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Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/18/22: The Fox, I Hate This Place, and Shaolin Cowboy

Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/18/22: The Fox, I Hate This Place, and Shaolin Cowboy

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.

This week we have a three terrific books for you. The first is a one-shot called The Fox: Family Values #1 from Archie Comics, and the second is I Hate This Place #1 which is from Image Comics. Finally, there is Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel To Be Kin #1 from Dark Horse Comics.

You can find these books at your LCS or wherever you buy books on May 18, 2022.

Also the rest of the #NewNumberOnes for May are here.


The Fox: Family Values #1
Archie Comics
Written by Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante, & Alex Toth
Art by Haspiel, Richard Ortiz, & Toth
Colors by Matt Herms
Letters by Jack Morelli
Cover Art by Haspiel

Original Solicitation:

Archie Comics is setting the stage for the return of everyone’s favorite “Freak Magnet” Paul Patton, Jr. in The Fox: Family Values #1. Coming to comic shops and digital retailers May 18, 2022, the new one-shot comic will follow the adventures of the Pattons, The Fox, She-Fox, and their son Ghost Fox, as they try to be the best hero family of Foxes they can be! Featuring all-new stories by writer/artist Dean Haspiel, writer Vito Delsante, artist Richard Ortiz, and colorist Matt Herms with veteran letter Jack Morelli, The Fox: Family Values #1 will also include a reprint of a classic The Fox story by Alex Toth, providing new readers with a perfect introduction to this family of iconic characters.

PCS Review:

This book is chock full of goodness. There are three stories in this thirty-four page book. Each of them are fun morsels of comic excellence. The first story, written and drawn by Dean Haspiel, is in the same vein as his previous endeavors with The Fox. Haspiel takes some metaphysical swings in the storytelling and delivers a dynamic story filled with heart that leaves us wanting more from this incarnation of the character.

The second story written by Vito Delsante with art from Richard Ortiz goes back to the wedding of The Fox and fits in very nicely with familial themes of the first story. Delsante and Ortiz do an excellent job of crafting an action packed tale with an emotion filled ending. Solid storytelling by the whole team on this one. Continue reading “Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/18/22: The Fox, I Hate This Place, and Shaolin Cowboy”

Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/11/22: Eight Billion Genies #1 and Grim #1

Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/11/22: Eight Billion Genies #1 and Grim #1

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.

This week we have a two great books to review for you. The first is Eight Billion Genies #1 from Image Comics, and the second is Grim #1 which is from Boom! Studios.

You can find these books at your LCS or wherever you buy books on May 11, 2022.

Also the rest of the #NewNumberOnes for May are here.


Eight Billion Genies #1
Image Comics
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Ryan Browne
Letters by Chris Crank
Cover Art by Browne

Original Solicitation:

If you had one wish…what would you wish for? Now, what if everyone else had one wish too? That’s EIGHT BILLION GENIES, the new eight-issue series from CHARLES SOULE & RYAN BROWNE. At exactly the same moment, everyone on earth gets a genie and one wish. All hell breaks loose, in a very entertaining way…and that’s just the beginning. Buckle in for the wildest ride of the year!

PCS Review:

This book feels very much like a book that was made by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne, and that is a wonderful development. This issue is a excellent mix of a high concept global events that localizes the reader to a single location. Charles Soule has a wonderful habit of encouraging his readers to dream about the impossible, and then just as the bubbling wonderment begins to float them off, he slams down rules and consequences for touching the untouchable.

Ryan Browne is a perfect partner for Soule’s high concept scheming. His rendering of a world that experiences eight billion individual genies is brilliant. Besides the grand chaos that he brings to the page, Browne also creates endearing characters that help with the localization of the story. Crank is a great letterer and does excellent work in this book.

We are definitely interested in seeing how this world develops and what happens within the Lampwick Bar and Grill.


Grim #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Stephanie Phillips
Art by Flaviano
Colors by Rico Renzi
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover Art by Flaviano

Original Solicitation:

Jessica Harrow is dead. But her journey has only just begun!

