Scott Larson, Fanbase Press Contributor

Scott Larson, Fanbase Press Contributor

To anybody who loves comics – especially Marvel Comics, the origin of Spider-Man is a familiar one. Through multiple movies, cartoons, and comic adaptations, the story has been told often. In this reviewer's opinion, the best version is the original by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko from 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15. It not only introduced a new superhero, but changed how an audience relates to comic book characters. Spider-Man has been, for over 50 years, the character that readers relate to the most.

What scares you? Sitting around a campfire swapping ghost stories? Monster films? Horror comics? How about sneaking into a supposedly haunted building and having a look around? What do you do if you meet that thing that scares you?

What does the future hold for the human race? How does our society evolve in the decades ahead? If you are looking for a satirical take on our lives as told in a sci-fi setting, Universe! from Image Comics may just be for you.

2020 was, in many ways, the year of Star Trek. We received hours of new media content with 3 TV shows and more to come. Although we have moved to the future (narratively) in the shows, the comics have continued to focus on the past. This month, Star Trek: Voyager - Seven’s Reckoning #3 takes the reader into Voyager’s 4th season (1997-1998) with an untold tale of Seven of Nine.

Merry Christmas! It’s that magical time again, full of candy canes, presents, and…crying snowmen? Great Morrison and Dan Mora’s Klaus: The Life & Times of Santa Claus published by BOOM! Studios returns for a third outing. This hardcover book includes two stories: "Klaus and the Crying Snowman" and "Klaus and the Life and Times of Joe Christmas," both vastly different from each other.

Would you like to learn how to have a career in comics? Contour draw? Draw likenesses? How about how to talk to a celebrity? Eat spicy food? Herd cats? Train your doppelgänger? Do you enjoy silly, but yet super creative, comics by a score of different comic creators like Gail Simone, Gene Ha, Jill Thompson, and Mark Buckingham? If so, then Hey, Amateur published by IDW is definitely worth a look.

Mercy, written and illustrated by Mirka Andolo and originally published as a 6-issue limited series, focuses on the small mining village of Woodsburgh in the Victorian Age. The town is plagued by a creature (or creatures) killing innocents by tearing them open and eating their insides. Two mysterious strangers arrive in town, Lady Hellaine and Mr. Goodwill. They have secrets which become strained when a young orphan girl, Rory, comes into their lives. Also introduced are the widow and brothel owner Lady Swanson, siblings Jon and Betsy, and Native American creature hunters who are intent on destroying what has become known as the “Devil of Woodsburgh.”

When Star Wars first debuted in 1977, it was accompanied by a Marvel comic series that told the tale of Luke Skywalker and friends between the films. Those stories allowed the readers to spend time with and get to know the characters beyond the movies. We haven’t had that experience since 1985 when that first series ended. Sure, there have been specials and spin-offs, untold tales, histories, and revamps, but nothing more substantial then that… until now.

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