Jeff Lemire is less concerned about telling a superhero story and more concerned about telling a story about what being a superhero means, and what it means to have that responsibility taken away. At least that’s what I thought until reading Issue #4. Bit by bit, it’s becoming about even more than that. It’s about inclusion versus exclusion. Where is a person’s place at in the world? What does a person mean to those around them? As Lemiere digs in, these themes begin to resonate emotionally in ways I wasn’t fully expecting after having read Issue #1
At this point, it’s hard for me to believe that there will ever be a disappointing issue of Harrow County. I have complete faith in Cullen Bunn’s vision for the world. The roots are so deep that every revelation, every turn, every detail feels natural, authentic, and unnerving.
Matt Kindt slows down for Issue #7. Mia, our hero who is trapped in a quickly crumbling underwater research center with a group of scientists - one (or more) of whom killed her father, has decided to stop letting her situation dictate her next step. Trapped in the control room with her father’s closest confidant, Roger, Mia asks why she shouldn’t just leave and let all of them die. Roger focuses on one of their group who we haven’t gotten to know yet. While Roger talks about Aaron, we see him on one of the console cameras. In a smart move, we follow a character that is not Mia.
In the new issue of Battlecats, Miami-based Mad Cave Studios writer Mark London journeys back in time, right back to the beginning of creation. A wise, old sage named Natharien reveals to a young disciple how the God of Creation created Valderia from a drop of his golden blood 8,000 years before the development of a modern civilization under the leadership of Eramad, the first king to unify the seven separate and often warring tribal lands of Valderia. From the first furless creatures with large, bulbous eyes to the hyper-masculine felines that would evolve over time, London provides context for the Battlecats, an elite guard mandated by the king to protect the lands. In the closing pages of this issue, Natharien asks the young cub if he understands the path he is about to embark upon, as it is revealed that the disciple is one of the Battlecats that has featured in Issues #1 – 3, released earlier this year.
While wandering around the one-room Long Beach Comic Expo a few years ago, I happened to walk by a table with an organized pile of little stuffed animals – off-white polar bears with big black noses, each wearing a bright red cape. They were adorable and I was immediately enraptured by what I would come to learn was a character named Herobear from Herobear and the Kid, an all-ages series from the creative genius of Mike Kunkel.
Hollywood is a ridiculous and soul-draining place - especially, it seems, for those looking to make a name for themselves in the acting world. This seems to be especially true for Farrah Durante, a past-her-prime actress who, despite her success on a Star Trek-like science fiction show, has seen the spotlight on her dim.
The first issue of The Electric Sublime brings the wonderful world of art into the comic book universe. This fact is proven as soon as you remotely glance at the cover page. Artist Martin Morazzo and colorist Mat Lopes create a colorful, busy design with many basic shapes transformed into complex images. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find Art.
With the influx of comic properties hitting pop culture in earnest over the last decade and a half, finding a way to introduce a massive, new audience to the medium became essential. Enter the proliferation of the omnibus edition. What started as the equivalent of a 101 textbook to comics became a way to compile old series for long-time fans. Image Comics has begun to print out omnibus editions of most of their series, including current runs. While the wait can be arduous, they are well worth it. The seventh volume of Savage Dragon Archives holds nearly 600 pages of Erik Larsen’s Dragon, hearkening back all the way to 2009, is yet another example of how Image is catering to readers, and continuing to celebrate one of its most iconic (although somewhat obscure) characters.
There’s nothing quite like a solid first issue of a new comic series. Spell on Wheels #1 beautifully balances exposition, character introductions, and starting the adventure. The story begins when a man breaks into the home of witches Jolene Nguyen, Claire Bettany, and Andy Highsmith and steals trinkets, candles, and talismans to sell off to the highest bidder. This prompts the girls to go on a road trip to get it all back and teach their robber a lesson.