Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Cullen Bunn knows how to tell a story in a way that twists and turns, that leaves you never knowing exactly what will happen next. I left the last issue thinking “Here’s a new villain” and by the end of this issue, I have no idea who is good and bad. Not only in the course of Issue #14 has he created a handful of complex characters, but he has expanded the scope of the world of Harrow County by leaps and bounds. I feel like after turning every corner, nothing will ever be the same. In this way Cullen Bunn has created something on par with Mind MGMT, Saga, Preacher, Harry Potter, Avatar the Last Airbender, and the original Star Wars trilogy. He’s taken the foundation of mythmaking and presented it to us in a fable-esque horror story packaging that is original and terrifying.

The one thing I like to see more than the Doctor doing the right thing is his companion, in the face of what feels like insurmountable odds, deciding to do the good thing. Calvin Scott gives Rose Tyler her moments of heroism in Issue #3 of The Ongoing Adventures of the Ninth Doctor. Their bravery always makes the Doctor better, and we also get a chance to see that here.

Gone is the complexity of the last two seasons of Doctor Who: the intense moral ambiguity and the grappling with one’s mortality and memory. If you’re looking for that, you won’t find it here. Moffatt is probably saving all of that for his final series. If you’re okay with some frivolous fun, putting our grumpy Twelfth Doctor in the midst of circumstances that are reminiscent of earlier Doctor adventures (pre-Eccleston), then you’re in the right place. I do not mind this.

The ideas behind Jeff Lemire’s (All New Hawkeye, Descender, Old Man Logan) much anticipated new title, Black Hammer, are intriguing, but Issue #1 has yet to show the potential for how compelling the premise can be. That isn’t necessarily a problem. A lot of this is simply due to the fact that the story hasn’t really started. This is mostly exposition - Issue #0 kind of stuff. This is your pilot episode.

Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) brings his swift and poetic cadence to the violent world of Conan and makes it feel and sound like something just short of Old English poetry. The juxtaposition of heightened prose against this violent world is a really fun counterbalance.

Originally written by Neil Gaiman and adapted by the incredible Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is hypnotic and bittersweet.

If Matt Kindt were a pitcher in a baseball game, he would have floored me with his ability to throw amazing curve balls. At the end of issue two of Dept.H, we were left with a giant, squid-like thing having attacked Mia and her brother, Raj. Five pages into the third issue, we veer left (and a few times into WTF territory) and never return to where we started, leaving more questions in our wake.

This month I take the reins of writing reviews for IndyStash from Fanbase Press Contributor Erik Cheski, and I take this quite seriously. There are a lot of indie comic creators looking to get their feet in the door, to get noticed. IndyStash is doing a great service to get their names and titles out there, but I also understand that new creators need as much feedback as possible to better themselves and their craft. I will be diligent in finding that balance between helping spread the good word and pushing indie creators to put out their best work through constructive critiques.

Let’s begin, shall we…

I’ve been sitting on the edge of my seat every week waiting for the final chapter in Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokley’s Eisner-nominated series, The Spire, to come out and was disappointed when it hadn’t been released. Now that it has, I can report that it is every bit as potent as I was hoping it would be. What a finish.

As Grant Morrison wraps around third base and begins his sprint towards home plate with Klaus, the series becomes highly enjoyable with all of its parts coming together. Also helpful is a sprinkling on top of the esoteric that Morrison is oft known for. This sends us charging forward to the final issue wondering what exactly is going to happen.

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