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The Circle #1 Sells Out At Diamond

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Action Lab Danger Zone‘s The Circle # 1 has sold out at Diamond! This is always great hear especially for indie titles.

This is some fantastic news. Like I have been saying for a while the best comics being made today are from quality indie publishers, not Marvel and DC. This accomplishment is just one example of many that I hope we will see in 2017. Readers tastes are changing, and they are starting to prove that with their purchase power. It’s important to support comics, I know it’s easy to download a  pirated copy or read on these free comic book sites, but that does not help creators continue to make comics or the comic shop to sell them to you. Comics have tight profit margins for everyone involved (except Diamond) pirating comics does not always mean if someone likes it they will actually support it financially. A tiny percentage of pirates actually do that.

It’s important to support comics, I know it’s easy to download a  pirated copy or read on these free comic book sites, but that does not help creators continue to make comics or the comic shops to sell them to you. Comics have tight profit margins for everyone involved (except Diamond) pirating comics does not always mean if someone likes it they will actually support it financially. A tiny percentage of pirates actually do that.

I get it times are/can be tuff and comics are expensive these days. I would just ask you do your best to support comics, just please support publishers and creators who are giving the best value for your dollar and not publishers and creators who do the opposite.

 

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The Circle revolves around a boy named Christian, a recent transplant to the sleepy coastal town of Shell Bay. What begins as playful shenanigans with “the weird kids” turns deadly dark as satanic spells unleash a darkness that can only be stopped by the ritualistic death of his “Circle” of friends.

Writer Damon Clark was clearly surprised, saying “When I first heard issue #1 sold out, I thought there was no way this could be true. What kind of joke is this, am I being Punked? Ashton? Seriously, thanks to anyone that bought the book and thanks to Action Lab for putting it out there. I hope you enjoyed #1, ’cause that was only the introduction, it only gets crazier from there.”

Action Lab and ComiXology are offering the first issue for $0.99. “We hope that the $0.99 issue will drive fans into the stores to continue reading the series. Damon and Alyzia are crafting a truly unique story that will haunt you for years to come,” said President of Development Dave Dwonch. The $0.99 price will run until the end of January.

Follow  The Circle on social media
Facebook: Damon Clark’s The Circle
Twitter: @DamonClark

You can purchase The Circle #1 at Comixology

The Circle Issue #2 will be available at your local comic shop and Comixology January 18th, 2017.  


Remember comics are for everyone.

Check out my town’s first comic-con happening in 2017! Orillia Comic-Con

Matt is a passionate comic book fan/reader and aspiring comic book writer who used to be a cook/chef. Follow @concreteshawzee

 

 

‘IDW’ To Merge Both ‘GhostBusters’ Movie Teams

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Remember when Paul Feig’s all-Female GhostBusters was reported as a sequel to the well-beloved 80’s original? Well thanks to IDW that is soon to become reality … sort of.

In an announcement via comicbook.com, comic book publisher IDW revealed plans to bring both GhostBusters movie teams together – for the first time – with ‘GhostBusters 101‘. The comic book series will see the original ghost-busting team of Venkman, Zeddemore, Stantz and Spengler cross the inter-dimensional stream with Holtzmann, Tolan, Yates and Gilbert, as both teams find their pocket universe inexplicably merged with the other.

In a brief description of the upcoming adventure released alongside IDW’s announcement. It gives an insight into what the original 80’s team has been up too since GhostBusters 2, with Venkman & Co going back to the classroom and teaching “the next generation of ‘busters” how to fight the paranormal:

“Shortly after the classic Ghostbusters decide to get back to their roots of teaching the next generation of ‘busters, an inter-dimensional mishap merges together their universe with that of the new crew of paranormal police. Now, with the fate of two dimensions in the balance (maybe more?!), can these distinctly different teams come together to repel the greatest supernatural challenge any of them have ever faced? They’re going to have to find a way if there’s any hope for survival. Prepare for mass hysteria of the dogs and cats living together variety, because this time everyone… ANSWERS THE CALL!”

IDW’s newest venture seems in line with Sony’s initiative to create a wider GhostBusters Universe which first came into the public consciousness back in early 2015 with the announcement of ‘Ghost Corps‘. A collective of creative minds – including the original films director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd – who are charged with overseeing the franchise expansion into new Films, TV and other merchandising opportunities.