PCS Review: Continue reading “Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/11/22: Eight Billion Genies #1 and Grim #1”

Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/4/22: Archer & Armstrong, Metal Society, The Panic, & Twig

Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/4/22: Archer & Armstrong, Metal Society, The Panic, & Twig

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.

This week we have a whopping four books to review for you. The first is Archer & Armstrong Forever #1 from Valiant Entertainment. We also have Metal Society #1, and Twig #1  from Image Comics, and the last is The Panic #1 which is a digital only from Comixology Originals.

You can find these books at your LCS or wherever you buy books on May 4, 2022.

Also the rest of the #NewNumberOnes for May are here.


Archer & Armstrong Forever #1
Valiant Entertainment
Written by Steve Foxe
Art by Marcio Fiorito
Colors by Alex Guimarães
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover Art by Bernard Chang

Original Solicitation:

When Armstrong seemingly loses his immortality, Archer refuses to let his best buddy go gentle into that good night. But when you live for millennia, you rack up plenty of enemies who’ll be thrilled to find out you’re no longer indestructible. Archer & Armstrong’s globetrotting quest for (more) immortality begins here!

PCS Review:

As someone who is not super familiar with this Valiant property, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is engaging and dynamic with lots of action and plenty of story. There is some heavy lifting that needs to be done in a first issue for a property with a big history, and Steve Foxe did an excellent job of passing on information without letting it interfere with the story being told. Continue reading “Preview Reviews for the Week of 5/4/22: Archer & Armstrong, Metal Society, The Panic, & Twig”

Preview Reviews for the Week of 4/27/22: Blood Stained Teeth #1, RetroActive, and Season of the Bruja #2

Preview Reviews for the Week of 4/27/22: Blood Stained Teeth #1, RetroActive, and Season of the Bruja #2

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.

This week we have three books to review for you. The first is Blood Stained Teeth #1 from Image Comics. The next is RetroActive, an original graphic novel from Humanoids, Inc., and the last is Season of the Bruja #2 from Oni Press.

You can find these books at your LCS or wherever you buy books on April 27, 2022.


Blood Stained Teeth #1
Image Comics
Written by Christian Ward
Art by Patric Reynolds
Colors by Heather Moore
Letters by Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou
Cover Art by Ward

Original Solicitation:

CHRISTIAN WARD, the Eisner Award-winning co-creator of ODY-C, Invisible Kingdom, and Machine Gun Wizards, returns to Image with red-hot artist PATRIC REYNOLDS for an all-new ONGOING SERIES—a fast-paced 100 Bullets-style crime saga with fangs!

Atticus Sloane—misanthrope, criminal, asshole, and vampire—lives in a world where blood isn’t the only thing vamps crave. And for the right price, he’ll make you a vampire too. After all, immortality isn’t cheap.

PCS Review:

This is probably the new series debut with the most buzz this month. Everyone who has seen an early copy of it has high praise, and we are among that group of everyone. This vampire story has a very “crime noir” feel to it. The premise for the conflict is interesting, and the set-up builds like a walk through a dark fun house with more dread around every corner. This book is surprisingly compelling because there is really not a likeable character in the book, but we are hooked nonetheless.

The art team of Patric Reynolds and Heather Moore crafted a stunning visual display in this book. It is really difficult to find the words to describe the beautiful images that grace every page of the comic. Reynolds choice of close up and panned out shots for each panel depending on the flow of the story is brilliant. Heather Moore’s color work in this comic is inspired. From garish reds to radioactive yellows, every stroke is gorgeous. As usual Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering work is invaluable to the flow and cohesion of this story.

This book has exceeded expectations, and they were high going in. Everyone involved should be proud of what they have created, despite the nightmares that it will fuel.


RetroActive
Humanoids, Inc.
Written by Ibrahim Moustafa
Art by Moustafa
Colors by Brad Simpson
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover Art by Moustafa

Original Solicitation:

Temporal agent Tarik Abdelnasser is trapped in a time loop, living and dying over and over again.

