Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Humanoids’ “Life Drawn” selections are exactly that - human stories and personal adventures - and they’ve brought a lot of renewed attention to the world-famous company, especially here in the U.S., where Humanoids isn’t quite as well known.

The more complex Black Badge gets, the more I love it. This new series continues to feel more like a part of the Mind MGMT world than its initial three issues suggested that it might. It is already a part of the Grass Kings world. Could Kindt be creating a multifaceted universe much like Stephen King’s novels? The layout of the books and the additional content would also suggest this.

I’m buzzing. I’m sitting here, in mostly dark, my laptop on my lap and the PDF file for Gideon Falls #10 open, and my entire body is buzzing. If a writer were to ever find a muse, it would have to be Jeff Lemire finding Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart.

I haven’t reviewed an issue of Deadly Class, a comic about a training ground for teenage assassins set in 1987, but it is one of the most unhinged, frenetic, visceral, unapologetically twisted comics around. It’s the Wizarding World for those who need a little more anarchy and chaos in their lives. It certainly doesn’t take four novels before a single character meets their demise. It is a pure adrenaline rush of joy and anxiety brought on by hypertension and violence. We have Rick Remender (writer) and Wesley Craig (artist) through Image Comics to thank for this perverse, character-driven, action extravaganza.

If you’ve been following along, you know the occult sleuth Joe Golem ended up in some pretty hot water last issue (When isn’t he?) while hunting down an artifact that could have dire consequences if it falls into the wrong hands. Well, in issue five, Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden start a major turn of events for Joe and everyone surrounding him.

I love the look and feel of Aliens: Dust to Dust.  Unfortunately, like a lot of other recent Xenomorph stories, it doesn’t amount to much beyond visceral levels of survival. It uses most of its time recycling ideas that have come before without fully exploring its own characters. This isn’t necessarily to say that I didn’t enjoy reading the series.

‘Coda #8:’ Comic Book Review

Coda #8 is beautiful, elegant, simple, and heartbreaking. When you sit down to write a review of something that strikes you, really reaches in and rattles you, you want to write about it in a way that does the issue justice.

In the first two issues of The Empty Man, Cullen Bunn was revving his engines. In this issue, he steps down hard on the gas pedal.

There are a lot of balls being juggled in the newest story arc of Umbrella Academy, but, at times, it feels like each story is being juggled by a different juggler and each of those jugglers are on a different planet. I have no idea how they’ll get everything to connect, but if they do – wow! To some degree, it feels like four issues of setup, and this is only a seven-issue storyline. Maybe I should be thinking of it like a chess game and the creators are shuffling pieces around the board for something yet to come. It’s hard to say when, as I have absolutely no idea where this could be going.

In Cullen Bunn’s Bone Parish, there’s a new drug on the street. Called “ash,” it’s a cocaine-like powder created from the remains of the deceased. While you’re high on the ash of the person in question, it brings them back for you, but it can do so much more, including allowing you to live out the dead’s memories. The drug is so popular that it’s drawing the attention of some not-so-great people who want in on the action. This attention will test the family at the center of the burgeoning enterprise, who in many ways don’t quite understand the drug either.

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