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WhiteDeath-prev-01This is a re-print from Image Comics and one of the first things you will notice about this graphic novel is that the art is done by Charlie Adlard (@CharlieAdlard), artist of The Walking Dead, and that the technique of the art is a high-end style charcoal/chalk on grey paper. Adlard’s art “style” is paired nicely with this technique. Also, the technique lends well to the snowy landscape that is the backdrop of this peek into WWI at the Italian front. Who is the writer? Robbie Morrison (@robbiegmorrison) , writer of Dr. Who. He packs in drama, irony, and even a bit of humor in a way that leaves an impression. I will be looking for more of his work.

I watched the televised version of The Walking Dead before ever having glanced at the comic books and I enjoyed the show immensely. Read More…

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BITCH PLANET

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Kelly Sue DeConnick -script

Valentine De Landro -art

Cris Peter -colors

Clayton Cowles -letters

ex·ploi·ta·tion
ˌekˌsploiˈtāSH(ə)n/

1.       the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work

2.       the action of making use of and benefiting from resources.

The complex dish that is the exploitation genre of books/films is not for everyone. Usually you love it or hate it. I love it and I tend to think that those that hate it just don’t understand it.  Bitch Planet is a riot. I mean literally a RIOT (uprising, insurrection, disturbance, etc…) and it is delightful.
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DayBlack

Beneath the polluted clouds of DayBlack, Georgia, exists a murderer. After hundreds of years of killing to survive, he no longer wants to simply exist . . . he wants to live. DayBlack is the story of Merce, a former slave who was bitten by a vampire in the cotton fields. Four hundred years later, he works as a tattoo artist in the small town of DayBlack. The town has a sky so dense with pollution that the sun is nowhere to be seen, allowing Merce to move about freely, night or day. Even darker than the clouds are the dreams he’s been having that are causing him to fall asleep at the most awkward times (even while he’s tattooing someone). As he struggles to decipher his dreams, someone from his past returns with plans for him–plans that will threaten his new way of life and turn him back into the cold-hearted killer he once was.                    –Netgalley.com

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This book has a spot in my heart. When I first began reading it, I was reading at a snail’s pace because I think my mind was trying to catch up with the fact that this was unlike any comic I had read before …and it was amazing. The art of Keef Cross [@KEEFCROSS] is like some of the best folk art I’ve ever seen mixed with some eclectic and mind-blowing tattoo art. The frames are well placed and paced…as one would expect when the artist is also the writer. It may be that the fact that this graphic novel is both written and drawn by Cross that makes it so flawless. It could also be the fresh concept of the book that makes it so special. While vampire centric stories are anything but a fresh concept– this story of a vampire that was “turned” while working a cotton field and is now working as a tattoo artist in a place that is without any day-light, is truly unique and written brilliantly.Read More…

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YOUNG

TERRORISTS

Eye-catching title, right? The first, graphic novel sized, 80 page issue of Young Terrorists has more than an attention grabbing title and cover art.  The story has explosions, daring escapes, conspiracies, shadow groups, mega-media corporations, and a bombastic Web news reporter (think Glenn Beck) trying to link up all the details into a more honest picture than the mainstream media cover-up stories, but he’s also trying to make a buck by causing widespread paranoia and spreading hatred under the name of conservatism.YoungTerrorists_01_Proof-ThirdEye-600x928

Writer: Matt Pizzolo 

Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan

Color Artist: Jean-Paul Csuka

Letterer: Jim Campbell

Price: $6.99 (USD)

 

For this reason and many more, the first issue has sold out in most comic shops though it just came out on August 19th. Never fear, the publisher announced the title was going into second printing (Young Terrorists #2: APR151164 | Out on 9/16) and some issues are still at local book stores…got my copy from Barnes and Noble.

So, why do you want to read a comic about/called young terrorists? You mean to say you haven’t seen Homeland? That’s ok, this isn’t Homeland…this is something else entirely. Read More…

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Batgirl

BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE

Welcome to Burnside! Burnside is Gotham’s coolest new neighborhood with trendy spots, yogilates, and boutique coffee. Sounds a lot like some of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago touting street art and an eclectic mix of shops. But while Hyde and Wicker Park is home to many a cool hipster, none of them are BATGIRL!

Batgirl, Barbra “Babs” Gordon, is the newest resident and she is trending. I mean, quite literally, she is now a Batgirl that has to adapt to her surroundings and embrace social media to protect/promote her image, which tech savvy villains are threatening. This book comprises Batgirl #35-40 and a flashback to Barbara’s origins from Secret Origins #10.Read More…

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DayBlack #5

It’s not rare for a 400-year-old vampire to be haunted by his past. Unfortunately, for Merce, he has just awakened to his biggest nightmare … his long-thought dead brother, Bryce! – Comixology.com

Family Drama…

DayBlack Volume 2, Issue #5 starts with a flash back to Merce’s past, before he became a vampire. We learn more about his relationship with Nell and why/how he lost her. Read more…

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