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Comic Review: Ragnarok: Last God Standing Vol. 1 TPB
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Ragnarok: Last God Standing Vol.1 TPB

Ragnarok: Last God Standing Vol. 1 TPB
Story and Art by Walter Simonson
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by John Workman
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 25, 2017
Cover Price: $19.99

When someone mentions the name Thor these days, most folks immediately start thinking of a certain comic book superhero that has been in a few movies lately. If I were to speak the word Ragnarok, then those same people would think I speak of the newest film in that hero’s franchise. But trust me, Ragnarok: Last God Standing Vol. 1 is so much more than that.

In this story, Ragnarok is a thing of the past. Centuries before the start of our tale, the gods and their foes have waged their war across the nine realms and have managed to mostly kill one another off. Entire civilizations have fallen, leaving the survivors to suffer and do anything to survive. Powers still exist but they are far less prominent than before the end times.

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Comic Spotlight: Locke & Key: Heaven and Earth Deluxe Hardcover Edition
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Locke & Key: Heaven And Earth Deluxe Hardcover Edition
Written by Joe Hill
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
Colors by Jay Fotos
Letters by Robbie Robbins
IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 16, 2017
Price: $9.27

It has been a pleasure to watch Locke & Key blossom over the years. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have consistently astounded me and not once managed to disappoint me with this series. So when IDW Publishing decided to compile Locke & Key: Heaven And Earth Deluxe Hardcover Edition, I was understandably excited. There is more than just a few choice bits here, these are some hard to find stories being made available again.

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Comic Spotlight: Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets Of Donald J. Trump
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Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets Of Donald J. Trump
Hardcover | Kindle
Story and Art by Shannon Wheeler
IDW Publishing | Top Shelf Productions
Release Date: August 15, 2017

In my world, as I’m sure it is in yours, when someone drops an LOL into a text or tweet, it is often because they have nothing else to say and want to let you know they saw it. In Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets Of Donald J. Trump, however, I absolutely laughed out loud. Maybe it was the tweets or maybe it was the hilarious illustrations from author Shannon Wheeler. But whatever it was, it had me in stitches.

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Comic Book Spotlight: Time & Vine #1
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Time & Vine #1
Story and Art by Thom Zahler
Colors by Luigi Anderson
Covers by Thom Zahler
IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Footloose and fancy free. That is the first phrase that comes to mind when reading Time & Vine #1. If someone I knew had direct access to time travel and it involved imbibing wine, I would be all in. No hesitation, nothing. Just give me a drink and let’s go enjoy the ride.

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Comic Book Spotlight: Clue #2
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Clue #2
Written by Paul Allor
Art by Nelson Daniel
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Cover by Derek Charm, Nelson Daniel, Nick Roche & Nelson Daniel
IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

I certainly hope you took my advice last month and read the first issue of this series because Clue #2 is where the action is and I would hate to think you were not up to speed with the goings on after the death of A. Boddy. With so many suspects, though, it will be difficult for the two detectives on site to catch the villain. And now, one more person is found murdered!

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Comic Spotlight: Clue #1
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Clue #1
Written by Paul Allor
Art by Nelson Daniel
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Cover by Gabriel Rodriguez, Valentina Pinto
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 7, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

I really shouldn’t have to even explain the concept here. Few people are unfamiliar with this game and hopefully they have even seen the amazing cult classic (or at least it should be) motion picture released in the eighties. Clue #1 is the very first comic adaptation of the Hasbro game of which I have a multitude of variations in my possession.

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Comic Spotlight: Kull Eternal #1
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Kull Eternal #1
Kull created by Robert E. Howard
Written by Tom Waltz
Art by Luca Pizzari
Colors by Triona Tree Farrell
Letters by Christa Miesner
Covers by Luca Pizzari, Alex Sanchez and Triona Tree Farrell, Xermanico, Jheremy Raapack and Jay Fotos, Julio Das Pastoras
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 28, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

It is not often that I get to talk about the creations of Robert E. Howard unless we are discussing Conan. You can therefore imagine my glee when I saw this in the lists! Kull Eternal #1 is a fresh start to an old character and it has all the earmarks of a fun tale!

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Comic Spotlight: Kill Shakespeare – Past Is Prologue: Juliet #1
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Kill Shakespeare – Past is Prologue: Juliet #1
Written by Conor McCreery
Art by Corin Howell
Colors by Shari Chankahamma
Letters by Chris Mowry
Standard Cover by Simon Davis
Subscription Cover by Adam Gorham and Shari Chankahamma
IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Few comics turn the literary world into their own playground like this one, folks. In Kill Shakespeare – Past is Prologue: Juliet #1 the reader gets a dose of what happens when you deify a playwright. This is not your parent’s Shakespeare; not in any way, shape, or form.

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Comic Spotlight: Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #6
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Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #6
Dirk Gently created by Douglas Adams
Written by Arvind Ethan David
Illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis
Colors by Charlie Kirchoff
Letters by Shawn Lee
Executive Producer: Max Landis
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release date: March 22, 2017
Print | Digital

In 2015, IDW Publishing launched an ongoing comic book series for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, based on the works of Douglas Adams. This was to be a lead-up to the BBC America television series of the same name, which debuted last year. After the first miniseries, the TV show’s executive producer Arvind Ethan David, who had been serving as co-editor on the comic, took over writing duties for the next arc “A Spoon Too Short,” with art by Ilias Kyriazis and colors by Charlie Kirchoff. This next wave also had the distinction of having Max Landis, the television show’s writer and executive producer, on board as executive producer.

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Comic Spotlight: Ghostbusters 101 #1
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Ghostbusters 101 #1
Written by Erik Burnham
Illustrated by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio Delgado
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release date: March 22, 2017
Print | Digital

IDW Publishing has launched a new Ghostbusters comic book series, adding to their long list of series for the franchise. This time around, Ghostbusters 101 will bring the world of the original team from the 1980s movies together with the “Answer The Call” crew from the 2016 film, along with some of the characters created for the comic-book universe.

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