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After the airing of the last episode of Fringe in 2013, leaving me bereft of serious and densely packed science fiction in my TV landscape, I went on the hunt for a new series that could fill my need for truly mind-bending sci-fi concepts and themes.  I’ve partly filled the void with shows like Person of Interest and…well, several whole-series binge re-watches of Fringe

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Inspired is the word that comes to mind after reading Issue 6 of Sam Humphries and Tom Patterson’s political satire that borders on full-blown, the-beginning-of-the-end-of-America nightmare called Citizen Jack. Glorious is the second word.

The White Wizard (a.k.a. Dr. Reasons) may no longer be a threat, but Inspector Deal discovers the moisture farm has more insidious secrets.  The good doctor has bonded the snow formulary to his daughter, Chloe, and he has tried to use Anthony Farrow to jumpstart his own powers.  Taking Chloe and the formulary back to the Cooperative, the Inspector abandons the hapless college student Anthony Farrow to his own fate.  I don’t think Inspector Deal ever had a day like this.

As we approach the final chapters of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10, things are certainly looking bleak for the Scooby Gang. While it’s not the first time our group has been fractured, Buffy: Season 10 #27 puts our Slayer at odds with nearly every one of her allies in a way that doesn’t feel like it’ll be made better with a “band-aid.” In addition, a powerful adversary from the past has set its sights on Dawn and Xander as they begin the perilous, dimension-hopping trip home.

When the light has forsaken you, that’s when I will appear.

When people say that a story is multifaceted, it tends to mean that there’s more than one compelling storyline; however, The Rise of the Antichrist is multifaceted in a much different way: one storyline contains multiple characters who can bring truth and resolution to each other.  Betvin Geant has crafted just such a tale, and this issue is the biggest example yet of the intelligence and underlying message of the series to date.  We’re given the biggest glimpse into Michael’s past, as well as Adam’s history becoming confirmed outside of himself for the first time.  There are truths and twists throughout the series, and while this issue answers a lot of questions, there’s still no telling where this story will lead which is very exciting.

North Air Entertainment, a production company designed to develop and produce entertaining properties for TV and film, recently made its first foray into the comic book world with Shake the Lake #1.  Part Lords of Dogtown and part American Pie, the comic book series dives deep into the sport of wakeboarding - a new territory for comic books to be sure - and focuses on the wild and raucous activities of a handful of its participants as they hit the waves and navigate a path for an endless summer. 

Andrez Bergen’s latest noir superhero comic is rather different from his previous noir superhero comic. Bullet Gal was a deeper and more dramatic story: a girl running from her tragic past, desperate for vengeance, gets caught up in a world of superpowers, gangsters, virtual reality, and more. Magpie, on the other hand, is a more comedic take on the familiar noir tropes that Bergen is so fond of. It’s witty and self-aware and a bit over the top. It’s also proving to be a lot of fun.

Dan Abnett continues the newest Dark Horse cross-over cycle, picking up from his Predator: Life and Death with Prometheus: Life and Death #1. His Predator sequence was fun and lively, and Andrea Mutti's artwork was just disturbing enough in how it ever so slightly distorted reality to make it relatively frightening, especially for a Predator story (which I tend to not find scary). It was a job well done.

I spent the entirety of my first review giving reasons why Matt Kindt is a genius. Now, let me take this second issue and focus on why Sharlene Kindt is a genius.

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