An adaptation of award winning author and comics legend Peter David’s novel Artful, this Oliver Twist spin-off has a dark comedic twist: vampires. Mr. Fang is confronted by Van Helsing while Dodger and his new friend Drina search for Van Helsing’s son Bram. Plus there are vampires. Lots and lots of vampires.
32 pgs./ A / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Stilian, Grizzly and Veina plan their escape from the Barren Halls prison hold. But old grudges must first be burried and new fights must be picked. Stilian Desault must overcome an impossible wall and his own reputation if he is to make it out alive and recruit an old foe, Grizzly, to his cause. Even as events in the prison pan out and a dangerous new enemy is made, far away in the Rhool desert a pious man and a soldier seek to safeguard The Myros Pendulum from the band of Brigands out to steal it.
32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99
Christian has found his place with his new Circle of friends, but he soon finds out not everyone is what they seem. He will perform his first ritual and his first kill, and now he wants out!
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
The courageous Cougar and the cunning Cub are Megaville’s ferocious feline fighters, tussling with an outrageous rogues gallery and prowling the city for crime all the time. But when a slow night on the job turns into a saucy encounter in the sack, the age old question will finally be answered… WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SUPERHERO HAS SEX WITH THEIR SIDEKICK?
Don’t miss this sin-tillating new series from the creators of HOLY F*CK, with bombastic backups written by newcomer Rosie Knight!
Plumb the depths of passion with our Love Is Gross variant, or take a trip to the golden age with our Flashback Backup variant cover!
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Writer(s): Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (regular, Pin-up, and Pin-up sketch variant), Victoria Harris, Tony Fleecs, Josh Howard
Cover A – Dan Mendoza (unlimited)
Cover B – Pin-up variant cover (limited to 3000): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – Josh Howard variant cover (limited to 3000)
Cover D – Victoria Harris variant cover (limited to 3000)
Cover E – Tony Fleecs variant cover (limited to 3000)
Cover F – Mendoza Pin-up sketch variant cover (limited to 2000)
Cover G – Blank sketch variant cover (unlimited)
Debuting at Halloween ComicFest, creators Bryan Seaton and Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp) unleash the all-new breakout character Dollface in her own ongoing series with issues 1 & 2 combined into this special double-sized issue!
In the town of Boston, a witch-hunter lurks among the shadows, but this witch-hunter is like none you’ve ever seen. She is Lila, a 17th century soul that has been transported into present time and into the body of a life size, ball jointed doll, created by a couple of MIT students trying to use technology and a 3D printer to create the perfect women. Join in this super-sized debut issue and learn how she came to be known as Dollface, the ball jointed witch hunter.
Retailer exclusive covers are also available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
64 pgs./ M / FC $4.99
PUPPET MASTER #20
Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Marco Carrillo (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover A: Marco Carrillo (pencils/inks), Dan Olvera (colors)
Variant B: Standard Cover Sketch: Marco Carillo (pencils/inks)
Variant C: Hand Painted Cover: Kelly Williams (pencils/inks/colors)
Variant D: Glenn Lumsden (pencils/inks/colors)
Variant E: Interlocking Kill Cover (with Kill-A-Fan contest winners!) (Interlocks covers are the Halloween Special, #19, 20, & 21): Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks) , Gene Jimenez (colors)
Variant F: Interlocking Kill Cover Sketch (with Kill-A-Fan contest winners!): Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks)
More ghosts from Andre Toulon’s past come to light as he and the Retro Puppets dig deeper into the truths behind the Peterstown cult. The Great Transition is coming. Can Toulon and the Puppets stop it? Should they even try?
Variant and variant sketch covers limited to 1,500 copies each.
The Kill Cover interlocks with the Halloween Special, Issues #19, and 21!
32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
ZOMBIE TRAMP #31
Writer(s): Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Celor
Cover Artist(s): Celor (cover A – regular, B, E and F), Dan Mendoza (cover C-D)
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Celor
Cover C – variant (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover D – risqué variant (limited to 2500): Celor Dan Mendoza
Cover E – Vampblade variant (limited to 2000): Celor
Cover F – Vampblade risqué variant (limited to 2500): Celor
Janey and her road crew continue their battle with The Brotherhood of Monster Truckers, but when the monsters appear to be possessed by space parasites, it’s time to call on an old friend… or more like frenemy! Vampblade returns, fighting alongside Zombie Tramp this time!
Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including a pair of variants by Dan Mendoza and new series artist Celor!!
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Pete Dunne def. Sam Gradwell
Mark Andrews def. Joseph Conners
Wolfgang def. Trent Seven
Tyler Bate def. Jordan Devlin
Pete Dunne def. Mark Andrews
Tyler Bate def. Wolfgang
Neville def. Tommy End
Tyler Bate def. Pete Dunne to become the first United Kingdom Champion
Title: Ariol # 9 – The Teeth of the Rabbit
Writer: Emmanuel Guibert
Artist: Marc Boutavant
Colorist: Remi Chaurand
Translation: Joe Johnson
Lettering: Bryan Senka
Price: $ 12.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: Ariol is having gym class outside. It turns out one little donkey has trouble with heights.
