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God of Comics – Jem and the Misfits: Infinite #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

July 4, 2017

Jem and The Misfits: Infinite #1 (IDW Publishing)

Happy Independence Day!

Yes, this article should be going live to celebrate the first day of America’s Independence from Britain, where they fought against tyranny (except not) and unified themselves into a country (wrong again) and became the greatest nation on earth (on track until the late seventies).

Among some, there is a linguistic argument between what freedom means to Americans – whether it’s freedom-from or freedom-to. A good chunk of free countries practice or attempt to practice freedom-from, where we try to create societies that are free from prejudice and hatred and corruption. Freedom-to means being free to do things to other people around you. It’s an interesting debate, and one that ties into today’s comic in more ways than one.

The Misfits are the antagonists from the Jem and the Holograms franchise. On the cartoon, they got nowhere near the sort of character development they’ve gotten in the comics, but on the show, they were freedom-to. They made the people around them and one another miserable. The Misfits in the comic started the same way, but we’ve learned more about them since.

Part of that journey has been seeing the origins of the Misfits, and how they went from freedom-from to freedom-to and are now sort of meandering their way back again. These were five talented women who wanted the freedom to pursue their craft and become the artists they knew they could be, but along the way they got lost in the stuff their fame allowed them to get away with.

Consequences caught up with them, though. Freedom-to philosophies are never sustainable over a long enough timeline.

The Misfits lost their label, had to go on reality television to re-invent themselves, managed that and built their own label with the proceeds. They confronted Jem, who threw their illusions back in the face, and Pizzazz is now self-aware enough to know when she’s wrong and went to apologize.

Once there, she discovers that Jem and the Holograms have gone to an alternate dimension; she follows and discovers an alternate reality where Jem rules and everything is powered by Synergy Hologram Technology. This means the Misfits now know Jem’s secret, but also that we’re in a world where the Holograms have lost themselves to freedom-to and need to be moved back towards freedom-from.

Writer Kelly Thompson and artist Jenn St. Onge have never been less than excellent on this title, which is one of IDW Publishing’s best. Do not miss this.

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God of Comics – Jem and The Holograms: Infinite #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

June 29, 2017

Jem and The Holograms: Infinite #1 (IDW Publishing)

Okay, good. Jem and the Holograms continues to be a thing that you can read on a monthly basis (two times a month if you include Jem and the Misfits, which you should because it is also great). Kelly Thompson has done for this franchise what people at IDW Publishing tend to do – take the best parts of every iteration on an old intellectual property, throw them in a blender, and make them awesome.

In this case, though, outrageous might be a better word.

Here, watch this. You’ll see what I mean.

To wit: Jerrica has four adopted sisters and they started a band that sounded great except that Jerrica has stage fright, so they use the artificial intelligence with holographic technology that her father invented to create a different persona for Jerrica. This is how she became Jem and the Holograms got noticed in a big way and entered a battle of the bands being put on by the Misfits, an alt-punk band with some interesting power ballads and musical ambitions that would make most rock gods blush.

One girl from each band fell in love with the other, a super fan of the Misfits tried to kill the Holograms, the Holograms took it personally, the lead singer from the Misfits crashed her car while drunk, there was something to do with a bear, a third band called the Stingers got the Misfits kicked off their label because their lead singer was in love with Jem and thought that would make her love him (it didn’t), the artificial intelligence turned everyone rock-goth for a while, and then the Misfits started their own label after drumming up interest with a reality show.

Deep breaths. Okay. We’re all caught up.

This is the beginning of a crossover event that sees Jem and the Holograms entering a parallel world with the Misfits, a world where Jerrica’s father never died and the artificial intelligence seems to have gotten wider application. And if this sounds like a chance for artists Stacy Lee, Jen Hickman, and Sarah Stern to cut loose and do something wicked cool, well, you’re right. It is and they do.

And Kelly Thompson continues to juggle complex characters and their complicated relationships while brushing that fine line between madness and genius and cute. It’d hard to look away and why would you want to? There’s something magical about this book and these characters and this story, and if you haven’t picked up this comic yet now is the time to girl the hell up and dive in.

This comic is unspeakably cool.

