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Preview: Vampblade Volume 7: Down the Vamp Hole

VAMPBLADE VOLUME 7: DOWN THE VAMP HOLE

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Marcelo Costa, Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Marcelo Costa
128 pgs./ M / FC
$14.99 

Other-dimensional vampire slaying comic shop owner Katie Carva literally reboots when she travels to an alternate dimension of Earth that’s also back in time! Now Katie must survive the Glarkian space vampire invasion all over again… PLUS deal with a second version of herself who’s just starting out on her path!! It’s double the Vampblade, double the fun!

Collects issues 1-4 from season three of the hit Danger Zone series.

Preview: Zombie Tramp Volume 14

ZOMBIE TRAMP VOLUME 14

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza 
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Celor
128 pgs./ M / FC
$14.99

With Janey slipping further into the dark side of her monster form and her hunger for death increasing, Oscar’s dating app hack facilitates her murderous appetite. But it also draws unwanted attention. Now both Black Betty and DollFace are on the hunt to bring her down, each for their own reasons!

Collects issues 45-48 of the wildly popular ongoing series and leads up to The Death of Zombie Tramp!

Black Betty Betty Volume 2: A Musical Interlude with the Monster Hunter for Hire!

After the murder of his grandfather, a small boy offers his money to monster hunter Black Betty if she can find the killer creature he’s convinced hides in his seemingly idyllic town. Will Black Betty find this mysterious creature? She’s certainly going to try when there’s money on the line!

Black Betty is part of the Danger Doll Universe, which features the lethal likes of DollFace, Vampblade and Zombie Tramp. Readers won’t want to miss this horrifying addition to the Danger Doll Universe featuring the writing of Shawn Gabborin, art by Rafael Dantas, and colors by Rosa Rantila.

Black Betty Volume 2 collects the “Musical Interlude” story from issues 5-8 of the series. It will be available in a comic book store near you on October 3, 2018.

Review: Fake Empire Vol. 1

When growing up I believed in fairytales, much like every other kid. I remember watching Peter Pan and seeing Tinker Bell come across the screen. I had my first idea of how such a magical creature is supposed to look. Her fair image gave most kids including me that all faeries must be good. This changed when I saw True Blood, which gave readers first, and then viewers, a wholly different view of the mythical creatures. It also featured the idea of them not being so good. Charlaine Harris changed how these creatures were looked at creating a mythology that would only make them endure by becoming as fallible as humans. This very idea would continue in different books, tv shows and movies. One of my favorite examples is the TV show Lost Girl which used this same lore and made it very modern.

In Eric Palicki and Vinnie Rico’s brilliant Fake Empire, we get introduced to another world full of these magical beings where things like murder creep up ever so often.

We first meet a fairy, Jill, who has lost one of her wings and much of her way, as she contemplates her life, she is looking to end it all, but before she does, someone shoots her. We also meet Charli, a newly minted NYPD detective, who just so happens to be the dead fairy’s sister, and who gets a call in the middle of the night, from their father advising of her death. We also meet one of their other sisters, the black sheep of the family, Lucy, who lost her wings and is passing for human. As the reader gets introduced to the history of fairies and why they went into hiding in the first place and that Jill, was the chosen Tooth Fairy, an important position. We also find out that their father Oberlin, is King of all fairies, as there may be more to the murder than meets the eye. The two sisters decide to join forces and find out who killed their sister and why. Charli starts working the case like a detective, trying to establish a timeline, and wondering where Jill’s bodyguards were when she got slain. We also find out that Lucy, has a secret life, as a vigilante who goes after criminals and uncovers the last picture Jill took on social media. Meanwhile, King Oberlin, makes a fatal move and a key betrayal which may kill one of his daughters, as he sends his hitman, Puck after Lucy. As the sisters begin to bond, Lucy lets Charli in on the real reason she left the kingdom, one that gives Charlie even more insight to who their father really is. By story’s ed, we find out who really killed their sister, leaving the reign of the kingdom in new hands and forging a new path forward for all fairies.

