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God of Comics – The Woods #36

God Of Comics, Reviews

October 11, 2017

The Woods #36 (BOOM! Studios)

It’s funny. This comic started at about the same time I started doing God of Comics, I think. It’s been a journey – a good one, a tragic one, a path that has let those who walked it be and do many things. Secrets were revealed, possibilities explored. And now – like all the best stories – it’s coming to an end.

We’ve talked before about how good this series is. We’ve done individual issues and the series as a whole, done podcasts, articles, even live events where we’ve spoken about how cool the Woods is and why you should read it.

So, one more time: the Woods is the creation of writer James Tynion IV and artist Michael Dialynas. It’s about a high school in the middle of the American wasteland being transported to some place other, a fantastic alien landscape that they have tried to navigate. The kids quickly realized that the adults in their lives did not hold the answers and that if they were to find salvation they were going to have to do it themselves.

Which is not to say that this has been easy. People have died. One of the faculty tried to enforce martial law. One of the students made deals with nations he didn’t understand and learned how small he was and how vicious he wasn’t. A genius learned the limits of his intelligence and the price of loneliness.

And one person – one single child – fought to do right by everyone, driven by guilt and fear and eventually by understanding. She’s become the hero of this piece in a way no one would have thought possible in the beginning, but the real trick for her will be going home. How does one walk out of the woods when one has been changed by them so dramatically?

The answer is a simple one: not alone.

If you look at any single issue of this comic you can see the groundwork for everything that came after it, every bit of writing James Tynion has done since. It’s emotional gut-punch after emotional gut-punch, but it also realizes that nothing ever ends. We get glimpses of story, glimpses of people – aftermath is sometimes not the end and cannot be, because what could possibly follow what came before the moment of release?

There’s no aftercare here. There is only an ending, and it is enough.

Michael Dialynas’ art was superb, a collection of weirdness that felt cohesive and ran on a logic that could be grasped if one took the time to notice all the small details. And they are worth noticing, the nuance of expression and direction of eyes, the subtle cues of body language for characters and shading in the world around them. He brought this story and everyone in it to life, gave us an entire world that was like nothing any of us could have ever expected.

Bravo, both of you. Every single issue has been a genuine pleasure.

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God of Comics – Eugenic #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

October 3, 2017

Eugenic #1 (BOOM! Studios)

In case it wasn’t clear, we’re kinda fans of the horror genre.

Horror as a whole slides under the radar of a lot of people, who dismiss it as meaningless drivel, but the genre as a whole speaks candidly about the era from which it comes. From fear of nuclear annihilation to crime to death, horror tackles the cold sliver that works its way into every world, every time, and it looks unblinking into the eyes of anyone that dares to look into it.

Yes, horror is scary. It’s full of dread, a sick sense that something has gone very wrong. When done well, it pokes holes in the lying morality of the world and murders the illusions we use to make ourselves feel better. Horror tackles every shadowed corner we don’t want to look at and spits at our fear of doing so. It has no time for polite society, and less for the quiet deceits we use as security blankets in our daily lives.

The trick in writing horror well is to stay true to the story and the theme. Original flavor Death Note, for example, works because the villain is the charismatic leader of his school, the well-adjusted cop’s son that everyone looks up to and expects great things from. The Netflix version fails because it takes that villain and reduces him to an outcast, then deduces him further by taking away his brilliance and agency and giving it to someone else.

It’s an excuse. It’s a lie. It’s the sort of failure you’ll never get from a story written by James Tynion IV.

James has a close relationship with horror: he’s written tales steeped in the chilling shivers from the very start. We’ve waxed long and deep on the Woods, an utter masterpiece in storytelling, but also on his work with UFOlogy, Constantine, Detective Comics, Batwoman… horror seeps its way into everything he writes, gropes with terrible intent through his stories towards the reader, and Eugenic looks to be the next step in that strange labyrinth.

