A fairy princess, a fallen angel, and a werewolf walk into a church. No, that’s not a joke; it’s a scene from this new one-shot from Image Comics, Aria: Heavenly Creatures. Every once in a while, it’s nice to have a fun one-shot to read, with no back and forth needed to decide if you are committing to an entire series, and you still get a full story. (One-shots are great for commitment phobes and those of us who have non-committal spells.) This story is brought to readers by the same creative team behind Image Comics' The Marked, and it's a captivating tale of faerie creatures and supernatural alike living among humans in Victorian London.
I feel like I just read another Joker origin story. In Haha #1, we meet Bart, an extremely positive man living a not-so-positive life as a clown. (Yes, this does sound just like the plot to he DC movie, Joker.) Bart has a wife (who doesn't share his glass-half-full perspective), two kids, and a small dog. The comic does have a few different twists and turns (No spoilers!), plus gorgeous and evocative art by Vanesa Del Rey (Redlands).
There is a first time for everything, and this is my first time reviewing a coloring book. Not just any coloring book, but possibly the most legitimate and cool coloring book I have ever seen. Two words: dinosaurs and learning. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex (according to their website), so who better to make educational coloring books?
If you are ready for a nostalgic walk down '80s comics lane, settle in, because I have it right here for you in Dark Horse's new series, Resident Alien: Your Ride's Here. This comic has a very old school vibe with a small-town crime mixed with sci-fi (This is the alien part of it.) and '80s-style art and hair. Also, if you have been a fan of the previous Resident Alien mini-series (I have not read them, but now I want to!), this is the beginning of the fourth spinoff.
Welcome back to the colorful science fiction series about a crew who harvests pieces from the bodies of dead space gods. These stunning, glowy gods are - you guessed it - only found when they are dead. No human in living memory has ever seen one alive. In issue two, we move from a story teaser with very little info into the beginning of what this story is. We get a solid dose of character development (and which of them know each other if you know what I mean), as well as some almost poetic moments.
It's official: I am addicted to this story. I just added it to my pull list, because they are doing everything right. First, I want to say if you haven't read issue #1 of Seven Secrets, then don’t read the rest of this article, but know that if you like secret organizations, mystery, and bad-ass action, you should go and buy a copy now. If you did happen to pick up a copy of the first issue, please continue on to the next paragraph; there will be no spoilers for you!
This week, BOOM! Studios dips their toe into the old-school world of the sci-fi epic. We follow a four-person crew of a mining ship, but they aren’t mining precious metals or minerals. Oh no, they are mining gods. While BOOM! has science fiction titles, none of them have been along the vein of the high-concept, sci-fi/fantasy epic that has been a favorite of fans for decades - until now. We Only Find Them When They’re Dead is for Ridley Scott fans everywhere.
A fable of heroes and time. Canto II, the sequel to the original Canto story published last year, is a charming continuation of the clockwork knight and his almost David vs. Goliath fight for freedom for himself and the other clockwork people. The creators have stated many times that they were inspired by Dante’s Inferno and The Wizard of Oz, which shows in both the style of storytelling and the characters themselves.
Well, I am just going to say it: Joe Hill is a better writer than his father. I know! Blasphemy! But, man, can Joe tell a compelling story and not go on and on, being overly verbose for pages and pages about nothing. I love someone who can tell a good story and still be concise. Now, let’s get into the newest installment of Locke & Key.
I honestly think the person I am today was shaped by growing up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. My parents started showing it to me when I was so young that I don’t remember a time when Star Trek wasn’t something familiar to me. Picard was my first captain, and he will always be my favorite. His stoicism and logic with a dash of compassion is why, as an adult in certain situations, I will think, “What Would Picard Do?” (which, by the way, let's get some W.W.P.D bracelets made). So, I will say I was excited and nervous when they announced the new Picard TV show which I did love - great new faces and old. I also get extremely picky with Star Trek comics. I’d say I stopped reading about 75% of them after issue 1, because I didn’t feel like the author knew the voices of these characters like I did. The opposite happened to me today. Kudos to Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, because I could not stop reading Star Trek: Picard - Countdown.