Monday, December 6, 2021

Andy Richardson:

Addicted to Comics

Intrigue, suspense, mysteries and espionage. Columnist Andy Richardson sends off our readers with a set of three intense, action-packed thrillers for the holidays.



In Iraq of the near future, an American named Mister Fifty has opened up a small coffee shop, but he’s selling more than coffee. He’s also trying to hire some terrorist, or terrorist wannabes, to destroy some American targets.

Or is he?

Nothing is as it seems here, since Mister Fifty actually has a military background and is a member of the elite Black Heart Irregulars group. He and his associates are in fact fighting terrorism, although they’ve got a strange way of going about it.

This twisty and dark-humored tale features atypical heroes, gritty espionage, and grim death. If you’re into black ops adventures and not always knowing the good guys from the bad guys, this comic should fit the bill.

Neil Hendrick and Ulises Carpintero write and draw this black and white and shadowy tale.






There’s no such thing as “the superman.” There never was any secret program, in America or Russia, to create such a thing. Or was there? The average man might not believe it, but supermen once walked the earth and did great things. Now, with the Cold War over, men like Kris make their way as best they can. It’s something they don’t do particularly well, unless they get a purpose. Kris has found one—to go to America, find out how he ended up the way he is, and find Nikki… who might just have the answers he seeks.

This brain-twisting, intense espionage thriller contains mysteries within mysteries. It also asks the question of what is a man’s purpose when the season he was created for has come to an end.


It’s 1939, and Jack Shepherd is trying to blend in while spying on Nazi Germany.

Unfortunately, he’s not very good at it, either in terms of speaking, fighting, dressing, or for that matter, spying. About all he is good at is staying alive, and that has as much to do with dumb luck as any skills he possesses. But he’ll need to improve in a hurry, because the fate of the free world — and his beautiful new partner — might just depend on it.

Imagine James Bond if he were earnest but largely incompetent and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the hero of this yarn.

Andrew Cosby and Matt Haley team up to create a fun-filled espionage thriller with a good sense of humor about itself.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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