Twenty-five years ago, Image Comics vaulted into the comic book world with titles such as WildC.A.T.S. and Spawn, and now, one of its debut series has come back. Youngblood, originally created by Rob Liefeld, is now reintroduced into the modern world, including all of its technological novelties. Writer Chad Bowers directs Youngblood #1 and all of its characters with as much ease as downloading a phone app or sending a text message.
“The Secret of Spoons” saw the introduction of several more deities into the world of American Gods while Shadow processes the death of his wife. It may just be due to Ricky Whittle’s performance, but the show managed to portray Shadow’s grief as the motivation for his journey better than the book. The final moments of the episode can be directly linked to his conflicting emotions and confusion brought on by the sudden death of a loved one.
Despair and the ever-lingering desire of hope surround Eternal Empire #1 from Image Comics. The creative team of Alex + Ada returns again with a new series, generating a sense of pain felt by the characters as they deal with war, famine, and the lack of control one finds when they aren’t serving “their” Empress freely.
The Dragon Age franchise lives on, as Dark Horse Comics continues the tales of Thedas in the newest series based on the terrific gaming franchise. While this one is only adjacent to the franchise (unlike the previous series, Magekiller), this seems to be an added part of the lore, while Magekiller felt like it was directly from the canon of the games.
Three issues in, and we finally get some background and footing on what exactly is going on here and what the stakes are in Matt Kindt’s new mystery, Grass Kings. And for that matter, what exactly the mystery is. Things have been so incredibly vague thus far that it feels unnecessary. There was a murder at some point or there is a murderer somewhere.
“Knock Knock” was the least intriguing episode in Series 10 so far. It is not that it is bad, I just found it a bit boring. To be fair, if this is the lowest point in Series 10, then it will still be a solid season.
A balloon can be filled with only so much air before it pops. A screw can only be tightened into a board so far before the board splinters. I feel like with every issue of Harrow County, Cullen Bunn manages to blow a little more air into the ever-tightening skin of the balloon, to turn the screw just a little more into the piece of wood that’s barely managing to stay whole. The tension is building, the forces are gathering, the chess pieces are being moved into position, and soon the pieces are going to have to be sacrificed. You can feel it. The problem for me as a reader is - and it’s not so much a problem when it’s such excellent writing - that I care about these characters who will have to make decisions they may not like.
Magic and science—a ripe combination for any story, especially one from the team from Mythopoeia. Welcome to the first issue of Glow, another fantastic comic brought to us through Kickstarter.