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Dejah Thoris: The princess and the broken machine

"I think our world is running down like a broken machine." Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6 starts with this quote. It seems an apt one for their world and our own.

Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Vasco Georgiev
Cover: Lucio Parrillo
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Science-Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

“I think our world is running down like a broken machine.” Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6 starts with this quote. An apt one for their world and our own.

Honestly, I don’t know much about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ works apart of course from Tarzan (no relation to Jungle Girl). I also didn’t watch the “John Carter” movie, which was based on Burroughs’ “A Princess of Mars”.

This was the first book in his Barsoom series of novels, and this is where he introduced Dejah Thoris. But I’m encountering her for the first time in this Dynamite Entertainment comic book series. Spoilers ahead.

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Death of Nancy Drew: Can the Hardy Boys solve this?

Has the death of Nancy Drew shocked you? Now her best friends Frank and Joe Hardy are investigating what exactly happened on the night of Nancy's death.

The Death of Nancy Drew #2
Writer: Anthony Del Col
Artist: Joe Eisma
Cover: Joe Eisma
FC | 32 pages | Mystery | $3.99 | Teen+

Has the death of Nancy Drew shocked you? Now her best friends Frank and Joe Hardy are investigating what exactly happened on the night of Nancy’s death.

Dynamite Entertainment‘s The Death of Nancy Drew #2 had me hooked from the start. And I’m not even really a fan of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. But I’m enjoying this noirish tale that Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Luke Cage) has crafted, which Eisner Award winner Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, Riverdale) is bringing to gritty life.

And if you think Nancy, Frank, and Joe are the only Stratemeyer Syndicate characters in this fascinating series, think again. Spoilers ahead.

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James Bond: The adventures of 007 when he was a boy

No gadgets. No martinis. No larger-than-life villains. Just the adventures of a teenage James Bond during World War II. And what a fascinating read it is.

James Bond: Origin Vol. 2 HC
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover: Dan Panosian
$24.99

No gadgets. No martinis. And no larger-than-life villains. Just the adventures of a teenage James Bond during World War II. And what a fascinating read it is.

Dynamite Entertainment‘s James Bond: Origin Vol. 2 hardcover collects James Bond: Origin #7–12. The James Bond: Origin series fleshes out Bond’s life before the first novel of Ian Fleming introduced him to the world.

It takes place during World War II, when he was just starting his career as a spy. I’m not really a Bond fan, but I really enjoyed this collection. Spoilers ahead.

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The Boys: Name of the Game is 1st novelization of series

check out the first novelization of the comic book series, The Boys: Name of the Game.

You’ve read the comic books and watched the hit 2019 Prime TV series. Now check out the first novelization of the comic book series, The Boys: Name of the Game.

While fans of The Boys look forward to the second season of the TV series debuting on Sept. 4, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce official novel adaptations of the original storylines.

The Boys: Name of the Game novelization by writer Dan Wickline takes a deep dive into a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky, and masked vigilantes prowl the night, and someone has to make sure the supes don’t get out of line.

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Mars Attacks Red Sonja and our money’s on her

Dynamite Entertainment presents Mars Attacks Red Sonja! and the world will never be the same. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

It’s the crossover we never knew we wanted! Dynamite Entertainment presents Mars Attacks Red Sonja and the world will never be the same.

I’m a Tim Burton fan but I have to admit I didn’t exactly love “Mars Attacks!” the first time I saw it. Still, the movie had its cheesy charm and trademark Burton absurdity. Over the years I’ve grown more fond of it. Add to that the fact that I love Red Sonja. So you can imagine how excited I am to read this upcoming miniseries from writer John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics) and artist Fran Strukan (The Shape of Elvira).

“This is a book I actively pushed Dynamite to do, and I bugged them and bugged them until they finally approved it because I wouldn’t go away. I’m a huge fan of both properties, and the idea of mixing violent barbarian sword & sorcery with ultra-violent over-the-top retro sci-fi is simply irresistible to me,” Layman said in a press statement.

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Red Sonja: Bless the beasts and the children

She is Sonja the Red, the Master of War. But is anyone really its master? Or, as Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16 seems to tell us, is the truth that no one really wins in a war?

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16
Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Bob Q
Cover: Jae Lee
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

She is Sonja the Red, the Master of War. But is anyone really its master? Or, as Dynamite Entertainment‘s Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16 seems to tell us, is the truth that no one really wins in a war?

Least of all ordinary people. Particularly the children.

