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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 13/2/2016

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

Bigfoot_SOTE_03_coverBigfoot: Sword Of The Earthman  #3 (Action Lab) There’s a very interesting aspect to this comic; Bigfoot hasn’t said a word in three issues, and his silence is perfectly negated by the narration of his companion who’s name escapes me right now. This has been a solid series so far, with Bigfoot being stranded on Mars, this feels like a brilliant mix of Starship Troopers, John Carter: Warlord Of Mars and Conan all wrapped up in a glossy comic book story. It’s actually pretty damn good. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Batman #49 (DC Comics)* Holy fucking shit. If, like me, you’ve not been a fan of the Robot Bunny Batman, then this issue will have you pumping the ceiling with joy. It’s a brilliantly well done comic that doesn’t feel like Bruce becoming Batman again is a dues ex machina. There’s been a legitimate build up for this moment for bloody months, that came together for me with this issue in an almost montage like moment. Mr H eloquently captures what I love about the characterization in this issue below, and Batman #49 is the issue that cements Scott Snyder as one of the best Batman writers of the past decade, giving us a 50 odd issue run that we’ll be talking about for years. Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

 

Brett

Captain Canuck #6Captain Canuck #6 (Chapter House Comics) – Wrapping up the first story arc, the comic is an ok ending that wraps up the action nicely and sets us up for what’s to come. As a piece of the arc it’s a solid comic, but on it’s own it’s a bit weaker than previous comics. Still, lots of fun to read. Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

Dark & Bloody #1 (Vertigo) – An interesting start to what seems like a horror comic. Not quite sure where it’s going, if it’s just a weird horror story or a southern gothic story, we’ll see. But, it has me wanting to check out the next issue. It definitely has the creepy vibe down. Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #2 (DC Comics) – The second issue continues what feels like a giant action sci-fi film. So far, I’m digging it, and though there’s a lot of action here, it also moves the bigger story along introducing you to this new alien world. Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Legend of Wonder Woman #2 (DC Comics) – Hells yes. This is the Wonder Woman comic I’ve been waiting for. This is so good. Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 (IDW Publishing) – A good finale to the current arc. I’d have liked it all to have been a straight up horror story, but it does some solid work on the various characters. Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

Black Science #20 (Image Comics) – Just fun science fiction. Turn your brain off and go with the ride. Never disappointing. Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

descender10_CoverArtDescender #10 (Image Comics) – One of the best science fiction comics on the market. Amazing story, even more amazing art. Beautiful to look at and fun to read. Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Deus Ex #1 (Titan Comics) – A good first issue that from what I remember catches the world from the video game series pretty well. It’s not deep but sets up a cyberpunk-ish comic that should fill a nice niche. Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

Interceptor #2 (Heavy Metal Magazine) – The first issue caught me off guard and the second issue continues the excellence. Funny, fun, it’s a solid mix of the Heavy Metal vibe along with “western” comics. Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

James Bond #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The individual issues aren’t bad, but I feel like this’ll be a better read as a trade. Overall: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

Letter 44 #23 (Oni Press) – I seriously have no idea where this series is going and I can’t wait to find out. Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

Second Sight #1 (Aftershock Comics)* – The first issue is good, but doesn’t blow me away. My issue is I feel like we’ve seen this story before as well as its protagonist. Maybe it’ll set itself apart down the road. Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

Street Fighter Unlimited #3 (Udon Entertainment) – The comic is a lot of fun. I’m not the biggest Street Fighter fan, but these comics capture the video game series really well and give us some awesome action. A must get if you’re a fan of the video game. Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

 

