“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.

The stellar and standout creative team composed of writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs returns this week for another season of Dark Horse Comics’ canon continuation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Season 11 is a shorter, more focused season than those that came before in the comic book medium, and Gage and Isaacs waste no time in their initial issue, immediately throwing the Slayer and her friends into the deep end and forcing them to deal with a tragic, world-changing event that is sure to affect them all in lasting ways and leave readers eager to see what comes next.

Let me start by saying that Mark London, Alejandro Giraldo, and Mad Cave Studios did something that I think is brilliant…and should happen in every book of this type.

Rebirth of the Gangster is the story of the Thompson and Hunter families. Families comprised of criminals. Back when I read issue #1, it seemed like there was more good than bad in the characters, their criminal pasts long behind them as they sought to uphold the law and ran fundraisers. Like the show Breaking Bad, which Rebirth is often compared to, it’s becoming clear that the heroes and the seemingly innocent may, in fact, be the story’s villains.

We return once again to the grim darkness of the 41st millennium, as the siege of the Calaphrax Cluster, which had been isolated behind a warp storm for ten thousand years, continues.  Baltus and his space marine squad continue to storm the war-torn planet of Exyrion, discovering a hive city underneath the surface that could hold many ancient secrets.  Meanwhile, Interrogator-Chaplain Altheous is on a secret diplomatic mission to a surprisingly inhabited world called Tintaroth for a hidden purpose.  At the same time, Inquisitor Sabbathiel is traversing the cluster to look for proof of treachery and heresy within the ranks of the Dark Angels.  And all the while, the ruthless chaos space marines called the Iron Warriors are mounting an attack to destroy their old enemies once and for all.

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