Science fiction is my favorite genre, and immediately underneath that is noir. There are so many types of noir, from hard-boiled to neo noir, to small town crime. What I love about these two genres is that they are able to approach the human condition in very curious and insightful ways. Dead Dog’s Bite, like Twin Peaks, Fargo, and Brick before it, is small-town noir. A curious teenager named Josephine - sorry, Joe - is dedicated to finding her friend that went missing. Her friend’s name is Cormac Guffin. Get it? That’s the level of intelligence and dry wit this comic works on. Cormac is a lovely blonde in the vein of Laura Palmer that, so far, we’ve only seen in photos, and so far, no one else seem to be all that concerned about. ‘Cept for Joe.
The final installment in Steven Prince’s Tango of the Matadors opens with Ramon facing Miguel’s betrayal of their friendship bond while facing off against the terrifying Volgante and her hordes of children. How will he face down the monstrous enemy when everything he believes appears false? Will Ramon let his personal feelings override his faith-driven vocation, or can he move forward to protect the helpless citizens who depend on him?
Magic: The Gathering has been around as a card game since 1993. Since then, it has been adapted into video games, novels, and comics. The first comic series was developed almost 30 years ago, and the property has changed ownership numerous times. The latest incarnation is published by BOOM! Studios, written by Jed Mackay and illustrated by IG Guara.
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, several lines of conflict came to a head. Buffy’s personal attachments seemed to be at odds with Faith’s assessment of the Xander situation. Meanwhile, Anya’s plan may have a slight hitch in it with Morgan beginning to doubt her motivations; however, something really dark has overtaken Willow…
From the first moment a creature opens its eyes to the last time it shuts them, what it has is identity. We are each the main character of our own story, whether hero or villain. What we have is a definition, whether opposing what we detest or nurturing that which we love, our consciousness is the prism through which we perceive the world and all the majesty in it. What happens then when we lose that identity? When we’re no longer captain of the football team, or the aunt who has all the answers, what is it that defines us when we lose the foundation that we built ourselves on? Are we the facets of the stone or simply the reflections on them? What happens then, when we turn our stone?
Due to the Disney purchase of 20th Century Fox, the Alien franchise torch has passed from publisher Dark Horse Comics to Marvel Comics. While Dark Horse must be given due credit for being excellent shepherds of the brand during their time (even having such success during the past three decades or so that the Xenomorph became nearly as much of a staple in the comic book medium as Batman and Spider-Man), all things change with time. We now find ourselves in the Marvel age of the Alien-verse. While the premiere issue of Marvel’s first Alien title is a bit of a slow burn, perhaps emulating the masterful wind up present in director Ridley Scott’s original film, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God, Action Comics) and artist Salvador Larroca (Star Wars: Darth Vader, The Invincible Iron Man) are laying the necessary groundwork for the next evolution of the Alien mythos, and, with over 300,000 copies of the first issue already sold, readers seem eager to sign up for this bug hunt.
I love that there is simply an agreed-upon look for the undead in the Hellboy universe. It doesn’t matter who’s drawing it, you immediately know which world you’re involved with. Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe is iconic in so many ways, this just being one of them. He’s pulled from so many inspirations and mythologies, from Lovecraftian horrors to Russian folklore, and in Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land, he and co-writer Thomas Sniegoski draw from someplace new and yet classic: that of the Ray Harryhausen era of filmmaking. Perfect for the time and era in which The Hidden Land exists.
Set twenty years since the events of the current Firefly series, “Brand New ‘Verse” is, well, pretty new and different. Zoë is now the captain of the Serenity, though it’s a title that her daughter Emma is jockeying for. Along for the ride are the new ship engineer Lu and muscle Salo. The first issue of this new series does the usual: sets up the new status quo, establishes interpersonal relationships, and, finally, introduces a central conflict. As “pilots” go, it’s a pretty solid first issue.
Quick recap: While running away from Lancelot, Duncan and Bridgette encounter a sleeping dragon. Meanwhile, the real world came head to head with the story, and things seem to be getting kind of messy. Oh, and Galahad is finally back in the mix, and oy… he’s mixed up all right. So much for the Mary/Elaine/Nimue blend-up being weird…