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Jun 12, 2024

What happens when a star explodes? The Earth gets a hero! We look at the early years of E-Man this week, as well as review Rifters #1 from Image Comics, Scarlett #1 from Skybound Entertainment, and Soul Taker #1 from Mad Cave Studios!


Writer: Brian Posehn and Joe Trohman
Artist: Chris Johnson
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 12, 2024
Please, Saran-Wrap your ass, because you’re about to projectile-shit yourself right into the wild world of RIFTERS, where Time Cop collides with Law & Order, filtered through the Stupid McSmartsalot-Einstein lens of Mr. Show.
Fenton and Geller are a couple of part-time Wisenheimers, full-time vice time-cops who suck at rule-following but excel at busting time-travel crimes. Unfortunately, their daily grind involves tedious police work—like chasing down douchebag influencers hellbent on live-streaming illegal transtemporal trips to 1920s Chicago to steal primo bootleg hooch.
However, in a twist of fate, our heroes find themselves thrust into the heart of an inter-time serial homicide mystery, but not before things change, forcing our pair into the crosshairs of potentially lethal consequences.
The stakes are high, time is of the essence, and Fenton and Geller are about to discover that playing with the time-stream isn’t all flappers and jazz hands. Get ready for a high-octane, double-illegal adventure where the only sure thing is that RIFTERS is rewriting the rulebook on time-travel tales!

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Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Marco Ferrari
Publisher: Image Comics/Skybound
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 5, 2024
The next chapter of Codename: G.I. Joe begins here! Shana "Scarlett" O'Hara is about to take on the most dangerous black ops mission of her career: infiltrating the mysterious rising power in Japan known as Clan Arashikage. Her one lead is her former partner-Jinx-turned Arashikage enforcer. Now, Scarlett must use her very particular set of skills to survive undercover... and discover a shocking weapon that could change the balance of power on Earth.

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Writer: Tom Sniegoski
Artist: Valeria Burzo
Publisher: Mad Cave Studios
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 03, 2024
Amarantha is the last of her race, an ancient species that has lived among us for millennia, feeding on the life energies of humanity. Now enjoying a peaceful existence in a retirement community, she continues to consume just enough to survive. But Amarantha has made enemies throughout her long life and an ancient foe thought long defeated has returned and is out for blood, while a newer threat seeks to capture her for their own nefarious purposes! Now Amarantha must do everything in her power to vanquish her enemies and protect the life she has made for herself.
[rating: 3/5]


E-Man is a comic-book character, a superhero created by writer Nicola Cuti and artist Joe Staton for the American company Charlton Comics in 1973. Although the character's original series was short-lived, the lightly humorous hero has become a cult classic occasionally revived by different independent comics publishers. The character was originally owned by Charlton but was eventually transferred to its creators.
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