The discovery of time travel is unknown to the general public, but a new Cold War rages between global intelligence agencies as they attempt to alter historical events in favor of their respective futures. When new intel points the U.S. Bureau of Temporal Affairs (BTA) toward a hostile anomaly in the past, veteran field agent Tarik Abdelnasser and his new partner, Lucia Olmos, are dispatched to investigate. They discover a radical adversary wielding a new technology that could unravel everything the BTA fights to maintain. Continue reading “Preview Reviews for the Week of 4/27/22: Blood Stained Teeth #1, RetroActive, and Season of the Bruja #2”

Preview Reviews for Week of 4/6/2022: Alice Ever After #1 and G.I.L.T. #1

Preview Reviews for Week of 4/6/2022: Alice Ever After #1 and G.I.L.T. #1

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.

This week we have two books to review for you. The first is Alice Ever After #1 from Boom! Studios, and the other is G.I.L.T. #1 from Ahoy Comics. Both of these comics are great debuts to interesting series. We are looking forward to issue number two from both of these stories.

You can find these books at your LCS on April 6, 2022.


Alice Ever After #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Dan Panosian
Art by Giorgio Spalletta & Panosian
Colors by Fabiana Mascolo
Letters by Jeff Eckleberry
Cover Art by Panosian

Original Solicitation:

Return to Wonderland in this twisted sequel by superstar artist and writer Dan Panosian perfect for fans of Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy and Luna.

Alice first visited Wonderland as a child. Now an adult, it’s her only escape from a cold, strange reality she finds herself living in.

But in order to return to her fantasy world, she’ll need something stronger than mushrooms that change her size, and is forced to resort to crime to feed her growing addiction.

Will Alice choose to escape from her uncaring family and childhood trauma in Wonderland, or find the courage to face her demons in the real world?

PCS Review: Continue reading “Preview Reviews for Week of 4/6/2022: Alice Ever After #1 and G.I.L.T. #1”

With Further Ado #190: Grinning With Gilbert

With Further Ado #190: Grinning With Gilbert

Don’t we all need a little more cheer in our lives?  I sure do, and that’s why I love Art Baltazar’s work.  Gillbert #4: The Island of Orange Turtles is the talented writer-artist’s latest Papercutz book. As usual, it’s impossible to read without grinning from ear to ear.

I’m happy that comics has bestselling authors like Dav Pilkey writing Dog Man and Cat Kid and Jeff Kinney churning out his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  Their dominance of the bestseller lists is impressive and encouraging.  Publisher’s Weekly’s John Maher provided a solid overview here earlier in the year.

But for whatever reason, those authors don’t really connect with me. But I am an older comic fan; they don’t need to. Or shouldn’t, really.  I tend to gravitate to the work of writer-artists like Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliana and Frank Cammuso because of (a) their very public passion for comics and (2) kids dig their books. I love reading their books and gifting their books to young readers.

As a kid, the “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, or the Gill-Man, was one of those iconic images that we embraced whenever we wanted to scare the bejeezus out of ourselves. He might have been a half-step behind Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Werewolf, but he was still up there.

So, if Pilkey can adapt classics like Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights or Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls to YA bestsellers, it makes all the sense in the world that Baltazar can adapt old Universal monsters like The Creature from the Black Lagoon into an upbeat smile-fest of a story.

And that’s what this is. How fun is it to follow Gillbert and his friends on their adventures?  Baltazar (as a creator and as a person) always embraces the urgency and importance of every childhood adventure. And it’s all wrapped up with colorful, outrageous artwork, solid storytelling, and crazy names.

Go, go Gillbert!

 

Gillbert #4: The Island of the Orange Turtles
By Art Baltazar
Published by Papercutz
88 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1545807183
Reading Age: 7 to 12
Grade Level: 4 to 6

Available from Amazon on 4/19/22.

With Further Ado #187: A Trick of the Light – Review

With Further Ado #187: A Trick of the Light – Review

I don’t think I even know about the genre that Aly Fell’s A Trick of the Light pays homage to. Nonetheless, I was impressed by this book just the same.  This gorgeous 40-page comic is inspired by British Girl Comics of the 1960s and 1970s.

