After the dramatic turn of events and possible realignment of Team Angel, we take a breather and go back to a moment in Angel’s past. Angel does what he tends to do best: saving souls in need of aid. This time around, it’s a case involving an actress friend and the mystery of who killed her and why.
Life is a complicated thing. There are all sorts of obstacles that can get in the way, especially in tight-knit social circles. Growing up, the people around you are your family, whether they are related or not. And when you're also close with your family, it makes things even more of a potential issue. This is the conceit of Getting It Together, the newest series from Omar Spahi and Sina Grace. It follows the story of Jack, a young man with his own life struggles, also dealing with an ever-growing situation between those he really cares about. Anyone who has grown up with a close social group can recognize the situation: After a conversation about their relationship and the actions following that conversation get complicated, Sam and his girlfriend Lauren have a bit of a falling out. Given that Jack is not only Sam's best friend, but Lauren's brother, everything gets a bit out of hand as Jack tries to play the middle and help both of them, as well as live his own life.
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.
Quick recap of “New Sheriff in the ‘Verse” so far: The Chang-Benitez gang came up against the Bandit King and refused his protection for a cut of their takings. Mal arrested them in order to protect them from Blue Sun’s massively overpowered enforcers, but the merry trio are busted out of jail… by the Bandit King.
A small-town bank heist turns into a big-time problem. Cole Caudle is aging out of the game and planned on riding off into the sunset with one last score, but he accidentally stole from the wrong people. Reprinted for the first time in over a decade, Last of the Independents is Matt Fraction and Kieron Dwyer's action-packed homage to '70s tough guys.
We are currently living in a time where people who have been constantly othered feel more freedom to express their truths and know that others will be listening. Sayra Begum’s intensely personal graphic novel, Mongrel, examines the life of a young Muslim woman coming of age in modern Great Britain. Her path is doubly difficult, because her father is a white British Muslim convert while her mother is a traditional Bangladeshi woman, so she has ties to two worlds but cannot fully claim either as her heritage.
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.
Erica Slaughter is the Ripley, the Sarah Connor, the Furiosa of Tynion and Dell’edera’s Something Is Killing the Children. She’s a ruthless monster hunter that doesn’t like abiding by the rules, especially if it gets in the way of actually helping kids. She’s only one part of why this series was nominated for Best New Series at the 2020 Eisner Awards, but she’s a big part of it. Even as we learn more about her in this issue - where she comes from, how she came to be a part of the House of Slaughter - she remains a beautiful mystery: imperfect, afraid, but willing to do whatever needs to be done.