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REVIEW: 'Redneck' #5 by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren, and Dee Cunniffe

'Redneck' continues to be one of the best-written dramas in comics. For a vampire-inspired story. Don Cates is more interested in developing well-crafted characters and complicated family dynamics amid a century old feud than relying on tired tropes. This issue is an example of dialogue over violence, conscience over vengeance, and reconciliation over aggression.

REDNECK #5  Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Lisandro Estherren, Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Joe Sabino Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 23, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Bartlett's been the conscience of the series thus far. Even though he's not a blood relative of the Bowmans, being a vampire too makes him a part of the family. The death of Slap has turned the Bowman's lives upside down and rekindled the feud with the Landrys. It's reached a boiling point with J.V. about to kill Father Landry. Bartlett has to stop him and explain Landry wasn't at fault. 
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REVIEW: 'Shirtless Bear Fighter' #3 by Jody LeHeup, Sebastian Girner, and Nil Vendrell

If you're not reading 'Shirtless Bear Fighter' you're missing one of the most entertaining comics available. It's silly, over-the-top, and full of bare-knuckle bear punching. Shirtless is being held hostage by evil Fuzzy Wipes CEO Jaxson Logger and the only person that can save him is FBI agent Suzie Silva.

SHIRTLESS BEAR FIGHTER #3  Writer: Jody LeHeup, Sebastian Girner Artist: Nil Vendrell, Mike Spicer Letterer: Dave Lanphear Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 23, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
After a brief but cute opening flashback to Agent Silva's childhood, we see the adult Silva scoping out the Fuzzy Wipes factory where Shirtless is being held. Wearing a t-shirt, his one weakness, Shirtless is bound and gagged with Logger in full menacing super-villain mode about to monologue his evil plan for deforestation to fuel his world domination of wet wipes. Yes, you've read that right.
It's this kind of reverence for action movie tr…

PRE-ORDER: All-New Crime/Horror GASOLINA Series Coming from Image/Skybound

Creators Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter team up with colorist Mat Lopes and letterer Rus Wooton for an all-new crime/horror adventure, GASOLINA, from Image/Skybound Entertainment and reveal interior pages for a sneak peek into the new story.

Fugitives. Rebels. Newlyweds. GASOLINA follows Amalia and Randy on their journey south from El Norte. They have played many roles in order to survive, but now, they must become unlikely leaders in the fight against a new cartel who uses inhuman tactics to ignite the most monstrous war Mexico—and the world—has ever seen.
“Skybound is the most creatively stimulating environment I’ve ever experienced, so in creating this comic with Niko Walter, I’m putting to use everything I’ve learned from all the talented creators I’ve worked with… and also Robert Kirkman,” said Mackiewicz. “I can’t imagine publishing my first comic anywhere but at Image/Skybound.”
Everything burns in this new series where love and devotion can only be measured in fire and blood.

PREVIEW: 'Sisters of Sorrow' #2 by Courtney Alameda, Kurt Sutter, Hyeonjin Kim, and Jean-Paul Csuka

In the wake of the Sisters’ first public action, the women decide to target three additional men before the LAPD has a chance to mount a counteroffensive.

Sisters of Sorrow #2
STORY BY Courtney Alameda and Kurt Sutter ART BY Hyeonjin Kim COLORS BY Jean-Paul Csuka LETTERS BY Jim Campbell COVER BY Andre de Freitas and Taj Tenfold PUBLISHER BOOM! Studios 3.99(USD) 2017-08-23

PREVIEW: 'Blood Brothers' #3 by Fabian Rangel Jr. and Javier Caba

The Soliz Brothers aren’t seeing eye to eye on their next move. Diego believes that the missing skull they’re looking for was purchased by none other than Medusa, and wants to question her. His brother and their boss want to them to keep looking for Calavera. Diego disobeys and finds himself in serious trouble in the form of a raging Minotaur!

Blood Brothers #3 writer: Fabian Rangel Jr. artist: Javier Caba cover: Javier Caba FC  •  32 pages  •  $3.99  •   Teen+  

'Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands' #1 Returns Tony Isabella To The Character He Co-Created

You won't have to wait for Jefferson Pierce to debut on the CW to see Black Lightning. BLACK LIGHTNING: COLD DEAD HANDS #1 sees the return of original writer and co-creator Tony Isabella with hot artist Clayton Henry (Harbinger) to introduce a new generation to the fan-favorite superhero in a new mini-series coming this November.

Written by TONY ISABELLA Art and cover by CLAYTON HENRY Variant cover by KEN LASHLEY
All-new mini-series by original creator Tony Isabella teamed with superstar artist Clayton Henry! Black Lightning is back and things are not the same! In his home town of Cleveland, high school teacher Jefferson Pierce is a role model for his students. As Black Lightning, he’s fighting to keep them safe, even as his city’s streets are invaded by local gangs with deadly super-weapons. And wait until you see who their supplier is! Real-world issues in a super-hero world! Expect the unexpected! 
On sale NOVEMBER 1 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 U…

PREVIEW: ' X-O Manowar' #6 by Matt Kindt, Doug Braithwaite, and Diego Rodriguez

From the bloodied battlefields to the highest seat of imperial power, there is something rotten in Aric of Dacia’s new home… With an entire planet in turmoil, the mighty warrior once known as X-O Manowar can trust no one, especially those he holds dearest. But will the former hero of Earth rise and become the champion of his adopted planet...or will his growing horde of enemies crush him where he stands?

“GENERAL” comes to its unrelenting finale here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (BLOODSHOT U.S.A.) ready Valiant’s unstoppable hero for his greatest challenge to power yet!
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #6 Written by MATT KINDT Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE, DIEGO RODRIGUEZ Letters by Dave Sharpe Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JUN172076) Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON  (JUN172077) Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUN172078) X-O Manowar Icon Variant by ARIEL OLIVETTI (JUN172079)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale A…

PREVIEW: 'Red Sonja Vol. 4 #8 by Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez

Buckle up for a wild journey as Sonja treks across America looking for a way back to Hyrkania. But as she heads further West, all she seems to find is trouble...

Red Sonja Vol. 4 #8 In stores on 08/23/2017 writer: Amy Chu artist: Carlos Gomez covers: Mike McKone (A)               Ben Caldwell (B)               Jonboy Meyers (C)               Cosplay Photo Variant (D)               Mel Rubi (E-Sub)               Cosplay Photo (RI-Virgin)               Mike McKone (RI-B/W)               Mel Rubi (RI-B/W) FC  •  32 pages  •  $3.99  •   Teen+  

PRE-ORDER: Pop Tate Reveals a Town's Darkest Secrets in RIVERDALE #6!

Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, this issue gives us a peek into all the secrets Pop Tate overhears in his day-to-day business, told through four vignettes in four different booths!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Ross Maxwell, Will Ewing Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman Cover: CW Photo Cover Variant Cover: Francesco Francavilla On Sale Date: 9/13 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.

Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla