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The Few #1

Sean Lewis (story), Hayden Sherman (art)

Critically lauded writer and playwright SEAN LEWIS follows up the cult favorite SAINTS with his newest book THE FEW. Teaming with red-hot artist HAYDEN SHERMAN for a LIMITED MAXI-SERIES, THE FEW combines Mad Max action with a Station Eleven sensibility in this sci-fi series for mature readers. In a dystopian future, two survivalist brothers stumble across an unlikely sight: a woman asleep in the woods holding nothing but a gun and a baby wearing a gas mask. As these boys begin to embark on helping this woman, betrayals, secrets, and revolutions abound in the fi ght for what’s left of America.

In this book we meet Hale, an injured captain with a mission...

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Cyberforce: Artifacts #0

CYBERFORCE: ARTIFACTS #0 delves deep inside the secret world of CyberForce with three stories. “Someone is dealing in Protocol tech, and it’s up to APHRODITE IV to stop them dead.” “Velocity mourns the supposed death of her father, Stryker, the only way a super speedster can.” …and more!

Cyberforce is a nice surprise. I had no knowledge of this superhero team before reading this comic, but I’ve found they’re a step above the usual band of uninteresting superhumans.

There’s three stories here. The art is quite good in all three; I especially liked the linework in the third story. The writing is tight as well. The net effect is to create a sense of urgency throughout the comic, pulling the reader along, never stalling out.

The most intriguing part of this comic, of course, are the...

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Dante

Dante was a family man with a wife and young daughter, and also a top assassin working for an international crime syndicate. For two decades he worked hard to keep these two lives separate and was then ready to retire. Manipulated into thinking he could quit with the syndicate’s blessing, Dante was betrayed and accidentally killed a young Asian boy while fi ghting to save himself. This act changes him forever as he is supernaturally cursed and wakes up inexplicably covered with tattoos. Dante tries to uncover the source of this supernatural curse while looking for his family that has now disappeared.

Dante surprised me. I was worried it’d just be a rather pedestrian hit-man story; apparently the creators felt the same, so they threw in a Chinese curse for good measure...

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Eclipse #2-4

Imagine if sunlight burned you alive. In the near future, a mysterious solar event has transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors now live in nocturnal cities. But a killer who uses sunlight to burn his victims emerges, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her. Collects ECLIPSE #1-4.

Image shows us, yet again, how to take a great concept and squander it on a lackluster story.

Eclipse started off strong in its first issue: an original apocalypse; government intrigue; and suddenly, a villain with mystifying powers...

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Romulus #1

Our world isn’t free. All of us, for generations, have lived under the secret control of The Ancient Order of Romulus. One young woman, raised by them, trained by them, betrayed by them, must push through her fear to take a stand against the silent evil that masters our world. Her name is Ashlar, and her war begins with the brutal first chapter of the new Image series ROMULUS, from writer BRYAN HILL (POSTAL) and artist NELSON BLAKE II (MAGDELENA).

Nine pages of exposition.

Nine.

And then…?

A brief ninja fight. That’s it. That’s the story.

Romulus is two different comics: the first is the illustrated comic, which is quite beautiful in places. Nelson Blake II tries to break through with elegant, graphical, almost symbolist touches that somehow “artify” its mainstream style...

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