Rebels! Imperials! X-Wings! Tie Fighters! Spies! Sith! Lighsabers! These are the things that await anyone who picks up IDW’s Star Wars Adventures #12. This issue has 2 stories - one set in the original trilogy era and one set during the Prequel/Clone Wars era.
Dark Horse Comics’ Last Flight Out #3 continues the tale of planetwide apocalypse and humanity’s flight from Earth. This well-written and fantastically drawn story adds new depth to the established characters while introducing new ones.
Back in the mid-1990s, TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine visited the “evil” Mirror Universe on several occasions. Since then, the Universe has shown up in the prequel TV shows, Enterprise and Discovery. We never saw a Next Generation version on screen. In 2017, IDW created a comic book limited series focused on who these characters would be.
Everybody has seen numerous retellings of Spider-Man’s origin from Amazing Fantasy #15 - from comics, to cartoons, to movies. Interestingly enough, the story from Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 1963, in which Spidey meets the Fantastic Four, has been told many times, as well. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby retold the story in the first Fantasic Four annual. Tom Defalco did a version of it as did John Byrne and later Dan Slott. The interesting thing about this story is that, unlike the origin, it can be told from a different perspective without taking away what is inherent to what came before. This is the basis for Marvel Action Classics #4.
Dark Horse Comics’ Last Flight Out #2 continues the tale of family, search, and apocalypse. As the story moves forward, we see relationship history, as well as military battles, as humanity breathes its last breath on Earth. Twists and turns occur, and the survival of the main characters hangs in the balance.
In 1967, Star Trek first explored the concept of parallel universes in the second season episode, "Mirror, Mirror." In it, Captain Kirk found himself in a reality in which humans had formed the Terran Empire and were brutal rulers, the opposite of the peaceful explorers the audience was so familiar with. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine revisited this universe several times, establishing that the Terran Empire was overthrown by the Klingons and the Cardassians and the human race was enslaved. In 2017, IDW began their exploration of this universe with several mini-series featuring the crew of The Next Generation. In the same continuity of DS9, remains of the Terran Empire still exist, fighting a resistance against the Klingons and Cardassians. Star Trek: The Mirror War #0 is the beginning of a 13-issue series which continues this story.
Tales of an apocalypse in the making have been popular in comics for a while. Whether it’s a zombie tale like The Walking Dead or a gender extinction like Y: The Last Man, society and humanity are always in deep trouble with little hope of survival. What makes a series like Dark Horse’s Last Flight Out unique is its timing. Coming out after (and clearly influenced by) the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, this series is able to bring in elements of real life that would have seemed to be pure fantasy a mere 2 years ago.
Almost 30 years ago, Todd McFalane helped create Image Comics with Spawn #1. This year, he has launched a new, ongoing Spawn title. This is the first new continuing series since 1992. How is it? That depends on the reader’s relationship to the character and setting, as well as their feelings on the content.
Yin and yang. Strong vs. weak. Guts vs. cowardice. In Dark Horse Comics' new series, Lucky Devil, an immortal being possesses someone who is their complete opposite, and then loses their power to them. The results are unexpected.