I did it again.  I missed a review. 

My apologies go out to my one fan for keeping you in suspense for so long.  But, hopefully, we’ve all been keeping up with the comics to catch up. 

Ho ho hooooo no.

I giggle every time I think of the premise of this book. It’s silly, irreverent, and simply perfect for the medium.  There’s nothing inside these pages that isn’t downright fun; the hard-drinking and side-splitting antics of the man named Santa are a joy to behold, but not the “to the world” type.  The peace that this Kringle is bringing is the more eternal sort, and the ride getting there is hysterical.  There’s not many stories that I can kick back and simply enjoy nowadays, but this series is certainly one of them.  Outfitted with crazy characters, crazier antics, and the craziest plot twists, this is a book that just wants to grab a beer and beat the living snot out of anything that cramps the Claus style.

Have you heard the news, Tomb Raider fans!?  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting almost a whole year to celebrate and rejoice!  Mark your smartwatches, nerds, because Rise of the Tomb Raider, originally released for Xbox One only, will finally be available for the Playstation 4 on October 11th, 2016!  Excited now?!

This first issue of Kingsway West jumps around a bit before we find our footing in the present story. Greg Pak (House of Penance) has created a brand new, but awfully familiar, world. It’s the era of the gold rush, the US is split between the Chinese and Mexicans, and the gold is red. Yes, Red Gold. This Red Gold powers a phenomenon that science cannot explain, especially since it can be used as a weapon. Everyone wants it, badly enough to go to war.

In the first issue of Conan the Slayer by Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) and Sergio Dávila, we followed a wounded Conan into a community of Kozaki warriors. After some grandstanding, Conan earned their trust and caused a divide between the father (leader of the pack) with his older son. The older son does not trust Conan. Conan trusts none of them.

Things get a little weird.

It’s no secret that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the adventures of the terror upon cute that is Gertrude, former Queen of Fairyland.  In this issue, Mr. Young brings in guest artist Jeffery “Chamba” Cruz who partners with series colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu to give us a sweet alternative kind of tale for our demonic damsel. (Sweet as in badass, not tea parties.)  We’re now into the series proper, and things are working well with the episodic nature. We now get to see Gert kick a little butt on the page instead of inferring between issues.

So it ends. Well, this volume, at least. With the last issue of the Rising Action arc, the book finally sees the six issues of battle really come to a head with some major twists, turns, and big changes to go along with the witty banter and classic Keiron Gillen humor that we've come to know and love from the series.

A cover can say a lot to the reader, and in the case of Demonic #1 (Image Comics), it says everything. The image of an ordinary man in an alley, his shadow twisted into something evil as it overtakes most of the cover - one can instantly surmise that whatever is between the covers cannot be good.

When you like your action slow, thoughtful, and callous.

There’s an obvious swing in comics towards physical perfection in male characters, and impossible contortions of anatomy and sense in female ones.  Mark Hobby’s book, Job Dun: Fat Assassin, eschews that standard in its main character, giving us an overlarge guy who bulls through a world that prides itself on looks and the application of social expectations that can boggle the mind.  Taking the path of least resistance in all things, Job Dun is like a foul-mouthed Buddha chucking fools to the afterlife while keeping after what’s important.

This is going to come as a surprise to exactly no one.  I am a big fan of Doctor Who.  A superfan.  A -willing-to-pay-way-too-much-money-to-have-a-picture-taken-with-Captain-Jack-Harkness-at-Comikaze fan. But as geeks, most of us are.

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