On the new comic book series, Reitman acknowledged that he has “always wanted to meld the two worlds.” Expressing that “it would be great fun to see them all together for the first time and I think it’s important for the future that we bring it back into a single universe.

With Feigs GhostBusters failing to set box offices alight, it has been believed that a sequel to the Melissa McCarthyKristen WiigKate McKinnon and Leslie Jones reboot wouldn’t happen. With GhostBusters 101 going forward with using the likeness, names and characters from the 2016 flop, this all but confirms that fans of the new film will have to make do with the comic book coming in March next year as well as the animated TV series that is reportedly in the works.

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My Top Five Comic Book Writers Of 2016

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Comic book writers. The men and women who put words to the pictures in your favourite comics. There is never a shortage of great writers in comics, these were the most talented ones I was able to read the most in 2016.

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 5. James D. Schumacher III

James is one of the few writers in the indie scene that is trying something different with writing a comic. His very personal comic Inheritance about the loss of his mother to cancer has struck a cord with readers and has developed a fanbase. James is also a film director and producer which heavily influences his style and approach to comics. He is a firm believer that there are no limits to what you can do when creating comics. His writing is enjoyable, personal and most of all relatable. Keep an eye out for him with his new talented creative team on new Inheritance comics in the new year.

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4. Scott Snyder

Snyder finished his 5 year run with Batman (new 52) at the beginning of 2016 which was one of the best-written Batman runs since Grant Morrison’s. He has continued to write Batman but on a different book titled All-Star Batman which has been enjoyable as well. Snyder also released his newest comic from Image with artist Jeff Lemire A.D After Death which is a huge style change in his writing, in my opinion, I look forward to book 2 and 3 as well as his eventual return with legendary artist Greg Capullo on another Batman series due out in summer 2017. Scott has never really disappointed me with his writing he has been one of the most consistent writers in the business for a while now.

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3. Jim Zub

Jim Zub has been making comics for a while now, and I think 2016 has been his biggest year yet. He starting writing his first in-continuity Marvel series, Thunderbolts which has been fun and an entertaining team book. He continued to write Wayward for Image Comic’s and launched Glitterbomb another creator-owned comic this past summer. All the previous comics I just mentioned have been phenomenal and even though I’m not entirely caught up on all of them they have been a pleasure to read. Jim is also writing Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury which I haven’t had a chance to read. He’s a busy man putting out quality comics and I look forward to what he releases in 2017.

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2. Becky Cloonan

While Becky is writing a couple series currently as well as continuing to be a talent artist I only read one of her comic series this year. The Punisher. I love how she wrote Frank so much in this series. Minimal dialogue from Frank. Just silence and ultra-violence against drug dealers and criminals. It’s everything you want from a Punisher story. Sadly legendary artist Steve Dillion who was drawing the comic passed away in October. I’m hoping the series continues with another great artist and that we get some surprises in the story next year.

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1. Rick Remender

Rick Remender is by far my favourite writer of 2016. His creator-owned comics at Image Comics are excellent. He is working with the industries best artists and tackles a variety of genres and styles simultaneously. He has continued with Low, Black Science, and Deadly Class. He finished Tokyo Ghosts with Sean Gordon Murphy in this past summer and launched a new series Seven to Eternity with Jerome Opena. Rick has never failed me when I purchase any of his comics. Always great value for the price and again a great variety of well-told stories.

Apologies for the lack of depth as to why I like each writer but it’s the end of the year almost and it has been a long couple months. I will do better next year. Lost of things being worked on for 2017 I assure you.

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Matt is a passionate comic book fan/reader and aspiring comic book writer who used to be a cook/chef. Follow @concreteshawzee

“Avengers: Infinity Wars” Has Set Production Date

One of the most anticipated Marvel movies to date has finally set itself a production date.

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Omega Underground has revealed to fans that production of the blockbuster will begin January 23rd 2017, with the report continuing that shooting will begin in Atlanta, GA, and claiming that there will be shooting in London, UK for an unknown period of time.

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Some fans are concerned, as Black Panther is scheduled to also begin production in January 2017. However, it’s been confirmed that Black Panther will kick off production at Pinewood Atlanta Studios on January 15th 2017 – the two projects will be in production at the same time. This is an incredible undertaking from Marvel, and leaves us wondering if there’s something in particular that means they must be shot at the same time – it could however just been the sheer size of the cast in Avengers: Infinity War. If they do wish to utilise Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up, Captain America: Civil War), he’s only right next door for his scenes – but we can only imagine filming one Marvel movie is draining enough, let alone being asked to work on two.

