Pull List 17 June 2015

Jun 20

Pull List 17 June 2015

Alex + Ada #15

Alex + Ada #15

Written by
Jonathan Luna
Sarah Vaughn

Art by
Jonathan Luna

SERIES CONCLUSION!

Burning Fields #5

Burning Fields #5

Written by
Tim Daniel
Michael Moreci

Art by
Colin Lorimer

When their protection goes up in flames, Dana and Aban find themselves completely on their own in search of the serial killer. They’re forced to go straight for Renfro, which means infiltrating an area controlled by terror groups and arms dealers. Little do they know, Asag’s newest ally is someone very familiar.

Dr Fate #1

Dr Fate #1

Written by
Paul Levitz

Pencils
Sonny Liew

Inks
Sonny Liew

Colored by
Sonny Liew
Lee Loughridge

Cover by
Sonny Liew

You thought global warming was bad? Anubis, the Egyptian Lord of Dead, is preparing the flood to wash the world away. Standing in his way? An overwhelmed Brooklyn med student who’s been handed the helmet of Fate, without an instruction manual.

Empty Zone #1

Empty Zone #1

Written by
Jason Shawn Alexander

Art by
Sherard Jackson
Luis Nct

JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER of “CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD” returns with an ALL-NEW SERIES! In this sci-fi/horror saga, Corinne White attempts to reconcile with the ghosts of her violent past, literally, as she trudges through a world of dystopian cityscapes, reanimated corpses, & ganglands full of animal human hybrids.

Harley Quinn:Power Girl 1

Written by
Amanda Conner
Justin Gray
Jimmy Palmiotti

Pencils
Stéphane Roux

Inks
Stéphane Roux

Colored by
Paul Mounts

Cover by
Amanda Conner
Paul Mounts

Hey, remember the panel gutter between panels 3 and 4 of page 20 of HARLEY QUINN #12? What? You DON’T? It’s only, like, the most memorable panel gutter of the twenty-first century. Well, either way, have we got the miniseries for you, in which the full tale of that momentous and momentary pause can be told! It’s a cosmic adventure beyond your wildest imaginings: Power Girl and Harley Quinn, stranded in a forgotten dimension, on the homeworld of the amorous warlord Vartox! They’ll sacrifice anything they have to in order to get home…except their dignity! Kidding! That’ll be the first thing to go.

Martian Manhunter #1

Martian Manhunter #1

Written by
Rob Williams

Pencils
Eddy Barrows

Inks
Eber Ferreira

Colored by
Gabe Eltaeb

Cover by
Eddy Barrows
Gabe Eltaeb
Eber Ferreira

Shape-shifting Martians are invading Earth—so where is J’onn J’onzz to stop them? Trust no one as the Martian Manhunter tries to stop these ruthless alien terrorists from destroying everything!

Ms Marvel 16

Written by
G. Willow Wilson

Art by
Adrian Alphona

Cover by
Kris Anka

When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting? From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she’s been challenged, but nothing has prepared her for this: the Last Days of the Marvel Universe. Fists up, let’s do this, Jersey City. Plus a very special guest appearance fans have been clamoring for!

Southern Bastards #9

Southern Bastards #9

Written by
Jason Aaron

Art by
Jason Latour

The Summer of the Bastards begins with a new arc, as the Runnin’ Rebs are gearing up for the big homecoming game against arch-rival Wetumptka County. And what better way to start homecoming week than with a murder?

Trees #10

Trees #10

Written by
Warren Ellis

Art by
Jason Howard

CONTINUING THE SECOND TREES STORY, “TWO FORESTS.”

The new mayor of New York City has a plan, and it involves the drowned Downtown area. Dr. Jo Creasy doesn’t have a plan at all, and that’s why she’s been dropped into the remote Orkney Islands in search of something that might end the world.

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The Last Infection: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Michael W. Garza

Sep 08

The Last Infection: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Michael W. Garza

The Last Infection: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

Michael W. Garza

The Last Infection chronicles the fall of civilization and the rise of the dead and the evolution of the infected.

 

The infection swept across the country like a tidal wave. Survivors cling to life as the infected own the night and the dead walk the streets. Chris has endured on his own and bumping into Jake and Alicen weren’t in his plans. The young brother and sister have plans of their own, but Chris has heard too many promises of sanctuary and infection free zones. Jenn’s arrival turns his attention to the one thing he never thought he would face again, hope. They make a pact to reach the kids safe haven, but only time will tell if anyone can survive the last infection.

THE LAST INFECTION: A POST APOCALYPTIC THRILLER is Michael Garza’s latest contribution to the world of zombie fiction. Following Chris and Jenn, mismatched survivors of a zombie apocalypse who become de facto parents to a pair of kids named Jake and Alicen.