Mr H

Batman #49 CoverBatman #49 (DC Comics)*: The moment we’ve all been waiting for. We knew Bruce was coming back to the cowl it was never a matter of it, it was always when. Snyder has another win this issue, as I think it’s his absolute best one yet. It delves into the Batman legacy as well as probable futures. What really stands out for me is how well Snyder gets the relationship between Alfred and Bruce. He’s not Bruce’s butler, he’s his father. Alfred doesn’t want to lose his son again. Bruce has finally got the peaceful life he’s always wanted but for Gotham to survive, he must allow Batman to return. Now I won’t spoil here as its too good, but the return method is well thought out and true to the character. Julie Madison even plays a big part. With 50 around the corner Snyder has his day numbered on the title but his impact may have crafted the best Batman run EVER. No Capullo this issue but it doesn’t suffer one bit. Yannick Paquette does a terrific job on the art chores. I cannot find any fault with this issue at all. Overall: 10/10 Recommendation: Buy this book.

 

Ryan C

Hip-Hop Family Tree #7 (Fantagraphics)*: Ed Piskor’s cultural history/odyssey finally takes a look at the nascent hip-hop scene on the West Coast, while out east the Beastie Boys, among other future luminaries, enter the fray with their first stumbling steps out of the gate. As always, truth is stranger — and better — than fiction, I’m not even a hip-hop fan but I wouldn’t dream of missing an issue of this fantastically-written, superbly-illustrated series. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy.

Shaft-Imitation-of-Life-1Shaft: Imitation Of Life #1 (Image)**: David F. Walker returns to the character he rejuvenated — and to the street of New York — with the first of four sure-to-be-spectacular parts. John Shaft wraps up one particularly brutal case, takes some much-needed time off, and the jumps back in to handle a missing persons case that nobody else would have the balls to touch. And he picks up a gay Latino sidekick by the end? As always , Walker adds new depth and dimension to the character without compromising an ounce of bad-ass, while new artist Dietrich Smith picks up admirably from Bilquis Evely. Overall: 9/10. Recommendation: Buy.

Low #11 (Image)** : Good to see Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini dive back into things — literally — after a bit of a break between issues/arcs, but the “keep hope alive” message is starting to veer into tiresome mantra territory, and echoes the “newfound optimism” philosophical outlook of “Black Science” a bit too closely at this point. Story and art are still good, but decidedly less spectacular than the ultra-high standard we’ve become used to on this series. Intrigued to see how he plans to rotate issues between Stel and her kids, and next issue promises some spectacular stuff as we finally see the surface of , well, Waterworld, so let’s hope this just represents a temporary lull before the visual and verbal fireworks show commences in full swing. Overall: 6. Recommendation: Read.

Injection #7 (Image)**: Continuing with the arc begun last issue, our new inhumanly-smart (or maybe that’s just inhuman) private eye protagonist follows the supply chain of the “long pig” he was nearly serves last issue and nonchalantly antagonizes the police while he’s at it. Warren Elli’s script is razor-sharp and Declan Shalvey’s art is enough to make a grown-up cry with its understated precision and elegance. This is a book that doesn’t see to know how not to keep getting better and better every month. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy.

 

Shean

House of Montresor#1 (Red Stylo): Jang and Strutz have written the captivating sequel to Edgar Allen Poe’s Cask of Amontillado , dad wonders into some seriously interesting territory.Imagine that one episode of Twilight Zone where the heirs are fighting over inheritance commingled with Crimson Peak. The script by Enrica Jang, is moody , mysterious, gothic and all types of creepy. The art By Jasob Strutz is beautiful.Overall, strong execution by two masters.Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

cyrus perkins tpbCyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab TPB (Action Lab): I always wondered what would happen if the Michael Mann masterpiece ” Collateral “, was a TV show, as this book answers that but with a supernatural twist. The Reader joins Cyrus as he navigates his personal life , avoids thugs , run ins with supernatural creatures were trying find peace for his haunted rider. In what would be a normally dark story ,there are a great many funny scenes.The story by David Dwonch proves an interesting twist to both slice of life genre and the supernatural genre. The art by Anna Lencioni, is vibrant and full of heart.Overall, fun when you least expect it.  Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Read

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Action Lab Entertainment in March 2016