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We already had some great teasers for Avengers: Infinity War before production even began – the Russo brothers have shared test and rehearsal scenes with Josh Brolin (Everest, Hail, Caesar!, Guardians of the Galaxy), who has been cast as Thanos, alongside photos of potential filming locations that featured a winding staircase that got fans instantly thinking this was for a scene for Doctor Strange. The Russo’s also shared a video of a prop being created using a 3D printing process, stereolithography – prototypes from this method are extremely strong, and can be used to make master patterns for molding, thermoforming and a tonne of metal casting processes.

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For now, however, we will have to wait until production begins to get more insight onto this massive project, and see where these teasers are fitting in.

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for release May 4th 2018.

 

Photos of Sigourney Weaver and Finn Jones Leak From “The Defenders” Set

Whilst we eagerly await details of the Netflix series of Marvel’s Iron Fist, set photos of Finn Jones (Game of Thrones, Sleeping Beauty, The Bill) as Danny Rand on the set of The Defenders have appeared online.

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The photos so far show no costume yet, however they do show Danny walking out of a glass building in a smart suit – much different to his attire from the promotional trailers, where he was more akin to a homeless person.

These photos seem to add more questions than answer any – could he be involved in some sort of law suit and a lawyer has got him all dressed up? (A certain Matthew Murdock, perhaps?)

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Photos of Sigourney Weaver (Alien, A Monster Calls, Political Animals) have also appeared online. Weaver is due to play the villain in the series, however details of who she’ll actually be playing are very scarce. The set photos don’t reveal much either – simply her well dressed and at a restaurant.

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Other theories suggest he may be trying to get back in with his family company, Rand Corporations. The company was founded by his father, Wendell Rand and his partner Harold Meachum – when the Rand’s are presumed dead, Meachum takes over the company. However, Danny’s return allows him to eventually take back his fathers company. There is every chance Danny’s role in both Iron Fist and The Defenders will follow this story, as it would aid nicely to Danny keeping his Iron Fist identity a secret.

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Other set photos have leaked as well, including Krysten Ritter’s (Big Eyes, Don’t Trust the B- In Apartment 23, Breaking Bad) Jessica Jones coming face to face with Misty Knight from Luke Cage, Mike Colter (Million Dollar Baby, Zero Dark Thirty, Salt) back in New York City and getting rather cosy with Rosario Dawson’s (Sin City, Rent, Death Proof) Claire Temple, and also Jessica and Matthew Murdock (Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox – Stardust, The Theory of Everything, Legacy.)

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The Defenders aired a trailer at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year, and while it didn’t reveal much, we do know the series will be coming to Netflix at some point in 2017.

 

Margot Robbie and David Ayer Working Together on “Gotham City Sirens” Movie

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Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, Focus)was already in the works to be reprise her role as Harley Quinn, and produce the standalone movie that would be focussing on her and several other villainesses – however, it’s been officially announced that David Ayer (Suicide Squad) will be reunited with Robbie, but Ayer then went on to post a massive hint to his Twitter that the movie will be based on the Gotham City Sirens comic series.

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The comic series (written by Paul Dini and art by Guillem March) featured Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Original rumours suggested that the movie was going to be called Birds of Prey, which was the name of a superheroine team led by Barbara Gordon (Batgirl/Oracle), which occasionally featured Catwoman. However, if Ayers does go ahead with the Gotham City Sirens title and use the original graphic novel series stories, it will give him more of a chance to showcase Quinn.

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The script is currently being worked on by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who is known for her work on the Tomb Raider remake and Sherlock Holmes 3. 

Despite some mixed and pretty critical reviews, Suicide Squad was a box office success – so it’s not a surprise that Warner Bros. would look into developing the movie as it’s own franchise, and have some spin-off characters and movies interlinking to it.

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The DC Cinematic Universe is starting to grow considerably, and with Robbie and Ayer at the helm, fans are in for a wild ride.

We Interview Infinite Seven Writer Dave Dwonch

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Dave Dwonch Is the writer of Action Lab Danger Zone‘s newest comic book Infinite Seven, which is being released in February 2017. Aside from being a writer he is also the President of Marketing and Development at  Action Lab/Action Lab Danger Zone and is responsible for the overall direction of Action Lab Entertainment. He oversees the entire creative processes, working with Action Lab’s writers, artists, designers and editors.

