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No Superheroes or Zombies: Joe

Keatinge and Leila del Duca

Talk Shutter



In Shutter, their upcoming series for Image Comics, writer Joe Keatinge and artist Leila del Duca set out to create a universe where nothing is off limits — except superheroes and zombies. The series follows Kate Kristopher, a former child adventurer and the last in a long line of explorers, as she tries to live a normal life. For a yet unknown reason, she turned her back on adventure and excitement, preferring to embrace anonymity. But secrets won’t stay hidden and before she knows it, Kate finds herself once again dodging peril and plumbing into the depths of her family’s mysterious past.

With their ambitious new series set for release, Keatinge and del Duca took some time to chat with Paste about their new project, its evolution and diversity in comics.

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Astoria Staple Fatty’s Cafe

Will Reopen in Mid-April


Fatty’s Cafe carved out a niche for itself on Ditmars Blvd., over the last 10 years, but that was disrupted late last year, when their lease expired, forcing them to relocate. “I’m not going to lie and say I don’t feel bad about that,” Fernando says. “It’s very personal. It’s like a child. We basically lost a child last year.” But they soon found a new space on 28th Avenue near 45th Street — which was formerly the restaurant Stove — and it’s more than twice the size of the old Fatty’s. It’s still under construction, but the Peñas hope to see it open by mid-April.

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Mike Mignola and Scott Allie Look

Back on 20 Years of Hellboy


Hellboy has been kicked, punched, clawed and smashed by tentacled beasts. He’s had a nail shoved in his head, a knife thrust in his back and a spear gouged through his chest. He’s killed giants, maimed witches and swung a stone hand like a sledgehammer. He likes pancakes and hates Nazis. He’s the Beast of the Apocalypse, the rightful king of Britain and a current resident of Hell. And that’s just in the character’s first 20 years.

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Rat Queens, Vol. 1:

Sass and Sorcery 
Review



Meet the Rat Queens, a group of foul-mouthed badasses who brawl as hard as they party, and they do both with style. There’s Hannah, the spell-casting hot head; Violet, the beardless warrior dwarf; Dee, a divine sorceress who left the squid-worshipping cult that raised her; and Betty, the cute-as-a-button thief with a penchant for candy and magic mushrooms. Collecting the first five issues of the acclaimed new series, trade paperback Sass and Sorcery is a solid introduction to the group’s raunchy, sword-swinging escapades, and with a comic this fun to read, the larger dose is welcome.

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IT’S 2014 & THERE’S STILL A

BLACKSMITH WORKING IN

CENTRAL PARK


Larry Hagberg looks like a guy who hammers steel for a living. He’s tall with large tattooed arms and a barrel chest. His hair and beard are silver, his hands black with soot. He’s a throwback to a forgone era of ruggedness, not just the kind of guy who has a workshop but one who tightens bolts by hand. He was bending scrolls for the fence at Peter Detmold Park in Midtown when I visited his workshop.

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Monster & Madman
 #1 by Steve

Niles and Damien Worm Review



The driving force behind comics — that burning “What if…?” — is alive and well inMonster & Madman, a gothic miniseries that envisions a chance encounter between Dr. Frankenstein’s ill-conceived creation and Jack the Ripper. Character mash-ups like these can be fun (Cowboys & Aliens), or weird and gimmicky (Scooby Doo meets Sonny and Cher), but these two characters are a perfect match. The Creature, reviled for his grotesquery, longs for acceptance and the Ripper, truly a ghoul, passes unnoticed amid society. Arguably, it’s fiction’s first monster and real life’s first modern serial killer.

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State of the Art with Moon Knight’s

Declan Shalvey

Comic art is more than just pretty pictures. Though its job is to keep our eyes glued to the page with dynamic figures and double-page spreads of dazzling action, the art’s most elemental function is to tell a cohesive story. You may find yourself marveling over what you read in a particular comic rather than what you saw. And while comics are a visual medium, art can be silently overshadowed by the volume of words that dominate our focus as we read. Comic book reviewers, too, tend to place more focus on writing and plots, as pointed out by Declan Shalvey, artist on the upcoming reboot of Marvel’s Moon Knight with incendiary writer Warren Ellis.

From his early work on the blood-spattered pages of 28 Days Later to the loping action of his runs on Deadpool and Venom, Declan has always put his artistic focus squarely on storytelling. “The most challenging, and rewarding, part of drawing a comic is taking those words on a page and making them images,” he said. “It’s really frustrating sometimes, and you’re banging your head against a wall to make it work. Those are the bits that keep artists awake at night but also make them want to get up in the morning and figure it out.”

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Well this is interesting… #labyrinth

Well this is interesting… #labyrinth

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Tomb Raider #1 by Gail Simone

and Nicolás Daniel Selma



Lara Croft has spent nearly 20 years among the most enduring and recognizable characters of pop culture, and for good reason. She’s smart and resourceful with iron nerves. It’s evident from this first issue — and considering Gail Simone’s recent runs with Red Sonja and Batgirl — that this incarnation of Lara will not only be rugged as ever, but also complex. This younger adventurer will need to make sense of her new life and booby-trapped escapades if she’s ever going to become the hard-boiled, pistol-wielding explorer we got hooked on in the pixelated PSone days of yore. That journey is the crux of the series, and Simone’s got it nestled right in her pocket. This is a Lara fearing for her own stability, cursed with nightmares and survivor’s guilt. While it’s tempting to cast her as a monolithic force of badassery, it’s refreshing to see her as a daunted human being, too. It’s also wonderful watching her swing that pickaxe.

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Review: Undertow #1 by Steve

Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov




War roiling in the exotic locales beneath the water’s surface of 
Undertow creates some fantastic escapism, but what’s really interesting about this debut comic’s setup is how it rouses our innermost rebels. Whatever twists lay ahead, and however valiant or treacherous characters turn out to be, it’s that “hard liberty before the easy yoke” tone that resonates. Life above is dangerous, but antihero Anshargal has a good sales pitch: Come with me if you want to live free. From the overall plot to the bedrock themes, there isn’t much to dislike. While more explanation of Atlantean culture is expected down the line, writer Steve Orlando’s terse script keeps Anshargal mysterious, a laconic Ahab messiah questing toward life or death.


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