Sunday, February 28, 2016

My Back Pages: Trying to keep it MARVELous

EDITOR’’S NOTE:  Regular readers of this blog may have observed that we don’t give much space to Marvel Comics.  That is not intended to mean that they don’t deserve attention.  Marvel puts out some high quality books.  The reason we don’t spend much time on them is because they don’t need any help from us to sell books.  Since one of the mission objectives of this blog is to shine the spotlight on works that might go unnoticed otherwise, we usually don’t review Marvel books.  However, from time to time we will dabble and from time to time we will share our thoughts with you.  Like now . . . . . . . . .

DAREDEVIL #1 (Marvel, February 2016)  Charles Soule, writer.  Ron Garney, artist. Matt Milla, color artist.  VC’s Clayton Cowles, letterer & production.

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This time, beginning a new creative team with a #1 issue makes perfect sense. Otherwise, readers of the Mark Waid /Chris Samnee version of Daredevil would probably go into shock.  This is a different book than the light-hearted and equally entertaining former version of Daredevil.  It's an impressive debut that goes for the gut-punch and moves forward at a rapid pace.  Being a practicing lawyer, Charles Soule is the prefect choice to chronicle the background of blind lawyer Matt Murdock and it shows in his handling of the district attorney at work scenes.  Soule also doesn’t waste time with lengthy details of the changes in the Daredevil world with this introductory issue, but drops some details along the way.  This book is long on action, and superbly illustrated.  This are some subtle changes to the costume that are really brought out to the forefront in the color styling.  Daredevil has a “Sin City” feel in some of the fight sequences.  Artist Garney’s work has never looked better.  What else is new?  Daredevil has a partner-in-training and a new crime lord to contend with.  And he’s back in New York City where he belongs.  If I had to narrow my regular Marvel reading choices down to just one book, it would be this one.  I’ll be following Daredevil in 2016.  Rating:  A+.

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DARTH VADER ANNUAL #1  (Marvel, February 2016)  Kieron Gillen, writer.  Leinil Yu, pencils.  Gerry Alanguilan, inks.  Jason Keith, colors. 

This is a dynamic stand-alone story.  It’s loosely intended to be the prelude to the “Vader Down” crossover event, but it’s not necessary to read this or that in order to appreciate it. Kieron’s script is not overly complicated and easy to follow.  The most impressive thing about it is his ability to nail the character essence of Darth Vader in every dialogue and gesture.  It’s the art that propels this book and makes it a stand-out, something every Stars Wars fan will want to read.  Credit inker Alanguilan for making the most of Yu’s pencils and really bringing the art to life.  The story revolves around a visit to the planet Shu-Torun by Vader and attempts to assasinate him. Shu-torun harvests a host of raw materials that the Empire needs for their building efforts, and they are determined to acquire them, either through friendly cooperation or forcibly. The droids that accompany Vader on his visit will remind you of the first Star Wars movie, but this pair only resemble C3PO and R2D2 in appearances only.  They are perfect matches to the personality of Darth Vader. Rating:  A.

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL #1  (Marvel, November 2015)  Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer. David Lopez, art.  Lee Loughridge.  VC’s Joe Caramagna, letterer.

It’s great that Marvel has reprinted several recent first issues under the True Believers banner and made them available for just one dollar per copy. I passed on all three of the books being reviewed here on the first go-around. I’m glad I did on one of them, regret doing so on one, and am on the fence on one, that being the Captain Marvel series. This might develop into a worthwhile series.  There are certainly some reveals in the first issue that would seem to indicate so.  It’s just that nothing here really grabs and holds onto my attention.  In the current glut of books that I’m trying to read, it’s easy to reduce my workload by passing on this series. This Captain is the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel, not to be confused with the current and younger version of Ms. Marvel.  Just to keep it clear, Captain Marvel will spend her time in space, as a formal representative of the Avengers in other galaxies.  Sort of like another version of Guardians of the Galaxy.  Her companions are of various alien races, and could prove to be interesting. We don’t learn much about them in Issue #1. Carol will be leaving behind a worshipping niece, as well as a romantic interest and that creates some conflicts. As she relates in the concluding pages, Carol’s just trying to find her place in the new Marvel world.  And perhaps, Marvel is trying to find the appropriate place for her.  Story and art are too workmanlike for my preferences.  Ho-hum.  Rating:  B-.  

