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.

Back to the Future is…well…it’s back! 

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.

You guys, I’m obsessed! 

Is anyone else playing Rise of the Tomb Raider that released this week for PlayStation 4?  No?!  Okay, I give you permission to stop reading this review right now and go and buy this video game!  I kid you not when I tell you that I came home from work this evening and got so lost in the game that my homework—this review!—is late!  (Sorry, Barbra…)

Image Comics introduces a unique blend of story, illustration, and music to the comic book world. Black Light District is a one-shot featuring six issues with a range of diverse stories, bold colors, and an eclectic assortment of musical tunes to keep the readers bobbing their heads.

Black Monday Murders #3 presents a mystery for the reader to solve. There is a violent crime, a smug suspect, and an interrogation room where the majority of this comic book takes place.

What does it mean to believe in an afterlife? What does it mean for Mrs. Black when she believes everything that happens after death is “just fairy tales?” This notion of wondering whether anything exists now or after pulls the reader into this captivating story as the main character catalogues some of her best memories.

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