Exploring the eerie forests in Japan, this ethereal, four-issue series is collected into a trade paperback with great depth of self.
Watching or reading Alejandro Jodorowsky's work is an experience for the soul, acting as a meditation for the transcendence of ourselves. His audience is constantly asked not to trust him, but to believe in him. He explores the occult, Jungian philosophy, and the esoteric; however, an undeniable consideration of El Topo involves the sexual assault that occurred between Jodorowsky and The Woman’s actress, Mara Lorenzio, which may have brought about her decision to not continue an exploration of her talents. While Jodorowsky has gone on record saying that the act was merely “surrealist publicity,” it has required consideration in how an audience views Jodorowsky’s work.
The indie comic book series, Mindframe, entangles readers in a story that captures the antagonism of the horrible and the boring, putting these feelings in constant awareness of each other. In other words, Mindframe is wholly Lynchian in the best possible. Writer/artist David Tucker makes his debut as someone who has mastered nuanced storytelling. Within one issue, he presents three different segments of time, all coherently connecting the premise with the characters. Tucker's exposition is masterful in that it serves to reveal the true nature of the characters, providing a surreal narrative akin to creators like David Lynch, Brian De Palma, William Friedkin, and Nicolas Winding Refn. In terms of comparison with other comic book visionaries, look no further than Grant Morrison in terms of his eclectic panel layouts and visually distinct means of storytelling.
In Trees: Three Fates, readers follow a police sergeant in Toska, a remote Russian village where a dead body was was found nearby a tree that arrived eleven years prior. Our protagonist, Klara Voranova, will not only grapple with the murder, but they yet-to-be-unraveled mystery of the tree where the body was found.
Image Comics has released the 15th anniversary special of Hack/Slash which has become know for its series of one-shots full of grandiose horror comedy. In many ways, this series returns to its core intention, as it explores various tropes and metafiction. The series itself ran off the premise that horror victim Cassie Hack lunged at the chance to attack the creatures that harmed others. With the creatures being dubbed “slashers,” they comprise a set of original villains along with special appearances from crossover franchises.
Seeds of something sinister are planted in this debut issue. With The Red Mother already on its third printing prior to its release to comic book shops, the series deserves the hype. The Red Mother is compact and, in many ways, serves to be an interesting dialogue for how people are haunted by trauma. In truth, this series acts as an empathetic allegory for their trials and tribulations. In its miniscule character moments, the series breathes proper pathos for readers to visually comprehend the emotional turmoil that haunts the protagonist.
Stemming from a love for the idea of drug addicts, the souls of artists drawn towards the needle have been an utter fascination for protagonist Ellie following the death of her mother via drugs almost ten years prior. In premise, it’s a standalone narrative with a couple that are introduced during rehab while they recover from drug addiction.
Following a horrific moment that alters China, Korea, and Japan in the 19th century, there are two soldiers that have to defend their harmonious island home from a conqueror’s impending attack and transmuted monsters that threaten to break the society that they’ve known for their whole lives. In Ronin Island, a daughter of Korean farmers who became a farmer herself (Hana) and the son of an acclaimed Samurai are paired together to defend their island. Deriving malice between them, they find that the Shogun has arrived, and their island is to pay for protection from a new threat in these monstrous beings that seem to strive to erase human existence.
With the creative team of Jonathan Luna and Lauren Keely, 20XX is a new comic book series that establishes a future in divide. An apocalyptic virus has demolished most of the human race; however, those who survived the aftermath of the virus were able to achieve great feats of superpowers. This series serves as a blend of Children of the Earth and Akira.
Following the record-breaking issue of Spawn #301, this long-running comic book series has managed to push forward with its new series arc, "Hell Hunt." Here, the reader returns to a familiar character within the Spawn mythos, Jessica Priest. Largely known for her role in inciting Al Simmons as Spawn, she has managed to be naturally integrated into a different pursuit entirely. With her character intent on meeting Nyx, Priest finds herself further entangled in Al Simmons' journey than previously believed. We find Spawn serving as a vigilante, attempting to free those captured by a human trafficking ring that’s controlled by demons. With his powers diminished, Spawn must survive with his old military skills and ammunition; however, he gains assistance from an unlikely ally in Jessica Priest. Having become a fellow hellspawn like Simmons, this arc finds them needing to collaborate in order to decipher the meaning of Priest’s new powers.