There are monsters hidden among us. The supernatural community is made up of eight factions: werewolves, vampires, angels, demons, warlocks, trolls, banshees, and gorgons, and they all coexist and keep themselves hidden from humanity thanks to a joint council set up centuries ago; however, whenever a new leader has to be chosen for the council, the groups engage in Epoch, a tournament fight that pits champions from each of the factions against one another until only one is left standing.
While that base concept sounds pretty anime inspired, there's a lot more going on in Epoch than just supernatural throw-downs. There are mystery/conspiracy elements to Epoch which break up the flow of the combat nicely, and at its heart we have Jonah, a man who is trying to find his place in this strange world once the curtain is peeled back for him.
If you've never seen the film or read the short story before, Dark Country is a horror tale centered around some newly weds making their way across the country. The horror in this book is subtle and patient, which creates a somewhat slow start but leads to some great payoffs later in the story.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to read manga, having spent a good bit of time—and money—perusing the Japanese art form many years ago. But, at the near insistence of one of my best friends, I started reading a series that not only had I never heard of, but is still in production. I have tried to avoid current ongoing titles simply because I hate waiting for new releases from overseas—and I certainly can’t read kanji worth an Imperial credit chit—but this series drew my attention right away because of the subject matter:
Two school kids wanting to be the opposite gender of their genetically-born ones, because that’s who they really are.
When I first found out that my awesome friend Darick Robertson would be joining up with Grant Morrison to make Image Comics' title Happy!, I was ecstatic. Transmetropolitan remains my current favorite graphic series of all time, and Happy! is already shaping up to be just as amazing a piece of art and literature.
As you guys know, I contact a friend of mine who has made it in the indie comic book industry to sit down for one inspirational interview a month, and I am beyond Happy! to have Darick Robertson as my featured Indie and the Geek creator for October.
Hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Do you like old school film noir? Of course. Do you like big-headed green aliens? Uhh . . . yeah! Do you want to see what happens when you put those two things together? Then, you should really check out Dames in the Atomic Age by Christopher Ryder and Marc Sandroni. These guys have taken an old school detective story, complete with the narrating private-eye protagonist, and combined it with the stylings of a 1950s B-movie filled with aliens, ray guns, and giant radioactive ants. Dames in the Atomic Age is the perfect marriage between the sci-fi and noir detective genres. It is colorful, humorous, and - best of all - a very intriguing mystery.
There’s no getting around it: Zombies are big business now. Sure, they've been part of the mainstream since George Romero redefined the genre in the late '60s, but the new millennium has seen a critical mass in terms of zombie entertainment. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead is shattering viewing records on AMC. A separate admission event at the San Diego Comic-Con this past summer drew thousands of screaming participants, eager to test their mettle against the undead in a pell-mell dash to safety through a zombie-infested Petco Park.
And now, a new anthology out of the UK is throwing their weight around. Get ready for Dead Roots.
Dark Horse Comics continues to succeed this month in building a multifaceted comic book Buffy-verse, and Spike: A Dark Place #3 is no exception. Writer Victor Gischler and the art team of Paul Lee (pencils), Andy Owens (inks), and Cris Peter (colors) continue to build an engaging mini around the redemptive blonde vampire that successfully interweaves into the greater plots of Buffy: Season 8, Buffy: Season 9, and Angel & Faith!
With their extremely successful sitcom Husbands, creators Jane Espenson and Brad Bell have exceeded expectations, earned rave reviews and praise from critics and fans, and pushed the classic premise of the newlywed sitcom into the modern American world where marriage equality is an ever-present issue (check out FBC’s interview Espenson and Bell here). Having mastered its online sitcom format, Husbands made the jump this week (with Espenson and Bell) into the sequential art universe in the form of a digital release from Dark Horse Comics, and, honestly, from where this Comic Book Slayer is sitting, Husbands: Drawn In #1 scores a near-perfect landing!
He believes in the order that the Empire has brought to the galaxy and kills to protect it in the name of his Emperor. Moving around under the cloak of being a diplomatic envoy, he defends against those who seek to disrupt the ideals that Palpatine and his chief lieutenants have implemented throughout known space. He’s often described as a rogue element, going against the wishes of his superior in order to mete out justice against those who oppose his sense of duty and fulfillment. He is Jahan Cross, agent of the Empire, and someone you don’t want to cross.