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Black Terror Returns with Max Bemis!

The Nemesis of Crime is back in a new limited series by writer Max Bemis this October!

In this series, Bob Benton aka the Black Terror, is living in the 1970s and contending with his post-war mental health as well as the rapidly evolving social landscape around him. Say Anything band frontman and acclaimed comics writer Bemis is joined by artists Matt Gaudio and Ruairí Coleman. Rounding out the team on colors and letters are Brittany Pezzillo and Taylor Esposito

Each issue of the series acts as both the next chapter and a standalone deep dive into the Black Terror’s life and the chaotic 1970s setting. Fans can expect to see Black Terror’s infamous plain-named sidekick Tim, cult leaders, mobsters, experimental drugs and more. Bemis has described the title as a bit of an Alan Moore take, but less depressing and with some 70s Batman DNA. 

Dating back to the Golden Age, the Black Terror was created in 1941 by Richard E. Hughes and Don Gabrielson. Under the hero’s stark costume is pharmacist Bob Benton, who developed a formula which granted him powers. Often joined by his sidekick Tim, the pair vowed to stamp out evil during the war. Such legendary creators as Batman artist and Joker creator Jerry Robinson and world-renowned novelist Patricia Highsmith contributed to his original stories. His tales continue today in series published by Dynamite. 

This terrific tale is wrapped in terrifying covers by some of the best artists in comics. Actually, they aren’t too scary. Francesco Francavilla contributes the most haunting of the bunch. While Jorge Fornés has some fun with the skull & crossbones emblem for some pirate-themed fun. David Nakayama inspires some terror with his cover. Erica Henderson has Mr. Benton flying high. Adam Gorham rounds out the superpowered squad with a brooding rooftop Terror.

Return of the Toe Tag Riot! A chat with series creators Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman

Return of the Toe Tag Riot

Toe Tag Riot, the comic book series that the infamous hate group Westboro Baptist Church claimed would “split Hell wide open” is back for round 2 and on Kickstarter, with the Return of the Toe Tag Riot.

Guest contributor Adam Cadmon got to talk to writer Matt Miner and penciler/inker Sean Von Gorman about the series which features colors by Gab Contreras and letters by Taylor Esposito.


ADAM CADMON: So, where did the concept for a zombie punk rock band originate?

MATT MINER: I grew up in the punk scene, and never really left, so all my work has a punk rock vibe to it because that’s the world I know and love – some books, like this one, are just a pure love letter to punk rock and the accepting and cool people I’ve known through my life.

SEAN VON GORMAN: I remember at some point at a convention we started talking about what if Matt was a vegan zombie, and what he would eat? Obviously he would have to eat people because zombies can’t survive on grains. And being an ethical punk if he HAD to eat people he would pick the worst people to eat. I think there is a sketch somewhere of a zombie Matt eating a little tofu person.

MM: Oh, yeah!  I think I have that sketch around here somewhere, actually.

Return of Toe Tag Riot

AC: Why did you go with the “thinking” zombie angle opposed to the mindless eater?

MM: The undead-zombie comic has been done to death, pun intended.  With Toe Tag Riot it was kind of like “What if you weren’t always a zombie?  If you knew what you were doing, who would you choose to eat?”  I mean, everyone’s gotta eat, but they can choose a more ethical course.

SVG: I feel no epic kill is ever complete without a snarky comment like an ’80s action movie star. For example, right before a zombie punk bites into a bad dude he says something like “It was nice to EAT you!”  Wait, that was pretty good. Matt, write that one down.

Return of the Toe Tag Riot

AC: Let me springboard a little; the choice to have the band cursed instead of turned always interested me…where’d that idea come from?

MM: I don’t remember how that came about, really, but what really appealed to me about the idea was this way you see both sides of the character – the ravenous zombie and the human toll it takes on them when they eat the wrong skinhead and have diarrhea for hours.

SVG: I remember part of the initial conversation on this was that the group’s bodies would start to physically breakdown as they rotted. A punk band in a tour bus smells bad enough when they aren’t zombies.

AC: You’ve had several guest stars in the past, can you give us anything–anything at all–in terms of who we should expect as either allies or foes in volume 2?

