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Stray Ongoing #1

Writer: Vito Delsante
Artist: Sean Izaakse, Lee Gaston
Colors: Chris O’Halloran, Wilson Ramos Jr.
Publisher: Action Lab

*insert generic superhero story here*

Stray Ongoing #1 (or maybe Actionverse #1 ? It’s more than a little confusing) seems to be a reboot of sorts for what is referred to in an editor’s note as the “Classic Actionverse”. The events leading up to this comic are recapped in a long, complicated, essentially meaningless synopsis at the beginning. The Stray a.k.a Discount Batman encounters someone from his past and flashes back to when he joined Discount Teen Titans.

It’s… really as generic and uninteresting as it sounds. Completely by the numbers, with no hint of originality in the characters, dialogue, artstyle, world-building, or anything else...

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Preacher Season 2 Ep 9: Puzzle Piece

Written By: Craig Rosenberg
Directed By: Michael Dowse

Tension continues to build in Preacher now that The Grail is closing in on Jesse and the gang. As the Grail make their move, everything else is put on pause for a very tense, but ultimately satisfying episode that makes an intriguing last minute turn.

After Jesse hit rock bottom last episode, his search for God hits a dead end. Searching on the internet turns up nothing but crazy people who see God in toast, and being on edge has him lashing out at his friends. Jesse’s not the only one on edge as Tulip refuses to sleep after her encounter with the Saint, going out each night to the Hurt Locker. Meanwhile, Cassidy’s storyline with Denis finally moves forward, with hints suggesting that Cassidy’s actions will have consequences.

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Made Men #1

Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Arjuna Susini
Colors: Gonzalo Duarte
Publisher: Oni Press

An ambush set for a police unit takes them all out. The scent of blood fills the air as viscera from fallen friends rains on the last survivor, Jutte Shelly. The people who set up the ambush gather around, they’ve found their target. A bullet to the head, a fatal wound… or it would be if Jutte Shelly wasn’t actually Jutte Frankenstein.

Her friends all dead in a matter of seconds, herself newly back from the dead, Jutte makes a promise to hunt down the people responsible, even if it means going into the family business.

Made Men is one of the most immediately engrossing comics I’ve ever read. From the first panel, I was hooked...

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Writer: Mark Millar (Co-Plotter: Matthew Vaughn)
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Publisher: Image

When Gary learns his Uncle Jack is actually a super spy, he’s given the opportunity of a lifetime – to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and save the world.

Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of the most outright entertaining comics I’ve read recently. With excellent dialogue and pacing, and especially explosive and momentive action. Spy gadgets and martial arts and saving the world are all in a day’s work for Jack London, and his nephew Gary is on the way to becoming a super spy in his own right.

The dialogue is snappy and naturalistic, with enough stylistic flair to match the intensity of the genre. Bits of comedy woven through, especially when it comes to the villains, works pretty well...

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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.

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