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The first comic book adaptation of Star Wars began BEFORE any film hit the theaters. Star Wars #1, published by Marvel Comics, introduced readers to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2D2, and Darth Vader. By the time the movie storyline wrapped up with issue #6, the film was a runaway hit. The book was notable in a number of different ways: In the days before home media, it was one of the only ways anyone interested in the story could relive it once the film left theaters. The comic also helped Marvel to keep itself afloat during a precarious time in comics. Without Star Wars, the publisher would have been in deep financial problems. Thus, it’s important to look at the newly released comic book adaptation of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, published by IDW Publishing, for its importance in the scope of the series and the industry. In many ways, this book is just as unique and important as its 1977 ancestor.

Nocterra is the new creator-owned series by a little-known indie writer by the name of Scott Snyder. We’re introduced to a world of everlasting darkness that slowly turns living beings into dangerous creatures, and the only way to survive is by staying close to artificial light. Like any post-apocalyptic series, humanity is forced to live in communities known as outposts, just barely safe from the monsters lurking.

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy was feeling a bit outclassed by her fellow Slayers, and Willow’s astral jaunts brought her to some unexpected revelations.

At some point, Keanu Reeves went to BOOM! Studios with an idea, and they hooked him up with creator Matt Kindt. The creative partnership was born that would kick off BRZRKR, one of the most highly anticipated comic books in quite some time. I personally have loved this period of both Reeve’s and Kindt’s careers. To see them team up is both unexpected and yet somehow perfect. Together, along with Ron Garney and Rob Crabtree, they have given us what may be the most violent comic book that I’ve seen since Kick-Ass, but also a character that reminds me of the heyday of Wolverine, near the beginning of comic book series. Our hero is drawn to violence, just as much as violence is drawn to him. Make no mistake: As with most of Reeve’s and Kindt’s work, amidst the chaos and blood-soaked panels beats a very human story.

Last time in the ‘Verse, we saw all sorts of surprising things. Mal’s gone… no word on where he is. Kaylee is the Captain of the Serenity now, along with Jayne and Leonard as her muscle, and River has her pilot/kung-fu prodigy. Zoe has set up a new life, running with Simon and her daughter Emma, and a few new faces. After discovering a suspicious job application on Regina, Zoe went in to investigate and, well, shocking doesn’t begin to cover it.

“Leather pants, nice right cross, doe eyes, holier-than-thou glower... you must be Faith.” - Spike

There is nothing like owning a piece of original comic book art. This is especially true when the work is done by a world-class illustrator. While prices for such things can be exorbitant, IDW Publishing has been doing its best to make pages in their original form - blemishes and all - available to all readers at an affordable cost.

Sometimes, there's a darkness inside of us that pulls us to do or think things we know to be wrong. For most, it’s a tickle. For some, it’s like trying to play tug-of-war with a rhinoceros. Nailbiter has always been about taming that darkness inside and dealing with the repercussions from those who have lost the battle. It’s what makes the title character as interesting as he is.

Drawn like a Don Bluth cartoon, Stray Dogs has an insidious central plot that I wish I hadn’t known about going in, but I also may not have said yes to reviewing it if I hadn't. If you wish not to know what the angle is, stop reading.

Something Is Killing the Children - this masterful, beautiful, gut-wrenching horror story about the loss of children in a small town in Wisconsin and the birth of a kickass, monster-killing hero with Erica Slaughter - comes to a bittersweet end, with the promise of a new beginning.

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