Last summer at San Diego Comic-Con International, I met artist Don Aguillo while he was signing copies of The Sequels written by Norm Harper (Rikki) and published by Fanbase Press. At the time, Don shared some pages from his portfolio which gave me an inkling to his incredible skill as an artist. So, I jumped at the opportunity to review the first five issues of his series, Rise, published by Scout Comics.
In a new reality where the United States has sealed itself off from the rest of the world, we step into a “black box” America, one that has changed dramatically. New territories have emerged, new leaders have risen, and shocking and terrifying creatures have begun to roam the lands that so many once called home. With that in mind, seven people - handpicked for a diplomatic mission to save the world from a deadly virus - have made their way past the massive wall that keeps America away from everyone else, with results looking a bit mixed at the moment.
The hit mini-series, Going to the Chapel, from Spencer & Locke creator David Pepose comes together in a wonderful package of humor and brevity. We’re introduced to Elizabeth, full of nerves and cold feet on her wedding day. Just as she is about to walk down (or run away) from the aisle, the wedding is crashed by the infamous bank robbers, the Bad Elvis gang. But, as the saying goes, “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry,” and it’s up to Elizabeth to save her family, her wedding, the heist, and the robbers whom she has a sordid history with.
As the new sheriff in town, Mal’s got a murder mystery to solve. Despite assistance from Boss Moon, it would appear that their mystery killer is one step ahead of them, with no qualms about committing mass murder. Meanwhile, the rest of the Serenity crew is still dealing with the fallout of the Second Unification War.
Worlds collide when a barbarian warrior is ripped from his fantasy realm and dropped into a modern-day metropolis. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato Jr’s newly collected Berserker Unbound begins with standard sword-and-sorcery fair, but ultimately reveals itself as an affecting examination on grief and recovery.
Over half a decade ago, several voice actors with limited connections to one another began playing a game of Dungeons & Dragons as a birthday present to one of the cast members. Years later, the game went from a way to relax and have fun to a live-streamed show to one of the most popular programs on the internet. With the podcast and stream in full swing and an animated series on the way, fans have been clamoring for the characters' stories that predated their game. Thanks to Dark Horse Comics, we've gotten just that with the second Vox Machina Origins series that explores the home of our talented cast. With this issue, we get to meet another familiar face from the Vox Machina we've come to know, love, and laugh at when they do stupid things. So, so many stupid things.