TRUE BELIEVERS: SPIDER-GWEN #1  (Marvel, November 2015)  Jason Latour, writer.  Robbie Rodriguez, artist.  Rico Renzi, color artist.  VC’s Clayton Cowles, letterer.  Wish I could say this is a great book.  I do appreciate that Marvel is trying to develop some female characters and make them relevant to the times.  This books is just a little too flip for my liking (perhaps my age prevents me from appreciating it further - I’m not a teenager) and seems to me to be a little too irreverent of the subject matter.  The art style is also a bit too cartoony.  The story is all over the place, and introduces too much in the first issue without any elaboration. For example:  The hate campaign against Spider-Woman (only known to us readers as Spider-Gwen), the Mary Janes rock band, and Jonah Jameson hating on Spider-Woman (he should love her for killing Spider-Man). For those who didn’t have the benefit of growing up with the wise-cracking Peter Parker, this may seem fresh and new.  To me, it’s just a sorry re-interpretation.   The portrayal of The Vulture, a classic Spider-Man villain, just doesn’t come off as believable here. Frank Castle is still a rough house, but an overweight detective.  That could be interesting if he wasn’t so dumb. Again, the art hurts the development of the character. Too silly. It’s nice to see Captain Stacy back in the book. At least his character seems respectfully handled.  Maybe I have too much affection for the original Gwen Stacy. Spider-Gwen has a legion of fans, and I respect that and I respect them. Every one has varying tastes. Otherwise, we would need only a handful of books.   I just don’t like the new version. Rating: D.

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TRUE BELIEVERS: THOR #1  (Marvel, November 2015)  Jason Aaron, writer.  Russell Dauterman, artist. Matthew Wilson, color artist.  VC’s Joe Sabino, letterer & production.  A new female version of Thor just received too much hype in the news media when it was first announced.  Instead of catching my interest, it served to turn me off. That could turn out to be a shame, since everything in Issue #1 seems to indicate that this could be a very interesting book.  As long as Dauterman stays on the art, it’s a joy to behold.   And Aaron does a commendable job on the story.  He’s one of the best Thor writers, and deserves the recognition.  He’s in esteemed company, since Thor has always seemed to attract the cream of the crop when it comes to writers. Odin returns to Asgard after his exile, and learns that Thor has been reduced to a no longer confident son with failing leadership qualities and a new inability to lift the enchanted hammer. The timing is right for the Frost Giants to invade Midguard, prompted by the evil machinations of Malekith, King of the Dark Elves.  It’s time for a new champion to wield the hammer.  We don’t read any mention of the new Thor and don’t really get a glimpse of her until the last page.  I just have to read more to find out who she is, and what happens next.  Rating:  A.

WINTER SOLDIER: A BITTER MARCH #1-5  (Marvel, April 2014 - September 2014)  Rick Remender, writer.  Roland Boschi, artist.  Chris Chuckry, color artist.  VC’s Clayton Cowles, letterer.

If you make a general comparison of the quality of comic books today versus the 1960’s and 1970’s the biggest difference is in the maturity and skill of the writing. This is a general, overall comparison and not specific to any particular type of book, character or writer.  Some books from that time period have not aged well.  Still, there are many high quality works to be enjoyed from that era, and this limited series reminds me of some of them.  In particular, it seems to pay homage to the classic Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. title and specifically the writing and art style of legendary Jim Steranko. From the stylistic 1960’s pop-art depicted on the cover to the interior story and art, this series just screams ‘1960’s” at me, and it brought back many fond memories of the comics of that time. 

