Scourge of the Vampire Velociraptors, the second installment of a series of paranormal dinosaur adventures, was just as delightful and fun as the first book, Attack of the Zombiesaurus Rex.
This time around, David and his friends get help from a police officer and a quirky scientist to corral a pack (a herd? a flock?) of vampire velociraptors before they start feeding on the town.
God the Dyslexic Dog is an epic story in three volumes, published over the course of several years. It’s sometimes strange, occasionally surreal, often existential, and more than a bit confusing. It spans time, from the dawn of the universe to the present, and into the future. It deals with history and myth, religion and science, God, man, animals, and everything in between. Often, it’s difficult to understand or keep track of. But, even when you have no idea where you’re going, it’s still a crazy ride and very entertaining.
What do you do when you are encouraged to revolt, but the revolution is not yours? What if the revolution you have produces offspring that completely usurps that sort of zeal which first bred it? What do we really fight for?
Graveyard of Empires begins as a powerful narrative about a group of soldiers who are struggling with the ongoing war in Afghanistan. As they struggle to win the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan, to deal with insurgent attacks, and to protect themselves, the book gracefully, and rather tactfully, documents the personal struggles of these soldiers to rectify what exactly they are doing in a country that does not want them.
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The Colonized #2 continues the story of the Carbon Falls Collective, a small, “off the grid” town in Montana with the incredible misfortune to be invaded by both aliens and zombies simultaneously, compounded by the incredible misfortune of having a lot of closed-minded xenophobes in its populace.
Danger Girl: Trinity #1 from IDW is pure, glorious entertainment. It has a little bit of everything: action and adventure, exotic locations, intrigue, beautiful women, fight scenes, explosions, and just a touch of humor. Combine that with a fast-paced, compelling plot, beautiful artwork, and a cliffhanger ending, and you’ve got a comic that’s just tremendously fun to read.
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The Creep is a harrowing story of a detective struggling to find himself, solve a mystery, and avoid his ex-lover. I felt as transfixed reading it as a Sherlock Holmes short story.
You Con-goers out there know that you’re bound to run into any number of up-and-comers hawking their wares and looking to make it big in the wide world of comics. This is part of what makes conventions great: The discovery of new works! Some of it has potential, some of it just plain stinks, and occasionally some of it will take your breath away. Recently at WonderCon, I stumbled upon the kind gentlemen at the Creative Mind Energy booth. Bolstered by banners baring brains (Seriously, their mascot is a human brain. Check it out: creativemindenergy.com.), they were hard to miss. But, it wasn’t the 8-foot tall posters that caught my eye. It was a simple sketch of a crane standing in reedy water. The bird: large and proud in the fore, almost as if it were pausing to listen, with ominous storm clouds on the horizon providing backdrop. It was rich with shadow and texture, and completely devoid of color. I knew I wanted to see more and after some engaging conversation with a few of the creators (including the artist himself), I picked up The Gifted.
There’s a lot of backstory to the It Girl and the Atomics saga, spanning several different series prior to this one, which provide the details of who these characters are, how they came to be, what they can do, and what their relationships are to one another. None of it really matters a whole lot to this particular issue. If you wanted to jump in with #9, with no prior knowledge of the series or the characters, you could do so without becoming too terribly lost. The only really important information is this: they’re superheroes. Everything else is pretty much incidental.