Here, we are given a world ravaged by plague. People the world over are dying, helpless before a microbe that renders all humankind has wrought to nothing… until a single scientist comes up with a cure. He distributes his findings and humankind is saved, but then the people who took the cure have children and the children, well, the children are born different.

Mutants, but not the kind with powers. Disfigured and horrific, the cure has changed humanity into something it was never meant to be.

James brings artist Eryk Donovan over from his time on Constantine, inviting him to dig deep into the disturbing, the troubling, the monstrous. We’re going to get into some serious body horror here, kids, so this is not for the squeamish, but if you dig, say, American Mary, you’re going to love this.

Get in now, and remember: Happy Halloween.

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God of Comics – Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

August 23, 2017

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 (BOOM! Studios)

This comic makes me impossibly happy.

Do you understand the weird lives of late-eighties and nineties kids? Caught between ever-increasing technologies? We were born to 8-tracks and were there when cassettes gave way to compact discs gave way to burned discs and finally digital music. We were around to watch the face of music change from one medium to another and the weird liminal spaces where that changed and some of us worked.

Have you seen Empire Records? We all worked at places like that, or knew someone who did, or wanted to. I was lucky enough to work at two places where that sort of magic held sway until one of them was demolished to make condos and the other one sat empty until the whole lot was torn down. There’s something both glorious and sad about that change, though the better comic stores still have that same feel.

Save the Empire. Damn the man!

Hi-Fi Fight Club is very much a story that takes place in that strange world, that space and cool job that existed halfway between a fading summer and an unknowable dream. It’s a space for people to find themselves and to grow and change, a place where mettle is tested and personhood is achieved through the love of music.

A young girl named Chris gets a job working at a place called Vinyl Mayhem, and they’re all about music new and old, a space for people to find new tunes and appreciate what was. There’s no dragging people down here, just recognizing that different people have different tastes and Lauryn Hill is the fucking bomb, yo.

Jobs like this – when they’re in the right place, the small out of the way specialty stores that employ the right kind of people – have a way of breeding the best kinds of creative madness. The people that work here are always working on something else. They have passion and dreams and are building new incredible things and sometimes professionals drop by and offer their sage advice.

The professionals in this comic are the band Stegosaur, but we have a problem in that their lead singer is missing. By the time we get to this point in the comic, we know the people who work at Vinyl Mayhem and we know how they’re going to take this, what with all those bands going missing. They’re going to girl the hell up and save the day, and whatever else might happen this is going to be great.

Film and TV director Carly Usdin (she directed all six episodes of the television series Threads, which you should hunt down and watch and the oddly heartwarming black comedy movie Suicide Kale) handles writing duties and captures a sense of coming-of-age and identity seeking from that time and place with a perfect grace. Nina Vakueua handles pencils and fashion, teaming with Irene Flores with her light inks and Rebecca Nalty and her stunning color work.

It all adds up to something that’s part Empire Records by way of what Sailor Moon might’ve been, which I think says a lot given the influence and acclaim those two stories have had in the world. Don’t miss this. It’s totally fucking rad.

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God of Comics – Sisters of Sorrows #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

July 20, 2017

Sisters of Sorrow #1 (Boom Studios)

I remember during the last election that someone said that the GOP platform was women was no coverage, no healthcare, no help. I wish I could remember who it was, but the Republicans have lived up to those words: Betsy Devos is actually listening to MRA’s discuss the validity of rape on college campuses and is taking what they have to say seriously.

To say that this is problematic at best is to understate a very serious problem.

Sexism lives. It seethes in modern culture, and we’ve seen that crop up again now that we’re getting our first female Doctor – but that’s not surprising. We saw it hit with Ghostbusters, when Emma Watson declared herself a feminist, whenever someone female says that she’s a person and deserves to be treated as such.

There are some men who respond to that idea with violence: they believe that treating women as equals would somehow make them less. Like the patriarchs on Duck Dynasty, they think that women with self-esteem are about the worst thing that has happened to the modern world. They like women quiet, silent. They like victims.

No one likes to be a victim.