MM: Sean and I have some rock star pals, and we like to drop them in here and there.  Andy Hurley, from Fall Out Boy, is a returning regular and the band’s number one roadie, and I sure would like to sneak GWAR into the pages at some point since they’re such a huge inspiration for this book.

AC: Are there any plans to expand the Toe Tag universe, i.e., web series, movies, etc.?

MM: Sure, why not?  Would love to see a B-movie a’la Troma Films, but, you know, money and all.

SVG: I would love to see a big screen Toe Tag Riot!  I want toys of Toe Tag Riot!  We had considered the idea of doing a series of comic shorts. There are so many horrible people out there that it’s hard to keep up with in print.

AC: Are there any upcoming projects that you’d like to talk about?

MM: I have Lab Raider out currently from Black Mask Studios – it’s the story of these 2 women who take on dog fighters and animal abusers.  These are characters I’ve written in a few series now, and this particular volume gets really weird.  Also, the new GWAR graphic novel is in production and you can pre-order that at gwarcomic.com right now!

SVG: I have School Lab Raider, basically Lab Raider but for they are kids. Which may possibly come out as a back up in an upcoming issue of Lab Raider. I also have a story in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force from Devils Due that is going into its 2nd printing.

MM: I think that Lab Raider backup is scheduled for issue 3, as long as we get it in time.  Issue 1 is on stands now – get it! HEY! The Kickstarter for Return of the Toe Tag Riot is live! Click the link to learn more!


Adam is a writer, an explorer of consciousness, a dog owner (times 2) and a decent fellow if you ask him. He currently lives in a suburb about 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

Review: No One Left to Fight #1

No One Left to Fight #1

While I’ve had a digital review copy for a bit, No One Left to Fight #1 felt like a comic I needed to experience in my hands physically. Created by Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio, the series is an homage and love letter to anime and manga. The series focuses on Vâle, a hero who saved the world and is now retired with no one left to fight. It’s an interesting beginning setting up what’s to come but really diving in to the tropes that make anime and manga fun and accessible.

It feels like Sitterson at times is going down a list as to what makes anime and manga successful and popular. We have the hero fighter. There’s the jealous rival. There’s two young kids full of energy. There’s the odd anthropomorphic friend. And there’s the token woman who’s capable and also an object of jealousy. This isn’t a bad thing at all as it feels like it comes from a place of love as opposed to a send up of it all.

There’s also something really smart and interesting about its use. It’s familiar which makes the entry into the comic, and it’s world, that much easier. We’re familiar with the tropes and personalities. With that there’s a certain expectation but also allows us to focus elsewhere. We can look at the art details a little more and examine the words said a bit differently.

And that art detail is key. Ossio’s designs are amazing with so much detail and colors that make it all pop. There’s not an attempt to copy manga style too. Instead, Ossio uses his own. Due to that, we can further enjoy the series as more of a love letter as opposed to a riff. With the detailed and colorful nature of Ossio’s art, that over the top nature might not have worked as well. It might have been too distracting in some ways as the art styles might have clashed. Like the characters and story, there’s absolute influence and it’s used subtlety.

Taylor Esposito‘s lettering is key as well. Much like manga, the lettering really is used to help deliver the emotion of a scene. It plays off of the art so you can “hear” the screams. Esposito’s lettering emphasizes what’s going on and pairs with Ossio’s art perfectly.

The first issue is entertaining and delivers an interesting debut that’s one anime and manga fans will want to check out.

Story: Aubrey Sitterson Art: Fico Ossio Letters: Taylor Esposito
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

Toe Tag Riot Returns! The Comic Westboro Baptist Church Hates is Back!

Toe Tag Riot, the comic book series that the infamous hate group Westboro Baptist Church claimed would “split Hell wide open” is back for round 2 and on Kickstarter, with returning fan-favorite guest stars and a whole slew of new bad guys on their plate.

Cursed by a witch to become zombies whenever they play their music, Toe Tag Riot uses their “zombie superpowers” in the most ethical way possible: by murdering and eating bigots, homophobes, racists, sexists, and the like. The band broke up shortly after their mid-2000s tour, but have maintained a cult following in the punk rock scene. Their reunion tour, 15 years later, is being met with jubilation from the fans and fear from those who know they’re on the menu.

