Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

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.

Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis have something on their mind, which makes their collaboration on Ronin Island that much more successful. Set after the fall of the Shogun, Japan and its surrounding countries have fallen into a sort of post-apocalyptic scenario that we’re just starting to get a handle on.

You ever have one of those days in which just about every little thing can go wrong? It would be hilarious if you weren’t so annoyed. Gil Starx finds himself in that position in issue two of Sea of Stars. This is a space odyssey about a father (Gil Starx) who is a widowed intergalactic trucker and his son Kadyn who has been dragged along on a job. When their rig is split in two by a space leviathan, both are tossed into the cold of space with nothing but their space suits and wits.

There are so many stories to be told and so many that should not be forgotten. Shanghai Dream is one of those stories.

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