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Comic Spotlight: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #2 (Of 6)
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Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #2 (of 6)
Written by Victor LaValle
Art by Dietrich Smith
Colors by Joana Lafuente
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover by Micaela Dawn
BOOM! Studios
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

I seldom like modern twists on what I would consider a classical piece of literature, even when I’m not a huge fan of the original work. There is something almost perverse about modifying something that old. However, I will be the first to admit that sometimes what I think is going to be a modification or a reboot is instead an invigorating chapter or work unto itself. Case in point, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #2 is a spectacular sequence of events that do not in any way tarnish Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Never would I have thought this would entrance me so.

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Comic Spotlight: Plague #2
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Plague #2
Written by Dennis MaGee Fallon and Jason Palmatier
Art by Zach Brunner
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Markosia Comics
Release Date: June 7, 2017
Cover Price: $1.99

A few months back I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing a new comic that truly appealed to me in several ways. First in a series, Plague #1 was a remarkable change from the ho-hum average comic, for it gracefully blended true history with high fantasy. This newest installment, Plague #2, picks up right where the last issue left off and manages to cover a lot of proverbial ground. Keep reading to find out more!

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Comic Spotlight: The Unsound #1
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The Unsound #1
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Jack T. Cole
Letters by Jom Campbell
Covers by Jack T. Cole, David Lafuente, Michael Dialynas
BOOM! Studios
Release Date: June 7, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

I’m pretty much game for anything written by Cullen Bunn, therefore it should come as no shock that The Unsound #1 would make its way onto my desk. Always creepy and a little twisted, his horror stories tend to be dependable sources of entertainment and each comic series unique.

This one finds a nurse making her way to her first day at work at a mental institution. But as she makes her way there, we see the world outside is just as dark, twisted, and suffering as anything that could be inside the hospital. That is, until we see what is inside.

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Comic Spotlight: Misfit City #1
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Misfit City #1
Written by Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Kurt Lustgarten
Art by Naomi Franquiz
Colors by Brittany Peer
Letters by Jim Campbell
Covers by Naomi Franquiz and Brittany Peer, Ester Zejn, Paulina Ganucheau, John Allison
Boom! Studios
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Cannon Cove, Oregon has nothing going for it except that once upon a time, long ago, a movie that was destined to become a kids’ cult classic was filmed there. You might have heard of it: The Gloomies*. You know that Gloomies never say die, right? Too bad the town never lived by that motto.

In Misfit City #1 we watch as local kids find a real adventure in their little hometown.

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Comic Spotlight: Highlander: The American Dream #3
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Highlander: The American Dream #3
Written by Brian Ruckley
Art by Andrea Mutti
Colors by Vladimir Popov
Letters by Shawn Lee
Covers by Andrew Griffith, Claudia Gironi
IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

It’s nice to see the Highlander franchise back kicking ass and taking heads. In Highlander: The American Dream #3 the reader finds that this tale has progressed into a more modern era, specifically 1955! Old allies and enemies alike run through the streets of Manhattan with centuries old agendas.

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Comic Spotlight: Godshaper #1
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Godshaper #1
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Jonas Goonface
Letters by Colin Bell
Covers by Jonas Goonface, Sonny Liew
BOOM! Studios
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Imagine a dimension where in 1958 the whole world goes wonky and suddenly there is no electricity, no technology. But as a trade off, mankind is presented with divinity. Not for themselves, per se, but suddenly every human has a god that helps them in a variety of ways with a variety of abilities. Everyone gains a powerful companion. Well, almost everyone, as we see in Godshaper #1.

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Comic Spotlight: Kill Shakespeare – Past Is Prologue: Juliet #1
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Kill Shakespeare – Past is Prologue: Juliet #1
Written by Conor McCreery
Art by Corin Howell
Colors by Shari Chankahamma
Letters by Chris Mowry
Standard Cover by Simon Davis
Subscription Cover by Adam Gorham and Shari Chankahamma
IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Few comics turn the literary world into their own playground like this one, folks. In Kill Shakespeare – Past is Prologue: Juliet #1 the reader gets a dose of what happens when you deify a playwright. This is not your parent’s Shakespeare; not in any way, shape, or form.

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Comic Spotlight: Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins
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Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Dean Ormston
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Todd Klein
Cover by Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Cover Price: $14.99

This one was new for me. I’m not sure how it has eluded me for so long, but I must admit that I am smitten. Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins collects the first six issues of the series into one volume that tells a cohesive story all the while exploring what it is to be alone and yet together. This dilemma is the result of a sacrifice gone too far. Not to say that the group wasn’t grateful, just that isolation and protection does not always equal freedom.

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Comic Spotlight: Dark Horse Number Ones
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Dark Horse Number Ones
Written by Cullen Bunn, Matt Kindt, Gerard Way, Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Kurtis Wiebe, Mike Mignola, Jeff Lemire, Brian Wood, Sharlene Kindt, Dave Stewart
Art by Gabriel Ba, Joelle Jones, Dean Ormston, Matt Kindt, Mack Chater, Mindy Lee, Tyler Crook,
Colors by Laura Allred, Dave Stewart, Sharlene Kindt, Lee Loughridge, Leonardo Olea, Andy Cotnam, Tyler Crook
Letters by Tyler Crook, Dave Stewart, Crank!, Todd Klein, Marie Enger, Nate Piekos, Clem Robins
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Cover Price: $6.00

Okay, first off, if I have to try to convince you to buy a comic that contains eight premiere issues for a measly six bucks then I might just have to reassess what I am doing here.

I have reviewed any number of these titles at different times and I cannot even begin to stress to you how great of a deal this is. Dark Horse Comics continues to amaze me with their marketing strategies. I can think of no better way to test out some new comics than with this compilation. Folks, I present to you Dark Horse Number Ones!

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Comic Spotlight: Anno Dracula: 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1
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Anno Dracula: 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1
Written by Kim Newman
Art by Paul McCaffrey
Colors by Kevin Enhart
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover A: Paul McCaffrey
Cover B: Tom Mandrake
Cover C: Brian Williamson
Cover D: Jeff Zornow
Cover E: Mike Collins
Cover F: Ben Oliver (Forbidden Planet/Jetpack Comics Variant)
Cover G: Ben Oliver (“Phoenix Event Exclusive” Variant)
Titan Comics
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

I loved the original 1992 Anno Dracula novel by British writer Kim Newman. Let’s just get that out of the way, okay? So it stands to reason that I would jump at the chance to review the new comic book Anno Dracula: 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1, right? Well, you would correct. And for a fan like me, the comic was pretty much what I would want and expect. But for the first-time reader, not so much.

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