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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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The Magdalena: Reformation TPB

Writer: Tini Howard & Ryan Cady
Artist: Christian DiBari
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Publisher: Top Cow/Image

For centuries, the Spear of Destiny that pierced Christ’s side on the cross has been passed down to the women who possess the blood of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Recognized by the church as the Magdelena, these women protect the secular world from demons, but in recent years, fading faith in the church has given the armies of Hell an advantage. After being wounded in battle, Patience, the current and longest serving Magdalena finds herself unable to wield the Spear of Destiny and must seek out a successor.

That successor is Maya Dos Santos in Anaheim, California, where it just so happens a sorcerer by the name of Weyer Blackwood is summing Princes of Hell to wreak havoc on the c...

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Faith and the Future Force #2

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Barry Kitson,  Diego Bernard & Juan Castro
Colors: Ulises Arreola
Publisher: Valiant Comics

Neela Sethi and her dinosaur woman companion Ank have recruited the superhero Faith and her allies the Renegades to stop a robot that is destroying time and the very fabric of reality after Faith failed to stop it by herself in a previous timeline.

I thought the first issue had potential but was marred by a strange structure that repeated scenes twice and seemed to take time away from introducing the other members of the titular “future force”. As it turns out, the second issue doesn’t bother to introduce the rest of the future force either. Not even something as simple as their names or what powers they have...

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The Evil Within #2.1

Writer: Ryan O’Sullivan
Artist: Szymon Kudranski & Damien Worm
Colorist: Guy Major
Publisher: Titan Comics

After escaping from STEM where he was trapped in the mind of a serial killer, Detective Sebastian Castellanos is still on the force after a friend managed to pull a few strings to keep his crazy story away from the chief. Still not recovered from his experience at Beacon Mental Hospital and haunted by visions of his wife who insists their daughter Lily is still alive, Seb tries to keep his mind in the real world by hunting a nursery rhyme obsessed serial killer. Unfortunately, the killer has connections to Mobius, the secret organization behind STEM.

Based off the game from Bethesda and bridging the gap between The Evil Within and the upcoming The Evil Within 2, The Evil Within: Th...

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Calexit #1

Writer: Matteo Pizzolo
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Colorist: Tyler Boss
Publisher: Black Mask Comics

Two years after re-election, Donald Trump sends the National Guard to California to put down a resistance group that has seceded from the Union. A figure of the resistance named Zora hides in one of the occupied cities, while a courier named Jamil plays both sides of the fight for his own survival.

The opening of Calexit is eerily familiar, as Trump talks about protecting California from the illegals and the dangerous resistance, and two radio news hosts discuss what this could mean, before moving onto how certain retailers are boycotting Ivanka Trump’s line of lingerie. Absurdity and genuine darkness are mixed together in a way that realistically reflects modern events.

Things aren’t kept...

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