Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

There’s a lot of heart in Ronin Island, and as Kanichi and Hana find their separate paths, the goals shift and change in a way that could very well put them at odds with each other. Hanichi and Hana are the same, but they have been taught that they are different. Both are fierce warriors, having just come of age, but because Hana is from a poor farmer’s family, and Kanichi is from a rich Samurai family, they are different. At least, this is what they’ve been told their entire lives, and as far as we can tell, it’s stuck.

I am in awe of Jeff Lemire. He has managed to take the heart and pulse of two very different comic book worlds and find their mutual centers. Everything is unexpected. I’m looking at characters in ways that I haven’t before, finding new ways to understand them and care about them. It is magical.

In Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum’s Sea of Stars, gone is the cynicism and coldness of modern-day sci-fi that has ramped up ever since Ridley Scott’s Alien and Blade Runner. Instead, they’ve embraced that gee-whiz, sci-fi pep of the '50s and '60s. This is an adventure split in two.

I always enjoy James Tynion IV’s work on popular series like Detective Comics and his other ventures over at DC, but where he truly excels to me as a writer - where his voice as a creator is amplified - is when he releases one of his horror or sci-fi series at BOOM! Studios. Memetic, Cognetic, and Eugenic took the sort of body horror aspects from David Cronenberg and spun some truly great, socially relevant horror stories. Something Is Killing the Children looks like it’s the next in this sort of socially aware horror series, and he doesn’t wait to get into it.

Christopher Cantwell’s second foray into comic books doesn’t ease you into it; you’re catapulted into its chaos. His previous series which ended last month, She Could Fly, was about one girl’s mental illness and her desperate journey to be free of it. It was amazing, heart wrenching, surreal, absurd, and one of my favorite series of the last two years. Everything ups the ante.

In the last issue of The Weatherman, our space crew of hired hands led by Amanda ran into a brick wall. You see, they are transporting Nathan Bright, a celebrity weatherman, to Earth to find a scientist that can upload his original brain into his body.  His original brain was that of a terrorist who wiped out almost the entire population of Earth, and with more terrorist plots to be discovered, they need that original brain back in him. Instead of finding the scientist they wanted, they found her grave… but her work may still be out there.

Somehow, I missed issue four of She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot when it came out, so I recently sat down and re-read issue three, then four, and finally issue five. My heart is filled to the brim, and my brain is bouncing around.

There’s nothing more frightening than a smile drawn by Andrea Sorrentino. Obviously, the smiles in issue 16 of Gideon Falls carry a lot of weight and context, as Jeff Lemire throttles the story forward in one fell swoop.

I cackled multiple times throughout this issue, because it’s so perfect. As far as two companies and two universes crossing over, Jeff Lemire has found the perfect vehicle to handle such a venture. Black Hammer is a world of stories; it’s so meta that, at one point, we even get to see the creators of these stories, albeit in a very surreal way. Justice League is exactly what Black Hammer is commenting on, so to flip the two worlds gives Jeff Lemire so much room to play.

Over the last couple of years, Humanoids has really dug into the comics landscape and expanded its reach, and, in doing so, it’s been nothing but win after win.

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