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REVIEW: 'Kick-Ass' #4 by Mark Millar, John Romita, Jr., and Peter Steigerwald

Trapped, beaten, and outnumbered Patience Lee faces her first real test as Kick-Ass as she tries to save a policeman being held hostage by Violencia and his goons. Will she be exposed?


KICK-ASS #4 
Writer: Mark Millar Artist: John Romita, Jr., Peter Steigerwald Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 16, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
It wouldn't be a great hero's journey without some adversity or in this case, a lot of adversity to test and harden the resolve of the hero. Patience is in deep and catching hands left and right. Mark Millar has created an impossible situation for his new Kick-Ass. Thanks to her smarts and her military training she keeps her wits about herself in order to try to find a way out. 
Patience has had it relatively easy so far going out as Kick-Ass taking from crooks and giving to the needy (keeping some for herself). She's been able to outsmart and outmuscle them so far giving her a false sense of confidence. Now, the table's have…
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REVIEW: 'Betty and Veronica: Vixens' #6 by Jamie Lee Rotante, Jen Vaughn, and Elaina Unger

With the first arc out of the way, 'Betty and Veronica: Vixens' has established its Riverdale biker gang as the real deal. The one-time group of frenemies has bonded into one fearless vigilante force dispensing justice all over town. Now, their exploits have attracted some unwarranted attention from a shady character.

Betty and Veronica: Vixens #6 Written by Jamie Lee Rotante Illustrated by Jen Vaughn Colored by Elaina Unger Lettered by Rachel Deering On Sale Date: 5/9 32-page, full-color comic $3.99 U.S.
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
What's made this one of my favorite titles of the year is the commitment by writer Jamie Lee Rotante to show that Betty, Veronica, and their schoolmates are truly some badass leather-clad biker chicks. It would have been easy to dismiss the premise of 'Vixens' when it was previewed that this would be more of a comedic spoof in an alternative storyline than to see them fully realized as a legitimate force to be reckoned with. And so far they'v…

PREVIEW: 'Brigands: Ruin of Thieves' #1 by Ram V, Sumit Kumar, and ROSH

The Myros Comet passes overhead, setting the night ablaze, a spark to a tinderbox of political forces vying for its power. As the first flames of conflict begin to lick at their heels, our heroes, led by the infamous Stilian ‘Blackheart’ Desault, find themselves on the smuggler’s isle of Rekik. And, for all their efforts at keeping their heads low, trouble seems to have a knack of tightening the noose around their necks.

BRIGANDS: RUIN OF THIEVES #1
Writer(s): Ram V Artist Name(s): Sumit Kumar, ROSH Cover Artist(s): Sumit Kumar (Cover A), Artyom Trakhanov (Cover B), Anand Radhakrishnan (Cover C)
32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99







PREVIEW: 'The Archies' #7 by Alex Segura, Matt Rosenberg, Joe Eisma, and Matt Herms

This is it! The band has reached the end of their tour. Are they ready to play the show Veronica booked for them way back in THE ARCHIES #1? Have they learned enough to open up for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS? The hard-rockin' conclusion to the beloved rock 'n' roll comic is here! FINAL ISSUE


THE ARCHIES #7

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Cliff Chiang, Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full-color comic
$3.99 U.S.







PREVIEW: 'Turok Vol. 1: Blood Hunt' TP by Chuck Wendig and Álvaro Sarraseca

The fascist Saurian soldiers of the Varanid Empire-part dinosaur, part man, all bad news-have seized control of the Lost Valley, and only the mysterious man known as Turok is willing to stand against them! But the all-new Turok only cares about one thing: he’s on a quest to track down a missing girl - and she might hold clues as to how the Lost Valley has changed so much!


Now Turok must infiltrate a prison camp run by the Varanid Empire in order to get more information about her whereabouts -- and beware, any Varanid soldier who gets in his way - because there’s a reason they call him the Dinosaur Hunter!
Turok Vol. 1: Blood Hunt TP

writer: Chuck Wendig

artist | cover: Álvaro Sarraseca

FC  |  140 pages  |  $19.99  |   Teen+

COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5 PLUS BONUS MATERIAL

In Stores 05/16/2018














PRE-ORDER: 'Archie' #31 by Mark Waid, Ian Flynn, Audrey Mok, and Kelly Fitzpatrick

Break-ups, hook-ups, Archie on the guitar again, and the Bee drops a huge announcement! Add to this the threat of the Blossom Twins' real father, and peril is everywhere as this arc races towards its game-changing conclusion!


ARCHIE #31

Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Ben Caldwell, Pete Woods
On Sale Date: 6/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

FINAL ORDERS DUE 5/14
ON SALE 6/6

Artwork by Audrey Mok and Kelly Fitzpatrick








FCBD REVIEW: 'Shadow Roads' by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, A.C. Zamudio, and Carlos N. Zamudio

The crew behind The Sixth Gun is back in its aftermath with another supernatural western that is every bit as exciting and engaging. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt ride again with a hit series in waiting. The new ongoing arrives this June from Oni Press but Free Comic Book Day provided a prelude for your enjoyment.

Shadow Roads #1 W: Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, A: A.C. Zamudio, C: Carlos N. Zamudio, CA: A.C. Zamudio with Carlos N. Zamudio (Cover A), Brian Hurtt with Carlos N. Zamudio (Cover B)
The world is thinnest at The Crossroads, a mythical plane that serves as a doorway throughout the universe. It is here that a band of adventurers throughout the Wild West gather, brought together by Gord Cantrell and Abigail Redmayne with a singular purpose: to fight back against the creatures that would endanger the sanctity of all creation.
SHADOW ROADS is the set in the world that remains after the conclusion of Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree’s critically-acclaimed series, The Sixth Gu…

KICKSTARTER SPOTLIGHT: 'Elk Mountain' Examines the Role Superheroes Play in the Communities They Defend

Comic book professionals Jordan Clark, Vince Underwood, Brittany Peer, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou have just launched a Kickstarter for their passion project comic book ELK MOUNTAIN. It's a thoughtful exploration about the relationship between heroes, the communities they serve, and everything that entails. Check out this colorful preview and consider contributing to the team's reasonable goals to enjoy this promising comic book. Plus, the hero Valor has a sexy beard. How can you not like that?


Elk Mountain explores the relationship between heroes and the communities they defend. What are the realistic expectations of these heroes? Can we expect them to be everywhere and save everyone? Is it smart to put so much faith in one individual, no matter how powerful they are?

And what are the responsibilities of a community to its hero? How much is it for them to be accountable for what goes on where they live?


Elk Mountain also looks at how the current climate of fear can break apart a …

Erica Schultz's New Thriller TWELVE DEVILS DANCING #1 Arrives This July

American comic book writer and editor Erica Schultz, best known for her work on the Charmed comic series from Dynamite Entertainment and as the co-creator of M3, released the 20-page first issue of her newest graphic mini-series, TWELVE DEVILS DANCING, at last year’s New York Comic Con.


Now you can get the first issue in your hands from Action Lab: Danger Zone this July, which collects the first three issues (with 64 pages of material).

TWELVE DEVILS DANCING hits all the right notes of a frightening and entertaining cat-and-mouse thriller. When Agent Cooper retired from the FBI with a terminal condition, he was hailed as a hero for his role in solving the gruesome “Crypto Killer” murders. But when the real Crypto Killer emerges from the shadows to taunt him years later, Cooper must confront his past with new clues to solve the case in the little time he has left. The only complication? He has to protect Aisha Miller, a potential target for the Crypto Killer. Aisha is the smartest pers…