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Comic Review: Santeria: The Goddess Kiss #1
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Santeria: The Goddess Kiss #1

Santeria: The Goddess Kiss #1
Written by David Wohl
Art by Giuseppe Cafaro
Colors by Wes Hartman
Aspen Comics
Release Date: March 16, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

I seldom get the opportunity to review an Aspen Comics issue. Let me take that back. I seldom seize the opportunity to review one of Aspen’s comics and I honestly do not know why. They are well-written, exquisitely drawn, and they really remind me of the way comics were a major focus in my life decades ago. I’m seriously going to have to carve out the necessary time to review more of these amazing monthlies.

But let’s get down to brass tacks, shall we? Let me tell you why this comic, Santeria: The Goddess Kiss #1, has rekindled the fire I had for Aspen Comics.

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Comic Review: Fathom #2
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Fathom #2Fathom #2
Created by Michael Turner
Plot by David Wohl and Frank Mastromauro
Script by David Wohl
Pencils by Alex Konat
Digital Inks by Mark Roslan
Color by Beth Sotelo
Lettering by Josh Reed
Covers by (A) Alex Konat & John Starr, (B) Paul Renaud, (C) J. Scott Campbell, (D) Alex Konat & Peter Steigerwald
Aspen Comics
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The first thing I think of when I hear the name Michael Turner is fantastic artwork. And even now, five years after the loss of this great comic artist, his legacy lives on in Fathom #2. This is the fifth volume of the series and it has continued to be a beautiful tribute to the founder of Aspen Comics. I have no doubt he would be just as pleased with this as I was.

This issue starts off with a brief look at a very remote city that is populated by a race known as the Blue. Their leader, a terrifyingly beautiful woman, has been grooming a young girl as a weapon of enormous power by enhancing her already superior genetics. Half a world away, our protagonist, Aspen Matthews, has engaged in an undersea battle with half a dozen water-breathing combatants who seem hell bent on killing her. Using her innate powers of water manipulation, she attempts to disperse their attack. Unknown to Aspen, however, her opponents also have a few tricks up their sleeves, metaphorically speaking that is.

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Comic Review: Legend Of The Shadow Clan #4
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Legend of the Shadow Clan #4Legend of the Shadow Clan #4
Written by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven
Illustrated by Cory Smith
Colored by John Starr
Lettered by Josh Reed
Covers by Cory Smith and John Starr
Aspen Comics
Release Date: May 8, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Holy ninja throwing star! Legend of the Shadow Clan #4 is exactly how a penultimate issue for a story-arc should resemble. Aspen Comics truly has a gem with this urban ninja story written by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven with art from Cory Smith.

The fourth issue begins right where the third’s cliffhanger left off: teenage wonder-child, Morgan Himura is attacked by a group of heavily armed ninja assassins at a dance club in Chelsea, Manhattan. Able to fend them off with some kick-butt, innate action moves—with a little help from the mysterious twin sisters—she soon meets up with her brother, Braydon and their secretive grandfather who are also on the run from ninjas. Meanwhile, during his investigation of the disappearance of a friend, their younger brother, Pogo, uses his expert hacking skills and makes a startling discovery that will place his siblings and grandfather in immediate jeopardy. Questions are answered and more emerge as the Himura children fight for their lives while their parents are in the custody of the very man responsible for the attacks: Koji Tokurei.

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Comic Review: Homecoming #3
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Homecoming #3Homecoming #3
Written by David Wohl
Art by Emilio Laiso
Colors by Brett Smith
Letters by Josh Reed
Created by Michael Turner, David Wohl, Brad Foxhoven, and Scott Lobdell
Aspen Comics
Release Date: January 23, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

A meteorite has crashed in the Mojave Desert. Local radio DJ Tom “The Talking Tornado” Vinson tracks the meteorite and meets a mysterious death. The Feds — the whole alphabet soup of agencies — investigate the site and the deaths of Vinson and two local deputies. Their question as they look at this “meteor crash” site is not just what killed the three men, but where did it go?

In previous issues of Homecoming, we were introduced to Celeste Lee, a high school girl who inexplicably showed up at her old house after she went missing ten years earlier. Only now she has strange, alien powers and a bad case of amnesia. The house’s new occupant, Hunter, took in Celeste and enrolled her in high school with him. Now, Celeste’s mother, Carla, shows up and the two try to piece together their experience 10 years ago.

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Comic Review: Homecoming #1
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Homecoming #1Homecoming #1
Written by David Wohl and Scott Lobdell
Art by Emilio Laiso
Colors by Brett Smith and Stefani Rennee
Letters by Josh Reed
Aspen Comics
Release Date: August, 15, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Hunter Wilson is your typical American geeky high school student. He worries about getting good grades and getting a date for the big dance, plays lots of video games, and has a blonde attractive alien lady show up stark naked in his swimming pool. Wait, what?? I smell a premise. Thankfully, it is in an endearing one in the capable hands of writers David Wohl and Scott Lobdell who seem to really dig aliens and teenagers in the least creepy way possible.

To to set up Homecoming #1, readers are given a magazine article from ten years ago which explains that a mother and daughter went missing under unusual circumstances. It seems it could have been Mom’s abusive boyfriend or an alien spacecraft. When Celeste Lee, the little girl who disappeared ten years ago, shows up at Hunter’s house with only the knowledge that she was with scary folks, she has returned to her old home for a reason, and has super powers, it is obvious which culprit for the kidnapping seems to be the best choice.

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Comic Review: ‘Darkness Origins’ Volume 1
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By The Canadian Titan

Top Cows: Darkness Origins, Vol. 1Darkness Origins
Volume 1 (Paperback)
Written by Garth Ennis & David Wohl
Art by Marc Silvestri
Top Cow Productions
Release Date: March 24, 2010

What would you do if when you turned 21 you inherited more than a namesake or a family fortune? For Jackie Estacado this was the case. Jackie was a hitman for the Franchetti mob that his Uncle Frankie ran, and with his 21st birthday only a couple of days away, he had no idea what was in store for him, only The Darkness knew!

Jackie was at the top of his game he loved driving fast cars and spending time with an assortment of women, and eating in fancy restaurants when he wasn’t taking care of business for the family. Being adopted at a young age by his uncle and never knowing his father due to the fact that he passed away before Jackie was born, Jackie held a lot of anger toward his father. The reason why awaits you in the book. (I would hate to spoil it for the readers). As Jackie turns 21, The Darkness emerges presenting itself and all the power that goes along with it. Being submerged into a battle that has been going on for centuries with a being known as the Angelus, Jackie must learn to use his powers and learn all the things that come with it whether good or bad.

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