“Love Town is a city built upon a foundation of corruption, violence, and greed, where millionaire celebrities rub shoulders with ruthless gangsters and scheming politicians, where the figurative magic of the silver screen competes with the literal magic of the streets.
Magic is the siren’s song that lures so many in Love Town to their doom…”
In Cullen Bunn’s Bone Parish, there’s a new drug on the street. Called “ash,” it’s a cocaine-like powder created from the remains of the deceased. While you’re high on the ash of the person in question, it brings them back for you, but it can do so much more, including allowing you to live out the dead’s memories. The drug is so popular that it’s drawing the attention of some not-so-great people who want in on the action. This attention will test the family at the center of the burgeoning enterprise, who in many ways don’t quite understand the drug either.
A wedding is a beautiful thing, right? Maybe not when you live in a world where the latest street drug craze is The Ash, a hallucinogenic that is made from ashes of the dead.
“About half of the waters in our world are poisoned by Dark Aether. Those are the Dark Seas. It takes specially trained warriors to navigate those waters safely. Those Warriors are us, Drifters.”
“Woah, you guys are kind of a big deal, huh?”
“But it’s part of the reason people don’t like us. Because we only have to roam the seas once in a while, people assume we just laze around earning wages. And Drifters in the past have been notoriously arrogant. The sins of the past was always hard to overcome.”
Issue #8 of Monster Matador introduced a new threat for Ramon, our hero, to vanquish: a crab-like monster in Santa Monica, CA; however, he and Adelita have to cross a vast wasteland to face this new creature head on. In the ninth installment of the series, readers learn that while Ramon fights his way toward the coast, fierce warriors in Santa Monica attempt to protect their homes from the hostile sea beast, including a depressing cameo by a failed hero who shares similarities with a certain iconic caped crusader. It’s not all smooth sailing, but can Ramon finally make his way to Santa Monica and face the latest menace? Will there even be any civilization left to save when he arrives?
Hardcore is the Evangelion of piloting real human people. Agent Drake is a morally inept human flesh-Gundam rider who specializes in not caring about ethics. His job is simple: Posses other human beings by way of advanced technology to assassinate foreign enemies. The story starts there but goes places, making it an excellent pilot with a promising future. The only issue would be whether or not the aesthetic and tone work for you.
Rat Queens #13 picks up where readers last left off, with the Queens in the Under Pit, battling (and losing) against an orc camp of Fleshers who make Sauron’s own personal army look pretty wimpish. This is while Dee is currently discussing philosophy with Bilford Bogin, the deity of the smidgens. So, a pretty normal day for the Queens, all in all.
With the first mystery, “What happened to Jimmy?,” out of the way, Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins dig in and start to knowingly play with young adult tropes we’ve seen in fiction in recent years while continuing to build the web of intrigue around the Black Badges, Jimmy, and the people (government?) who control the Badges.
Following the events of Harbinger Wars #2, Amanda Mckee (a.k.a. Livewire) is now an enemy of the state. After choosing to protect other vulnerable psiots like herself, she plunged the entirety of the United States into a nationwide blackout using her technopathic abilities. Now, she is on the run from both the government and those she had chosen to protect.
At the end of my last review, I wrote “one more issue left” and made a comment that this wasn’t one of Cullen Bunn’s world-building efforts . . . I spoke to soon. Cold Spots #5 is a really nice way to wrap up this limited series before things get worse in what appears will be a much longer and more involved story.