I really got into comics, in earnest, back in 2011. It was DC’s launch of the New 52 that gave me the “in” I’d been looking for. Sure, I’d read graphic novels and trade paperbacks for years, but I was always catching up, always years behind; I wanted to be current. I wanted to be able to experience tension of waiting with the rest of a readership to discover what shadowy force was behind Batman’s latest case. I sampled a lot of DC’s titles during this launch, especially some of the weirder ones that no one can remember having happened, and I learned a few things: One, I like some of the dark corners of the DC Universe I’d previously written off as relics of the 1970s and 1980s, and two, that I wanted to read more of Scott Snyder (who was writing Batman and Swamp Thing) and Jeff Lemire (writing Animal Man and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.). Discovering the work of up-and-coming creators was a big part of why I’d wanted to get current on comics in the first place, and I always made it a point to follow what they were doing through that period at DC and into their own, creator-owned work elsewhere.
If next week’s episode is as good as “World Enough and Time,” then the two-part finale of Doctor Who: Series 10 could end up being Steven Moffat’s best writing in his tenure on the show. The penultimate episode of Series 10 was brilliantly terrifying and suspenseful.
When last we saw Conan, he had followed the trail of a beautiful princess into a haunted/resurrected city and come across an indomitable demon. Joining him again, we see now that Conan - the recently minted leader of a Kozaki clan of warriors - has been followed by his enemy, Jehunghir Agha, in an attempt to ambush him away from the other Kozaks.
Let’s talk about Joe Golem #2. I found myself sort of impressed with the first issue. It was kind of spooky, had some interesting elements, and a film noir vibe, but if you had told me that the second issue would scare the crap out of me, I wouldn’t have believed you. There is a sequence in the second issue that sent chills up my spine and made me gasp out loud. It is difficult to frighten me and even more difficult to do so in a comic book, but Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and company have made me feel like a kid on a staircase leading into a dark basement.
In the world of international affairs, secrets are a major commodity. That is especially true when there's war involved and seems to ring even more true for Marcus King, a mysterious man with a lot of truths buried. When we first meet Marcus, things aren't going so well. While we don't really get to see much of what's really going on here just yet, it's looking pretty likely that we're going to get to see Marcus do some pretty crazy things, and it's only going to get more ramped up from here.
Despite some of the recent disappointing developments in the world of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the comic book tie-in series, Mass Effect: Discovery, continues to go well. When we last left things, Tiran Kandros was well on his way to discovering the truth behind the Andromeda Initiative, the massive undertaking that will lead the many races of the Milky Way to the far reaches of space - to find a new home, a new life, and a new beginning. Despite the wonder that such an adventure can inspire, Kandros is under the belief that there's something more nefarious at play here, and he's been tasked with finding that out.
Mickey Spitz’s parents never intended to have a child; raising and training bloodhounds as scent dogs was their lifelong passion; however, when a baby comes along, they integrate him into the household pack as if he were a talking puppy rather than a human child. Mickey considers his family dogs his siblings and strives to learn how to track by scent as well as the dogs. When tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Mickey is separated from his furry brothers and sisters and sent to live with his aunt and uncle who aren’t overly found of either pets or children. Can he learn how to cope and find a way to turn his new family into something that feels like home?
Another month passes, another new issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 11 hits comics shops everywhere, and with it brings another opportunity for the brilliant creative team of writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs to flex their storytelling “muscles” and add another fantastic chapter to the Buffy mythos.
I was excited to read Oni Press’ Brik by Adam Glass and Michael Benson and illustrated by Harwinder Singh. I love the Golem myth, and putting it in a present-day setting to me seemed chalk full of potential. The location is Yonkers, NYC, a neighborhood that once thrived as a community, but a bad group of people have moved in and are trying to kick out the local businesses. It’s become a dangerous neighborhood. One such business is run by an elderly Jewish man who lives nearby with his daughter and grandson. The grandson, Drew, is our young high school-aged hero who is bullied, but also is friends with a gal his age named Chase who he has an obvious crush on. If it wasn’t for the local gang, life would be pretty normal. In response to the dangers of the neighborhood, Drew’s grandfather tells him about how he fought against the Nazis with the help of a Golem. Drew is taken by the story, but his grandfather warns that a Golem can be too powerful, and so they had to shut it down.