Mind MGMT is Matt Kindt’s opus. It was the series that really, truly caught the attention of a wider audience and for good reason. It’s brilliantly subversive and wickedly intelligent. It casts a spell and never lets up. While telling an incredible story, it also dissects the format of the comic book to put you into the proper mindset: that your brain is about to get effed with. Now, we have Mind MGMT: Bootleg.
With the arrival of the Sword in the Stone, all bets are off as all three Arthurs are predictably in hot pursuit of the literal kingmaker, a boon to their claim of legitimacy. With Bridgette’s plans hinging on them surviving past Christmas, things are looking rather grim. Meanwhile, Mary has her own plans to save her Galahad. A Hail Mary if you will. This issue does feel like we’re ratcheting up the stakes and that things are about to get pretty nutty soon.
The low-down ('coz I’m trying to be totally ‘90s about this): This is a story that’s set in an alternate universe but with a heavy ‘90s tinge. We’re talking catalogs and a heavy reliance on mall culture here. In a nutshell, this feels very Season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and your mileage may vary.
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: With the revelation that Willow took over Buffy’s mantle as the Slayer, we’re pretty caught up on that front. Of course, with her not being the “rightful” Slayer, Willow’s suffering from some pretty serious side effects that are working overtime on her psyche.
Hellboy is a curious comic grounded by the almost private eye mentality of “I’m too old for this shit” from Hellboy himself. He’s just over it. This collection of Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects is like reading Hellboy without Hellboy. These are the weird, curious things bouncing around in Mignola’s head, given room to breathe… and collected here. Let me tell you, it’s really fun to live in that head for a short time.
Eric was left with a few loose ends and issues when we left him at the end of The Hawk of New York #6, and he needs to get life back under control, whether he’s finishing things up with the Bogre and the Devil Marauders or trying to build the foundation of a typical life by taking plucky reporter Yvonne on a well-deserved night at the circus as a first date. Nothing is simple for Eric’s quest as a vigilante, though, and the last remnants of the Devil Marauders want to take him down for destroying the rest of their gang. Can they succeed in turning public opinion against The Hawk of New York, or will their choices sink the Devil Marauders for good?
While issue #1 primarily explored the human society in this new world order, issue #2 delves not only into the backstory of WOL-421313, a highly efficient construction bot, but the robot society itself.
Ryan Browne and Charles Soule have returned for the second issue of their latest collaboration, Eight Billion Genies. In what feels like a spiritual successor to their previous hit, Curse Words, this series takes all of the beloved weirdness of their work together and ups the intensity, something that has to be seen to be believed.
James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera created a terrifying, yet fascinating, new world full of monsters in their series, Something Is Killing the Children. One of the most alluring aspects of the series was the ever-growing mysteries and background of its protagonist, Erica Slaughter, and the place she came from. Enter House of Slaughter, a series that introduces us to the inner workings of the House of Slaughter and the secret order that turned Erica into the badass killing machine she is today.