H.E. Rogers, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

H.E. Rogers, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

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.

If you are a fan of the ever-desired crime and murder shows that populate the networks, then I hope you have taken a dive into crime noir comics. Whenever I recommend this genre to people, they are often surprised that comics like this exist. They do, and they are AWESOME which segues nicely into my review of Image Comics' newest ongoing crime story, That Texas Blood.

The girls are back, and there’s gonna be trouble! Trouble and adventures with a dash of fantasy, the way only Lumberjanes can. I really enjoyed this book immensely. I remember when the first issue of the original Lumberjanes' run landed at the local comic book shop. I picked it up, read it, and ran home to share it with my roommate immediately, because she was 100% Mal and I was 100% April, even down to our haircuts. Part of the genius of Lumberjanes is that you feel like you know the characters. They remind you of people you know, and sometimes even you.

I have always really loved the film, Napoleon Dynamite. It came out when I was a teen, and I saw it in the tiny, independent movie theater in my hometown. I think my brother and I saw it three times in theaters; we liked it so much - the subtlety of the humor, the slightly retro vibe. It was also made by a couple of Mormon kids which we were at the time. It was a pop culture phenomenon I could finally talk about openly at church without getting unsolicited opinions from overly righteous adults. We were borderline obsessed. At one point when I was in Idaho (were they filmed the movie), I went and drove by some of the houses and locations, including what used to be a Liger farm. I also ate a lot of tater tots. So, it's safe to say I am, and always have been, a fan which is why I was so excited to read this new story, Napoleon Dynamite: Impeach Pedro.

I have waited months after the sold-out first issue to read the second installment of Image Comics' Victorian Gothic tale, Mercy. A small recap for issue #1: The mysterious Lady Hellaine has arrived in Woodsburgh, where the town is being terrified by “The Woodburgh Devil” whose victim list is getting longer and longer. Hellaine meets the intelligent Widow Swanson, a witty woman who also seems to be hiding something.

I can honestly say I have never read anything like it. The title is referring to a group of people who are, you guessed it, ludicrous aristocrats. I myself have read most of Gillen’s work and have always been a fan, which is why I wanted to pick this new issue up. But I have to say, this isn’t my cup of tea.

Let me preface this with the fact that I have been reading Snotgirl since day 1. I have been obsessed since I read an early edition of the first issue. It is one of the few titles I have never taken off my pull list at the local comic shop. From the first page, I was completely entranced by Leslie Hung’s art and by the terrible person that is Lottie Person, famous fashion blogger. I am an addict and a supplier, because I have successfully gotten many others addicted so that I have someone to talk to about my addiction.

This is not your typical coming-of-age story; it is so much more. It's a 1990s period piece with summer fun, supernatural elements, and some LGBTQ romance. Elodie, a teen in 1994, doesn’t want to be a camp counselor in the summer before college; she wants to hang with her best friend. But in order to pay for her first year of college (Remember when you could do that with a summer job?), she had to leave normal society and spend her summer with a bunch of kids in the woods. Elodie has no idea what she is in for. Camp is going to be a lot different than she thought, and certainly not boring.

Growing up, my mother would go through different “kicks,” as she would put it. For one six-month period, it was all Jane Austen movies and books, and then Norse mythology. The longest "kick" - and the one I found the most interesting - was her Arthurian period, where she became obsessed with all things related to King Arthur lore. During this time, she read books like Mists of Avalon and watched many on-screen versions of the stories with me by her side. Once I was old enough, she let me read T.H. White’s Once and Future King which I inhaled. Let me just say that the new title from BOOM! Studios, Once & Future, is definitely not a retelling of the classic story, but a modern twist on the classic lore that is King Aurthur.

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