Pull! July 12th 2013

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A new week. More comics! Yaaaay!

Absolution Rubicon #1: (Avatar) John Dusk is a superhero.  John Dusk has decided that all the scumbags in the world should just end up dead, rather than rotting in jail.  Things are getting bloody. For readers who haven’t been pawing through Absolution – or didn’t pick up the FCBD issue – this a world where superheroes are police…with a bit more oomph. Of course, just like cops, after they’ve seen too much, they could snap. John Dusk did. This is a great setup for this storyline, thanks to Christos Gage’s great characters and Daniel Gete’s beautiful art. (4.5 out of 5)

Night of the Living Dead – Aftermath #9: (Avatar) With this arc, a bunch of folks are in an Army bunker, away from the zombies. Good, right? Not so much; they’re test subjects for a possible antidote. And it’s not going well. David Hine is doing a great job of keeping the “trapped during the zombie apocalypse” story from getting stale, and Emiliano Urdinola’s colors are lush, even in the desert. How will the poor survivors survive? I’m looking forward to seeing how (or if) that’s going to happen…. (4 out of 5)

The Walking Dead #112: (Image) Rick has taken just about all he can take. Negan is starting to make The Governor look like a Girl Scout. And I was starting to think that Kirkman and company were running out of ideas. Surprise! This issue has zombies, Negan, guts on the ground and a helluva way to end an issue. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and I hate to say that that’s something I haven’t said about this series of late. (4.5 out of 5)

Breath of Bones — A Tale of the Golem #2: (Dark Horse) Niles builds suspense and fleshes out characters in this second issue, and it’s good stuff. As the Nazi army approaches the small town, an old grandfather gathers children to build a mound of earth. Meanwhile, an English pilot trapped behind enemy lines tries to help out, but can they protect themselves and the town from the monsters that are coming? Sadly, there’s only one more issue in this miniseries. And if the first two are any indication, it’ll be amazing. (5 out of 5)

Ghosted #1: (Image) Take two parts The Legend of Hell House, one part Ocean’s Twelve and stir. That’ll get you Ghosted, and interesting twist on the classic “group of folks in a haunted house” story. Jason T. Winters, a crook with a crappy past, gets busted out of prison and told that he’s been hired to steal a ghost. There’s a group of people he chooses for his team, and one – a psychic – that the pursestrings required him to take along. If the last two panels don’t leave you dying for more, I don’t wanna know you. (4.5 out of 5)

Crossed: Badlands #32: (Avatar) The “Quisling” storyline wraps up with this issue, and it’s a doozy. This isn’t a big, glorious sendoff, but a nasty, brutal end that reminded me that in this world there’s only the Crossed. But the mythology takes a wicked turn…. The usual brilliant art and colors are here, along with a hint of a match up that I’m looking forward to seeing. Well done, Christos Gage. Looking forward to your next story. (4.5 out of 5)

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