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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: 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 Review: Stringers #1
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Stringers #1

Stringers #1
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Justin Greenwood
Colors by Ryan Hill
Letters by Crank!
Oni Comics
Release Date: August 26, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Oni Press focuses on publishing what they dub “real mainstream,” avoiding superhero tropes. Stringers is a new dramatic series that gathers the talents of Marc Guggenheim, Justin Greenwood, and Ryan Hill. Guggenheim has a long list of writing credits that span Marvel, DC, video games, and Hollywood screenplays, and he’s a co-showrunner of Arrow. Stringers is the second title he’s launched with Oni Press, which publishes Stumptown, also drawn by Justin Greenwood, colored by Ryan Hill, and lettered by Crank!

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Comic Review: Hellbreak #5
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Hellbreak #5

Hellbreak #5
Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Brian Churilla
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Crank!
Cover by Brian Churilla
Oni Press
Release Date: July 22, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

What a wild ride this has been! Hellbreak #5 continues a tale that seems to have more twists and turns than a theme park roller coaster. We’ve known for a while that there are a seemingly endless amount of hells out there, most being tailored to the individual soul being tormented. But this issue presents the reader with far more than a straight forward search and recovery style mission.

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Comic Review: The Life After #1
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The Life After #1
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated and Colored by Gabo
Lettered by Crank!
Cover by Gabo
Oni Press
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

When dullness of life seems ever-present, it becomes increasingly necessary to make a sudden change. In Oni Press’s newest ongoing series, The Life After, creator Joshua Hale Fialkov constructs a surreal existence for his protagonist, who finds himself caught in a constant flow of past, present, and future history — a reality of his own doing; or is it?

The beginning of the comic spans time and space through brilliant scene-to-scene transitions that exemplify the monotony of Jude’s life to an outstanding measure. The repetitive current of living continues daily, everything our hero experiences always seems to be slightly off or second best; until he makes a conscious effort to walk off of the bus — inadvertently altering the course of his life.

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Comic Review: The Answer #4
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The Answer #4The Answer #4
Story by Dennis Hopeless & Mike Norton
Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Mike Norton
Colors by Mark Englert
Letters by Crank!
Publisher: Mike Richardson
Editor: Patrick Thorpe
Assistant Editor: Everett Patterson
Designer: Adam Grano
Production: Christianee Goudreau
Cover by Mike Norton & Dominic Marco
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 24, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The Answer #4 is a perfect ending to this great mini-series. It’s got everything you’d want. Except answers. No, not THAT Answer, it’s got plenty of him.

Dennis Hopeless turns in another great script from a story by himself and Mike Norton. Up until this point, things have been a little confusing about just what’s going on with The Answer, Devin, Chip, and the rest of the cast. In this issue, everything you thought you know gets turned on it’s ear. We get explanations and more importantly, more questions. It’s a great issue with some razor sharp dialogue, some great action, even more great mysteries and some classic humor.

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Comic Review: The Answer! #3
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The Answer! #3The Answer! #3
Story by Dennis Hopeless & Mike Norton
Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Mike Norton
Colors by Mark Englert
Letters by Crank!
Cover by Mike Norton
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

While The Answer! #3 doesn’t really answer any questions (It actually brings up more questions), it’s a damn fine entertaining comic nonetheless.

Dennis Hopeless and Mike Norton have really done what they’ve set out to do: entertain me. Sure, along the way they’ll also entertain thousands of other people, but that’s just gravy. In this third chapter of the I wish it wasn’t a mini-series, all hell breaks loose as we go inside the pretty scary place where all the smart people work. But, who better to save her then The Answer? Of course, he’s got to save himself first, which may be easier said than done. This comic book is just plain FUN. Remember what that was like? When “fun” wasn’t a dirty word in the comics industry. Well, it shouldn’t be and that’s what this book is. From cover to cover, you’re going to do nothing but smile and be entertained at just how awesome The Answer is!

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Comic Review: Revival #7
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Revival #7Revival #7
Story by Tim Seeley
Art by Mike Norton
Colors by Mark Englert
Letters by Crank!
Edited by 4 Star Studios
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Jenny Frison
Image Comics
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

After reading the last issue, I didn’t think Revival #7 could get any creepier. All right, I was wrong. WAY wrong.

Writer Tim Seeley does a great job of rewarding long-time readers, and that’s something that’s pretty rare in current comic writing. Yes, anyone coming into this issue might be a little confused at first, but they should be caught up and into the story by about the first third of the book. In this issue we get some pay off to a storyline that’s been running since the beginning and, of course, we get a couple more mysteries thrown into out faces out of left field. One of the things that I love the most is that Seeley is an artist himself, and he knows how to write for an artist. Sure, it’s an artist that’s sitting in the same studio with him, but I really think that’s a huge plus for the overall entertainment value of the book. This issue is packed with some great suspenseful moments, ones that you just don’t get in comics right now. Thankfully, they’re not the kind of “chainsaw busting through someone’s skull” moments, they’re more the “who’s behind that door” moments. Although, don’t get me wrong, there is PLENTY of gore for anyone who’s looking for it. PLENTY.

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Comic Review: Revival #6
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Revival #6Revival #6
Story by Tim Seeley
Art by Mike Norton
Colors by Mark Englert
Letters by Crank!
Edited by Four Star Studios
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Jenny Frison
Image Comics
Release Date: January 23, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

Comics really don’t get more weird than Revival #6. And I mean that in a GOOD way. From cover to cover, the mysteries only deepen this issue, and, I’m enjoying it so much, that I don’t care that we haven’t had any of them solved yet!

Thank you Tim Seeley!!! This issue is, by far, my favorite issue yet of this series. What should frustrate me, doesn’t. I’m a big mystery buff, and by six chapters in we logically should start getting some clues to just what’s going on, but we haven’t (OK, we probably have, but just don’t know it) and that’s FINE because this book is so damned entertaining!!! Things keep happening! Shocking things! Scary things! Strange things! But, it’s SO good that you really do just end up getting lost in this comic rather than trying to figure out just what they hell happened, who did it, and how it’s all going to be revealed. This is a VERY entertaining comic book, folks. In my opinion, the best issue of Revival so far!

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Comic Review: The Answer #1
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The Answer #1The Answer #1
Story by Mike Norton & Dennis Hopeless
Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Mike Norton
Colors by Mark Englert
Letters by Crank!
Cover by Mike Norton
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 23, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

After reading The Answer #1, I have more questions than when I started. Thankfully, one of the questions that I do NOT have is “will this book be entertaining enough to hold my interest?”

Dennis Hopeless and Mike Norton create a fun, entertaining, creative, and interesting universe in this premiere issue to the 4-issue limited series. The book opens with a flash forward to the end of the issue, and honestly, that almost NEVER works for me, except it did here, because, for once, you can’t figure thing out 3 pages into the book and the scene is more of a flash forward to the last few pages then to the ending. I’m a bigger fan of the books heroine, Devin, than I thought I’d be. She is the typical “nerd girl,” but she’s written SO well that I found her both interesting and endearing. I think my only problem with this book, comes in the amount of panels that The Answer actually appears in. Hopefully, in future issues, he’ll be in more. The character itself is VERY fun and a could be a new superhero archetype. But, we’ll have to figure him out, first.

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