This story tells the tale of two Brit school teachers on a sunny day. They are off to have a romantic dalliance, but all isn’t quite what it seems.  Fell’s phenomenal art is breathtakingly brilliant – sweet and soaring while grounded in solid storytelling. His skill at depicting figures, emotions, automobiles, and landscapes is even more engaging when coupled by his clever compositions and cinematic sense of storytelling.

I stumbled across Fell’s artwork a while back. About a dozen years ago, Asylum Press had sent copies of their books to our consulting firm, Bonfire Agency.  Fell’s covers stood out.  They were designed to stop readers in their tracks – gorgeous women in macabre situations with masterful painting and colors.

Not long after, Fell’s The Shadow Glass was published by IDW in 2017. This was a creepy story mixing occultists with a bit of Three Musketeers vibe.  A real treat to view and a master class for any artist who read it.

In my faculty role at Ithaca College’s School of Business, I often think about the undisputedly historical coolest faculty member of this college: Rod Serling. In fact, I was just teaching a class on Serling – trumpeting his creativity and spirit of entrepreneurism.  I realized that one of the reasons I like A Trick of the Light so much is that it has a “Twilight Zone” feel to it all.

Trick of the Light is (mostly) in glorious black and white and set in the 60s, like The Twilight Zone’s episodes. The creepy, not-fully explained story could easily have fit into an episode. In fact, I can almost hear Rod Serling teasing that “Maltson Secondary Modern school’s art teacher, Ruth Linwood, isn’t just going for a walking in the countryside, she is about to enter…. The Twilight Zone” if he had made one of his signature introductions to this story.

I backed this project from Fell’s Kickstarter. It exceeded all its goals (rightfully so). I’m glad I did.

Editor’s Note: This project was highlighted by PCS as a Kickstarter You Should Be Backing in November.

A Trick of the Light is available in a hard cover and softcover version, and I highly recommend you seek it out.

A Trick of the Light
by Aly Fell
Khabs in the Khu Press
IBSN: 978-0-9356746-6-4

Preview Reviews for the Week of March 3, 2022: Chef’s Kiss, Loaded Bible, and Rogue Sun

Preview Reviews for the Week of March 3, 2022: Chef’s Kiss, Loaded Bible, and Rogue Sun

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.

This week we have three books to review for you. The first is an Original Graphic Novel, Chef’s Kiss from Oni Press. The next two are both from Image Comics and they are: Loaded Bible: Blood of My Blood #1 and Rogue Sun #1.

All three of these books are featured on our New Number Ones for March. Check out the rest of that list to see what is coming this month.

You can find these books at your LCS on March 2, 2022.


Chef’s Kiss
Oni Press
Written by Jarett Melendez
Art by Danica Brine
Colors by Hank Jones
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover Art by Kevin Wada

Original Solicitation:

Watch things start to really heat up in the kitchen in this sweet, queer, new adult graphic novel!

Now that college is over, English graduate Ben Cook is on the job hunt looking for something…anything…related to his passion for reading and writing. But interview after interview, hiring committee after hiring committee, Ben soon learns getting the dream job won’t be as easy as he thought. Proofreading? Journalism? Copywriting? Not enough experience. It turns out he doesn’t even have enough experience to be a garbage collector! But when Ben stumbles upon a “Now Hiring—No Experience Necessary” sign outside a restaurant, he jumps at the chance to land his first job. Plus, he can keep looking for a writing job in the meantime. He’s actually not so bad in the kitchen, but he will have to pass a series of cooking tests to prove he’s got the culinary skills to stay on full-time. But it’s only temporary…right?

When Ben begins developing a crush on Liam, one of the other super dreamy chefs at the restaurant, and when he starts ditching his old college friends and his old writing job plans, his career path starts to become much less clear.

PCS Review:

I absolutely love this book. I have been waiting a long time for this day to come. This is one of the best OGNs that I have ever read. The art is spectacular. The writing is witty and endearing. It is a triumph from start to finish.

The character development in the book is very good and critical to the success of the story. As I was reading this book, I knew that I loved it, but near the end there is an emotional crisis in the story that I was not prepared for. It shook me, and I am better for it.

