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The sign of a good story sometimes comes in the form of presenting a jumping-on point at a later time, allowing new readers to take part in the story’s world without fully understanding what’s previously taken place. For Postal Volume 5, it’s exactly what you can expect to find as you dive into the town of Eden, and those looking to maintain its prosperity or burn it to the ground.

The first issue of Clue brings to mind many memories of the mid-'80s film. Most of the original characters from the film are back, such as Mr. Boddy and Mrs. Peacock; however, there are new characters, too, such as Dr. Orchid and Sen. White. It's fun to see just how much this first issue resembles the opening of the film. You get the mandatory introduction of all the characters arriving at the mansion, as well as seeing them all interact with one another. The personality dynamics are quite engaging and fun to enjoy.

Saved New York City is on the brink of collapse, but can it be rescued from the White Wizard and his daughter, Chloe? That question is answered in the final issue of Snowfall, where science and fairy tale meet.

I really got into comics, in earnest, back in 2011. It was DC’s launch of the New 52 that gave me the “in” I’d been looking for. Sure, I’d read graphic novels and trade paperbacks for years, but I was always catching up, always years behind; I wanted to be current. I wanted to be able to experience tension of waiting with the rest of a readership to discover what shadowy force was behind Batman’s latest case. I sampled a lot of DC’s titles during this launch, especially some of the weirder ones that no one can remember having happened, and I learned a few things: One, I like some of the dark corners of the DC Universe I’d previously written off as relics of the 1970s and 1980s, and two, that I wanted to read more of Scott Snyder (who was writing Batman and Swamp Thing) and Jeff Lemire (writing Animal Man and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.). Discovering the work of up-and-coming creators was a big part of why I’d wanted to get current on comics in the first place, and I always made it a point to follow what they were doing through that period at DC and into their own, creator-owned work elsewhere.

When last we saw Conan, he had followed the trail of a beautiful princess into a haunted/resurrected city and come across an indomitable demon. Joining him again, we see now that Conan - the recently minted leader of a Kozaki clan of warriors - has been followed by his enemy, Jehunghir Agha, in an attempt to ambush him away from the other Kozaks.

Let’s talk about Joe Golem #2. I found myself sort of impressed with the first issue. It was kind of spooky, had some interesting elements, and a film noir vibe, but if you had told me that the second issue would scare the crap out of me, I wouldn’t have believed you. There is a sequence in the second issue that sent chills up my spine and made me gasp out loud. It is difficult to frighten me and even more difficult to do so in a comic book, but Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and company have made me feel like a kid on a staircase leading into a dark basement.

In the world of international affairs, secrets are a major commodity. That is especially true when there's war involved and seems to ring even more true for Marcus King, a mysterious man with a lot of truths buried. When we first meet Marcus, things aren't going so well. While we don't really get to see much of what's really going on here just yet, it's looking pretty likely that we're going to get to see Marcus do some pretty crazy things, and it's only going to get more ramped up from here.

Despite some of the recent disappointing developments in the world of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the comic book tie-in series, Mass Effect: Discovery, continues to go well. When we last left things, Tiran Kandros was well on his way to discovering the truth behind the Andromeda Initiative, the massive undertaking that will lead the many races of the Milky Way to the far reaches of space - to find a new home, a new life, and a new beginning. Despite the wonder that such an adventure can inspire, Kandros is under the belief that there's something more nefarious at play here, and he's been tasked with finding that out.

Mickey Spitz’s parents never intended to have a child; raising and training bloodhounds as scent dogs was their lifelong passion; however, when a baby comes along, they integrate him into the household pack as if he were a talking puppy rather than a human child.  Mickey considers his family dogs his siblings and strives to learn how to track by scent as well as the dogs.  When tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Mickey is separated from his furry brothers and sisters and sent to live with his aunt and uncle who aren’t overly found of either pets or children.  Can he learn how to cope and find a way to turn his new family into something that feels like home?

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