Despite some of the more divisive parts of the Rick and Morty franchise, their comic book offerings have always been a steady stream of laughs and ridiculousness. With publisher Oni Press' decision to introduce one-shots of supporting characters a few times a year, the ability to be even more insane grows with each passing issue. The current installment focuses on a beloved bit character and everyone's favorite murder-loving assassin, Krombopulos Michael.

We’re currently living in a time when new ideas and beliefs are finally being discussed, challenging the preconceived notions that many have. One of the topics being discussed is individuals identifying as different genders aside from the one they were born with. A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovani and Tristan Jimmerson is a comic book that discusses this topic, which may be unfamiliar for some, in a way that is both respectable and compassionate.

Comparing a certain Netflix show about a female prison to Kaijumax is probably inevitable and understandable; the similarities do exist, and yet the differences are what make this a wonderful story.

Right off the bat, Shanghai Red #1 is not a pirate story, despite what the first few panels might have you believe. It’s something better.

I started Gideon Falls #4 worried that it would be all exposition, but about a third of the way in, it breaks your mind and puts you on edge until the final page.

Issue #3 of Steve Orlando and Garry Brown’s Crude starts to find its way again after a second issue that I felt pulled us too far away from the central story. It set up the ins and outs of a world that dramatically didn’t need to be set up yet.

It’s no secret that I love Matt Kindt’s work. You can look through my reviews of his comics over the last three years. There’s very rarely a negatively tinged review, and if there is, it’s full of trust that he knows what he’s doing, even if I don’t see it yet…and I’m usually correct, and he’s usually amazing.

I have absolutely no idea what’s going on in Black Hammer right now, but it looks like we’re about to find out! The beginning of this story arc had the newly transformed Lucy Weber, now Black Hammer, exclaim that she knew what was going on, and then she was teleported away. Infuriating to say the least! The last two issues have seen our heroes, who have been trapped on a Twilight Zone-style farmhouse, move forward with renewed hope. After only seeing them in states of malaise, it’s been a welcome change. Meanwhile, Lucy has tumbled through some strange realities. If our heroes in their youth represent the Golden Age of comics, and our heroes now represent the indie world of comics, then these alternate realms have represented the '90s!

Not gonna lie, compadres – this might be the best Westworld episode of all time.  One day after airing, and it has a 9.4 on IMDb.  Avengers: Infinity War (the highest rated film in the franchise) has an 8.8.  The Shape of Water, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture last year, has a 7.4.  The Handmaid’s Tale, which won the Emmy for Best Prime-time Drama series, averages 8.6.  Not that scores mean anything much, I just bring this up to show how much this episode is already becoming a fan and industry favorite.  And count me in on that.  My reaction when the end credits ran was a combination of shock and joy and for the first time in my life (or so I think), I stood up off the couch and just stood there looking at the television, knowing I wanted to do something and not knowing what.  Yeah – I want to marry this episode and have a million of its babies.  It’s that good.  But I don’t want to oversell it.

At the end of the Geek-Girl mini-series with Ruby Kaye, both she and Lightning Storm (a powerful nemesis) were down for the count.  Ruby partially succeeded, since her foe wasn’t able to continue her rampage across Maine, but she’s in the hospital in a coma with an unclear recovery.  Who will pick up the superhero mantle and keep the Pine Tree state safe?  Find out in the first volume of the latest Geek-Girl comic!

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