ACTION LAB: DOG OF WONDER #1

Writer(s): Vito Delsante and Scott Fogg
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Cover A- Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt; Cover B- Marcus Williams, Cover C- “Coloring Book” by Neal Adams, Cover D- “Retailer Incentive Cover” by Neal Adams and Bill Blankenship

For five years, readers have looked at the Action Lab Entertainment logo and wondered, “Who IS that dog with the jet pack?” Wonder no more! The story you never thought would be told is now an ongoing monthly title as ACTION LAB, DOG OF WONDER, comes to comic book shelves everywhere! With art by the PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS team of Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt and a story by STRAY co-creator Vito Delsante and newcomer Scott Fogg, this is the title for young and old alike!  Variant cover by Marcus Williams (Hero Cats) limited to 1500 copies!

32 pgs./ E / FC Cover A & C $3.99, Cover B $4.99, Cover D Retailer incentive

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AWAKE #4

Writer(s):  Susan Beneville
Artist Name(s): Brian Hess
Cover Artist(s): Brian Hess

Regn and Gremon join forces to heal the wounds on the surface of the planet, but Gremon is distressed when it learns its ultimate fate.  Picar and Chay are more than distressed when they are betrayed by an ally who leads them right into the Baron’s trap.  Awesome variant cover by Michael Mayne limited to 1,500 copies!

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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AWAKE #0 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Writer(s):  Susan Beneville
Artist Name(s): Brian Hess
Cover Artist(s): Brian Hess

In this prequel to the ongoing series, Regn learns to use her powers, and gets into trouble, with fellow cadet, Joppin, on the Dola training planet, Exterra, while Chay rescues young Picar from an angry mob.

32 pgs. / E / FC FREE (reg.)

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BIGFOOT – SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #4

Writer(s): Josh S. Henaman
Artist Name(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Artist(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Variant Cover Artist: Liam Francis Walsh

Bigfoot and Bagworm find themselves lost in the Jungle of Death and in the crosshairs of the galaxy’s deadliest poacher, Leonnes the Unrelenting!  More importantly, Bagworm discovers WHY Bigfoot was brought to the alien planet… and why he must be stopped at all costs! Variant cover by Liam Francis Walsh, limited to 1,500 copies!

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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GINGERDEAD MAN #2

Writer(s):  Brockton McKinney
Artist Name(s): Sergio Rios
Cover Artist(s): Sergio Rios & Marcelo Costa, Dan Mendoza (Variant)

“Guess who’s batch?!” Gingerdead Man returns on a bloody killing spree and it’s up to a feisty barista named Kayla to stop him. But with a pile of dead bodies in his wake, can anyone stop the hellbound dough boy? And who are the Mini-Gingers, and why are there so d@$m many of them?!

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99, Variants $4.99 (Dan Mendoza Variant)

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HERO CATS – MIDNIGHT OVER STELLAR CITY TPB

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Alex Ogle
Cover Artist(s): Alex Ogle
Inks: Alex Ogle
Colors: Alex Ogle
Letters: Alex Ogle

The world of Midnight is revealed.  Hero Cat fans hold on tight!  This is Stellar City as you’ve never seen it before.  Our mysterious guardian is on the prowl and a confrontation with the tyrannical Crow King is inevitable.  Collects all three issues of the original series.

96 pgs./ E / FC $11.99

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HOUSE OF MONTRESOR #2

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz

Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families: clan Fortunato and the House of Montresor. The terms of the estate dictate she must live in her family’s house for a period of one month or else lose her claim to the Fortunato and Montresor lands. Edana has still to meet her guardian, the enigmatic Count Montresor, but malevolent stares from the shadows, and a whispered warning during a visit with her ailing grandmother, lead Edana to wonder if she wants any part of what The House of Montresor has in store.  Depraved vengeance continues in this new sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99

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I, MAGE #2

Writer(s):  Gary Turner
Artist Name(s): Mel Bontrager
Colorist Name(s): Eddy-Swan
Cover Artists Main: Jomaro Kindred
Cover Artist Variant A: Dawid Strauss & Eddy-Swan

Into a realm of magic and savagery comes a mysterious boy washed ashore. His is a lone survivor. Befriended by an apprentice magi, her quirky mentor, and a metal golem, together they are Kai’s only hope to stay alive long enough for rescue. Prepare yourself for a d20 RPG adventure with an all new twist.  Variant cover limited to 1,500 copies!

