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Deadly Origins Revealed in Grim #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a look at Grim #5, the next issue of the new ongoing comic book series from acclaimed writer Stephanie Phillips, fan favorite artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, with a story about a young woman with a macabre job and a mysterious death to solve . . . her own! Available on September 28, 2022.

The truth behind Jessica Harrow’s mysterious death, and her connection to the Grim Reaper is finally revealed! But how does this connect to her unique abilities, and the ancient force known only as… THE END? The epic first arc of the breakout hit of 2022 concludes here, revealing deathly secrets and what lies ahead for the future of the series!

Grim #5 features main and variant cover art by series artist Flaviano, and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Jenny Frison, FRANY, and Filipe Andrade

Grim #5

Devils and Dust kicks off a new arc for Grim

BOOM! Studios has announced that Grim, the comic series from writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, continues as an ongoing series, with a brand new story arc and brand new adventures with fan-favorite Jessica Harrow and her fellow Reapers, debuting in December 2022. 

The Era of Devils & Dust begins here for the Grim Reapers! Trapped in Las Vegas—the City of Sin—Jessica, Eddie, and Marcel encounter a fabulous twist on legendary figures of Greek myth, as well as someone with the authority to get them out of their phantasmal dilemma… but for a price! 

Grim #6 features main cover art by series artist Flaviano, and variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Justine Florentino, Toni Infante, and more. 

Highly Acclaimed Artist Filipe Andrade Covers Grim #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new variant cover art by highly acclaimed artist Filipe Andrade for Grim #5, the next issue of the original comic book series from acclaimed writer Stephanie Phillips, fan favorite artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, with a story about a young woman with a macabre job and a mysterious death to solve . . . her own! Available September 28, 2022.

The truth behind Jessica Harrow’s mysterious death, and her connection to the Grim Reaper is finally revealed! But how does this connect to her unique abilities, and the ancient force known only as… THE END? The epic first arc of the breakout hit of 2022 concludes here, revealing macabre secrets and what lies ahead for the future of the series!

Grim #5 also features main and variant cover art by series artist Flaviano, and variant cover art by acclaimed artist Jenny Frison and fan favorite artist Frany.

Grim #5

Grim #4 has sold out and is getting a second printing

BOOM! Studios has revealed that Grim #4, the new ongoing comic book series from writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, about a young woman with a macabre job and a mysterious death to solve . . .  has sold out ahead of its release at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Grim #4 Second Printing, featuring cover art by series artist Flaviano and available in stores September 21, 2022.

With her very afterlife at stake, Jess must confront a dangerous figure, raising questions about her own death. Now a fugitive, Jess needs answers and is running out of options. Luckily, a new, powerful scythe might be the key to deciphering this entire mystery!

GRIM #4 SECOND PRINTING

Even a Reaper Can’t Escape the Rulers of the Afterlife in Grim #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Grim #4, the next issue of the new ongoing comic book series from acclaimed writer Stephanie Phillips, fan favorite artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, with a story about a young woman with a macabre job and a mysterious death to solve . . . her own! Available August 24, 2022.

With her very afterlife at stake, Jess must confront a dangerous figure, raising questions about her own death. Now a fugitive, Jess needs answers and is running out of options. Luckily, a new, powerful scythe might be the key to deciphering this entire mystery!

Grim #4 features main and variant cover art by series artist Flaviano, and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Jenny Frison, Simone Di Meo, and Morgan Beem

Grim #4

Review: Dark Crisis #3

Dark Crisis #3

I’ve been a bit down on Dark Crisis so far. While the concept is interesting, the event has been a bit of a slow roll in getting to the point. Add in the fact it’s been clearly dancing around it’s exact tie-ins, the series has functioned like it’s had an arm tied behind its back. Now that it’s clear this is a follow up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, Dark Crisis #3 gets things moving as three major plotlines are followed and all feel like there’s some significant movement.

Written by Joshua Williamson, this event has the heroes of the world gone. The Justice League has been “killed”, really imprisoned by Pariah. Pariah wants to bring back the multiverse while “the darkness” has other plans. There’s some head scratching here as I thought the multiverse was already recreated but we’ll shelve that aspect, as much as a glaring question and distraction it might be.

Dark Crisis #3 has the remaining heroes in disarray. Deathstroke has broken them and scared them. The new Justice League has faltered as there’s no direction and disagreement of what must be done. Deathstroke on the other hand is losing his mind having to instigate a “crisis”. But isn’t the heroes gone and Young Justice missing a crisis? Another head scratcher. But more interesting is Hal Jordon leading the Green Lantern Corp. against what they think is there enemy. There we get some action and some answers as to where the fallen heroes are.

It’s all entertaining and the issue feels less reliant on DC continuity but overall, the issue doesn’t feel like it stands completely on its own. It’s better in that sense but it’s a piece of the bigger puzzle and until that puzzle becomes clearer the enjoyment of the issue is a little hampered. That’s ok, this is an event and massive story.

The art by Daniel Sampere is good. With ink by Sampere, Daniel Henriques, and Danny Miki, color by Alejandro Sanchez, and lettering by Tom Napolitano, the comic looks really good. There’s so many characters packed in and they all look good. And, we finally get some memorable visuals! The series has been lacking that in some ways and we get two moments that really stand out and leave you lingering on the page to catch everything going on.