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God of Comics – Clue #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

June 28, 2017

Clue #1 (IDW Publishing)

I think it’s safe to say that IDW Publishing will take anything that anyone even kind of liked from their childhoods, reduce it down to the best parts of itself, and then make that into a comic. They did it with Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Jem and the Holograms and even Mask, but apparently just making the best cartoon-based comics is no longer good enough for them and so they’re going into board games.

Not modern board games, either. The old stuff. Clue.

And, yes, Clue did get turned into a pretty good movie with three different endings and the studio wouldn’t confirm that for years, letting people argue over the end of the movie in a supreme moment of narrative trolling. I can only hope the comics follow suit (they are~! – ed.).

Getting Paul Allor to write is a good start. Dude has a Patreon where he teaches people to write comics, which you can find by clicking here. He’s also the talent behind a lot of IDW’s other best titles, comics that include Transformers and G.I. Joe. What I’m trying to say is that he has the credentials to make this comic something special and a knack for turning potential into fact.

The set up is one we should all be familiar with: a man turns up dead via murder most foul at his own dinner party and all the guests are suspects. The usual crowd – Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, et al – are all present even if their whereabouts during the crime were unaccounted for. Paul will have some twists and turns that no one will see coming until they happen, but the clues are being laid out.

Are you detective enough to solve this crime?

Just to add the splatter to the body, IDW has assigned Nelson Daniel on art. You might have seen his work in Judge Dredd or ROM or, if you really want to see him cut loose, Wild Blue Yonder. Nelson has a good sense for framing and how to make every page count, and you’d be surprised how much subtle detail he can work into a frame.

So, to tally – IDW Publishing is doing what they do best by giving Paul Allor a chance to do what he does best while Nelson Daniels does what he does best. All evidence points to this being the best overall comic out this week, and you should do everything in your power not to miss it.

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God of Comics – Jem and The Holograms #26

God Of Comics, Reviews

June 13, 2017

Jem and The Holograms #26 (IDW Publishing)

From the solicit: Truly Outrageous Part Three! It all comes down to this oversized final issue! As the Holograms try to come together in paradise, their secrets (and their rivalries) continue to threaten to tear them apart.

Final issue?

Final issue?!?

Why? Why is this the final issue? Is it, like, the end of the season? Please? Because I love this comic and I want it to go on and this actually would be the perfect place for this comic to end a first season.

In a little over two years, we’ve seen Jerrica and her sisters go from being lost in the shuffle of the world to claiming a spotlight and being forced to mature as individuals and as a family. We’ve seen love bloom between enemies and the price of fame, we’ve had Jerrica come clean about who she is to her love interest. We’ve had the Misfits crash and burn and resurrect, seen everyone given more depth than one would have ever expected, and we only just got the Stingers…

We’ve seen Kelly Thompson flex her creative muscles and give us a truly outrageous cast of characters while evolving all of them, juggling a multitude while making everyone grow. We’ve seen Pizzazz – Pizzazz, of all people – have a big damn hero moment that felt earned and didn’t take away from the fact that she will always be Jem’s nemesis.

And the art: there’s been several artists on this book and each of them has captured a sense of mania and movement, glamrock updated for a modern aesthetic that feels magical. You can almost hear the songs drifting off the page, and if you don’t believe reading is a drug, that you can stare at dead trees for hours while vividly hallucinating, you need to stop what you’re doing and read this comic.

IDW Publishing has made a name for themselves by taking old properties and cashing in on nostalgia, but then making the best version of those old properties. Their iterations of Transformers, TMNT, Ghostbusters – hell, even MASK – are all impossibly good. This version of these characters deserve all of the things: a cartoon, a movie, a video game, an album.

The real trick is that Kelly Thompson took everything that was even halfway decent in the original and made it better, then took what was already good and improved upon it. Let us be clear in saying that Jem and the Holograms was Metalopocalypse for the glamrock set, where destruction and mayhem were part of the world and everything revolved around the music, man. This comic feels like a world where that is on the verge of happening, a precipice world where one sung note could push the whole world into a creative madness that would make everything okay.

We need to see that world, and if this is the final glimpse any of us will ever get into it, then you owe it to yourself to open the pages and look at how good the world could be, how mad and amazing. Get in now. Stay. These pages sing.

