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  • “WEAVERS #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Horror and crime have always gone hand in hand, usually one being a result of the other and vice versa. Though supernatural crime bosses and occult-powered bad guys aren’t anything new, WEAVERS has given the possessed mobsters a unique twist via mystic spiders. But, unlike other super-powered spider-men, the recipients of such powers don’t use the power with great responsibility, but instead have used them to become the most powerful crime family on the East Coast. Despite being an interesting take on the moral ambiguity of the urban jungle, WEAVERS melts easily into the background of other noir work and struggles to be wholly original.  

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  • “HOUSE OF PENANCE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    The Winchester Mansion is considered to be one of the strangest, if not most haunted, house in North America. Located in San Jose, California, it was built by the widow of the William Winchester, an heir to the Winchester gun fortune and was meant to give the spirits of the victims shot down by the guns a home. But it’s no mere mansion: Sarah Winchester’s immense wealth allowed for an almost maze like building to be built around the clock for years, with staircases that led to nowhere, rooms that no one could get into, and doors that opened into walls or sometimes, onto a three story drop. There were, of course, standard rooms and at least one working toilet (among 20 bathrooms) because how else was she supposed to escape the spirits that haunted her in her sleep?

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  • “THE HUNTED TRIBE: DECLARATION OF WAR” (Book Review)

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    As someone who comes across myriad books, movies, comics and music on a daily basis, this writer must admit that there’s something refreshing about finding something that just feels unique. With the zeitgeist feeding the influences of so many writers, it’s difficult to really become lost in something that feels compelling and confident whilst being different from anything else out in the marketplace. Luckily, Roma Gray’s THE HUNTED TRIBE: DECLARATION OF WAR checks off all those categories and so much more, offering a tale of magic and monsters that feels simultaneously intense and personable.

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  • “MERCY” (Book Review)

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    One night, Philadelphia dark-fiction author T. Fox Dunham (pictured above) discovered that a golf-ball-sized lump had materialized just below his left ear. Eventually, he was diagnosed with a rare composite form of lymphoma—Hodgkin’s, large cell. A death sentence, basically, but even with the metaphorical gun cocked, loaded and pressed against your temple, the will to survive can be overwhelming.

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  • “EXMORTIS” (Comic Book Review)

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    World War II has become a literary genre all its own. Creating a generation of Americans who grew up watching Superman punch out Hitler while munching on rationed peas, it’s no wonder that the Great War would still cast a long shadow on the collective conscience. Luckily, the war eventually ended in 1945 because it’s not like Nazis can live forever… right? Well, they can if they’re zombies.

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  • “SELF STORAGE” (Comic Book Review)

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    451 Comics is really doing a service for fans of graphic novels and the like. By taking inspired, cinematic scripts and stories stuck in the Hollywood development system and giving them the comic book treatment, they’re not only providing writers with an uncompromising creative outlet, but they’re giving fans the chance to read content that hasn’t been noted and watered down to death by executives. Instead, they get truly great, mature storytelling with a look that reads in a way not unlike cinema, and if you’re a horror fan, you’ll get something like Clay Mcleod Chapman’s SELF STORAGE.

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  • “BILL AND TED GO TO HELL #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    If you were ever a child of the eighties or just simply a fan of Keanu Reeves back when he was still a surfing wild child, Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan should be names you are intimately aware of. With sweet guitar riffs and totally bodacious babes, BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and its sequel BILL AND TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY  have been cult favorites for twenty five years, with a rumored threequel that could bring a new generation of fans into its fold. Yet, while we wait to see if the rumors are true, BOOM! Studios has given us a peak into what these two rude dudes have been up to, and let’s just say, it’s most atrocious.  

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  • “SHADOW GLASS #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    The Renaissance brought a lot of things to the world: math, science, big poofy collars, the end to that Debbie-downer known as the Middle Ages (I mean, right?). But despite its contribution to modern thought, it wasn’t all ballads and tight pants. With every step forward in progression, a deep undercurrent of hate and paranoia swept along its ruddy sewers, most notably with the early modern witch-hunts. For every pious Christian, there were five witches swarming around, eating babies and banging Satan; Dark Horse’s new comic, SHADOW GLASS, explores just that.

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  • “THE DISCIPLINE” (Comic Book Review)

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    Writer Peter Milligan has always been known to push the boundaries. A participant of the late ‘80s-early ‘90s DC Comics British Invasion scene, he has carved himself out a small but impressive niche alongside comic giants Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, and Grant Morrison. Though he’s primarily known for his runs on DC/Vertigo title, he has stepped out to lend his talent to other publishers and, with THE DISCIPLINE, has landed on Image Comics doorstep. If the title sounds a bit sexy, that’s because it is, but toss all notions of Fifty Shades aside. Closer to an erotic horror than a horror you find in your moms erotic underwear drawer, THE DISCIPLINE explores the connections between sex, magic, and the madness that lies in between them.

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  • “I AM A HERO” (Comic Book Review)

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    The zombie apocalypse does different things to different people. Some people take up arms and blast away the undead with impunity, while others horde their resources and hide in the woods, and yet others simply turn into human chum bait and become more zombies. But then there is Hideo. When you’re already struggling with schizophrenia and paranoia, how can you really be sure there is a zombie apocalypse to begin with?

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  • “HANNIBAL LECTER AND PHILOSOPHY” (Book Review)

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    Not long ago, a juicy-looking tome entitled HANNIBAL LECTER AND PHILOSOPHY: THE HEART OF THE MATTER landed on my doorstep. Edited by Joseph Westfall, the paperback book holds 268 pages and is part of Open Court Publishing’s academic “Popular Culture and Philosophy” series, which delves into music, movies, books, characters, and more within sociological and philosophical contexts.

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  • “THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO” (Comic Book Review)

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    From middle school required reading to literary scholars, the name Edgar Allen Poe is recognized across the board as one of the greatest American storytellers of all time. Founder of the detective genre and father of the macabre, Poe has not only had his words printed on paper, but has been adapted into movies, plays, radio dramas, and, of course, comics. Action Comics is the newest company to add their own spin on one of his classics, going with a Poe staple, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO. Unfortunately, while the creators gave it the full college try, the comic fell short of reaching the same depth that the original story had and lacked the antagonistic frenemy vibe that powered Poe’s words.

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