Higher Earth is a really cool, new sci-fi action adventure book with a neat core premise. What if there were multiple parallel Earths, and one Higher Earth conquered and controlled all the others? This Higher Earth then used the other Earths as garbage dumps, or resource mines, and forced the poor people of the lower Earths to work for them. Everything was going great until some people from the lower Earths decided to fight back. The expertly crafted story of Higher Earth follows Heidi and Rex, who are on the run from the Empire that controls the Earths, because they are people of interest. As the story unfolds, we learn just how important they are and why they may be able to change things for the better.
The last issue of Star Wars: Darth Maul - Death Sentence ended with Darth Maul's gleefully sinister grin at the prospect of fighting Jedi. Issue #2 picks up moments later, as we are thrown into the resulting battle. The incredible action sequences in this issue give the series an adrenaline boost of epic proportions.
The Guardians of the Globe are Image Comics' major superhero team who are usually relegated to supporting characters in Invincible. Guarding the Globe: Volume 1 collects the six-issue miniseries chronicling their first solo comic book.
If you haven't been reading it, Skullkickers is a hilarious take on fantasy adventure by Jim Zub. The story follows two mercenary adventurers who always get in over their head and cause as much as trouble as they prevent. This is a series known for its comedic riff on the fantasy genre, its awesome art, and intense action. What's been so awesome about this most recent arc of stories, though, is that Zub has managed to fit in some real drama and character growth amidst the violence and humor he's known for.
Debris is an awesome, new miniseries from Image Comics that follows a young, female warrior on a quest to discover a legendary water source that could save her people. In this post-apocalyptic world, Maya is a protector who fights off strange beasts made of the debris that covers the planet. The people she protects are the last remnants of civilization, and if they don't find a source of water soon, they'll all die out. So, Maya ventures beyond the protection of her home into a vast wasteland to seek out a fabled source of fresh water.
The four-issue miniseries Super Crooks by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu has just concluded. It is published by Marvel's Icon Comics, which is the division of the company that has been putting out the best comics lately. Also, out of Icon are Millar's Kick-Ass, Superior, Secret Service, and Nemesis, as well as Brilliant by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley (the team that brought us Ultimate Spider-Man). Icon has become an outlet for the superstars at Marvel to create completely original, creator-owned comics, which has allowed for fresh, new worlds and cinematic stories.
We're nearing the home stretch on this incredible arc. A part of me is definitely sad to see it come to an end, and this issue is no exception.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
The 'To Read' List:
Moriarty: the Dark Chamber by Daniel Corey, Anthony Diecidue, Perry Freeze, and Dave Lanphear
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
The Light by Nathan Edmondson and Brett Weldele
Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
Read This Week:
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
This week has been insane. I finished up my last days at the comic store, enrolled in school, and have been interviewing for internships at comic companies. Due to all of this, I barely had any time to read. I didn't finish any graphic novels, but I did finish the novel Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones is a masterpiece of fantasy fiction. Martin has created a wonderful, new world that, although it has fantasy elements, is at its best when dealing with its all-too-human characters and the political intrigue that surrounds them. These characters really shine, because Martin writes each chapter in subjective third-person narrative, letting the reader see the world through each of the main character's eyes. This is really cool, because the reader gets to see how different young Sansa views the world from the way her father Ned does. We get to see Jon Snow learn the truth of what lies beyond the wall. We even get into the head of Tyrion, a member of the villainous Lannister family, and learn why, despite all of their cruelty, he still loves his family. This constantly changing perspective is what really makes the book special, and what makes it better than the TV show. Although the HBO series follows all of these characters, it can't get in their heads in the same way that the book does. If you like the show, or have ever been curious, make sure you read the book.
So, that's what I read this week. What have you been reading? Respond in the comments below and let me know; maybe I'll even add it to my reading list. As always, keep reading!
The comic book event of the summer is nigh! Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot. Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm.
Let’s get one thing straight before I delve into my reviews of this series: I’m not a Watchmen fan. I’ve tried reading the comics, and I’ve tried watching both versions of the film, but it just didn’t hold my interest. That’s not to say that I don’t like Alan Moore’s work—I believe he has done some really phenomenal stuff in the past—it just wasn’t something that I caught onto. But, I picked Dr. Manhattan mainly because I’m a fan of J. Michael Straczynski’s writing and was eager to see what he’d do in this prequel series to impress even a non-fan like me. I have to say, I am intrigued by what I’ve read.
The Buffy writing staff has been trying to cure Spike of his Buffy-love and let him stand on his own for some time now. Angel Season 5 moved the bar a bit. Brian Lynch’s time with the platinum blonde vamp in comic form also proved to help him step out of the shadows and into a leading man role. Still, despite these advancements, Spike’s slayer-shaped heartache is still around. Well, blondie bear is back at it again, with writer Victor Gischler taking the vamp with a soul - version 2.0 on a cosmic quest to tackle his demons.