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God of Comics – Night Owl Society #3

God Of Comics, Reviews

June 6, 2017

Night Owl Society #3 (IDW Publishing)

I didn’t realize this was only going to be three issues, but that’s what happens when you have a writer like James Venhaus – he sets up a beginning, middle, and an end for his story. He knows where this is going and knows exactly how long it’s going to take and I wish I’d known because that second issue? That second issue was amazing.

There’s no time here for padding. Everything in this story is meat, the characters moving along as at a brisk pace as they learn about the grim realities of their world.

Our main character is David, a kid going to high school who is mourning the murder of his priest. He’s a good kid with a good upper-middle class family and strong ethics who wants revenge on the man that murdered his priest, the crime lord that runs the city from the shadows and is known as the Viceroy.

He knows he can’t do this on his own so he’s recruited from his school – anyone and everyone that can be useful, some kids that get how dangerous what they’re doing is and more that don’t. David’s used their skills to damage Viceroy’s supply chain, hurting his infrastructure and drawing him out of hiding.

And this is where things get interesting: the end of the first issue reveals that Viceroy is David’s father. During the second, David’s allies find out about this connection and walk away, not wanting to become involved in whatever this is, and then we find out something even worse. See, it turns out that Viceroy knows that David is causing him problems and he’s called his son in for a talk.

Not sure if you can tell from the banner art, but the cover is David’s allies standing over a grave at a funeral. The implication is clear – they’ve either let their friend die or become a murderer. Either outcome is not going to work out well for them.

I mentioned before about the writing styles of James Venhaus and wondered if his quirky dark comedy would work here, and it most assuredly does. You can see echoes of his previous work as a playwright in how the story is structured and revealed, and this would make a good stage play to go along with his other stuff (Ugly People and Weird Sisters, both of which I still need to see performed live).

Pius Bak’s artwork illustrates perfectly the emotional mess of everyone present and the underlying decay all of them are experiencing, both in their personal lives and as regards to the world around them. The sad truth is David’s heroism is a desperate cry in a world that does not care, though that does not make it futile.

The end is coming, and one way or another we’ll see the effect David’s actions have on the entropy that has claimed the soul of his generation and his town. Believe you me, though, this climax will be worth the build.

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God of Comics: Saucer State #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

May 23, 2017

Saucer State #1 (IDW Publishing)

This has been a weirdly political week, I think. Why not end it that way?

Check this out: there was a comic called Saucer Country that was about alien abductions taking place within America, and it was a lot of fun. There was a democratic governer that was abducted and had to deal with the fallout of that while playing politics that were as ruthless as anything you’d see on, say Game of Thrones or House of Cards. Do you know Charles Fort? He once said “The Earth is a farm. We are all someone else’s property.” This governer came face to face with that as a reality and was then stone-walled by various people in the know.

She managed to make it out of the initial run with her political career intact, though it took some doing – seriously, read Saucer Country, it’s one of the best comics that came out in 2012, it’s fourteen issues long and you can grab it in trade by clicking here – and now she’s upped her game and pulled an Underwood and become President of the United States of America.

Her goal is to find out who and what abducted her and why using the resources now at her disposal, and to wage war to protect America and the world as necessary. Did I mention she’s PoC? She’s PoC and politically brilliant. This comic is amazing.

Saucer State is the brain child of Paul Cornell, who you might remember as the genius behind Demon Knights, one of the few bright spots of the nu52, and the awesomely complex new iteration of Vampirella. He’s being joined by Ryan Kelly, the artist who worked on the original Saucer Country and has proven that he can capture the social complexities and weirdness that comes with having memory alteration be part of your story while juggling alien science-magic.

This is going to be incredible, and both Cornell and Kelly have promised you don’t need to be familiar with Saucer Country to dive right in to Saucer State – but I would recommend reading it anyway because it is seriously that good.

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God of Comics: Night Owl Society #1

God Of Comics, Reviews

April 25, 2017

Night Owl Society #1 (IDW Publishing)

IDW Publishing has made a name for themselves by taking older properties and building upon them: Ghostbusters, TMNT, GI Joe, MASK, Transformers, Jem and the Holograms, all their like. The truth is that all of them are good – all of them take every iteration of this properties and mash them up and take out the best bits and add new ones and make them better, but it’s rare for IDW to come up with something new.

