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Klaus #7

The seventh and final issue of this series arrives and brings with it all the action that readers could have asked for.  All looks dire for the poor villagers of Grimsviig as Lord Magnus has summoned a dark demon from the pits of gods-know-where to further his own ends.  He’s big, he’s ugly, and he likes to eat children.  What more could you ask for in your end of the world monster?  The villagers attempt to rally against the behemoth, but all things look pretty bleak until Klaus makes a triumphant return with a few upgrades from the forest spirits.  What follow is a battle that is all but legendary, living up to the fun and excitement that this series has been building up to.

This is a tale that has had many twists...

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Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #1

One year after the catastrophic events that ended the first series, Red Team survivors Eddie Mellinger and Trudy Giroux are in the doldrums. Considered a political liability, the two are kept busy on small-time cases by their suspicious NYPD commanders… but a chance encounter in the ghetto gives them a chance to get back in the game. Trouble is, it means going far beyond the law… which is what almost got them killed last time around.

Red Team: Double Tap, Centre Mass features the return of two of my favorite characters, Detectives Eddie Mellinger and Trudy Giroux of the NYPD. The first Red Team saw them survive by the skin of their teeth; now they’re dropped right back in at the deep end, with their growing feelings for each other only complicating matters.

Although I hadn’t read the firs...

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Mirror #5

The final, extra-long issue of Mirror brings the story to a satisfying conclusion, although it leaves several of the central mysteries intact. In the end, Emma Rios has written a story less about revealing the secrets of the world, and more about following the emotional development of these characters.

A rat seeks approval.

A mage longs for courage.

A dog wishes to rest.

A shadow urges for matter.

A minotaur looks for a reflection.

A scientist hopes for redemption.

An admiral begs to have chosen wisely.

An asteroid is eager to be reborn anew.

Mirror has been a complex story that evokes a whole host of emotions in those who read it...

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Kong of Skull Island #1

King Kong, world-famous and original gargantuan simian, is the progenitor of an entire genre, spawning sequels, remakes, and countless other interpretations. You know Kong. You love Kong!

King Kong was created by Merian C. Cooper, and Kong of Skull Island is grounded in artist/author Joe DeVito’s groundbreaking literary property Skull Island. BOOM! is partnering with DeVito Artworks LLC to present this story, exclusively authorized and endorsed by the Cooper family as their official King Kong/Skull Island prequel and sequel origin story.

Two fractured and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture onto Skull Island—their new home.

From All-New Inhumans writer James Asmus and Planet of the Apes artist Carlos Magno.

Being a lover of comics about big scary monste...

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2000 AD 2016 Sci-Fi Summer Special

It’s another day in the Meg in Judge Dredd “Night Bloom” and we’re treated to a feature reminiscent of Strangers on a Train.  Or are we?  This one is a story that alludes to one thing but then turns the tale on its head, offering the reader a nice twist.  One of my favorite Dredd one-shots in a while.  Well written with a nice pace, and a great color palette, not surprisingly my favorite of the special.

The Ace Trucking folks are on a milk-run, or so they think until they get accosted by the branding police.  Can they get their cargo out in one piece or will they face re-branding?  This one is fun and a bit caustic with just a hint of corporate satire.  I love the nice clean lines, although the art could have done with a bit more gradation and black saturation.

Sinister Dex...

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