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'Edison Rex Volume 1:' TPB Review

 

Edison Rex V1Edison Rex has existed for a little over a year now as one of the titles from the digital comics publishing company Monkeybrain Comics, which was founded in the summer of 2012 by comic book writer and novelist Chris Roberson and his wife Allison Baker.  Roberson is also the writer of Edison Rex, and Allison Baker, a creative professional in her own right, is the editor. The fun, often lighthearted, often action-packed art is by Dennis Culver, with colors by Stephen Downer, lettering by John J. Hill, and this whole team is seamless.  There is a consistent vision throughout the first six issues in this first-ever print collection being released by IDW, and the book is chock full of extras, including The Secret Files of Edison Rex, bios about the various characters that appear in the book, written by Edison himself, a start-to-finish breakdown of the first page, pin-ups, a great introduction by Kurt Busiek and afterword by Chris Roberson, as well as a few other extras that I will leave for you to discover.

 

Problem of Evil posterProblem of Evil provides an interesting look at religion and faith from a number of different perspectives. The film follows Jason (Ethan Kogan, who also co-wrote and co-directed the film with Jessica Silvetti), a documentary filmmaker who’s struggling to deal with the loss of his wife. While doing a piece on a community garden, the woman who runs it—whom he’s never met—shocks Jason by relating to him some of the intimate, personal details of his life. She tells him that she’s part of a religious group, and that their spiritual leader told her years ago that Jason would be the one to carry the group’s message to the world.

 

Monsters UniversityUniversal has been trying to make Jurassic Park 4 for years.  I understand the logic of it.  The films were cash cows with built-in name recognition.  Their theme parks all have Jurassic Park River Adventure rides in them.  They want to keep a franchise viable.  They went far enough this year to hire a Jurassic Park 4 director.  Of course, in typical, modern Hollywood fashion, he was hired after they’d already staked out a release date.  The plug on the film was pulled after it was patently obvious to everyone that there was no way a film of that size could be delivered in just 12 or so months.   The dinosaurs remain on ice for now.

 

Dead Future King 2Dead Future King #2 continues the story of a resurrected King Arthur in the year 2019 to battle a globally crippling zombie apocalypse. Created by uber-talented writer and artist David R. Flores, Dead Future King has all of the elements that give birth to a campy, B-movie extravaganza where King Arthur slays countless numbers of the undead, but Flores decided to go the more difficult (and perhaps dramatically profitable) route by filling his series with fantastical elements a consistently realistic tone that pulls the story in very interesting directions. When you combine this with the introduction of some savage, new characters, mysteriously intriguing, new allies, and Arthur’s own struggle with his aimless return to the world of the living, Dead Future King #2 ends up being an excellent follow-up to the series’ brilliant first issue.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

Wild Blue YonderWelcome to Wild Blue Yonder, a high-flying, post-apocalyptic adventure series created by the team of writer Mike Raicht, artist Zach Howard, and Austin Harrison under their Noble Transmissions banner, and released by IDW. Originally developed as a Kickstarter project in order to raise funds to pay artist Zach Howard, so he could take the time off from paid work to focus on drawing the creator-owned, five-issue miniseries, the project met its goal, and beyond, and the comic was picked up by IDW as an ongoing title.

 

The Third DateThe Third Date, now playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, is a one-act play about that awkward stage in dating, after you’ve gotten past the initial “getting to know you” small talk, but before you’re entirely comfortable letting the other person past the barriers that that small talk is meant to maintain. During the early period when you’re still mainly trying to make a good impression, but past the point where you can convincingly keep that impression going.

 

Lost Tribe of the SithStar Wars as a universe contains the potential for many different stories covering different eras and genres and recasting heroes and villains again and again. The Lost Tribe of the Sith demonstrates this aptly. A group of Sith crashed long ago on the planet Kesh and have had to get by ever since. Though some knowledge of the Dark Side has been lost over the years, many of the core Sith tenets, including the ambition and struggle for power, remain ever present. It's this goal of power that is about to lead Parlan Spinner, a slave-born con artist, and Takara Hilts, a daughter of royalty denied every right and privilege of her family, on an adventure that will forever change the landscape of Kesh.

 

Danger Girl Trinity 3The plot thickens as Abbey Chase and the two Savage sisters each become further embroiled in their respective predicaments in Danger Girl: Trinity #3. This issue sees Abbey forced into recovering a mysterious royal heirloom for a nefarious ruler, while Sydney Savage follows close behind in an attempt to rescue her, and Sonya Savage continues trying to get out of the Congo with her bounty in tow. Describing the plot is kind of pointless at this point, not because the plot itself is incidental (as can sometimes be the case with this kind of action/adventure story), but simply because we’re three quarters of the way through the story now. If you’re not caught up, you really should just start from the beginning.

 

KillogyWhen I rolled out of bed this afternoon, I was feeling a bit under the weather.  Lesson learned: never try to out drink someone who talks like a pirate.   I staggered to the kitchen and threw together three key ingredients (4 really) on some Wonder Bread, and now I feel almost human.  Human enough to write this review anyway.  I gotta tell you, a Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato (with Mayo) can really take the edge off of an epically bad idea of a night.  It’s like magic food.

Where am I going with this?  Killogy’s trade paperback is coming out, and I’m going to tell you if you should read it or not.  It’s written by Alan Robert.  It’s illustrated by Alan Robert.  It makes comic review writing easier when there is only 1 guy involved in a comic:  thank you, Mr. Robert, for simplifying my painful afternoon.  Also, thank you for your “comfort food comic.”

Bloomers BWThroughout last week, I posted reviews of Bloomers, a new online sitcom that puts a humorous, heartfelt, and modern spin on life in the big city. I greatly enjoyed making my way through Season 1 and the first two episodes of Season 2, and I recently caught up with the remainder of the second season (in advance of Wednesday’s release of Episode 8). Each episode of Season 2 continues to focus more heavily on individual members of the cast; however, Episode 7 sets up quite a few cliffhangers that will leave viewers counting down the hours until Wednesday, June 19th.

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