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REVIEW: 'Karma Police' #1 by Chris Lewis, Tony Gregori, and Jasen Smith

★★★1/2 (3.5/5)
The monks of the Karma Grove Monastery try to ease spiritual suffering and promote peace, but when an evil that spans lifetimes challenges them, they’ll have to call upon their skills to liberate it from existence.

Karma Police is a unique story that positions monks as a sort of evil spirit-busters. The world is under siege and only a reincarnated Buddhist master and her elder can cleanse the world of them. A flashback sets the stage for what happens in the present. The duo is tasked with hunting down a major threat and it leads them to a strip club in Oregon, naturally. There is a certain sense of fun and quirkiness that shows Chris Lewis isn't taking it all too seriously.

The result is a colorful universe that includes a possessed toddler, luchador demons, and fiendish strippers.  There's also an enchanted dagger from her previous incarnation’s bloody past. She’ll have to resist its power and concentrate on stopping the reckless spirits from any more violence. 

Wi…

REVIEW: 'Postal' #19 by Bryan Hill, Isaac Goodhart and K. Michael Russell

★★★★☆ (4/5)
Tensions are running high as the townsfolk of Eden aren't too happy with the current change in leadership. A revolt is brewing. Is Mark strong enough to push back against the opposition? Meanwhile, Agent Bremble might finally get an audience with the man he's been after but will it pay off?
'Postal' has been building up the reveal of Eden's founder and Shiffron patriarch, Isaac. He's been mostly a boogeyman, a mythical figure spoken about in the most horrific sense. Isaac Goodhart gives him a presence despite being much older, heavily bearded, and using a cane. His conference with the much younger and cockier Bremble goes surprisingly calm but like any good Shiffron knows, manipulation is as effective as brute force. Goodhart's juxtaposition of these two opponents is stark in their physical appearance but it's clear through Bryan Hill's dialogue that Shiffron is spinning quite a web. 
The younger Shiffron, Mark, shows he has a little of his…

Joss Whedon in Talks to Bring 'Batgirl' to the Big Screen

Surprise! Batgirl is joining the DC Extended Universe with Joss Whedon writing and directing. 
There was a time that the outlook for big budget female-driven comic book films seemed nearly hopeless. Then slowly the success of DC and Marvel films dominated the box office leading to more and more features until finally a long overdue Wonder Woman film was announced then Marvel included Captain Marvel in their upcoming phase. Margot Robbie's break-out role as Harley Quinn in 'Suicide Squad' begat the planned 'Gotham City Sirens' film led by Quinn and other female villains. Today, Variety is reporting that Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) is close to a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros.
The report is a surprising one for two reasons. One, it was unclear if Whedon was going to return to Disney-Marvel after establishing their own series of blockbuster comic book films with The AvengersAvengers: Age of …

REVIEW: 'Jughead: The Hunger" One-Shot by Frank Tieri and Michael Walsh

★★★★☆ (4/5)
Archie Comics has had great success with their horror imprint, reimagining their iconic characters as survivors of a zombie apocalypse or exploring the dark roots of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's coven. They did away with the camp for serious thrills and chills. 'Jughead: The Hunger' one-shot follows the same sober and bloody path as Frank Tieri and Michael Walsh expose one of Riverdale's darkest secrets. 

There's a serial killer on the loose in Riverdale and has already claimed the lives of some familiar faces. The opening scene demonstrates just how vicious this killer really is. Elsewhere, Jughead, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and the rest are watching a horrific scene of another kind. Jughead has almost put an all-you-can-eat restaurant out of business by stuffing his face over and over again. It vividly describes "the hunger" withing the title of the book but what else does Jughead hunger for?