It’s 1966, and two former Nazi scientists have perfected a dangerous formula, which prompted Hydra agents to kidnap them.  Nick Fury and fellow agent Ran Shen have been dispatched to extract the scientists from Castle Hydra, or go to Plan B and eliminate them so no one can obtain their secret formula..  Their competitive nature provides some amusing dialogue between the two secret agents. Agent Shen has some cool moments that recall the best parts of the Sean Connery Bond movies, until the true nature of Madame Worm is revealed and he needs rescue.  Enter the Winter Soldier, just as it appears that Nick will be successful in getting the scientists away.  What follows over the course of the next four issues are some exciting back and forth battles between Russia’s agent and America’s agents to capture and retain the scientists.  Street battles, battles on trains,  double-crosses and uneasy alliances, more Hydra agents with enhanced abilities, battles in the air, more early background on the Winter Soldier and his Soviet brain conditioning, engaging political philosophy discussions, battles in the air, and a satisfactory (albeit bitter) resolution make for a great story.  This is available in a trade paperback collection, so don’t miss it.  Rating A-.  

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SIRENS IN THE NIGHT: Serial murder in Philadelphia with a supernatural element

SIRENS IN THE NIGHT by Michael Bradley  (Amberjack Publishing, 2015) Paperback ISBN #978-0-692-51719-2  322 pages

 

DISCLAIMER:  I did not receive a promotional copy of this book in exchange for a written review. I purchased my copy. While I know Michael Bradley through our shared membership in a writers group, this review is completely unsolicited.   I would have bought a copy of Sirens In The Night as a show of support, regardless of whether it was fiction in a genre that I enjoy, non-fiction, or memoir.  While I don't know a lot about Michael Bradley outside of the writing group, I have learned that he takes a professional approach.  So I expected Sirens In The Night to be a good story, engaging, and well-written.  My expectations were exceeded.  

 

    SIRENS IN THE NIGHT explores a dark side of crime investigation, introduces intriguing characters with interesting back stories, gives a glimpse into Philadelphia history and culture, and exhibits the flow and pacing of a good detective novel, albeit one with a supernatural element. 

 

     There are a number of genres that SIRENS IN THE NIGHT could fit into - - contemporary mystery, detection thriller, horror, serial-killers, supernatural and urban fantasy.  If forced to boil it down to a simpler genre description, “supernatural crime” seems to work best. 

 

   The story starts off at the murder scene on a Philadelphia construction site of a historic building renovation.  An apparent triple murder has occurred, and the victims’ remains have a mummified appearance.  Homicide detective Samantha Ballard suspects a hoax as she begins the investigation. The coroner’s autopsy reveals that the bodies  are not unearthed remains, but recent deaths.  

 

     Ballard, and her new rookie partner Peter Thornton, begin their investigation in normal fashion with just a few clues to start them off.  As more murders occur across the city with the mummified appearance on every victim, they begin to suspect that a serial killer with a supernatural signature is the perpetrator.

 

      As things progress they begin to realize that the killer may be more than human.  This creates yet another conflict for Ballard, who is trying to prove her worth in a competitive department.  She doesn’t want to accept what the evidence is beginning to tell her as it would not be received well and could hurt her reputation.  The story goes far beyond the standard police procedural and explores the realm of the unknown.  Sometime after reading approximately one-third of the way through the story, the pacing and suspense build so much that it’s hard to put down and becomes a thrilling page-turner. 

 

    Author Bradley incorporates some characters from Greek mythology into the story, enhancing their dangerous nature by giving them other properties, including strength and immortality.  All the characters in the book are sharply defined, believable in their imperfections, concerns and motives.   Detective Samantha Ballard is the most intriguing and interesting character in the novel, and the amount of her background and history revealed during the novel would make a good subject for at least two prequels to this book. Her family has a history connected to police work; and her investigation of a past serial killer ended unsatisfactory.  

 

     Bradley also introduces a supporting character with plenty of internal conflicts.  Jack Allyn is a radio disc jockey trying to regain his former status in the broadcasting industry.  He becomes involved when a close friend becomes a murder victim.  Jack crosses paths with Ballard and Thornton and jumps into the investigation with them, since he also believes in a supernatural killer and is one of the few persons they can confide in and compare notes. 

 

     Bradley flavors his novel by adding secondary details throughout, interesting notes that help lend a sense of realism and believability to the novel and help the reader visualize the scenery better.  There is fascinating descriptions of Philadelphia architecture and city streets and landmarks.  It will remind some readers of the style employed by Ian Rankin in describing the city of Edinburgh and Scotland in his detective novels, although Bradley does not venture into travelogue mode to the same degree that Rankin sometimes does. 

