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  • Writer's pictureTrusty Henchman

Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Action/Adventure

This batch features plenty of Romans dying, never before reprinted classic westerns, a gritty Hollywood revenge story, a new James Bond installment, and a special one-off issue of the Rocketeer.



(W) Fred Kennedy (A/CA) Nick Marinkovich


Arminius, a Germanic prince raised in Rome, has sworn vengeance against the Empire that butchers his people. He wants to make a queen of the woman he loves, Honoria, a fellow slave. Now, fifty thousand Romans will die to give her a throne she never asked for...or wanted. Lush, beautiful illustrations bring to life a brutal tale of love and war from the birth of the Roman Empire.


Why this caught my eye:

That Marinkovich art is looking pretty good in the previews. Check out more of his work here.



(A) Emilio Frejo, Carlos Roume

Following on from our best selling first Larrigan collection, this volume of 4 stories completes the lone gunslinger Larrigan's adventures. Reprinting Lone Rider #14 (Rough Justice by Emilio Frejo), Cowboy Picture Library #455 (Hate Town by Emilio Frejo), Cowboy Picture Library #459 (The Devil's Posse by Carlos Roume), and Cowboy Picture Library #467 by Emilio Frejo. These atmospheric western thrillers are reprinted here for the first time since their original publication in 1962.


Why this caught my eye:

It's always interesting to me that there's still a wealth of material that's never been reprinted since original publication, and it's a nice opportunity to discover artists I'm unfamiliar with. Was able to find some info on Roume, couldn't find any Western examples for Frejo but he apparently worked on Judge Dredd.



(W) Pat O'Malley (A/CA) Santi Guillen

Popscars is a gritty Hollywood revenge story about a vigilante badass in a pink ski mask and the famous Hollywood movie producer she is out to kill, who also happens to be her estranged father. In Hollywood revenge is best served in front of an audience. As our pink ski masked killer pushes her way through a Hollywood crowd, prepared to take her shot at her movie producer father, she's quickly swept into a brand new revenge plot orchestrated by her own unsuspecting target.


Why this caught my eye:

Check out some sample pages here.



(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Giorgio Spalletta (CA) Joseph Michael Linsner

An all-new nail-biting Bond mission from superstar Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Action Comics) and Giorgio Spalletta (Red Sonja). Accused of murder on British soil, James Bond has been branded a traitor by his own government. As M sends the entire 00 division after 007, Bond must go underground with only one ally: Gwendolyn Gann, 003 - another traitor, presumed dead, secretly on a clandestine mission with global implications.


Why this caught my eye:

I don't really care much about Bond but I know plenty who do. Teenage me was a big Dawn fan, so I'm just mostly amused by the odd Dynamite Entertainment driven inevitability of Linsner doing Bond covers. I'm still trying to figure out if Dynamite gave him the blood contract to do infinite variants for them, or if he drafted it himself.

Back on topic though, Spalletta's artwork does look nice.



(W) Danny Bilson, De Meo, Paul, Robert Windom, Kelvin Mao (A) Jae Lee, Craig Cermak (A/CA) Adam Hughes

It's a wall-to-wall adventure in a trio of Rocketeer stories in this terrific all-new special!

First, the writers of the Rocketeer film, Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, and illustrator Adam Hughes bring us a tale featuring pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. Second, Robert Windom (Seven Sons) and Jae Lee craft a story of the Rocketeer fighting a Japanese Zero in the South Pacific. And the third entry is by Kelvin Mao (director of the Dave Stevens documentary Drawn To Perfection, and co-writer of Seven Sons) and artist extraordinaire Craig Cermak. While on a date with Betty, our man Cliff encounters a vaguely familiar adventurer/archeologist. What kind of trouble will this spell for our hero? You'll have to grab a copy of this special one-off issue to find out! FEB231478

Why this caught my eye:

Rocketeer just always gets a spotlight, dems da rules. I am very curious to see Jae Lee's take on him though.


That's it for this batch, we'll hit up crime/suspense on the next round!

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