Friday, September 30, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: POST AMERICANA #6

POST AMERICANA #6 (OF 7)
IMAGE COMICS

STORY: Steve Skroce
ARTIST: Steve Skroce
COLORS: Dave Stewart
LETTERS: Fonografiks
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2021)

Rated M / Mature

Post Americana is a seven-issue miniseries written and drawn by Steve Skroce and published by Image Comics.  Post Americana is set in a dystopian future and focuses on two rebels' attempts to save an area called the “Wasteland” from a rogue President of the United States.  Colorist Dave Stewart and letterer Fonografiks complete Post Americana's creative team.

Post Americana has two settings.  The first is “The Bubble,” an installation inside the Cheyenne Mountains that is the most sophisticated super-bunker in the world.  Inside, Nathaniel Hawksworthe, the new President of the United States, plans to use the bunker's resources to build the “New America” by basically paving over the second setting, the “Wasteland.”  Determined to stop Hawksworthe are Michael “Mike” Lee, a hapless rebel, and Carolyn, a deadly Wasteland girl, who is already hellbent on revenge against the denizens of the Bubble.  But Carolyn and Mike will have to survive the Wasteland in order to save the Wasteland.

As Post Americana #6 opens, Carolyn, Mike, and Evey face betrayal in the form of the wrath of Night Terror and his partner, Donny (a vicious werewolf).  On the lost coast of California, the trio found Wonder Studios (a Walt Disney-like studio), and thought that they had found a refuge.  Can Mister Floppibottoms and Eggbert save our heroes?

Meanwhile, things are starting to take a dark turn in the Bubble.  What shall we make of Hawksworthe's crazy story of his apparently crazier past?  The future hangs in the balance!

THE LOWDOWN:  As a reminder:  I am a huge fan of writer-artist Steve Skroce, going back over two decades.  All the while that I have been reviewing this series, I have regaled you, dear readers, with the joys of reading Post Americana.

It turns out that Post Americana #5 was NOT the penultimate issue of the series.  The former six-issue miniseries is now seven issues long.  A similar thing happened with Skroce's previous creator-owned Image series, Maestro, so this issue, Post Americana #6 is the penultimate issues.

Issue #5 seemed divorced from the rest of the narrative, but issue #6 brings it all back, connecting the Wonder Series subplot with a jarring turn in the story of the Bubble and its ruler.  Who knows what to expect of issue #7, but, in the meantime, Skroce delivers a high-octane, violent, action movie sixth issue.  As always his kinetic drawing style and bracing graphic storytelling is perfect for the ol' ultra-violence depicted here.

I can't wait for the seventh issue.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Steve Skroce's comics and of post-apocalyptic sci-fi will want Post Americana.

A
★★★★+ out of 4 stars

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Thursday, September 29, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: RED ROOM: Trigger Warnings #1

RED ROOM: TRIGGER WARNINGS #1
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

CARTOONIST: Ed Piskor
EDITOR: Eric Reynolds
COVER: Ed Piskor
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Jim Rugg; Peach Momoko; John Gallagher; Nick Alcorn; Trey Antley
MISC. ART: Diego Rodriguez; Felipe Gasparino Goncalves; Emalie Scipione; Ignacio Di Meglio; Alex Mercado; Barry Tan; Christian Meesey; Barrett Williamson; Isaac W. Stone; Gabriela Sepulveda; Christopher Roy; Vampire Frog; Kauz Hunter; Chris Mori; Ryan Brown; Kevin Alvir; Christopher Couse; Len Danovich; Ryan Bredahl
32pp, B&W with some color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2021)

Red Room: Trigger Warnings is a new four-issue comic book miniseries from cartoonist Ed Piskor.  It is part of an overall series, entitled Red Room, that Fantagraphics Books is publishing as three miniseries for a total of twelve issues.  Piskor is best known for Hip Hop Family Tree, a comic book that chronicles the early history of Hip-Hop culture.  It has been published in webcomic, graphic novel, and serial comic book form.

Red Room focuses on a murderous, dark web subculture in which a secretive audience pays with cryptocurrency so that it can view “murder for entertainment” in real time via webcam.  A “Red Room” is a place on the Internet with an encrypted I.P. address.  Each Red Room is a webcam stream where viewers can watch a “torture star” murder another human being in the most brutal, savage, vile, and stomach-turning ways.

Red Room: Trigger Warnings #1 opens in the family melodrama of Davis Fairfield and his daughter, Brianna, a budding journalist.  Davis lost his wife, Delores, and his other daughter, Hayley, in an automobile accident (as seen in Red Room #1: The Antisocial Network).