Kurt Sutter understands that – he’s the guy who wrote Son of anarchy, so he’s got a proven track record and good understanding of this subject. He’s joined here by novelist Courtney Alameda, she what wrote Shutter, and if you have not read Shutter you need to fix that and can do so by clicking here.

The two of them have combined their talent with artist Hyeonjin Kim and this is going to result in something that you need to read the same way you need oxygen to survive: four women who run a women’s shelter during the day and then dress up as nuns and hunt down violent abusers who have escaped justice during the day.

And though they’ve managed to hide their identities they are not hiding their actions – how could they, in this modern world? They’re working in and around Los Angeles, nary an angel to be seen. Hollywood loves a good story and they quickly become it, the press dubbing them the Sisters of Sorrow.

But this is L.A. This is America. People tend to be okay with violence only when white men are the ones perpetuating it, not women, not any person of color regardless of gender. And the anti-crime task force in the LAPD is definitely not fond of anyone that challenges their authority by using the violence they like to think is theirs alone to use.

The result is sure to bloody and vicious and true, and for all those reasons we cannot recommend this comic enough.

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God of Comics – the Unsound #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

June 6, 2017

The Unsound #1 (BOOM! Studios)

There is a darkness that lives in Cullen Bunn’s soul. It’s not surprising if you’ve read his work before – everything from the Sixth Gun to the Damned to Hellbreak to Magneto has walked a fine line over an endless and howling abyss. As a writer, he plays hopscotch on the edges of madness and brings back honest tales of the nightmares he plays with, a macabre dance of wordplay and slowly dissolving characters.

He’s not playing around this time. There’s that old thing about how cracks let the light in, but sometimes the light is the corrupted rotting heart that ends worlds. That’s what the Unsound is about, people that saw the shattering edge of some unknowable thing and now have to live with.

Artist Jack Cole is in on the game. The architecture and paneling are subtle and hostile, littered with ambient dread that starts with clean light and moves into a cluttered overwhelming morass and it fits the story perfectly. Our story follows a nurse at a mental hospital on her first day, the slow journey there and the quick push over the edge and into an unknowable horror.

If you’ve lived or worked in a mental hospital you know what Cullen is talking about: the preciousness of socks and prayers for quiet, but only a certain kind of quiet. The sterility that isn’t, the thin veneer of enforced calm that pushes back a lingering storm where reality ends and something else begins.

There’s a horror that comes with being called crazy: everything you are and every decision you’ve ever made is suddenly suspect. Your opinions, your agency, your memory and identity all get called into question. You can’t be trusted and even if you recover people will never let you forget that you once fell apart.

We’re introduced to one of the hospitals that was closed due to a lack of funding, pushing insanity onto the streets until people that care come back into power and allowed the place to reopen, but the damage has been done: the funding is cut and these places are understaffed and underpaid and undermaintained.

Some of the crazies came drifting back in but who can say where the other ones went? Some of them died and some of them vanished and someone of them were taken, but the ones that came back came back different. The ones that are cracked can always find more cracks, more light to let in.

Of course, this is a Cullen Bunn story, so there is something wrong with this hospital – black suited authorities who are not what they seem, whispering training dummies, abandoned razor blades, patients with hidden faces and unblinking eyes, all the subtle monsters that make a mind doubt itself.

If your palette runs towards the macabre this will do nicely. Pleasant dreams.

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God of Comics – Ladycastle #4

God Of Comics, Reviews

May 30, 2017

Ladycastle #4 (Boom Studios)

This is it. The final issue. The final battle.

It’s a simple enough story – the King and all his knights rode off to battle and were ate by a dragon. The women of the castle were more than okay with this and settled into ruling themselves, but King Got-Ate-By-A-Dragon also managed to get himself cursed when he got himself mangled. Now, monsters are attracted to the castle and the ladies are the only ones there to defend it and themselves.