32 pgs./ A / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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JUST ANOTHER SHEEP #5

Writer(s): Mat Heagerty
Artist Name(s):JD Faith
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Colin Bell

In the conclusion of Just Another Sheep, Banning and Lee vs. Les Cordes as the hippies take on the man!  Plus, Banning finally learns how he gained his strange abilities, and sets off to atone for his mistakes.

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99

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KINGDOM BUM #4

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters).
Cover Artist(s): Jon Reed and Jen Hickman.

SERIES FINALE! So many casualties, so few thumbs, so much poop! The future of Kingdom Bum hangs in the balance as The Thumbless War concludes, and Son’s quest to find his father comes to an end.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99

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NUTMEG #7

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art), Josh Eckert (colors, lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts

Winter, Part 1: “Spice Racketeers.”There’s a chill in the air.  Saffron is still queen bee, but her throne is unstable. Marjorie has some new friends. Ginger and Anise have nearly uncovered the mysterious “Patty” and “Patricia.” And things are less than peachy between our criminal bakers Poppy and Cassia. Seasons change, mad things rearrange.

32 pgs./ A / FC $3.99

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PUPPET MASTER #13

Writer(s):  Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Michela Da Sacco (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover A: Michela Da Sacco (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)
Variant B Kill Cover: Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks) , Gene Jimenez (colors)
Vairant C Kill Cover Sketch: Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks)

With the final task completed, the Puppets debt to the demon god Anapa is paid. But what was the endgame behind the seven tasks… and are the Puppets ready to face what comes next?

Variant and variant sketch covers limited to 1,500 copies each.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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PRINCELESS: RAVEN THE PIRATE PRINCESS: FREE WOMAN VOLUME 2 TPB

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt

Raven and her crew cast off to the high seas and the adventure of their lives!  But before they can take on Raven’s brothers they’ll have to learn where they are and what’s happened since Raven was locked away.  So they’re headed to Raven’s ancestral home island, “The Island of the Free Women”.  It’s swamped with every kind of thief, assassin, and despot.  Can Raven’s crew face their first challenge?  Can they even handle being cooped up in the same ship together?

128 pgs./ A / FC $14.99

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TOMBOY VOLUME 1

Writer(s): M. Goodwin
Artist Name(s): M. Goodwin
Cover Artist(s): M.Goodwin

“No Crime Goes Unpunished. No Criminal Walks Away.” The death of a friend catches sixteen year-old Addison off guard, but a chance encounter with his killers on the subway forever changes her life. Crime cover-ups, dirty cops, and magical dead boyfriends consume her life as she’s thrust into the vigilante lifestyle and murder becomes her after school activity.  Collects Tomboy 1-4.

128 pgs./ T+ / FC $14.99

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Vampblade #3

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Winston Young (cover A – regular, and cover B), Jason Martin (cover C), Randy Kintz (cover D), Edward Pun (cover E), Andrew Mangum (cover F)
Cover B – “Goo” (limited to 1500): Winston Young
Cover C – “artist” (limited to 1500): Jason Martin
Cover D – “Booty” (limited to 1500): Randy Kintz
Cover E – “Homage”  (limited to 1500): Edward Pun
Cover F – “90s Cheesecake” Risque (limited to 2000): Andrew Mangum

As the chaotic new world around comic shop employee turned other-dimensional vampire slayer, Vampblade, starts to come into focus, things continue to be both crazy-weird and stupid-lethal for our blade-brandishing bad girl! And when you’re a 90s comic book character come to life, meeting your “creator” can be a bit meta too…

Features regular, “goo”, “homage”, “booty”, artist, and “90s cheesecake” variant covers.

