After two seasons of the show, one movie, and one heck of a Wiki page perusal, I finally was about to take on the manga, Pyscho Pass Volume 1. Let me get you up to speed, and we can go from there.

Romain Baudy and Martin Trystram’s Pacific left me with the uncanny feeling that there’s something I missed. The graphic novel is a tale of the crew of a U-boat near the end of the Second World War, and one that begins in a mundane enough manner: a new crew member comes aboard, learning the ropes, being hazed by his crewmates as he’s introduced to the tight, unprivate quarters he’ll be restricted to in the coming weeks. One of his crewmates – though each is rendered as a recognizable individual, names are hard to come by – discovers a banned book amongst the newcomer’s belongings. Nazis were serious about their book banning, you know.

If you are interested in a suspenseful, horrifying mystery, then Rowans Ruin is the perfect answer to satisfy this craving. BOOM! Studios presents this limited series in its entirety with this trade paperback that is destined to live on like Psycho or The Shining. It has that kind of bone-chilling quality which will leave you unable to look away, turning page after page to find out if it’s actually safe for you to read.

The world is under attack. Each and every citizen on the planet lives in fear. Any moment death might greet them quickly without warning. Cities turn to ruins and the Earth’s superheroes are being murdered, further preventing the innocent from maintaining any kind of hope. Will today be the day they die?

The artwork in Titan ComicsMasked #2 stands out with large, lively cityscapes that generate a real sense of dimension. Differently angled views of Paris show the magnificent details crafted by artists Stephane Crety, Julien Hugonnard-Bert, and Gaetan Georges. The combined efforts of these three maximize every millimeter of each page.

That was a lot.

As 2016 wraps up, the release of the second issue in Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 11 taps into the foreboding and uncertain atmosphere hanging thick in the national climate, as we prepare for the the completion of the United States presidential transition and a very different form of governing and leadership in the four years ahead. Writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs remain at the top of their game in the newly released issue, continuing to craft what seems to be shaping up to be one of the most complex, impactful, and important seasons of Buffy yet.

Your focus determines your reality.

Well, the holidays are officially upon us, with less than a week to go before both Christmas and Chanukah have come and gone.  But what I’m especially loving about this holiday season is that even some of our favorite comic books are celebrating the spirit of the season!

Okay, I'm taking bets now…

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