Dark Crisis #3 is an improvement I think. The series is getting going as we see the various narratives play out. Still, this is an event where it feels like the individual issues won’t stand out as much as the story as a whole. We’ll see if that’s true as it continues but so far, improvement is good.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Daniel Sampere
Ink: Daniel Sampere, Daniel Henriques, Danny Miki Color: Alejandro Sánchez Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

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Review: DC vs. Vampires #8

DC vs. Vampires #8

I say it with every review of this series but, it might sound silly but DC vs. Vampires is so good. The short version, the vampire nation has had enough. With a new leader, they have slowly turned Earth’s heroes and villains and attacked. Now, they’ve taken over the world and all that’s left is a small group of heroes and villains to stop them. DC vs. Vampires #8 is that moment where the heroes that are left say their good-byes in what is sure to be various missions that some will die. And death is part of what makes this series so good.

Written by James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg, DC vs. Vampires #8 is an issue of desperation and getting things rolling. It’s clear the odds are high. The resistance that remains is fractured in what to do next. There’s multiple missions and each is likely filled with doom and ending in death. But, even bigger, one character gets a beat down and an avenue is closed off.

DC vs. Vampires #8 focuses on Constantine, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Batgirl, and Supergirl. Each has a major role to play in what’s to come and each has very differing opinions in priority. Do they free the humans being used as a blood bank? Do they go after the Vampire King (Nightwing for those not paying attention)? Or do they get their heavy hitter back on the table? How about all of the above? But what’s interesting is Tynion and Rosenberg tease that the arrogance and “I’m right” show by the various groups may lead to their doom. One individual who has been doing his own thing suffers horribly as a major shoe drops. And that’s part of what’s fun with the series. You never know who may turn, who may die, what might happen. This is a series where anything and everything is on the table.

The art by Otto Schmidt and Daniele Di Nicuolo is fantastic as always. There’s a great style to it all and in this case there’s some moments that are brutal. But, through all of the despair and desperation there’s tender moments too. We get a touching moment between two individuals about expectations which another is a sexy night before both go off to war. Colors are handed by Schmidt and Pierluigi Casolino and lettering by Tom Napolitano. It’s fantastic as always and as fun as the story is, the art is right there with it. The visuals do a great job of keeping things dark, gritty, and desperate without being overwhelming.

DC vs. Vampires #8 is another fantastic issue. If you haven’t been reading the series, go out and start from the beginning. For those that have been reading, looks like it’s game on and things are about to get wild.

Story: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt, Daniele Di Nicuolo
Color: Otto Schmidt, Pierluigi Casolino Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1

Story: Scott Snyder
Art: Jamal Igle
Ink: Juan Castro
Color: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Editor: Will Dennis
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Have you ever wondered why all the great figures in history had a pet companion, and if there were all running from the same mysterious threat? Such questions have never crossed the mind of Dudley Datson, a fifteen year-old with a penchant for invention. But when dastardly foes turn his world upside down, Dudley is going to have to start facing things beyond his wildest imagination in this modern day fable from writer SCOTT SNYDER and artist JAMAL IGLE.

Part of the Comixology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. Read for free as part of your subscription to Comixology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Also available for purchase via Comixology, Kindle and collected in print via Dark Horse Books.

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1

Grim #2 sells out and gets a second printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Grim #2, the ongoing comic book series from acclaimed writer Stephanie Phillips, fan favorite artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, has sold out at the distributor level, with a story about a young woman with a macabre job and a mysterious death to solve . . . her own! 

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Grim #2 Second Printing, featuring cover art by series artist Flaviano, available in stores August 3, 2022.

Jessica Harrow finds herself trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead—something that no other reaper has ever experienced! Just what makes her so special? Can she make her way back to the afterlife, and what exactly will happen now that she can walk amongst the living? 

Grim #2 Second Printing

Review: DC vs. Vampires #7

DC vs. Vampires #7

The vampires have won the battle but the war is just beginning. After two one-shots, DC vs. Vampires is back with DC vs. Vampires #7. While the series is about halfway through, it’s an interesting issue in that it still works as a starting point for new readers looking to hop on. And you should if you haven’t been reading the series and missing out on all of the action.

James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg have dropped the paranoia focusing on the battered and shattered heroes. The vampires have dominated blocking out the sun and possible herding humans into camps. What are the priorities of the remaining heroes? That’s where the issue gets really interesting. Where before we had to guess who was on which side, we now know where the lines are drawn and who remains. It’s an interesting mix of individuals whose personalities are all on full display, for good and bad. It’s also interesting as I found myself as the reader debating which is the best course of action. Resources and individuals are limited and let’s face it, things aren’t going well. This is an issue where things look gloomy and throws out there is no right and absolute answers.

Otto Schmidt continues to nail it as far as the art. With lettering by Tom Napolitano the series does a great job of balancing its superhero roots and its horror genre. Two-page spreads deliver epic action while an up close panel shows off a shocking event. The comic also does an excellent job of balancing the darkness of the world with it having to be able to be seen. The use of yellow, red, orange, and black deliver a darkened world but not a blacked out one. Napolitano also does an amazing job of packing in a lot of dialogue in scenes without it feeling overwhelming and also delivers that right punch during emotional moments of characters.

DC vs. Vampires #7 does an amazing job of launching the latter half of the event but at the same time making it feel like a starting point. For those awaiting the series’ return, you’ll be happy with the mix of action, drama, and so much more. For those that want to dive in, you can and you’ll be sucked into the world. A fantastic start to the epic battle to come.

Story: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt
Color: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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