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 cover A, $4.99 cover B-F

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VORACIOUS #2

Writer(s): Markisan Naso
Artist Name(s): Jason Muhr
Cover Artist(s): Jason Muhr

GOING BACK IN TIME TO MAKE THE PERFECT SANDWICH! Nate and Starlee open their restaurant and the secret dinosaur dishes make it an instant success. But Starlee’s Sheriff brother isn’t all that happy about her choice of business partner. Meanwhile, Maribel and Captain Jim have a heart-to-heart in the desert. With tomahawks. Featuring a “Meat Chart” variant cover by series artist Jason Muhr limited to 1500 copies!

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #21

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): TMChu
Cover Artist(s): TMChu (cover A – regular, and cover B), Dan Mendoza (cover C and D), Bill McKay (cover E and F)
Cover B – Risque (limited to 2500): TMChu
Cover C – Mendoza “action figure” (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover D – Mendoza “action figure” risqué (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover E – Artist (limited to 2000): Bill McKay
Cover F – Artist risqué (limited to 2000): Bill McKay

As Janey finally makes her way into Miami, she wastes no time in beginning her hunt for Tyrone Fisk, her first pimp. But what she thinks will be an easy kill, soon proves more difficult when a mysterious new voodoo powered player enters the game. Get set for an all-out brawl of Pimps, Ho’s, and Hocus Pocus!

Features a risqué variant by TMChu, an “action figure” and risqué “action figure” variant cover by series creator Dan Mendoza, and regular and risqué artist variants by Bill McKay (Night of the 80s Undead).

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 cover A, $4.99 cover B-F

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ZOMBIE TRAMP: BITCH CRAFT VOLUME 7

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Jason Martin,
Artist Name(s): Victoria Harris, Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): TMChu

Zombie Tramp heads back to school to break up a coven of teenage witches using her uploaded Necronomicon to power their tablets. But can one supernatural zombie disguised as the class nerd hold her own against a gang of spell casting mean girls?!? Plus Morning – the red head of the dead – returns!

Special Notes:
Collects the fifth story arc of the wildly popular ongoing series, which includes the BITCH CRAFT story arc, plus a special story by Dan Mendoza!

128 pgs./ M / FC $14.99

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Action Lab Entertainment in February 2016

NEW RATING SYSTEM:
E: Appropriate for everyone
A: Appropriate for ages 9 and up
T: For readers ages 12 and up
T+: For older teen readers and adults
M: Mature readers 18+

BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #3

Writer(s): Josh S. Henaman
Artist Name(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Artist(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Variant Cover Artist: Dave Hamann and Jules Rivera

The sci-fi sword, sorcery and sasquatch epic continues with Bigfoot and Bagworm on the hunt for the Heart of the Sun, a priceless gem worth untold riches! Standing in their way is Malona the Damned, Queen of the Fiends of Mars! Variant cover by Dave Hamann and Jules Rivera, limited to 1,500 copies!

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (var.)

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CYRUS PERKINS AND THE HAUNTED TAXI CAB TPB

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Anna Lencioni
Cover Artist(s): Anna Lencioni

After a young boy dies in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins must solve the boy’s murder… or be haunted by the spirit trapped in his car! Double Jumpers creator and co-writer of the hit all-ages series Vamplets teams with rising star Anna Lencioni to deliver a supernatural crime noir with a hero like no other: Cyrus Perkins! Collects Cyrus Perkins 1-4.

128 pgs./ A / FC $14.99

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HERO CATS OF STELLAR CITY # 10

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Marcus Williams, Ryan Sellers (Inker), Omaka Schultz (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Marcus Williams

The Crow King Saga: part 3 of 3–“Crow Confrontation”. Cassiopeia has successfully reunited the Hero Cats, but now they must face their biggest challenge yet. Don’t miss the climatic conclusion of the Crow King Saga!