Dave took the time to talk to me about his new passion project Infinite Seven.

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Infinite Seven seems to have just about every significant part of 80s action movies and pop culture. How did you come up with a story with such vast references and nostalgia and yet making it your own?

It all started with the premise. On top of being a pop culture fan, I’m also a huge comics nerd. “Legacy” is a very tried and true theme in mainstream books, especially DC Comics, and I wanted to play with it as a concept. In my mind the Batman/Robin relationship should only go one direction– with the mantle being passed to Bruce’s chosen successor… but by design that never happens for very long. There’s always a reboot, where they rewind and start the clock again. With Infinite Seven I wanted to push the theme forward in a very permanent way. In my world, the way to join the “super group” is to kill a member and replace them. In issue one, you see just the tip of the iceberg, but the Infinite Seven has 200 years of history. With that much road, I’m able to pick and choose from my favourite pop culture moments and characters and splice them into a single narrative. It’s really a lot of fun.

Would you say this is the most freedom you have had on a project and is this something you have been wanting to create for a while but never had the chance to?
I’ve predominantly worked on creator-owned books, so it’s been skies the limit on weird stuff. Seriously, though, that’s what I love about indie books. You can do whatever you want. From Cyrus Perkins to Double Jumpers, and even with licensed stuff like Vamplets, I think my skewed voice comes through. The big difference with Infinite Seven is that I’m upping my cinematic game. It’s the big-budget action movie that I’d want to see. It’s liberating, but it also presents its own set of challenges.

Infinite Seven certainly feels cinematic. The first few panels reminded me of the Expendables right away. 

With visuals being such a key component to comics are you and your team looking do something unique or somewhat out of the box with the direction and art than your average comic?
Well, artists Arturo Mesa and colorist Geraldo Filho certainly add their flair to the series. They are constantly adding their own references to the pages past what I describe in the script, and what began as my love letter has become a bit more than that. It’s hard to describe. It’s Danger Girl meets On a Pale Horse meets Goldfinger meets Metal Gear Solid. It’s Robert Rodriguez making love to Quentin Tarantino in a back alley in Monaco. With cyborgs. I think the art reflects that!
How did you Arturo Mesa and Geraldo Filho get together on this comic?
Arturo had submitted his pencil work to Action Lab back in 2014, just as I was just getting the first script finished. He must have liked what he read because we’ve been together ever since. I was familiar with Geraldo’s work through mutual creators and once Arturo was on board I knew he’d be the perfect colorist. He’s colouring right over Art’s pencils and adding SO much nuance. I think when fans are going to be bowled over by the book.
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What can we expect in issue 2 and the rest of the first arc for the Infinite Seven?
The world is going to expand in a big way in way in issue two. We’ll see some history and reveals (like George Washington being a member!) and Infinite Seven‘s youngest recruit proving himself. He may not be a world-class assassin yet but just wait. The forces working against him are going to create a monster. The series may seem pretty innocent in the first issue, but we are going to head into some pretty dark waters.
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Infinite Seven is available to pre-order right now in the month of December at your local comic shop. Order your copy right now!

Follow Dave Dwonch on Twitter @davedwonch

For more details on Infinite Seven check out actionlabcomics.com


Remember comics are for everyone.

Check out my town’s first comic-con happening in 2017! Orillia Comic-Con

Matt is a passionate comic book fan/reader and aspiring comic book writer who used to be a cook/chef. Follow @concreteshawzee

My Top Ten Comic Series of 2016

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It is that time of the year where every site comes out with their top lists. I’m not usually a fan of them, but I thought I could do a few. I promise not to go overboard, should be keeping it to 2 and I’m done.

These comics were either launched in 2016 or have been ongoing for a little bit, this includes indie and the big two. This just my personal opinion based on what I was able to read this year. I have not had a chance to read a lot of great titles, unfortunately.

