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Comic Review: Strange Attractors
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Strange AttractorsStrange Attractors
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Greg Scott
Colors by Art Lyon & Matthew Petz
Letters by Thomas Mauer
Cover by Dan Duncan
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Cover Price: $19.95

The Butterfly Effect.

A phenomenon in which a minor change in circumstances can cause a large change in outcome.

If you had the ability to manipulate the outcomes of several small events to prevent something on a larger scale from happening, would you do it? In the new graphic novel, Strange Attractors, the themes of chaos theory are explored and examined.

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Comic Review: Epic Kill #1
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Epic Kill coverEpic Kill #1 (of #5)
Written by Raffaele Ienco
Art by Raffaele Ienco
Image Comics
Release date: May 2, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

Epic Kill, a five-issue miniseries from Image Comics, tells the story of a trained assassin named Song who doesn’t remember who she is or where she is. Song is living in a school for troubled girls, but doesn’t remember why she’s there and how she got there. Parts of her memory are slowly coming back to her and she remembers how to defend herself against a massive amount of armed men who want her dead. She also remembers her main objective: to assassinate the President.

Epic Kill #1 was one fun read. This first issue sets up the entire miniseries very nicely. I’m a fan of action films so I truly feel that Epic Kill will definitely bring the action.

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Comic Review: Mind The Gap #1
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Mind The Gap coverMind The Gap #1
Written by Jim McCann
Art by Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback
Letters by Dave Lanphear
Image Comics
Release date: May 2, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

Mind The Gap, an ongoing comic from Image Comics, is a story about a girl named Elle who is brutally assaulted and sequentially ends up in the hospital in a coma. As family and friends come to Elle’s aid, Elle’s assailant is still a mystery. Elle, still in a comatose state, is in some sort of limbo between the material world and death. She’s also trying to figure out who attacked her and meets a guide along her journey. The potential line of suspects could be anyone; from Elle’s close friends and family to people we haven’t even met yet.

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Comic Review: Near Death #7
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Near Death #7 coverNear Death #7
Written By Jay Faerber
Art By Simone Guglielmini
Colors By Ron Riley
Letters By Charles Pritchett
Cover By Francesco Francavilla
Price: $2.99
Image Comics
Release date: April 18, 2011

Near Death, an ongoing comic book series from Image Comics, tells the story of a hit man who decides to change his life for the better. Markham was once a hit man, but after he’s gunned down on a job that goes wrong, he has a near death experience as he’s dying. Markham gets a vision of Hell, his current final destination, and it is inhabited by the people that he’s previously killed. After seeing where he could possibly end up, Markham comes back to life and vows to save a life for every life that he’s taken.

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Book Review: Hell & Gone
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Hell & GoneHell & Gone
By Duane Swierczynski
Paperback | Kindle
Mulholland Books | Hachette Book Group
Release date: October 31, 2011

In Hell & Gone, a former cop named Charlie Hardie is on the brink of death after a brutal shootout. The group known as The Accidental People has taken him against his own free will to a secret underground prison that holds the most dangerous criminals around the world. The worst part about the prison is that Charlie has been appointed the warden. With any attempt to escape the prison, a death mechanism will be triggered and will kill everyone inside the prison. Charlie must find a way out of the prison and save his family from The Accidental People who have their sights set on killing them if Charlie doesn’t comply.

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Comic Review: Princeless #1-2
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Princeless 2 coverPrinceless #1-2
Written by Jeremy Whitley
Art by M. Goodwin
Colors by M. Goodwin
Action Lab Comics
Release Date(s): #1: November 9, 2011; #2: December 7, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

Princeless is a four-issue miniseries written by Jeremy Whitley and drawn by M. Goodwin. The series is a play on the conventional fairy tale genre in which the princess is always rescued by the handsome prince. In Princeless, those conventions are thrown out the window and are refocused and shifted a bit. The princess in this story, Adrienne, believes that these typical fairy tales are a bunch of lies. She feels that no one should have to wait and be rescued by a prince. So, when she turns sixteen she decides to be the rescuer rather than the rescued.

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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Curse Bells #5
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Baltimore 5 coverBaltimore: The Curse Bells #5
Written by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Robins
Cover by Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Release date: December 14, 2011
Cover Price: $3.50

The adventure of Lord Henry Baltimore and the cursed bells concludes.

In Baltimore: The Curse Bells #5, Lord Henry Baltimore fights the evil priest that now has taken control of the villagers in the nearby town by cursing the bells of an old church. The cursed bells grant the priest ultimate control over anyone who can hear the bells ring. Everyone is under the priest’s control except for Lord Henry Baltimore. Baltimore takes on the evil priest’s army while Baltimore ultimate enemy, Haigus, has other plans. Will Baltimore defeat the evil priest? Will Baltimore get his revenge on the one-eyed vampire Haigus?

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Comic Review: The Rinse #4
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The Rinse #4The Rinse #4
Written by Gary Phillips
Art by Marc Laming
Cover by Paul Azaceta
Colors by Darrin Moore
Letters by Steve Wands
BOOM! Studios
Release date: December 7, 2011
Price: $3.99

Jeff Sinclair is about to pull off the biggest laundering job of his career if only he can survive the goons trying to kill him.

In The Rinse #4, Jeff Sinclair, a professional money launderer, is on the cusp of completing his current money laundering job but casino tycoon Steve Maxon’s goons are on his tail. In addition to that, Sinclair is working to avoid being investigated by the IRS as well.

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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Curse Bells #4
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Baltimore: The Curse Bells #4Baltimore: The Curse Bells #4
Written by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Robins
Cover by Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: November 9, 2011
Cover Price: $3.50

A nearby town is in trouble and Lord Henry Baltimore is the only person who can keep the town safe from evil.

In Baltimore: The Curse Bells #4, Lord Henry Baltimore finds the enemy that he’s been searching for: Haigus. Lord Baltimore finds the vampire that killed his family who has also been captured in a holding cell just as Lord Baltimore has. Baltimore is torn between eliminating his long time foe, Haigus, and stopping the priest that is trying to use the cursed bells of the church to control the population of the nearby town. Will Baltimore do the right thing or choose to end his enemy forever?

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Book Review: Practical Jean
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Practical JeanPractical Jean
By Trevor Cole
Paperback | Kindle
Harper Perennial
Release Date: October 11, 2011

In Practical Jean, Jean Vale Horemarsh lives a nice small town life with her not so wonderful husband and her small town friends. After taking care of her dying mother, Jean has a change of heart on how to live life. She thinks that people should die at the happiest moments of life rather than growing old and dying of an illness. Jean decides to give this gift of dying at your happiest moment to her best friends. She decides that she has to kill her friends.

When I first read the description for this book, it sounded like something very new and creative to read. I started to read the book and it took me a few chapters to really dig into the story. After reading for some time, I found myself enjoying where the story was going.

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