Lou Scannon 1The huge and obvious selling point in these comics is the humor; however, I was immediately put on notice when I scanned the issues and saw the cover of Issue #2. Apparently, there is nothing more awkward than peeing, while the adjacent urinal is being used by a Slave Leia. For the record, yes, the rest of this issue is as progressive about gender roles as the cover. Now, before I dog the book for its juvenile humor, I have to admit that it knows that it is immature and it owns it. I think that the book really improved when they hit Issue #3 and took off by Issue #4. These issues do a much better job of portraying the characters as more dimensional. I also liked the jokes better. In fact, the fourth issue had a really impressive plot twist and great pacing.

 

Flee coverWhen last we saw Commander Flick Fleebus, he had narrowly escaped the might of the Krill armada with the invaluable Nexus Sphere in tow. Now crash-landed on the strange, forbidden planet Earth, Flick must locate the Sphere, his robotic companion Trion, and find a way off the planet while evading the Krill military. Oblivious to all of this is bug exterminator, Rigby Pinkerton, who is currently living with his mother following his divorce and is trying to find a new purpose to his life.


SPOILERS BELOW FOR FLEE CHAPTER 1

Sophia Grace MTLet me here you say boom da boom boom da boom da bay-bee . . .

When one thinks of a beautiful, round-faced British singer with a booming voice, one wouldn't be too far off to guess that one may be referring to Adele; however, the cherubic, little songstress I'm here to discuss is Sophia Grace.

 

Womanthology Space Cover3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . lift off!  Womanthology: Space #1 is almost here, and it’s out of this world!  For those that don’t know, Womanthology started with a tweet from Renae De Liz and ended up as a 300-page hardcover comic anthology (Heroic) and now an ongoing IDW series, created entirely by women.  Womanthology: Space is the first, five-issue arc of the series, and it includes work from talented women ranging from pros in the industry to an inspired ten-year-old artist, and contains stories that are exciting, hilarious, and moving.  

 

The Other NormalsWhile the young adult genre has exploded in the last few years and broken boundaries regarding the intended readership, it’s still a rarity to find a young adult novel that appeals equally as well to teens and adults. Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games have all successfully made this “leap,” and now a new competitor has entered the field in the form of author Ned Vizzini’s (Be More Chill, It’s Kind of a Funny Story) The Other Normals.

 

Dark Horse Presents 16I don’t understand why we don’t have more anthology comics out there.  Comics grew up on anthologies.  Some of the most prominent characters in comics appeared first in anthologies.  I do like regular ongoings, too, don’t get me wrong, but a good anthology allows creators to try small, wild stuff and allows readers to try out a bunch of creators.


Dark Horse Presents #16 is a sterling example of what an anthology comic ought to be.

 

Ghost 0The eponymous character in Ghost has been around for a bit – nearly twenty years – and this issue marks the beginning of a new monthly series featuring the character.  This zero issue collects a three-part story originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents #13-15 earlier in the year.

 

BuckoHipsters, juggalettes, a Suicide Girl, and a drunk lesbian dressed as Dracula. Bucko has it all. I think that the best way to describe this book would be as a comedy-mystery-buddy-romance that is probably set in Portland, or at least a city that bears a strong resemblance. I actually forgot about the Pixies cover band whose lead singer performs on a single-gear bike. Yep, they are called the Fixies. There are several reasons why I loved this book, but the first sentence of this review is probably the biggest one.

 

SW Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison 5And, here we are. The thrilling conclusion to "Vader's Trip to the Ghost Prison." I will be keeping this review spoiler free for you all, since giving away even the smallest detail kind of ruins it for you. So, what can I say about the conclusion then, you ask? As a long-time Star Wars fan and as someone who was hooked on this story arc from the first issue, I can honestly say that the conclusion was more than satisfying. In just 26 pages, all of the loose ends are tied up nicely. Of course, "nicely" in no way reflects the actual characters behavior in any way, but you know what I meant. I hope . . .

 

Doctor Who Dave GibbonsI'll admit that I am not a long-time Whovian. In fact, after putting it off for several years, it wasn't until six months ago that I finally found the time to sit down and see what all the fuss about Doctor Who was about. After only a few episodes into the series, my initial reaction was to hop in my own TARDIS and kick my past self in the butt for not watching it sooner.

Yes, it's THAT good, but, of course, if you're reading this, you're most likely already a Whovian yourself.

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