My grandparents were always big readers. Their house was, among other things, a paperback lover’s wonderland - bookshelves at every turn, laden with volumes from the most recent bestsellers to old, worn copies of long-forgotten masterpieces. My grandfather, in particular, shaped many of my own tastes. The book I most remember receiving, reading, and loving was Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. I recommend it. The only thing it shares with the Will Smith movie is a name (and, I guess, that there are robots in it).
The wonderfully unique premise of Reborn, crafted by Mark Millar, entertains its fans with Issue #2 – a great follow-up to the “captivating” first issue that “pulls at a reader’s soul.” Please feel encouraged to check out the Fanbase Press review of Reborn #1 highlighting “one of the most spectacular pages ever constructed.”
The Troop: Volume 1 generates more than a simple plot through a five-issue run. Writer Noel Clarke crafts misfit heroes who find themselves surrounded by violence, sex, drugs, and the overwhelming desire to survive – particularly when it involves self-defense, smashing a racist’s face in, or pure and simple revenge. These loners are not only used to being outcasts; it’s the normalcy they seek until they find each other. Clarke provides a diverse group of characters and isn’t afraid to involve vulgar language to emphasize their opinions on important matters, like staying alive.
A complex storyline mixed with ancient beings, thrilling sequences, and characters driving themselves to uphold some semblance of a moral code provide a legacy created by Bruce Zick. The Zone Continuum: Legacy was first introduced in 1992, and Dark Horse Comics brings together the four-part series in one collection for the first time.
This series continues to get more and more interesting. With the latest installment of the eight-part series, this book took a major turn as our lead, Simon Moore, finds out much more than he expected. In the last issue, he took to interrogating the crew of the Hardrian's Wall, all of them people of interest in the death of crew member Edward Madigan. With everyone on edge, Simon's job is hard enough, and that's not taking into account the fact that Simon is addicted to pills, and someone has taken his stash from him.
Some blossoms are as beautiful as they are deadly.
Takeo and the monk travel with Wind of the Sands to infiltrate a Lord’s castle for treasure enough to free Akio from the Yakuza who have kept him hostage for his considerable gambling debt. Little do they know what truly awaits them in the chambers of the lord. Intrigue, action, and sultry double crosses make this issue a great addition to the series, all the while laying out the promise of much more to come. The monk gets to tag along for the action this time, and it goes pretty much as you would expect it, while we’re left with a cliffhanger that, though an old type of trick, serves its purpose effectively, because I certainly can’t wait to see what happens next.
The longstanding story of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D enters beautifully into the comic book world. The anime-like illustrations by Michael Broussard make the reader feel like you’re watching an animated television series, which happens to be currently in development. The first of “over 30 novels based on the titular character” began its popular run in 1983 and has since “sold more than 17 million copies and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.”