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Magdalena Vol. 4 #1

Ini Howard & Ryan Cady (writers), Christian DiBari (artist), Mike Spicer (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterist)

After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, reputed to be his wife, gave birth to a daughter, Sarah. From this child is descended the holy lineage of the Magdalena, a royal bloodline that passes great power and great honor from mother to daughter. For over 2000 years, the Knights of Malta have trained one special woman in each generation to be the Magdalena — the official warrior protector of the Catholic Church. Across the millennia, the Magdalenas have battled in secret, protecting humanity from the supernatural threats and evil that would tear our world apart.

The Magdalena has the ability to see into the human heart, to show people the error of their...

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UltraBot Go Go Go!

Tom Sachi (creator), John Ward (creator, writer), Jason Williams (art, letters, logo), Lee Milewski (colors)

UltraBot Go Go Go! is a retro action packed comic book homage that harks back to the fantastic Japanese/manga action comics of the 1960’s.

This action comic is really what it says on the tin: an action comic. There’s not a lot of deep substance or serious character development. There’s a friendly bantering relationship between the two main characters – Fenwick, a human consciousness housed within a giant robot, and Simon, the scientist who put him there. There are only a few panels of backstory to explain Fenwick, and the overall “plot” hints at discord between the US, Russia, and China.

Mostly, though, this book is a celebration of old manga...

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The Few #1

Sean Lewis (story), Hayden Sherman (art)

Critically lauded writer and playwright SEAN LEWIS follows up the cult favorite SAINTS with his newest book THE FEW. Teaming with red-hot artist HAYDEN SHERMAN for a LIMITED MAXI-SERIES, THE FEW combines Mad Max action with a Station Eleven sensibility in this sci-fi series for mature readers. In a dystopian future, two survivalist brothers stumble across an unlikely sight: a woman asleep in the woods holding nothing but a gun and a baby wearing a gas mask. As these boys begin to embark on helping this woman, betrayals, secrets, and revolutions abound in the fi ght for what’s left of America.

In this book we meet Hale, an injured captain with a mission...

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Venus Rises: Exordium #1

J.G. Birdsall (writing, conception), Thomas Garbarini (illustrations)

In the near future, Earth is devastated by a chain of cataclysmic events leading to a pandemic collapse of governments. The human race narrowly escapes Earth with technology amassed by mega-corporations, and colonizes Mars and Venus. As Venus becomes home to the working class, and Mars the seat of power, long-running political and cultural clashes return. Talk of revolution permeates the ether. Humankind finds itself once again at the crossroads of extinction as… VENUS RISES.

This issue introduces two sets of characters: First, some of the Shirokawa Company on Mars, focusing on one man who seemingly wants to get off of Mars, though the planet is painted as some sort of utopia to those who don’t live there...

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Under the Flesh #1

I like zombie things an awful lot, but I didn’t really enjoy this book. The premise – only men are affected by the zombie virus – is a little different from what we usually see, and that might be refreshing. However, this comic has some misogynistic things in it that I couldn’t get over well enough to enjoy. There’s a rape scene, sexualization of a minor, and a lot of violence towards women.

The main character is incredibly unlikable. He’s loud, rude, and brash – and none of this presented in a sympathetic way. If this comic was structured to make fun of other comics that use all these tropes, maybe it would be successful. As it is, it seems tropey and tired and violent and not a lot else. The characters are two-dimensional and uncompelling. The story is slow moving and also uncompelling...

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