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ACTION_LAB_DANGERZONE_adjust4ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT Releases: Wednesday 6th April 2016

Each week, we take a look at the forthcoming ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT titles available in stores and in digital, giving you a comprehensive guide to your comics pull list.

Well, well, well. After the one book/slim pickings of last week, ACTION LAB are going all out to impress with three cracking monthly titles (including one in particular which is becoming quite the cross-ages hit) and a very choice, very unique Trade Paperback:

  • BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #5 is a weird one, there’s no getting around it. Part-CONAN, part-AD&D and a HU-UUUUGE part-JOHN CARTER OF MARS, this is bold fantasy and no mistake. Putting our lead character in the protagonist role of a tale told- yup, just like the narrated structure of CONAN THE BARBARIAN – Josh S. Henaman elevates his creation to the status of legend. I’m a fan of Andy Taylor’s art (and especially Tamra Bonvillian’s colours); it’s scratchy and earthy and dusty, the texture suiting the desert landscape of the world of BIGFOOT wonderfully. #5 might not be one for just picking up, I’d recommend seeking out the previous issues – not that a casual reader might not find something to enjoy but you don’t come into a story like this half-arsed….
  • HEROCATS OF STELLAR CITY #10 has our feisty furballs heading off on a Western adventure… and it doesn’t take them long to start ticking off all the classic tropes of the genre. Kyle Puttkammer is clearly having a ball here, transporting the action and adventure of the big city to a more rustic setting. Thankfully, artists Omaka Schultz and Julie H. Barclay – making their debut in this issue – don’t follow the Millennial trend of going too realistic with their rendition of the Old West, harking back to more a Hollywood Silver Age and keeping the lines clean and the colours vibrant. Perfect romp for the young ‘uns….
  • It takes a bold imagination – and not a small amount of balls – to think they can take on characters from Edgar Allen Poe and run with them… THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR is a book I’m previously unfamiliar with but, with Jason Strutz‘s strong, determined panels and dark colour pallete providing a firm backbone for such a sweeping, gothic story, this fifth issue has Enrica Jang continuing in Poe’s grand tradition in a manner that I think he’d approve of. A worthy prequel and essential reading for Poe aficionados.
  • …and JUST ANOTHER SHEEP VOL. 1 is the collected trade of a truly unique book. A different era, a different vibe and a different kind of superhero… Well, he’s super, anyway. Hero? That’s for Banning to decide as he inadvertently stumbles  falls and crashes into all kinds of scrapes in his ultimate goal to just fade away, maaaaan. Mat Heagerty brings a story which you can only come up with when it’s late and you’re ‘tired and emotional’ – thank goodness he managed to remember enough of it when he came round the next morning! It’s a brilliant premise and the various artistic teams involved during this first volume do a cracking job of transporting the reader back to the ’60s, even invoking the indie press of the day. Oh, and the running playlist that Heagerty puts together for each chapter is killer!

I honestly can’t think of any other publisher that’s producing such a varied mix of books right now, they’re all over the place and going after the attention of every spectrum of audience; a confident way to be, you have to admire them for it. These ACTION LAB books are on your local comic book shop shelves now – check them out, or ask that helpful shop assistant to put them to one side for you today. It’s what they’re there for.

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MONTHLY TITLES

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image - Action Lab Entertainment (Bigfoot Sword Of The Earthman #5, cover Andy Taylor & Tamra Bonvillain)BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #5

Writer: Josh S. Henaman
Artist: Andy Taylor
Colours: Tamra Bonvillain

Cover Artist: Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain

“Having successfully evaded giant desert fire ants, blood-sucking moth-vampires and murderous Turonian Jungle poachers, Bigfoot and Bagworm find themselves bloodied, beaten and at the feet of the Great Lord Jeoffa and the murderous Korovan Muspin, the Red Demon of the Desert!

Variant cover by Axur Eneas!

32 pages / Rated: T (12+) / Full Colour

You can pre-order the full collected Volume 1 of this arc on Amazon, now:

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BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #5: variant cover art, Axur Eneas

BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #5: variant cover art, Axur Eneas

image - Action Lab Entertainment (Herocats Of Stellar City #10, cover Omaka Schultz)HEROCATS OF STELLAR CITY #10

Writer: Kyle Puttkammer
Artist: Omaka Schultz
Colours: Julie H. Barclay

Cover Artist: Omaka Schultz

“Go West young cats!  After saving the world, it’s time to tour it.  Get ready for another wild ride as the Hero Cats discover the dangers of Coyote Canyon.

This issue proudly features the artistic debut of Omaka Schultz & Julie H. Barclay.

32 pages / Rated: A (9+) / Full Colour

You can order Volume 1 of the HEROCATS OF STELLAR CITY adventure from Amazon, here:

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image - Action Lab Entertainment (The House Of Montresor #3, cover Jason Strutz)THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #3

Writer: Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist: Jason Strutz

Cover Artist: Jason Strutz

“Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families: clan Fortunato and the House of Montresor. Inheriting the money depends on Edana proving she is of sound mind, but even she doubts her sanity as the very walls of the house seem to be closing in. When Ingrid goes missing, Count Montresor reveals more sordid family secrets. Edana is about to learn there is more to fear than she ever dreamed.

Depraved vengeance continues in THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

32 pages / Rated: T (12+) / Full Colour

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COLLECTED TRADE PAPERBACKS

image - Action Lab Entertainment (Just Another Sheep Vol. 1 TPB, cover J.D. Faith)JUST ANOTHER SHEEP VOL. 1 (TPB)

Writer: Mat Heagerty
Artist: J.D. Faith
Colours/Letters: Jon Cairns, Paul John Little, Marrisa Loiuse, Ed Brisson, Colin Bell

Cover Artist: J.D. Faith

“During the summer of 1969, a timid teen named Banning sets off on a road trip to find out just how he got his bizarre super human abilities. Banning’s strange trip is filled with war protests, secret organizations, hippies, car chases, budding romance, and a lot of poor choices! Sixties sci-fi adventure awaits!

160 pages / Rated: T (12+) / Full Colour

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