S.T. Lakata, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

S.T. Lakata, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

The world is being told that "they" are dangerous. This group is feared, and one person is leading this charge to rid humanity of these unworldly beings. These spiritual entities are stuck in this realm and “the media calls them ‘Spectrals.’ To the rest of the world, they are rotting corpses, best left to die.” These different looking creatures must find a means to survive, but everyone else hates them - except those that have a need for mercenary work, or in other cases, a “backstreet dentist.” Even though they file their grievances similarly to others, in a bar having drinks with friends, they understand their place in the world as being alone, and they find solace in identifying themselves as a member of the group, “Cadavers.”

If you were asked twenty years ago, “Who are some of your favorite comic book characters?” – what would your answer have been? If you’re asked that question now, how can the response not include Daisy, Esther, and Susan? This power trio from Giant Days are completely unique on their own and blend together to create a wonderful mix of stories continuing their run as part of BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios.

Issue #4 of Reborn is action-packed, filled with colorful weapon blasts, monsters in many forms, and the gruesome results when one meets the other, leaving a bloody mess. The key ingredient tying all of this together is Bonnie, the prophesied leader to end all evil from the Dark Lands. This evil place threatens everyone in Adystria, the place good people go to after death. For a quick recap, check out our review of the last chapter.

Previously on Masked – we find our central character, Frank Braffort, recovering from what can best be described as an explosive transformation. Self-creating anomalies have been popping up all throughout the city, and he has some kind of connection to them. Despite finding himself in a cavern at the source of these anomalies, and having a massive surge of power rush through him bursting into the night sky, the reasons linking them together are yet to be identified. If you want to catch up a little more on this series before continuing, please check out reviews for issues one and two.

Postal is a story set in a town unknown in location and filled with criminals attempting to start over without any ties to the rest of civilization. This sanctuary, Eden, does not eliminate the threats of these criminals or their associates still wondering in the real world, as writer Bryan Hill clearly provides a summary of events leading up to this point in the series. These highlights inform the reader that Laura, the leader who nearly killed Isaac Shiffron, former husband and founder of Eden, wants to transfer her duties as Mayor to her son, Mark.

Image Comics presents the sixteenth installment of the science fiction series, Drifter, with a dazzling cover that sparkles with color and death. Artist Nic Klein draws an astronaut with a realistic skull inside of the space helmet. The imagery is intense with these remains at the center; however, the splattered multitude of colors provide an essence of gazing upon millions of stars, and perhaps staring for so long that death comes before reaching the destination. In searching the page, lines intersect one bright star fixated in the center of empty space where an eye would be, perhaps the place this traveler meant to journey to.

Southern Belle is one of the most terrifyingly sadistic and perfectly unstable characters ever constructed. She, along with the other beloved superheroes of Megalopolis, have been twisted into something else entirely after they succumb to some kind of evil after a battle. The resulting perverse psychosis has never been made more apparent than with Belle’s presence throughout these pages. A dominant glare, a determined expression, tattered clothing, scars, and dark shading around her eyes highlighting her insanity showcase an intimidating force leading the way in this hardcover edition of Surviving Megalopolis.

Marc Jackson has created a weird, silly, and humorous take on space exploration. Your imagination can’t prepare you for the shenanigans the main character finds himself in. Not only will you wonder where this story is going, you might wonder how a simple run to the local space market, looking for “blue milk,” could go quite so awry.

First encounters with alien species might seem like an entertaining prospect. There is a romanticized quality from major franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars, yet history proves this is not always the case. In particular, the recent introduction of “Engineers” from the film, Prometheus, proves that discovering new life can be absolutely terrifying.

The Deep is an all-ages adventure that gets it right with the first issue. This currently formatted six-issue series, which can also be seen as an animated series on Netflix, presents a fun glimpse into the ever-wondrous world of the deep blue sea.

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