SW 2Dark Horse brings out the big guns for its new Star Wars series. Writer Brian Wood, who seems to be writing every top notch book these days, helms the ship. Legendary artist Alex Ross delivers covers that rival even the classic Star Wars movie posters, while artist Carlos D’Anda and colorist Gabe Eltaeb capture the look and feel of the iconic universe. This isn’t just some Star Wars spinoff set in the distant past or far-flung future of the extended universe. This is a story set in between Episodes IV and V. Even better, this is a story featuring Han, Luke, and Leia with real stakes affecting the fledgling Rebellion.

 

The End Times 2The Ends Times of Bram and Ben follows Bram Carlson, a complete bastard taken accidentally by Heaven during the Rapture and then sent back to Earth. Now that he has firsthand knowledge that the world is going to end, Bram is milking life for all it's worth while his roommate, Ben, is terrified of the prospect of an eternity in Hell and is trying to shape up his life and repent before the end.


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Zombies Hi 7In 1689, while seeking to regain the throne of England, ousted monarch James II lands in Northern Ireland to seeking to take over a stronghold in the walled city of (London)derry.  But, a group of apprentice boys see James’ forces approaching and race to the city, closing the gates and barring him entrance, and for the next 105 days, the city withstands the siege and holds off the invaders, choosing starvation over surrender.

Over 400 years later, Derry is under siege again, this time by the living dead in Uproar Comics' uneven but intriguing ongoing series, Zombie Hi.  But, as history shows, prejudice, hatred, and sectarian mistrust are also among the survivors holed up in this city fortress.  And, in doing so, up-and-comers Uproar Comics have set an ambitious task for themselves, especially in the shadow of zombie juggernaut The Walking Dead, to which this will invariably draw comparisons.

 

Satanic Hell 3Satanic Hell is back with a third issue, and if you’ve enjoyed writer Grigoris Douros’ tale of a death metal band trapped in a Texas town full of a massive coalition of right-wing, uber-extremists, then this issue will not disappoint. Along with Douros, the creative team of Kevin Enhart (art), Newel Anderson (additional art), Jimmy Kerast (colors), and E.T. Dollman (lettering) pooled their impressive talents to deliver a solid chapter depicting the next chapter in this twisted, “Footloose meets death metal” tale.

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Kevin and KellWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.

 


I grew up reading the newspaper comics—what was normally called the “Funnies” in a lot of papers—and it was clear that the comic strips depicted a particular style compared to comic books and webcomics. Kevin & Kell emulates that style well, making me feel as though I’m taking a trip back to my younger years, when the day-to-day strips always leave with a cliffhanger to bring the reader back to the page the next day. Kevin & Kell actually is distributed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a newspaper strip, but continues to update online as well. The creator, Bill Holbrook, has at least two other daily comics that are done in the same fashion, and all three have been around in some form since the mid-1990s, so he’s had a lot of practice making it the way he wants it, the difference being that this comic was originally online only while his others were newspaper syndicated. So, if you’re looking for a comic to take you back to the days of the “Funnies,” then definitely look here. Kevin & Kell updates every day at kevinandkell.com.

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House of Gold and BonesIt’s a new month ,which means it’s time a for a new Previews magazine. Join me as I go through this month’s book and pick out the coolest, new comics and graphic novels that you should consider adding to your pull list. Just a reminder this month’s magazine features new books that will be released in April, and your local comic shop will need to know what you’d like to pre-order by February 18th, so that they can place their orders on time.

Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen; it’s time for The Previews Party!

 

SW Omnibus InifinitiesDestiny is a fickle thing. One little change can have a rippling effect throughout the course of history, changing dozens of details little by little. This is the premise behind the Star Wars: Infinities comics, which take a little change in each of the three original trilogy movies and show the repercussions that extend from it.

 

Princeless 1As a recently married young man who knows his daughters will be as opinionated and vocal as his wonderful wife, I keep a short list of things I want to share with those future daughters. This is a list of books and movies that will inspire them and guide them to be who they want to be and never fear bullying or retribution for their choices. At the top of this list is a new comic book called Princeless.

 

Mortifera 2The demon Kanisus has returned and has slain the Mortifera and recaptured the demons' blood so he can raise a new army. The only ones who stand in his way are the two surviving Mortifera, Catherine and Ethan Gregor, and the demon they summoned to assist them in their fight, Durin.

I previously reviewed Issue #1, which can be found here.

 

It Came BluewaterWriters Clay and Susan Griffith bring us Arcana Comics' modern-day sequel to Ray Harryhausen’s B-movie classic It Came From Beneath the Sea. It’s chock full of mutant monster action and tongue-in-cheek humor. Let’s dive in!

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