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Imagine shaking someone’s hand and suddenly the hand, as well as everything else connected, begins to melt like hot wax dripping from a candle. Well, Mycroft Holmes doesn’t have to imagine it whatsoever. He experiences this horrifying moment firsthand in the latest issue of The Apocalypse Handbook.

Innkeepers and karma are quick to collect debts.

After keeping his brother safe while insensate, Takeo is more than ready to get some answers from him while Akio himself is more interested in getting some fun in after having missed any earthly pleasures for a while.  Aided and abetted by the less-holy-than-thou monk, Akio manages to bull his way into a load of trouble and debt while Takeo finds himself wanting to spend time with a lovely young lady with whom he has more than a passing fancy.  Of course, all of this takes place in the slightly less romanticized version of Feudal Japan that creators Di Giorgio and Genet are playing in, so the stakes are very high, and terrible things are in store for anyone caught not paying attention or not possessing enough money to be considered worthwhile as a person.  So yeah, pretty much anyone.

BlackMagicWolf Productions and a campaign funded through Kickstarter bring a comic book brimming with what its audience paid for. Home is the epitome of good storytelling and well-colored artistry combining to reveal an instant hit.

Would you destroy the world to save your daughter? Or would you be willing to sacrifice her to save it? These and many other questions are the underlying themes in the series Snowfall, written by Joe Harris with art by Martín Morazzo.
In Issue #5, the White Wizard imprinted enough of the formulary onto Anthony Farrow to draw the Cooperative’s mercenaries into a trap, but the ensuing firefight leaves both him and the former student and terrorist injured. Still free and in control of the formulary, his daughter, Chloe, clearly has a different agenda and seeks out the detained Inspector Deal to help her.  Now, with snow falling on Old New York City for the first time in decades, who really controls the formulary?

It’s been some time since Dark Horse Comics’ last comic book canon continuation of Joss Whedon’s Serenity feature film, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, allowed fans to rejoin Captain Mal Reynolds and company on board everyone’s favorite Firefly class spaceship, but, starting today, Browncoats everywhere get the chance to jump back on board with the release of the first issue of Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse, written by iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson and illustrated, once again, by artist Georges Jeanty (Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8).

Oh, my heart?  Yeah, won’t be needing that anymore.

Good god, I just finished the latest volume of the Last Man series, and I just want to crawl into a hole and stay there.  This book series has been unbelievably deep and wondrous in its multifaceted plot, and the upcoming sixth installment is in no way different.  The fifth just launched a little over a week ago (at the time I’m writing this), and I devoured it and the follow up that this review focuses on in two afternoons.  Firstly, if you’re reading this and haven’t yet stepped into the world that Bastien Vives, Michael Sanlaville, and Balak have brought to life, then you should bookmark this page, run off to read them, and come back so that I can share (without spoilers) what you’re in store for come November. 

The creative process sometimes comes from what some might consider unexpected places. Jean “Moebius” Giraud created The World of Edena after an initial project for another company. This original story originated from a promotional assignment aimed at the sales team of an auto maker. A project meant to create a comic for this relatively small audience turned into an epic tale, stretching the imagination of many more readers by allowing their own interpretation of his interesting, exciting, and dream-like tale.

Daisy, Esther, and Susan are back for another wild and entertaining story, as BOOM! Studios brings its fans Giant Days 2016 Holiday Special #1. Creator and writer John Allison brings these lovable characters back, but in a completely different way. They’re not friends in this special edition, and the life they’re leading in this bizarre, altered universe doesn’t seem like a good thing.

Is anyone else confused?  Okay, well, not in general.  If that were the case, then I’m always confused.  In this case, I’m talking about the multiple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series written by some of the greatest comic book storytellers of our time: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz.  But, hopefully, I am here to clear up any confusion my readers may have. 

Where has Jason Porath’s Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions and & Heretics been all my life? I wish this book had been around when I was a young teen; to have been able to read about extraordinary women who overcame adversity and made a positive contribution of some kind that could inspire would have been divine. As the adage goes, better late than never!

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