Making a post-apocalyptic tale work isn’t easy these days. Just about everyone and their mother have traveled this path, and it’s beyond well-trodden, at this point. But somehow, Terry Mayo, Lucas Romero and the folks over at Alterna Comics have delivered up a true beauty in the form of The Wicked Righteous.
The second issue of James Stokoe’s interesting Aliens: Dead Orbit sees our rescue crew working to keep the three mutilated individuals introduced in issue one alive. They’re grotesqueries to look at, and it seems a little unlikely that any one of the three would even care to survive, looking like they look, but they’re crucial to the story, as they inadvertently bring the focal crew face-to-face with the dreaded Xenomorphs.
James Stokoe’s Aliens: Dead Orbit sees a sizable vessel discover an unresponsive ship floating in the depths of space. As we’ve seen in prior Aliens books, the active crew decides to board the ghost ship and see if they can’t find any survivors. And they do, but the discovery is essentially made in vain, as an electronic mishap leaves three survivors burning inside their sleep pods. Unfortunately for our would-be heroes, an alien lifeform is quickly discovered, and as the first issue comes to a cliffhanger halt, these nasties lifeforms make their presence known in bloody fashion.
If you’re looking for a book to drive you into the deeper depths of sadness, The Violent is the book you’re looking for. It’s an everything-that-can-go-wrong-does kind of story, but it’s so melancholy, so terribly disconcerting that it could be likened to the cliché car-crash. The book pulls the reader in instantaneously. It’s real. It’s relatable. It’s hopeless, like so many of us.
As a kid, Clue was our family go-to come holiday seasons. It’s just what we did, and I think for the most part, we all enjoyed it quite a bit. The board game definitely has a place in my heart. And IDW’s new book seems as though it may quickly win real estate there, as well.
Alterna Comics is a new discovery for me, but they’ve got a slick looking lineup of books that I’m excited to explore in the near future. Chief among the books to pique my curiosity is Mr. Crypt, a promising little piece crafted by Troy Vevasis and Aleksandar Jovic.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a Hack/Slash book I’ve been disappointed in. The same can be said of the Chucky books I’ve managed to get my hands on. They make for great reads, and the potential for insanity is all the greater in this wonderful medium. What’s not to love, really?
If you’re digging everything about The Street Angel Gang, then get ready for a summer time gift of greatness. Image has our backs, and that means a brand new tale from Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca!
Brian Wood and Mack Chater’s Briggs Land has proven to be a big hit for Dark Horse Comics, and there’s good reason for that. It’s a stellar work that all comic addicts should be reading (and re-reading), but if you missed this one upon initial arrival, fear not: Dark Horse has you covered with an awesome TPB!