As the layers are peeled back some great backst…

Cress Williams Electrifies in Costume for CW's 'Black Lightning'

The first promotional image of Cress Williams as DC Comics' superhero Jefferson Pierce in  CW's latest comic book adaptation, "Black Lightning" has been released. 
The suit is a far cry from the character's humble beginnings in 1977 when he was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. The character was the first African-American DC Comics hero to have his own standalone comic title."Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking … Black Lightning will be that hope," executive producer Salim Akil said. "And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own superheroes."
Pierce is forced out of superhero retirement when one daughter is following in his footsteps to administer vigilante justice and the other is being recruited by a local gang. 
"Comics were a great way for me to escape," writer-director Akil added. "I was about …

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable Releases 3/29/17

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY 3/29/17 by Slidely Slideshow
This week is loaded with so much comic book goodness we had to cut off the recommendations at 23. Let's start with the #1s. Vault Comics has come out strong with titles like Heathen and Fissure. Karma Police #1 byChris Lewis and Jasen Smith is the fledgling publisher's latest gem. Dynamite has Doc Savage: Ring of Fire #1, Marvel debuts X-Men Prime #1 and Inhumans Prime #1, and DC Comics has some crazy crossovers with Hanna Barbara icons like Green Lantern & Space Ghost #1.
Check out this week's trade paperbacks like Henchgirl, The Hillbilly, Black Hammer, and more. Happy Reading!



(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Michael Lark "Cull," Part Five Vassalovka strikes. The Beast is unchained. Forever suffers a devastating loss.

(W) Marguerite Bennett (A/CA) Ariela Kristantina As the mystery of the Parisian Monstress lures Lady and Mariah deep into the catacombs beneath the city, our heroes discover that the Medusa is not the only evil …

Watch the Chilling New Teaser for Stephen King's "It"

Say goodbye to sleeping soundly because Warner Bros. just released the teaser trailer for the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel of the same name, "It." Pennywise the killer clown at the center of the story will haunt your dreams after watching this trailer. Enjoy!


When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. The trailer appears faithful to the source material as the opening sequence shows Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) chasing down his paper boat down a flooded gutter and comes to meet  Pennywise the Clown, played by Bill Skarsgaard (Hemlock Grove), in the sewer drain. It's just a freakshow from there as he continues to terrorize the kids in numerous frightening ways. 
"We all float down here."
Directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama)…

The Official DC Super Hero Joke Book Hits Stores Today!

One of the great things of childhood is finding humor in even the corniest of jokes and puns. There's an innocence to those days that make it a unique time. Just like discovering superheroes for the first time, debating with your friends whether Superman is better than Batman (he's not), and spending hours reading comics. Downtown Bookworks has combined our love of DC Comics' finest heroes with jokes, riddles, one-liners, and more in their latest offering to readers 8 and up with The Official DC Super Hero Joke Book by Noah Smith, Sarah Parvis, and Michael Robin. 

Packed with more than 600 puns, knock-knocks, one-liners, riddles, gags, and tongue twisters, The Official DC Super Hero Joke Book is sure to make you smile, laugh, and read jokes aloud to your friends. Illustrated with beloved classic DC comic book art, this first-of-its-kind, kid-friendly treasury is a great gift and a super-fun read. 


"I have a great deal of respect for these icons," said author Noah S…

PREVIEW: 'James Bond: Hammerhead' #6 by Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida

It all comes down to this. With the Royal Navy facing off against the Hammerhead super-weapon, and Britain’s nuclear arsenal in the hands of a war-mongering megalomaniac, 007 alone must infiltrate Kraken’s fortified retreat. He has a license to kill, and he aims to use it…
James Bond: Hammerhead #6 writer: Andy Diggle artist: Luca Casalanguida cover: Francesco Francavilla FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ 





'Mighty Mouse' is Returning to Comics with Variant Covers by Alex Ross, Neal Adams

Terrytoons' animated superhero Mighty Mouse has delighted fans the world over since his first appearance in 1942. Now, Dynamite Entertainment announces his triumphant return to comic books for the first time in nearly 30 years, with a series written by Sholly Fisch, illustrated by Igor Lima, and featuring variant cover artwork for the first issue by industry legends Alex Ross and Neal Adams.

Imagine that the world's greatest hero has been exiled to another dimension -- an alien world, where not even the laws of physics work the way they should. The only person who even believes the hero exists is a young kid whom no one will listen to. And yet, the hero -- who just happens to be a cartoon mouse -- remains the shining light that this drab, cynical world needs to restore its color and life. Here comes Mighty Mouse to save the day in his most unexpected adventure yet... right here, in the real world!

This summer, Dynamite will celebrate the character's 75th anniversary with a b…