We’ve got witches, werewolves (not swear wolves), and Ivan meeting G.I. Joe in this week’s Triple Shot!
Rucka and Scott finish up the first volume of Wiccan detective story Black Magick.
Over at Dynamite, Ash stars in Army of Darkness and a Clash Sandinista track comes to life as they team up with Capcom to promote a battle royale game Street Fighter V with Street Fighter X G.I. Joe #1. I got next game!
Sterling Gates continues on a very satisfying compliment to Supergirl on CBS with Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 3 only on ComiXology!
Black Magick #5
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Publisher: Image Comics
Pub. Date: February 24, 2016
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The latest in this witchy supernatural detective story Black Magick from the superstar team of Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Stumptown, Star Wars, Gotham Central) and Nicola Scott (Earth 2, Birds of Prey) wraps up the first arc before taking a hiatus to get an issue in the can and to release a trade in April.
When the trade hits, I’m hoping for more attention to this incredible book.
Part police procedural, part Wiccan ceremony, Black Magick tells the story of Rowan Black, a witch on the Portsmouth police department as a detective.
Fans of the show iZombie (and the comic, duh) will appreciate the supernatural mixed with the police work that we know Rucka is so great at constructing. When I read Rucka’s crime books I want to marathon The Rockford Files!
Of course Nicola Scott’s art is knockout amazing, full of detail, and with the exception of expressions of magick it self is black and white (published in four color process, with greyscale inks). She draws beautiful and realistic ladies and is one of the best artists on the shelves today. Color assists on the art by Chiara Arena.
This story wraps up some loose ends but leaves you wanting to know more about the threats darkening Rowan’s door.
I don’t know much about spells and witchcraft in real life but if I want to pretend, I can recite the spells from this well-researched book, cleverly edited by Jeanine Schaefer (formerly of Marvel, now a freelance editor).
Army of Darkness Furious Road #1
Writer: Nancy A. Collins
Art: Kewber Baal
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Pub. Date: March 2, 2016
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I’ve said it before, and now that I see another Army of Darkness title from Dynamite, I’m even more confused.
Oh well, we live in a time where Flash and Supergirl will team up across different networks, Ash vs. Evil Dead is a TV show and someone more scary than a hologram from The Dark Knight Returns is angling to be president.
What am I on about? I simply do not understand the rights issues involved with Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise! Can the TV show not really not use the store name of S-Mart? Is it even possible to break up print distribution rights for a property?
Just last month, I praised Space Goat’s Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned and looked forward to Ash taking on Hitler. …and then this happened!
Dynamite (perhaps the holder of the MGM Army of Darkness license? Spitballing here…) is about to unleash Furious Road, a Mad Max style look into the future 20 years from ‘now’. This story is set twenty years from whenever ‘now’ is.
Acclaimed horror writer Nancy A. Collins also has a few comics under her belt (Swamp Thing, Jason vs. Leatherface, Vampirella) set us up here with a post-apocalyptic road warrior view of Ash’s beloved hometown, complete with ridiculous outfits, shaved haircuts and heavily armored cars.
Many reviewers (myself included) were mistakenly slipped an unlettered proof. Thankfully we received a new copy of the book for us to revise our review. Sorry about that!
What was criminally missing was the famous Ash quips and references to previous issues and even a certain Cabin in the Woods.
Not to be one-upped by a Hitler book, Dynamite goes Legion of Monsters with this one has Frank N. Stein (he prefers Michael), Eva and the Daughter of Dracula enlist Ash to track down the Necronomicon. I guess this is just another tricky day at the Housewares Department at S-Mart for Ash.
Highly recommended for fans of whatever movie or tv show is your favorite one starring the guy with the chainsaw hand!
Street Fighter X G.I. Joe #1 (of 6)
Writer: Aubrey Sitterson
Artist: Emilio Laiso
Publisher: IDW Publishing
UPC: 82771401013801011 Price: $4.99
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To be honest, this is the sort of book that I would skip. Video game characters vs. my favorite Real American Heroes? Come on, people I am not going to fall for your dumb marketing stunt!
Except for that I totally did; I’m sold on this for a couple of reasons.
Street Fighter was THE fighting game for us growing up, hours were spent button mashing in our friends living rooms on major tournament sessions.
I preferred to slap everyone silly with fat sumo E. Honda as my friends took on the sinister cold war hangover (and Wreck-it Ralph co-star)! Zangeif.
Sword and sorcery novelist Aubrey Sitterson (Skald) takes a familiar approach to having these two properties meet up (one easier to digest than the current art-school fantasy of the running Transformers vs. G.I. Joe stories). Using a bracket system of elimination, the teams battle it out to get to the next round, much like the setup of the video game.
In the past few years, Avengers Arena and Boom! Studio’s Deathmatch went deep into this format, and while we won’t get as deep into anyone’s backstory or motivations as those two wonderful series, we do get a sense that co-hosts of the tournament Zangeif and Destro are up to something.
He certainly didn’t need to, but Issue #1 starts out deep into the final rounds of the tournament, but in the back are the results of the competition before we get to the final round. Great backup material!
I’m in for this, and I’ll wait to see if reviews are favorable for Street Fighter V before committing to buy. For the record, we were never a Mortal Kombat family!
ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL Chapter 3
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Bengal
Cover art by Cat Staggs
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: February 22, 2016
Price per chapter: $.99
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We certainly don’t mean to have Supergirl dominate the Digital Chaser spot three weeks in a row, but I would consider this a Billboard chart type of domination.
After Monday’s Supergirl S01E14 – “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” directed by Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone) somehow topped everyone’s favorite episode of the season so far judging from initial twitter reaction, Chapter 3 resonates so well with the show it would be a crime worthy of judgement from Master Jailer not to mention it.
Gates recognizes what is great about Supergirl, the series, and the female Kryptonian at heart. She is not Superman, she fulfills a much different role and comes from a different adoptive family here on Earth.
The backbone of this story arc is sisterhood, and how important her relationship is with her sister Alex Danvers.
This allows Supergirl to empathize with Rampage’s backstory from her origin to being trapped on Fort Rozz. Some great nods to Rampage creator John Byrne and there is even a cameo by a DEO agent named Igle, a nod to the artist on Sterling’s run of Supergirl.
For the cost of an HD episode, you can get caught up, and I suggest you do if you want more Supergirl in your life!
Supergirl shows you how to respond with kindness and hope in your heart in the latest chapter.