Greetings to the crusader nation! It’s time for my weekly opinion-review recap of the comics for this week that I felt were worth a look. For those new to the column: I am a comics enthusiast who reads a mess of comics (cause I love it!), and I sort through my inbox to give you my picks for the week. Why should you care? Well, if you are like me, I like to have good conversation about interesting and entertaining comics, and those come from so many directions these days that its nice to have a space to get some conversation going—or not; it is up to you. So think of me as a facilitator. Anyway, enough gabbing. Here are my picks based on what I read:
“Figment activity is skyrocketing lately and nobody knows why.” There is trouble brewing in make-believe land, and the agents of I.M.A.G.I.N.E. (ah, take that S.H.I.E.L.D.) are out to find out who is stirring things up in the delicate balance between children and these undefinable entities. By way of plot I got tingles of a little bit Men in Black, a little bit Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and it still provides a nice nugget of world-building and planting some great questions. I was hooked half way in and look forward to the next three issues of this mini-series. All-ages? Maybe, but proceed with caution. Hmmm, speaking of the unexplained, that reminds me about…
The weird and wonderful is out there, and thank God for those who want to take it head on. Strange Nation is about a young reporter who wants to break the unexplained things in this world wide open for all to see; the only problem is, well, nobody believes her, and that doesn’t pay the bills. What separates this from the pack is the way writer Paul Allor is creating the personal conviction of the lead character, who so desperately wants to be the person she is and have people accept her for who she is. If you cant empathize with that, then you may be a bit alien. As is becoming the norm on the digital front, we have another great price point and quality debut from Monkeybrain. Hmmm, speaking of the paranormal, that reminds me about….
The big return first arc comes to a close, and unlike the show so often over the years, it pays off with a great set up for the next story. Am I a bit biased as a fan of the show? Yes, but, fandom aside, the art of Michael Walsh (who is also working on Zero with Ales Kot for Image) has gotten stronger with every issue. Issue #5 is not a jumping-on point, but a great indication that this will be a quality continuation for a show that was quite good at its apex. The X-files are re-opened, and I hope everyone involved keeps up the quality for the foreseeable future.
Collecting some older MW stories, this 80-page giant is worth noting, as it showcases how Graham’s style and writing has changed over a handful of years leading up to his most recent MW and Prophet work. Funny, creatively designed, highly (and sometimes graphically) sexual, MW is an ongoing tale that Graham has developed into not only a strange post-apocalyptic world, but a damn convincing and real story about young people in love and lust. I will note one more time to cover my bases that this is for mature readers only!
Well, that is it for this week, folks. As always, please feel free to leave your own comments/opinions about my picks or about your own in the comments section below, over at our Facebook page, or mention us on Twitter ( @capelesscrusade) with the hashtag #afterwednesday. Till next time, happy reading.