Davis is also a Red Room star.  He is “The Decimator,” and Pentagram Picture's “The Decimator Presents: The Rat Queens!” is a gruesome hit.  The bitcoins roll in for Davis and his boss, Mistress Pentagram, but there is trouble on that proverbial horizon.  Brianna is digging into her father's secrets.  What's with the heart attacks, and where does all the cash-on-hand he has come from?  The answers may doom them both.

THE LOWDOWN:  Red Room returns in a new miniseries, but things are as gruesome as ever.  I think that the element that makes Red Room work in all of its horrifying and horrible glory is Piskor's deft touch with his characters.

This is the balance of the series, how ordinary people are caught in the trap of the Dark Web and the Red Rooms.  One can make an argument that the owners and torture stars are inhuman, but the torture victims and the Red Room fans are human.  Their faults and foibles are amplified by their obsessions and lusts, and that makes them fascinating.  Piskor makes his reader want to hone in on the fools as well as the fouls.  Following Davis and Brianna (inadvertently) to their doom is like chasing a prize, but this would not work if Piskor did not create characters that we can engage.

Trigger Warnings does not miss a beat following The Antisocial Network.  There is a sense of verisimilitude even if the Red Rooms seem unbelievable because they are not unbelievable.  Torture, you say?!  Even the “Father of our Nation” owned humans as property and used them as he saw fit – even violently.  Oops, I should have offered a trigger warning.  Instead, I offer praise and encouragement that you, dear readers, at least once, try this truly amazing comic book.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Ed Piskor's work and of alternative comics as science fiction will want to read Red Room: Trigger Warnings.

A+
10 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

I Reads You Juniors: September 2022 - Update #53

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NEWS:

COMICS - From CBR:  Spanish comic book artist, Carlos Pacheco, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease" (named after the famous New York Yankees legend who died of it).  Pacheco is best known for the maxi-series, "Avengers Forever" and for his work on titles featuring such characters as Captain America, the Justice League, and the X-Men.

DARK HORSE COMICS TO TV - From Deadline: Netflix has decided not to go forward with its 8-episode series based on Matt Wagner's "Grendel" comic book.  Apparently, the bulk of the series has already been filmed, but the producers can shop the series around.

MANGA - From BleedingCoolYen Press will publish an English-language edition of the manga, "The Summer Hikaru Died," from creator Mokumokuren. Both the manga and its creator are rising in popularity. Yen Press will announce the release date sometime in the future.

COMICS - From NBCWashington:  Thieves steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of rare comic books from Victory Comics in Falls Church, Virginia.

DC COMICS - From MSNCBR:   DC Comics will give it another try with a six-issue miniseries, "The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives," due this December.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Former DC Comics' boss Paul Levitz is writing his first comic book series for Marvel Comics.  It is a limited series, "Avengers War Across Time," and it is set during the early days of the Avengers.  Alan Davis will draw the comic book.

DC CINEMA - From Variety:  In a surprise bit of news, Warner Bros. announced that it is making a sequel to its 2005 film, Constantine, with Keanu Reeves returning as John Constantine.  The HBO Max TV series that was being developed by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot has apparently been scrapped.

DC TV - From TVLine:   Actor Chad L. Coleman will play DC Comics villain, "Bruno Mannheim," on the third season of The CW's "Superman & Lois."  Coleman previously played "Tobias Church" on The CW's "Arrow."

EN MEMORIAM - From BleedingCool:  Comic book artist, Eric Jones, has died at the age of 51, Saturday, September 10, 2021.  He was the frequent collaborator of writer Landry Q. Jones.  Together, they created the comic books, "Little Gloomy" (Slave Labor Graphics) and "Danger Club" (Image Comics).  Jones and Walker also produced the six-issue miniseries, "Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade."

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:  September 17th marks "Batman Day 2022, and there will be a global celebration.

DC FILM - From DCBlog:  There is a new trailer for DC Film's "Black Adam," which is due in theaters Oct. 21st.

IMAGE COMICS TO TV - From CBRAmazon has cancelled its Prime Video television series adaptation of "Paper Girls," the graphic novel series from writer Brian K. Vaughn and artist Cliff Chiang.  Series production company, Legendary Television, will shop "Paper Girls" around to other outlets.

EN MEMORIAM - From TCJ:  Comics artist and underground cartoonist, Diane Noomin, has died at the age of 75, Thursday, September 1, 2022.  She was the editor of the anthology title, "Twisted Sisters," and her work appeared in Underground Comix titles such as "Wimmen's Comix," "Young Lust," and "Weirdo."  Her best known comics character was "Didi Glitz," which first appeared in "Short Order Comix #2 (1974).  Noomin's spouse was acclaimed American cartoonist, Bill Griffith, the creator of comic strip character, "Zippy the Pinhead."

