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Comic Review: Richie Rich #5
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Richie Rich #5
Written by Buddy Scalera
Art by James Silvani
Colors by Dustin Evans
Letters by Deron Bennett
Edited by Arron Sparrow
Concept by Brent E. Erwin
Ape Entertainment/Kizoic
Release Date: June 6, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Starting with Richie Rich #5 this series goes monthly, and I have to say, the 10-year-old in me is really happy about it, and I think the 10-year-old in you will enjoy it just as much.

Writer Buddy Scalera gives us a great lead story in this issue, one that reminds me of the classic Richie Rich stories, but with a modern day twist. I have to admit, reading the series before I wasn’t totally digging the Jonny Quest take on Richie Rich that Ape Entertainment had going on. But, in this issue, Scalera returns Richie to his roots and tells a story that could only happen to “the poor little rich boy.” It’s a great parody of classic superhero comics, one that I think you’ll enjoy and find really charming. A couple of classic characters are introduced from the Richie Rich universe, and the whole story really comes off as the Richie Rich we all know and love.

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‘Black Dynamite’ Comic on the Way
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This project has not been formally announced yet, but yesterday, finished pages from a Black Dynamite comic hit the internet.

For those not in the know, Black Dynamite is the mock blaxploitation, or moxploitation, film about a badass federal agent who wages war against “The Man” after his brother dies from overdosing on “smack.” Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight) is the lead character Black Dynamite.

I LOVED the movie and thought that it was a perfect homage to the 70’s blaxploitation films and a witty satire at the same time. I am eagerly awaiting a formal announcement on this comic from Ape Entertainment. I will buy the singles and the trade. I want this hardcover on my shelf. I can’t wait to read Black Dynamite’s battles against “The Man” on a monthly basis.

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Comic Review: Bizarre New World: Population Explosion
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Bizarre New World: Population Explosion
Written & Created by Skipper Martin
Pencils by Christopher Provencher
Colors by Wes Dzioba
Lettering by Ellen Everett
Cover Pencils by Tone Rodriguez
Ape Entertainment
Cover Price: $6.95; On-sale: now

By far, the coolest perk I’ve experienced with this whole “internet reviewer” gig was when creators actually started emailing me requests to review their comics. Me personally. When I got my very first such email, I was all at once shocked, nervous, and elated. I had finally arrived! Forget that I wasn’t making money doing it. Pfft. Who needed money? This was something MUCH more important”¦ MUCH more substantial.

People were giving me their comics.

How many years had I waited for that very thing to happen? To no longer have to go searching for the coolest stuff on the racks”¦ to actually have it come to me!

Well, come to me it has, folks. The first must-read book of 2008 just got dropped in my lap and I couldn’t be happier.

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