It’s an interesting take on urban fantasy that both reinvigorates the genre and treats fans to what they like about it the most. The story by Palicki is brash, brilliant and action packed. The art by Rico, is lucid and elegant. Altogether, a fun story that effectively uses detective noir and urban fantasy, with a dash of palace intrigue that will has made this reviewer, a fan of Eric Palicki.

Story: Eric Palicki Art: Vinnie Rico
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Peanuts Vol. 10 SC

Peanuts Vol. 10 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Charles M. Schulz, Jason Cooper
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, Alexis E. Fajardo, Donna Almendrala
Cover Artist: Vicki Scott, Nina Kester
Colorists: Nina Kester, Nomi Kane, Denis St. John
Letterer: Katharine Efird
Price: $13.99

Snoopy’s Daisy Hill Farm is being torn down and Charlie Brown tries to be there for him. This and other heartwarming tales are in this collection of comic book stories based on Charles M. Schulz’s beloved PEANUTS Characters!

Preview: Giant Days Vol. 8 SC

Giant Days Vol. 8 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $14.99

It’s the end of second year for best mates Susan, Daisy, and Esther, and cracks are appearing in the foundation of this unshakeable trio. Between (irritating) new loves, (secretive) old loves, (unlikely) new friendships and (terrible) old houses, they’ll be lucky to make it to third year alive! Collects issues #29-32.

Preview: Mermin Book Five: Making Waves

Mermin Book Five: Making Waves (Softcover)

(W/A/C/CA) Joey Weiser
Age Rating: All Ages
Genre: Action/Adventure, Humor
Price: $12.99
Page Count: 168

The battle between Mer and Atlantis begins! And while Mermin the merman is at his father’s side, the rest of his friends and family are scattered around the battlefield, trying to help in any way they can. Except for Pete, who’s about to stage a jailbreak out of Atlantis with a team of Mer-prisoners! Will they make it to Mer in time to stop the war? The thrilling conclusion to the Mermin series!

Preview: Bettie Page Vol. 2: Model Agent TP

Bettie Page Vol. 2: Model Agent TP

writer: David Avallone
artist: Bane Wade, Esau Figueroa, Matt Gaudio
cover: Joseph Michael Linsner
FC | 104 pages | $17.99 | Teen+

You know that thing where your flight back to NYC is interrupted so you can be debriefed at a secret government base, only to find that base under attack by giant radioactive monsters? And you can’t get another flight back home until you defeat the giant radioactive monsters? Sucks, right? But our Bettie can handle it.

Preview: Cemetery Girl Omnibus Vol. 1 TP

Cemetery Girl Omnibus Vol. 1 TP

writers: Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden
artist: Don Kramer
cover: Don Kramer
FC | 256 pages | $29.99 | Teen+

Both volumes are collected here for the very first time and including a special preview of the third and final chapter of this series!

In Book One: The Pretenders: She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her. Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own. Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help…

In Book Two: The Inheritance: Despite her self-imposed isolation, Calexa’s ability to see spirits—and the memories she receives from them—guarantees she’ll never be alone, even among the deceased. The only living people she allows herself to interact with are Kelner, the cemetery’s cantankerous caretaker, and Lucinda Cameron, an elderly woman who lives in an old Victorian house across the street. With their friendship, Calexa has regained a link to the world beyond tombstones and mausoleums. Until the night she witnesses a murder that shatters her life—a life now under a police microscope—as their investigation threatens to uncover Calexa’s true identity…

Preview: The Best of Archie Americana Vol. 3: Bronze Age

THE BEST OF ARCHIE AMERICANA VOL. 3: BRONZE AGE (TP)

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
978-1-68255-855-3
$9.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2”
TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/15

The Awesome Eighties: Experience the punk movement as it shakes up Riverdale! Behold the rise of MTV! The Nifty Nineties: Rock out to the sensational sounds of boy bands, and hook up your satellite dish so you can enjoy teens from Beverly Hills and more! It’s all here and then some in this edition chock-full of comedy classics from the Bronze Age of Archie!

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