S.T. Lakata, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

S.T. Lakata, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

In a place where all of your dreams can be fulfilled, would you stay if your soulmate wasn’t there? The Misplaced Chapter 1 presents this premise with visually stunning pages that create a wonderful blend of illustrations one might expect to see in comic books, paintings, and video cinematography. Some of the images look as if they belong on a movie screen when the production company is introduced with unique images to help distinguish its brand. When you think of The Misplaced, you should think of its creator, Chris Callahan.

John Allison does it again. He instantly grabs the reader’s attention in Giant Days #21 with smart, funny dialogue between his dynamic trio - Daisy, Esther, and Susan. These women are not only witty, but completely relatable when you take into consideration their idiosyncrasies that make them fantastic to follow page after page.

What if you were being chased by skeletal ghosts? What if they were reaching for you and some of them had weapons, without any intention other than to take your life? What if you were severely wounded - grabbing at your wound, bleeding, and grimacing in pain? And what if your slow path forward, away from these menacing ghosts, was somewhat blocked by a yellow feline that looks mortified as blood drips down onto it?

Titan Comics hurls its fans into the life of Frank Braffort as he and those in his French military unit fight for their lives. Writer Serge Lehman, winner of the Prix Rosny-Aine for Best Novel (F.A.U.S.T.) and Best Short Fiction (Dans I’abime and Origami), has his work translated to English for Titan Comics. The three-time winner of the annual French science fiction award presents an intriguing tale seemingly simple at first glance of the first few pages, and then quickly makes the reader realize that Masked is futuristic and filled with science fiction goodness.

Have you ever wanted to see Captain Kirk dressed in red permanently? Would he be able to escape the “curse of the red shirt?” Fans of Star Trek, particularly The Original Series, will have an opportunity to indulge their diabolical urges and recreate what might’ve been on the cult television series.

The wonderfully unique premise of Reborn, crafted by Mark Millar, entertains its fans with Issue #2 – a great follow-up to the “captivating” first issue that “pulls at a reader’s soul.”  Please feel encouraged to check out the Fanbase Press review of Reborn #1 highlighting “one of the most spectacular pages ever constructed.”

The Troop: Volume 1 generates more than a simple plot through a five-issue run. Writer Noel Clarke crafts misfit heroes who find themselves surrounded by violence, sex, drugs, and the overwhelming desire to survive – particularly when it involves self-defense, smashing a racist’s face in, or pure and simple revenge. These loners are not only used to being outcasts; it’s the normalcy they seek until they find each other. Clarke provides a diverse group of characters and isn’t afraid to involve vulgar language to emphasize their opinions on important matters, like staying alive.

A complex storyline mixed with ancient beings, thrilling sequences, and characters driving themselves to uphold some semblance of a moral code provide a legacy created by Bruce Zick. The Zone Continuum: Legacy was first introduced in 1992, and Dark Horse Comics brings together the four-part series in one collection for the first time.

The longstanding story of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D enters beautifully into the comic book world. The anime-like illustrations by Michael Broussard make the reader feel like you’re watching an animated television series, which happens to be currently in development. The first of “over 30 novels based on the titular character” began its popular run in 1983 and has since “sold more than 17 million copies and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.”

What do they say about women? You don’t talk down to them, you don’t disrespect them, you don’t hit them, and you absolutely do not ever attempt to swindle them. And when a woman says, “I want my water…and my bourbon,” you do not hesitate.

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