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Book Review: Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours By David Mack
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Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By David Mack
Publisher: Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster
Release date: September 26, 2017

With the premiere of an all-new Star Trek television series this week comes its first tie-in novel, Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, which is set one year before the events of the new show. The book introduces us to Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman who was raised on Vulcan, just as she’s elevated to Acting First Officer of the Starship Shenzhou, serving under Captain Philippa Georgiou.

With orders from Starfleet Command, the U.S.S. Shenzhou is en route to help Sirsa III, where a drilling operation has inadvertently awoken an ancient alien leviathan hidden deep within the planet’s seas that has attacked the Federation colony from below. To assist, the U.S.S. Enterprise, commanded by Captain Christopher Pike with Lt. Spock as Second Officer, is also on the way to the planet, where they learn that the regional government has not exactly been on the up and up with the Federation. There’s little time before the ancient vessel destroys the planet and then moves on to conquering other worlds, so the crews of both starships must work together quickly to learn enough about their new enemy to eliminate its deadly threat.

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Comic Review: Children Of The Fall By Wayne T. Young
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Children of the Fall
Writer: Wayne T. Young
Artist/ Colorer/ Letterer: Wayne T. Young
Gallery Artists: Dave Dorman, Liam Sharp, David Mack
Arcana Studios
80 pages
September, 2017
Cover Price: $14.95

Mankind has fallen and what is left is a warring, violent wasteland. Lin and her sister Kay, daughters of one of the most powerful warlords, are trying to make their way to Valhalla, when they encounter a gunfighter. The gunfighter is charged with bringing her back to her father, the last place Lin wants to go after her mother’s death, but when they are attacked and they save each other, there are a few surprises soon revealed.

More on Children of the Fall, the debut graphic novel by Wayne T. Young below.

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2016: Comics Books and Graphic Novels
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Holiday Comics Gift Guide 2016

It’s Christmastime for the comic book fan in your life and as always, there is a wealth of titles out there to give as gifts this year. Below is what we like to think is a good list of comics and graphic novels for a variety of readers, be they art lovers, new readers, or people just looking for something new. So dive in, take a look and get ready to make someone happy when they unwrap their gift.

See here below for our Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2016 for Comic Books and Graphic Novels.

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Comic Review: Kabuki Library Edition Volume 4
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Kabuki Library Edition Volume 4
Written by David Mack
Art by David Mack (with Rick Mays)
Cover by David Mack
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: November 2, 2016
Cover Price: $39.99

There are an amazing quantity of folks that I appreciate for one reason or another. Some are writers, others are artists, and even a few are activists. But no one person covers the full range like David Mack. I have been a fan ever since I first discovered his Kabuki comics when they were being published by Caliber Press back in the nineties. Many publishers and opuses later, Mack has become one of the most prolific of all comicdom’s creators. With his latest release, Kabuki Library Edition Volume 4, he concludes his large, heavy bound editions of his iconic characters and their tales.

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Dark Horse Comics Releases For March 30, 2016
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Dark Horse releases

Below you’ll find the solicitations information and cover artwork for all of Dark Horse Comics comic book titles that were released on March 30, 2016. This month has two different Conan comics! Not to mention the last Fight Club 2. So dig in, March is ending with a bang!

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Titan Comics Releases For March 9, 2016
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Titan Comics releases

Welcome, readers! Here you’ll find this week’s releases from Titan Comics! I’m still a huge fan of Heroes, so this week makes me extremely happy. Add in some Doctor Who and it’s a done deal! Check all the new titles out here below!

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Comic Review: Alice Cooper, Volume 1: Welcome To My Nightmare
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Alice Cooper, Volume 1: Welcome To My Nightmare

Alice Cooper, Volume 1: Welcome To My Nightmare
Written by Joe Harris and Brandon Jerwa (issue 6)
Art by Eman Casallos and Nacho Tenorio (issue 6)
Colors by Aikau Oliva
Inks by Sergio Mora (issue 6)
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by David Mack
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Cover Price: $24.99

Metal heads rejoice! Alice Cooper Volume 1: Welcome To My Nightmare is now available as a graphic novel! Collecting the first six issues of the series, this comic is everything you would expect from Alice Cooper. From the over-the-top ideas to the humorous and the horrific, you won’t be disappointed. It looks like the stage presentation was adapted for sequential art, and then embellished a tad.

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Comic Review: Fight Club 2 #2
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Fight Club 2 #2
Fight Club 2 #2
Written by Chuck Palahniuk
Art by Cameron Stewart
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Nate Piekos
Cover Art by David Mack and Francesco Francavilla
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 24, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

You know that saying “You are your own worst enemy?” Well, no one knows that as well as the guy who’s currently calling himself Sebastian. You might know him from his exploits a decade ago. But this story is unfolding in the newest installment: Fight Club 2 #2. Because if you crack the candy(ass) coating you’ll get a long, dark look at Tyler Durden lurking right below the surface. He is buried inside, right? Hunh, well maybe not.

If you find yourself unfamiliar with Chuck Palahniuk‘s Fight Club then shame on you, there’s really no excuse for that kind of behavior. When we are done here I expect you to go grab a copy and read it. And no, watching the movie does not count. Because as sure as I am sitting here listening to Filter, you NEED to embrace the awesomeness that is Chuck P. So much twisted goodness that you won’t know what to do. But I digress. Let’s chat about this comic, shall we?

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Comic Review: Fight Club 2 #1
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Fight Club 2 #1 review
Fight Club 2 #1
Script by Chuck Palahniuk
Art by Cameron Stewart
Colors by by Dave Stewart
Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by David Mack
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 27, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

‘Destiny has a pesky way of catching up’

For a sequel that divided the Space Monkeys, Fight Club 2 #1 is a sucker punch to the face that reminds you why you joined the club in the first place. You know which one. What? We’re all rule breakers here. Author Chuck Palahniuk being the biggest one, who after years of saying there’d never be a sequel to his breakout novel and it’s subsequent film adaptation, has crafted something real special. But with Palahniuk’s sense of humor, this continuation we’ve begged for or bemoaned may lead us to his particular brand of surprises. Like Rant’s momma who baked her meals with shards of glass and nails, Palahniuk makes you chew on every page from the start.

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Comic Review: Dream Logic
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Dream Logic by David Mack
Dream Logic
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written and Illustrated by David Mack
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Cover Price: $34.99

David Mack has long been one of my favorite comic creators. I fell in love with his unique storytelling when I first discovered his Kabuki comics in the mid-nineties. The art was breathtaking, not your usual fare of comic art. And while it featured a female protagonist, there was none of the “over the top” sexuality and objectification that so many comics had then (and still have today). Kabuki was a strong, but flawed, woman who was able to shape her own destiny. As it turns out, this character exudes many of the same traits and strengths that enabled David Mack to become the influence he is today. To me, Dream Logic is more than Mack’s first publication with Dark Horse Comics…it’s all about the artist baring his soul to his readers.

Compiling all of the individual Dream Logic comics published earlier this decade, this beautifully hardbound book contains a wide array of sketches, artwork, and new stories. It’s the stories that really wreak havoc on your heart, though. It’s obvious very quickly that Mack had a different upbringing than many of us. He was driven to create, even at an early age. But it’s the tales of a child growing up in less than ideal circumstances that really have a profound effect on the reader. So much of what he has written in this and other texts speaks to his early tumultuous life, only with this book he shows us how he grew past it all, embracing the past to create a better future for himself.

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