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz

Murder is only perfect when everyone knows you got away with it. Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families whose fates have commingled. On the eve of her inheritance, Edana is summoned to the grand estate to meet the enigmatic Count Montresor. She embarks on the journey, unprepared for the secrets still to be revealed, and unaware that a killer has set the stage for one final act of vengeance upon the Fortunato family. Revenge does not end in THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic revenge tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (var.)

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I, MAGE #1

Writer(s): Gary Turner
Artist Name(s): Carlos E. Gómez
Colorist Name(s): Eddy-Swan
Cover Artists Main: Carlos E. Gómez & Étienne St. Laurent
Cover Artist Variant A: Jason Pearson
Cover Artist Variant B: Jonboy Meyers & Eddy-Swan

Into a realm of magic and savagery comes a mysterious boy washed ashore. His is a lone survivor. Befriended by an apprentice magi, her quirky mentor, and a metal golem, together they are Kai’s only hope to stay alive long enough for rescue. Prepare yourself for a d20 RPG adventure with an all new twist. Two variant covers limited to 1,500 copies each!

32 pgs./ A / FC $3.99 (reg.) $4.99 (var.)

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JUST ANOTHER SHEEP #4

Writer(s): Mat Heagerty
Artist Name(s): JD Faith
Colorist: Paul John Little
Cover Artist(s): JD Faith
Variant Cover by: JD Faith

Banning and his new friends are at odds when Les Cordes finally catches up to them. Also, spotlight on Sadie, as we glimpse into her tumultuous past. Plus, Banning finds out just how involved Les Cordes has been in his entire life!

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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HERO CATS: MIDNIGHT OVER STELLAR CITY # 3

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Alex Ogle
Cover Artist(s): Alex Ogle

This is it! The showdown we’ve all been waiting for. Midnight vs Galaxy Man!

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS #8

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt

Things are looking bad for Raven and her crew! With a pit full of alligators ready to feast on them, it’s up to Ximena and Sunshine to organize the rest of the crew and save the day. Can they take on Raven’s brothers and all of their goons without the crew’s best fighters?

32 pgs./ A / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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VENTURE TPB

Writer(s): Jay Faerber
Artist Name(s): Jamal Igle (penciller/inker), James Brown (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jamal Igle

Down-on-his-luck reporter Reggie Baxter has stumbled onto one of the greatest secrets of all time…high school history teacher, Joe Campbell is the superpowered hero known as Venture! But who is Joe Campbell? And more importantly, how rich will Reggie become by blackmailing him? A creator owned superhero morality tale by two of the industry’s finest; Jay Faerber (Copperhead, Dynamo Five, Noble Causes) and Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Supergirl, The Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy)! Collects Venture #1-4.

128 pgs./ T / FC $14.99

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THE GINGERDEAD MAN #1

Writer(s): Brockton McKinney
Artist Name(s): Sergio Rios
Cover Artist(s): Sergio Rios & Marcelo Costa, Dan Mendoza (Variant)

There is a new designer drug on the streets, and it’s called Confection! It’s so powerful that it has to be baked into a culinary treat, and the abandoned Betty’s Bakery has been taken over by a gang of drug dealers! But by using a leftover box of seasoning containing the remaining ashes of Millard Findlemeyer, the gang has unwittingly unleashed that cookie of doom: GINGERDEAD MAN! Variant Covers limited to 1,500 copies each!

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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KINGDOM BUM # 3 (of 4)

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters).
Cover Artist(s): Jon Reed and Jen Hickman

Then: After an unfortunate death, Simon, the benevolent leader of the city’s homeless population, takes steps to keep the “kingdom” from falling apart. Meanwhile, Edmond, Simon’s disgruntled and defeated rival, sees an opportunity to exploit the people’s pain. Now: Son discovers a link to his father, and the looming Thumbless War begins!

