Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Tommy Patterson (Stingers, Farscape) continues to bring Sam Humphries’ (Legendary Star-Lord, Avengers) tale of egoism and demonism in politics to gleeful, visual life.

I’m in it until the end. Issue #5 of 6 of Paul Cornell and Tony Parker’s occult, rock-umentary comedy gives some major revelations and begins to reveal the ultimate consequences of a rock band lost in its own revelry.

I’m currently completely invested in Paul Tobin’s other series on the stands right now, Colder: Toss the Bones, and loving every second of it. I also found his follow-up Prometheus from the Dark Horse Fire and Stone series to be riveting. I wanted to see what he did with something non-horror related.

Nothing makes me giddier than a well-told horror story, and I don’t mean the crap churned out these days from the Hollywood meat factory. I like when you can read a horror story and you feel the roots of the characters reaching deep into the fertile soil of its own myth and lore, living off the blood of a genuine need to reveal all of its own secrets. You get that feeling when you read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Stephen King’s The Shining, Alan Moore’s . . . well, anything, and Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook’s Harrow County.

Some time ago, I read and reviewed the first issue of Giant Days by John Allison and Lissa Treiman. I was absolutely charmed, and reading the first four issues in the new collection, I’m happy to say the charm has not gone away.

Those that loved getting their heads twisted around in their youth by the likes of Stephen King should be running to the shelves to find Colder: Toss the Bones. Every month, I wait for the opportunity to open the first page of the newest issue by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra just to see where they take me.

Based on the highly popular video game, Dragon Age: Magekiller (and it hurts me to say this) feels like your typical Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying adventure. There’s some fighting and then the cooler-than-cool characters are brought into an adventure that they may or may not want to take.

After reading James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan’s first issue of Cognetic, I went back and read (and highly favorably reviewed) the first arc in this thematically related series of stories, Memetic, and it really got under my skin.

I only have an inkling of what occurred before this issue, what seems to be a continuing story beginning its next chapter. I will say it takes a certain dedication to want to bring someone back from Hell to make sure they are punished by your hands.

The title of the book doesn’t lie. Postal Dossier #1 is really just that, a few pages of exposition introducing a reason for a dossier to exist, and then there’s about fourteen pages of classified files. I realized the further I got into it that this is one of those things creators will publish so that people starting fresh with their book several issues in will get a clear picture of what’s happening. I have never read an issue of Postal by Matt Hawkins, but now I know what it’s about.

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