Created by writer Matt Miner and artist Sean Von Gorman, The Return of Toe Tag Riot is a 4-issue digital-first offering, with a physical trade paperback accompaniment. The campaign is seeking $19,000 to pay creators, fund rewards, and assorted fees. Rewards include copies of the books in both digital and physical formats, original art sketches, the chance to be drawn in and murdered within the pages of the comic, and a limited edition 2-song cassette single of songs recorded by the band (but really by Matt and Sean’s musician friends).

Rounding out the creative team are rising star colorist Gab Contreras and all-star letterer Taylor Esposito.

The creative team of Return of the Toe Tag Riot believe in positive and progressive values, and vehemently reject racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia in all forms.

The Return of Toe Tag Riot
Cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer with colors by Josh Jensen

Preview: Adventure Time: Jake SC

Adventure Time: Jake SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Christopher Hastings, Shane Houghton, Chris Houghton, Polly Guo, Josh Lesnick, Derek Fridolfs, Box Brown, Nicole Andelfinger, Max Davidson, David DeGrand, James Asmus
Artists: Zachary Sterlin, Shane Houghton, Chris Houghton, Polly Guo, Josh Lesnick, Derek Fridolfs, Box Brown, Anissa Espinosa, Ian McGinty, Luca Claretti, David DeGrand, Cristina Rose Chua
Colorists: Josh Ulrich, Maarta Laiho, Whitney Cogar, Eleonora Bruni,
Letterers: Steve Wands, Mad Rupert, Taylor Esposito, Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Design
Price: $9.99

It’s Adventure Time with Jake and you! Join Jake on the most algebraic adventure imaginable with tales all about the best canine pal you could ask for in the Land of Ooo. From teaching everyone how to cook to teaming up with Finn to fight every foe imaginable, Jake’s adventures are perfect for fans of all ages!

Collects the best Jake centric stories from Adventure Time™, Adventure Time™ Comics and the Adventure Time™ Specials!

Adventure Time: Jake SC

AfterShock Reveals Midnight Vista from Eliot Rahal, Clara Meath, Mark Englert, and Taylor Esposito

Midnight Vista #1

Writer: Eliot Rahal
Artist: Clara Meath
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Juan Doe
1:10 Incentive Cover: Rahzzah
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 9.04.2019

Oliver Flores and his stepfather, Nomar Perez, were turning right onto Midnight Vista Road when they were both abducted by aliens.

To Oliver’s mother, they were both just missing. To the police, they were declared legally dead. And to everyone else growing up in Albuquerque, Oliver Flores was the “Milk Carton Kid”. His life was the cautionary tale of an eight-year-old who was kidnapped and killed by his stepdad while out for some ice cream.

But now — years later — a fully grown adult Oliver walks back into town. He has been returned…and he remembers everything.

Based on a very personal, true story from writer Eliot Rahal (HOT LUNCH SPECIAL), with out-of-this-world art from Clara Meath, MIDNIGHT VISTA will make you believe in little grey men.

Midnight Vista #1

Review: Wailing Blade #1

The Headtaker, feared executioner and wielder of the legendary Wailing Blade, kills every man who meets his gaze. And, right now, he’s looking at Tychon, an upstart bandit prince fighting to save his father from the chopping block.

Wailing Blade #1 kicks off an action packed fantasy series published by ComixTribe!

Story: Rich Douek
Art: Joe Mulvey
Color: Chris Sotomayor, Jules Rovera
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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No One Left to Fight… is Fighting the Comic Subscription System

No One Left to Fight is the new upcoming comic series from Aubrey Sitterson, Fico Ossio, and Taylor Esposito and published by Dark Horse Comics. And, they’re not just working on a new comic but also shaking up the comic subscription/ordering service.

The comic is partnering with Collector’s Paradise to launch an online subscription service.

Fans can preorder the entire five series which will be shipped in November when the final issue is released at retail. There are multiple packages available, each with their own incentives.

  • Basic Package: $19.99 and includes issues #1-5 signed by Sitterson.
  • Super Package: $29.99 includes the basic package plus a collectible 6×9 art card signed by Sitterson and Ossio.
  • Collector Package: $39.99 includes Super Package plus an 11×17 poster of the cast signed by Sitterson and Ossio.