They’ve done a really good job of it. They’ve used guts, brains, and strength to repel werewolves, harpies, and other monsters while building up a society from scratch. They’ve rescued themselves from the callow cruelty of selfish men and flourished despite a curse the former king got placed on his kingdom for being a selfish greedy git.

Problem is, that curse has really come upon them with all its power: the Black Knight stole a princess and is going to force their champion into three challenges: jousting, archery, and wits. The winner gets the kingdom and the loser loses everything, or so the story goes… but we’ve learned over the course of this story that nothing is ever to be taken for granted.

And this better not be the final issue, Boom. I want more of this, and you should, too.

Because here’s the crux of the story: a bunch of people that were never given a chance to be anything and were always marginalized have come together and built something good and healthy and they’ve done it by supporting one another. There a joy to this comic, a simple deep-reaching happiness that shows how the best parts of humanity can grow from the worst and our world needs more stories like this one.

This is writer Delilah Dawson’s first comic, but you wouldn’t know it – she brings the charm and wit that infuses her horror and steampunk novellas to every page and it makes for some of the funnest and most heartfelt comics you’re likely to read this week. This is worth hunting down, especially if you have kids and want to get them reading comics. It’s infectious and full of energy and interesting characters and I cannot praise this enough.

Artist Ashley A. Woods is just as good, one of those unsung heroes that people somehow miss and really shouldn’t. He’s worked on the comic adaptions of the Metal Gear series and you might know him from the incredible work he’s done on everything from Ghost Rider 2099 to Shadowman to Grendel. The man is a quiet legend is what we’re saying, and the story of Ladycastle gives him the chance to cut loose and play with color and form in a way that has to be freeing.

Hunt this down and let Boom know that you want more.

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God of Comics: Destroyer #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

May 23, 2017

Destroyer #1 (Boom Studios)

It’s like an article torn from today’s headlines: cops shoot black pre-pubescent in less than a couple seconds for no real reason and get away with it, media tries to villainize kid, and before anyone can say black lives matter the cops take a paid vacation before heading back out on the streets where they can continue to terrorize the populace they’re supposed to protect and serve.

Good evening, overseer. Traded in a whip for a gun, but I guess both still crack – they make a loud noise, break communities, and terrorize many for the glory of a few. Well done.

Things are set to be a little different this time around, though: this child leaves behind a grieving mother who is also the last surviving descendant of a certain Victor von Frankenstein. She’s totally done with waiting for a justice she knows will never come – a justice that will not give her back her murdered son – so she’s going to crack open the family medical journals and find herself a solution.

Victor’s genius did not stray from the family line. His many-times-removed grand-daughter, Baker, has exiled herself to deepest whitest America where she can mourn in peace and work on her science and generally be left alone. It’s working out for her and she’s making progress, but, well…

The monster has been sighted.

Mary Shelley originally envisioned the monster as a thing of beauty, the ugliness only coming later as a means to convey that the monster was a dead thing. This story falls into the latter camp, with the monster being a massive horror that just wants to be left alone. Sadly, climate change and whaling bring the monster out of isolation, and he murders two barges and a whole town on his way back into civilization.

His anger at humanity has not abated and has, if anything, only gotten worse.

Writer Victor Lavalle is looking to explore love, loss, and vengeance in the modern world where ancient horrors still lurk and kill us. He’s an award-winning author whose written some incredible work – the Ballad of Black Tom and the Devil in Silver being the stand outs for me, but the curious may also want to check out the Big Machine and Slapboxing with Jesus. The art team is equal to the task of the story, given Dietrich Smith and Joana Lafuente, and this comic plays well with a lot of the other horror comics Boom has published (Hexed, Day Men, the Woods).

Get in now. This is going to be great.