Ariol and Ramono do have fun playing together. The kids do find some Christmas presents hidden away. That leads to problems for them both.
A trip to Granny’s leads to all sorts of excitement. Ariol has a wonderful time and so does all his family that were there.
Sometimes but rarely Ariol does not get into any trouble at all. He enjoys those moments since they are so few and far between.
We are shown that Ariol really does love Petula. Her does all kinds of crazy things to show himself he loves her and hopes she will love him back.
When the story focuses on the adults it moves slowly.
Ariol has fun doing his homework and he also gets to play with Petula and her friend. He also ends up causing trouble. It is fun to watch Ariol as he has fun.
Ariol and Ramono you will not believe the stuff they do and get into. Ariol gets an e-mail and finds sending and receiving them is a complicated matter for a little donkey.
The anamorphic art is fun to see. The characters are amazingly illustrated.
Ariol will keep you entertained. This Ariol is a good donkey that does get into trouble but he has a good kind heart.
When the city’s hero The Dark Blackness finds himself without a sidekick, he comes up with an unlikely solution to his staffing problem.
Written & directed by Lucas Testro (“I’m You, Dickhead”). Starring Steven Gates (from Australian comedy group Tripod), Jack Beeby, and Eve Morey (“Neighbours”).
This week’s cosplay girl of the week is Catie Minx
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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Chairman and CEO, Kenneth Feld gave news of the companies closure to employees after the Saturday evening shows in Miami and Orlando. The final performance will be held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on May 21st.
“Nearly 50 years ago, my father founded our company with the acquisition of Ringling Bros. The circus and its people have continually been a source of inspiration and joy to my family and me, which is why this was such a tough business decision to make. The decision was even more difficult because of the amazing fans that have become part of our extended circus family over the years, and we are extremely grateful to the millions of families who have made Ringling Bros. part of their lives for generations. We know Ringling Bros. isn’t only our family business, but also your family tradition.”
Trent Seven def. H.C. Dyer
Jordan Devlin def. Danny Burch
Sam Gradwell def. Saxon Huxley
Pete Dunne def. Roy Johnson
Wolfgang def. Tyson T-Bone
Joseph Conners def. James Drake
Mark Andrews def. Dan Moloney
Tyler Bate def. Tucker
And we are back!! Hello 2017. In this episode Dan, Chris & Marty drone on about Christmas gifts and how hard it is to buy for your beloved geek. Marty goes off on digital comics, the death of Scribd’s comic book section, Marvel taking away free digital codes and Blue Light Syndrome. My o’ my has Marvel lost it’s way with titles no one wants, corrupting the history of beloved characters like Captain America and bombarding us with event after event after event. It is a good thing we all decided not to talk anyMoore about Alan Moore cause that rant would have lasted a few hours. Welcome back!!!
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Title: Road To Riverdale Volume One (GN)
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cover Art by: Francesco Francavilla
Featuring Stories by: Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio & Tom DeFalco
Art by: Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes, Audrey Mok, Sandy Jarrell, Andre Szymanowicz, Jose Villarrubia, Jen Vaughn, Kelly Fitzpatrick & Jack Morelli
Price: $ 14.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: These are stories that inspired CW’s new Riverdale TV series. These stories move Archie and the gang forward and into the present and the future. The New Riverdale is here.
Chapter One: Archie # 1
Archie is narrating the story. You will immediately notice changes to the Archie Universe. The basic look yes has changed and been updated. Also the storyline as well.
This issue does drop a bombshell on you. It is explosive. Even with the bombshell the story seems to start out slow. About half way through it picks up.
Archie finds his passion here.
There is a mystery as well that will definitely have you coming back to find the answer. Mark Waid does leave you hanging waiting for the answer.
The back up story here is from Pep Comics # 22, 1941 this is the very first ever Archie story by Bob Montana and Vic Bloom.
The art style and the look to the characters is different than what your used to. Archie you would hardly recognize if you did not know it was him. You see all the elements that you have come to love about Archie here. He will bring a smile to your face.
Chapter Two: Jughead # 1
Wow is Jughead violent in video games. He kills everything in sight whether he has to or not.
The art is done in a childish style. The characters look as much like children as teens.
Weatherbee and Grundy are certainly drawn different then you are used to. If you did not know it was them you would never recognize them. The same goes for Betty and Veronica except for their hair color.
Part of the story is done as a play on Game of Thrones. It is done with an Archie flare of course. Jughead is Jughead in any time so he just wants hamburgers in medieval times. The art on the faces is really plain. The dragon is not very impressive.
