“I work alone now.  As it should be. “
“No partners.”
“No women.”
“Just death.”

-Killer of Men

Killer of Men tells the story of Abriam, a former marine/mercenary seeking to exorcise the ghosts of his war days' misdeeds by working as The Hitman, a private contract killer.  His latest assignment: take out Klaus, a mob boss in Vegas, and ease his troubled conscience.   

I like airships.  Not, like, semi-plausible, lighter-than-air airships, but airships that just look like they have no business being airborne.  The first page of Undertow has one such vessel: a great big, double-hulled craft I would come to learn is called the Deliverer.  This was a good second impression, since the first impression – the cover – left me uncertain what to expect and wasn’t stylistically to my liking.

Knuckleheads #5 continues the zany antics that writer Brian Winkeler and artist Robert Wilson IV have been dishing out since unleashing their creative collective digitally through Monkeybrain Comics. This is a compact, non-stop story, and even when our heroes get a much-needed moment’s rest, it doesn’t last long, and fists, both super-powered and not, start to fly. Still in the cool-down phase from Trev's first true Crystal Fist heroics from the night before, by the end of the issue things get a lot more interesting, and the story opens up beyond Trev and his friends, widening the scope to interstellar proportions. The big, unforeseen story development is exciting and imaginative, showing that Winkeler and Wilson IV are comfortable working in small-time shenanigans, as well as intergalactic intrigue. Issue five is almost completely comedic, reveling in situational humor with an off-kilter superhero spin, and peppering character moments and new obstacles in between the laughs, and all of that is perfectly fine by me.

Yep.  I had the same reaction.  Someone (IDW) decided to tie X-Files and TMNT in together and see what happens.  Like radishes and lobster, this is a combination you won’t soon forget. (Radishes and lobster is trademarked, btw – I invented it.)

The second episode of Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond had a much darker tone than the previous one, which does not come as too much of a surprise, since it takes place during World War II. Although, the war is not the only source of turmoil in Ian Fleming's life.

This review is easy: Loki: Ragnarok and Roll is the best comic of 2014 YTD. (It’s only February, I know, but still.)  When I first saw the title, I naturally assumed the folks over at Marvel were cashing in on the latest Thor/Avengers/whatever movie and were making a comic featuring Loki, because he was cute on the screen.  That said, I’ve read Thor since I was 8 and love him.  Even when he doesn’t deserve it and his story gets all childish/dumb.  So, I pre-ordered the comic and volunteered for the review . . .

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I’ve been reading A Voice in the Dark since the first issue, which was one of those I picked up off the shelves on a whim.  I’m a sucker for serial killers, you see, and I quickly came to appreciate that Larime Taylor was not going for a run-of-the-mill crime thriller.  His anti-hero killer, Zoey Aarons, is a college freshman.  She is of mixed race.  She isn’t exceptionally attractive or overtly sexualized, and this comic is very aware of that.

Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done something special. They have brought the classic samurai story, 47 Ronin, to life in a way that is accessible to westerners without sacrificing authenticity or cultural relevance.

Great news, Gothamites!  Batman and his villains will soon be coming to DVD and Blu-ray on February 18th, as Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gothan, Season 1 Part 1 makes its home entertainment debut!  For full details on the DVD and Blu-ray releases, please see Warner Bros.' official release below.

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