I was pretty complimentary of the first issue of Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore. There’s a reason for this, just as there is for the compliments I’m about to dump into this review. This book, this series, and these creators are all wonderful.
Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber are back at it again with another issue of the wrestling-adjacent series Ringside. I say adjacent because this is the most non-wrestling wrestling story I’ve ever seen, and that is an absolute compliment. The story of Daniel Knossos, former wrestling star, continues down its ever-darkening road, as another story begins to take off.
Starting with the defeat of the United States by the Axis Powers and the liberation of interned Japanese-Americans (whose captivity in the book’s timeline is much more brutal than in our own) by the Imperial Japanese Army in 1948, Peter Tieryas’ United States Of Japan (Angry Robot, 2016) is an exciting story and an excellent look at a world that might have been.
One look at the saved files on my copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition will show two things: One is that I might have too much time on my hands, and the other is that I really love Dragon Age. A look at my favorite comic books titles of the last few years will show that I love Greg Rucka books (namely Gotham Central and Lazarus). So, when it was announced that Mr. Rucka would be doing a Dragon Age book under the banner of one of my favorite publishers, Dark Horse Comics, I was very excited. The first issue of Dragon Age: Magekiller certainly did not disappoint, and the second issue of the series keeps that streak going.
I’ll admit I first picked up the Princess Leia comic series because of the art. Issue #1 has the coolest cover; a white background and a wispy galaxy set the backdrop to Leia looking like a badass ready for a fight. It stands out in a row of comic books.
Douglas Adams is my creative hero. His work has inspired me from the day that I first read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and since, I’ve read a book in that series roughly once a year, if not more often. That goes the same for Adams' other notable creation, private detective Dirk Gently. When IDW Publishing got the license to create works based on Adams' creations, it was one of the best things I’ve ever heard.
When we left off last month, Huck – the ubiquitous star of the magnificent Image Comics series from the mind of Mark Millar and the pen of Rafael Albuquerque – was feeling the pinch of having been outed by “friends” as a real-life, small-town superhero. He was gaining the notice of people far and wide . . . for better or for worse.
In the last issue of The Violent, the new Image Comics series by Ed Brisson and Adam Gorham, things got pretty intense. This trend gets turned up a notch in the second issue as things get really bad, really fast.
With social networking being as popular as it is now, the ever-engrossing presence of the internet has gained a hold of us all. While convenient for some, it can also be dangerous, especially in the hands of those with ill intent.
Back in 2013, comic book writer and Twitter phenomenon Gail Simone teamed up with the fantastic Jim Calafiore to create the Kickstarter-backed Leaving Megalopolis. After its success as a campaign, it was then distributed by Dark Horse in 2014, and, in doing so, made many, many people happy. It was twisted, violent, insane, and a little vulgar. It was also basically perfect. Now, people can rejoice as Calafiore and Simone have teamed up yet again for a new series based in that world. Again, it’s wonderful.