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Anno Dracula #1

It is 1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society.

On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbours a traitor in its midst.

The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire.

With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – the Alan Moore series, not the execrable movie – casts a long shadow...

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Jeff Steinberg, Champion of Earth #6

Earth needed a champion. It got a video store clerk (that’s still a thing?!) with a bathroom problem. So far, Jeff Steinberg has risen to the occasion like the water level in a toilet bowl after an epic flush! Will he be able to fend off the next round of intergalactic feces flung his way or is the planet’s future about to be sent down the drain?

Jeff Steinberg grows a pair!

Maybe this character growth could have been seen coming from across the solar system, but I didn’t mind. Jeff Steinberg is ultimately a slacker movie in comic form, and slacker movies have conventions that must be honored: we’re introduced to a main character unwilling or unable to grow up; poop jokes happen; more poop jokes happen, and then the character suddenly grows up and gets the beautiful babe (who should be sm...

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Divinity III – Escape from Gulag 396 #1

In the Soviet-controlled world of the Stalinverse, there is a place where liberty is sentenced to die…and it’s Gulag 396. A maximum-security prison where the only escape is through death, the gulag is the final stop for all enemies and detractors of the world’s oppressive authority. But when public enemy Obadiah Archer is admitted as the latest inmate, could his gospel of goodwill and optimism be the spark that ignites a new faith in the prison’s population…including the immortal undesirable known as Aram Addi-Padda?

I’m going to spoil this review right from the get-go: Escape from Gulag 396 is not a very good comic. Archer and Armstrong aren’t the most interesting Valiant characters to begin with...

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The Forever War #2

Based on the Hugo and Nebula award-winning The Forever War novel by Joe Haldeman!

The interstellar nightmare continues.

The Forever War has the strange ability to feel more “real” than most of the other space epics out there, despite the fact that its technology is based on a 1970’s projection of future warfare and space travel. It may have something to do with the B-movie aesthetics, but I think it has more to do with its claustrophobic focus on the main characters’ squad. You don’t know what’s going on; you know there’s a “bigger picture,” but there’s a yawning chasm in your knowledge...

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Cannibal Vol 1

A category five hurricane sweeps through the Southeast, uprooting ancient mosquitoes carrying a virus that causes the infected to crave human flesh. One year later, with no cure in sight, the region has become split over what to do with the victims. For the Hansen family, the answer is simple: kill them. However, all of that changes when the virus infects people they love. CANNIBAL is about a small Everglades town that is just trying to hold onto their everyday lives at the dawn of a cannibal pandemic. Told through the eyes of the Hansen family, it’s an anti-apocalypse story about a community that is too damn stubborn to give in.

I’m not going to pretend the “Southern Apocalypse” hasn’t been done to death at this point. It really began and ended with Preacher, and everything after that ...

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