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VINDICATION #1

Written by MD Marie

Pencils by Carlos Miko

Inks by Dema Jr.

Colours by Thiago Goncalves

Letters by Troy Peteri

THE DEAL: On the day Turn Washington is released from prison after a wrongful conviction is overturned, one of his former jurors winds up dead – and it’s exactly what Detective Christopher was hoping for. Which one is the cat and which the mouse, however, is still up for debate.

THE GOOD: Art and colours are wonderful in this day-in-a-life mystery; it reminds me of Sean Philips’ work on Ed Brubaker’s various series, particularly Fatale and Kill Or Be Killed, with its dialogue close-ups and emphasis on the flow of action. The dialogue is crisp, and each character has a voice of their own right from page one, suggesting a strong vision of where things are headed...

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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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FAITH: DREAMSIDE

Written by Jody Houser

Art by MJ Kim

Colours by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by Dave Sharpe

THE DEAL: I have been a huge fan of the Valiant universe for some time now. I stumbled upon Harbinger a few years ago while trolling through old issues of indie comics, bored out of my mind. The cover grabbed me by the shirt and nearly pulled itself out of the drawer … and I’ve been thankful ever since.

So where does Faith fit into the Valiant mythology? Well, among musician circles, there’s a saying about progressive rock: prog is music made for musicians to enjoy. Faith is precisely that for comic book nerds: a sweet, relentlessly energetic comic nerd in her own right. In the height of her nerdery, she discovers that she is a psiot, the Valiant version of mutant...

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OLIVER #1

Written by Gary Whita

Art by Darick Robertson

Colouring by Diego Rodriguez

Lettering by Simon Bowland

THE DEAL: An orphan raised by clone soldiers on the outskirts of a nuclear wasteland deals with the trials of adolescence … and Armageddon. If Dickens had lived to see the atomic age, this is the story he would have written.

THE GOOD: One word: wow. I’m enthralled by this concept. The art captures the desolation of a post-nuclear apocalypse with the same aesthetic that I saw in my mind as I read Oliver Twist back in the day. It struck me as I flipped through the pages how alike the two worlds really are: the desperation and fear, the loss of identity, the despondence, the sheer grit required to make it through another day of hell – it’s all there...

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2000 AD #2115

JUDGE DREDD- Written by John Wagner

Art by Colin Macneil

Colours by Chris Blythe

Letters by Annie Parkhouse

BRINK: HIGH SOCIETY – Written by Dan Abnett

Art by Inj Culbard

Letters by Simon Bowland

SKIP TRACER – Written by James Peaty

Art by Paul Marshall

Colours by Quinton Winter

Letters by Ellie de Ville

THARG’S 3RILLERS – Written by Robert Murphy

Art by Steven Austin

Colours by Pippa Mather

Letters by Ellie de Ville

FIENDS OF THE WESTERN FRONT – Written by Ian Edginton

Art by Tiernan Trevallion

Letters by Annie Parkhouse

THE DEAL: 2000 AD is a freaking legend! This compilation magazine is the birthplace of not only great series like Judge Dredd and Zenith, but also writers like Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman...

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