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Comic Review: Bettie Page: Unbound #1
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Bettie Page: Unbound #1
Written by David Avallone
Art by Julius Ohta
Colors by Ellie Wright
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Covers by John Royal & Mohan, Scott Chantler, David Williams & Kelsey Shannon, Julius Ohta
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 5, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

In the world put forth by Dynamite Entertainment, fetish model and actress Bettie Page led a double life working for the government in an underground spy capacity. Indeed, she bore witness to several earth threatening travesties and was paramount in the success of many of the cases.

The story shared here in Bettie Page: Unbound #1 is but one of many times she risked life and limb for the good of humankind. There is, however, something that makes this particular tale more appealing than some of the others. Read on if you must know more!

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Comic Spotlight: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol. 1: High School Is Hell
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol. 1: High School Is Hell
Created by Joss Whedon
Written by Jordie Bellaire
Art by Dan Mora
Colors by Raul Angulo
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Matthew Taylor
Boom! Studios
Release Date: May 29, 2019
Cover Price: $14.99

With all the reboots that happen in the movie industry, you would think that people would eventually rebel against all the rehashing. But then a gem like this one comes along and renews everyone’s faith in the concept of re-imagining.

Joss Whedon created one of the most dynamic characters to ever grace the page or screen, this was enhanced through television, film, comics, and books. These all built upon one another, creating what is essentially known as the Buffyverse. BOOM! Studios has rebooted this and given it a more modern update for today’s fans. And with that, I present to you a short spotlight on Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol. 1: High School Is Hell!

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Comic Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Volume 1: High School Is Hell
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Volume 1: High School Is Hell
Created by Joss Whedon
Written by Jordie Bellaire
Art by Dan Mora
Colors by Raul Angula
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Matthew Taylor
BOOM! Studios
Release Date: May 22, 2019
Cover Price: $14.99

The words “reimagine,” “reboot,” and any other iteration of starting something anew when it comes to fandom have never particularly appealed to me. In fact, if I’ve read or seen the original, I typically avoid the updated version. However, there are some exceptions.

When it comes to Buffy the Vampire Slayer – my favorite television series – I can’t help but find excitement in anything new related to the franchise. If I’m being completely honest, though, when I’d heard that BOOM! Studios would be reimagining the beloved characters that I grew up with for a modern world, I had some serious reservations. Nonetheless, writer Jordie Bellaire and illustrator Dan Mora set out to slay those worries and doubts, and despite my concerns, I now believe that into this generation, they are the chosen ones.

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Comic Spotlight: Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying
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Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying
Written by George Mann
Art by Dan Boultwood
Titan Comics
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Cover Price: $16.99

I had absolutely no idea who or what this would entail but the cover looked amazingly steampunk-ish so I decided to go for it. I cannot even begin to tell you how glad I am that I made that decision. Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying is apparently the first graphic novel in the franchise but there are a plethora of books to be had, as well.

Note to self: buy them all. Why, you ask? Well, let’s just say that this was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Though, to be fair, I have never seen nor played with a barrel of monkeys.

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Comic Review: Bone Parish: Volume 1
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Bone Parish: Volume 1
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Jonas Scharf
Colors by Alex Guimarães
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Lee Garbett
Boom! Studios
Release Date: May 1, 2019
Cover Price: $14.99

We all know that drugs can kill. But what if they were made from the dead? Because that is straight up what Bone Parish: Volume 1 is about from the get go.

Suppose you could live as a celebrity, experiencing the feelings they felt, all for the low, low price of your moral compass. But there are far worse things than simply robbing the dead of their bones to make drugs. In fact, those far worse things have just started to take notice.

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Comic Review: John Wick Volume 1 HC
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John Wick Volume 1 HC
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Giovanni Valletta, Matt Gaudio
Colors by Inlight Studios
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Collection Cover by Giovanni Valletta
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: April 24, 2019
Cover Price: $24.99

If you are a fan of the John Wick films then this comic was made especially for you! John Wick Volume 1 is a hardcover collection of the first five comics and a bonus gallery of variant covers.

But, most importantly, this is all about the beginning, the why, and the how. John Wick may be a man of extreme focus but he is also a man with a code and that code demands vengeance.

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Comic Spotlight: Bettie Page Dynamite Covers Collection
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Bettie Page Dynamite Covers Collection
Art by Joseph Michael Linsner, Jim Balent, Scott Chantler, Colton Worley, Greg Hildebrandt, and Terry & Rachel Dodson
Cover Art by Terry & Rachel Dodson
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: April 3, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

I have been a lifelong fan of Bettie Page and must admit that the zany adventure comics that Dynamite has been producing with her as the leading lady have entertained me to no end.

More than just a pretty face, Bettie has saved the world several times over. Her uncommon wit and ability to handle herself have made these new comics ongoing favorites of mine. It is because of that love that I wanted to alert you to the Bettie Page Dynamite Covers Collection.

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Comic Review: Jim Henson’s The StoryTeller: Sirens #1
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Jim Henson’s The StoryTeller: Sirens #1
Written by Bartosz Sztybor
Art by Jakub Rebelka
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover by Cory Godbey
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: April 3, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

I honestly have not paid too much attention to the comics involving The Jim Henson Company. I guess I always associated them with the Muppets and therefore failed to engage with them. How wrong I was.

Jim Henson’s The StoryTeller: Sirens #1 is produced by Archaia Entertainment and is actually related to the television series of the same name from the eighties. I actually do not remember the show but I was seventeen when it started so that probably explains it; I was always busy back then.

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Comic Review: Bad Luck Chuck #1
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Bad Luck Chuck #1
Written by Lela Gwenn
Art by Matthew Dow Smith
Colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters by Frank Cvetkovic
Cover by Matthew Dow Smith
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

What do you get when you combine a bad attitude with entropy at its ugliest? Bad Luck Chuck #1 is what. Chaos incarnate, available for a price, that is exactly what she is and she is damn good at it, too. She might be cursed but Charlene “Chuck” Manchester has found a way to make a living from it.

Unfortunately for her, she is a natural disaster in human form and that has not gone unnoticed. Her arrival and the subsequent destruction that follows has caught the attention of at least one person who is determined to catch her in the act. The only problem with that plan is that she apparently never leaves any evidence of the prosecutable sort. To be fair, though, the reader is left with the feeling she could not care less.

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Comic Spotlight: Calamity Kate #1
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Calamity Kate #1
Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Art by Corin Howell
Colors by Valentina Pinto
Letters by Zakk Saam
Cover by Corin Howell
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 13, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

I stumbled upon Calamity Kate #1 completely by accident but I could not be happier! Loaded with sheer fun and an unabashed acceptance of asskickery, this comic does Dark Horse Comics proud.

By serving up a heroine in the form of Kate Strand, monster hunter extraordinaire, we are treated to an adventure that has both boundless energy and a wide field of play. For you see, she seeks to slay the original fiends and not just their progeny.

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