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Book Retort: The Atoll #1

Written by Bill Coffin   Somewhere far off the coast of Australia, Story Helms and Chase Merrick are enjoying the latest leg of a round-the-world cruise on Chase’s private yacht before the two get married. Everybody knows who these two are. Story is an Olympic decathalon winner, and she has supermodel looks to boot. Chase is a multi-billionaire developer of …

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Book Retort: BRIGANDS #1

Written by Adrian Nelsen BRIGANDS, a new comic book series published by Action Lab Entertainment warns prospective readers spiritedly: “THIS BOOK CONTAINS BLOODWORK, BLADEWORK AND FAST-TALKING SHARP-TONGUED DEVILS”.  The warning, while playful, is certainly representative of the Danger Zone label under which it’s marketed, one that recommends it for older teens and mature adult readers. A medieval fantasy adventure, BRIGANDS …

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Book Retort: Divinity III: Shadowman and the Battle for New Stalingrad

Written by Eric Bloat Divinity III: Shadowman and The Battle for New Stalingrad (one-shot) takes place in an alternate-history, modern day dystopian cold-war nightmare where Russia won The Cold War long before it ever began.  Beginning in 1922 and through a series of history-altering events, Russia has conquered the world, and yes that includes the United States!  Russian President Putin …

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Book Retort: The Assignment #2

Written by Bill Coffin Following its debut issue in which a contract killer awakens after a double-cross to find that somebody has performed an unwanted gender reassignment surgery on him, The Assignment #2 takes us into somewhat rote territory; that in-between phase of a story where our (anti)hero has undergone such a huge change that we need a narrative rest …

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Book Retort: Legend: Hell’s Executioner

Written by Doug Poniarski What do you get when you cross John Wick and Constantine? A Keanu Reeves masterpiece? No, you get Legend: Hell’s Executioner. This one-shot is an interesting slant on the depths of Hell. Jakob Legend is a Hunter for the big man. No, not God but Satan himself. He does all the dirty work that the Lord …

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Book Retort: Mycroft Holmes #5

Written by John Wayne Enfield   Many have called Sherlock Holmes, including his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of the most brilliant minds ever introduced in fiction.  In powers of deduction and reasoning, he is only exceeded by his brother, Mycroft Holmes.  While Sherlock is frequently given new cases or is ‘reimagined’ in all forms of media, Myroft rarely …

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Book Retort: Aspen Universe: Revelations #5

Written by Laird Bruce Boughner The Aspen Universe follows in DC and Marvel’s wake as they put an ending on their crossover event with Fathom, Killian, Malikai and other cast members from Aspen, Fathom and Soulfire;  rebooting the entire Aspen Universe in the process.  Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire, Doctor Who & Ultimate Fantastic Four,) J. T. Krul …

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Book Retort: The Assignment #1

Written by Bill Coffin Frank is a suave contract killer who flies from city to city accepting high-end assassination gigs in what appears to be a life with no attachments, no real goals, and no real plan, apart from killing for money. It all goes wrong when his latest job turns out to be a trap and Frank wakes up …

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Book Retort: VESSELS #1

“In the world of Vessels dreams take on a far more sinister meaning; they are a gateway to something unexplained, something dangerous, something…potentially world-ending. I can’t wait to share our hero Wake’s journey to understand what lies beyond the veil of dreams” writes VESSELS creator Dave Cook. When readers first meet Wake in Cairnthala, she is hungry, filthy, losing control …

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Book Retort: FAITH #8

Written by Eric Bloat Look, up in the sky.  It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No wait, it’s Faith!  Orphaned as a child, Faith grew up obsessed with comic books and science fiction movies only to later find out that she, herself, is a Psiot.  Imbued with psionic powers, telekinesis and the ability to fly, Faith lives out her childhood …