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Lazaretto #1

Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman
Artist: Jey Levang
Publisher: Boom! Studios

Starting college for the first time is tough for Charlie and Tamara, two shy kids who don’t know what to do with their newfound freedom and all the strange people around them. Things are made worse when they find their school has been infected by a horrific virus and they’re now trapped in the quarantine zone.

If that synopsis feels like it has a very sudden tonal shift, that’s because Lazaretto has a very sudden tonal shift, and how you feel about that will probably be central to what you think of the comic. About half of it is a charming, light-hearted story about two kids trying to find their place in a new environment, and then it takes a very sudden and very dark dive into grotesque horror.

To the credit ...

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The Dark Horse Book of Horror

Mike Mignola, Hellboy, and a roster of great creators and characters explore the dark corners of the horror genre in thirty-five stories of witchcraft, ghosts, and the risen dead.

Originally published in four award-winning anthologies, these stories featured the debut of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s Beasts of Burden series, and standalone stories by Kelley Jones, Kurt Busiek, and many others.

In addition to the comics, Gary Gianni (Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea) illustrates stories by legendary authors such as Robert E. Howard (Conan) and William Hope Hodgson (The House on the Borderland), and Scott Allie interviews experts in the occult fields, including a seance medium and a witch who specializes in love spells.

I absolutely loved whenever the book fair came around during school and...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Sunmaker #1: A Frozen Apocalyptic Fantasy

The immediate reaction I always have whenever I see any kind of post apocalyptic fiction is ooohh. That being said, it was exactly my reaction when I came across Sunmaker, our spotlight project for this week. Whether a post apocalyptic fantasy appeals to you, the idea of a good looking book should be enough to send you over to the Kickstarter.

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Clueless: Senior Year

Written: Amber Benson & Sarah Kuhn
Illustrated: Siobhan Keenan
Colored: Shan Murphy
Lettered: Jim Campbell
Cover: Natacha Bustos
Publisher: BOOM! Studios

We are introduced back into the high school years of Cher, Dionne, and Tai. Ms. Geist has tasked their class with deciding who or what they want to be by the end of their senior year, what do they plan on doing with their lives once high school is over. Cher struggles with who she is and what she wants to be; she tries to be what she feels her boyfriend Josh would want. With her identity crisis in full swing, she ends up alienating Josh and her best friends...

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The Dracula File

Writer: Gerry Finley-Day, Simon Furman, & Ken Noble
Artist: Eric Bradbury, Geoff Senior, & Keith Page
Publisher: 2000 AD

At the height of the Cold War in 1984, an East German defector crosses the border into West Germany, and finds aids from British intelligence forces, unaware that the defector is actually Dracula!

Published starting in 1984 in the short lived SCREAM! Magazine, The Dracula File tells the story of Dracula against the backdrop of the Cold War, with an already paranoid British, and conflicts between the East and the West as KGB Officers decide whether or not to warn the British of the monster now within their country.

Unfortunately, while The Dracula File might have been an interesting story had it been published as a monthly comic, it’s limited as a weekly publication...

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