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The Hard Place #1

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Nic Rummel
Colors: Charlie Kirchoff
Publisher: Image Comics

After 5 years in prison for a failed bank robbery, AJ Gurney is ready to fix his life. Settling old debts and working with his pop as a mechanic, things are tough, but he’s determined to stick with it; until his old life gives him no other choice.

The Hard Place is immediately captivating with a striking visual style, likable characters, and naturalistic dialogue. It takes the typical story of a crook trying to set his life straight but getting pulled back in, and makes it feel fresh and engaging.

The colors by Charlie Kirchoff are what really sets the look of The Hard Place apart. Bright, contrasting primary colors make every scene pop...

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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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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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The Divided States of Hysteria #1

WRITER: Howard Chaykin
ARTIST: Howard Chaykin
COLOURS: Jesus Aburtov
LETTERING: Ken Bruzenak

In a not too distant future, the American president and most of his cabinet have been assassinated in a failed coup. A world in disarray, CIA operative Frank Villa senses another imminent threat to Washington looming.

Dark in tone and graphic in scenery, The Divide States of Hysteria is not a comic for any who would shy away from the darker side of humanity. Bordering between surreal and all too real as it takes us on its ominous journey, the tale leaps from one character to the next, quickly running through a cast of some of the society’s filthiest lowlifes before transitioning to the next miscreant.

Our central character is quickly revealed to be less than the upstanding operative that one may e...

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Mage Vol. 1: The Hero Discovered

Writer/Artist: Matt Wagner
Colors: Jeromy Cox & James Rochelle
Inks: Sam Keith
Publisher: Image

After Kevin Matchstick meets Mirth, the World-Mage, he develops powers and discovers he is the hero who will fight in a war of good against evil alongside his companions, a young girl called Edsel, and a ghost named Sean, against the Umbra Sprite, a force of concentrated evil, and his five children, the deadly Grackleflints.

I did not have a pleasant experience reading Mage. I’ll get into why later in the review, of course, but to give away the game here, I didn’t like it. My conclusion was that it was clearly someone’s first attempt at a comic, that their writing and art would improve over time, and so I didn’t want this review to be too much of a take-down...

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