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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PUPPET MASTER #12

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s):Michela Da Sacco (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover: Michela Da Sacco (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)
Kill Cover Variant: Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks) , Gene Jimenez (colors)
Kill Cover Sketch Variant: Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks)

As Anthony settles in at the Bodega Bay Inn the Followers of Anapa come calling, bringing the Puppets one step closer to being freed from their deal with the demon god Anapa. But every deal with the devil comes with a hidden price…

Variant and variant sketch covers limited to 2,000 copies each.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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TOMBOY #4

Writer(s): Mia Goodwin
Artist Name(s): Mia Goodwin
Cover Artist(s): Fanny Hagdahl Sorebo

Wherever she goes, death is sure to follow. Four months after the funeral of her best friend, Addison has embraced her new life as a vigilante, but trouble is on the horizon as Detective Tico closes in on a suspect and the notorious Irene Trent finally steps out of the shadows.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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VAMPBLADE #2

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Winston Young (regular and “goo” variant), Bill McKay (artist variant), Andrew Pepoy (“Booty” variant), Pavel Balabanov (“Homage” variant), Andrew Mangum (“90s Cheesecake” variant)
“Goo” incentive variant cover (limited to 1500): Winston Young
Artist variant cover (limited to 1500): Bill McKay
“Booty” variant cover (limited to 1500): Andrew Pepoy
“Homage” variant cover (limited to 1500): Pavel Balabanov
“90s Cheesecake” Risque variant cover (limited to 2000): Andrew Mangum

After transforming into the Vampblade and having her first encounter with the disgusting other-dimensional “space vampires”, Katie Karver winds up in the hospital. But now that she’s connected to the mystical blades there’s no place to hide from the vile otherworldly parasites that are drawn to them. Time to check out and kick ass!

Features regular and incentive “homage”, “booty”, artist, “90s cheesecake”, and “goo” variant covers.

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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VORACIOUS #1

Writer(s): Markisan Naso
Artist Name(s): Jason Muhr
Cover Artist(s): Jason Muhr

JURASSIC WORLD MEETS TOP CHEF! Haunted by the death of his sister, Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his hometown in Utah and work at a coffee shop, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited! Extra-Sized Debut Issue! 64 Delicious Pages!

Featuring a wraparound variant cover by Thrillbent at SDCC 2015 Contest Winner!

64 pgs./ T+ / FC $4.99 (reg.) / $5.99 (Var.)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP # 20

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (regular, risqué variant), TMChu (limited, limited risque variant), Andrew Pepoy (artist, artist risque variant)
Risque variant cover (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
TMChu variant cover (limited to 2000): TMChu
TMChu risqué cover (limited to 2500): TMChu
Artist cover (limited to 2000): Andrew Pepoy
Artist risqué cover (limited to 2000): Andrew Pepoy

Zombie Tramp creator Dan Mendoza returns once again to write and draw a special full issue about the evil little undead adversary, MORNING – the red head of the dead! Dispatched to limbo by Zombie Tramp, Morning is now yanked back to the land of the living and none to happy about it!
Features a variant and risqué variant cover by series creator Dan Mendoza, regular artist TMChu, and Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife With Archie).

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP VD SPECIAL #1

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Marcelo Trom
Cover Artist(s): Marcelo Trom, Dan Mendoza, Penelope Gaylord
Marcelo Trom regular, and risque variant cover (limited to 2500)
Dan Mendoza variant cover (limited to 2000)
Dan Mendoza risqué variant cover (limited to 2500)
Penelope Gaylord variant cover (limited to 2000)

Valentine’s sucks. Especially when you’re Janey Belle. Janey has only been close to love once and screwed it up, but can all that change when she reunites with that very same high school crush? Well it’s a Zombie Tramp story, so it’ll probably be one messed up Valentine!

Features three holiday themed covers, and risqué variants of each!

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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