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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: 'Robot Western' #1 by Doug Hopkins

 On a crusade that will uncover the darkest secrets of the wild west, the true purpose of a young robot boy is revealed. This is the story of Robot Western.

Score: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Doug Hopkins has taken on an ambitious challenge. He's creating a comic book series in conjunction with an animated series through Kickstarter. 'Robot Western' is exactly what it sounds like, an old-fashioned Western tale told in a universe made up of only robots and androids. The Canadian creator admits to being influenced by classics like Star Wars, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica and Disney’s Tron, and The Black Hole. The first issue reveals those influences while also paying homage to the pulpy Westerns of the past. 

The premise involves a young boy-bot named Rusty who's thrust into chaos. The story follows his adventures across the frontier as he, and a band of unlikely heroes, struggle to save their world from the unknown. The first issue, however, introduces a band of bandits about to attempt a train heist. The train heist is a Western staple and in this futuristic desert world inhabited by robots, the familiar trope takes on a fresh look. 

Hopkins' designs paired with the digital composition of the page makes it beautiful to read. It's a very clean and colorful execution that is propelled by the well-choreographed action sequences. The story is very straight-forward full of interesting colorful characters that harken back to iconic caricatures found in the history of Western novels, movies, and television shows. It really does have the feel of a young adult Star Wars book that kids will enjoy. 

'Robot Western' #1 is a passion project from Hopkins that is lovingly created in the spirit of the Western mixed with science fiction.