 

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10. Croak (Alterna Comics)

While Corak starts off as a typical horror scenario of 3 friends driving out into the middle of nowhere in the wilderness for camping. It changes into something from than what you expected. It’s a great mini horror series. Available on Comixology

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9. Blood & Gourd (self-published Dead Peasant)

A horror story based in Olympia, Washington at the local fair. There are human eating pumpkins in it. The art is great and the writing good as well. While there is a good gap between issues and only 2 currently out (which are both good), the first issue is available on Comixology. You can also pick up the digital and print versions of Issues 1 & 2 here

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8. Wretches (self-published)

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Wretches, at its core, is a story about family, sacrifice, and loss. Siblings, Shea and Sean, were forced to grow up on the streets of an alien city, far from the lifeless planet they’d once called home. After all, they’d been through they share a special bond, even if the teasing and snarky comments they throw each other’s way suggest otherwise. Now, all grown up, they capture other beings for the promise of reward – specialising in hunting the robots they’d once shared their home planet with. 

Still suffering emotionally from the loss of everything they’d ever known and loved, Shea and Sean have nothing else in the universe but each other. Once one of them is kidnapped, the other will tear the entire galaxy apart until they are finally reunited.

Wretches is an excellent Sci-fi comic with good art and good dialogue. Issue #2 was just successfully funded on Kickstarter and should be available to the public sometime in the early new year.

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7. I Hate Fairyland (image)

Skottie Young is best know for is Marvel baby variant covers. I Hate Fairyland marks the first time Young has written and drawn a creator-owned comic. It’s a hilarious, vulgar and violent story that makes fun of and changes traditional fairytale tropes. The series is currently ongoing with volumes one and two now available in trade paperback.

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6. The Punisher  (2016) (Marvel)

Becky Cloonan is a very talented artist and has been showing off her impressive writing skills as well, particularly in The Punisher. Becky is one of the few and (to the best of my knowledge) might be the only female to write a Punisher comic series. She nailed it from the start with Frank Castle killing drug dealers and other criminals in brutal ways with next to nothing said by Castle. She collaborated with artist Steve Dillion (co-creator of Preacher) who is no stranger to drawing The Punisher. Sadly Steve Passed away in October this year at the age of 54. Pick up this series you won’t regret it.

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5. Thunderbolts (Marvel)

I had never read a Thunderbolts comic until this year. I gave it a chance mainly due to writer Jim Zub and Jon Malin‘s excellent cover for issue #1. I enjoyed it a lot despite knowing only bits and pieces of the history of the Thunderbolts I was able to follow the story with zero confusion. The characters are great individually and when they are together. They are a team that isn’t sure whether they are good or evil (and everyone around them is uncertain to) and are now under the guidance of The Winter Solider. This is a great series to get into.

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4. Jupiters Legacy Volume 2 (Image)

Two of the Biggest names in comics Mark Millar, and Frank Quitely collaborate again to make the second volume of Jupiter’s Legacy. Hutch and Chloe are the offspring of superheroes that have come out of hiding (after the events in volume one ) with their son Jason to assemble a team of super-crooks from around the globe. Millar’s storytelling is on point as usual, and this is Quitely’s best art to date.

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3. Reborn (Image)

Reborn was my most anticipated comic series of the year. A dream collaboration of Mark Millar and Greg Capullo. While I have only had time to read the first issue, it was a fantastic issue. It’s a sci-fi fantasy story about what happens after death. Millar’s theory is quite cool and interesting. Reborn is Capullo’s best art to date. Inker Johnathan Glapion and colorist FCO Plascena make Capullo look better than usual .

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2. Monty The Dinosaur (Action Lab Entertainment)

Plain and simple this is my favourite all-ages comic to date. It’s worth buying, your kids will love it as well as adults. It’s a fun silly 3 issue series about Monty the last talking dinosaur who has been in a cave for a very long time and wants to make friends with humans but is hesitant. This comic will bring you laughter and joy. This type of comic we all need to read every now and then. The trade is available through your local comic shop, Comixolgy and Amazon

 

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1.  Kill or Be Killed (Image)

Kill or Be Killed #1 was the best first issue I have read in a long while. It sets up the future issues and story brilliantly. Kill or Be Killed is the story of a man who is forced to kill evil people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it gradually ruins his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones. It’s a unique take on vigilantism. Anytime writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips create a comic together it’s an instant classic. They are in my opinion the best team in comics today.

Well, there you have it my favourite comic series of 2016. I’m looking forward to what 2017 has in store for comics!


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Check out my town’s first comic-con happening in 2017! Orillia Comic-Con

Matt is a passionate comic book fan/reader and aspiring comic book writer who used to be a cook/chef. Follow @concreteshawzee

 

 

 

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