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No Heorine #1 (Advanced Review)


Writer: Frank Gogol

Artist: Criss Madd

Colorist: Shawna Madd

Letterer: Sean Rinehart

Cover Artist: Ahmed Raafat

Publisher: Source Point Press

Rating: 8.5/10

Frank Gogol first came to my attention when he was promoting his last book, DEAD END KIDS. We did an interview and he even let me read an advanced copy of the first issue. His enthusiasm for the project was contagious and I loved the book, so when I found out he had a new book coming out, I needed to read it. This dude is quietly heating up on the indie scene and shows no signs of slowing down.

The premise of NO HEORINE is sure to entice readers. I mean drugs, vampires and punk rock, what's not to love.The book stars Kayla Strong who's freshly sober and doing everything to stay on the path of sobriety. But it's not as easy as you'd think with heroin dealing vampires just around the corner. Her friend Sid falls victim to these drug dealing blood suckers, which forces Kayla to stand up and fight back.

Kayla is like Buffy and Sid Vicious had a kid. Gogol does a great job of introducing us to this new world while also dishing out some great character moments. His knowledge of recovery is evident in the way he refers to it. As a recovering addict myself I found it refreshing to see it utilized in such a way that you dont really see in comics. I was able to relate to Kayla on a level I don't find very often. She's a complete badass and adapts to these unforeseen circumstances with both trepidation and bravery.

The art team of Criss and Shawna Madd are new names to me, but I love what they did on the book. From the creepiness of the vampires to Kayla's awesome design. I can't wait to see more from this team. Plus look at that badass cover from Ahmed Raafat, can someone get me a print of that?

What happens next for our recovering addict is anyone's guess. From what I'm saw though it looks like she's on a mission to take out those junkie vamps.Gogol is becoming a name that I will follow to any project and I can't wait to see what he does next.

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