The girls are back, and there’s gonna be trouble! Trouble and adventures with a dash of fantasy, the way only Lumberjanes can. I really enjoyed this book immensely. I remember when the first issue of the original Lumberjanes' run landed at the local comic book shop. I picked it up, read it, and ran home to share it with my roommate immediately, because she was 100% Mal and I was 100% April, even down to our haircuts. Part of the genius of Lumberjanes is that you feel like you know the characters. They remind you of people you know, and sometimes even you.
Whew… it’s been a minute, but we’re back in it! A quick recap of “New Sheriff in the ‘Verse” so far: Mal and Moon have teamed up with Blue Moon to solve the mystery of a particularly ruthless and determined killer that seems nigh indestructible and equipped with some very fancy tech. Meanwhile, Kaylee, Jayne, and Leonard bite off a bit more than they could chew. Mal ropes in Inara to get some high-level intel to help his investigation. There, we’re all caught up!
The promise at the end of the first issue of The After Realm Quarterly was that things would get bonkers (in a good way), but that was just a tease, as Michael Avon Oeming reels us back in and instead gives us a really wonderful end to the first story arc.
You know when you think you do something to make a thing better, and it ends up making it worse? Welcome back to Gideon Falls. The last story arc saw our heroes “victorious” over what is known as The Black Barn, a sort of inter-dimensional doorway that holds within it a great evil called The Smiling Man. The problem, of course, that when you’re dealing with an ancient, esoteric evil which lives outside of time and space, who knows what will happen if you “destroy” it.
Sometimes, when reviewing comic books, you come into a series a few issues late. It is a rare occasion that issue #6 of a series makes you want to go back and read 1-5. Family Tree made me want to buy the trade paperback.
Pirates hold a special place in my heart. They symbolize a certain devilish freedom that near every young person desires to obtain. To be the master of your own destiny in a world of rules and rigor is a noble goal. A Man Among Ye attempts to do the same thing in the comic world.
Published in 1887, A Study in Scarlet is one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Sherlock Holmes mysteries and is also the first of the ever-popular Holmes/Watson detective duo. It’s also a natural for adaptation to a graphic novel.
It's the end of the first arc of the stellar new series from creators Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, and Giuseppe Camuncoli, Undiscovered Country. With the group splintered and under pursuit from the deranged Destiny Man, Charlotte, Daniel, and Uncle Sam have found their way towards the exit of Destiny Man's zone, looking to walk deeper through the Spiral and find out the secrets of this new America. Since they closed their borders, the United States has been an enigma, with new territories emerging led like small fiefdoms controlled by some rather unsavory characters. Despite this, the team has soldiered on, attempting to uncover the cure for a devastating virus inside the sealed walls of America.
I occasionally have nightmares themed around the works of R.L. Stein. His books occupied a strange and fantastic niche that only the children of the '90s could allow.