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The Drill Down 403: Holiday Gift Guide 2015
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The holiday season is coming up and The Drill Down would like you to be ready for it. So as we do every year around this time, we’ve prepared a list of what we consider the perfect gifts to give… and get this holiday. So before you stand around for hours this Black Friday, spend some time with us. Here’s the Drill Down’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015.

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Comic Review: The Roman Nose, Book 1
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The Roman Nose, Book 1
Written by Seth Kushner
Art, Colors, and Letters by George Folz
Cover by Darwyn Cooke
Available at Comixology
Release Date: April 22, 2015
Cover Price: $1.99

So Seth Kushner emailed me a couple of weeks ago about his newest project called The Roman Nose, Book 1. An unusual title, I must say. So I followed the link and snagged a copy to read. It’s nothing like his SCHMUCK comic, a pseudo-bio about life in the Big Apple. I was expecting a similar style book but I couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Set in Rome in 2114, we find our “hero” enjoying the local scenery. I use the term hero quite loosely because, while he does have a power of sorts, it’s not one of those more conventional powers like flight or super strength. This guy has hyperosmia, also known as a heightened sense of smell. He gets downright Sherlockian in his deductions and uses it to stay one step ahead of trouble. There are some odd moments, obviously pointedly reminding us that this story is set in the future. There are some Dalek looking “Goombots” that are sent after him early on in the story. Luckily he is able to escape on his…Vespa? By breaking down a gate? The Vespa has gotten some serious upgrades in the future, let me tell you! Throw in mafia wives, ex-girlfriends, and evil popes to get one hell of a fun ride. There is a plot to overthrow the people in power and only our hero (known by the moniker The Roman Nose) is able to stop it!

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Amazon Acquires Digital Comics Platform comiXology
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Comic book fans got a surprise on Thursday when it was announced that Amazon will acquire the digital comics platform comiXology. ComiXology has become the biggest digital distributor for comics and is also one of the top non-game apps in terms of in-app purchases. There are not a lot of details at this time on how the acquisition will affect current users of the platform.

In an announcement on comiXology’s website, CEO David Steinberger said “ComiXology will retain its identity as an Amazon subsidiary and we’re not done “˜taking comics further'”.

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Comic Review: Watson and Holmes
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Watson And Holmes #1-6
Created by Brandon Perlow & Paul Mendoza
Written by Karl Bollers
Art by Rick Leonardi, Larry Stroman
Colors by Paul Mendoza, GuruEFX, Archie Van Buren, Jay David Ramos
Letters by Taylor Esposito, Dave Lanphear, Nicole McDonnell, Wilson Ramos Jr.
New Paradigm Studios
Cover Price: $2.99 each

Is it just me or does it seem like everything is getting a makeover or a reboot these days? I know the winds of change are always blowing but sometimes it feels like everything is the same, though perhaps just slightly different. Take the legendary Sherlock Holmes, for instance. New movies, a couple of ongoing television programs, and several different comics. Some are modern, some are not. Every one of them is ever so slightly different in the concept, few are spectacular. None of them, however, are as far off the beaten path as Watson And Holmes.

This particular incarnation features two men, both African-American, with a distinct sense of civic duty. We still have Holmes as a private investigator with uncanny deduction skills but this time he’s a bit more action oriented. His well-known and steadfast companion is still in the medical field but this time he’s an intern and far more athletic than in versions past. The setting is very urban, gang activity is a way of life and death is commonplace. A place where the innocent and the guilt live side by side and the line between them is blurred. And even though the status quo is so disheartening, the locals are terrified of what might happen were they to become involved in anything.

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Comic Review: Broken Cortex #1
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Broken Cortex #1
Written by Rodney Roger
Illustrated by Angel Martinez
Colored by Angel Martinez
Lettered by J.P.
Cover by Angel Martinez
R-Comics
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Cover Price: $0.99

The undead are rising and there’s no place to hide. Broken Cortex #1 is written by Rodney Roger with illustrations from Angel Martinez. Can a family put aside their differences and overcome a massive zombie outbreak?

As Riley Thompson visits his dysfunctional family for the first time in years, a zombie outbreak occurs. Thankfully, the entire group has managed to survive together within the confines of their country farm house over a several month period; however, Riley and company eventually make a discovery that will impact them for the foreseeable future.

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