Not that you would need talk out loud while reading a comic book by yourself, but issue #28 of Harrow County stunned me into silence. An inner silence, I guess. Everything disappeared from my mind as Emmy faced off with Kami. Would Emmy take that step to becoming a monster like she’s been on the verge of doing - like her mother did - or would she make a better choice?
James Stokoe’s four-part Alien romp comes to a close. While it doesn’t really add anything new or fresh to the Alien mythos or stray from already well-trodden ground, every issue has evoked a visceral thrill with its visual creativity that’s made it an enjoyable experience for me, a fan of the acid-spewing space monster.
Fellow, time travelers—it happened again! I missed a review for last month’s Back to the Future ongoing comic book storyline. Where’s my time-traveling DeLorean when I need one?
Words have power. That is the underlying theme of the comic, Word Smith, another independent project that I stumbled upon on Kickstarter that hails from Australia. Created and written by Stephen Kok, illustrated by P.R. Dedelis, and with colors by Peyton Freeman, it is an all-ages fantasy Steampunk comic with a well-meaning, yet somewhat naive, protagonist named Victoria and her mischievous pet dragon, Sparky.
Poe Noir is sheer brilliance. Tim Zajac, Miguel Acedo, and Graham Sisk take Edgar Allan Poe’s classic gothic tales and put a noirish spin on them. They capture Poe’s great ironies and inquiries into the sinister, immoral nature of mankind. The two episodes in this issue are captivating and have me itching for more.
Jupiter Jet #1 is a successful Kickstarter-backed comic book from writers Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson. Inman brings his experience as host of DC All-Access, and Robinson is a winner from the 2013 Top Cow Talent Hunt and Top Cow Head Editor. They both also contributed to the Love is Love anthology, and this is their “first comic book series together as a married couple.”
Comics were never the same when horror writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre) and artist Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein Alive, Alive, Nevermore) collaborated on the three-issue miniseries, Dead, She Said, back in 2008. They went on to collaborate on The Ghoul and Doc Macabre, and all three stories have been bound into The Monstrous Collection of Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson out from IDW Publishing this week. In addition to the stories, several pages of Wrightson’s drawings from the 1960s-1970s are included in the art gallery section at the conclusion of the book.
Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1 is a quirky, fun read. The comic features two short stories. “Catnap,” written and drawn by Sophie Campbell and colored by Victoria Robado, follows Misfits groupie Clash as she attempts to juggle cat sitting, skiing, and Holograms-inspired pranks. Not only does this story feature a somewhat frivolous (deliciously so) storyline-- I mean, character development, sure, but the plot is light and entertaining—but Campbell and Robado have really leaned into a particular ‘80s comics vibe, featuring banana yellow and puffy white coordinated ski suits. I found it a little refreshing, too, to see the Holograms/Misfits rivalry/obsession figured in a not-so-one-sided way; it’s the Holograms, or at least their fans, that come out looking a little shady in this one.
Happy holidays, Turtle fans! I feel like I was just writing about our favorite pizza-loving teenagers not too long ago. I can never keep track of how often our TMNT creators are delivering us new stories and comic books. But here we are—alone at last! Or are we?
Charles Brubaker, the creator of the advice column styled Ask a Cat trade paperback (Check out my review here.), has returned with a new collection published by Smallbug Press. The Fuzzy Princess: Volume 1 collects the first seven issues of eight stories that follows Princess “Kat” Katrina from St. Paws.