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Comic Review: Book Of Da
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Book of DaBook Of Da
Written by Mike McCubbins
Illustrated by Matt Bryan
Cover by Matt Bryan
Big List Of Dead People
Release Date: July 1, 2013
Buy Now: $20.00

There’s something fishy going on under the sea. Writer Mike McCubbins and illustrator Matt Bryan have met their Kickstarter goal and created the graphic novel, Book of Da — an underwater adventure of otherworldly proportions.

A fish-like reverend recounts a tale to his underwater fellowship. He charismatically tells of Da, the spiritual being who controls the emotions of fish. Once, Da grew upset; and when Da is upset, the sea creatures are not too happy either. This did not bode well for the deep-sea diver who had, unfortunately, offended Da. Trying to make things right and learn more about Da in hopes of protecting others in the future, the diver journeyed into the depths of the sea in search of a long-lost ruined city; however, the creatures of the ocean — big and small — were after the diver, making his quest as difficult as possible. But there is more to the story and the reverend is clearly hiding valuable information.

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Comic Review: Man From Space #1
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Man From Space #1Man From Space #1
Written by Marc Jackson
Illustrated by Marc Jackson
Weirdo Comics
Release Date: Available Now
Cover Price: Free!

Man From Space #1 is a pretty darn entertaining web comic. I have to admit, I’m usually not a big fan of web comics, but for some reason, this one really entertained me.

Writer and artist Marc Jackson takes us for a super crazy, wild space ride, and it’s every bit as fun as it can be. The story goes ALL OVER the place and sometimes you get lost, but that’s OK, because it’s all fun and it’s all good. There’s so many interesting characters introduced in this comic, yet they’re never hard to keep track of. All in all, this comic is definitely worth your time.

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Comic Review: Tabatha #1
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Tabatha #1Tabatha #1
Created and Written by Neil Gibson
Pencils and Inks by Casper Wijngaard
Color by Casper Wijngaard and Anja Poland
Letters by Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
TPub
Digital Release Date: November 28, 2012
Cover Price: $0.99

Never judge a book by its cover. We’ve all heard that, right? Well, toss that in the rubbish bin. The cover is what drew me to this comic and I went in hoping for something dark and twisted. Guess what? I got my wish. Tabatha #1 delivered in spades.

Imagine a sunny day in Los Angeles, birds are chirping and kids are playing. It’s just another day in the life of Luke, the friendly mailman out on his route. After getting harassed by his boss, he got right to work delivering packages and envelopes to the public. Getting attacked by a little old lady, being subjected to a very naked and very large man, getting to flirt with a sexy, tattooed beauty…these are just regular occurrences with our happy-go-lucky postal employee.

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Comic Review: The Westwood Witches #2
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The Westwood Witches #2The Westwood Witches #2
Written by El Torres
Illustrated by Abel García
Lettered by Malaka Studio
Amigo Comics
Release Date: June 26, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

I’m sure that I’m not alone in the opinion that indie comics usually fall at one of the extreme ends of the quality spectrum. Sometimes a writer or an artist seems to come out of the ether with a jaw-dropping creation while others tend to feel like sophomoric attempts at best. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I picked up The Westwood Witches #2 by El Torres (The Suicide Forest from IDW) and Abel García from Amigo Comics. I feared the worst, honestly thinking that much would be lost on an American audience, but I held out the hope that this Spanish team would give the 4-issue horror series the same careful attention that has been shown in the horror film industry in Spain in recent years.

They completely blew me away.

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Comic Review: Tales of the Moonlight Cutter
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Tales of the Moonlight Cutter #1Tales of the Moonlight Cutter
Issues #1-4
Created by Dale W. Berry
Additional inks by Sebastian Castillo
Covers by Daerick Gross, John Giang, Cody Baker, and Dale Berry
Myriad Publications
Cover Price: Various

If you’ve been following the most recent relaunch of Katana penned by Ann Nocenti, then you’ve probably noticed the baffling cultural stereotypes. Nocenti writes Katana in a way that pays little to no respect to her main character’s Japanese cultural heritage. All of this is to say that in comics, cultural diversity is not always treated with total delicacy and most of the time just ignored for something a bit more European.

It’s because of this reason that Tales of the Moonlight Cutter is such a refreshing comic series. As far as action comics, Tales is pretty standard business — a mysterious warrior travels through 12th century China destroying violent spirits with a magic sword that can put vengeful ghosts to rest. It’s nothing groundbreaking, however, what does make this book shine is that way in which creator Dale Berry treats the culture surrounding ancient China.

