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Comic Spotlight: Locke & Key: Small World Deluxe Hardcover
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Locke & Key: Small World Deluxe Hardcover
Written by Joe Hill
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
Colors by Jay Fotos
Letters by Robbie Robbins
IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Cover Price: $14.99

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are back to give us a short one-shot tale of the creepiest family in comicdom. In the Locke & Key: Small World Deluxe Hardcover we are given not just the twenty-four pages of story but also a lot of background information and setup from the creators. In fact it spans seventy-two pages altogether; that’s a lot of extras!

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Comic Spotlight: Death Be Damned #1
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Death Be Damned #1
Written by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Andrew Miller
Art by Hannah Christenson
Colors by Juan Useche
Letters by Colin Bell
Covers by Hannah Christenson, Konstantin Tarasov
Boom! Studios
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

When seven men killed Miranda Coler and her family, chances are they never expected her to ride after them seeking revenge. But that is exactly what she did. Unable to completely die, she comes back to life but is cursed to lose part of her memories each time. With the help of a local undertaker who has a personal interest in resurrection, she is consumed with thoughts of vengeance.

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Comic Review: Michael Turner’s All New Fathom #1
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Michael Turner’s All New Fathom #1
Written by Blake Northcott
Art by Marco Renna
Colors by John Starr
Letters by Zen
Covers by Peter Steigerwald, Marco Renna, John Starr, Alex Konat, Jordan Gunderson, Talent Caldwell, Michael Turner, Jon Sibal, Keu Cha
Aspen Comics
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Fan favorite Blake Northcott begins her eight issue run on Aspen Comics’ flagship title Michael Turner’s All New Fathom #1 this month. We were happy to hear that Northcott was taking the lead on this comic as she has written a few articles here at Geeks of Doom and is like part of our extended family.

Therefore, having said that, it should come as no shock whatsoever that I chose to review this comic. And without further ado, let’s get to it shall we?

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Comic Spotlight: American Gods: Shadows #1
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American Gods: Shadows #1
Written by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell
Art by Scott Hampton
Colors by Scott Hampton
Cover by Glenn Fabry, Dave McKean, David Mack
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

This is it, folks. This is what many of us have been waiting for. This is the year that Neil Gaiman takes over the world. Well, maybe not the whole world but he’s certainly trying to take over the literary world. With an upcoming Starz television series being adapted from his Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning novel American Gods, it seems only fitting that there be a comic version, too. Right? Thankfully, Dark Horse Comics has stepped up with American Gods: Shadows #1, the first of an ongoing series based on the aforementioned book. Other than a few teaser pages I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but those look magnificent.

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Comic Spotlight: Athena Voltaire and The Volcano Goddess
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Athena Voltaire And The Volcano Goddess
Written by Steve Bryant
Art by Steve Bryant
Colors by Jim Nelson
Letters by Steve Bryant
Covers by Steve Bryant and Jim Nelson, Michael Allred and Jason Millet
Action Lab Comics
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Cover Price: $9.99

Pulp fiction lives! At least it does in Action Labs’ Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess. Imagine Raiders of the Lost Ark with Lara Croft as the heroine and you won’t be far off.

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Comic Spotlight: Vikings: Godhead TPB
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Vikings: Godhead TPB
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Staz Johnson with Richard Elson and Andrea Mutti
Colors by Rodrigo Fernandes
Letters by Rob Steen
Titan Comics
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Cover Price: $14.99

This one is for all the Vikings fans out there! I for one love it when stories cross mediums to appeal to new fans and explore new adventures. That’s essentially what Vikings: Godhead is up to with this graphic novel.

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Comic Spotlight: The Walking Dead: Companion To The Comic Series
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The Walking Dead: Companion To The Comic Series
Edited by Neil Edwards
Titan Comics
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Cover Price: $19.99

Attention all fans of The Walking Dead, here is a new book that compiles loads of information pertaining to the comics. As it is being published by a comic company, I felt inclined to share it with you!

The Walking Dead: Companion To The Comic Series is currently 33% off so click on the linked cover price above and enjoy!

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Comic Review: Neil Gaiman’s Forbidden Brides
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Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire
Story by Neil Gaiman
Adaptation and Art by Shane Oakley
Colors Nick Filardi
Lettering by Todd Klein
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release date: January 25, 2017

Everyone knows of author Neil Gaiman. Okay, maybe not everyone, but they should! In this newest incarnation, Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire finds a new audience in comic readers. Originally published in the anthology Fragile Things, this short story is more than it first seems.

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Comic Review: Lords Of The Cosmos #1
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Lords Of The Cosmos #1
Written by Dennis Fallon and Jason Palmatier
Created and Drawn by Jason Lenox
Ugli Studios
Release Date: January 2017
Cover Price: $7.00 (includes shipping)

Independent comics have been a mainstay in my life for decades now. One of the best parts of this gig is access to so much indie work in addition to the mainstream companies. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: the indie books are filled with love and created with passion. Lords Of The Cosmos #1 is certainly all that and more. I love that it was a successful Kickstarter campaign; it shows that I’m not alone in my excitement for this comic book.

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Comic Spotlight: KISS: The Demon #1
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KISS: The Demon #1
Written by Amy Chu & Erik Burnham
Art by Eman Casallos
Colors by Omi Remalante
Letters by Troy Peteri
Covers by Kyle Strahm & Greg Smallwood, Tom Mandrake & Mohan, Michael Adams, Ken Haeser
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: January 25, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

I think we can all remember our first concert/show, right? If you are an audiophile then I have no doubt you do. Well, KISS: The Demon #1 reminds me of my first show since the headliner was the aforementioned band KISS. Not only were they my first band to see live but, later on, they were the first group I ever went and saw without an adult.

So, to say they hold a special place in my heart is to understate things in an enormous way. The point is, I share that same feeling with the main character of this story, which is a prequel to the ongoing comic.

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