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics announces its latest round of "Stormbreakers," eight artists who will receive exclusive contracts.

IMAGE COMICS - From Variety:  Comic book writer Rodney Barnes, of "Killadelphia" and "Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog," and the upcoming "Blacula" original graphic novel, has made "Variety's" list of the most impactful producers of scripted TV for the year 2022.  Barnes co-wrote and was one of the executive producers of HBO's hit miniseries, "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty."

DC TV - From DCBlog: "Stargirl" star, Brec Bassinger, talks about the upcoming third season of The CW series based on the DC Comics charactere.

MARVEL - From Marvel:  Marvel Comics celebrates "Letterer Appreciation Day 2022."

DC COMICS - From Deadline:  DC Comics' virtual event, "DC Fandome," is not happening this year.

HELP - From BleedingCool:  There is a public appeal by Neil Gaiman and others to help raise money for former Vertigo Comics writer, Rachel Pollack ("Doom Patrol").

LGBTQ+ - From Time:  Author Maia Kobabe expresses relief because a court ruled that sale of eir (their) graphic novel, "Gender Queer," cannot be restricted in Virginia.

MARVEL - From THR:  The site has a first look at Alex Ross' upcoming graphic novel, "Fantastic Four: Full Color" (Abrams ComicsArts/Marvel Arts) and interviews the artist.

FRANK MILLER - From BleedingCool:  The "Frank Miller Presents" ashcan will get a second printing.  It had a 12,000 first printing which was allocated to comic book stores.

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AUGUST 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  AfterShock for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Antarctic Press for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Asylum Press for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Behemoth Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  BOOM Studios for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  CEX Publishing for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Comic House for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Kodansha Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics "A.X.E.: Judgement Day solicitations for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Rebellion for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Red 5 Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Seven Seas Entertainment for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  TOKYOPOP for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Yen Press for August 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Aftershock Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Ahoy Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Artists Elite Presents for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  AWA for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Blood Moon Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  CEX Publishing for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics solicitations for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  It's Alive for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Kodansha Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Lev Gleason for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Rebellion for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Red 5 Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Seven Seas Entertainment for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  TOKYOPOP for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Yen Press for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Z2 for September 2022

OCTOBER 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ahoy Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Antarctic Press for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Black Mask Studios for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  CEX Publishing for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  It's Alive for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Keenspot Entertainment for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Kodansha Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics "Star Wars" for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Opus Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Seven Seas Entertainment for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Sumerian Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  TOKYOPOP for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Whatnot Publishing for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Yen Press for October 2022

NOVEMBER 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  AfterShock Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Ahoy Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  AWA Studios for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Black Box for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Black Mask Studios Entertaiment for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Blood Moon Comics LLC for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Fairsquare Comics LLC for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Frank Miller Presents for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Keenspot Entertainment for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Kodansha Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for November 2022
From CBR:  Marvel Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Opus Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Rebellion/2000AD for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Red 5 Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Seven Seas Entertainment for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Sumerian Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Tokyopop for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Whatnot Publishing for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Zenescope Entertainment for November 2022

DECEMBER 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for December 2022
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for December 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for December 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics "Cold War" event for December 2022

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#IReadsYou Review: PURGATORI Volume 2 #1

PURGATORI VOLUME 2 #1
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

STORY: Ray Fawkes
ART: Álvaro Sarraseca
COLORS: Salvatore Aiala
LETTERS: Tom Napolitano
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Antonio Fuso
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz with Wil Quintana; Russell Fox with Robert Nugent; Daniel Maine; Alvaro Sarraseca; Nerdy Nereid (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (October 2021)

Rated Teen+

Purgatori created by Brian Pulido and Steven Hughes

“Witches Get Stitches” Part One


Purgatori is a horror comics character created by writer Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes and originally published by Chaos! Comics.  A crimson-skinned, winged vampire goddess, she first appeared in the comic book, Evil Ernie: Revenge #1 (cover dated: October 1994).  Chaos! Comics eventually went out of business, and in 2010, Purgatori became the intellectual property (IP) of Dynamite Entertainment.

Dynamite's first solo Purgatori comic book series is Purgatori Volume 2.  It is written by Ray Fawkes; drawn by Álvaro Sarraseca; colored by Salvatore Aiala; and lettered by Tom Napolitano.  Purgatori follows the title character as she deals with a plot against her.

