Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

I’ve found Cullen Bunn to be a very interesting writer in the comic book world. He pops up everywhere, at any company he can get on board with. His books seem to keep an emphasis on horror and monsters, but not your typical blood-soaked slasher junk. He seems to focus on the myths and what actually makes these stories frightening – which has opened the path from writing Deadpool to Moon Knight over at Marvel. With his recent Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars, he managed to inject a welcome dosage of pathos into a character that often produces laughs from me.

The most disappointing moment in the third issue of Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau’s Zodiac Starforce comes on the very last panel, when they declare “To be concluded!” . . . next issue.

I got really excited reading the first issue of Citizen Jack, because I love satire. Not just satire. Good satire. Satire that has a strong point of view, is relevant, and with characters that not only jump but tumble off the page in all their awkward glory.

BOOM! Studios is an excellent company. Yes, they work with excellent talent, but they only let stories with a certain intelligence through their gate. Titles that stimulate with a level of off-kilter creative ingenuity that don’t need to be seen simply as “edgy” to be worth buying for a sophisticated, adult crowd.

UFOlogy #6’s most startling moment comes in the form of a dream that sent some chills up my spine. I won’t say what it is, but it portends to something not yet dealt with – in what feels like a major way. Coming to the conclusion of this six-issue run, I get that feeling that what’s to come (or could come) overshadows what has happened. That we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s going on in writer James Tynion IV and Noah J. Yuenkel’s combined heads.

Paul Cornell, in his fourth issue of This Damned Band, weaves a masterful tapestry of mysticism, action, comedy, and pathos. It flows smoothly from one tone to the next, never missing a beat and always retaining the rhythm and reality of the story. It’s not often I find myself laughing out loud while reading comics, but I have consistently done so with this series.

Greg Rucka is a master at plotting epic world-scapes with complicated and interesting female leads. I’ve been reading Lazarus, another of his Image titles, since the beginning, and it’s so incredibly and intricately designed - a web of details combined with constantly shifting and highly effective character arches that criss-cross causes, leaving wakes of unexpected effects behind them. It’s a fantastic book. So, when I saw the advertisements for a new Rucka book, I cheered inside (as I do most of my comic reading in public.)

Answers that beg more questions. It seems like in the world of Arcadia, with every nugget that we learn, we get tossed around in a whirlwind of more unknowns.

Quick recap: The Spire is fantasy taking place in a land in which one of its prominent cities is part of a spire that shoots treacherously high into the sky. Below are the denizens that are looked down upon due to their race or poverty level. Up in the spire reside the royalty. An attack on the royalty and a murder have put an undo amount of stress on the Captain of the City Watch, Sha, who is a different race than those that have royal blood. Sha is a badass fighter with ample amounts of wit and helpful, thin tentacles that shoot out of her back for fighting and climbing. She also has an eye patch – badass. She also happens to be emotionally exhausted. To carry the weight and responsibility of the city guard in the face of racial bias and the shifting sands of royal support would do that.

Reading an issue of Colder I imagine is like being cooked like a lobster. You don’t notice the temperature change until it’s too late.

There’s something psychologically methodical about how Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra (Prometheus: Fire and Stone) layout their story from page to page and panel to panel that slithers back behind your subconscious, hides there, and then starts poking at it, taking the form of a gnawing discomfort. Much of it has to do with the patience they exhibit.  They don’t just throw creepy images or violent mayhem at you right away. In fact, much of the creepiness occurs because, sometimes, things don’t happen for several pages at a time, and with Nimble Jack spreading madness, you kind of don’t want it to.

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