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Luna TP by Maria Llovett, published by Boom! Studios
Strange Adventures HC by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Evan "Doc" Shaner, published by DC Comics
Strange Adventures is a fantastic read about war and memory and terrible choices people feel that they have to make in difficult situations. It's also about race and who gets to be a hero, and a whole other host of issues. It's also just an incredible book to look at, given that it is illustrated by the incredible duo of Mitch Gerads and Evan "Doc" Shaner. Gerads and King previously collaborated on several exceptional comics, The Sheriff of Babylon and Mister Miracle. Gerads illustrates the "present" of the story, and Shaner handles the flashbacks. This division of labor works perfectly in the story, and Shaner's classic, brighter, slightly more "cartoony" style works well for stories of war and adventure, and Gerads does great work in portraying arguments, politics, and quieter moments. This is a terrific read.
TMNT Ongoing #124 by Sophie Campbell and Ken Garing and published by IDW
The teenage mutant ninja turtles always find a way back into my reading routine. I can go on a several month long hiatus only to find myself right back in the thick of it. There’s no question that the IDW TMNT ongoing series is like the best bowl of warm oatmeal you’ve ever seen on a mid-December cold winter morning. To juxtapose the idiom, it’s there to make old hearts feel young again one half shell at a cowabunga-time. With all that said, this weeks installment to the long-standing series has given art duties to the legendary Ken Garing. How it has taken Garing to be given access to this fearsome foursome is beyond anyone’s compare. With Sophie Campbell still managing scripts, the new chapter starting here seems to be just what was needed to get me back to paying attention again. Splinter may be gone, but but but Ken Garing has arrived.
No Holds Bard #1 by Eric Gladstone and Gabrielle Kari and published by Behemoth Comics
William Shakespeare and William Page roaming the ancient streets of England as superheroes solving the crime of a vanished Queen Elizabeth I, all in iambic pentameter. That’s the “catch-it”. That’s all that needs to be said. Go get this Behemoth debut right now!
Download #1 by Scott Chitwood and Danny Luckert and published by Red 5
What brought my attention to this debut first was Danny Luckert on illustrations. The last I saw his work was in The Red Mother with Boom, and I cannot wait to see what sneaky horror images he provides with this new indie. What made my attention stay with this debut was its plot as a mysterious space light gives people the ability to see designs in their mind so as to build strange new devices. What do these devices do? Where will this lead? I’m paying attention. And so should you, says I.