The goal is to help those who want a physical copy and might not have a comic shop they can go to. It’s not about replacing those shops, as fans will be able to go their each month and get a new issue, it’s about helping those who don’t have access to that experience.

No One Left to Fight #1 will be out July 3.

No One Left to Fight #1

Review: Hellchild: Blood Money #1

Hellchild: Blood Money #1

For anyone who watches Richard Madden’s work, you know he’s one up and coming actor. Most people got introduced to him through Game Of Thrones where he played the heroically tragic Robb Stark, a flawed leader whose bad decisions caught up with him ultimately. Lucky for him, his fate did not go the way of most television actors, in fact, he’s done a few films and starred in a few more shows each one possessing a stellar story. One of his first ones was Medici where he played the oft mentioned bankers for the Vatican, in a rather captivating tale.

Another story that put him front and center was The Bodyguard. In the story he played David Budd, a British Secret Service agent charged with guarding the UK Home Secretary. He protected someone who everyone disliked and had people looking to kill them at every turn. In the debut issue of Hellchild: Blood Money our protagonist while working as a hired gun gets pulled into a wasp nest of pandemonium.

We are taken to the Hollywood Hills in California where Jake, the son of a powerful politician has made a life changing mistake, one that could end life as he knows it. His father’s head of security decides to hire Jessica Blackstone, aka Hellchild, a bodyguard with some otherworldly talents. Meanwhile, the two girls Jake killed worked for a powerful gangster, somebody who wants to be paid for what considered his property.

Overall, an action-packed debut issue that plays into the bigger Grimm Fairytales Universe while setting itself apart at the same time. The story by Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha, and Dave Franchini is fun, gory and pulse pounding. The art by Butch Mapa, Taylor Esposito, and Dijjo is magnificent. Altogether, an exceptional debut that deftly blends crime thrillers and genre shows.

Story: Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha and Dave Franchini
Art: Butch Mapa, Taylor Esposito and Dijjo
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

It’s Crisis on Infinite Betties this April with Bettie Page: Unbound

Everyone’s favorite pin-up queen and icon of femininity, Bettie Page, continues her classified adventures this April with a new series from Dynamite Entertainment and a deluxe set of Bettie cards for collectors!

Welcome to Bettie Page: Unbound aka the Crisis on Infinite Betties! The Lovecraftian Great Old One Yog-Sothoth has established himself as an inter-dimensional archnemesis for everyone’s favorite super model/spy (see the fan favorite Bettie Page Halloween Special!). The monstrous being is opening a dimensional gate to kick off an invasion of Earth, collapsing reality itself in the process. Bettie takes the initiative, as always, to run right into the eye of the storm. Suddenly she finds herself a barbarian queen in the ancient past and will stumble into other multiversal freaky Friday situations. Every Bettie Page issue to this point has been leading to this epic climax.

David Avallone brings the whole gang back for this exciting new chapter. Joining their ingenious writer ringleader are artist Julius Ohta, colorist Ellie Wright, and letterer Taylor Esposito. The team cannot wait to continue uncovering Bettie’s secret sagas for fans. On the cover art front, Bettie is “unbound” from the attitudes of her time and free to express herself in a way she would surely enjoy – cosplay! The Queen of Curves dons a certain Dynamite flagship hero’s iconic chainmail armor for a main cover by John Royle. Fans of Bettie and other Dynamite heroines can look out for a Vampirella variant and possibly more… Scott Chantler returns with his cute take on Bettie’s timeless appeal as well. David Williams and Julius Ohta round out the options. Of course no Bettie Page comic book is complete without photo variants highlighting her incomparable looks and charm. 

The Bettie Page legacy is coming up on 70 years of inspiring and appealing to men and women alike. The perfect way to celebrate in addition to the new comic series is the Bettie Page Ultra-Premium Deluxe Trading Cards. Bettie’s timeless All-American sensuality and playfulness is captured expertly by top of the line artists included in this set including Joseph Michael Linsner, David Williams, John Royle, Scott Chantler and more! Also included are some of the most iconic photographs of the beauty legend. Dynamite will also be bringing in the hottest sketch card artists for one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces. Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 special black & white card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card.

Bettie Page Ultra-Premium Deluxe Trading Cards
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