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The Raven Chronicles: A team of unique paranormal investigators under the guidance of the mysterious Edgar Allen Raven search for answers in strange situations and bizarre cases when their specialties are needed and the authorities are without a 'normal', rational clue. From spontaneous human combustion to mind control powers, from UFO's to vampires, the members of Raven Inc. only think they've seen it all. And not all of them within the group agree on the causes or solution. It's the X-Files meets Mission Impossible in the world of the paranormal. "Bloodfire". The Raven team is called in to investigate an inexplicable wave of deaths caused by spontaneous human combustion. As they begin to explore the cases, they cross paths with the mysterious Vampire Killers. Somehow the cases are linked and it becomes a matter of life and death as the Raven team races to find a connection.
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The lead feature in this collected work is Magus which ties into the Saint Germaine comic series storyline but stands on its own. The Magus is said to be immortal and secrets are revealed as to how he obtained his immortality. There was a heavy price to pay and now, Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies has come to collect. Will Magus sacrifice his only daughter to this master of the darkness? Also included here are two standalone Saint Germaine stories. "The Tragedy of Falstaff" is based on one of William Shakespeare's most tragic characters. Formerly an influential force with the young Prince Hal, Falstaff is ostracized by Hal when he assumes the throne as King Henry the V. While Henry prepares for his epic battle at Agincourt which led to the eventual unification of his kingdoms of France and England, Falstaff must stay behind and tells Saint Germaine of his tale. Then in "Quasimodo's Tale", over a game of chess with author Victor Hugo the immortal Saint Germaine tells the tale of love and tribulations of the hunchback at the cathedral of Notre Dame, Quasimodo, that ended with tragic results "A jewel of writing and design? a work that dares to dream?" - Lino Terlichi, Drive Magazine. "?taken alternate comics into the next level of storytelling. I am in awe." - Jazma Online
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Originating from the pages of the multiple award winning anthology, Negative Burn. The Apparition features the Archangel Adriel in various stories of spiritual warfare, human suffering, physical struggles and redemption. The Apparition is a story about human lives. The Angel of Benevolence, Adriel, is one of the seven archangels of Heaven whose main function is to preside over the lost, the downtrodden, the meek, the suffering of children, and the innocent. He is a warrior who is a combatant in the never-ending battle of spiritual warfare. And a war that exists unknowing to normal humans in a realm that is unseen by the naked human eye. This collection features all of the critically acclaimed short stories taken from Negative Burn, as well as the entire original Caliber Comics series. All written by James Pruett (X-Men Unlimited, Black Mist, Kaos Moon) and feature illustrated tales by Gene Gonzales, Craig Brasfield, Matthew Dow Smith and Tyler Bishop with a beautiful painting cover by Michael Gaydos, two time Eisner Award Nominee for his work on Alias for Marvel. “James Pruett’s scripting shows his usual flair for dark drama…” - Sci-Fi Universe; “I read it once. I read it again...I read it again because The Apparition is exceptional. Some of you will be surprised by the depth of art and thought.” - Suspended Animation “Quiet yet passionate...an engrossing tale of suffering and redemption.” – Previews “Writer Jim Pruett gives us a crisp interplay of believable dialogue, rapidly creating three-dimensional characters in the first few pages.” - Comics Buyer’s Guide “The Apparition is a tenderly well-written human drama…” - New Creation
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Born into a legacy she wanted no part of and pushed into a 130 year old battle recessed deep in the shadows of the night, Samantha Helsing is torn between two worlds, two allegiances, two families. The legacy of the Van Helsing family and their endless crusade against the night creatures comes to modern day with the most unlikely of all warriors. Mysteries unfold as a woman with no memory of her past life finds herself in a vendetta she doesn't understand and realizes she isn’t sure which side she should be on in this tale that puts a new level on the Dracula-Van Helsing relationship and the secrets that go much deeper that Bram Stoker let on. Written by Gary Reed, known for his insightful intelligence on such titles as Baker Street, Saint Germaine, and Renfield. Art by John (X-Men) Lowe, Guy Davis, Craig Brasfield, and others.
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"Triad". Three short stories that take a closer look at some of the characters of Raven Inc. In "Quote the Raven", Manny Cahncu dwells on his choices in life. In "Paying the Piper", Miles Eddington tries to understand the secretive world of fellow Raven member Curt Davis, and in "A Fairy Tale", we see how Amy Berg first came to Raven Inc.
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Samantha Helsing was born into a legacy she didn't want and struggles with her role as a hunter of the night creatures. She has no remembrance of her past but carries out her duties under the tuteledge of her father-in-law and to uphold the over century old legacy that is the Van Helsings. She seeks out a mysterious group known as the Tophet which may be the link to her past and her memory but why can she only remember her husband as being dead but nothing more? A different take on the vampire mythos by award-winning author Gary Reed and artist John Lowe (Green Lantern, Fantastic Four).
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