I find comedy sometimes hard to write about.  It’s difficult to explain why something did or did not make you laugh.  I like to think of myself as at least a somewhat cultured person with a sense of humor to match, but I have been known to laugh hysterically at internet fail videos which teach the valuable lesson that overweight people should never go anywhere near rope swings or trampolines.

“The point is, I wasn’t special.  I was a no one.
But it’s all my fault.
This place in the mountains.
The way things are.
All of it.
Because I stole the wrong thing.”

What if you were being chased by skeletal ghosts? What if they were reaching for you and some of them had weapons, without any intention other than to take your life? What if you were severely wounded - grabbing at your wound, bleeding, and grimacing in pain? And what if your slow path forward, away from these menacing ghosts, was somewhat blocked by a yellow feline that looks mortified as blood drips down onto it?

Titan Comics hurls its fans into the life of Frank Braffort as he and those in his French military unit fight for their lives. Writer Serge Lehman, winner of the Prix Rosny-Aine for Best Novel (F.A.U.S.T.) and Best Short Fiction (Dans I’abime and Origami), has his work translated to English for Titan Comics. The three-time winner of the annual French science fiction award presents an intriguing tale seemingly simple at first glance of the first few pages, and then quickly makes the reader realize that Masked is futuristic and filled with science fiction goodness.

“Let’s play a little game.  How long can you hold your breath?”
“I told you already.  We don’t do none of that kinky s--t.  Just straight up action, baby.”
“But I don’t like straight-up action, baby. And nobody cares what you like!”

Have you ever wanted to see Captain Kirk dressed in red permanently? Would he be able to escape the “curse of the red shirt?” Fans of Star Trek, particularly The Original Series, will have an opportunity to indulge their diabolical urges and recreate what might’ve been on the cult television series.

It’s been nearly a year since the first arc of The Rook wrapped up, and I’ve been looking forward to the next issue ever since. I was worried that I’d missed it. Well, I may have missed the next issue, but the next arc is here, and I’m pleased to report that it’s just as chock full of time-travel fun as the first one, if not more so.

Things are getting really crazy for the Mars clan, as their newly-crowned Elder Grahame has set himself up to be not only the leader of a sector of the world's most secret and power organization, he's also in a fight for the fate of his families as the mysterious and powerful Hum has come to expose the Cryptocracy and destroy the very fabric of society itself.

HBO’s Game of Thrones played the episodic series structure differently.  Think back to the number of genre shows that would end their season with a big climax and perhaps a cliffhanger.  This structure was de rigueur. (I’m looking at you, Walking Dead and every Star Trek series from the nineties!)  Then, along comes GoT and suddenly the penultimate episode (number nine) is the big climax.  The finale is for cleanup, reset, and setting up the next season, not as a cliffhanger, but as the next arc of an ongoing story.  Westworld might be following this model.

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved sports. Growing up in the Midwest, it was a way of life. Saturdays were for watching my beloved Michigan Wolverines play football, and Sundays were spent watching every NFL game that was available to us. But over the years, I've realized something: Sports, and football in particular, are difficult to explain. That is even more true when trying to speak to someone who barely knows anything about the sport. So, when I found out that there was a book dedicated to explaining my favorite sport to those who don't know anything about it, I was pretty excited. Thankfully, author Matthew England took on the task.

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