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Going to the Chapel #1

Written by – David Pepose
Art by – Gavin Guidry
Colors by – Elizabeth Kramer
Lettering by – Ariana Maher with Colin Bell

Sometimes we forget that there is more to comics than Archie and Superheroes. (Yes, I completely believe that “Archie” can stand on its own as a genre and not just a company or character). It remains to see exactly what genre Going to the Chapel will become (although the tagline “love is the ultimate hostage situation” may be telling) but it’s very much not those two.

The issue opens, as you might expect from the title, with a wedding. Panels shift between the bride and a gang of bank robbers watching from a distance, all set to the lyrics of the famous 1964 song that this series takes its name from.

Flashback to earlier in the day...

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THIS LOVE SO BRIEF

Written and Illustrated by FRED CHAO

SYNOPSIS: Comics creator Fred Chao put together a small collection of humorous short stories from his love life. Starting off as comical reflections of elementary school crushes, house party hook-ups, and first relationships, these stories delve into themes of the responsibilities that come with age, inevitable life changes, nostalgia, and home. – COMIXOLOGY

This book is a collection of 5 short stories dealing with the authors various bloopers and blunders in his love life. There are a plethora of emotions weaving in and out of these stories, from humor to cringe-worthy awkwardness to deep sadness. I personally relate to some of these stories quite a bit.

The artwork leaves a bit to be desired. It’s not my favorite art...

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VAMPBLADE SEASON 3 #9

Written by Jason Martin

Art by Marco Maccagni

Colours by Marcelo Costa

Letters by Adam Wollet

THE DEAL: A group of sexy supernaturals with a whole mess of mystical weapons slice a path of gore through geriatrics in the closest place to Hell on Earth: Florida.

Guys, I wish I was being hyperbolic here (actually I don’t), but I’m not. In fact, I’m being polite about what I just read – but was it a problem?

THE GOOD: NO! IT IS AWESOME! This is my first exposure to Vampblade (which is connected to a much larger universe, from what I’ve gathered), so like any decent comic critic, I flipped to the first page with my skeptic knob cranked to 11...

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ABERRANT #1

ABERRANT #1
Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Zsombor Huszka (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Zsombor Huszka, Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)

A U.S. Army Special Operations Commander, distraught after losing his entire unit to a superhuman attack, wages an absolutely brutal one-man war on the eccentric billionaire and former superhero that he believes is ultimately responsible.

Aberrant commits the cardinal sin of just being plain boring.  It takes two familiar tropes and smashes them together and the end results is not greater than the sum of its parts.

First it starts out with the stereotypical military ops team on some sort of special mission...

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Ruin of Thieves: A Brigand’s Story #1


Writer: Ram V

Artist: Sumit Kumar, ROSH

Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

Publisher: Action Lab Comics

Synopsis: Released from Death Row into the service of the Temarian Inquisition, the Brigands, led by Stilian “Blackheart” Desault, are expected to steal The Myros Pendulum. On the night of the Myros Comet, the heroes find themselves trying to keep their heads low and hope they can continue on their quest without getting caught.

Review: If  Ruin of Thieves: A Brigands Story was a movie, it would begin with a Star Wars  type of introduction. This one page introduction to the graphic novel sets the stage for the adventure that is to follow. With the feeling and look of a fantasy sword and dagger type of movie, the story will be a thrill to those who love reading fantasy novels...

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