I’ve never seen a red so red. I’ve never seen a white page so white. I sat staring, afraid to turn the page, but knowing that I would have to, and after I did, I spent two minutes gasping for breath as I cried. Yes, sometimes, comics make me cry. I have a feeling, though, that there’s more in store as Lemire ends the second volume and makes his way bravely into the third volume of Gideon Falls.
For the first four issues of the new Umbrella Academy series, Hotel Oblivion, creators Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá have been slowly pulling back the bands of a slingshot. In the last issue, you could hear the rubber creak and stretch as it was about to reach its limit, and in issue five, they’ve let the bullet go, and it’s flying fast and wild. Now, the question is, where will it hit? What’s the target?
If I had the patience to put together a “Best of" List for 2018, Black Hammer would be on it and it would include this mini-series, The Quantum Age, as well. Normally, mini-series that split off from a main book are there simply to capitalize on the popularity of the main title, but The Quantum Age provides an end to stories that we don’t even know how they end exactly. This six-part series isn’t just a fun, little side adventure, but a necessity when talking about the Black Hammer universe.
Humanoids’ “Life Drawn” selections are exactly that - human stories and personal adventures - and they’ve brought a lot of renewed attention to the world-famous company, especially here in the U.S., where Humanoids isn’t quite as well known.
The more complex Black Badge gets, the more I love it. This new series continues to feel more like a part of the Mind MGMT world than its initial three issues suggested that it might. It is already a part of the Grass Kings world. Could Kindt be creating a multifaceted universe much like Stephen King’s novels? The layout of the books and the additional content would also suggest this.
I’m buzzing. I’m sitting here, in mostly dark, my laptop on my lap and the PDF file for Gideon Falls #10 open, and my entire body is buzzing. If a writer were to ever find a muse, it would have to be Jeff Lemire finding Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart.
I haven’t reviewed an issue of Deadly Class, a comic about a training ground for teenage assassins set in 1987, but it is one of the most unhinged, frenetic, visceral, unapologetically twisted comics around. It’s the Wizarding World for those who need a little more anarchy and chaos in their lives. It certainly doesn’t take four novels before a single character meets their demise. It is a pure adrenaline rush of joy and anxiety brought on by hypertension and violence. We have Rick Remender (writer) and Wesley Craig (artist) through Image Comics to thank for this perverse, character-driven, action extravaganza.
If you’ve been following along, you know the occult sleuth Joe Golem ended up in some pretty hot water last issue (When isn’t he?) while hunting down an artifact that could have dire consequences if it falls into the wrong hands. Well, in issue five, Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden start a major turn of events for Joe and everyone surrounding him.
I love the look and feel of Aliens: Dust to Dust. Unfortunately, like a lot of other recent Xenomorph stories, it doesn’t amount to much beyond visceral levels of survival. It uses most of its time recycling ideas that have come before without fully exploring its own characters. This isn’t necessarily to say that I didn’t enjoy reading the series.