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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: 'Space Bastards' #1 by Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson, Darick Robertson, and Diego Rodriguez

 Acclaimed artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, HAPPY!) joins writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey as they unleash the galaxy's most vicious and depraved...parcel couriers?

Poor David S. Proton. A meek, unemployed accountant desperate for money, he joins the Intergalactic Postal Service, paired with Manny Corns, a.k.a. "The Manicorn," a sardonic brute who thrives on the competition provided by the IPS. But delivery is mercenary for these intergalactic dispatchers-payment goes solely to whoever fulfills the delivery, making every run a comically violent free-for-all between the most ruthless degenerates in the cosmos. Stand back, Lobo! Make way, Han Solo -- here come the Space Bastards!


SPACE BASTARDS #1

Writers: Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson

Artists: Darick Robertson, Diego Rodriguez

Letters: Simon Bowland

Publisher: Humanoids Publishing

Release Date: January 13, 2021

Cover Price: $5.99


Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Bored? Out of work? Looking to change careers? Tired of the corporate rat race? Need excitement in your life? Then the Intergalactic Postal Service might be for you. All you have to do is deliver a package to its intended destination without getting killed, maimed, or beaten to a pulp by competing postal workers and you'll be handsomely paid. That's the story behind 'Space Bastards' #1 from writers Joe Aubrey and Eric Peterson. And who better to draw this ultra-violent space scrum but The Boys' Darick Robertson. 

David S. Proton is one such sap who desperately applies for the job and has to shadow veteran carrier Manny Corns, a.k.a. The Manicorn on his first day. Each package earns you credit but the more hands it travels through the more valuable it is. What ensues is a wild and bloody roller coaster ride that's a cross between Looney Tunes, Death Race 2000, and The Postman. This is a gritty, violent, sci-fi action-adventure that is relentless and unapologetic. Robertson's style is so well-suited for this kind of heightened mayhem. There are also some quiet moments involving Proton's despair and inevitable emotional spiral that is well designed and paced. But it's the panel-filling bloody chaos that is Robertson's bread and butter here and it drives the story. 

The story is pretty straight-forward with some expected and not-so-expected twists along the way. The meek Proton is dragged through a gauntlet of rivals while learning the trade and finding his footing. It's really about the journey and what an adrenaline ride it is. For colors, Diego Rodriguez relies on a limited palette full of varying blues, greens, and orange. It creates an atmosphere all it's own that isn't as bleak as Judge Dredd but not as hyper-futuristic, neon-infused as Blade Runner

'Space Bastards' wears its attitude not only in its name but on every blood-soaked page. It's a fun barrage of violence and brutal competition that the creators have laid out and executed with all the subtlety of a chainsaw. Prepare to be transported to a wild futuristic world where package delivery is literally a cutthroat business. Do not miss it. 

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