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Comic Review: Klaus and The Crisis In Xmasville #1
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Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Dan Mora
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Dan Mora, John Cassady and Laura Martin, Frank Quitely
Boom! Studios
Release Date: December 6, 2017
Cover Price: $7.99

Now here is a comic that breathes all new life into the lyrical line “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” In Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1, our hero is determined to right wrongs by kicking the most ass possible. If you have read the previous comic then you know he is a stubborn immortal with a penchant for getting what he wants.

Klaus has no vested interest in the mortal world, for the most part. But when one of his favors is called in, he is forced to see that a century old enmity has been revived and that which he thought was finished, is in actuality not. But this is a can of worms that he is not quite initially prepared for, though that changes quickly.

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Comic Review: Ragnarok: Last God Standing Vol. 1 TPB
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Ragnarok: Last God Standing Vol. 1 TPB
Story and Art by Walter Simonson
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by John Workman
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 25, 2017
Cover Price: $19.99

When someone mentions the name Thor these days, most folks immediately start thinking of a certain comic book superhero that has been in a few movies lately. If I were to speak the word Ragnarok, then those same people would think I speak of the newest film in that hero’s franchise. But trust me, Ragnarok: Last God Standing Vol. 1 is so much more than that.

In this story, Ragnarok is a thing of the past. Centuries before the start of our tale, the gods and their foes have waged their war across the nine realms and have managed to mostly kill one another off. Entire civilizations have fallen, leaving the survivors to suffer and do anything to survive. Powers still exist but they are far less prominent than before the end times.

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Comic Review: The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
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The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
By Dave Stevens
Coloring by Laura Martin
Lettering by Carrie Spiegle
Volume 1 art assist by Jaimie Hernandez
Co-writers of Volume 2, chapters 2 & 3: Danny Bilson & Paul Demeo
Volume 2 art assist by: Art Adams, Geof Darrow, Gary Gianni, Mike Kaluta, Stan Manoukian, Sandy Plunkett, and Vince Roucher
Volume 2, chapters 2 & 3 covers by: Dave Stevens and painted by Dave Dorman and Paul Chadwick
Edited by Scott Dunbier
Collected Edition by: Justin Eisinger and Alonzo Simon
Cover by Dave Stevens
IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 18, 2015
Cover Price: $19.99

The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures is essential to your comic book collection. Reviewing a book like this is super hard. It’s all classic material, every bit of it. But, I’ll do my best.

Dave Stevens is a talented writer. He was a HUGE fan of this era of history, and it shows. Even though this material was written decades ago, it still applies and connects with the reader today. In this age where people watch movies and television shows and basically live their lives on their phones, it’s nice to visit a simpler time. One where the world was a lot bigger. People actually used their mouths to talk to other people, having conversations that lasted an afternoon, and were not limited to 140 characters. These adventures of Cliff Secord and the mysterious jetpack that he found will make take you from the edge of your seat, put you through the full gambit of emotions and give you the greatest gift that a story can give you: Hope.

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Comic Review: Skyward, Volume 2: Strange Creatures
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Skyward, Volume 2: Strange Creatures
Written and Illustrated by Jeremy Dale
Colored by Stephen Downer, Laura Martin and James Rochelle
Lettered by Thom Zahler
Covers by Jeremy Dale, Mike Norton, Khary Randolph, and Randy Green
Action Lab Comics
Release Date: April 23, 2014
Cover Price: $8.99

Action Lab continues to set the bar high in volume two of its epic fantasy series, Skyward: Strange Creatures. Collecting issues four through six of Jeremy Dale‘s action adventure, alliances are formed and motives are questioned as our heroes continue on their journey.

As the Royal Legion ride out of the city of Three Rivers to learn more about the army marching their way, Prince Dom and his childhood friend, Mia, sneak off in hopes of discovering valuable information for themselves. Meanwhile, Tanner, Jon, and Abi join forces with the Rabites – a hidden race of warrior rabbits led by General Jaa – in order to protect Quinn from Skerrigan, Herod’s masked enforcer.

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Comic Review: Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #3
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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3
Written by Zack Whedon
Produced by Joss Whedon
Illustrated by Georges Jeanty
Inked by Karl Story
Colored by Laura Martin
Lettered by Michael Heisler
Cover by Dan Dos Santos
Alternate Cover by Georges Jeanty with Karl Story and Laura Martin
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 26, 2014
Cover Price: $3.50

The third installment of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind builds upon the foundation of issues one and two, and launches the series into full action mode.

The comic begins by bringing readers inside of River Tam’s clear and imaginative mind in her induced coma state. Combing her own mind for Alliance secrets, River has a startling vision, revealing new information about her time in captivity.

Meanwhile, mercenary Jubal Early makes his way around Serenity, quietly taking prisoners and attempting to take control of the ship. To the delight of all Kaylee fans, the adorable grease monkey shows she has more than just mechanical skills. With resources running low and Inara taking care of baby Emma while Zoe is imprisoned by the Alliance, Captain Mal attempts to make vital decisions, while keeping the weight of them to himself.

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