Not all who wander are lost.
When I saw this listing from Dark Horse, I had to go for it. It was described as a “Retro flying adventure in the spirit of Hayao Miyazaki.” Now, my love for Miyazaki is very high, so I had to know if it was true. Following a young woman dealing with the loss of her grandfather and the mystery he left behind, Wandering Island is truly a stunning work of art that is a must read. Slow-burn storytelling in a sleepy island chain off of Japan satisfies a rustic adventure that hearkens back to tales that one would make up on lazy summer days, where adventure could be sparked by any innocuous beginning.
I’m one of the few people who has a soft spot for the Prometheus movie, despite its obvious flaws. I loved it for its ambition, its earnest attempt at creating a new myth. I was even more in love with last year’s Prometheus: Fire and Stone. It fleshed out ideas in a most terrifying way. The first issue of Prometheus: Life and Death was a bit underwhelming. I’m not sure if it was a lack of pacing or tone, or simply because it seemed to exist simply to get characters from A to B so the story could continue. I really don’t think spending an entire issue on that without character development was worth it. Now, most of this issue acclimates us to the world our colonial marines find themselves stuck on.
The first Lady Killer series was nominated for several Eisner Awards, and one can easily see why. Lady Killer is an incredibly splendid premise with a superstar artist in Joelle Jones. Jones has fashioned an iconic character in Josie Schuller, the veneer of the perfect 1960s ditzy, happily overworked housewife, but under that veneer is an incredibly violent, efficient, clever hit-person who has gone into business for herself.
Cullen Bunn knows how to tell a story in a way that twists and turns, that leaves you never knowing exactly what will happen next. I left the last issue thinking “Here’s a new villain” and by the end of this issue, I have no idea who is good and bad. Not only in the course of Issue #14 has he created a handful of complex characters, but he has expanded the scope of the world of Harrow County by leaps and bounds. I feel like after turning every corner, nothing will ever be the same. In this way Cullen Bunn has created something on par with Mind MGMT, Saga, Preacher, Harry Potter, Avatar the Last Airbender, and the original Star Wars trilogy. He’s taken the foundation of mythmaking and presented it to us in a fable-esque horror story packaging that is original and terrifying.
After losing his students and mentor to the Devil Marauders in The Hawk of New York #3, Eric descends into a darkness that can only be appeased by vengeance on those responsible for his pain. Doc, the homeless man who saved him from death, tries to show him the error of his choices by appealing to Eric’s Native American side, but the point has been reached where nothing can pull the young man back from violence and destruction. He’s not the only one closing in on the Devil Marauders though, so he may have to move fast to get the revenge he craves.
Everything is always as it seems.
I had the privilege of diving into Joshua Hauke’s newest set of The Brother’s Three series, Potato-Brained Ideas. Each time I get to reading one of these books, I’m instantly reminded of why I love them so much. It’s the perfect illustration of family dichotomy: parents and children trying to outsmart each other, the dry wit of the adults balanced against the wild wackiness of the boys, and enough imagination to fuel both sides forever. Experience and knowledge matched against youthful exuberance and willingness to buy into any situation is what drives the plots inside, and it never fails to entertain because the stories come from a place of truth. Reading this, you fully expect to know how life is in the Hauke household through a lovely Muppet Babies-style filter, and the underlying love and fun of it is a wonderful thing to share with your own family.
I discovered the valley of the shifting, whispering sands.
My first experience with Brandon Sanderson was with his completion of the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time epic, and while the style was certainly a shift, the increased pace of the narrative only heightened my enjoyment of it tremendously. (I think it’s a pretty common belief that Winter’s Heart was hard to get through.) Since then, I’ve sought out all of his works, and the Mistborn trilogy and its continuing world may be my favorite fantasy series going right now, so there was no question of picking up this title for a review opportunity.
If this was how the west was won, I’m glad I wasn’t there to see it.
When aliens invade the old west, Captain William Beadle decides to lead the battle and organizes the building of a giant mechanical steam man to destroy them and protect Earth. They are successful but soon learn that they were helped along by the Earth’s germs—fatal to the invaders; however, they soon discover a greater threat is upon them. Known as “The Dark Rider,” he has unleashed Hell on Earth in the form of cannibalistic beasties with a very familiar name. Captain Beadle’s mission changes and becomes personal when “The Dark Rider” brutally murders his wife. Joined by Mike Hamner (his first officer), Alfred Blake (the engineer), and John Feather (the navigator), they travel a road that takes no prisoners.
When it comes to the infectious xenomorphs and the trophy-gathering yautja, Judge Dredd of Mega-City One has faced both alien species before in separate encounters, but in Dark Horse Comics’ upcoming Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens miniseries by Eisner Award–winning writer John Layman (Chew) and artist Chris Mooneyham (Predator: Fire and Stone), Dredd must fight a two-front war against two of the most deadliest species in the galaxy! If the first issue is a sign of things to come, readers are in for a blood-soaked, acid-drenched, bone-crunching, balls-to-the-wall brawl between the nastiest bad asses around!
Bounty is the story of sisters Nina and Georgie who, years ago, were the most wanted criminals in the galaxy. Now, they find themselves on the other side of the law, scraping by as bounty hunters. It’s no secret that Bounty writer Kurtis Wiebe is a giant nerd and an RPG aficionado. As his series, Rat Queens, is a love letter to Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy RPGs, Bounty feels the same for many a science fiction tabletop RPG, like Shadowrun and Wiebe’s own system, Gadfly, as well as '90s Anime including Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop.