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All-New Latinx Fantasy Mini-Series 'Helm Greycastle' from Henry Barajas and Top Cow Lands this April

Critically acclaimed writer Henry Barajas ( La Voz de M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo ) teams up with artist Rahmat M. Handoko ( Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Ultimate Spider-Man: Infinite Comic ) and colorist Bryan Valenza ( Witchblade ) for the all-new Latinx fantasy series Helm Greycastle . This four-issue miniseries will launch from Image/Top Cow Productions this April.  Helm Greycastle will also feature alternative covers by such talent as David Lapham ( Stray Bullets ), Tony Parker ( God of War ), and Becky Cloonan ( Immortal Wonder Woman ), along with a bonus Latinx one-shot RPG ( 5E compatible ) written by Tristan J. Tarwater ( Rolled & Told ) and showcasing art by Jen Vaughn ( d20 Dames ). "What if the Aztec Empire defeated the Spanish Conquistadors? As a Mexican-American who has had no formal education on my indigenous background, writing this book has been very empowering," said Barajas. "I'm excited to share some Mesoamerican history while mixing it wit

REVIEW: 'Spy Seal' #1 by Rich Tommaso

Don't let the adorable cover art fool you, 'Spy Seal' #1 by Rich Tommaso is full blown spy thriller that is as charming as it is exciting.



SPY SEAL #1 
    
Writer: Rich Tommaso
Artist: Rich Tommaso
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: August 16, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

It's Britain during the Cold War and Malcolm Warner is a seal out of work and looking for a distraction from the tempestuous world affairs he reads about in the paper. He accompanies his friend Sylvia to an art show and all hell breaks loose. 

Tommaso creates a vibrant and colorful anthropomorphic world full of human-like seals, bunnies, dogs, cats, birds, etc. The art style is clean and appealing. If the themes weren't so mature this would make a great children's book. Thankfully, it's an intriguing spy thriller that gains steam midway through the book and keeps rolling. Malcolm becomes a man seal of action when the moment arises giving him a new outlook on life. He inadvertently thwarts an assassination attempt and becomes embroiled in an international incident. Malcolm becomes Spy Seal. 

Tommaso does a great job pacing the story, It's informative without weighing the story down with a lot of exposition. He makes Malcolm decisive and confident without being cocky or aloof. The other characters develop naturally without feeling forced and the art is just a visual treat. It really is "reminiscent of The Adventures of Tintin and Usagi Yojimbo," as it describes itself. 

'Spy Seal' is a fun spy adventure with darker undertones that works on different levels. It's a subversive tale of Cold War espionage that's well-paced and entertaining. This is a solid read worth your time. 

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