As the popularity of Critical Role rises, the Dungeons & Dragons-based actual play show and entertainment studio has been asked for more and more content relating to the heroes portrayed by the incredibly talented cast. Not a group to lose out on a chance to do something they obviously love, Critical Role has teamed for the last few years with Dark Horse Comics to produce stories based on their beloved group of idiot adventurers, Vox Machina. Since the streaming show of the Vox Machina campaign started well after the titular group began their journey, there are plenty of stories to share. With that, the stories contained within the Dark Horse Comics series are all based on what happened when the group met and started working together to become the saviors of Exandria. Now on its second chapter, Vox Machina: Origins focuses on a well-told story of the time they saved Grog from a mind control spell, thereby saving the realm from an untold evil.
Watching or reading Alejandro Jodorowsky's work is an experience for the soul, acting as a meditation for the transcendence of ourselves. His audience is constantly asked not to trust him, but to believe in him. He explores the occult, Jungian philosophy, and the esoteric; however, an undeniable consideration of El Topo involves the sexual assault that occurred between Jodorowsky and The Woman’s actress, Mara Lorenzio, which may have brought about her decision to not continue an exploration of her talents. While Jodorowsky has gone on record saying that the act was merely “surrealist publicity,” it has required consideration in how an audience views Jodorowsky’s work.
The indie comic book series, Mindframe, entangles readers in a story that captures the antagonism of the horrible and the boring, putting these feelings in constant awareness of each other. In other words, Mindframe is wholly Lynchian in the best possible. Writer/artist David Tucker makes his debut as someone who has mastered nuanced storytelling. Within one issue, he presents three different segments of time, all coherently connecting the premise with the characters. Tucker's exposition is masterful in that it serves to reveal the true nature of the characters, providing a surreal narrative akin to creators like David Lynch, Brian De Palma, William Friedkin, and Nicolas Winding Refn. In terms of comparison with other comic book visionaries, look no further than Grant Morrison in terms of his eclectic panel layouts and visually distinct means of storytelling.
In Trees: Three Fates, readers follow a police sergeant in Toska, a remote Russian village where a dead body was was found nearby a tree that arrived eleven years prior. Our protagonist, Klara Voranova, will not only grapple with the murder, but they yet-to-be-unraveled mystery of the tree where the body was found.
Image Comics has released the 15th anniversary special of Hack/Slash which has become know for its series of one-shots full of grandiose horror comedy. In many ways, this series returns to its core intention, as it explores various tropes and metafiction. The series itself ran off the premise that horror victim Cassie Hack lunged at the chance to attack the creatures that harmed others. With the creatures being dubbed “slashers,” they comprise a set of original villains along with special appearances from crossover franchises.