Full disclosure: I've never read the Ewilan’s Quest novels by Pierre Bottero that this graphic novel is based on. In fact, I picked up The Quest of Ewilan, Book One: From One World to Another purely because of the beautiful front cover and a one-paragraph description that sounded intriguing. So, I had little-to-no expectations going in.
Science meets future-noir in the comic book series, The Resurrected, created and written by Christian Carnouche. As mentioned in my review for the first issue back in January, this series is set in the near future, where technology has been developed to end death and suffering through loss; however, the cost of that technology was high: 30 million people. Not only does Carnouche explore the philosophical ramifications of that cost, but he also seeks to analyze corporate and religious implications.
The Peanuts gang are some of the most beloved characters ever written. They proved themselves iconic by maintaining a run of syndicated Sunday morning comic strips that lasted from 1950 to 2000. Charles Schulz is a brilliant author, and BOOM! Studios has collected a handful of his works - beautifully preserved and carefully curated. This is the tenth volume in the series, each one as good as the last, and all of them just as philosophically existential.
One of the funniest books in comics has taken on a more serious term as of late, and with this volume of the story, that rings very true. In a series that is full of sex jokes, pop culture references, and more sex jokes, the last volume has begun its descent into a more serious tone. While this collection has some of the trademark silliness Sex Criminals is known for, a lot is happening for Jon, Suzie, and the rest of the team.
Last month, publisher Bliss on Tap continued its high-speed zombie comic book series with the release of Train 8: The Zombie Express #2, picking up right where it left off on a rollercoaster ride of terror. As part of a three-issue series, the second installment maintained a palpable tension throughout, leaving readers worried as to when a flesh-eating walker might appear from around the next corner.
I’ve been reading a lot of Jeff Lemire’s books recently. He’s an exceptional writer. Not every choice he makes as a creator lands with me on a personal level, but Black Hammer is one of the things that does. Maybe because it’s about fitting in - finding a group of people, or a person, that you can be comfortable with. That loves you. But doesn’t the X-Men do that? For me, The X-Men is about not being hated for who you are. I never get the sense that any of the X-Men are lonely, because they have each other to depend on (and they’re always dating each other). In Black Hammer, our heroes each need something on a personal level; they each need to be loved for who they are.
Dark Horse has released a brand new series titled Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men. As somewhat of a Lovecraft fan, I read the word “Eldritch” and yelled “yippee!” Are you meaning to tell me there's a chance that this series will feature themes and concepts inspired by the works H.P. Lovecraft? Well, after reading the very first issue, I can confidently report that the answer is...maybe?
The world of the Avatars is one of the fullest and most vibrant worlds created in the last 20 years. Aang’s journey in the three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender started out as a show for children and became one of the best television shows of all time (in my humble opinion). The Legend of Korra received a lot of flak for its portrayal of an emotionally difficult Avatar in Korra. That’s specifically why I loved it and her. Unlike The Last Airbender, it didn’t have the traditional three-act structure. Instead, over four seasons, you saw Korra grow into the Avatar we all knew she could be. In this final issue of the first Korra series in comic form, we see Korra take another huge leap forward, and it’s magnificent.