Comic Review: Red Sonja: 1973
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Red Sonja: 1973
Written by Eric Trautmann, Roy Thomas, Luke Lieberman, Gail Simone, David Walker, and Cullen Bunn
Art by Jonathan Lau, Bilquis Evely, Kewbar Baal, Rod Rodolfo, Rich Buckler, and Ivan Rodriguez
Colors by Marcio Menyz, Arison Aguiar, Bilquis Evely, and Ivan Nunes
Letters by A Larger World Studios
Cover art by Ed Benes and Dinei Ribeiro
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Cover Price: $7.99

Red Sonja: 1973 is a great anthology book featuring a stellar line-up of creators celebrating the 42nd birthday of the character! Sure, the book has some great writers and fantastic artists, but is it any good? Yeah, I think you all ready know the answer, but let me tell you what I thought of it…

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Comic Review: The Spider #15

The Spider #15
Written by David Liss
Illustrated by Ivan Rodriguez
Colored by Vinicius Andrade
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Covers by Colton Worley
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The law is not only after the masked vigilante known as the Spider, but The Spider #15 opens with the Spider’s alter-ego, Richard Wentworth, a wanted man!

Furious about his situation, Richard sinks even deeper into his vigilante persona. As the Spider targets members of the Red Hand gang, he also transforms his one-man-struggle from a battle for justice, into a half-drunken journey of revenge.

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Comic Review: The Spider #9
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The Spider #9
Written by David Liss
Art by Ivan Rodriguez
Inks by Antonio Lima
Colors by Vinicius Andrade
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The Spider #9 is the latest in many reasons why Dynamite Entertainment is KILLING it with all of the pulp hero properties that they publish. Who’d have ever thought that almost a CENTURY after his debut, The Spider would be as exciting as he was back then. Actually, I can’t verify that. You’ll just have to trust me.

David Liss brings us a story that’s SUPER retro and yet 100 percent set in the modern day and doesn’t even begin to feel out of date or like it should have been told in the past. It’s all the great trademarks of an old pulp yarn — betrayal, seduction, action, adventure, suspense, and mystery — all mixed together by a great narrative that really sucks the audience into the book. What I loved about this story was the fact there’s a great level of believability in it. Sure, there are some things that happen in the book that couldn’t really happen in real life, but about 95 percent of it COULD actually happen and I think that’s what makes this issue such a great read.

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Comic Review: Star Wars: Knight Errant, Volume Two – Deluge

Star Wars: Knight Errant, Volume Two- Deluge
Written by John Jackson Miller
Pencils by Ivan Rodriguez, Iban Coello, and David Daza
Inks by Ivan Rodriguez, Sergio Abad
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art by Joe Quinones
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 13, 2012
Cover Price: $18.99

The Sith have a rich and tumultuous history within the framework of the Star Wars universe. From their beginnings on Korriban, to the rise of numerous Imperial threats against the Old Republic, to the Rule of Two that culminated in Palpatine’s rise to power, and beyond to Darth Krayt’s One Sith ascendency of the galaxy. Since Star Wars was released in 1977, Expanded Universe creative teams have enriched the tapestry of Sith history, and the current Knight Errant creates a new thread in this tapestry.

Set 30-odd years before Darth Bane extinguishes the old misguided Sith and institutes the Rule Of Two, Knight Errant focuses on a time where the Sith Empire is nothing more than a large galactic territory shattered by the greed and quest for control among bickering Sith Lords. The ruling Sith impose authoritarian regimes upon the people who populate their worlds, rich with propaganda and continually destroying the wills of the populace.

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Comic Review: Vampirella vs. Dracula #2
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Vampirella Vs. Dracula #2
Written by Joe Harris
Art by Ivan Rodriguez
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Letters by Marshall Dillon
Cover by Joseph Michael Linsner
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: March 7, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Ever wonder what would have happened if things were slightly different in the old tale of Dracula? Well, this series explores the concept of it all being a repetitive loop, one where things play out slightly different each time, with the characters sometimes being unaware of what is coming to pass. Add to this timeless tale a new entity, in the form of Vampirella, and you get some very different results. Vampirella Vs. Dracula #2 involves the meeting of the two vampires as well as some distinct changes to the plot.

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