First, the zombies. There are generally two types of zombies out there: the fast kind and the slow shamblers. 28 DAYS LATER versus DAWN OF THE DEAD. The virus in Garza’s story allows for the presence of both kinds – the Infected are quick and filled with bloodlust, and when they die they become the zombies of Romero’s world. What I loved most about this approach was seeing how the survivors have adapted to their new world, using one type of zombie against the other.

Next, the kids. The relationship between the brother and sister is sweet. Tragedy hits their family early so we never get to see what things were like before the outbreak, but their parents clearly love them. Jake is understandably protective of his little sister, but Alicen isn’t helpless (I almost wrote useless). They’ve survived this long alone, so they must be doing something right.

The outbreak was possibly the best thing that happened for Chris in his recent life. He’s a junkie forced to go off the drugs due to a zombie plague – if the end of the world hadn’t happened, he’d probably be dead soon enough anyway. He’s young and smart, but he’s bitter.

The arrival of Jake and Alicen – and Jenn – in his life forces him to look to the future. To imagine that there might actually be a future somewhere for the newly formed, dysfunctional family. On the word of a pair of kids, they set off on a roadtrip to look for a safe haven.

Michael Garza’s writing style is to-the-point and his story is driven by action rather than characters. I like his technique – it reminds me very much of a movie script, and like a great movie script we learn a lot about the characters through their actions. You can’t help but like and barrack for them. The mother hen in me instantly fell for them all, wanting to see them safe and protected. I flew through this book with my heart in my mouth, hoping for the best but anticipating the worst.

I received a copy of this book free from the author to review.

View The Last Infection: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller on Michael W. Garza’s site at http://mwgarza.wix.com/michaelwgarza


If you liked The Last Infection: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Michael W. Garza, you may also like the following stories

 

Slow Burn #1: Zero Day

Bobby Adair

Slow Burn: Zero Day by Bobby Adair

A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious.

Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom’s house for a lunch of begging, again.

But something is wrong. There’s blood in the foyer. His mother’s corpse is on the living room floor. Zed’s stepdad, Dan is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Dan’s yellow teeth tear at Zed’s arm but Zed grabs a knife and stabs Dan, thirty-seven times, or so the police later say.

With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.

See my page on Slow Burn: Zero Day by Bobby Adair.

Purchase Slow Burn: Zero Day, Book 1 at Amazon.com.

White Flag of the Dead: A Zombie Novel

Joseph Talluto

White Flag of the Dead by Joseph Talluto

White Flag of the Dead: Book 1 Surrender of the Living.

 

Millions died when the Enillo Virus swept the earth. Millions more were lost when the victims of the plague refused to stay dead, instead rising to slay and feed on those left alive. For survivors like John Talon and his son Jake, they are faced with a choice: Do they submit to the dead, raising the white flag of surrender? Or do they find the will to fight, to try and hang on to the last shreds or humanity?

 

Surrender of the Living is the first high octane installment in the White Flag of the Dead series.

My page on White Flag of the Dead: A Zombie Novel by Joseph Talluto.

White Flag Of The Dead: A Zombie Novel at Amazon.com.

All Together Now: A Zombie Story

Robert Kent

All Together Now: A Zombie Story by Robert Kent

Yea though we perish, yea though we die, we’ll all be together in the sweet by and by…

 

Fifteen-year-old Ricky Genero is writing a journal of the zombie apocalypse. His high school has burned to the ground, his friends are all either dead or shambling corpses roaming the earth in search of human flesh, and his best friend died saving his six-year-old brother Chuck from a zombie horde. When Chuck is bitten and infected with the zombie virus, Ricky must travel among the walking dead in search of a cure.

 

WARNING

 

This YOUNG ADULT novel is mean and nasty and intended for a mature audience. It is absolutely not appropriate for younger readers. All Together Now: A Zombie Story is a gruesome, repugnant tale featuring horrific acts of violence sure to warp young minds.

My page on All Together Now: A Zombie Story by Robert Kent.

All Together Now: A Zombie Story at Amazon.com.


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Time of Death: Induction

Jul 24

Time of Death: Induction by Shana Festa

Time of Death: Induction

Shana Festa

When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to escape the monsters?

 

In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.

 

And they’re hungry.

 

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.

 

Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.

Shana Festa doesn’t wait around, jumping straight into the zombie action in her debut novel, TIME OF DEATH: INDUCTION. These are the traditional, Romero-style zombies and my mind kept going back to the film DAY OF THE DEAD while I read this.

