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Issue three of Something Is Killing the Children revolves around a few key moments, two of which are entirely dialogue driven. These scenes are some of the best I’ve seen written in some time. Any exposition is natural, the pacing is fluid, and the tension is built through character conflict. James Tynion IV is a fantastic writer, and he’s taking the time to let this story breathe.

The previous issue of The Weatherman had an incredibly amazing cliffhanger, and I have to be honest that I was just a little bit disappointed with where the story went in the subsequent issue - as if a different path could have changed everything for everyone involved. But, if I’m to be honest with myself once again, LeHeup's chosen direction makes more sense with who the characters are, and it’s a really fun issue.

Despite its name, Safe Sex (SFSX) is not a series for the faint of heart, and while it has connections to other media, it stands all on its own. Described (by me, to others) as The Handmaid's Tale but for the misunderstood members of the kink and queer communities, SFSX is an opus of sex-positive and queer-focused storytelling, with an added theme of standing up against the tyranny that attempts to starve you of your freedoms and tamp down any urges that are viewed as unseemly.

The long-awaited second volume of Eisner-nominated artist Gou Tanabe’s adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness will release this week from Dark Horse Comics.  The two-volume series was originally published by Kadokawa Corporation in 2016-2017 and is not Tanabe’s first foray into Lovecraft or literary adaptations.  In 2014, Tanabe adapted and illustrated Lovecraft’s 1921 short story, “The Outsider,” and The Hound and Other Stories in 2017.  The artist has also adapted stories by Maxim Gorky, Anton Chekhov, and Garon Tsuchiya.

One of the exciting things about Killswitch’s second issue is that we see the immediate aftermath of Regula’s betrayal and the freeing of the Augurs. Of course, the situation is much more complicated for our characters, having only a 90-minute window to escape the planet and find new lives for themselves. Plus, there is a nagging feeling at the back of my mind that there might be something bigger at play here.

Quick recap: Duncan and Bridgette have enlisted the help of Duncan’s failed date Rose (a doctor of history) on their quest. Meanwhile, Elaine pledged her son Galahad to Arthur’s service, promising him the Holy Grail, leading Elaine to take a drastic step.

Quick recap from the last issue: Inara’s still trying to use her diplomatic clout to save lives, but herding cats seems to be a more plausible life goal. Wash and Book are trying to stop the Browncoats from all-out war, while Simon, River, and Kaylee are stuck with Jayne and his latest great idea. Mal, Zoe, and Boss Moon’s attempt at calming down the other Browncoats is abruptly derailed by the arrival of Ma Reynolds, Mal’s tough-as-nails mother.

Having survived the terrors of World War I, Frank returns home to discover his family's farm inexplicably vacant. Isolated and haunted by gruesome visions, Frank's suspicions devolve into paranoia. And as the mysteries of the farm unravel, so does Frank. Independent creators Jordan Thomas and Clark Bint intertwine unsettling suspense and ghoulish horror in the first two issues of their four-part limited series.

I had the absolute pleasure of reading issues 7 and 8 of Ronin Island back to back, and it was awesome. When issue 7 came to an end, I verbally projected my joy with a rousing whoop (or about as close as someone can) and was really thrilled that issue 8 was waiting there for me.

What an exceptionally good time. Sea of Stars reminds me what it’s like to be a kid, to want to adventure into space, and to do amazing things. It brings the joy of space adventure - full throttle - back to sci-fi, landing more on the “fi” side than the “sci,” but so, too, did John Carter of Mars.

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