H.E. Rogers, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

H.E. Rogers, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

It's official: I am addicted to this story. I just added it to my pull list, because they are doing everything right. First, I want to say if you haven't read issue #1 of Seven Secrets, then don’t read the rest of this article, but know that if you like secret organizations, mystery, and bad-ass action, you should go and buy a copy now. If you did happen to pick up a copy of the first issue, please continue on to the next paragraph; there will be no spoilers for you!

This week, BOOM! Studios dips their toe into the old-school world of the sci-fi epic.  We follow a four-person crew of a mining ship, but they aren’t mining precious metals or minerals. Oh no, they are mining gods. While BOOM! has science fiction titles, none of them have been along the vein of the high-concept, sci-fi/fantasy epic that has been a favorite of fans for decades - until now. We Only Find Them When They’re Dead is for Ridley Scott fans everywhere.

A fable of heroes and time. Canto II, the sequel to the original Canto story published last year, is a charming continuation of the clockwork knight and his almost David vs. Goliath fight for freedom for himself and the other clockwork people. The creators have stated many times that they were inspired by Dante’s Inferno and The Wizard of Oz, which shows in both the style of storytelling and the characters themselves.

Well, I am just going to say it: Joe Hill is a better writer than his father. I know! Blasphemy! But, man, can Joe tell a compelling story and not go on and on, being overly verbose for pages and pages about nothing. I love someone who can tell a good story and still be concise. Now, let’s get into the newest installment of Locke & Key.

I honestly think the person I am today was shaped by growing up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. My parents started showing it to me when I was so young that I don’t remember a time when Star Trek wasn’t something familiar to me. Picard was my first captain, and he will always be my favorite. His stoicism and logic with a dash of compassion is why, as an adult in certain situations, I will think, “What Would Picard Do?” (which, by the way, let's get some W.W.P.D bracelets made). So, I will say I was excited and nervous when they announced the new Picard TV show which I did love - great new faces and old.  I also get extremely picky with Star Trek comics. I’d say I stopped reading about 75% of them after issue 1, because I didn’t feel like the author knew the voices of these characters like I did. The opposite happened to me today. Kudos to Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, because I could not stop reading Star Trek: Picard - Countdown.

It has been a while since I had a first issue suck me in so quickly. Tom Taylor, New York Times best-selling author of DCeased, pulls you in fast and doesn’t let you go. By page four when the narrator says, “The Seven Secrets, words, wonders, weapons, and worse,” my brain is whizzing.  What could these secrets be? How are they so dangerous? I have to know more.

Vietnam 1969: Young men grouped in a shallow bunker discussing heroes. This is how the comic opens, in a tone that is dark, yet hopeful. Hopeful for the end (a theme this issue keeps); hopeful for the end of the chaos and destruction. We see this theme in the world today. We may not be at war now in the traditional sense of the word, but we are at war. We are at war with each other. A fight over equality, science, and wealth is here in our country, rearing its ugly head and threatening many people's lives. In war, we search for allies, for those who see what we see, for those who help to bear the burden. Soldiers need allies, too. This story is a story of two allies who met as soldiers.

Calling all fans of the Ember in the Ashes series! As we all await the final novel in the series (releasing in December), this story is a great snack to hold us over until dinner. Now, if you have never read this popular YA series by Sabba Tahir, fear not, because this is a prequel to the first and bestselling book, An Ember in the Ashes. And for those of you not familiar with this series, let me give you a quick pitch.

Don’t get confused; this is not Marvel Comics' Miss America, though we do see versions of Marvel characters in this Image comic, which felt odd. This is America Vazquez, a character developed by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta; she was their updated version of the character from Marvel Comics that first appeared back in the 1940s. To read more about the semi-confusing history of both Americas and how they relate, check out this article from The Hollywood Reporter.

Welcome back to my favorite comic on the shelf, Mercy! As a fan of Jane Austen novels, steampunk things, and Gothic horrors, this really hits the target for me. Let me bring you back to the small town of Woodsburgh, a town draped in mystery and darkness, and the current residence of the beautiful, yet creepy, Lady Hellaine. So, let's pick up where we left off.

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