 

   Although some readers may quibble with the ending, things do come to a resolution.  However, the short epilogue chapter seems unnecessary and feels like it was added on, perhaps at the prompting of the publisher.   Unfortunately, it will seem predictable to any reader familiar with horror movie endings. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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GHASTLY AWARD Voting Ends Sunday, February 21

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  We neglected to mention in our article about the Ghastly Award nominations that voting has been opened to readers of horror comics.  While the votes from creators and publishers will carry more weight, fans and readers can also submit one ballot for their picks.  You will need to submit your picks by this Sunday, February 21. You can vote by going to www.ghastlyawards.com. If you are a Creator or Publisher please make sure to use that ballot, as your votes count for 95% of determining the 2015 Winners. Best of luck to the nominees. Below, we share our personal picks  . . . .  

     For further reference, please go to the BC Archives for our list of all the nominees. For fans of horror in comics, the variety of options has never been stronger.  For anyone interested in reading further into this genre, you couldn’t find a better starting point than the list of Ghastly Award nominees.  Our favorite genre in comics is horror - - nothing beats a good scary tale.  We were surprised at how many quality works can escape our attention in any given year.  Thanks, Ghastly Awards, for helping to point out the gems.

BC REFUGEE’S PICKS FOR THE 2015 GHASTLY AWARDS:

Best Ongoing Title:  Wytches  (Image Comics) . . . All nominees in all categories areWytches Vol1 1deserving, so the choices can be tough to make. We were really torn between Harrow County and Wytches for this award. Both are exceptional.  However, a menacing forest won us over.  We recognize Harrow County elsewhere.

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BEST LIMITED SERIES:  Dark Gods (Avatar Press) . . . Creepy and scary to a new level as provided by the creative imagination of Justin Jordan.

BEST ONE-SHOT:  Puppet Master Annual #1—Halloween 1988 (Action Lab/Danger C20d24cffe6635b7e0a8d72e89434df7 xlZone) . . . . Pleasant nostalgic remembrance of the Puppet Master films make this a sentimental favorite. 

BEST ANTHOLOGY:  John Carpenter’s Tales For A Halloween Night (Storm King Productions) . . . A great collection of creepy tales that went unnoticed at too many comic shops.

BEST SHORT STORY IN AN ANTHOLOGY:  “Bunny Didn’t Tell UJohn Carpenters Tales for a Halloween Night Volume 1 1s” from John Carpenter’s Tales For A Halloween Night (Storm King Productions)

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL:  Hellhound (Dark Horse Comics) 


BEST ARCHIVAL COL$ 35LECTION:  Creepy Presents Alex Toth (Dark Horse Comics)

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BEST WRITER: Cullen Bunn  (Army of Darkness, Harrow County, Hellbreak, The Sixth Gun) . . . He knows how to write horror. 'Nuff said.

BEST ARTIST:  Raymund Bermudez  (Ex Mortis) . . . . The Ghastly Awards website wisely included images of art by all the nominees, which really helped in choosing.  All were worthy, Artistsbut this one really stands out.

BEST COLORIST:  Digikore Studios (Crossed:Badlands; Dark Gods) . . . Very skillful use of colors and shading in the various horror books they worked on. Again, images of all the nominees were provided.

BEST HORROR COMIC COVER:  Harrow County (Dark Horse Comics) . . . This is a really creepy image.  This is the single Ghastly Award that will be decided solely by fan vote - -  so don’t miss your opportunity to let your voice be heard. Again, images of all the nominees were provided. 


    


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ghastly Award Nominees Announced

The 2015
Ghastly Award Nominees
The Ghastly Award Judges are proud to announce the 2015 Ghastly Award Nominees. The Nominees, chosen by the Ghastly Award Judges, reflect the wide range of Horror material being published in Horror Comics today. All Nominees were selected from work that was submitted by Publishers and Creators throughout the calendar year for Ghastly Award consideration.

Named after acclaimed comic creator “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, the awards are now in their 5th year.

Fan and Creator Voting will be open from February 8, 2016 until February 21, 2016 at www.ghastlyawards.com. You may only vote once for the 2015 Nominees and Fans will decide the winner of the Best Horror Comic Cover Award. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2016.

