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HEAVY METAL: 'Chasing The Dragon' #1 is Available Now

 In Chasing the Dragon , New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons. When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages? For fans of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad . CHASING THE DRAGON Writer: Denton J. Tiption  Artist: menton3 Publisher: Heavy Metal Release: Feb. 26, 2021  Order Here

REVIEW: 'Kick-Ass vs Hit-Girl' #3 by Steve Niles, Marcelo Frusin, and Sunny Gho

 Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl CLASH in the third issue of this explosive arc. Mindy's armed to serve her own brand of vigilante justice, just like Big Daddy taught her. Ready to slay the Dave imposter and leave Albuquerque's criminal empire in ruins.

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Marcelo Frusin, Sunny Gho
Letterer: John Workman
Editor: Rachael Fulton
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: January 13, 2021
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Finally! The moment fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. The Kick-Ass versus Hit-Girl in 'Kick-Ass vs Hit-Girl' finally came to fruition. The showdown was inevitable after Patience Lee donned the costume in her own series and after traveling the world on her own, Mindy aka Hit-Girl set her sights on this imposter. 

However, their tussle early on in the issue is short-lived. Outside forces interrupt the deadly standoff. The buildup was much anticipated but the confrontation was too brief! Still, it was fun to see them together. As fans, we would have loved a much longer battle but hopefully, this was yet another tease of what's to come in future issues. There's the obvious confusion for each. Mindy thinks Patience is just a poser sullying Dave's memory as the original Kick-Ass. Patience doesn't understand why Mindy's attacking her. It's a tense scene that not only escalates but puts them both in equal danger. Steve Niles does an exceptional job of writing fluid action sequences while providing minimal dialogue. This economy of words leads to amazing sequential art by Marcelo Frusin and Sunny Gho. 

'Kick-Ass vs Hit-Girl' lives up to its title albeit briefly in the exciting showdown we've all waited for. Niles lets Frusin and Gho do the heavy-lifting with some tense, action-filled, panels that drive the story when words aren't enough. For fans of this universe, the series is starting to pay off.