October Marks Big Changes for Witchblade’s 20th Anniversary

Witchblade #185 (Michael Turner’s Cover for Witchblade #1) By: Nicole D’Andria It has been twenty years since Top Cow Productions launched Witchblade. The series will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with several special items including a special hardcover, a commemorative lithograph and Witchblade #185. This issue will be Sara Pezzini’s final appearance as the Witchblade bearer… and will supposedly be the last issue of the series. Witchblade #185 is a double-sized issue with Sara Pezzini, the Witchblade bearer for the past 20 years (in real-time at least). In this issue,…

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Nailbiter/Hack/Slash #1 Advanced Review: Buckaroo Butchers vs. Slashers

By: Nicole D’Andria Two iconic horror series, Nailbiter and Hack/Slash crossover in this issue. This one-shot has two stories, one written by the Nailbiter creative team and one by the Hack/Slash creative team. Is there a lot of nail biting, hacking and slashing? The first story was penned by Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Birthright) and illustrated by Mike Henderson (Nailbiter, Masks & Mobsters). It takes place a few years before the arrest of the titular Nailbiter serial killer and introduces a new serial killer from Buckaroo, Oregon. For those unfamiliar with…

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Nailbiter Meets Hack/Slash: There Will Be Blood!

By: Nicole D’Andria Two bestselling writers, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Nailbiter) and Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade) will be teaming up with artists Mike Henderson (Nailbiter, Masks & Mobsters) and Emilio Laiso (Hack/Slash, Grimm Fairy Tales presents Quest) to bring two of the most entertaining comic book horror titles together for the first time in Nailbiter/Hack/Slash. Nailbiter is a current ongoing series about the town of Buckaroo, Oregon. This little town is the birthplace of sixteen serial killers. An interrogator, Finch, attempts to get to the bottom of this mysterious town with…

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Sunstone: BDSM Comic Book Sensation

By: Nicole D’Andria Originally a webcomic, Sunstone is a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 10 million views on DeviantArt. The webcomic will be published in full as a graphical novel by Image Comics and Top Cow Productions this December. So if you’re looking to make quite a statement with a loved one, you can put this erotica book in their stocking! Sunstone is the story of two women who are exploring their sexuality with each other through BDSM and fall in love. Ally wants to dominate in the bedroom…

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LDB Returns in The Li’l Depressed Boy: Supposed to Be There Too

By: Nicole D’Andria The Li’l Depressed Boy (or, as his friends have called him, LDB) has returned in a new series, The Li’l Depressed Boy: Supposed to Be There Too. His creative team has returned as well. Shaun Steven Struble will write the series and the artwork will be done by Sina Grace. In this new series LDB is enjoying his new relationship when he bumps into his former punkster girlfriend Jazz making his life much more complicated. Struble spoke to USA Today about his protagonist, saying that “LDB is…

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Shotgun Wedding #4 Review: Final Vows

By: Nicole D’Andria William Harms wraps up his four-issue mini-series Shotgun Wedding. Will heads roll in this final part? Will vows finally be exchanged? Years ago a spy, Mike, ditched his psychotic ex-fiancée Chloe the day before their wedding. Now Chloe is out for revenge, and if Mike doesn’t make it in this final issue of Shotgun Wedding, his new fiancée Denise will pay the price. The opening cuts to a fairly predictable flashback. However, predictable or not, it showcases how tragic the whole situation is in Shotgun Wedding. It…

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Red City #1 Review: A Million Tropes on a Planet Far Far Away

By: Nicole D’Andria Daniel Corey (Moriarty) tries to make this crime noir fresh and new by setting it in space. Can he pull it off or will the reader instead be trapped under a tirade of narration? After a Civil War among galaxies, Detective Cal Talmage is put in charge of finding a missing ambassador’s daughter in Mars Central, also known as Red City. However this simple “babysitting” job is much more complicated then it seems with gangsters and political conspiracies popping up. Red City may be the site of…

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Shotgun Wedding #3 Review: Minor Objections

