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!
Quick recap: Mal had imprisoned the Chang-Benitez Gang to protect them from the overzealous and vastly overpowered Blue Sun militia. That’s until the Bandit King broke them out, seemingly playing a game of cat-and-mouse with the good sheriff, and taking the heat for the various capers of the Chang-Benitez gang. Except, plot twist, the Bandit King is none other than Mal!
Something Is Killing the Children is not for the faint of heart. It’s badass, but it also doesn’t shy away from hard-to-see moments. Children get killed in some pretty horrible ways. Tynion and Dell’edera don’t want to give you the safety net of being able to look away. This isn’t a news report or a headline you can scroll past on Facebook; they want you right there in the school while the violence is happening. Stories and fiction are usually the safety net, to keep readers at a safe distance while exploring social issues and concerns, but these creators don’t want you to feel safe. They want you present as our heroes stay seemingly one step behind the oncoming series of tragedies.
I’m so glad I took the time to read the prequel series, Descender, because it seriously pays off in this latest issue of Ascender. I’m not going to ruin it for you, but if you started to read this series without reading the previous one, then I highly suggest you dive into it before reading issue #12. Now, on to the show…
An unexplained accident turns a night of amateur astronomy into one family's greatest trauma. What happened to Kenny remained shrouded in mystery for decades, but now, answers are beginning to emerge from beyond the stars. Writer Anthony Cleveland, artist Antonio Fuso, and independent publisher Mad Cave Studios turn our gaze upward with the visually arresting Stargazer #1.
With the last issue of Sex Criminals set to hit shelves in the coming weeks, it feels fitting that the team of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky would use the penultimate issue to dig deep into the backstory of the incredibly popular ancillary character, Sexual Gary. This dynamo has graced several backgrounds, and his mention has been whispers inside the pages of the book, but never before have we really gotten the full weight of Gary's life and history. But no more! Now, we get Gary in all of his glory, getting to see what makes him such a special character that has entered the hearts of all the fans of this series.