Purgatori Volume 2 #1 opens after the events depicted in the Vampirella vs. Purgatori miniseries.  In Hunan Province, China, Purgatori resides at a monastery where she has enjoyed the fruits of abbots for centuries.  She needs this now, as she is suffering Lilith's (Vampirella) magic in the form of nasty mind worm that is eating her willpower.

However, in London, England, a coven of witches plots against Purgatori, and using magic, they have sent one of their own to set their trap for her.  Is Purgatori ready for the mayhem?

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Purgatori Volume 2 #1, which is the first Purgatori comic book of any kind that I've read.

Writer Ray Fawkes offers the kind of intriguing first issue that will draw many readers back for more.  He teases just enough about the conspiracy against Purgatori and about the conspirators to make me want to find out at least a little more.

Artist Álvaro Sarraseca's clean drawing style and clear storytelling convey the attention grabbing elements in Fawkes' script.  Salvatore Aiala's colors have an eye-candy quality, and, as always, letterer Tom Napolitano delivers the kind of work that gives comic books a sense of sound.

I didn't expect much of Purgatori; after all, I have always ignored the character.  But after this first issue, who knows...

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Chaos Comics Purgatori will want to visit Purgatori Volume 2.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: BETTIE PAGE and the Curse of the Banshee Volume 5 #3

BETTIE PAGE AND THE CURSE OF THE BANSHEE VOLUME 5 #3
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

[Read my review of the documentary "Bettie Page Reveals All" here.]

STORY: Stephen Mooney
ART: Jethro Morales
COLORS: Dinei Ribero
LETTERS: Taylor Esposito
EDITOR: Joseph Rybandt
COVER: Marat Mychaels
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Joseph Michael Linsner; Stephen Mooney
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2021)

Rated Teen+

Bettie Page (1923–2008) was an American model who gained notoriety in the 1950s for her pin-up photos.  She is still referred to has the “Queen of Pinups,” and her shoulder-to-armpit-length jet-black hair with its trademark bangs and her blue eyes have inspired generations of artists, illustrators and comic book artists.

In the comic book, Starslayer #3 (Pacific Comics; cover dated: June 1982), the late comic book writer-artist, Dave Stevens (1955-2008), introduced a new character in the story that was the second appearance of his character, “The Rocketeer.”  Her name was “Betty,” and she was Cliff Secord/The Rocketeer's girlfriend, and she was based on Bettie Page.

The Rocketeer introduced new fans to Bettie Page via Betty, including myself.  Beginning in the mid-1990s, comic books featuring Bettie Page began to appear, and in 2017 Dynamite Entertainment made Bettie Page the star of her own comic book miniseries.  The latest is Bettie Page and the Curse of the Banshee.  It is written by Stephen Mooney; drawn by Jethro Morales; colored by Dinei Ribero; and lettered by Taylor Esposito.  In this series, Bettie, a freelance agent for the federal government and something of a monster hunter, and her partner, Lyssa McKnight, travel to rural Ireland to investigate a series of murders supposedly perpetrated by a mythical creature, a “banshee.”

Bettie Page and the Curse of the Banshee Volume 5 #3 opens in Ireland, 1954.  Bettie and Lyssa find themselves in the midst of a contingent of zombies.  After being separated from Lyssa, Bettie learns the true identity of the Banshee, but does not realize that that her realization comes with a curse!  Lyssa learns some things herself, but if she can't help Bettie, her partner will also become the undead!

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Bettie Page and the Curse of the Banshee Volume 5 #3, which is the first issue of the title that I have read.  In fact, I have not previously read any of DE's Bettie Page comic books.

I like Bettie Page and the Curse of the Banshee Volume 5 #3, and I wish I had read the earlier issues.  Writer Stephen Mooney fills this chapter with action and with important background information, enough so that the reader does not feel cheated on content.  I like that Lyssa feels as much a lead as does Bettie, who is a bit of ditz.

Jethro Morales' art and graphical storytelling are more action-horror than dark fantasy-horror, and his illustrations jump out at the reader, whether it is back story or zombies clawing at our heroes.  Dinei Ribero's coloring accentuates Morales' art with an appropriate dark mood and atmosphere.  Taylor Esposito's lettering conveys the sense of desperation and doom that should permeate the third or penultimate chapter of this kind of comic book.

Even cover artist Marat Mychaels delivers the goods with his riff on Gil Elvgren's painting, “Girl on Polar Bear.”  I plan to be back for more of this delightfully surprising Bettie Page comic book.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Bettie Page comic books will want to try Bettie Page and the Curse of the Banshee Volume 5.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Monday, September 26, 2022

BOOM! Studios from Diamond Distributors for September 28, 2022

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