Chapter Three: Betty & Veronica # 1
Hotdog is the narrator of this issue. He is one cool canine.
Archie and Jughead are talking and the conversation goes to who would win in a fight Betty or Veronica?
The four friends are just hanging out. Hotdog does provide a brief assessment of the four friends. With Veronica though he has nothing. The other three are nice but Veronica is a mystery.
These friends do get along well even though they are all quite different in personalities.
In this issue they get a rallying theme. Save Pop’s the chocolate shop. Poor Pop Tate.
Wow you have to see Betty’s expression at this news. Adam Hughes does capture the ideal face of a determined Betty. His drawings are subdued and lightly colored. They give the characters a laid back feel most of the time. Not though in this scene. Betty as well is portrayed more violently in regards to comments that Jughead makes. Poor guy is her punching bag if he mouths off. She does have one killer right cross.
Page 19 and 20 they come out of left field the way they are handled. You will get a laugh out of them.
This comic though is about Betty & Veronica. They do end up face to face and Betty is ready to rip off the cool calm Veronica’s face. Things are heating up in the town of Riverdale.
Chapter Four: Josie and the Puss ycats # 1
This first issue has Josie singing and maybe getting ready to start her own band.
Melody Jose’s roommate is illustrated as looking kind of plain. Just an average blonde girl. She is shown not to bright but with a big heart.
Valerie works at an animal shelter and she can sing and sing fantastic. She is drawn so well.
There are lots of sexual references here. Surprising to see in an Archie comic. The brief appearance of Jughead and Hotdog was cool.
Melody it is mentioned has a female father. It is fine that Archie comics wants to be more prolific in gay matters but they should not over due it.
Josie learns that for a band to be good it has to be a band and not just her. This is a great start for this all new updated version of Josie and the Puss ycats. The Puss ycats Rock!
Chapter Five: Reggie and Me # 1
This issue is narrated by Vader. Yes Vader is Reggie’s dog. Reggie is shown as a stuck up guy but one in some ways you will pity. He just wants people to love him. His way of dealing with rejection does paint him as a creep or jerk at times. He does not deal well at all with being upstaged either.
Reggie is not all bad he adopted a rescue dog. He did so for the companionship.
Reggie and Archie do have a relationship it is just not a good one.
Reggie and his dog Vader make a awesome dynamic duo.
Special Features: Riverdale Cover Gallery
The Riverdale One Shot cover art it is dark. The humor aspect of Archie is not here. You do see some love and happiness it is just not jumping out at you.
Riverdale Show: Photo Gallery
Here you have photos from the upcoming Riverdale TV series.
Lili Reinhart looks gorgeous as Betty Cooper in her Riverdale High cheerleading uniform. A beautiful clean cut face and sexy legs.
Luke Perry as Fred Andrews is certainly looking different.
Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones does have to right look.
Plus more pictures from the upcoming series. It is one you will not want to miss.
Title: Sonic Universe # 94
Publisher: Archie Comics
Writers: Aleah Baker & Ian Flynn
Pencils: Adam Bryce Thomas
Inks: Jim Amash
Colors: Matt Herms
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover by: Tracy Yardley & Jim Amash & Ben Hunzeker
Excitement Under the Sea Variant Cover by: Yardley & Steve Downer
Price: $ 3.99 US/Can
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com , www.sonicthehedgehog.com
Comments: Vector and the Chaotix Detective Agency are on the case to rescue a Princess. They have the Princess but what they are doing in this issue is hard to figure out. The Chaotix do manage to beat the pirates. You are kind of left feeling sorry for them.
The Chaotix did successfully complete their mission. The Princess turns out to not be your average Princess. She wants a life of adventure.
The ending has some humor in it that may make you smile.
The art is colorful and the characters are illustrated well just not in exciting poses.
Vector could have been used more as the story was spread out between to many characters. Vector is a great character and having him as the focus would have worked better.
Title: Voracious: Feeding Time # 2
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Written by: Markisan Naso
Art, Cover, Lettering & Design by: Jason Muhr
Color Art by: Andrei Tabacaru
Variant Cover by: Jason Muhr & Andrei Tabacaru
Voracious Created by: Naso & Muhr
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: out of 5 stars
Comments: Warning: Contains drunk and disorderly conduct, and brawlin’!
Nate and Jenna are rethinking their relationship. Can it still work. She is a city girl and he is a country boy. Neither can live in the other’s world. They are still in love though. So what will they do?
Nate is shown in his kitchen. It must really be something to actually cook a dinosaur.
As Nate and his friend Jim are hunting dinosaurs two dinosaur cops show up. Yes there really are dinosaur cops in this story. They are drawn with a human look to them.
This story is filled with so many strange things: time traveling dino cops, a chef making dino meals, alternate universe space jumps, and of course a guy having two girls in love with him but not having either. You will not find another comic book like this one.