Made Men #1

Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Arjuna Susini
Colors: Gonzalo Duarte
Publisher: Oni Press

An ambush set for a police unit takes them all out. The scent of blood fills the air as viscera from fallen friends rains on the last survivor, Jutte Shelly. The people who set up the ambush gather around, they’ve found their target. A bullet to the head, a fatal wound… or it would be if Jutte Shelly wasn’t actually Jutte Frankenstein.

Her friends all dead in a matter of seconds, herself newly back from the dead, Jutte makes a promise to hunt down the people responsible, even if it means going into the family business.

Made Men is one of the most immediately engrossing comics I’ve ever read. From the first panel, I was hooked...

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Tomboy #12

After losing everything she wanted to protect, Addison decides the fate of both her own future and that of the city, as Iris steps up to stop her. The shocking series conclusion.

This moment has been a long time coming and my anticipation for it was about as high as it gets. When it comes to this series, a number of choice words to describe it immediately come to mind. Intense. Unexpected. Amazing. I could probably go on but you probably get the point and hopefully even know for yourself. If you don’t, with this twelfth and final issue of Tomboy now out, you should absolutely make the effort to do so.

All the players, at least those that are left, have entered the field for the big showdown. I’d have said final showdown, but the writers were smart enough to leave the ending just open en...

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The Quest for Ameron

Battling evil does not develop character, it reveals it! That is easy to say when evil is not in front of you, darker than night and as numerous as roaches in a slaughterhouse.

The Quest of Ameron is the fourth installment in the Ameron Chronicles series. It is an epic saga that brings you to the distant past and far future in the blink of an eye — a till filled with swords, sorcery, and advanced science that will make you question what you thought you knew.

Rejoin Thomas, Hank, Mariella, and Thierry as they reveal their character through quests that will change them–and Ameron–forever.

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When I said that the action picked up in book 3, I wasn’t joking. What I didn’t realize is that it wouldn’t slow down any in book 4...

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Writer: Mark Millar (Co-Plotter: Matthew Vaughn)
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Publisher: Image

When Gary learns his Uncle Jack is actually a super spy, he’s given the opportunity of a lifetime – to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and save the world.

Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of the most outright entertaining comics I’ve read recently. With excellent dialogue and pacing, and especially explosive and momentive action. Spy gadgets and martial arts and saving the world are all in a day’s work for Jack London, and his nephew Gary is on the way to becoming a super spy in his own right.

The dialogue is snappy and naturalistic, with enough stylistic flair to match the intensity of the genre. Bits of comedy woven through, especially when it comes to the villains, works pretty well...

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Lazaretto #1

Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman
Artist: Jey Levang
Publisher: Boom! Studios

Starting college for the first time is tough for Charlie and Tamara, two shy kids who don’t know what to do with their newfound freedom and all the strange people around them. Things are made worse when they find their school has been infected by a horrific virus and they’re now trapped in the quarantine zone.

If that synopsis feels like it has a very sudden tonal shift, that’s because Lazaretto has a very sudden tonal shift, and how you feel about that will probably be central to what you think of the comic. About half of it is a charming, light-hearted story about two kids trying to find their place in a new environment, and then it takes a very sudden and very dark dive into grotesque horror.

To the credit ...

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