Monday, December 6, 2021

Andy Richardson:

Addicted to Comics

Sex, death, and violence, and a whole slew of beautiful and deadly women. This week's Addicted to Comics column features some startlingly beautiful action titles sure to please any action aficionado.

 

EL ARSENAL

It’s the future, and you know what that means: anarchy reigns, violence abounds, and criminal mercenaries that fight the establishment are often the heroes.That’s the case here, as society is in chaos and bounty hunters battle each other for money, prized possessions, and dangerous biological weapons.

Enter the Han Solo-esque Simon, a hard-drinking mercenary who thinks life is pretty good—until he meets a beautiful and dangerous woman who turns everything upside down. And he hasn’t even met the soulless killer that’s headed his way yet…

This wild adventure, both space-faring and earthbound, seems to have pieces of a hundred different adventures jammed together, so one thing it isn’t is boring.

Salvador Vazquez and Daniel Perez create, write, and draw it.

 

 

 

 


THE WINGS OF ANANSI

Dawg is just an ordinary street punk, who has too many run-ins with the law and too many of the wrong friends. He also has a ring, given to him by his grandfather, and he won’t part with that for anything.

Unfortunately, that loyalty gets him in even more trouble—next thing he knows he’s a wanted felon and he’s slept with a crime boss’s main squeeze.

The deeper in trouble he gets, though, the closer he is to discovering just why the ring he wears, which may hold the soul of the titular Anansi, and is so very important to his future…

On the surface this is a standard tale of a seedy criminal underground, but there’s a bit more going on here. Michael Avon Oeming, best known for his work on Powers, writes it, while Greg Titus draws it in a style that brings to mind Michael Golden.

 

 

 

 

PURGE: BLACK, RED & DEADLY

In the “Wild West” of the late 19th-century, the lawmen were usually outnumbered by the bad guys. That’s certainly the case in Stagnation, Oklahoma, where an earnest but inexperienced U.S. Marshal finds himself up against the deadliest gang of outlaws around.

He might have an ally, though, in a mysterious stranger—a woman—whose own guns deal death as swiftly and as coldly as the outlaw gang. Beggars can’t be choosers, so the marshal probably won’t say no to her assistance…

Saloons, houses of prostitution and ill repute, and deadly gun battles—they’re all here. This bloody adventure is published in black and white and features plenty of sex, violence, and death.

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 richardsonag@earthlink.net. Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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