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Spencer & Locke #4

The end is nigh, as Spencer and Locke square off against Locke’s crime lord father, Augustus, with a child’s life hanging in the balance! Can Locke survive against these overwhelming odds? Does he even want to? And who killed Sophie Jenkins? Find out here in this explosive finale!

A finale to anything, whether it’s a show or a series of novels or comics, is something to both anticipate and dread. You thirst for that big ending to the story, yet at the same time you wish it wasn’t ending. When it comes to the fourth and final issue of Spencer & Locke, I was torn more than I have been in a while.

The dreaded meeting between Locke and his ironically criminal father has come and it’s as rough as you’d expect...

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Elsewhere #1

Story: Jay Faerber
Art / Cover: Ron Riley, Sumeyye Kesgin

COPPERHEAD WRITER JAY FAERBER TEAMS WITH RISING STAR SUMEYYE KESGIN TO UNVEIL ELSEWHERE: THE FANTASTIC STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART! Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!

Funny note, I actually bought this comic before it was given to me to review.  When I have a light comic week (when not a lot of my regular books haven’t come out) I like to check out what new is out and give it a try.

I saw Elsewhere, saw Jay Faerber’s name and Amelia Earhart on the cover and I was...

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The Power of the Dark Crystal #5

While Jen and Kira deal with the chaos the Skeksis have wrought on the castle, Thurma and Kensho are out in the wilds of Thra on the run from the Crystal Guard, unaware that something far more treacherous followed their trail: the Chamberlain.

There are few occasions where I’ve felt the need to start off in atypical fashion and immediately speak of the cover of a book. Had this been the first thing I ever saw from this series, I’d have been pulled in just because of the wonderful outer artwork. Fortunately, this fifth issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal is far from the first thing and hopefully far from the last.

Almost nearing the halfway mark of this welcomed continuation, the story appropriately begins to really pick up...

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Sherlock: The Great Game #1

Writer: Mark Gatiss
Artist: Jay.

After solving a series of murders known as “A Study in Pink”, Sherlock and Watson must figure out the pattern behind an explosion before it happens again.

So, a bit of a disclaimer before I get into this review. I have never watched BBC’s Sherlock, and I’m not all that familiar with manga in general. Jumping into the middle of a manga based on BBC’s Sherlock, I was confused with the story, characters, and style in which it was presented. I found Sherlock: The Great Game #1 to be unengaging, but that very may well be because of how unfamiliar I am with the style and content of this manga.

Another disclaimer, I’m not certain if this is a true manga, i.e. written in Japanese, translated to English, or an English comic styled as a manga...

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Redlands #1

Writer: Jordi Bellaire
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Colors: Jordi Bellaire

Redlands is dark, nasty, and haunting. In the town of Redlands, Florida in 1977, three witches escape from a lynching by the local police and lay siege to the officers now hiding inside, terrified of what might be in the dark just outside their precinct as the lynching tree burns. What follows is a nightmare of murder, demons, and fear.

The first issue of Redlands feels very much like it’s the prologue to a horror movie, showing the horrible thing that happened in the past to a town that still bears scars, except by the end of the issue, that’s been turned on its head. The police officers reveal themselves to be such vile people, that it’s easy to side with the witches who plan to murder them all and take their town...

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