Worlds Collide Review

Dale Russell gave the Reese Unlimited/AC Comics crossover a 5-star review. Here’s what he had to say:

1940 – Laura Wright – also known as Nightveil finds herself torn through time and cast into a time – and a body – not her own. Powers diminished; she has teamed up with Charity Grace who has survived her time of redemption as the supernaturally powered Gravedigger. After their latest battle, they have begun the travel home when serendipity brings them into the company of Lazarus Gray, returning from a mission performed at the behest of the French Government. But, as is the world’s wont, no good deeds go unpunished and soon the three heroes find themselves fighting against a demon from Nightveil’s world…one who magically restores a long thought dead enemy of Gray and Co. Soon, the friends become enemies and a new group of heroes is thrown into the conflict…the only hope to destroy the evil before it destroys them all.

Here is a great new entry in Pro Se Productions publishing the expanding universe of REESE UNLIMITED, created and populated by the fertile mind and storytelling of Barry Reese. Combining his iconic hero, Lazarus Gray, with the Gravedigger – another hero populating his world – and teaming them up with Nightveil – perhaps the strongest and long-lived of AC Comics FemForce, Reese delivers another fun and exciting story that readers of his books and one of comic fandoms’ favorite comic book run.

If you’re looking for great New Pulp adventures and fan-hoped for genre crossovers, this is the one.

Thanks for the kind words, Dale. This digest-sized story was a lot of fun to write. Nightveil is such a rich character and she fits right into my fictional world. Hopefully I’ll get to write the character again someday.

Lazarus Gray 11 is Here!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAGIC AND BETRAYAL THREATEN SOVEREIGN CITY! THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME ELEVEN DEBUTS!

Thirty Pieces of Silver… the cost of the ultimate betrayal. Now those same coins have ended up in Sovereign City and a mad search for possession of them has gotten underway. THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME ELEVEN by award winning author Barry Reese is now available in print and digital formats from Reese Unlimited, the author’s own imprint, and Pro Se Productions.

Lazarus Gray and the members of Assistance Unlimited are forced to ally themselves with Lilith, Adam’s first wife, in order to halt a plot involving an aged sorcerer named Woland; the Black Terror’s archfoe, The Puzzler; and a powerful entity known as The Quietus. Will these cursed thirty pieces of silver once again lead to the ultimate betrayal?

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME ELEVEN by Barry Reese, from REESE UNLIMITED and Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a sleek cover by Jeffrey Hayes and print formatting and logo design by Sean Ali, THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME ELEVEN for 9.99 via Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/233m8th5.

Formatted by Antonino lo Iaocono, the continuing tale of Lazarus Gray is available as an ebook for only 99 cents for a limited time from Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/2p9h4t4j. Kindle Unlimited members can read for free!

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUMES ONE-TEN are available on Amazon by a title and/or author search.

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Spring Break

Off work this week for some much-needed relaxation. I’m working on the third volume of Straw-Man right now and things are going well — introducing a really cool villain.

Saw the Morbius film this past weekend — if you enjoyed the Blade trilogy, you’ll like this. It feels like an early 2000s or late Nineties superhero film and I don’t mean that in a bad way.

Just finished reading the East of West series. All ten trades are available from Image Comics and I would HIGHLY recommend it. Great artwork, some genuinely shocking twists, and a few amazing characters that I think I’ll remember for many years to come.

Approved the galley proofs of Lazarus Gray Volumes 11 and 12 so hopefully they’ll be released sooner rather than later!

Worlds Apart Review

Amazon user ChickJ gave the book 5 stars and titled his review “Pulp and comics crossover done by a master.” Here’s his full review:

“A wonderful cross of comics and pulp. Lazarus Gray is my second favorite character in Reese’s world. But my favorite character did kinda show up as Lady Peregrine. Set in the 40’s, the battle between two evil villains and 6 heroines and one hero seems to be a little lopsided but lots of fun. (Scantily-covered females always interest us guys.) I notice this was written in 2017, it seems this was when Barry Reese was hitting all the right notes. (I have to go get Nightveil: The Quiet Girls. He really made me want to read it.)”

Glad you enjoyed the book! If you liked this one, definitely seek out The Quiet Girls as I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written.

The Pulp Super-Fan Tackles Lazarus Gray Volume Ten

Michael Brown, aka the Pulp Super-Fan, has posted a review of the latest Lazarus Gray volume. Here’s what he had to say:

Just before the end of 2021, we got a new Lazarus Gray book, The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 10, from Barry Reese. I was expecting to see this some time ago, as Reese has already written through 13, so I hope we’ll see the rest more quickly.

“The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 10″Lazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from Reese (The Peregrine, Gravedigger, and other characters and works). Gray is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger, and has a group of associates organized as “Assistance Unlimited.”

Gray is located in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and thus is part of the larger Sovereign City Project. He is also set in the same universe as Barry’s other characters, so has crossed over with them.

In addition to the current members of Assistance Unlimited — Morgan Stanley, Eun Jiwon, Samantha Grace, Abigail Cross, and Black Terror — we will see some new additions to the group in this one. This time, we get two stories with some additional folks, some of whom have appeared in prior volumes.

First up, we get a short story, “Satan’s Lair,” that does not contain Gray, but introduces a new group, The Heroes! Most of the group have appeared before. The Black Terror (the classic comic book character introduced previously, though with a slightly different origin) meets the group in New York. The rest of the group is The Fighting Yank (another classic comic book character who previously appeared), The Golden Amazon (a classic British character who was previously introduced, but with a slightly changed origin), and Olga Mesmer, who called them together.

