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Advance Comic Reviews – 2nd October

As part of our ongoing attempts to bring you guys the freshest exclusive content possible, we’ve managed to form working relationships with some of today’s top comic publishers to provide you with a plethora of advance reviews for this week’s releases.  So join us as we take a look at what’s coming tomorrow, and let you know what we think is worth spending your hard-earned cash on.

And, as always, all reviews are 100% SPOILER FREE.

So without any further ado, here’s a little rundown of what’s hitting the shelves tomorrow.


Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight

#1 (of 8)

(Dark Horse)

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‘Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight’ hits the ground running. And buzzing.

I don’t normally read horror comics. I’m your standard capes-punching-spaceships kinda guy, but HOLY CRAP did I enjoy this! This is the first issue in Dark Horse’s new B-movie inspired anthology series, and the first part of the 2-part arc titled ‘Bee Vixens from Mars’. Yup, Bee Vixens from Mars. It’s already awesome.

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Rating: 8/10.

Review by Al


The Occultist #1 (of 5)

(Dark Horse)

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Wow does this book throw you into the action!

A new #1 from Dark Horse, the story follows a college student who has been bestowed with magical powers via a spell book. There’s a lot of nice humorous touches like why he’s using a ‘Batman voice’ and the fact that a costumed hero in today’s society looks ridiculous.

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Rating: 7/10.

Review by Chris


The Star Wars #2 (of 8)

(Dark Horse)

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Two issues in, and it’s clear that ‘The Star Wars’ isn’t just one for the hardcore fans. Adapted from George Lucas’s original screenplay, It’s a nice look at how our favourite galaxy far, far away came to be, but you can see why it went through extensive re-writes before making it to screen.

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Rating: 7/10.

Review by Al


The Mocking Dead #2 (of 4) 

(Dynamite Entertainment)

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I picked this up to review because I felt It was one I could give a more balanced view because I don’t automatically think the addage of zombies to a story equals win, I used to dig the zombie genre but well it seems like a genre that we have seen fold in pretty much everything else into it whether it be mash ups with classic literature, the entire Marvel Universe or parodies. Before I read it from the title I assumed it would be a parody of The Walking Dead but as I started reading I realised the comedy was more referencing various parts of the genre.

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Rating: 6.5/10.

Review by Gary


The Shadow Now #1 (of 6)

(Dynamite Entertainment)

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It was always going to be a a tricky concept, trying to relocate an established pulp noir character like The Shadow into the present day world. However, it’s pretty clear that writer David Liss and artist Colton Worley have risen to the challenge here (as they did before with similar pulp character The Spider) as they slot the ‘man in the hat’ into modern-day New York, forcing him to deal with a whole new set of problems and one particularly menacing threat from his past.

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Rating: 7.5/10.

Review by Ceej


G.I. Joe The Complete Collection vol. 3

(IDW Publishing)

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Weighing in at an incredible 314 pages IDW present us with another collection of classic GI Joe stories from the 80’s and two bonus stories from 2008. Fans of the classic cartoon series and action figure line will get a nostalgic kick out of the 80’s stuff here especially if you happen to be a big Snake Eyes fan as we get treated to his 2 part origin story in this volume.

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Rating: 6/10.

Review by Jamie


Judge Dredd Classics #4

(IDW Publishing)

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Well following on from the last issue, a war has broken out between Mega City One and the Soviet run East Meg One and things get pretty biblical even more so than in issue 3. So to add to what I said in the previous issue this part of the story Which is again written by John Wagner with Alan Grant and drawn by Carlos Ezquerra really shows you that Dredd is no hero after all he was never designed to be one, Instead he plays with the lives of millions as he plays the Soviets in an escalating game with WMD’s.

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Rating: 8/10.

Review by Gary


Tales of the TNMT vol. 3

(IDW Publishing)

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Volume 3 collects the first four issues from the 2004 relaunch of Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume Two, With the stories “Not Forgotten,” “Seeds of Destruction,” and the two-part “The Worms of Madness.”By Writer Steve Murphy and joined by artists Dario Brizuela, Jim Lawson, and Rick Remender.

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Rating: 4.5/10.

Review by Jamie


Bedlam #9

(Image Comics)

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For a book I’ve been singing the praises of since issue one, it brings me no joy in conceding that the title does seem to be losing a little of its earlier momentum in recent months.  The focus seems to be shifting-ever-so-slightly from thoroughly gripping protagonist Fillmore Press, and with more and more characters stepping into the spotlight, this latest story arc seems to have hit a bit of a lull.  That’s not to say this isn’t still a solid comic, because there’s undoubtedly a lot of things to like here.

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Rating: 7/10.

Review by Ceej


CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013

(Image Comics)

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), for those who are unaware, is a non-profit organisation set up to protect the first amendment right (that’s the freedom of speech one, yo) of comic creators, publishers and retailers.  Every year, they put together an anthology of short stories and strips from creators who support the cause, and this year’s edition features a wide variety of strips designed to get the reader thinking about the issues the CBLDF was set up to address.

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Rating: 7.5/10.

Review by Ceej


Elephantmen #51

(Image Comics)

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Admittedly, Elephant Men is a title I have  a basic understanding of, that is to say that I know it has been around for a few years and was created by Richard Starkings and is about a group of genetically modified human/animal hybrids in the future. So I picked this one up this week for a look since I hadn’t really read much of. Had I not known this then it wouldn’t have been an issue anyway because almost straight away we meet our Elephant Men and after that are given an info dump about the term Elephant Men which explains it is term used offensively to describe the hybrids.

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Rating: 7/10.

Review by Gary


Lazarus #4

(Image Comics)

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So the first arc is over and it was spectacular.

Rucka has created a world here that is equal parts femme fatale, sci-fi and mafia thriller making it a fantastic, well paced read that leaves you begging for more.

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Rating: 9/10.

Review by Chris

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