By which I mean that IDW had very few in-house properties, but when they do decide to do something it tends to fucking rock. Locke & Key comes immediately to mind. This is something new, something unique, and it sounds like it’s going to be interesting.

David is one of those lonely kids, a misfit who doesn’t fit in – not at home and definitely not at school. He’s got very few people he legitimately cares about, so when one of them is killed by the local mob, David takes it personally. Now, in a better world, the police would deal with it… but the police are corrupt. Look at those cops arresting the people that showed up to talk to their politicians in Flint, or any of the murderers that kill unarmed citizens every few days for no real reason.

No, the police are not a problem for the wealthy, and crime pays when you’re running things. David’s friend was killed by an actual mob boss, the sort of person who pays politicians and sits on corporate boards and isn’t going to be given any hassle by the police. There’s no justice, and David is old enough to understand that and young enough to be angry about it, young enough to do something about it, young enough to take matters into his own hands.

The thing about marginalized peoples is that they find one another and form bonds stronger than anything outside of those groups could possibly understand. Their ties aren’t based on faux-oppression or similar likes but by a simple need to not die, and when one of them does die the others tend to react badly.

In David’s case, that means organizing his friends, figuring out what skills they have, and going after the mob on their own. The police won’t do it and the politicians are actual criminals themselves, so someone has to make good. Why not David? Why not his friends? All they have to do is make the world a better place and avoid getting killed… or grounded.

Hey, the kids are alright. JamesVenhaus is on writing duties and this is a weird one: he’s a playwright whose done some awesome stuff, most notably Ugly People (about running an electoral campaign) and Weird Sisters (which is Macbeth set in a modern high school where the students are studying the Scottish Play). His work is quirky dark comedy with soul, the sort of thing I keep hoping one of the local theater troupes will do (hint, hint). He’s a treasure, is what I’m saying, and if this comic brings more attention to his work that can only be for the best.

Pius Bak is on art duties and I feel that should sell the comic all by itself. This is the comic I’m most looking forward to this week.

Do not miss it.

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God of Comics: Jem and The Misfits #4

God Of Comics, Reviews

April 25, 2017

Jem and The Misfits #4 (IDW Publishing)

When Kelly Thompson started writing series it felt like one of her goals was inclusivity. She set up a reason why Jerrica needed Jem, set up complex relationships between the various members of the Holograms and the Misfits, both with themselves and one another. It’s made this comic one of the best on the market today, and the most outrageous thing about it is how it isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

And I know it’s got a massive fanbase and is one of IDW Publishing’s top-selling comics, but it deserves more. It took some rather ridiculous source material and made it intriguing while still staying true to its roots, modernizing it making it better in every way, really digging into the core of what makes these characters interesting and exploring why the core concept still rings true decades after the cartoon faded away.

The comic is so good, in fact, that it warranted a spin-off: the Misfits (whose songs are better) have gotten their own comic, rampaging out of control after trampling through the early issues of Jem. Pizzazz and her crew have been investigated, their characters and obsessions and cruelties laid bare. We feel for them even as they were the primary antagonists of the Holograms and especially when it looked like they were going to lose everything.

Pizzazz is not going to let her dream die, though. For her the music is everything and earlier issues of this comic have shown us how hard she’s worked and how much she’s sacrificed to get where she is, how she bound a group of young musicians together and conquered her world. Yes, things got out of hand, and yes, her label dropped her and no other label would touch her, but that isn’t the end in this strange modern world.

There’s a company that is willing to touch them, but it comes with a cost: they’re now being filmed 24/7, the lives of a troubled band of highly competitive musicians turned into a reality show. Pizzazz hates it. They all do. It’s the only way they can see to save themselves, though, so they’re doing it.

Kelly Thompson has taken the opportunity to look at the flaws of these characters, the shortcomings that society says should be ruinous – Pizzazz’s ambition, Stormer’s weight. The Misfits are loud and extroverted characters mostly, but the comic has done a good job digging into their souls and speaking to its readers, shedding light on very real and personal problems through fiction.

That’s what art is.

This month, Kelly is turning her eyes to Roxanne Pelligrini – you might know her as Roxy, the drummer. Roxy is guarding a crippling secret: she’s functionally illiterate. Some of her band-mates know but they also know she’s kind of ashamed of the whole thing, so they’ve held her trust. The media will not be so kind, Roxy fears, and the moment they know she’s going to be outed and mocked into destruction.

