Jeremy Schmidt, Fanbase Press Contributor

Jeremy Schmidt, Fanbase Press Contributor

Brian Wood’s Sword Daughter continues to deliver the high watermark for comic book storytelling with issue #7 hitting store shelves on June 5th. Visually stunning. Emotionally intelligent. Shockingly simple. The book continues to surprise this cynical reviewer by delighting all capable directions of narrative without getting stale. I would recommend this book to literally anyone, as it has something to offer readers both young and old.

Comic books are not movies, but that doesn’t mean they are not cinematic. The creative team behind Last Stop on the Red Line understands this, and, as a result, they immediately take their audience on a cinematic joyride pulsing with electric energy. Take for example this page…

Is there anything more intrinsically '90s than Todd McFarlane’s Spawn? It’s perfect. The content is edgy, the art is gritty, and the capes are long as heck. It has been a very long time since Spawn was a hit, but lest we forget, it was a major hit. There was an HBO show along with a feature film and successful cartoon. Impressively enough, Spawn managed to thrive under the umbrella of an independent comic book publisher (Image Comics) which was run by a group of renegade writers and artists, unsatisfied with the deals they were offered at the two major comic book outlets (Marvel and DC).

As far as the mass production of “edgelord” materials in 2019 goes, no one does it edgier than Dark Horse, and no property dares to be as edgelord-y as Wyrd.

When was the last time you hobnobbed with your favorite Disney pals? Has it been a while? Well, it’s 2019 and they stand, fresher than ever, and desperate for attention.

Modern Fantasy is a triumph of style with a ton of heart to spare. With nods to the fantasy genre, but more specifically Dungeons & Dragons, this story reads like something made by Judd Apatow. It’s funny, weird, and relatively progressive. Though it might share some similarities with other fantasy parody content as of late (i.e., Disenchanted), let that not sway you from giving it a shot. In my opinion, this is better than Disenchanted and has much more to offer.

Hardcore is the Evangelion of piloting real human people. Agent Drake is a morally inept human flesh-Gundam rider who specializes in not caring about ethics. His job is simple: Posses other human beings by way of advanced technology to assassinate foreign enemies. The story starts there but goes places, making it an excellent pilot with a promising future. The only issue would be whether or not the aesthetic and tone work for you.

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy all of the spooks and scares of Blackwood. Investigate the strange, unusual happenings of the occult through the lens of some troubled college kids on a campus of nightmares.

The story of Sword Daughter, though shrouded in mystery, continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences currently running in comic books today.

Who doesn’t love Rick and Morty?!? It’s like, the most popular thing ever, in all of time and space. Season 3 Episode 3, affectionately titled “Pickle Rick,” was an explosive moment in pop culture and basically pervaded over all hip party conversations for a hot minute. This comic book is basically like all of that stuff, but different!

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