Aphrodite IX #3 Written by Matt Hawkins
Art by Stjepan Sejic
Letters by Troy Peteri
Edited by Bryan Rountree
Covers by Stjepan Sejic, David Finch, Eric Basaldua, and SDCC Exclusive Photo Cover Top Cow Productions, Inc.
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99
Aphrodite IX #3 was a bit of a surprise to me. I had read and loved the original series, but this one is quite a far departure from that. That being said, it has its good and bad points like any comic.
Writer Matt Hawkins takes this long dormant title in a WHOLE different direction. And, I have to say, it’s OK. Not great, but not horrible either. The first few pages were a little hard to get through. His introduction is muddled and hard to follow if you’re new to the title like me. But, before too long, you get the gist of what the story is and the details of the world that the story is set in. After you’re settled in, the story gets pretty interesting. There’s decent amounts of character drama, action and intrigue.
Thanks to our friends at Top Cow Productions and their partners at Heroes and Villains Entertainment, Geeks of Doom is thrilled to present a 9-page preview of their upcoming genre-blending samurai vs. vampires mini-series, Bushido.
Written by Rob Levin and illustrated by Jessada Sutthi, Bushido takes place in feudal Japan and tells the tale of Kichiro, a young shipwrecked boy who is raised by samurai and trained in the art of Bushido. As he grows, and a vampiric threat emerges, Kichiro will lead a small group of samurai as Japan’s only line of defense.
Bushido #1 will be released digitally at ComiXology on July 12th, 2013 with a print copy to follow in October. Check out the preview pages here below to prepare yourself for the way of the samurai.
Son of Merlin #1 took me immediately back to the late 1990s when Matt Hawkins launched his Lady Pendragon universe for Image. That’s basically what this is, just updated for current times.
First off, Robert Place Napton was a great choice for writer for this series. He’s got the experience doing this kind of book, and that helps a lot. What I liked about this comic is that it’s Merlin and Morgan in modern times. They’re not pulled through a portal and are now fish out of water; instead, they’ve been living continuously from ancient times right up until now. And, from the looks of things, they’ve been fighting a war since they first became enemies. Now, this book IS called The Son of Merlin, so obviously, the son of Merlin actually comes into play in this issue. As much fun as I had with this book, Merlin’s son turns out to be the fish out of water in this book. It’s the typical “I’m a man of science, I don’t believe in magic” that we’re seen in a lot of comics before this, so I hope that future issues steer away from that.