Anyone that thinks words can’t hurt anyone hasn’t been paying attention.

It’s nerve-wracking, the sort of danger that could destroy her ability to do anything in society. Roxy is driven by shame: she left high school to get away from words, has problems with Jetta due to her own insecurities, lets jealousy get the best of her because of her intrinsic sense of worthlessness. Her presence in the Misfits is the core of her identity, her success as a musician the thing she’s built the entirety of herself on, but even that might not protect her from the truth.

Every nerve and line of anxiety-wrought tension is captured perfectly by artist Jenn St. Onge, her talent with expressions, body language, and motion bringing to life a breakdown caused by the casual cruelty of a society that has become based around tearing people down and the fight of Pizzazz to make something better. The vibrancy of M. Victoria Robado’s colors just makes this that much better.

We might not agree with all the things Pizzazz does, but her end goals – the protection of her adopted family, her dedication to her craft, and an end to the entropy that is killing the world around her – are noble.

Sounds complex for a kid’s comic, doesn’t it? That’s because this is what maturity looks like.

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God of Comics: Jem and the Holograms #24

God Of Comics, Reviews

March 28, 2017

Jem and The Holograms #24 (IDW Publishing)

Kelly Thompson has been quietly writing on the most inclusive comics ever published. This needs to be explored and needs to be read. Let’s get the obvious Jem and Holograms is outrageous out of the way before really digging into the guts of this thing, because these are some pretty impressive guts.

Okay, we’ve got outrageous out of our systems? Great. Four young women who live together discover their father left them an artificial intelligence that can project holographic images into meatspace that appear real. This is good because they are a struggling band and their lead singer, Jerrica, is shy, so with the AI they come up with an alter ego for her: Jem.

They’ve got fame now, having deposed the Misfits with some pretty light writing, by which I mean everything that has happened so far has been because of character and character development; there’s not a single issue where you can feel the sledgehammer of plot, not a single moment where you might think self, the writer is trying to force things along.

It’s a feat that would be impressive with four characters and an artificial intelligence, but we have the main four, their AI, a reporter, a spy, two different bands that have their own unique members with unique goals, business managers… everyone has a voice, everyone is either up to something or wants something, and none of it ever takes itself seriously which allows for this comic to cover some pretty heavy issues.

Contract negotiations, for example. The difficulties of dating outside of cis-normatives when you’re famous. The difficulties of dating someone your friends consider a rival… from both sides of the relationship. The price of fame. The power of music. The mania that comes with obsessive art. The cost of devoting yourself entirely to an art form. The splitting family when people feel the need to pursue their own dreams. The power of family to heal, even when that family is dysfunctional, and how artists need to put ego aside if they plan on getting anything done.

Did I mention the different body types? Because no two anyone looks alike. You can tell who these people are from their silhouettes, and the comic does go into the horrors of fat-shaming and eating disorders and how some people hurt themselves or suffer because of societal expectations. The entire thing is amazing… and that’s before you get into the songs.

Yes, it’s a comic about a rock/pop band, of course there are songs. Splash pages that hint at movement, at tune, that give you just enough that you can almost hear the tune, almost hear the words being sung. It’s an amazing accomplishment that makes the comic hard to put down, this weird slice-of-life comic that deals with epic and small moments with equal aplomb. It is, really, everything the movie wasn’t.

Anyways, Jem and the Holograms are heading to Hawaii for some sorely needed rest and relaxation after rival band the Misfits nearly spoiled a performance with a zany scheme that could have gotten people hurt or killed, and from the creepy stalking of another rival band, the Stingers, whose lead singer is obsessed with Jem herself in a creepy stalker way.

Oh, except the Stingers have rented the cabin next door to where Jem is staying. Because that’s not creepy or stalkery at all.

Kelly Thompson continues to write and amaze and Gisele Lagace is on art, and this comic’s art is gorgeous. If you’re looking for something that is insane and good and dayglo that exists outside of the superhero set, this is your title. It’s one of the best comics IDW is publishing, which is saying something given how great some of their other comics are (I’m looking at you, TMNT). Highly recommended.

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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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