Danica Brine just absolutely kills it on the art in this book. She, sublimely, leads you through very ordinary life events but before you know it you are engrossed and drawn further into the characters’ world. Hank Jones’s colors could not be better chosen or executed to fit the tone of this story.

Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou is a virtuoso letterer. As if this book couldn’t get any better, his lettering ties all the aspects of book together seamlessly.

I applaud Jarrett Melendez for the passion and effort that he put into this story as well as all of the creative team. Do not miss this book.


Loaded Bible: Blood of My Blood  #1
Image Comics
Written by Steve Orlando & Tim Seeley
Art by Giuseppe Carafo
Colors by Josh Rodriguez
Letters by Fabio Amelia & Maurizio Clausi
Cover Art by Mirka Andolfo & Arif Prianto

Original Solicitation:

Decades after the events of the original cult series, Jesus’ vampire-hunting clone is a bigger outlaw than ever, and now, he has to face a threat like no other. The church has cut a deal with the vampire nations to unite under their cloned savior – Dracula. A 6-part monthly miniseries starting on Ash Wednesday!

PCS Review:

I went into this book not knowing what to expect regarding the plot. I did expect some chaos considering that it is written by Tim Seeley and Steve Orlando. I was not disappointed in that regard. Despite not being familiar with the previous work with this character, this debut issue was captivating and easy to grasp. The story that is unfolding is intriguing and will have us looking forward to the rest of the series.

The art and lettering in this book are excellently done and balance chaotic gore and clear storytelling in an effective manner. We are definitely all in on this six-issue run.


Rogue Sun #1
Image Comics
Written by Ryan Parrott
Art by Abel
Colors by Chris O’Halloran
Letters by Becca Carey
Cover Art by Declan Shalvey & O’Halloran

Original Solicitation:

Yesterday: New Orleans’ greatest hero, ROGUE SUN, was murdered.

Today: rebellious teenager DYLAN SIEGEL discovers that Rogue Sun was his estranged father, Marcus — and that he’s inherited his father’s mantle. Tasked with protecting our world from the forces of the supernatural — and solving his father’s murder — Dylan will be forced to come to terms with the man he’s spent the majority of his life hating.

From acclaimed writer RYAN PARROTT and rising star artist ABEL comes A SUPERNATURAL MURDER MYSTERY that explores the complicated bond between father and son and cements itself squarely in a corner of the IMAGE COMICS’ SUPERHERO UNIVERSE!

PCS Review:

Ryan Parrott definitely has something here. The start of the new Rogue Sun character comes off with tons of potential. The characterization in this book is well done. The pacing and plot points are excellently crafted. We are intrigued.

The art by Abel is very good. The action sequences and facial acting in particular are noteworthy. Chris O’Halloran’s color work is fantastic. The slightly textured feel adds a gritty feel and the lighting is excellent. Becca Carey’s letters are really well done.

Overall this is a solid debut issue and we are looking forward to more with this character.

With Further Ado #185: True Love and Discounted Comics

With Further Ado #185: True Love and Discounted Comics

I tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and it clobbered our plans for St. Valentine’s Day. I am relieved that I was vaxxed and boostered; my symptoms weren’t that bad. But my isolation period overlapped our Valentine plans, and that was a bummer.

My wife, Kathe, is always a very thoughtful gift-giver, and one of the St. Valentine’s gifts she gave me this year was a pack of 10 DC Comics from discount retailer Ollie’s. This pack collected ten recent comics and sold them at a discount. The promotional packaging proclaims it is up to a $49.90 value.

Do you know Ollie’s? This is a discount/close-out retailer. They famously had a bunch of hardcover comic collections from DC and Marvel on sale at absurdly low prices a few years ago.  It turns out the DC sales force had been trying to sell these books to comic shops for years, and finally just unloaded the inventory.  As we don’t have a comic shop in our town, it’s an easy stop for casual and hard-core comic fans.

As anyone who’s tried to gift comics to a comic book fan knows, it’s always hard to figure out what they already have and what they haven’t yet purchased/read.  Kathe was surprised that there were many comics in this 10-pack that I hadn’t read.

