I am called Jack.
There's no more seminal series from my childhood than Samurai Jack. It was on at a time when I was learning what animation could really be, and this show defined it for me. Genndy Tartakovsky created many shows with iconic status for Cartoon Network, but Jack's tale is one that stands above all others. With an incredibly rich aesthetic, there is a trust in allowing the visuals to tell a story with dialogue only interrupting the atmosphere when someone absolutely needed to speak. In fact, in some episodes there was no dialogue recorded by Phil Lamar as Jack and the irreplaceable Mako as the demon Aku. I can't describe how perfect a show it was; all I can say is that it's on Netflix, so go and be prepared to be blown away if you've not yet experienced it.
“It’s a tricky thing - weaving the old into the new.”
Robert Ford to Bernard Lowe
(perhaps speaking of the show itself?)
I’m a die-hard fan of zombies of all descriptions. I refuse to admit that we’ve reached “peak zombie” in our pop culture. That said, I also admit that I’m constantly looking for something fresh in the genre. This search has led me to 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, The Reapers are the Angels, The Girl with All the Gifts, and so on.
Nothing like the end of the world. Nothing like it in the world.
Skottie Young brings about the end of Fairyland in the finale of the second arc. All done, go home.
The next installment of Image Comics' sci-fi mystery, Hadrian's Wall, is here once again in its second of eight parts. With the accidental death of crew member and former friend Edward Madigan, our protagonist Simon Moore has entered the purview of those who live and work on the survey ship, Hadrian's Wall. This, as it was shown in the last issue, is a problem for many reasons and for many people, including Edward's wife Annabelle, who just happens to have an ex-husband – Simon.
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.