I’ve been back and forth on my liking of Aliens: Dead Orbit. My “forth” involves James Stokoe’s wonderful art.
There are things at the bottom of the ocean that we don’t know about, just as there are things in our memories that we’ll never be able to make sense of. Infinite mysteries upon mysteries that can wrap in on themselves in complex ways. It’s like trying to unravel determinism to its beginning point. Matt Kindt is using Dept.H to ask some big questions to the degree that he weaves in and out of the actual plot as if it was secondary so that he can explore themes. I’m not complaining.
What would you do if someone called you a drama queen? Would you get defensive or laugh it off, because you knew it couldn’t possibly be true? We’re laughing, right? Well, let’s just say we’re ever so lucky that John Allison, creator and writer of Giant Days, knew what path to take.
Spera is a fantasy comic series published by Archaia. Ascension of the Starless Volume 2 is, in fact, the fifth book in the series. It’s important to know, as it drops readers straight into the action and doesn’t take a lot of time to explain what’s come before. I read the very first Spera volume a few years ago and came into Ascension of the Starless with very little info about what had transpired. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to dive back into the adventures of runaway princesses Pira and Lono. There were a few characters and events that could have been explained better, but, overall, it’s easy to jump right in.
Lela’s family has been torn apart by the loss of her twin sister, Darby, and even the notebook of the girls’ original stories doesn’t bring any solace. When a mysterious email leads Lela to Abe’s, a barber shop/pub/gathering place for heroes, she starts on the first steps to learning the truth behind Darby’s disappearance.
Space explorer Tommie has a problem. Sure, she can fend off any mutant food invasion with a trusty kale bomb, and she’s super handy with a blaster, but when yet another potential co-pilot chooses the lure of fame over a life of adventure, the young space captain isn’t sure what to do. When a giant mutant coconut chews through her ship’s fuel lines, forcing a crash landing on an uncharted planet of sentient dogs, her only hope is a pup named Smash in a wacky (and less pessimistic) Planet of the Apes-style caper.