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God of Comics: Giant Days #25

God Of Comics, Reviews

April 5, 2017

Giant Days #25 (Boom Studios)

I read a lot of web comics. I started with Mega Tokyo, Life of Riley, and 8-bit Theater, then graduated to a host of others that I’ve either kept up with or got bored with as the years went by. My current reading list is Sinfest, Something Positive, It’s Walky, Questionable Content, Gunnerkrigg Court, The Punchline is Machismo, Order of the Stick, Oglaf, Philosophers Under the Bed, Granted, Wasted Talent, Snailogy, and Dresden Codak. Somewhere in there I discovered Scary-Go-Round and loved it for the weird slice-of-life comic that it was – a city somewhere in England where weird things happened and everyone just kind of went about their lives.

A character in a role-playing game I ran was pen pals with one of the characters in the comic. The player kept showing me notes between the two of them where they’d compare important points in one another’s lives and offered advice. “The dragon drank all the coffee and burned down a sushi restaurant.” “Ah. Maybe get him to try tea? It’s calming. Our mayor-to-be was assassinated with the insides of a McDonald’s Pie.”

I dare you to figure out which one of those came from the role-playing game and which came from the comic.

Scary-go-Round became Bad Machinery, which was just as good and just as strange. The characters aged, grew up, went about their lives and moved on. It was interesting watching these people grow, some of them becoming respectable while others became despicable monsters and others retreated from the public eye. The weirdness they grew up with was just a part of who they were and a part of their lives, not something to be feared but certainly something to be handled.

Giant Days is a spinoff of that comic, where three of the young ladies from that weird town have moved into the larger world and are going to college and dealing with things not being so magical. The problem is that they’re used to magic and they’ve brought a little bit of the weird with them, and the situations that they find themselves in – looking for student housing, dealing with relationships, even going dancing on weekends – tends to get strange because they, themselves, are strange and utterly relatable.

It’s that last part that makes this comic so good: despite the madness around the characters they remain people that resemble ones you’ve probably known or likely are, and the situations they find themselves in are ones that you’ve probably dealt with. This leads to some heartfelt moments, both laugh-inspiring and tear-worthy, and as this comic enters its third year, Boom Studios is treating us to an oversized issue where one of the girls is going home for the holidays to deal with family drama. It should be great.

Written by John Allison (who also did Scary-Go-Round and Bad Machinery) and illustrated by Liz Fleming (who also does Stephen Universe and Regular Show for Boom), Giant Days is quirky and adorable and great. Give it a chance; there’s a good chance you might like it.

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God of Comics: WWE #3

Books & Writing, Culture, God Of Comics, Reviews

March 22, 2017

WWE #3 (Boom Studios)

Normally, I talk about the writers when I discuss comics. I love writing, am drawn to it with a certain degree of madness, and I’ve got some ideas for a comic I’ve been batting around for a while but I need an artist and it’s the artist here that I want to talk about: Dan Mora.

Dan Mora did the art for a Lovecraftian horror comic called Hexed, a spinoff from the incredible Fall of Cthulhu comic that was written by Michael Alan Nelson and also published by Boom. He also does the art for Klaus, a series that basically casts Santa Clause as Conan the Barbarian. It’s freaking brilliant and you should go and read all the things and take the time to study the gorgeous art.

Here’s the thing: that is Dan Mora’s entire body of work. He has done nothing else and this means that he is criminally under-recognized. The work he does is amazing and more people need to be aware of how amazing it is, so, kudos to you, Mr. Mora. You rock.

Case in point: the covers for this comic.

This isn’t to take away anything from the inside, either: Serg Acuña and Doug Garbank do a stellar job of capturing the insanity that is the world of professional wrestling and translate it to an entirely different medium, one that it has quite a lot in common with.

A lot of people liken professional wrestling to soap operas, but that’s not quite it. Professional wrestling is a pre-determined (not fake!) artform in which performers who are part-actor and part stunt-people pretend that they are in a wrestling show. It’s a live action comic that features larger-than-life good guys and bad guys in costume who engage in battle for a variety of complex reasons, but no fight can ever end in death and the show must go on.

