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Red Sonja and Vampirella will miss Betty and Veronica

Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #12 Cover D by Dan Parent. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #12 Cover D by Dan Parent. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #12
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Laura Sanapo
Cover: Fay Dalton
FC | 32 pages | Horror/Mystery | $3.99 | Teen+

And so Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica has finally come to an end. Just as a new chapter begins in the history of Drakulon.

Who will now sit on the throne?

And who will get a proper mani and pedi when she gets home?

Spoilers ahead.

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Vampirella/Red Sonja #9 review: So red the Sonja

Vampirella/Red Sonja #9 Cover B by Mayara Sampaio. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Vampirella/Red Sonja #9 Cover B by Mayara Sampaio. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Vampirella/Red Sonja #9
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Drew Moss
Cover: Jae Lee
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

We already know how ferocious a warrior the She-Devil with a Sword is. Vampirella/Red Sonja #9 shows us how even deadlier Red Sonja is when she becomes a vampire.

Dynamite Entertainment‘s Vampirella/Red Sonja series has convinced me that this comic book publisher’s two most popular characters are made for each other. I’ve been a fan of Red Sonja since I was a kid. Then I fell in love with Vampirella when I reviewed Vengeance of Vampirella #8, which was the first Vampirella comic I read.

So what happens when you turn a She-Devil into a vampire? Spoilers ahead.

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James Bond #6 review: The name’s Big… Mr. Big

James Bond #6 Cover A by Afua Richardson. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
James Bond #6 Cover A by Afua Richardson. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

James Bond #6
Writers: Vita Ayala and Danny Lore
Artist: Brent Peeples
Cover: Afua Richardson
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen+

As I mentioned in my James Bond: Origin Vol. 2 HC review, I wasn’t really a James Bond fan. Reading the James Bond comics of Dynamite Entertainment, however, changed that. James Bond #6 is another great issue that will make you glad 007 is in comic books.

It helps that it’s co-written by Vita Ayala (Morbius, Gamora), whose episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire have made me a fan, and Danny Lore (Queen Of Bad Dreams).

Not only that, but also James Bond #6 features one of the classic Bond villains, Mr. Big, whom Yaphet Kotto played in the 1973 Bond film “Live and Let Die”. Incidentally, this was the first movie to star the late Roger Moore as Bond.

Spoilers ahead.

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The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1 rushed back to print

The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1 begins the long-awaited second chapter of this biblical-noir epic from writer Jason Aaron and artist r.m.Guéra.

The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1 begins the long-awaited second chapter of this biblical-noir epic from writer Jason Aaron and artist r.m.Guéra.

The perfect jumping on point for readers new to The Goddamned series, The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1 is now being rushed back to print by Image Comics in order to keep up with demand.

The stark and brutal world of The Goddamned is set in the time before the Great Flood, when the world of man is a place of wanton violence and unbridled depravity.

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A Clash of Kings #5: When the Imp and Spider were cool

George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #5 Cover B by Mel Rubi. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #5 Cover B by Mel Rubi. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #5
Writers: George R.R. Martin, Landry Walker
Artist: Mel Rubi
Cover: Mike Miller
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Adventure | $3.99 | Mature

George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #5 is a great reminder that Tyrion and Varys were once intelligent and compelling characters.

It might be hard to remember this, given how they were reduced to pale shadows of themselves when the “Game of Thrones” TV series ran out of book material.

So it’s a real pleasure to read this series from Dynamite Entertainment that depicts the Imp and the Spider in all their deliciously wicked and cunning glory.

Spoilers ahead.

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Vengeance of Vampirella #9: Abaddon all hope

Vengeance of Vampirella 9 Cover D: Marissa Ramirez Cosplay Variant. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Vengeance of Vampirella #9 Cover D: Marissa Ramirez Cosplay Variant. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Vengeance of Vampirella #9
Writer: Thomas Sniegoski
Artist: Michael Sta. Maria
Cover: Lucio Parrillo
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

While you might be rooting for the Lords of Order against the Lords of Chaos, one thing we learn from Vengeance of Vampirella #9 is that they are sore losers.

It turns out that the Lords of Order have a secret weapon. A failsafe. A last resort. Because they are afraid that they might eventually lose to the relentless forces of Chaos. So they have made sure that if Order loses, all creation will be destroyed.

This weapon of mass destruction? Abaddon.

Spoilers ahead.

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Red Sonja: The She-Devil and the Stone Siren

Red Sonja #17 Cover A by Jae Lee. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Red Sonja #17 Cover A by Jae Lee. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #17
Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Bob Q
Cover: Jae Lee
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

The latest Red Sonja issue continues Mark Russell’s examination of the folly of war, as Khitai’s new Master of War, Sonja the Red, sets out to conquer new territory for her masters.

As revealed last issue, our favorite She-Devil is shocked to discover that the army Khitai is providing her is made up of children. (“Nonsense. They’re all at least twelve.”)

The issue begins with Sonja the Red and her army camped in the Mountains of Night, in the territory of the ancient kingdom of Vendhya.

Spoilers ahead.

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Green Hornet and Kato return, but why do they have a baby?

As a kid, I loved watching the Green Hornet and Kato on TV. Green Hornet #1 Cover A by Lee Weeks. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Green Hornet #1 Cover A by Lee Weeks. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Green Hornet #1
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Anthony Marques
Cover: Lee Weeks
FC | 32 pages | Pulp Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

As a kid, I loved watching the Green Hornet and Kato on TV. In fact, I liked “The Green Hornet” even more than the “Batman” TV series, and was thrilled when they had a crossover.

But Green Hornet #1 by writer Scott Lobdell (Flash Forward, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Anthony Marques (Vampirella, Red Sonja) is the first time I’m reading a Green Hornet comic book.

I’m happy that he’s returned to comic books through this new Dynamite Entertainment series. But I never thought Green Hornet and Kato would end up babysitting. Sort of.

Spoilers ahead.

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‘Doom Patrol’: We are all misfits living in a world on fire

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Late to the party, but I finally finished Season 1 of “Doom Patrol” and the first three episodes of Season 2. And I absolutely love this TV show.

Even though I’m a comic book geek, I wasn’t really familiar with this team of misfits from DC Comics. I only read a few issues from Grant Morrison’s run, which I liked, but that was it.

In a way, I’m glad I don’t really know the comic book incarnations of these characters. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them with fresh eyes, without a lot of comic book baggage. Though I do recognize some Easter eggs. Plus the Morrison run influenced the show, after all, though it has reimagined these characters and created a fascinating world of its own.

I will only tackle Season 1 in this column piece, and will try to minimize the spoilers. If you haven’t seen the show, I advise you to just get through the first episode or two. You definitely have to get used to the absurdity and dark humor. “Doom Patrol” is a batshit crazy series that will defy your expectations of what a superhero show should be. And I absolutely love it because of this.

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Sacred Six: Will the real monsters please stand up?

Sacred Six #1 Cover A by Jae Lee. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Sacred Six #1 Cover A by Jae Lee. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Sacred Six #1
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artists: Gabriel Ibarra, Jae Lee
Cover: Jae Lee
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Sacred Six spins out of Dynamite Entertainment‘s popular Vampirella series.

In fact, Vampirella‘s resident genius Christopher Priest is also the writer, so you know this will be an excellent series. And that you should prepare to have your mind blown.

This first issue features the all-new Draculina, Pantha, Nyx, and Chastity being lured to rural Georgia to the town of Ashthorne. Can they avert an all-out war against nearby Sacred, Georgia? Should they?

Spoilers ahead.