And it’s an odd collection. It’s like a time capsule, but not an ancient one. In fact, it’s like a time capsule that was just put together a year or two ago, and then you were impatient and wanted to open it right then. This stack of DC Comics had a bit of “stale anticipation” of all the stuff that seemed exciting but has since gone in another direction.  That’s understandable; the company has been through so many changes lately.

Of note:

Action Comics #1000 (June 2018) is a fun comic with short stories by top creators.  The last story in this one was a tease for Brain Bendis’ then upcoming stint of the Superman titles.  I really enjoyed that run, but it’s astonishing at how quickly it all went by.

Likewise, Superman #21 (May 2020) was published right at the tail end of Bendis’ run. One of the things it focused on was Superman abandoning his Clark Kent identity. The idea was that we’d get “so many” stories exploring that new development.  That didn’t really seem to happen either.

This packet included two copies of Batman #93 (June 2020), one with the regular cover and one with the retailer variant.  This issue features the character Punchline and the writer James Tynion IV, both of whom seemed to be so important to the Batman franchise at the time. I’m unconvinced that Punchline became the breakout character she was meant to be. Writer Tynion recently left Gotham City for the greener pastures of Substack, and the Batman title has the feel of re-starting with a “bold, new era” with new creators yet again. Continue reading “With Further Ado #185: True Love and Discounted Comics”

With Further Ado #184: The New Old Adventures of Mike Shayne

With Further Ado #184: The New Old Adventures of Mike Shayne

New Collection from Pulp 2.0 Press

For a while, I was into the adventures of the private detective, Mike Shayne.  I stumbled across him in via the old radio show The New Adventures of Michael Shayne (the version starring Jeff Chandler). It was hardboiled detective fiction without any apologies.

This show sparked my interest, so I read a bunch of the prose mysteries by Brett Holiday. Some of the paperbacks had wonderful covers, many by legendary painter Robert McGuiness. And the titles themselves were always fantastic. How could you NOT pick up story with a title like “Never Kill a Client”, “Bodies are Where You Find Them”, “So Lush, So Deadly”, “Violence is Golden” or “Lady Be Bad”?

Michael Shayne is one of those characters that was a big deal for a long while.  His literary adventures started in 1939, and continued through the glory days of paperbacks. After that, Shayne’s adventures appeared every month as one of the last pulp anthologies.  The detective was featured in movies, two different radio shows and a 1960 TV show.  And when the television program debuted (with many episodes written by William Link and Richard Levinson, creators of Columbo, Mannix, Murder She Wrote, etc.) Dell comics decided it was finally time to create some comics.

This was a Dell’s standard operating procedure, they would often (always?) create comics that back drafted the popularity of TV programs. Surprisingly, Dell didn’t adapt TV adventures in this comic, they indeed went back to the source material and adapted the early detective thrillers.

Pulp 2.0 Press recently reprinted the three issues of Mike Shayne, Private Eye. It’s a compelling package including a text piece and image gallery that provide an insider’s view of the character and his history.


Despite having been originally printed in the early sixties, these yarns have an edge to them. Plot elements include drugs, adultery and beautiful women who turn up…dead!  As a casual fan, I had no idea that Shayne was married in the early stories, and they killed her off.  In fact, one of the stories reprinted in this volume is about the hero dealing with the sad fact that his wife has died in childbirth. Pretty heavy stuff.

Lately, I’ve gotten fussy about how publishers chose to reprint old comics. The color, the paper, etc. There’s a way to finesse it all – so every reprint can be as gloriously true to their original pulp, and low brow, intentions. I always enjoy the reprints that Craig Yoe or IDW puts out. The extra care they put into coloring and it shows.

But you know what? For these tough-as-nails adventures, if I were to discuss it out loud, I feel like Mike Shayne himself would grab me by the shirt collar and tell me, “That kind of whining is for sissies.” Maybe he’d be right.

All in all, this collection is a real treat. Snag a copy, pour yourself two fingers of scotch in a dirty glass, sit back and enjoy.

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I wrote about another of Pulp 2.0’s projects a few years ago here-their efforts to publish a comic that felt like a lost Charles Bronson movie.  As a follow-up, it’s published now and you can get it from Amazon.