrose.  But Simon is a scientist and a man of reason.  Will Simon accept his magical heritage?  Or will his rigid understanding of the universe get in his way?

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