Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since The Walking Dead comic first debuted? It doesn’t seem like that long. But, then again, that may be because for a fair amount of people, myself included, their introduction to The Walking Dead didn’t come until 2010, with the premiere of the TV show.

The Buzzkill story continues as “Ruben” tries, against greater odds, to remain clean and sober. It’s a task easier said than done. If you read Issue #1, you’ll recall that Ruben is a superhero who gains phenomenal powers from abusing alcohol and drugs. But, his addiction has ruined his life and ended his relationship with his girlfriend, Nikki.

Living with Death: Murder at Oxford is, so far at least, a story about a female Sherlock Holmes. Which, in and of itself, sounds great. I love intelligent, complex female characters, and Stephanie Hawkins, the main character in this story, definitely has potential in that area. But, the thing is, in this first issue at least, she’s just a little TOO much like Sherlock Holmes.

The Colonized has a few things going for it. Zombie livestock, for one thing. Also aliens. And, some cool action scenes involving both trains and spaceships. There’s definitely fun to be had in this story.

Danger Girl suffers from no illusions about what it is and what it’s trying do. It’s not some groundbreaking saga or deep social commentary. It’s pure sensationalism. An action/adventure story with hot girls and explosions. Even better, hot girls causing explosions. Also car chases, gun fights, narrow escapes, and just about every other form of action sequence you can think of. All with hot girls. Did I mention the hot girls?

Tales to Admonish is the latest creative endeavor from Australian author Andrez Bergen, who recently brought us Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? With words by Bergen and art by Matt Kyme, the comic hearkens back to the Silver Age style, with a vibe that’s part tribute, part tongue-in-cheek. Even the title is a spoof of Marvel’s '60s comic series Tales to Astonish, and the '60s vibe is present throughout, in the artistic style and in other, more subtle ways.

Trouble seems to follow the Doctor around wherever he goes. True, he oftentimes goes bounding eagerly into it headfirst, but even when he tries to plan an innocent daytrip with an old friend, it somehow can’t help but devolve into playing The Most Dangerous Game with a rebel contingent of intelligent ant-beings.

Buzzkill is probably every ultra-conservative parent’s nightmare. The main character is a superhero who gains his phenomenal powers through the consumption of massive amounts of alcohol. Will the impressionable youth of America read this comic and think that binge drinking is cool?

This month’s issue of Doctor Who Classics is all over the map. So far, each single issue has covered no more than two different stories. This one has three, which makes the pacing a little frenetic.

There are dozens of deep and thought-provoking questions that swirl around the themes of Turbulence by Samit Basu. Some of the simpler ones include, “What if you suddenly got what you wanted most in the world?” and “What would you do if you had superpowers?” Of course, just about every comic, movie, novel, and story ever written about heroes has tackled these, but Turbulence takes it further. These simple questions lead to the bigger question, “What if you really had a chance to change the world?” Which then raises the question, “Would it be worth the cost?” Because there’s always a cost.

And, finally, my favorite question of the book, raised less directly, but perhaps the most pertinent of all in terms of the story’s themes: “What’s the difference between a hero and a villain?” The answer to that one may seem simple at first, but after reading the book, you might not be so sure.

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