Billy Peden, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

Billy Peden, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

Comic books.  With their intense visuals and heavy focus on plot and characters, the medium can be much more engaging than other literary means of storytelling.  We live in new and interesting times, and although the past has always seemed to have had it worse, fear can lay waste to an individual's psyche when the stream of consciousness is battered with Dread.  That’s why comic books will be our savior.  And Dread our new law.  No, not that Dread.  Dredd.

Marvel Entertainment and IDW Publishing announced in 2018 that the two companies will create comic books designed for younger readers. Again, we must be trapped in the Bizzaro World of Marvel.  With the release of the second issue of Marvel Action: Spider-Man, I’m elated to say it has been as good as the top-notch, current Marvel-published comics featuring the famed web-slinger.  The all-ages periodical is as friendly as your neighborhood Spider-Man and accessible to anyone who has only seen characters in the movies or cartoons.  Marvel Action: Spider-Man is a fresh start for all-aged readers of Marvel’s most popular character, and the triumphant return of the kid-friendly periodical comic book.  

Horror comics are an acquired taste, and one that I usually find hard to stomach.  That’s why I’m more than surprised that I loved the first 2 issues of The Red Mother as much as I did.  This is a supernatural horror story with a clear footing in reality - a comic book genre that is leaps and bounds out of my usual comfort zone.  I’ve always been a fan of the “cape and cowl” comics.  You know, superhero books full of SNIKTs, THWIPs, and BAMFs. There is comfort in familiarity, but I’m well aware that the medium is limitless, and the comic landscape can support any type of storytelling.  

In space, far beyond the galaxy that we Earthlings know and love, lives the Outer Darkness.  John Layman fans have chewed on the new sci-fi series since 2018, and this may be the start of his most fulfilling story yet.  The self-proclaimed science fiction geek, best known for the Eisner Award-winning series, Chew, has been working full-time on his new passion project with artist Afu Chan.  The new series is imaginative and unique in all the best ways, but still die-hard fans of the Chew series have pondered if we'd see Tony, Colby, and Poyo ever again.  Not since issue #60 has the courageous Cibopath and his adventures graced the Image Comics catalog.  Until now.  Outer Darkness / Chew is the crossover event that comic book fans never knew they wanted but deserve more than ever.   

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