Want an example of the insanity that is unique to wrestling? Recently, a swamp-dwelling cult leader had his cult infiltrated by a snake-obsessed sociopath. The sociopath ruined the cult to get to the source of the cult leader’s power, literally burning his house down to rob him of the powers granted him by the sister of Satan himself, only for the cult leader to go and baptized himself in her ashes. The two of them are one of the headlining battles at Wrestlemania this year.

And speaking of Wrestlemania, one of the big stories going into the marquee event – wrestling’s version of the SuperBowl – features Seth Rollins taking on Hunter Hearst Helmsley. You can learn more about the latter by clicking here, but Seth Rollins is something else again and this comic is about him.

Seth came in with a trio called the Shield, and they spent a year and a half dominating the whole roster before Seth betrayed his companions, selling out to his enemy to eventually become the WWE Champion. He’s an uber-talented performer who, because of his prior relationship with HHH, was treated badly by him. It was interesting, because Seth was a bad guy who was treated like a good guy by the bad guys in charge, and had good guy reactions while still being hated but appreciated by the crowd.

Did you get all that?

A little more than the grunting you thought wrestling was?

This comic goes into even more detail, giving background and expanding upon the events that led to the betrayal of the Shield, Seth’s rise to power and feud with his two blood brothers from that group, his difficult relationship with HHH, and the tragedy of a real-life injury that put him out of action for more than a year and stripped him of the heavyweight title, forcing him to come back and fight to regain the championship he never lost.

Dennis Hopeless – the writer on this – totally gets the pathos, pomp, and circumstance that goes into wrestling, and it makes this comic a hell of a lot of fun to read. Boom is onto something with this comic, and with Wrestlemania just around the corner, you might want to give this a look.

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God of Comics 2015-12-30

Culture, God Of Comics

December 29, 2015

All-New Wolverine #3All-New Wolverine #3

I really like Laura. I dig her character and I’m glad she’s stepped in to fill Logan’s absence, even if the traditional Wolverine outfit looks kinda ridiculous on her. Still, I like what they’ve done with her pretty much from the get-go, and this comic continues that trend – we’re getting stories that explore concepts of personhood and agency, and adding a little spy thriller melodrama to the mix. Her relationship with time-displaced young Angel is presented as a healthy thing here, two characters that know and trust one another. It all makes for good reading, unlike…

 

All-New X-Men #3All-New X-Men #3

… this. This is not good reading. This is not good reading because everyone but Young Time Displaced Scott feels like they’re being written out of character. All that interesting stuff between Laura and time-displaced Warren I mentioned above? Short circuited here for some trite melodrama. Also, pretty much everyone else is relegated to comic release, or forced so far outside of what they were or what you’d expect them to be as to make them unreadable. The artwork is good and there’s some really not concepts here, but slogging through the mire of this dialogue is tedious at best.

 

Batman and Robin Eternal #13Batman and Robin Eternal #13

Okay, so Bruce maybe sorta ordered himself up an heir after a young Dick Grayson kinda screwed up enough for mother to realize who Batman was. We got to see the two of them chatting and talking about murder and other things, and I’m assuming that there is a trick coming – every writer on this is too skilled not to have something up their collective sleeves. This continues to be an excellent little mystery, an even keel that is ramping things up as we return to the DCYou version of Cassandra Cain. This is fun and if you like DC Comics you should be following it.

 

Black Magick #3Black Magick #3

If you like comics, however, or incredibly strong stories with a rich history and mythology implied on every page, then you really must be reading this. It’s Greg Rucka inventing another world in which to play in, this one involving a witch who is also a cop and the politics of a centuries out coven that is running from a group of witch hunters who are now using magic, or getting someone to use magic for them. There’s a real sense of menace here, some awful and thus far unseen power that is wrecking havoc on people’s lives. It’s great stuff, is what we’re saying. Check it out.

 

Drax #2Drax #2

We told you. We told you last month that CM Punk was going to write something awesome, and he went out and wrote something awesome. Drax is the muscle for the Guardians of the Galaxy, but all of them are going off and doing their own things in their own titles. Drax, of course, gets a turn, and heads off to find and kill Thanos because that is what Drax does. His ship cuts out, stranding him on a world with Terrax, so they go to get drunk and maybe go on a crime spree so they can raise some money to fix the ship and go kill Thanos, maybe even together~! Comics are amazing.

