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Comic Spotlight: Dungeons & Dragons: Evil At Baldur’s Gate #1
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Dungeons & Dragons: Evil At Baldur’s Gate #1
Print Edition | Digital
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Dean Kotz
Colors by Stefani Rennee
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Covers by Max Dunbar and Joanna Lafuente, Dean Kotz and Joanna Lafuente, Dean Kotz, Max Dunbar
IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Straight from the hip, there is nothing serious about Dungeons & Dragons: Evil At Baldur’s Gate #1 except that it is seriously fun. Imagine, if you will, that we had a mashup of the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon with Teen Titans Go! and it was presented in comic book form. That is essentially what we have here. It’s certainly entertaining, but also, just as certainly, not deep in plot or characters.

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Comic Spotlight: Charlie Brown Hardcover
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Charlie Brown Hardcover
Written by Charles M. Schulz, Jason Cooper, Jeff Dyer, Bob Scott, Justin Thompson, Vicki Scott, Shane Houghton
Art by Charles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, Scott Jeralds, Justin Thompson, Mona Koth, Andy Hirsh, Matt Whitlock
Colors by Nina Taylor Kester, Lisa Moore, Art Roche, Donna Almendrala
Letters by Steve Wands, Alexis E. Fajardo, Donna Almendrala
Cover by Charles M. Schulz, with design by Kara Leopard
KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Release Date: April 4, 2018
Cover Price: $14.99

I can never resist anything Peanuts related, so when KaBOOM! sent out a list that included Charlie Brown Hardcover it was fated that I at least bring it to your attention.

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Comic Spotlight: James Bond: M (One Shot Special)
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James Bond: M (One Shot Special)
Written by Declan Shalvey
Art by PJ Holden
Colors by Dearbhla Kelly
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 21, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99

When you think of the James Bond films or really any of Ian Fleming’s 007 tales, you think of cool cars, quirky bad guys, and amazing gadgets. But James Bond: M, a new one-shot comic from Dynamite Entertainment, approaches things a little differently. This time it is all about the man behind the agent.

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Comic Spotlight: Black Betty #1
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Black Betty #1
Written by Shawn Gabborin
Art by Michela Da Sacco
Colors by Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila
Covers by Michela Da Sacco, Marco Maccagni, Dan Mendoza
Action Lab Comics: Danger Zone
Release Date: February 14, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99

I just stumbled onto this one, folks. Interesting thing about Black Betty #1 is that we start off seeing her use her power and she’s just as confused as we are. Black Betty is not just a paranormal bounty hunter, she’s also got a neat little retro vibe going on. She is a fixer of the highest order but she’s not free.

I am curious to see where this character goes based on the first issue. I liked it but it really kept me in the dark, even ending on a high note. Give it a whirl, you fight find it as enticing as I did.

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Comic Spotlight: Jane
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Jane
Written by Aline Brosh McKenna
Art by Ramon K. Perez
Archaia Entertainment
Boom! Studios
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Cover Price: $24.99

I’m a bit late to this party, friends. But I can tell you that it was worth waiting for, without any reservations. Jane is inspired by the classic Jane Eyre but this graphic novel is a work of art unto itself. I have no idea why I waited so long to pick it up but I would literally kick myself if I could, no pun intended.

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Comic Spotlight: Koshchei The Deathless #1
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Koshchei The Deathless #1
Written by Mike Mignola
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Stewart
Cover by Mike Mignola
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 3, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

In a time where the entire world’s information is available at our fingertips, it’s comforting to know that Hellboy will sit around with his enemies and chat. Origin stories can be difficult to incorporate, especially when it’s a character that is not as prevalent as others might be. Thanks to creators Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck, we get a deep dive into the life and times of an immortal killer in Koshchei The Deathless #1.

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Comic Spotlight: Rasputin: The Voice Of The Dragon #1
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Rasputin: The Voice Of The Dragon
Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Art by Christopher Mitten
Colors by Dave Stewart
Cover by Mike Huddleston
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Nothing brings to mind evil like the idea of Nazis. The righteous anger that flows at the mere mention of the name is true, especially in the world of Hellboy. But alongside that is another name that conjures up similar ire and fear: Rasputin. In Mike Mignola‘s Rasputin: The Voice Of The Dragon #1, we witness an allegiance form of the most diabolical sorts.

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Comic Spotlight: Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #1 (Of 5)
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Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #1 (of 5)
Written by Shawn Aldridge
Art by Rapha Lobosco
Colors by Chris O’Halloran
Letters by Crank!
Covers by Jenny Frison, Goran Sudzuka, Fran Strukan
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Cassie Hack and Vampirella in the same comic? Yes, please! First in a five-part series, Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #1 takes place on the Vegas strip with both of these lovely ladies (and Vlad) seeking the same killer.

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Comic Spotlight: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter #1
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Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter #1
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Tom Mandrake
Colors by Sian Mandrake
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Mike Perkins and Andy Troy, Tom Mandrake and Sian Mandrake
Titan Comics
Release Date: September 27, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

These days it is zombie this and zombie that. But once upon a time, vampires were a far bigger deal and horror fans would pack movie theaters and buy the books like crazy. And I do not mean those sparkly little pansy vampires, either. They should never have existed! Anyway, in Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter #1 we get a glimpse of those fiends of yesteryear.

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Comic Spotlight: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook
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Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld
Art by Joshua Cassara
Colors by Luis Guerrero
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Joshua Cassara & Luis Guerrero
Full color, 128 pages
Titan Comics
Release date: September 19, 2017

This week sees the release of Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook,, which collects issues #1-5 of the Titan Comics comic book series Mycroft Holmes co-written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yes, that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the basketball star extraordinaire.

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