The Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions comics run has made some great progress in terms of LGBTQ2* representation and race and body type diversity while still centering music and taking its aesthetics from the '80s pop-punk scene, and this installment furthers that work. Comics in the Dimensions series include two short stories each, with the ultimate intention of showing Jem, the Holograms, the Misfits, and even a pretty well-developed set of groupies in a multi-dimensional way through extended world building and character development. Each story is written and drawn by a rotating crew, meaning that each comic contains two distinct story and art styles. This installment includes Sarah Kuhn and Siobhan Keenan’s “Face Off” and Sarah Winifrid Searle’s “Star Girl.”
The time has come once again for us to celebrate the holidays in all of their glory. It's time to deck the halls, trim the tree, and create crazy monsters with magic and hunt them for sport! Well, that's the case if you live in Hole World. In this year's Curse Words Holiday Special, we get a look into the main cast, as the nine beings that worship the evil Sizzajee celebrate their favorite tradition: the Meatmeet, a special activity that shows these pretty bizarre beings doing a pretty bizarre things. Mostly, the Meatmeet is a competition for Sizzajee's favor, as the nine beings (which are the ones who have come after our beloved Wizord in our world) create a creature, imbue it with magic, and hunt it down, with the winner getting respect from Sizzajee and a special seat at the table during the celebration.
In a dystopian future where most of the Earth is covered in water and the debris of a long-forgotten time, there are two worlds: the Noble Houses who live on dry land and the Chasing Arrows who live under the sea. The Chasing Arrows are responsible for recycling all of the old plastic and other refuse that takes up most of the ocean. Metal and other precious commodities go to the Noble Houses while the rest is used to power the old, massive ships now reconfigured as habitats for the Arrows. In essence, they are salvagers. They also manufacture their own food by farming plankton and sea fungus which, apparently, is not very tasty.
Matt Kindt took his time to lay the framework in this world of the Grass Kingdom, and it’s starting to pay off. It took me a little longer to fall under the spell of this series than most. Maybe Kindt thought the war that took place in the first several issues would be the thing that drew people in, but that always seemed like a distraction to what’s happening now. He has nailed something I’ve been thinking, something that’s been annoying me about the people of the Grass Kingdom: that they’re no different than anyone anywhere else. They have just as many secrets, and it’s those secrets I’m most interested in.
Kaiju are big business these days, and with the Valderrama Bros.’ Giants #1, there couldn’t be a more applicable term than kaiju. On the surface of the Earth, giant-sized mysterious beasts have taken over the planet since a cataclysm occurred: A comet fell. Since then, humanity has been forced into subterranean living, and different factions fight over what little territory they have in what are called Rumbles.
Issue #21 of Dept.H uses one of those filmic devices of video footage showing things that video footage couldn’t possibly show or at least not in the way it could show it. We become observers of the past, watching as the footage is being shot, almost as if the person watching is filling in the blanks for us with their imagination. So, in a way, we’re not actually seeing reality, but our hero’s perception of what that reality is. This is a wonderful metaphor, as Dept.H is so much more than a simple thriller/murder mystery at the depths of the ocean, but also the depths of memories and our understanding of the past.