Matt Kindt took his time to lay the framework in this world of the Grass Kingdom, and it’s starting to pay off. It took me a little longer to fall under the spell of this series than most. Maybe Kindt thought the war that took place in the first several issues would be the thing that drew people in, but that always seemed like a distraction to what’s happening now. He has nailed something I’ve been thinking, something that’s been annoying me about the people of the Grass Kingdom: that they’re no different than anyone anywhere else. They have just as many secrets, and it’s those secrets I’m most interested in.
Kaiju are big business these days, and with the Valderrama Bros.’ Giants #1, there couldn’t be a more applicable term than kaiju. On the surface of the Earth, giant-sized mysterious beasts have taken over the planet since a cataclysm occurred: A comet fell. Since then, humanity has been forced into subterranean living, and different factions fight over what little territory they have in what are called Rumbles.
Issue #21 of Dept.H uses one of those filmic devices of video footage showing things that video footage couldn’t possibly show or at least not in the way it could show it. We become observers of the past, watching as the footage is being shot, almost as if the person watching is filling in the blanks for us with their imagination. So, in a way, we’re not actually seeing reality, but our hero’s perception of what that reality is. This is a wonderful metaphor, as Dept.H is so much more than a simple thriller/murder mystery at the depths of the ocean, but also the depths of memories and our understanding of the past.
Not that you would need talk out loud while reading a comic book by yourself, but issue #28 of Harrow County stunned me into silence. An inner silence, I guess. Everything disappeared from my mind as Emmy faced off with Kami. Would Emmy take that step to becoming a monster like she’s been on the verge of doing - like her mother did - or would she make a better choice?
James Stokoe’s four-part Alien romp comes to a close. While it doesn’t really add anything new or fresh to the Alien mythos or stray from already well-trodden ground, every issue has evoked a visceral thrill with its visual creativity that’s made it an enjoyable experience for me, a fan of the acid-spewing space monster.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we often find ourselves becoming more introspective, reflecting on the people and things for which we are thankful. As we at Fanbase Press celebrate fandoms, this year, the Fanbase Press staff and contributors have chosen to honor their favorite fandoms, characters, or other elements of geekdom for which they are thankful, and how those areas of geekiness have shaped their lives and values.
Matt and Sharlene Kindt’s Dept.H is equally an experiment and a lesson in how to structure a long-term murder mystery. I honestly didn’t think it would still be going or that it could last this long and be this interesting. Me of little faith.
The third and newest mini-series in a thematic anthology of Cronenberg/Black Mirror-style stories by creators James Tynion IV (writer) and Eryk Donovan (artist) isn’t the story of one character, or even a few. It is the story of a civilization. Eugenic is ambitious, telling individual stories at different points in time as we follow the trajectory of our civilization after genetic tampering, which was originally supposed to save us from a terrible virus. Instead, it changed us, or at least most of us. Those that were changed became hideous, purple creatures without sexual identity, race, or physical symmetry. How could they be hated when there was nothing to tell them apart. Like some deformed Picasso painting, physical beauty no longer matters. I said most changed, as the ones unaffected by the genetic alteration have become, in a way, biological slaves to the superior beings.
I have such up and down feelings for Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins' series, Grass Kings; some issues are wonderful, and other issues are missing a connective tissue that would otherwise pull me into the journey that the characters find themselves on.