Our introduction to Emma Rossi has a light-and-fluffy feel to it. Take away the zombies, and this could be the intro to the kind of contemporary fiction you find on Sunday afternoon bookclub reading lists everywhere. Chick-lit. Then the tension builds in unison with the buildup to the hurricane and when the dam breaks there’s no doubt that this is going to be an intense and terrifying story. This is a zombie story where anything bad can happen, and no one is going to be safe.

This is a novel where the story is driven by the hero’s actions, with some influence from outside factors, and the pacing of it feels a lot like a screenplay. There’s a certain cadence a movie script has as it progresses through its (generally) three acts, and TIME OF DEATH: INDUCTION holds to this well. The benefit of this is we have a story with very little fat around the edges – a zombie story that maintains its adrenaline rush from start to finish.

That said, there’s a surprising amount of humour in this story, which serves to highlight the horrors surrounding Emma.

I grew up in the tropics in northern Australia and experienced a few cyclones and a couple of floods, including the Katharine flood in 1998. I can well imagine the fallout from a zombie apocalypse in that region. Zombies don’t look good at the best of times, but between the insects, the crocodiles and the heat, tropical zombies would be in a whole other category of gore.

Shana Festa leaves no doubt about just how awful a zombie would look after a few days in the tropical heat.

All in all, an excellent debut novel and one I’d recommend to any fan of the genre.

View Time of Death: Induction on Shana Festa’s site at http://www.shanafesta.com/


If you liked Time of Death: Induction by Shana Festa, you may also like the following stories

 

100 Days in Deadland

Rachel Aukes

100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes

A Journey Through Dante’s Inferno with a Shambling Twist…

 

The world ended on a Thursday.

 

In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering monsters with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government, no shelter.

 

Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch’s military experience and Cash’s determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead… or the living.

 

This is the beginning after the end.

 

(100 Days in Deadland is a modern remake of Dante’s Inferno, the classic tale on the horrors of hell… zombie apocalypse style!)

My page on 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes.

100 Days in Deadland (Volume 1) at Amazon.com.

Until the End of the World

Sarah Lyons Fleming

Until the End of the World by Sarah by Lyons Fleming

Cassie Forrest isn’t surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

 

This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of.

 

Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.

My page on Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming.

Until the End of the World at Amazon.com.

White Flag of the Dead: A Zombie Novel

Joseph Talluto

White Flag of the Dead by Joseph Talluto

White Flag of the Dead: Book 1 Surrender of the Living.

 

Millions died when the Enillo Virus swept the earth. Millions more were lost when the victims of the plague refused to stay dead, instead rising to slay and feed on those left alive. For survivors like John Talon and his son Jake, they are faced with a choice: Do they submit to the dead, raising the white flag of surrender? Or do they find the will to fight, to try and hang on to the last shreds or humanity?

 

Surrender of the Living is the first high octane installment in the White Flag of the Dead series.

My page on White Flag of the Dead: A Zombie Novel by Joseph Talluto.

White Flag Of The Dead: A Zombie Novel at Amazon.com.


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Kickstarter Project: Under the Flesh

Jul 13

It’s been two months since Desolation Day, when an unknown male-specific virus ravaged the world, degenerating men into savage cannibals called “fleshers.”

 

Ruben Lobos, is a short-tempered, genetically enhanced soldier, who’s clueless about his abilities since the pathogen struck at the same time of his experiment. He’s interestingly surrounded by a diverse cast of strong female characters in a dying world where women outlast men.

 

His group survives inside the walls of an abandoned college library, building a false sense of security that’s about to crumble. Exploring his transhuman abilities comes at the price of protecting others, including the love of his life, Dinah. Is there any time for an insanely jealous girlfriend as the world collapses? Ruben needs to start making sense of things quick before the lives of those closest to him fall victim to the cannibal havoc ravaging the world.

I’ve read issue 1, which is pretty awesome.

I went into it thinking it was going to be one man protecting a group of helpless women. That would have turned me off it completely. Likewise if they’re a group of “kick-arse women who band together to fight to defend… blah blah blah…” It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Deltres has created a group of survivors that read like people. They’re weak, strong, smart, dumb, calm and nuts. With Ruben thrown into their mix. Their actions and reactions are believable, which makes the rest of the story flow more freely. There’s no jarring moments where I thought “that doesn’t sound right”. The issue’s pacing has a good mix between dialogue and action, ending on a cliffhanger that left me wanted to read more.

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Steam Wars

Jul 05

Not so long ago, on a planet not too far away…STEAM WARS. A tour de Force (128+ pages) full-color steampunk sci-fi adventure!

Antarctic Press are printing the TPB of Fred Perry’s STEAM WARS series. This book will see issues 1-5 collected in 120+ full colour pages. I’ve never read this series, but I’m a huge fan of Fred Perry’s other work – GOLD DIGGER – and I’m really looking forward to this :-)

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