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Dominatrix: Hellbent in Heels Review from Comic Crusaders

Never a bad thing when you get a review, especially when it’s a good one! ComicCrusaders put a nice one out for Dominatrix: Hellbent in Heels issue 1, coming out next month from Arcana Studios. It’s absolutely AWESOME when the work you put in is rewarded by someone reading it and GETTING what you’re trying to do and the work you put in. Seriously…

Advance Review: Dominatrix-Hellbent in Heels-Lesson 1 of 3

4.4 out of 5 stars

Here are some highlights…

“Knowing she was brought to life by the mind of Gene Simmons (yes, the bass playing, fire-breathing, demon from the rock band Kiss) piqued my curiosity and compelled me to dive in. I’m glad I did.”
“The talent of writer Erik Hendrix is evident. The story moves at a good, fast pace and never lost my interest… There has truly been some very good character development and quite a bit of time building the world we’re reading about.”
“Dominatrix will kick your ass, and make you want to pay for the pleasure of having her do so. The book… never loses site of the fact it is a comic and reminds me of… titles such as Heavy Metal. Action, without sacrificing a good story is what you will receive from this title.”

Check out these little pencil snippets… Love these…

If you haven’t already, head to your comic shop and tell them to order the book!

DominatrixHellbentInHeels_Sample1DOMINATRIX: HELLBENT IN HEELS #1
DIAMOND ORDERING CODE: SEP171171 – ARCANA STUDIO
(W) Erik Hendrix (A) Kewber Baal (CA) Fernando Goni
From the mind of Gene Simmons, rock legend and media icon, be prepared to turn another cheek with Dominatrix. When an asset goes missing in Hawaii, Dominique is enlisted to go undercover into the world illegal arms and aloha. When investigating thugs and guns, the last thing she expects to find are extra-dimensional threats! Polish the vinyl, pucker up, and get ready for a butt kicking. You’ll thank us later.

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Gene Simmons’ Dominatrix: Hellbent in Heels and Zipper: Cosmic Jungle

Seems like just yesterday that I was working with Gene Simmons on Zipper vs Dominatrix: The Slave Trade! But… it has been about five years since I was writing that one. Wow! Now, though, I’ve written a BUNCH of content for Dominatrix, Zipper, and what comes after that… PDF’s are out to reviewers, reviews are rolling in, and I can’t wait to see what people have to say about them!

I poured everything into the scripts, and so did the artists I’m working with, Kewber Baal and Alex Aguilar. They’re freaking awesome! Seriously… You can see some pages below to see what I mean, but be sure to check them out for yourself, too, when the books hit the stands.

Diamond was nice enough to feature Dominatrix issue 1 in the September issue of Previews Magazine (November releases), and Zipper is in October Previews (December releases). They also interviewed Gene for his thoughts on comics, the characters, and why the industry is so important to him… Hint: he loves comics! I knew that, but most people don’t! If you check out the back matter in each issue 1, you can see some of the nuts and bolts behind the books and our interactions. He’s a cool dude!

Anywho, here’s some ordering info for the books, if you don’t already know, then some previews… Enjoy!

Oh, also, here’s that interview link for Gene – https://www.previewsworld.com/Article/199848-Gene-Simmons-Double-Dips-For-A-Daring-Dominatrix

DOMINATRIX: HELLBENT IN HEELS #1
DIAMOND ORDERING CODE: SEP171171 – ARCANA STUDIO
(W) Erik Hendrix (A) Kewber Baal (CA) Fernando Goni
From the mind of Gene Simmons, rock legend and media icon, be prepared to turn another cheek with Dominatrix. When an asset goes missing in Hawaii, Dominique is enlisted to go undercover into the world illegal arms and aloha. When investigating thugs and guns, the last thing she expects to find are extra-dimensional threats! Polish the vinyl, pucker up, and get ready for a butt kicking. You’ll thank us later.

ZIPPER: COSMIC JUNGLE #1
DIAMOND ORDERING CODE: OCT171161 – ARCANA STUDIO
(W) Erik Hendrix (A) Alex Aguilar)
From the mind of the iconic Gene Simmons! Return to the world of Zipper – an alien trapped on Earth fights his way home to Etheria. In his absence, he has become a symbol of hope for a group of freedom fighters, fleeing the global Collective. Is Zipper ready to play savior to these dissidents against the tyrannical Old Ones and threats from outside their very universe? His life depends on it.

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Cycles

SEVEN – A year in to a new job, juggling new accounts, enjoying responsibilities I had only dreamed of at my previous position.
SIX – Six years ago, I was spending lunch breaks at my day job working on a novel, still incomplete, just starting to get the nibble of other ideas, which would push me into comics.
FIVE – Five years ago, I had won a Small Press contest and was just making my first steps into the Independent comics world.
FOUR – Four years ago, I was helping run a publisher in my spare time, and starting to watch my graphic novels trickle out to the shelves, while juggling my day job, marriage, and ever-dwindling sleep.
THREE – Three years ago, I was a mad-man on a mission, at the peak of insanity, juggling a perfectly stressful day-job, a publisher outside of work, writing, marriage, and the rest.
TWO – Two years ago, I was just coming out of the hospital, recovering from the fall, which, in hindsight, was the result of an overly ambitious climb and imbalanced life, incapable of sustaining, and I was on the verge of re-uniting with family on a deeper level than I thought possible.
ONE – One year ago, I was just “waking up” both professionally and creatively, coming out of my shell and was TRULY happy for the first time in quite a while.
ZERO – Nine months into a new position, which is a perfect fit, ten days from turning forty, two months from the dream of fatherhood coming to fruition, and, outside of work, the imbalance which led to the fall, seems strong memory, not a trauma to relive.
They say life runs in seven year cycles. I suppose if I look back at the last seven years of my life in a very abbreviated form, it would be easy to say the same. Seven years ago, professionally, all I had was a path at my job and no thoughts of anything else aside from working on accounts and forward motion. I had no aspirations of leaving the company, moving on to another position, or anything like that… It was just work, and see what may come.  Creatively, I had yet to get “the bug”.
Seven years later, I had run the gamut of stresses, professionally and emotionally, from moving companies, fearing the loss of income from this transition, went through my own medical crisis, lost my creativity for a time (that deep passion and drive inside which pushes and inspires us to create new and wonderful things), and more!
But, I am renewed!
Despite this climb and impossible fall, further than I would ever have believed I could ever have fallen before, and more profound than I could ever possibly express in words, I stand. While the journey has taken me two years, I look back and see, it has been worth every step.
The transition from year to year, the lessons we learn along the way, the milestones we meet, each has merit, even if they mean a possible scar.
Do I consider 2015 my “Year Zero”? No, but I see the transition now… that path… the climb, the fall, and the smarter journey I’m taking toward my destination. Oh, the wonderful milestones I have to look forward to now as I breathe and not blaze along my path through the next seven years, the next cycle of my life.