In the far flung future, the Quantinuum, a computer of incalculable processing power, binds the universe together. Science has advanced to the point that many individuals possess powers, either through genetic means or as the product of technology. A group of these superpowered individuals guard the Quantinuum and preserve peace in the universe. They are the Hypernaturals.
Despite having a fondness for James Bond movies and shows like 24, I’ve never been able to get into espionage comics easily. And, as hard as I’ve tried, I can’t really pick up on Where is Jake Ellis? in a decent fashion. I would suggest to those who wish to read the series to first read its previous companion, Who is Jake Ellis?, so that it can be understand in a better fashion. I know that I could have benefitted from it before I reviewed this issue and wish I had done so.
Saga is the incredible, new comic from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples that follows the story of Marko and Alana, two lovers from different worlds that are at war with each other. Marko and Alana have a very big problem that comes in a very tiny package. You see, they just had a baby, and it is a very special little kid, because their races aren’t supposed to be able to procreate together, and now both of their home worlds want their kid and will go to any length to get it. That’s the lowdown on the story, but Saga is so much more than that.
The Massive is Brian Wood’s epic take on a post-apocalyptic world, but you won’t find any zombies or Thunderdomes here. This is an incredibly realistic look at what might happen if the world suffered from multiple natural disasters all at once in a single cataclysmic event. The world of The Massive takes place primarily at sea, as the tsunamis and hurricanes that occurred have flooded much of the land. The world has changed dramatically, and, in the aftermath, people struggle to find food, seek out missing friends and allies, and, most importantly, try to maintain some sense of order and morality.
One of the great things happening this year for me and my fellow Scoobies is the birth of an extended Buffyverse in the comic book format. It wasn’t quite different when Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 and Angel & Faith launched the season. We experienced Scoobies have been through the years where we had both Buffy and Angel (and it was glorious!), so we’ve tasted that sweet wine before. But, over the last few months, things have changed. With the current Dark Horse Comics line-up featuring Buffy: Season 9, Angel & Faith, Spike: A Dark Place, and this week’s Willow: Wonderland by writer Jeff Parker and the art team of Brian Ching (penciller), Jason Gorder (inker), and Michelle Madsen (colorist), we finally have an extended (and shared) Buffyverse in sequential art format! It’s a good time to be a Buffy fan, and Dark Horse’s Willow: Wonderland #1 adds another beautiful layer to the world that Whedon built!
This ain’t no March of the Penguins! Like some passionate, forbidden collaboration between Walt Disney and Quentin Tarantino, Penguins vs. Possums is an angry stampede of fur and feathers like nothing you’ve ever seen before. By Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon, Penguins vs. Possums initially catches your eye with the ridiculously fun concept, hooks you with tongue-in-cheek humor, and then reels you in so completely with its powerful story and character work. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite comics being made today.
What if The Manhattan Project wasn't just about building a nuclear bomb but was only one of hundreds of dangerous and potentially world-changing projects at work? The Manhattan Projects follows the geniuses behind the project and puts them up against all sorts of new problems which they must figure out how to overcome WITH SCIENCE! In this latest issue of The Manhattan Projects, the team continues to focus on the dangers from other worlds by turning to the Russian science think tank Star City with a most unusual offer.
There’s a full splash page in this comic where a Tyrannosaurus rex, wearing a robotic exoskeleton, charges in and shouts “Today for snack, it’s missiles, and I brought enough for everyone.” End of review. Just go by this comic right now; there is nothing else you need to know. What? You’re still here? Fine, I’ll review the comic, but, honestly, there’s a dinosaur that shoots missiles, how cool is that? Super Dinosaur takes every single daydream that you used to have as a seven-year-old and mashes them together into a funny, heartwarming, and incredibly entertaining comic book. It’s like they found a way to bundle all of the joyful energy of a grade school jungle gym into a monthly comic.
When I first heard about this series, I wasn’t sure what to think of it; I’m a fan of Japanese culture and have a huge interest in feudal Japanese history, so I was afraid that they wouldn’t do the Japanese culture justice, but I was wrong. The comic is fast-paced, it’s able to tell the story succinctly, and is very entertaining. Dark Horse, you have gained my interest; now just keep it.
Brady, Cheeks, and Haley continue their ‘verse-jumping adventure through iconic and geeky genres in Dark Horse Comics’ digital release this week of Husbands #3: A Case of Assumption. At this point, if you’ve been following my previous reviews, you’re probably tired of hearing over and over about how frakkin’ enjoyable this book is, but don’t blame me! It’s completely the fault of writers Jane Espenson and Brad "Cheeks" Bell, who are simply refusing to turn down the awesomeness by even a notch!