 

Harley Quinn & Power Girl #6Harley Quinn & Power Girl #6

Jimmy Palimioti and Amanda Conner have quietly been writing one of the best runs with this character that has ever been, and one of the best titles that DC Comics has ever published. This run is part of her epic team-up with Power Girl, when the two of them went galivanting through other dimensions and saved a Seventies Disco Sex God from an alien invasion led by aliens that are against fun in all it’s forms. Having done this they now have to find a way home, which might involve Power Girl marrying the aforementioned Sex God. There are no words for this. You must experience it. Yes.

 

Jughead #3Jughead #3

Wow, this comic is weird. Like, really, really weird. Jughead is the classic character we all know in love, now updated (again) for the modern world by… not really changing very much of anything. Jughead is one of those characters that is iconic because he fits into any situation. There’s something very Zen about Jughead. He is, of course, still subject to the vicissitudes of fate, and this comic is exposing him to the horrors of crumbling personal freedoms and enforced mediocre conformity within the modern American school system. He is, however, armed with his imagination, so my money is on Jughead, but then I hate people that abuse the authority they think they have.

 

Rat Queens #14Rat Queens #14

Has there ever been a tighter fantasy comic than this one? Rat Queens hit the world at the exact best moment for itself – a high-stakes fantasy adventure starring a foul-mouthed, life-loving, all-female mercenary band. It’s given us some of the deepest characters in the medium while exploring a number of absurd and harsh realities, all while never losing sight of itself. Take Hannah, the necromancer half-elf, half-tiefling who is sometimes the voice of reason but is now getting lost in some pretty terrible family stuff that was wide-reaching implications for her world. The timing of this – right after Christmas – is magic, the sort of thing we could all use.

 

Southern Bastards #13Southern Bastards #13

One of my favorite books growing up was a science fiction novel called Illegal Aliens: some aliens land in Central Park in the mid-eighties, and an entire chapter is dedicated to explaining how the world responds. When these reactions are summarized for the UN, it’s explained as “America during Superbowl Sunday.” There is nothing more important in the American consciousness than Football, especially when you leave the trappings of civilization behind for the ever-present heat of the broken south. This is a tale of that broken south and football. This will not end well.

 

Star Wars #14Star Wars #14

Do you ever think that, perhaps, a company decides to drag something on longer than they should? Sometimes, events happen on their own, necessitated by story: that’s what appeared to be happening with Vader Down, but aside from the last few pages in the last part of this event, well, there didn’t seem to be much happening. A holding pattern. I’m not sure why – the art is good and the writing is Gillen, and even bad Gillen is better than some people’s best. Let’s see if we can get this thing back in track with the one thing we all need: Wooke Wrestling Entertainment. BAH GAWD.

 

Sunstone Vol. 4Sunstone Vol. 4

Stjepan Sejic was goofing around on hid deviantart page and accidentally created one of the best romance comics, period. Sunstone is a mature and honest look at love and knots, the absurdity of kink mingled with the trust that any healthy relationship needs to be built on, and how insecurity and a lack of communication can kill even the strongest ties: let’s be clear, love never dies, love is murdered when people aren’t clear with one another. There’s a little something in hear for everyone, and if you’re not familiar with this book you really should look into it.

 

Welcome Back #4Welcome Back #4

Imagine reincarnation. Imagine lifetime after lifetime, bound to repeat some of the same events with the same people, but imagine, too, that this is no love story. Imagine you are in a war, a war without end – born again, die again, forever and ever. Is there any room for change there? Any room to be anything other than a victim, a killer, a corpse? And if the road ahead looks like death without end, is there a point? Where does it begin? That’s what this comic seeks to answer: what fate looks like, the importance of beginnings in understanding the present and changing the future.

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