When last we left our heroes, Commander Flick Fleebus had been reunited with his snarky robotic companion, Trion. Rigby came across the Krill modifying a satellite dish, but the Krill attack and the satellite detonates before he can get a close look, leaving Rigby to believe some deadly breed of insect has invaded the neighborhood.
To those unfamiliar with author James Lowder and his work, you have my sympathies. Lowder has carved out a respectable name for himself in the fantasy genre, he has had a strong presence as a writer in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, and he has worked as both an editor and writer for numerous comic book titles. Lowder’s geek cred is solid gold and, in person, he’s an enthusiastic, intelligent, and warm individual. (Check out my interview with James Lowder at SDCC 2012 by clicking here!) He has also been the editor of the popular horror comic Hack/Slash for some time now, even having followed the book when it moved from Devil’s Due to Image. This week, Lowder finally tries his hand as Hack/Slash scribe, and the result is an entertaining, creepy, and fanboy-friendly edition of the beloved slasher comic.
Humans create robots, robots are mistreated, robots take over and kill/enslave the humans. It's a story we've heard dozens of times before, but Non-Humans takes the core of this concept of humans creating another race in a whole new direction. The world is not quite right. By 2041 humans share the Earth with their progeny. Non-Humans (NHs) are action figures, stuffed animals, mannequins, any non-living thing that humans give life to through imagination, thanks to a disease that has infecting the entire population.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a great story. It’s simple, it has a good message, and it’s got some really great imagery. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have at least a cursory familiarity with the tale, as it has been adapted and reimagined countless times throughout the years. Some of these adaptations are successful, but most feel like tired retreads of the same traditional story. One of the most recent adaptations is Rod Espinosa’s Dark Horse graphic novel, A Christmas Carol: The Night That Changed the Life of Eliza Scrooge, and, unfortunately, it lands squarely in the latter camp.
During the episode "The Power of Three," the Doctor shows up at Amy and Rory's anniversary party and whisks them away in a whirlwind of adventures. We merely got glimpses of what transpired during this trip through a montage. This issue explores that time as it takes place during one of the stops.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
Hypernaturals is a sci-fi, superhero, mystery, action—let's stop and just say it's got a little bit of everything. The Hypernaturals are superpowered and trained individuals who guard the Quantinuum, the massive computer system that provides communication and knowledge to all ofthe planets; it's like a galactic internet only a gazillion times smarter.
How do you feel about spoilers?
Personally, I try to avoid them like the plague. I like to be surprised by stories, and it bugs me to no end when I accidentally stumble across something I didn’t want to know. You can’t unread those things. At the same time, I know people who will actively try to seek out spoilers. They’ll try to find shooting scripts online, so they can read them before they see the final movie. To each their own I suppose, but that to me is just nuts.
For instance, what if you could have been among the first audiences to see Psycho in 1960 and to have no idea where the movie was going? It’s a film that starts out as one thing and then (Spoiler Alert for people living under rocks!) proceeds to whack the leading lady in one of the most famous scenes in movie history. Most audiences know that scene is coming. Imagine its impact if you had no idea what Hitchcock had in store for Janet Leigh. Or, for that matter, what Hitchcock had in mind for Norman Bates’ mother.
At this stage, I am continually astonished by people who seem genuinely amazed when something Trey Parker and Matt Stone created turns out to be really good. Do these people live in caves or something? I was once one of them, but that was many, many eons ago . . .
Back in the 1990s, I was making my living as a high school English teacher. Some of my students brought to my attention the existence of a new animated series on Comedy Central. It was called South Park, and the kids loved it for two reasons:
After reading the first volume of Dark Matter, I am not entirely sure what kind of story it is going to be and that is a good thing. There are the obvious comparisons that a lesser writer might make, so let’s start with those. I got a strong Firefly vibe from this book. The characters aren’t immediately identifiable and lovable, like Whedon’s, but the heart is there. There was also a little bit of Alien, in the very specific sense that this crew wakes up and immediately has to try to figure out what they should do. Really, only the first act of Alien makes an appearance here. Now, let’s discuss the book itself.