Coda #8 is beautiful, elegant, simple, and heartbreaking. When you sit down to write a review of something that strikes you, really reaches in and rattles you, you want to write about it in a way that does the issue justice.

In the first two issues of The Empty Man, Cullen Bunn was revving his engines. In this issue, he steps down hard on the gas pedal.

In my ever-expanding quest to increase my knowledge of American history, I was intrigued when the graphic novel, The Life of Frederick Douglass, became available for review. Frederick Douglass is an iconic and almost mythological figure in our history and one whose personal life and story I knew very little of. Fortunately for us, Damon Walker has written an engrossing and informative biography which includes original photographs of Mr. Douglass as part of the bonus material.

Today marks the release of issue four of the sci-fi space adventure comic book series, Errand Boys (Image Comics).  The five-issue series follows half-brothers Jace and Tawnk who are thrust together when Tawnk is orphaned and has no other family.  Elder brother Jace has gained street smarts and makes a modest living as an errand boy.  Since Jace’s home also serves as his spaceship (called a bego), Tawnk gets a crash course on life when Jace accepts an easy snatch-and-grab job.

The return of the Wyld Stallyns has finally arrived, and, this time, the most popular duo in all of music are headed on an incredible intergalactic adventure in a way that only these two could. Years after their most excellent adventure and bogus journey, Bill & Ted, with their families in hand, have finally become what they always knew they could: the most influential band in all of time and space.

There are a lot of balls being juggled in the newest story arc of Umbrella Academy, but, at times, it feels like each story is being juggled by a different juggler and each of those jugglers are on a different planet. I have no idea how they’ll get everything to connect, but if they do – wow! To some degree, it feels like four issues of setup, and this is only a seven-issue storyline. Maybe I should be thinking of it like a chess game and the creators are shuffling pieces around the board for something yet to come. It’s hard to say when, as I have absolutely no idea where this could be going.

“Love Town is a city built upon a foundation of corruption, violence, and greed, where millionaire celebrities rub shoulders with ruthless gangsters and scheming politicians, where the figurative magic of the silver screen competes with the literal magic of the streets.

Magic is the siren’s song that lures so many in Love Town to their doom…”

In Cullen Bunn’s Bone Parish, there’s a new drug on the street. Called “ash,” it’s a cocaine-like powder created from the remains of the deceased. While you’re high on the ash of the person in question, it brings them back for you, but it can do so much more, including allowing you to live out the dead’s memories. The drug is so popular that it’s drawing the attention of some not-so-great people who want in on the action. This attention will test the family at the center of the burgeoning enterprise, who in many ways don’t quite understand the drug either.

A wedding is a beautiful thing, right? Maybe not when you live in a world where the latest street drug craze is The Ash, a hallucinogenic that is made from ashes of the dead.

“About half of the waters in our world are poisoned by Dark Aether.  Those are the Dark Seas. It takes specially trained warriors to navigate those waters safely.  Those Warriors are us, Drifters.”
“Woah, you guys are kind of a big deal, huh?”
“But it’s part of the reason people don’t like us.  Because we only have to roam the seas once in a while, people assume we just laze around earning wages.  And Drifters in the past have been notoriously arrogant.  The sins of the past was always hard to overcome.”

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