By: Nicole D’Andria The tension continues to build in the latest issue of the Shotgun Wedding mini-series. There are some missteps in this issue with it following the predictable pattern the series has fallen into, which basically boils down to Present Day + Past (Character Development) = Building Towards the Conclusion. Despite being predictable, it is still enjoyable. Mike is all set to marry the woman of his dreams, Denise. However Chloe, the psychopathic spy Mike left at the altar, isn’t ready to let him go just yet. Mike and…

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Shotgun Wedding #2 Review: Here Comes the Bride

By: Nicole D’Andria This mini-series started out strong with Shotgun Wedding #1 and it continues to build up in this issue. We get more flashbacks, more characters, more character development and even less action than the first issue. It was four years ago when Mike left his partner in the spy business at the altar and now she’s back for revenge… which is especially unfortunate for Mike since he’s getting married to the girl of his dreams. Writer William Harms starts this issue with another flashback. At first I worried…

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Victor Krall Creates the “Perfect Woman” in Madame Frankenstein

By: Nicole D’Andria Madame Frankenstein is an upcoming Image Comics series. This vintage-style horror-drama takes place in 1932. Victor Krall’s lover has died but he’s not about to let that be the end of her. He decides to re-animate her. Unfortunately, that never seems to end well. The series will be written by Jamie S. Rich (Madman Atomic Comics, Archer Coe) and drawn by newcomer Megan Levens. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Rich does with this since I enjoyed Archer Coe. According to Rich, Levens brought him the…

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Shotgun Wedding #1 Review: Starting off without a Hitch

By: Nicole D’Andria I was happily surprised by the direction this mini-series has started off in.The concept sounded like it could be hit or miss and I thought it would be comedic, but instead we get a drama that is not as action-packed as I thought it would be… and believe it or not, that’s mostly a good thing. Four years ago assassin Mike Stone left his fiancé Chloe at the altar. Now, he’s getting married again, to a sweet girl named Denise. However, what happened after he left Chloe?…

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Perchance to Dream Police

By: Nicole D’Andria This March you will be patrolling with Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford in Dream Police. Join them as they go through dreams… and your worst nightmares. The comic book series from Image Comics features the two partners traversing an alternate dimension filled with those who died while they were sleeping and are now forced to remain in the dreamscape forever. However, one day Frank disappears and Joe gets a new woman as his partner who claims she’s always been his partner. Joe must now figure out where…

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Holy Matrimony the Shotgun Wedding Way

By: Nicole D’Andria Published by Top Cow’s imprint Minotaur Press, Shotgun Wedding is a mini-series about love, loss and revenge. Writer William Harms (Impaler) and artist Edward Pun (Ninja High School) introduce us to our protagonist, assassin and Mike Stone. It’s his wedding day and everyone shows up… and unfortunately for him I mean everyone – friends, enemies and disgruntled ex-fiancées alike. Sometimes people make mistakes. Stone’s was dating his ex-fiancé Chloe… or, even worse, leaving her at the altar. Now, he wants to marry the woman of his dreams,…

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It’s Time for Some REAL Heroes

By: Nicole D’Andria Bryan Hitch (America’s Got Powers) is writing and drawing his work for the first time in a six issue mini-series about celebrities, superhero movies and a fight to the death. It’s time for some Real Heroes! In Hitch’s world there are blockbuster films called “The Olympians.” Unfortunately for the stars of these films, they’re forced to take on the role of superheroes for real when an enemy meant for their heroic personas shows up in the real world. Hitch tells us that “The real stars of this…

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One-Hit Wonder #1 Review: More of a Miss…

By: Nicole D’Andria Lights, camera, action! One-Hit Wonder certainly has action but it’s not always the good kind. Child star Richie Reese is now a full-grown hitman who offs a target on set and makes quite a statement. However, his patron may be in danger if he can’t pull off his latest hit… and she’s not making it easy for him. Without the Hollywood gimmick this would be a very average title. Yet even with this gimmick this title still feels like it was a disappointingly missed opportunity. There are…

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