Every week, Fanbase Press Contributor Phillip Kelly plays and reviews a handful of brand new independent video games, all costing no more than $25. Why?  There are a lot of indie games out there, and if he can help you, curious reader, to parse through the selection with even a little more knowledge, then, by god, he’ll die content.

Kayla Strong will confront more than just her inner demons on the road to recovery. Looking to set things right with a missing friend, Kayla must go head to head with a gang of vampires. In No Heroine #1, writer Frank Gogol and artist Criss Madd give their main character one hell of an entrance.

Amid rising tensions between Hong King and China, and especially given that this year was the first in thirty years that Hong Kong was not allowed to hold vigils commemorating the violence in Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen 1989 seems especially prescient; it seems to speak both to the memory of the violence itself and to mourn the recent losses in the ongoing struggle for Democracy that Hong Kong has engaged in for decades. Not only does this text feel especially of a moment, but it's also both an excellent primer for younger readers who may not have learned about Tiananmen Square in school and a nuanced account of the political, social, and cultural upheavals preceding that attack.

The girls are back, and there’s gonna be trouble! Trouble and adventures with a dash of fantasy, the way only Lumberjanes can. I really enjoyed this book immensely. I remember when the first issue of the original Lumberjanes' run landed at the local comic book shop. I picked it up, read it, and ran home to share it with my roommate immediately, because she was 100% Mal and I was 100% April, even down to our haircuts. Part of the genius of Lumberjanes is that you feel like you know the characters. They remind you of people you know, and sometimes even you.

Whew… it’s been a minute, but we’re back in it! A quick recap of “New Sheriff in the ‘Verse” so far: Mal and Moon have teamed up with Blue Moon to solve the mystery of a particularly ruthless and determined killer that seems nigh indestructible and equipped with some very fancy tech. Meanwhile, Kaylee, Jayne, and Leonard bite off a bit more than they could chew. Mal ropes in Inara to get some high-level intel to help his investigation. There, we’re all caught up!

You mean we get two creator-owned books from James Tynion IV through BOOM! Studios this month? Why, yes, you do!

The promise at the end of the first issue of The After Realm Quarterly was that things would get bonkers (in a good way), but that was just a tease, as Michael Avon Oeming reels us back in and instead gives us a really wonderful end to the first story arc.

You know when you think you do something to make a thing better, and it ends up making it worse? Welcome back to Gideon Falls. The last story arc saw our heroes “victorious” over what is known as The Black Barn, a sort of inter-dimensional doorway that holds within it a great evil called The Smiling Man. The problem, of course, that when you’re dealing with an ancient, esoteric evil which lives outside of time and space, who knows what will happen if you “destroy” it.

Every week, Fanbase Press Contributor Phillip Kelly plays and reviews a handful of brand new independent video games, all costing no more than $25. Why?  There are a lot of indie games out there, and if he can help you, curious reader, to parse through the selection with even a little more knowledge, then, by god, he’ll die content.

Sometimes, when reviewing comic books, you come into a series a few issues late. It is a rare occasion that issue #6 of a series makes you want to go back and read 1-5. Family Tree made me want to buy the trade paperback.

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