Twenty eight years later, is the animated adaptation of the legendary comic as lethal as the original?
The final volume of Sweet Tooth favors the bold. The fates of Gus and Jepperd are realized, Abbot has his final confrontation, and the future of this party of survivors is revealed. Has their arduous journey brought them to safety, or has it lead to something bleaker? Wild Game concludes the series, and it's impossible to leave unscathed.
Books of the Dead doesn't take Jackson outside of his criminal comfort zone. Aside from the spectral beasts, Aztec ghosts, and a jungle, that is. The second volume of Ghosted takes us a little down south on a rescue mission that, unexpectedly, doesn't go smoothly at all. Williamson and Gianfelice are taking us on a ride, and there may be bruises.
And with this we reach the penultimate volume, Unnatural Habitats. While Gus stands tall in the face of danger, Jepperd steps back and fights a different battle. Roles are switched and the group isn't whole, but the gears are turning in each character's heads, something sorely missing from both our protagonists. Sweet Teeth is nearly done, and Jeff Lemire is still doing wonders.
Is it possible to steal a ghost? Jackson doesn't think so, but he's not in much of a position to argue. After being broken out of jail, his savior tasks him with the impossible. Grab a team, find the house, and bring back the ghost. Joshua Williamson tasks a thief with the supernaturally improbable, and we get to watch in Ghosted: Haunted Heist.
In Animal Armies, Jepperd takes a step forwards towards the man we'd rather him be. New characters and old habits are rampant in this issue, and the set up looks long winded, but Jeff Lemire's track record proves that mountains are best trekked slowly. The third volume of Sweet Tooth brings plenty of pain, so keep that it in mind.
Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega is the finale of the series. Doors are closed, keys are broken, and we come out with our heads staring at the floor. The horrors end for the Locke kids, but the lingering terrors hold on, and they don't spare the readers in the process. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are masters, and this final volume proves me right.
Time travel is typically overwrought with cliches and rules, balancing the story on a thin line between breaking the rules and serving the plot. In Clockworks Hill and Rodriguez forego that balance and deliver a decades old story about the kid's father, laden with unhappy answers. Heavy and eye opening, this volume has been my favorite so far.
The sentence you’re reading has more words than the entirety of Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians. You might find yourself pausing, how can a comic book, traditionally buoyant with bubbles of text and dialogue, tell a compelling story without any words to tell it? This is exactly what creator Ricardo Delgado’s prehistoric print aims to achieve in the newest chapter of his storied saurian shorts.
If you haven’t encountered a rabid Walking Dead fan proclaiming they’ll riot if Daryl Dixon dies, I envy you. In the past five years, zombies have become as ubiquitous as Starbucks, and have fans as faithful as churchgoers. Zombie walks, countless b-movies, video games, and even zombie specific conventions have sprouted all across the country. While zombies have been a sub-genre of their own for decades now, Robert Kirkman’s comic, and subsequent TV show, THE WALKING DEAD, turned the mindless mongrels into an epidemic.
Joe Hill is the son of some famous dude who you’ve most definitely heard of. But that doesn’t matter. What does matter is Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, created by Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. This is the story of the Locke family who, following a despicable tragedy, moves to the Keyhouse mansion in the darling town of Lovecraft. The mansion has a past, as well as magnificent doors and keys with transformative powers.
Write here...Image Expo is an annual convention (though it did happen twice this year, but let's pretend it didn't) held in San Francisco, where the publisher announces an onslaught of new creator owned comics to be released. Guests ranged from Brian K. Vaughn (Saga, Y: The Last Man), Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Thor), and Greg Rucka (Lazarus), and many more.