Edited by R. Allen Leider
(Available in eBook format)
Illustrated by Ed Coutts, design by Rich Harvey
Awesome Tales #10 presents four stories of crime-busting action!
For starters, two connected stories give opposing views on an attempt to steal the prize from a solitaire tournament.
- John L. French’s “No Virtue in Patience” tells the tale of how the thieves’ plan to do it while ...
- Aaron Rosenberg’s “No Patience for Fools” tells it from the detectives’ point of view. Which side will you root for? The cops or the crooks?
- In "Broken Doll", by Quintin Peterson, P.I. Luther Kane has one more task to close a case, then his client, one-legged streetwalker Gypsy Kurylenko, would be free ...
- "Give Them a Corpse" Part 2 by Rich Harvey, The Domino Lady prowls the Broadway streets, hunting a shapely pornographer who could disrupt New York City’s democracy. Once again, The Domino Lady clashes with her deadliest enemy, The Procuress, but now she also confronts her oldest enemies, The Black Legion! (Part one appears in Awesome Tales #6)
Illustrations by Ed Coutts; Cover digital coloring by Rich Harvey
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Domino Lady headlines another issue of new pulp fiction
Just a few months after the previous issue, Awesome Tales #10 (Summer 2019) came out recently from Bold Venture Press and Black Cat Media. We get four stories this time, two sequels and two connected stories. For the sequels, we get the second part of the Domino Lady story by Rich Harvey that started in #6, which is featured on the cover that uses some interior artwork from the original pulp stories. Here the Domino Lady continues her fight against a blackmail scheme in New York by the Procuress. The story also involved the Black Legion, a group the Domino Lady faced in one of the original pulp tales. The story will be concluded in a future issue. The other sequel is a tale featuring Luther Kane by Quintin Peterson, who first appeared in the last issue. Luther is a P.I. who lost both lower legs and wears high-tech prosthetics. He again deals with the Russian Mafia, and while this is a standalone story, I am sure story lines from this one will continue in the future. The final two stories are “connected stories.”. While by two separate authors — John L French and Aaron Rosenberg — the stories deal with the same events: the theft of a set of gold playing cards from a tournament, but told from different perspectives. French gives us the perspective from the crooks, similar to watching a “caper film” and rooting for the bad guys to win. Rosenberg tells of how the cops are trying to setup a trap and prevent the theft. It’s another good issue of this zine. I look forward to the conclusion of both the Domino Lady and Fantomas stories. I doubt we’ll get both in the same issue. And I expect we’ll see another Luther Kane story as well. Regardless, the next issue should be good whatever it has. I look forward to it.