Boone Dias and his team - a fairy, a talking gorilla creature, and a sort of Minotaur mage - set out to destroy the Copper Golems that are creating breaches between the Ether and the reality Earth lives in. It’s an exciting issue that’s visually arresting. Boone Dias is a scientist that has found a way into the Ether, an alternate reality that brings to life all our creativity, and Dias has been working as a sort of adventuring detective. Solving mysteries using science to show that, even behind the most magical of notions, there’s truly no such thing as magic. We’ve found that time moves slower in the Ether, and Dias can’t eat food there which drives him back and forth between each realm.
Things are getting pretty complicated for Wizord in the third volume of the wonderfully entertaining Curse Words. With Platy-Margaret in captivity and Wizord doing his best to maintain his reign as the most awesome wizard in this realm, the stakes continue to rise and more complications arise. Hole World, the evil realm lead by the villain Sizzajee, is alive and well, and while the numbers in his cabal are dwindling, the master of that world shows off a few tricks that he still has up his sleeve.
Farmhand comes from the mind of Rob Guillory who completed a 60+-issue run of the Eisner Award-winning Chew with writer John Layman in 2016. Guillory is the head creative force on this title, painting the first issue of a comic that's filled with promise, beautifully gruesome spreads, and a familiar snarky sense of humor that on an otherwise morbid story. Farmhand is a story that begins completely in medias res, with the status quo being firmly set as soon as we begin the story. In the future, stem cell research has advanced due to a miracle discovery that has allowed the development and use of completely artificial organs.
Archaia brings to its catalogue another fantastical and heartfelt vision, this time from creators K.I. Zachopoulos and Vincenzo Balzano. Run Wild is a beautiful dreamscape of images and ideas. It’s a vision of an apocalypse like I haven’t seen before. It is a journey of a young girl and her even younger brother who have been left alone by their mother and are led by a large, talking fox through deserted landscapes while a group of dangerous predatory animals, eyes aglow with red, give chase to stop them from reaching “Papa.”
This all-ages fantasy adventure from Derek Laufman originally began as an internet comic following the exploits of Rex (a fox warrior) and Pogo (a pig that, well, isn’t much of an adventurer, but he sure wants to be)! Like the classic comedic duos of the past, they are at each other’s throats from page one – a straight man and the clown. Pogo, of course, creates more problems than he helps to solve, and Rex is left trying to pick up the pieces. On the other hand, Pogo has a good heart, and Rex is perhaps a bit too cynical for his own good. It’s a smart pairing, and Laufman uses the characters’ quirks to drive the story forward.