Black Kiss 2*Black Kiss #2 is for mature readers only.


The late eighties in Los Angeles, California. A time of excitement and mystery. In 1988 Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, Coming to America is making audiences across the country laugh, and Ronald Reagan is bumbling around trying to find Iran on the map. An exciting time, indeed. Amidst all of this excitement takes place the story of Black Kiss by Howard Chaykin, one of the most controversial comics of its time. Any story involving pre-op trannies, vampires, sex, stars of the silent film era, the Vatican, prostitution, sex, murder, cults, and hard-edged noir crime makes for a compelling story. There's also quite a bit of sex.

 

SW Darth Maul Death Sentence 1The Phantom Menace is inarguably the worst movie in the Star Wars series.  So, it was odd that Darth Maul, one of the few enjoyable factors of that movie, was killed off and would not fight another day . . . or so we thought.

 

SW Boba Fett 4The conclusion to Star Wars: Blood Ties—Boba Fett is Dead is here.  In the interest of not spoiling the ending for anyone, this review will be kept short.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

Boba Fett Dead 2The adventures of the greatest intergalactic bounty hunter continue in Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead #2.  A discerning eye will notice that, since this story takes place shortly before A New Hope, it is quite obvious that Boba Fett is, indeed, not dead.  We were left with many questions after last issue—the greatest being how could he have survived a blaster shot to the head?  Thankfully, we get the answer in this issue; however, by the end we are still left with more questions.

 

SW - Blood Ties 1Before I begin with my review, I feel the need to share a little bit about myself.  Boba Fett has always been my favorite thing about Star Wars.  When I was growing up and kids argued over who got to play Han Solo, I always called dibs on Boba Fett and even dressed up as the Mandalorian for multiple Halloweens.


Being the fan that I am, I was very excited when it was announced that there would be a sequel to the mini-series Star Wars: Blood Ties.  For those of you who have not read the original one, I strongly recommend you pick it up (as well as another miniseries called Jango Fett: Open Season); however, I will give you a quick synopsis to catch you up.

SPOILERS BELOW

Invincible #68 just came out, and boy is it great.  Robert Kirkman’s Invincible is, by far, the best comic series currently running.

 

For those of you unaware of Invincible, here is a quick recap:  Mark Grayson is your typical, teenage boy dealing with all of the usual problems including school, girls, and growing up.  That is where the normalcy ends.  His father is Omni-Man, an alien who came to Earth and became its greatest hero.  The series started just before Mark’s own powers began manifesting.

 

The series is notorious for being a pastiche of iconic comic book characters and playing with the usual conventions of the medium.  Omni-Man is an obvious nod towards Superman, and his team of superheroes strikes a strong resemblance to the Justice League.

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