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Pleasant Valley Sunder: Dark Horse’s “Lady Killer” Returns

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Clogged Drain? Call Roto-Ruthless. Josie lounges on the job for the cover of “Lady Killer” Series 2 #2.

Lady Killer 2 #1
Dark Horse Comics
On Sale: August 13, 2016
Artist, Writer, Cover Artist: Joëlle Jones
Variant Cover Issue 1: Michelle Madsen

Daily Grind…
At the opera it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings, in Josephine Schuller’s world it ain’t over ’til there’s a hammer hanging out of that diva’s noggin’. Writer and artist Joelle Jones and Dark Horse Comics return to the swingin’ 60’s for a second round of adventures with the one woman suburban death squad known as Lady Killer. Series 2 will span 5 issues, with number 1 on sale in August.

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“Lady Killer” 2 #1, Dark Horse 30th Anniversary Variant Cover by Michelle Madsen.

Blood/Pudding…
The series is one of my favorites in recent memory. It’s a totally over the top romp through buckets of blood where career juggling housewife and mercenary Josie has more than one use for a bottle of bleach. This time she’s trying to launch her own slash for cash business while keeping a handle on family matters and new digs in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Dirty deeds, done at a reasonable discount. No Greens Stamps please.

Joëlle Jones interior art continues to render the mood and details of the early 1960’s settings perfectly, eliciting the feel of classic magazine advertising. The gizzard splattered covers remind me of bizarre twists on artist Jack Vettriano‘s retro-tinged scenes.

Chop N’ Shop…
Want to watch every stereotypical misogynistic moron end up a puddle of gore? The local gossip dissolved in an acid bath? Just hop in the yellow V8 and take a ride with an anti-heroine who balances “Jackie O” style with “Jack the Ripper” mayhem.

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Hmm. Guess Josie won’t have to deliver that Tupperware after all. Joelle Jones’ cover for “Lady Killer 2” #1.


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Traveling Monkberries: Rhino’s Barrel of New & Old

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Rhino Records drops some new Monkees music on us as we wait for the release of their spruced up TV series BluRay Box Set. All 58 episodes of snarky lunacy that melded the Marx Brothers with pop culture of 1960’s West Coast America will appear in the midst of innumerable bonus features. Those extras include the group’s only feature film Head as well as the even more challenging final television special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. The mega-set can be ordered at the Monkees’ official website only, and is limited to 10,000 copies world wide.
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Flowers of Evil: “Belladonna of Sadness” 4K Restoration

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Cinelicious Pics’ poster for the 2016 4K restoration of 1973’s “Belladona of Sadness”

Editor’s Note…
Belladonna of Sadness was probably the perfect flick to see in the “art-house” environment of Manhattan’s new Metrograph Theater. It’s sell out engagement has prompted a “hold over” of 12 additional screenings which will run from May 13-19, 2016. (Extended again thru June 2!) There are some spoilers in my review, which you might want to avoid until you see it yourself. If you do please come back and share your opinions.

Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi No Belladonna, The Tragedy of Belladonna)
Mushi Productions, 1973
4K Restoration, Cinelicious Pics, 2016
Directed by: Elichi Yamamoto
Produced by: Tadami Watanabe
Written by: Yoshiyuki Fukada, Elichi Yamamoto

I’ve been excited to see Cinelicious Pics’ 4K restoration of Elichi Yamamoto’s Belladonna of Sadness since it was first announced over a year ago. When tickets went on sale for a short theater run here in New York City I jumped at the chance. The US and Canadian screenings (through July 2016) are meant to herald the film’s release on BluRay. There is also a “making of” companion book from Hat and Beard Press. To sweeten the experience it would be my first chance to visit the newly opened Metrograph Theater in lower Manhattan.
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Queen for A Day: 426 Alien Celebration

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NECA’s 15″ Aliens Ressurrection Red Queen Mother is ready for her close-up.

30 Years of Xeno Fears…
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the 20th Century Fox space shocker Alien. It’s hard to describe what it was like seeing that film in a theater for the first time, no preconceptions, no spoilers, no a clue as to what was ahead. I’m still trying to retrieve bits of the skin that I jumped out of. The spectacular H. R. Giger bio-mechanical designs for the facehugger, chestburster and the original xenomorph were all brand new to the horror genre, like the first time the Frankenstein monster stepped into view in 1931.
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Tiger Beat: Original Santana Band Reunites

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Interviewer Joe Pascal with “Santana IV”. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, Greg Rolie, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello


Return To Forever…
“I’m thinking I’m 17 years old again,” was the answer Carlos Santana gave when asked what he thought upon first hearing the lyrics of Greg Rolie’s “Anywhere You Want to Go.” That recently released single track and an album’s worth of others find the guitarist working once more with the musicians who created the Santana III album in 1971. The core of the original Santana band.
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