Olga Mesmer is a classic pulp heroine. But she appeared in short comic stories (probably three to four pages each) that ran in Spicy Mystery Stories in 1937-38 before being replaced by Vera Ray. As I’ve never read any of her stories, I wish someone would reprint them! But know she is “The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes.” We are told her origin, but I don’t know how much is what was in the original stories. If the “Sally the Sleuth” stories are any indication, the originals were probably a bit bareboned in regards to character development.

Anyway, in this story, the group comes together for the first time to fight against Doctor Satan and his new female assistant. This will be the first of several appearances by this new group, which will be connected to Assistance Unlimited via The Black Terror.

The rest of the volume is taken up by the much longer “Lazarus at War,” which is set just after the attack on Pearl Harbor. One of the men injured there is given powers by the goddess Eris, and sent to cause chaos, taking the name Phasma. He plans on doing so by finding the four parts that makes up a mystical device. And Lazarus and his associates works to find them when they get a hint of this. At the same time, Lazarus tries to get his group involved in helping the U.S. government, which leads them in joining up with a shadowy agency. Added to that, a villain tied to Abigail decides to make his move against Assistance Unlimited.

As things move to a conclusion, along the way Babylon (a new character created by Reese who appeared in another book I’ve reviewed) assists as do members of the Heroes to help Lazarus and Assistance Unlimited put an end to the schemes to create chaos in Sovereign City. How will some of these events affect future stories, especially when the secrets of Lazarus and his friends are revealed?

I hope we get the next volume soon (as I noted that Reese has written up through volume 13) rather than wait a whole year. In addition, if you check his timeline, you see references to a few other works that aren’t out. But a new one, The Sword of Hel has been released. I hope the others will appear soon and that we’ll also see more new stories with Assistance Unlimited set in the 1960s.

Thanks, Michael! You’ve been a great supporter of my work over the years and I’m always curious to see what you think of the new volumes. Volume 11 should be out very soon!

Sunday Thoughts

Early reactions to Worlds Apart, the crossover novel between the heroes of the Femforce comics and my Reese Unlimited imprint, have been positive — and I heard from Sean Ali, the formatting genius who’s working on the 11th volume of Lazarus Gray. He said that he was genuinely shocked and thrilled by the ending to that book. Volume twelve has to do a lot of work explaining and dealing with what happens at the end of eleven… but Mike Hintze, who edited that one, said that he was impressed with how I resolved it all. Fingers crossed that everyone else agrees.

I’m working away on the first short story in the third Straw-Man book. This one brings in my modern-day updating of the American Crusader. She might stick around as a supporting character. We’ll see.

Our art today is by George Sellas and features The Peregrine making an emergency exit.

Worlds Apart!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EPIC CROSSOVER ACTION! NIGHTVEIL AND LAZARUS GRAY! BARRY REESE’S ‘WORLDS APART’ DEBUTS!

The heroes of two universes come together to face a threat to all reality! For the first time ever, AC Comics and Pro Se Productions’ author imprint Reese Unlimited cross over in Barry Reese’s WORLDS APART! Now available in print and digital formats and starring AC Comics’ Nightveil and Reese Unlimited’s New Pulp heroes Lazarus Gray and Gravedigger!

Nightveil, Femforce’s mistress of magic, is brought together with Assistance Unlimited’s founder, Lazarus Gray, to investigate an alliance between two of their greatest foes! And no universe may survive!

With guest appearances by a host of other heroes, this tour de force by award-winning author Barry Reese is a genre-breaking classic in the making! From Pro Se Productions, Reese Unlimited, and AC Comics!

Featuring an excellent cover by George Sellas and print formatting and logo design by Sean E. Ali, WORLDS APART is available for 7.99 via Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/mw94n2h7.

Formatted by lo Iaocono, this epic crossover is available as an ebook for only 99 cents for a limited time from Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/bdfmb5wv. Kindle Unlimited members can read for free!

Barry Reese’s THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY and THE ADVENTURES OF GRAVEDIGGER are available on Amazon from Pro Se Productions.

Nightveil leads the adventures in THE QUIET GIRLS by Barry Reese and CRISIS AT THE CROSSROADS OF INFINITY by Bobby Nash, both available on Amazon from Pro Se Productions and AC Comics.

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Anticipation!

Everyone at the Reese Unlimited HQ is waiting on pins and needles — WORLDS APART, the crossover novel featuring characters from my pulp adventure universe and the heroes from AC Comics’ Femforce series, is expected go live at any moment. Currently the Kindle version has been approved by Amazon but we’re still waiting on the physical copy to do the same. Can’t wait to share the cover here, which features Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger, and Nightveil! It’s a fantastic image by our old pal, George Sellas.

Stay tuned, true believers.

Back to Grove’s Folly

I’ve returned to Grove’s Folly, the setting for the Straw-Man series. Volume three will continue the same approach that I took with the first two books, at least in terms of it being a collection of six short stories. I’m also going to be continuing to put a concerted effort into creating new concepts and characters. Volume three will see a modern-day updating of the old American Crusader character, a story focusing on the ghostly Ephemera and several more. I’ve tried to play the entire series as a horror superhero title, in the vein of the the Wein/Wrightson Swamp Thing or Marvel’s Ghost Rider and I think it works pretty well. Sometimes it veers a little bit further into heroics and other times it’s mostly horror but overall it’s a blend.

Hopefully I’ll have some news about upcoming releases soon. Keep watching this space!