Writer Mark Russell continues chronicling Year Two, when the She-Devil we all know and love was still the young Sonja the Red. And as I mentioned in my review, the mini-series Killing Red Sonja spins out from the events in this title. This issue even briefly shows what’s happening to Emperor Cyril and tells readers to follow his adventures in the mini-series.

Spoilers ahead.

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Vampirella: Why church people are not Christians

Did God also create vampires? This is just one of the many thought-provoking ideas discussed in Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10, which is one the best comic books I have read in a long time.

Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Ergün Gündüz
Cover: Lucio Parrillo
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Did God also create vampires? This is just one of the thought-provoking ideas discussed in  Dynamite Entertainment‘s Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10, which is one of the best comic books I have read in a while.

Christopher Priest’s magical prose and non-linear storytelling, combined with the gorgeous yet disturbing art of Ergün Gündüz, elevates this tale about the tragic plane crash that changed Vampirella’s life.

This vampire has hit rock bottom. Like a dark goddess, she has wrought terrible vengeance on her enemies. And yet here is a man quietly conversing with her, trying to convince her — and maybe himself — that somehow she is still one of God’s creations.

Spoilers ahead.

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The Boys are back and what’s wrong with Wee Hughie?

Now that Amazon has announced that Season 2 of "The Boys" will arrive on Sept. 4, it's great that we can read Dynamite Entertainment‘s The Boys: Dear Becky while we count down the days.

The Boys: Dear Becky #2
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Russ Braun
Cover: Darick Robertson
FC | 32 pages | Superhero Satire | $3.99 | Mature

If the TV series on Prime Video shocked you, keep in mind that it actually toned down some aspects of the comic book version of The Boys. And now that Amazon has announced that Season 2 will arrive on Sept. 4, it’s great that we can read Dynamite Entertainment‘s The Boys: Dear Becky while we count down the days.

I loved the TV series, but I have to admit that this is my first time to read the actual comic book even though I’m a comic book geek. For those who haven’t read the comic books or watched the TV series, The Boys are a team of vigilantes. They were formed to police and even liquidate superhumans created by Vought-American.

The Boys: Dear Becky mini-series takes place 12 years after the events in The Boys #72: “You Found Me”. It features Hughie Campbell a.k.a. Wee Hughie. After thinking that the past has been buried, he receives a series of documents. These shed new light on his days in The Boys — specifically with information on Billy Butcher and his late wife, Becky. Spoilers ahead.

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Killing Red Sonja: Boy emperor takes on Sonja the Red

Killing Red Sonja #2 has wowed me with this lighthearted story about a boy emperor's quest to kill Sonja the Red. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Killing Red Sonja #2
Writers: Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
Artist: Craig Rousseau
Cover: Christian Ward
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

I’m getting used to Red Sonja comic books being funny. After enjoying the humor in Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #4, now Dynamite Entertainment‘s Killing Red Sonja #2 has wowed me with this lighthearted story about a boy emperor’s quest to kill Sonja the Red.

Of course, since this is a Red Sonja comic, lighthearted means witty dialogue and funny situations interspersed with maiming and killing. Mark Russell and Bryce Ingman have come up with a very enjoyable issue in this mini-series that spins out from the Red Sonja title written by Russell. With Craig Rousseau’s beautiful, fairy tale-like art perfectly complementing the writing.

It’s indirectly a tale about Sonja the Red — the young and untamed orphan who will one day be known as Red Sonja. But it’s really the story of the young Prince Cyril, now Emperor of Zamora, who is out to avenge his father Dragan the Magnificent, who was killed by Sonja the Red. Spoilers ahead.

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Graveyard Wars: ABLAZE teams up with AJ Lieberman

Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars. Image credit: ABLAZE
Image credit: ABLAZE

Imagine that people among us, all of whom have had a near-death experience, now have an ability called a Soul-Skill. This allows them to access the skill sets of the dead. Fighter. Surgeon. Sniper. Anything. Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars.

ABLAZE  has announced that it will publish Graveyard Wars as a series of original graphic novels, with the first graphic novel set for publication this September. Graveyard Wars is written and created by AJ Lieberman, illustrated and colored by Andrew Sebastian Kwan, and lettered (with color design) by Darren Rawlings.

Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars. Image credit: ABLAZE
Image credit: ABLAZE

Graveyard Wars is my first new book in a few years and my only goal was to be sure from a story and art standpoint it surpassed the others. And I think we did it. It’s a fun, action story that doesn’t fully reveal itself until the very last page. My only other hope? That it would attract the attention of a director/producer like Chad Stahelski so I can hear all the batshit stuff that goes on during the [John] Wick movies,” Leiberman said in a press statement.