Spike 4Thanksgiving has come and gone (here’s hoping that you had a good one), and Dark Horse Comics served up its fourth issue of Spike: A Dark Place to eager comic book sniffers of the Whedonite variety. While many found the Buffyverse comic feast offered by writer Victor Gischler and the art team of Paul Lee (pencils), Andy Owens (inks), and Cris Peter (colors) completely satisfying, your friendly neighborhood Comic Book Slayer was left wanting more.

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Tarzan-Centennial-HardcoverEdgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan has always interested me; however, I have not had the opportunity to get invested in the world's mythology. Now, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fabled ape-man, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration, written by Scott Tracy Griffin, has been released by Titan Books. This stunning book chronicles the history of Tarzan and his creator. Whether you are an expert who cannot get enough or a novice like myself looking for a gateway into a new world, this book provides you with everything you are looking for.

 

A Fractured MindDemonic possession. The idea of losing control of your body and being trapped inside, forced to watch the horrors the entity that's taken over inflicts on those around you. Even if the possession is discovered, it's a long, difficult fight to exorcise the creature, and even more difficult to keep the host alive, never mind sane, by the time all is said and done.

 

Rapture BurgersI’m a webcomics junkie, and I’m always in the market for new artistic endeavors to take up what little free time I have, and so I was more than happy to take a look at this new series that I had never heard of before.  I can’t say that I fully understand what’s going on in the comic, but, then again, there are a lot of online comics that I don’t completely understand and yet still enjoy.  I’m not really sure what to expect concerning the future of the comic, but I know that I am going to be eagerly awaiting the release of “chapter two” so as to figure out just what Camille is going to do.  The entirety of Chapter One, as well as other information, can be found at the comic’s website, www.raptureburgers.com.

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Husbands 4Sorry for the belated review, comic book sniffers, but like the hyper-sleeping Ellen Ripley, even if it’s 57 years later, I eventually arrive at my destination (hopefully, without any acid-bleeding stowaways)! Husbands #4: Nocte Machinas is the next chapter in the comic genre-jumping saga of Cheeks, Brady, and Haley and pushes the plot to places where no Husbands story has ever gone before! That’s right! “Husbands in space” is finally here, and we’ve been cleared for access to the bridge!

Baltimore the PlayImaginary babies can be fun. Not the invisible type that strange people roll around in empty strollers, but the type that are the byproduct of the game, "What if So-N-So and Wassername had a baby?" Some of my favorites include, "What if Reed Richards and Mystique had a baby?" or "What if Black Panther and Cheetarah had a baby?" or best "What if JC and Tina Fey had a baby?" They all have interesting answers. The one we're working on today is "What if Anne Rice and Edgar Allen Poe had a baby, and Matt Groening held the camcorder during delivery?" That's kind of what we're dealing with when we look at Baltimore: The Play.

 

Aski coverCelebrity comics aren’t as common as when I was a child.  Back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Mr. T and his T Force fought evil, John Jacobs and the Power Team helped desperate teens, and Chuck Norris invented material for a million internet jokes.


Aski: The Mayan Warrior is an indie comic created by Ariel Valenzuela and Roberto Mercado, and translated by Hilda Ramirez Duarte.  It is based on a real-life Mexican-American luchador wrestling star who speaks for immigration rights in Texas today.  

 

All Crime ComicsAll Crime Comics is the latest beautiful comic from Art of Fiction. As the stunning cover by Bruce Timm suggests, this is a gritty noir book done in the style of old-school crime comics. The interesting twist to this story is that, instead of following a gritty hero like a cop or detective, this book is all about criminals. The story follows Dodger, his hired muscle Marko, and a ragtag group of criminals as they embark on a major heist to get back something that was stolen from them.

 

Buffy s9 i15The saga of Billy the Vampire Slayer comes to an end this week with writer Drew Z. Greenberg wrapping up the two-parter that writer Jane Espenson kicked off last month. While both Greenberg and Espenson are extremely talented writers and have been paired up with top-notch artist Karl Moline (Fray, Buffy: Season 8), the conclusion to the tale of Buffy’s first male, and non-super powered, vampire slayer has left many in the fan community debating the necessity of this detour from the main storyline.

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Destinys Fate 2Kainoa, a.k.a. Nile, has the ability to control time. He was adopted into the Defenders of the Fourth Dimension, an organization that seeks to preserve time and maintain fate, but as a child he was kidnapped and raised with his “siblings” to believe fate is what you make it and to fight against the Defenders. Now, Kainoa has been tasked with infiltrating the Defenders in order to destroy them from the inside.

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