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Cover Of The Day 11/12/14

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I am in love with this cover.

Despite the fact that I think Rick Remender is writing some of the best comic books today, I avoided this series at first. When I heard the plot described as “a high school for assassins” I didn’t think I’d find it appealing. Not only was I wrong, but that description doesn’t do it justice. The school is only a backdrop for a coming of age story, but more importantly not fitting in. I’d say even so much as the loneliness and isolation those high school years can bring for some people. In fact, in a weird way Breakfast Club comparisons wouldn’t be off base.  It’s much better than I thought it would be and with a lot more heart.

Wes Craig is on art duties for this book and he has brought own unique style to the series. It’s sharp and almost cartoonish in a way yet surprisingly full. Each issue too you can see him grow as an artist. All the covers thus far have had a very distinct feel, but the latest for issue #8 is in a division all by itself.  The bright, yet subdued colors and the Mexican Day Of The Dead motif really make this stand out on the shelves.

Deadly Class is still relatively new so it’s not too late to jump on this series and check it out for yourself.

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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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Pulp Corner: Black Science #1

Normally, I’m not a staunch sci-fi advocate, but reading Ender’s Game recently opened up my eyes and made me think  differently about the genre. When I saw an advertisement for Rick Remender’s & Matteo Scalera’s inaugural issue of their new series Black Science, I knew I had to check it out.

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It reeks of old school pulpy sci-fi adventure. If there’s one thing Biff loves its old school adventure and what better way than to dress it up and pass it off as sci-fi? I’m all for it.

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