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Comic Review: Recollection #1
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Recollection #1Recollection #1
Written by Rodney Roger
Art by Ferry Ickhwano
Color by Warnia Sahadewa
R-Comics
Release Date: April 10, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Eddie Lawrence is a former member of a spook organization called the Delta Pack that rained down some holy terror during the Iraq War. How does a hardened killer and adrenaline junkie make a living in the real world? By killing for profit, of course.

Recollection #1 quickly establishes the meaning behind its title, but it’s not what or from whom you might think. As a first issue, you figure that this book is all about Eddie Lawrence and his adventures in assassination, but it’s just as much about his latest customer, Skyler Jean. Her contract seems like easy money. She’s an exotic dancer who simply wants a pervert stalker to disappear. Eddie’s spider sense tingles on this Skyler Jean — he feels like there’s much more to this story. However, he ignores his instincts and gets wrapped up in the Skyler’s delusional world.

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Comic Review: Seduction #1
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Seduction #1 cover by Aurora TidaSeduction #1
Created and written by Rodney Roger
Art and Lettering by Laura Kjoge
Coloring by Hernane Lopez Chavez Jr
Cover Art by Aurora Tida
R-Comics
Publication Date: December 23, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Coming from R-Comics, Seduction #1 is a hell of an inaugural issue for a new story, with writing that will pique your interest. The artwork is absolutely stunning, a beautiful result that is just a treat to soak in – and it will most certainly get you curious about this new series. It has a lot of action for an initiation into a new universe, with a sexy lead character who can kick your ass, and has no time for your bullshit.

Seduction shadows Sara Remini, a woman who seems to be searching for a peaceful place to live and exist after having dealt with some as-of-yet-unexplained traumatic experience. Coupled with her girlfriend Madison, Sara pursues solace, tranquility, and safety; a place away from her past. She’s running away from something, and it isn’t a cuddly teddy bear. And now, her past is about to catch up on her – as she is pulled back into some kind of clandestine, covert group she was once associated with – enlisted in a mission we’ve yet to learn about.

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Comic Review: The Stereotypical Freaks
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The Stereotypical FreaksThe Stereotypical Freaks
Written by Howard Shapiro
Art by Joe Pekar
Letters by Ed Brisson
Supersonic Storybook Production
Release Date: November 14, 2012
Cover Price: $11.95

Pro tip – The right rock and roll makes reading awesome comics more awesome. I discovered this when, as a much younger man and without thinking much about it, I happened to rock Pink Floyd’s The Wall while reading Batman vs. Predator. The drama heightened, the pacing slowed and then sped, and the violence got, in my mind, gorier. I swear, by the end I felt right in the middle of that climactic battle. For the next 5 years after that I had my disc-man blasting every time I thumbed through a book.

It’s a delicate alchemy, though – getting the right tunes to the right book – but when you get an experience as transplendent as listening to Green Day’s Insomniac with X-Men 2099 #21-25 with being 13 years old, then you know that it’s something you must explore.

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Comic Review: HIDE #1
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HIDE #1HIDE #1
Written by Vernon Smith
Art by Vernon Smith
El MacFearsome Comic Squares
Cover Price: $10.00

“Growing up is hard…especially when every adult in the world is trying to KILL you!”

Life is good for Kevin. He has a loving little sister, a house, soccer practice, he’s about to learn how to drive, and his parents are the bestest parents ever. He lives the paradisiacal suburban life. One morning while in the shower, his father starts pounding on the bathroom door. Startled, Kevin quickly opens the door. His dad, rocking the Crocs, tries to bash Kevin’s skull with a baseball bat.

HIDE #1 collects the first 20 pages of Vernon Smith‘s webcomic. The story is an interesting twist on the uber-popular zombie genre. Kevin is unwittingly thrust into the middle of a horror story where everyone over the age of 18 just snaps and obsessively hunts down kids. What makes the story even more frightening is that the adults are fully cognizant. They can talk; they can run; they can drive cars. In fact, they can even seem downright normal until they see a kid. Then they go batshit crazy and murderous.

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Reddit Secret Santa 2010 Proves Geeks Are Thoughtful Gift Givers
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Secret Santa 2010In a world permeated by social media and mobile communication, it seems impossible to ignore the persistent thoughts inside your own head long enough to really focus on a concept like gift giving — a single act of generosity tailored to a specific person for the sole purpose of making them ridiculously, tear-inducingly happy.

I’d like to believe most people would enjoy being able to come up with a gift of that caliber on an annual basis for every single person in their lives. Realistically, only those closest to you will be afforded thoughtful presents while the bulk of others will get something for the sake of giving them something. Giving a thoughtful gift to someone you don’t know very well can prove to be a difficult task.

That is, unless you are one of the more than 17,000 Reddit users in 90 different countries who participated in the site’s second Secret Santa gift exchange, which generated over $600,000 (and counting) in purchases and set a new world record, according to a post by Hueypriest on the Reddit blog.

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