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The Mighty Crusaders vol 1

I have what the kids today call “a sad”. As near as I can tell, The Mighty Crusaders may be the end of Dark Circle Comics. Neither their website nor their Facebook page has been updated in some time (like, before this collection came out). I get it. The Fox didn’t do much, the planned Web series never materialized, Hangman died without closure, The Sheild was great, and the TPB (at least) said continued in The Mighty Crusaders. The only thing that seems to have had any legs, and rightfully so, was The Black Hood. So knowing that no matter how amazing this book was going to be, there won’t be more sucks.

In writer Ian Flynn’s introduction, he says that The Mighty Crusaders is a spiritual successor to New Crusaders (put out under the previous Red Circle digital imprint) but not a direct sequ...

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Betty & Veronica #1

Written by Jamie Lee Rotante

Art by Sandra Lanz

Colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick

Letters by Jack Morelli

STORY – The story begins at the end of summer just before the main characters start off there senior year in high school. I’m not a huge fan of the Archie Comics line of books, but I know that Betty and Veronica are at times at odds with each other over the heart of Archie. It appears to be heading down that road because there are secrets being kept from each other in this budding friendship. To me, the story is a bit slow and slightly tedious. that being said I think that this book may appeal to teenage girls and may be an important book for that age range but for a 35-year-old male as myself, it doesn’t really appeal to me. I wish there was a little more humor as well.

ART – 

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ARCHIE #700

Story by Nick Spencer

Art by Marguerite Sauvage

Letters by Jack Morelli

THE DEAL: Issue #700. Seven. Hundred. That should say everything about the staying power of Riverdale’s eponymous hero and his crew of pals. They’re all here, just like always … well, not exactly. Jughead’s still eating burgers like there’s a beef shortage, but now he does it as a restaurant critic for the local paper; Reggie is living like the world spins around him, fresh from football camp; Veronica and Betty have spent their summers thinking about their ginger crush – actually, that hasn’t changed since issue #1. Seriously, there have got to be better options in that town than one flighty, freckled boy.

They’d better hope so, anyway. Change is coming to town, and she’s got some secrets under her sleeve.

THE GOOD...

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The Black Hood Vol. 2: The Lonely Crusade

The Lonely Crusade represents the second story arc of the gritty reimagining of The Black Hood, collecting issues #7-11. It picks up with recovering drug addict Greg Hettinger returning to Philadelphia, from a rehab program (and a murder) in California. The pitch to editor Alex Segura began with “It starts with this gang called The Crusaders…”

People have been going missing in the slums of Philly, including some patients of Hettinger’s girlfriend, Jessie. As he returns to duty as a cop, he spends he days investigating the disappearances with his partner. However, they aren’t able to uncover very much information beyond rumors of a mysterious gang and a white van...

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Vampironica #1 – First Blood

Story: Greg and Meg Smallwood
Lettered: Jack Morelli
Art: Greg Smallwood
Published: Archie Comics Publications 

In another story of the Archie gang for the horror lovers, Veronica is a vampire. After Archie passes on a date night with Veronica for Betty, Veronica pushes Reggie into a date. When she walks into her study to say goodbye to her parents, she sees that they are dead. A stranger emerges (who eerily looks like Spike from Buffy) and attacks Veronica biting her neck. He means to kill her but she escapes. Any person familiar with vampire lore knows that if a vampire bites you but doesn’t kill you, you will become one. Now Veronica is a vampire, what will become of her social life?

These Archie horror series are promising to be really good...

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