We thank everyone who took the time to submit their work for this year's awards.

The 2015 Nominees are:

Best Ongoing Title:
Crossed: Badlands (Avatar Press)
Harrow County (Dark Horse Comics)
Nailbiter (Image Comics)
Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)
Wytches (Image Comics)

Best Limited Series:
Archie vs. Predator (Dark Horse Comics)
Colder: The Bad Seed (Dark Horse Comics)
Dark Gods (Avatar Press)
Lady Demon (Dynamite Entertainment)
Strain: The Night Eternal (Dark Horse Comics)

Best One-Shot:
‘68: Bad Sign (Image Comics)
The Goon: Theatre Bizarre (Dark Horse Comics)
Nailbiter / Hack/Slash (Image Comics)
Prolife (Duskbunnies Comics)
Puppet Master Annual #1: Halloween 1988 (Action Lab/Danger Zone)

Best Anthology:
Bloke’s Terrible Tomb Of Terror (Indy)
The Creeps (Warrant Publishing)
Horrere (Little O/Madius Comics)
John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night (Storm King Productions)
Then it was Dark (Peppermint Monster Press)

Best Short Story in an Anthology:
“Bunny Didn’t Tell Us” - John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night
“The Dance” - Creepy #21
“If You Go Down to the Woods Today” - Horrere Book 1
“The Jokes on You” - Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #12
“Monster” - The Creeps #3

Best OGN:
Daomu (Magnetic Press)
Hellbound (Dark Horse Comics)
Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Book 1: A Brave is Brave (Oni Press)
Olympus (Humanoids)
Red Angel Dragnet (Eric Palicki)

Best Archival Collection:
Collection of previously released material / historical book on Horror Comics
The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: Ghosts and Girls of Fiction House
(IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)
Creepy Presents: Alex Toth (Dark Horse Comics)
Grave Business and Other Stories (Fantagraphics Books)
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus Edition (Dark Horse Comics)
Vampirella Archives Volume 11 (Dynamite Entertainment)

Best Writer:
Cullen Bunn (Army of Darkness, Harrow County, Hellbreak, The Sixth Gun)
Mike Eshelman (Prolife)
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
Scott Snyder (Wytches)
Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Nailbiter)

Best Artist:
Mirka Andolfo (Lady Demon)
Raymund Bermudez (ExMortis)
Jorge Corona (Goners)
Tyler Crook (Harrow County)
Juan Ferreyra (Colder: The Bad Seed)

Best Colorist:
Gabriele Bagnoli (Lady Demon)
Gabriel Cassata (Goners)
Digikore Studios (Crossed: Badlands, Dark Gods)
Dan Jackson (Strain: The Night Eternal)
Luca Saponti (Hellbound)

Best Horror Comic Cover:
Fan voting will determine the Winner
Colder: Toss the Bones #1 by Juan Ferreyra
Dark Gods #5 by German Erramouspe
Godzilla in Hell #1 - Subscription by Jeff Zornow
Harrow County #1 by Tyler Crook
The School of the Damned #5 by Alex Ronald

Hall of Fame Inductees:
Stephen R. Bissette
Richard Corben

Normanton Award Honoree:
Presented for a commitment to carrying on the
legacy of Horror Comics for generations to come.



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Motley Crue's rise and fall detailed in biography comic

A band known as much for their talent onstage as their antics offstage, Mötley Crüe epitomized the drug-fueled, sex-riddled excess of 1980’s metal acts. In the process, they forged a rock dynasty few other bands have been able to achieve. Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil became household names, the scourge of the MotleyCrueCoverCChristian right, and the darlings of the Billboard charts. Out this week is the newest illustrated biography called  ORBIT:  MOTLEY CRUE.

     Illustrated by Jayfri Hashim and written by Hashim with assistance from Michael Frizell, “Orbit: Mötley Crüe: Livin’ the Fast Life” chroniclese band from their formation to present while highlighting some of the more fanciful aspects of their mythology.      

     Hashim, a native of Singapore, and Frizell, an educator at Missouri State University, have collaborated on several projects. “Jayfri has an enthusiasm for American rock bands unlike anyone I’ve ever met,” said Frizell of his collaborator. “He’s a walking encyclopedia of song lyrics and facts.”

