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Serpent’s Sacrifice

Superheroes? Check.

Kick ass women? Check.

First of a trilogy? Check.

99 cents? Only until January 31st.

Check out Trish Heinrich’s new novel Serpent’s Sacrifice, on sale now!

When a brilliant psychopath terrorizes the innocent, an untried hero is their only hope.

Alice was never one to back down from a fight. So, when her beloved aunt is brutally murdered, she vows to bring the killer to justice.

Even if it means becoming the legendary vigilante, Serpent.

But being a hero is harder than it looks. And with one mistake, Alice unleashes a nightmare on the city.

Can Alice protect the innocent without losing everything? Or will the city fall, and she with it?

Serpent’s Sacrifice is the first book in a bold new superhero series. If you like brave heroines, chilling villains, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love Trish Heinrich’s thrilling tale!

Get your copy of Serpent’s Sacrifice today and suit up for the superhero adventure you’ve been looking for!

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Memoirs from the Dark Age

I’ve often described my new novel CRITERION as a ‘Grimdark superhero’ story. I did not set out to chase a certain tone or style, it merely followed from the concept – ‘When a super hero is murdered, what happens to his sidekicks?”

If I had to dissect the influences that lead me to the idea, the bloody trail would probably lead back to the comic book explosion of the 1990s. Funny book weren’t just for kids anymore. They became brooding, dark and edgy, and thus irresistible to a teenage mind (plus a metric ton of vampire novels, but I digress).

It was a great and terrible time of crossover events, special collector’s edition foil stamped variant covers (I still have my glow-in-the-dark Ghost Riders) and a plague of unnecessary FIRST! issues. This bloat and excess eventually collapsed like bloated things do, with the ‘tryhard’ edge-lord comics devolving into self-parody.

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Okay, maybe not this bad

Still, my unholy appetite was whetted and I eventually found my way to masterpieces like Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN and Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. I’ll always love Spidey, but I like my fiction like my coffee and chocolate: DARK.

Over the next few days I’m going to review some noteworthy influences to celebrate the release of my new book CRITERION.

Marvel delivered some entertaining stuff, like the rebooted Ghost Rider, Thanos’ quest for the Infinity Gauntlet and the demonic crossover event ‘Inferno’.

The arc with the most impact for me, personally, was ‘Kraven’s Last Hunt’. It was a real shock to see my favorite hero Spidey get out-smarted and outgunned by a minor villain with a rifle and a flair for leopard skin vests. The hero and villain were both rendered as flawed human beings, struggling with their own mortality and identity.

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by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod

How dark? Contents include: gorging on spiders, live burial, drug induced mania and suicide.

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He’s Kraven some spiders.

Have a favorite dark comic book you think people should know about? Drop a comment and let me know.

CRITERION is available now from Crossroad Press in print and digital

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P.S. : Liefeld is in on the joke now. pouchWe love you Rob, keep rockin’ those pre-ripped, acid washed 501 jeans.

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