Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Somehow, I missed issue four of She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot when it came out, so I recently sat down and re-read issue three, then four, and finally issue five. My heart is filled to the brim, and my brain is bouncing around.

There’s nothing more frightening than a smile drawn by Andrea Sorrentino. Obviously, the smiles in issue 16 of Gideon Falls carry a lot of weight and context, as Jeff Lemire throttles the story forward in one fell swoop.

I cackled multiple times throughout this issue, because it’s so perfect. As far as two companies and two universes crossing over, Jeff Lemire has found the perfect vehicle to handle such a venture. Black Hammer is a world of stories; it’s so meta that, at one point, we even get to see the creators of these stories, albeit in a very surreal way. Justice League is exactly what Black Hammer is commenting on, so to flip the two worlds gives Jeff Lemire so much room to play.

Over the last couple of years, Humanoids has really dug into the comics landscape and expanded its reach, and, in doing so, it’s been nothing but win after win.

Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis have something on their mind, which makes their collaboration on Ronin Island that much more successful. Set after the fall of the Shogun, Japan and its surrounding countries have fallen into a sort of post-apocalyptic scenario that we’re just starting to get a handle on.

You ever have one of those days in which just about every little thing can go wrong? It would be hilarious if you weren’t so annoyed. Gil Starx finds himself in that position in issue two of Sea of Stars. This is a space odyssey about a father (Gil Starx) who is a widowed intergalactic trucker and his son Kadyn who has been dragged along on a job. When their rig is split in two by a space leviathan, both are tossed into the cold of space with nothing but their space suits and wits.

There are so many stories to be told and so many that should not be forgotten. Shanghai Dream is one of those stories.

“Fundamental Comics,” a monthly editorial series that introduces readers to comics, graphic novels, and manga that have been impactful to the sequential art medium and the comic book industry on a foundational level.  Each month, a new essay will examine a familiar or less-known title through an in-depth analysis, exploring the history of the title, significant themes, and context for the title’s popularity since it was first released.

The Weatherman is wonderfully bonkers. Sometimes, it’s a gonzo satire right out of Philip K. Dick’s mind, and, other times, it’s an action-packed free-for-all.

Even though I missed Issue #3, here I am reading Issue #4 of Punk Mambo, and Cullen Bunn is such a great writer that I don’t feel lost. What happened in the last issue? Punk Mambo got her ass whooped. Mambo is all punk, from outfit to attitude. She also practices voodoo magic, and a not-so-nice enemy is attempting to collect all of the LOA for himself. The LOA are the sort of spirits that give Mambo a large element of her magic capabilities.

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