When angels, demons, myths and monsters attack humanity, our only defense is S.H.O.O.T. These protectors use their disbelief in what they're fighting — as filtered through seriously high-tech weaponry — to battle the supernatural in Dark Horse's S.H.O.O.T. First! #1. Also, it has a robot arm-wrestling a demon.
In full disclosure, the writer, Justin Aclin, is a pal of mine. But 1) I don't owe him any money and 2) I'm pretty sure I'd be interested in a story that explores the relationship between atheism and faith in the modern world through a funny, action-packed scifi comic even if I didn't know him.
• SHOOT First #1: Official summary: “The Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce-defending humanity from angels, demons, and a bunch of other crap S.H.O.O.T. doesn't believe in.”
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Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers
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• Green Lantern Vol. 3: The End: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps fight the First Lantern in Geoff Johns’ final GL adventure.
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• Other releases: TMNT Works Vol. 2, The X-Files Classics Vol. 2.
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• Marvel Zombies Complete Collection Vol. 1: Containing the first Marvel Zombies series, the Ultimate Fantastic Four issues where the zombies first appeared, some one-shots, and more.
• Other releases: Avengers: Prelude to Infinity, Essential Thor Vol. 7, Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor Vol. 12, Wolverine Max: Escape to L.A.
• The Best American Comics 2013: An amazing collection of comics from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics.
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