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Action Lab Confidential
by Ric C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/09/2018 19:45:55

I just finished reading the book and found it very entertaining. I found the art and writing to be well done. Thanks to this preview I was able to discover several books I know I will like and now I will be buying all the series to read more.



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Fracture #1
by Darryl J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/16/2015 20:54:23

Great Comic! Really liked the art and story. The art was easy to follow, not too busy or vague; it evoked a nice classic comic book style. Multiple personalities for the primary character was a nice twist; Virtue always arriving just after Malice has fled; While nothing Malice does can get Virtue to face him. Good drama with the complications from the personal lives of the different men all colliding.

Look forward to reading more of this character.



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Action Lab Confidential
by Shaun C. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/11/2014 19:20:17

Action Lab is knocking it out of the park! Something for everybody in this book...check it out!



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Crimson Society #0
by Brian L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/10/2014 12:42:02

I’m a big fan of Action Lab’s Danger Zone imprint of horror/supernatural comics, as they’re constantly showcasing books that have a unique take on their respective genres. If the zero issue of Crimson Society is any indication, this book feels like a perfect fit for the Danger Zone line.

Written by Mike Hunau with art by Carlos Trigo and Colors by Andrea Celestini, Crimson Society shows us a future world where humanity and supernatural creatures like vampires, zombies and werewolves have brokered a peace treaty, agreeing to live side by side in peace. Everyone seems happy about the agreement except Jack Crimson, a werewolf who who would rather get rid of his curse than learn to live with it. We flash forward a few years and see a structured society where unregistered supernaturals are treated like illegal immigrants, and Jack once again finds himself in trouble due to his werewolf side.

While the zero issue offers just a glimpse of what’s to come, it does a nice job of establishing the new future that Jack finds himself at odds with. The artwork is larger than life, with the team of Trigo and Celestini really having fun with the creatures in particular. Jack’s werewolf reminded me of the versions from The Howling and American Werewolf in London, which I prefer to the more human looking version from The Wolf Man.

All in all, Crimson Society #0 promises a fun series full of the kinds of monsters we grew up watching in our favorite horror movies. Count me in for the rest of the series.



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Fracture #1
by Scotty G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/21/2013 10:48:26

Fracture Staff: Shawn Gabborin, Chad Cicconi, Dave Dwonch

Overview: Good premise that is a bit squandered

Review: The premise is a nice twist on the secret identity trope. The protagonist is also the villain and has a mundane persona too. Lets see if they actually follow through on this.

Lettering is fine and the art, while not major publisher grade, is not outright bad. There are some weird expressions and over simplified actions that show a lack of dedication to dynamic posing, but overall it's ok. There are a few notable onomatopoeias that are actually pretty decent.

So the story does follow though a bit, but it is all cliches. You can kind of guess most of the plot. How is he all three? You guessed it, split personality disorder. It feels like a squandered premise a bit. Dialogue like, "Yesterday I was foiled again!" fall really flat and almost make me groan. Every trapping of a mad scientist villain is there and it almost feels like it's being lamp-shaded but they really play it to straight for me to believe that. There is a LOT of convince written into the plot. Like, "Oh, he never looked there so this whole story could happen". A lot of it feels forced.

There is a fun little bit at the end that gives an excerpt from the all important journal. Kind of a nice touch.

That being said, despite my let down that this would be an amazing use of a good premise, it's not a bad read. It's engaging, the premise is able to carry a lot of the story, and even though it's predictable it's never boring.

Metrics Art: 5/10 (Not major publisher grade. Does ok.) Lettering: 6/10 (Decent) Plot: 3/10 (Simplistic and predictable) Novelty: 7/10 (Good enough to carry the story) Overall: 5.25/10

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Princeless: Short Stories For Warrior Women #2
by John G. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/27/2013 09:32:26

The Princeless is a terrific line of books from Action Lab. The stories in this volume are easy to get into, the artwork and storytelling is solid, and the characters are interesting. The Runaway Prince is a fun story about overcoming prejudice and others. The Smiths story centers around the breakup of a family and the choices that are faced by the child who may be in the middle. There's also a preview of the story from the next volume of Princeless, which serves as a pretty good introduction to the personalities of the main characters, Adrienne, Bedelia, and Sparky.

This is a book you can share with anyone, and your kids will enjoy it as well. Don't let the "all ages" moniker fool you, though . . . this is an enjoyable comic to put in your reading pile as a breezy change of pace.



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