Of the relatively few constants humanity encounters, the unknown may be the one in which plagues the mind most. Perhaps positive, perhaps not; ultimately, the unknown simply is until it isn’t. And once known, yet another unknown rises, succeeding those which came before. Like an incurable disease, a lingering, ever mutating virus, the unknown clings to the individual and societal psyche. It’s inescapable: a cold, clinical machine, caring not if we are ready for it. Prepared or unprepared, it comes to us all the same. But it’s how we deal with the unknown that Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle, etc.), Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Freddie Williams II (Batman/TMNT) explore in The Kamandi Challenge #9.
by Mike Allred, Lee Allred, Laura Allred & James Harvey
Bug! The Adventures of Forager has been one of comics best and most entertaining series since it’s debut earlier this year for it’s wacky irreverent story telling and fantastic art work. In issue #4, the title has truly hit it’s stride with an equal parts hillarious and fascnating romp through the Jack Kirby DC Comics mythos featuring a Deadman cameo connected to his weird crossover with the original Infinity Man & The Forever People series, a Manhunter, a Sandman who has “no affiliated with that old timey gas mask guy”, a dimensional vortex, an angry Teddy Bear, Tatsinda, Dr Spider singing R.E.M lyrics & oh so much more bilssful comic book weirdness. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Bug! The Adventures of Forager #4
By Eric Burnham, Sophie Campbell, Brittany Peer, Shawn Lee
It’s a good week in comics when I have a threeway tie choosing The Week’s Finest: do I go with the tried and true Kill or Be Killed (which was quite good as usual), an intriguing mystery thriller Hellboy and the BPRD, or an underdog with fantastic art that makes me care about a character I’ve never liked? I always favor underdogs, although it was a difficult choice until I thought about the book with the best art: TMNT Universe #14. Continue reading This Week’s Finest:Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Universe #14
by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena & Matt Hollingsworth
Can the candid words of a tyrant be trusted? Can the intentions of a dying man be selfless? These are just a few of the questions posed in this week’s issue of Seven To Eternity. In this series, Remender has consistently tiptoed the line of compromising his character’s integrity. In issue #9 the characters are no longer tiptoeing that line, they are straight up straddling it. But wait, there is more! Not only do we reach a new high point in Adam’s morally ambiguous journey, but with Jerome Opena back on the book teamed up with colorist Matt Hollingsworth, we get some absolutely incredible fantasy action pages that rival any big budget film. My phone screen saver used to be a picture of Pennywise, now it is a picture of spirit Zeb plunging his dual wielding lightning swords into the belly of the Black Well. I believe a fist pumping “F**k yeah!” is required at this time.
Thinking how you would be thinking of feeling you close I’m dreaming how you would be dreaming and hoping you over..I feel what you feel and I’m hoping and praying and willing…I’ll be there I’ll be
I’ll be you baby I’ll be you baby I’ll be you-Future I Be U Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Saga #46
By Sean Vanaman, Olly Moss, CJ Cannon, Carly Farina, CRANK!
Everyone’s heard the hypothetical question: “Would you kill Adolf Hitler when he was a baby?” It’s a thought experiment to test your moral compass; do you kill a genocidal madman before he could kill millions of people, or do you spare a baby knowing it could become that genocidal madman in the future? Nobody ever asks “Would you kill ALL the Hitlers?”.
Nobody, except Sean Vanaman, Olly Moss, and Rick Sanchez… Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Rick and Morty #29
by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa & Robert Hack
Do you remember the ABC show Sabrina The Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Hart? If you are a late 80’s child like myself, it must have played some role in your after school routine when you were 12. It had many of the same beats that would soon make the Harry Potter books a huge success. Sabrina’s aunt Hilda was played by the hilarious Caroline Rhea, and her aunt Zelda was played by the charming Beth Broderick. My school night wouldn’t be the same without a little Sabrina Spellman in it. Well, this comic book is not that show. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack have taken the fun supernatural side of Archie Comics, and stripped it down to the terrifying witchcraft elements that linger just below the surface. It is like the difference between Teen Wolf and Silver Bullet. One uses a supernatural mythology to add a fun spin on a rather mundane story; the other focuses on the truly terrifying details of the unnatural world. This is the beauty of the diverse range of the horror genre. There can exist an after school special staring a teenage witch, and there can exist a terrifying comic based on the same character. One is a guilty pleasure for a 12 year old, while the other keeps a 31 year old man up at night.
Mister Miracle #1 is a dizzying and infectious debut issue of a series from three masters of their craft in Tom King, Mitch Gerads & Clayton Cowles, working at the height of their capabilities. Surreal, dark and engrossing, Mister Miracle takes on the conventions of Jack Kirby’s iconic New Gods characters for a modern day treatise on paranoia and fear in our era of encroaching fascism on western liberal democracy. Deeply creative and engrossing, Mister Miracle is the best debut issue of a comics series in years, and it’s excellent by almost any measure. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Mister Miracle #1
By Tim Seeley, Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Once again I find myself in awe of this series. I continue to have barely any interest in Batman, or any of the other Bat-titles, but Dick Grayson’s solo adventures have held my interest for well over three years now. In that time, Tim Seely (with co-writing credit to Tom King on Grayson) has built an impressive tapestry around Richard Grayson. It’s only now that things start to come full circle. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Nightwing #26
Do you think when Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are discussing Saga concepts, they know when they hit the jackpot? I mean, they have a ton of amazing ideas in these forty five issues, but every now and then they have an idea that is elevated to genius level. I can’t help but wonder if they get extra excited for certain issues to come out. Are they just chomping at the bit to reach the issue they think is next level? Honestly, with the high level of quality that Saga is month in and month out, they are probably always excited for that next issue to hit the stands. When it is all said and done, and the final installment of Saga is released for the last time, I would like to know what Brian an Fiona’s favorite part of the story was, because for me, it’s right here.