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Summer Trade Paperback Recommendations

Summer always seems to be a hot bed for the comics industry releasing trade paperbacks and this year is certainly no exception. I did my best to compile a list to the ones I feel are worth noting. Please realize though that all issue content and artwork are subject to change and shouldn’t be deemed as official. The dates also reflect online retailer likes Amazon (brick and mortar comic shops tend to get their hands on these a few weeks ahead of time). So think of this as more of a guideline.

Sledgehammer 44 Vol. 1 

Release Date: June 10

Collects Sledgehammer 44 #1-2 and Lightning War #1-3

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I’m not as well versed in the Mignolaverse as I’d like to be, but I try not to miss anything that takes place further back in its history. Mainly Lobster Johnson and any of the B.P.R.D. secret origin stories that occur in the 1940’s. This trade collects two miniseries, Sledgehammer 44 by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and art by Jason Latour and Lightning War by the same writing team with Laurence Campbell art.

What about the story you say? I don’t know the finer details but I can tell you it involves a man in iron suit dropped into the front lines of WWII to decimate Nazis. Do you really need to know anymore? It seems like Mignola’s twist on Iron Man and I’m more than ok with that.

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Cover Of The Day 5/5/14

Today we are highlighting the cover for issue #11 of the pulp adventure series Five Ghosts. Artist Chris Mooneyham is no slouch when it comes to evoking that old school exotic globe trotting feel and this is certainly no exception. Originally the issue was solicited with this color scheme:

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However, when it reached the shelves the final product had been recolored.

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While the cover alone does a fine job putting across what it needs to, the original color choices are much more eye popping while the final version is a little more subdued. These kind of artistic choices fascinate me and I’m glad we live in a world where we can have access to both.

Which one do you prefer?

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Pulp Corner: Five Ghosts: The Haunting Of Fabian Grey #1

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The first issue of Five Ghosts: The Haunting Of Fabian Grey is finally here. After seeing a promotional poster and reading about the premise a few months ago and doing an interview with the title’s author, I couldn’t wait to check it out. Apparently, I wasn’t alone because within the first day Image Comics had sold out and it was put into a second pressing. Is it really that good?

The answer is, yes.

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