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Empower Strangers

This week we will be taking a look at comic books and comic book related pieces of paper, stapled together, with colored inks depicting serial adventures featuring words and pictures.

Ya’ can’t do better this week than the Empowered Deluxe Edition from Dark Horse! Empowered is smart, sexy, funny, and sensationally well drawn. Conceived as a one-off ‘Damsel in Distress” character for convention sketches, Empowered is a super heroine Polly-Anna who refuses to give up no matter how little she wears nor how little respect she gets doing it.

Adam Warren, the brilliant writer/artist is one of the Granddaddies of the American Manga style. EVERY panel in this book is a text on “How To Draw Manga Better than Anyone you Know.”

“ WHAT’S THAT,” you say? You HATE funny, clever comics that stand sexism on the ear while simultaneously serving more cheesecake than a Sara Lee baker?

Well let me ask YOU a question…do ya’ like damn dirty apes?

Terror on the Planet of the Apes #1
is a reprint comic from BOOM!, originally published by Marvel in 1974, with art by Moon Knight big wig Doug Moench and one of my FAVORITE Ghost Rider artists, Mike Ploog! Retro fun featuring talking monkeys being positively rude, crude, and Post-Apocalyptically-Screwed. Win, lose or draw, this book is going to feature gun totting primates hating humans with .45 caliber vengeance!

OR: how about some fun indie books? Image’s Orc Stain #7 is always a good time, Ralph Wiggum Comics #1 from Bongo promises to have Ralph Wiggum, and Sergio Aragone’s Funnies #8 will be more fun than the EPA will allow. Also on sale this week at the Forbidden Planet is the latest issue of Buckaroo Bonsai #1 from Moonstone.

IF you’ve never seen the beloved cult film “Buckaroo Bonsai: Across the 8th Dimension” then go do it RIGHT NOW. I can wait.

DONE. NOW, wouldn’t it be awesome if there were MORE crazy cool adventures featuring those characters. Well there are, and they’re on sale this week. You are welcome.


What do Justice League #6, G.I. Joe 2 Movie Prequel #2, Astonishing X-Men #47, Avengers #23, FF #15, The Twelve #10, and Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #7 all have in common?

THAT’S RIGHT; they’re all fantastic team books available this week from the top publishers in the biz. Coincidentally, if you take the first word on the first page of ever comic I mentioned above IN THE ORDER I mentioned above, then continue on doing the same thing with the rest of the pages you will have an incantation that will summon a powerful demon named Adremelech, who will roast the children of your enemies on the pyres of Sepharviam as revenge for their misdeeds!

Now THAT’S what I call a crossover!

NEXT WEEK: Comics about puppies, rainbows and froggies.


More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Hack Slash Crossover Craziness

There has been a rash of Hack/Slash crossovers recently and I’m loving it!  Reminds me of Cassie and Vlad’s early days, getting mixed up with Evil Ernie one week, fighting Chucky the next.  This coming Wednesday marks the release of Hack Slash Meets Zombies Vs Cheerleaders, who also had a cool crossover of their own with none other than Rich Koslowski’s The 3 Geeks! With a title like Zombies Vs Cheerleaders a Cassie Hack appearance was inevitable.

Here is a sweet colorless version of the cover I found on the awesome unofficial website Hack/Slash Inc.

Writer: Steven L Frank

Artist: Benjamin Glendenning

Publisher: Moonstone

Cassie and Vlad go undercover at a Washington State high school to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several students. Hilarity and mayhem ensue as Cassie joins the cheerleading squad and Vlad gets recruited for the football team!

If you read the title of the comic, you might be able to figure out what is going on at this particular high school, but is it really so crystal clear?

We also still have copies of last week’s Hack Slash Eva Monster’s Ball #1.

Writer: Brandon Jerwa

Artist: Cezar Razek

Publisher: Dynamite

Eva: a time-lost warrior who believes that God wants her to rid our world of the foul things that lurk in the shadows.

Cassie Hack: a 21st century anti-heroine who has devoted her life to the elimination of ‘slashers’ who kill without mercy or reason.

These lethal ladies and their monstrous majordomos Michael and Vlad may seem like two sides of the same coin, but they’re as different as night and day. When a mysterious figure brings them together, the whole world’s going to be reminded that Hell hath no fury like two women on a mission in a city full of monsters!

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