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Looking for a comic store in Abuja can be an exhausting enterprise.

If you’re fortunate, you may find an unmolested issue of Spiderman or G.I Joe from 93′, crushed against the weight of several Mills & Boons novels at NEXT Supermarket.. Happy days!

Thankfully, I got my hands on a couple of digital comics from a friend and have been doing the rounds to see what’s hot in the comic world.

So it looks like Marvel decides to reboot Venom’s image in The Guardians of The Galaxy #23. Flash Thompson, the current wearer of the symbiotie (which is not a real word) has been deemed worthy by the Klyntar (which is not a real race) of becoming an  agent of the cosmos and is further endowed with more abilities to fight in the symbiote wars. So, he is sort of the equivalent of a super traffic warden with a stun gun, to keep those unruly Abuja drivers in check.

The artist,,Valerio Schiti, seems to be going for a mech appearance, inspired probably from the armour of the Destroyer in Thor. One things for sure, It certainly doesn’t scream approachable.

Check out this sketch that he posted below.

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Time for the 1st comic book review of the year.

Uhuru: Legend Of The Windriders by Adeniji Jnr, A. Adeniji, and Obende is the flagship comic of Comic Bandit based in Lagos. The story follows the adventures of a super-hero team comprising of Exodus, Rotunda, Harridan, Bushbaby, and Sage as they battle the mystic forces of evil that seek domination over the continent.

Issue one comes in swinging hard with tightly done illustrations of fight scenes, hulking evil humanoid monsters, and a punchy storyline that makes for a good read. Hopefully, issue two should be in the pipeline soon.

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Ever since the dawn of comic books, good has always triumphed over the forces of evil. From Super-man to Batman right down to the Green Arrow. Heroes protect the world, but what of the day come when they fail?

Enter The End League, a series under Dark Horse Comics, written by Rick Remender and pencilled by Matt Broome with inks by Sean Parson. The comic focuses on the struggles of a band of superheroes in a world ruled by super-villains who have enslaved the rest of the human race.

Remender’s story-telling is incredibly dark as he explores the symbiotic relationship that exists between the two forces, referencing well known archetypes in comic book history. There is a significant amount of character building which enables you to quickly become familiar with the characters. This is only further enhanced with the skill of Matt Broome and Sean Parson as they paint a bleak post-apocalyptic world with very little humanity left.

With sequence of interesting twists and turns, End League is definitely stand-alone work and is to be exemplified.

The whole series can be bought on trade paperback (TPB) in two volumes.

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Frank Castle is a hard man. One of the consequences of his brand of vigilantism is that close to none of his adversaries survive to make a comeback; usually because Frank sees to their first-class ticket to the after life and the writers do not like leaving loose ends in a story arcs.

While Garth Ennis may have introduced the moronic muscle mass known as the Russian, there has been something lacking from every PUNISHER MAX story arc -a worthy adversary. Let’s face it – there is only so many mafiaso scumbags Castle can dispose of in increasingly interesting ways. Enter Barracuda.

Barracuda is a foul-mouthed, amoral, vicious yet calculating mercenary who gives Castle a run for his money. Most of the fun in this arc is watching the dialogue between him and Castle as his foul sense of humour is the antithesis to Castle’s dry narration of events.

Ennis seldom brings Barracuda to table in this arc as the villain, instead focusing on a different kind of monster – corporate America, in the form of CEO Harry Ebbing, and his entourage of cronies, backstabbers, and trophy wife Alice, who Ennis pretty much portrays as a money-grabbing whore. The fantasy of every misogynist come true

Goran Parlov artistic direction is also commendable – skilfully capturing the darkness of the concrete jungle and the cut-throat decisions made in the boardroom.

Barracuda is a great read. Not because of the twist and turns, or that it is an amazing book, but because Frank Castle in all his years of butchery has never quite met someone who has survived him to go on to headline his own limited series.