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No Mercy (2015 Image) #9

This is the story of Charlene, a girl who identifies herself as a male.

Her parents send her to a hellish school with the goal of "curing" her of her beliefs.

The treatment at the school is brutal as the inmates gain points for snitching on each other.

Also, the people in charge are corrupt, perverse, and sadistic.

Both the story and the artwork convey Charlene's gut-wrenching story in a powerful, visceral manner.

Also, the comic book includes a partial list of deaths at teen residential treatment centers. There are about 170 names.

This is an issue that must be read.

(posted April 22, 2016)

 5 Questions with... 
Writer Frank Martin

1) On what project are you currently working?

I'm currently wrapping up the second volume of my anthology series "Modern Testament" set for release in May from Insane Comics. Each installment consists of three standalone tales about biblical beings in our modern world. I plan on releasing four volumes in the series, so production is well underway on number three.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

There are so many great (and relatable) comic writers out there. But I would say one I have always admired has been Brian Michael Bendis. "Ultimate Spider-Man" was the book that really hooked me into reading comics full time, and I've enjoyed watching his work as a driving force behind Marvel's universe these last 15 years. He also continues to pound out great book after great book with a wide range of characters. Truly a pleasure to read.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

Well, I'm a prose fiction writer and have always enjoyed reading comics. So about 10 years ago I took a comic writing class just for fun. What came of it was a short story about an angel. The script sat on my computer forever until I finally became determined enough to see it made. Rather than just have a single comic, though, I added two more shorts about other biblical beings. And so, "Modern Testament" was born.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

The comic industry is filled with so many rich and diverse characters. Each with amazing history. But I'm a big fan of taking characters that are often left out of the spotlight and giving them a chance to shine. I would love to develop a series based around Marvel's "Man-Thing." He(it) is such an underestimated and misunderstood character with immense power. I feel I could have a lot of fun putting him at the center of the Marvel universe where he can finally get the respect he deserves.

5) On what project will you be working next?

I have a bunch of ideas in the early development stages with several different artists. But the one in which my writing duties are complete is a six issue mini-series titled "Quantum's World." The story is about a boy who is invited to a parallel dimension where he is a superhero. Issue one is currently being penciled and colored, so I would hope to see the series available next year.

For updates on Frank Martin's work, you can follow him on Twitter @frankthewriter
or like his page on Facebook

(posted April 22, 2016)

Indie Corner


It looks like we have a new superhero in town.

His name is Blood-Kill and he has some sweet powers.

Aside from wielding a badass sword, he has the power to burn and freeze.

We learn about the man in an abbreviated issue in which Blood-Kill saves a woman from three street thugs.

It will be interesting to see where the creators go with this title.

With "Blood-Kill," Cruzin Comics has a winner on their hands!

The book can only be purchased at the comic conventions Luis M. Cruz will be attending throughout the year.

However, if someone wants to purchase a copy, they can email him and he will send the proper info for ordering.

(posted April 22, 2016)