Welcome back to my favorite comic on the shelf, Mercy! As a fan of Jane Austen novels, steampunk things, and Gothic horrors, this really hits the target for me. Let me bring you back to the small town of Woodsburgh, a town draped in mystery and darkness, and the current residence of the beautiful, yet creepy, Lady Hellaine. So, let's pick up where we left off.

If you are a fan of the ever-desired crime and murder shows that populate the networks, then I hope you have taken a dive into crime noir comics. Whenever I recommend this genre to people, they are often surprised that comics like this exist. They do, and they are AWESOME which segues nicely into my review of Image Comics' newest ongoing crime story, That Texas Blood.

Quick recap: Duncan and Bridgette made up. Sorta. It's kind of hard to hold a grudge if you’re working together on the family business. Galahad learned the cost of being the “greatest knight.” Meanwhile, Elaine resurrected the subject of probably the most famous Old English poem of all: Beowulf.

Previously, on Angel + Spike: Angel is a bit more introspective than before, having faced some of his demons in the Hellmouth. Having seen what things go bump in the night, Officer Lockley is understandably… perturbed. Fortunately for her, she’s not alone in the fight. Unfortunately, it looks like things are about to get combustible for her.

Every week, Fanbase Press Contributor Phillip Kelly plays and reviews a handful of brand new independent video games, all costing no more than $25. Why?  There are a lot of indie games out there, and if he can help you, curious reader, to parse through the selection with even a little more knowledge, then, by god, he’ll die content.

Kayla Strong will confront more than just her inner demons on the road to recovery. Looking to set things right with a missing friend, Kayla must go head to head with a gang of vampires. In No Heroine #1, writer Frank Gogol and artist Criss Madd give their main character one hell of an entrance.

Amid rising tensions between Hong King and China, and especially given that this year was the first in thirty years that Hong Kong was not allowed to hold vigils commemorating the violence in Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen 1989 seems especially prescient; it seems to speak both to the memory of the violence itself and to mourn the recent losses in the ongoing struggle for Democracy that Hong Kong has engaged in for decades. Not only does this text feel especially of a moment, but it's also both an excellent primer for younger readers who may not have learned about Tiananmen Square in school and a nuanced account of the political, social, and cultural upheavals preceding that attack.

The girls are back, and there’s gonna be trouble! Trouble and adventures with a dash of fantasy, the way only Lumberjanes can. I really enjoyed this book immensely. I remember when the first issue of the original Lumberjanes' run landed at the local comic book shop. I picked it up, read it, and ran home to share it with my roommate immediately, because she was 100% Mal and I was 100% April, even down to our haircuts. Part of the genius of Lumberjanes is that you feel like you know the characters. They remind you of people you know, and sometimes even you.

Whew… it’s been a minute, but we’re back in it! A quick recap of “New Sheriff in the ‘Verse” so far: Mal and Moon have teamed up with Blue Moon to solve the mystery of a particularly ruthless and determined killer that seems nigh indestructible and equipped with some very fancy tech. Meanwhile, Kaylee, Jayne, and Leonard bite off a bit more than they could chew. Mal ropes in Inara to get some high-level intel to help his investigation. There, we’re all caught up!

You mean we get two creator-owned books from James Tynion IV through BOOM! Studios this month? Why, yes, you do!

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