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411’s Comic Reviews: Domino #1, Vengeance, Nevada #1, More

April 12, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Breakneck #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Titan Comics and Hard Case Crime are thrilled to announce Breakneck, an all-new suspense comic coming in August 2018 from celebrated crime and comics author Duane Swierczynski (Cable, Deadpool, The Punisher; Severance Package; The Wheelman).

A perfect thriller for fans of 24, Homeland, and Falling Down, Breakneck is illustrated by Simone Guglielmini (Near Death), Raffaele Semeraro, and Lovern Kindzierski, with Issue #1 featuring a stunning cover by fan-favorite Hard Case Crime cover artist Fay Dalton.

In this gritty countdown crime thriller set in modern-day Philadelphia, a white-collar everyman is reluctantly forced into a race against the clock as he attempts to thwart an impending a terrorist plot.

Following an angry confrontation at a seedy no-tell motel, Joe Hayward is thrown headfirst into the middle of a frightening terrorist plot to bring Philadelphia to its knees. With less than two hours to thwart the attack, Joe is going to need all the help he can get…including that of the government agent his wife may be sleeping with!

“Duane Swierczynski is one of the great talents in the crime genre and I’ve been dying to bring him into Hard Case Crime for more than a decade,” said Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai. “I’m thrilled that with Breakneck we’re finally getting to do so.”

“I can’t imagine a better home for Breakneck than Hard Case Crime,” said Swierczynski. “As soon as you see that crown-and-gun logo you know you’re in for a wild ride, and that’s what Breakneck is all about.”

Breakneck is the latest title from Titan’s acclaimed Hard Case Crime comics imprint, whose recent publications have included Quarry’s War byRoad to Perdition author Max Allan Collins; Triggerman by visionary director Walter Hill (The Warriors); Peepland by crime novelists Christa Faust and Gary Phillips; Normandy Gold by crime authors Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin; Babylon Berlin, a graphic novel adaptation of the German novel that inspired the new TV show currently showing on Netflix; and adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s international best-selling Girl With The Dragon Tattoo novels. Also debuting from Hard Case Crime this summer will be Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary crime novelist Spillane, penned by Max Allan Collins.

Dark Ark Vol. 1 TP

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Collecting the first five issue of this hit AfterShock series!

The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world—such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?

From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, BROTHERS DRACUL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER, ANIMOSITY: THE RISE) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

Vengeance, Nevada #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Vengeance, Nevada encompasses many of the things I love about indie comics. New characters ripe for exploring, art that’s raw yet easy to follow, and a story that feels fresh because it’s told in a world free from the constraints writing for the Big Two present. Writer B.J. Mendelson sets up an interesting premise that leaves plenty of fruit on the tree to keep your interest and come back for more.

Artist Piotr Czaplarski has a strong, clear style that lends itself well to the story. When it comes to black-and-white comics, the cards can be stacked against the artist because the lack of color can be confusing when it comes to characters and action. Thankfully Mr. Czaplarski has a steady hand and firm understanding on how to keep the flow moving from panel to panel without confusion.

The story itself follows a female deputy and the strange reality she finds herself experiencing. Mendelson plants several subplots along the way and gives us a nice taste of the world he’s putting together.

A strong first issue and one that can be found over at Comixology.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Domino #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

Deadpool 2 is coming to theaters so it’s time for Marvel to hitch a series about one of the (hopefully) breakout characters. For me, Domino was one of Rob Liefeld’s more underwhelming characters introduced in New Mutants. I found she was used to often as a expository figure and didn’t have a lot of traction to stand on her own.

When I heard Domino was getting her own series I wondered if they were going to go with the Harley Quinn treatment or really try to establish her in a viable leading role. Then Marvel announced the creative team of writer Gail Simone and artist David Baldeo and I knew they were taking this serious and my interest went up considerably.

I learned more about Domino in one issue than just about all her previous appearances combined. The product of a failed super-soldier program, Neena Thurman had always made her own luck as the sharpshooting mercenary known as Domino but we find out what happens when her own powers betray her.

Simone crafts an excellent story and one that I’ll easily follow as it looks like Domino will finally come out and be able to shine without the aid of her more famous Liefeld created siblings.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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