     Heavy Metal Magazine artist Stefano Cardoselli as well as covers by Jayfri Hashim and Vincenzo Sansone offers three different covers for print.

     Hashim’s love the American music compelled him to visit the United States this year as he was drawing the book, visiting the famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Though Hashim is a lifelong Jon Bon Jovi fan, he recognizes the influence Mötley Crüe had on popular music in the 1980’s. “Their story is fascinating and powerful,” said Hashim. “I’m honored to chronicle their story for Storm Entertainment.” 

     Storm Entertainment is a multifaceted multimedia production company with the mission of delivering dynamic storytelling in a variety of forms by developing graphic and literary fiction and nonfiction, audio, film, and more.  Biography comics are important to President and Publisher Darren G. Davis:  “Comics can promote literacy,” said Davis. “Once, I was a reluctant reader, but comic books fired my imagination, the combination of striking visuals and succinct narration compelled me to learn to read. However, this particular comic book is aimed at adults.”  

     About “Orbit: Mötley Crüe: Livin’ the Fast Life,” Davis, states, “Storm has published well-received biographies of other musicians, such as Bono, Prince, Metallica, and even Miley Cyrus, so why not the iconic bad boys who make up  Mötley Crüe?”

     The “Orbit” series was launched in 2010 and serves as a pop culture companion to Storm Entertainment’s successful “Female Force,” “Political Power,” and “Fame” series. 

     “Orbit: Mötley Crüe: Livin’ the Fast Life” is available for $3.99 on your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Nook, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, ComicBin,Axis360,  Blio, Entitle, Comicblender, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sol 

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     Formerly known as Bluewater Comics, Storm delivers a multimedia experience unparalleled in the burgeoning graphic fiction and nonfiction marketplace. Dynamic storytelling coupled with groundbreaking art delivers an experience like no other. Stories are told through multiple platforms and genres, gracing the pages of graphic novels, novelizations, engaging audio dramas, cutting-edge film projects, and more. Diversity defines Storm’s offerings in the burgeoning pop culture marketplace, offering fresh voices and innovative storytellers.

As one of the top independent publishers of comic book and graphic novels, Storm Entertainment unites cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by the publishing industry’s most exciting artists and writers. Its extensive catalog of comic book titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis,” complimented by a line of young adult books and audiobooks. Storm’s publishing partnerships include entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” and more), novelists S.E. Hinton (“The Puppy Sister”) and William F. Nolan (“Logan’s Run”), and celebrated actors Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”), Dirk Benedict of the original “Battlestar Galactica” (“Dirk Benedict in the 25th Century”), and Adam West of 1966’s “Batman” fame (“The Mis-Adventures of Adam West”). Storm also publishes a highly-successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Orbit,” “Fame,” “Beyond,” “Tribute,” “Female Force,” and “Political Power.”

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Brains Meets Blades in new welcome KITTAROU WITCH HUNTER

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     Newcomer to the web comics scene, Blake Von Klausur recently put together a dream tea to bring you KITTAROU WITCH HUNTER, an o134702 Kitt CoverCONCEPTFINALngoing online series where lightning ninja action meets supernatural Sherlock Holmes style mastery.  

    Enter Kittarou:  a disgraced rogue Witch Hunter who roams a serious feudal Japanese countryside, solving supernatural mysteries, defeating witches and demons, hoping to clear his name while his Witch Hunter brethren seek his head for the alleged murder of Ichi, the emperor’s only heir.

     KITTAROU WITCH HUNTER has brilliantly balanced genres like Japanese “chambara” sword fighting films, rugged spaghetti westerns, forensic crime mystery, and gothic supernatural fantasy to create an unforgettable take on the wandering swordsman hero.

     Readers compare the book to popular titles such as Inuyasha, Ninja Scroll, Samurai Champloo, Blade of the Immortal, Bleach, and Lone Wolf and Cub.

     Launched January 20, 2016 KITTAROU WITCH HUNTER is available for free online at wwwkittarouwitchhuntercom.  The book updates twice weekly.

 

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