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Captain Marvel #35 by Kelly Thompson and Sergio Davila, published by Marvel Comics
Kelly Thompson has been telling a really excellent, big story over the course of the Captain Marvel series for the past few years now. Thompson is a great writer of action, story, and dialogue. Carol has been to the future, gotten magic powers, battled super-sexists, killed the Avengers (?) and more. And in the current arc, she goes up against the evil Kree figure Vox Supreme, who is targeting anyone who has ever been a Captain Marvel, or a Ms. Marvel, basically anyone marvelous. It's been a very engaging arc, as Carol has to fight against allies and other unexpected faces from her past. Sergio Davila has been doing excellent work bringing this series to life. It's full of action and energy and drama. And I'm excited to see how it concludes over the last few issues of the arc.
West #1 by John Grund and published by Uncivilized Comics
Two farmers who sell their harvest at farmers markets while they practice magic and smoke herbs with their cat (wait ..what?!) plan a heist on the biggest corporation in the West. Big tech is becoming widespread and society is becoming too reliant on it causing magic to fade and small farms to dwindle. I cannot stress enough how good this new title looks and sounds. John Grund’s artwork is of the kind that is reminiscent to its periodical peers showing some relative similarities to that of the strips in The New Yorker. Yet also, Grund’s art is also quite fresh and innovative making this rural fantasy story one to not miss. The story that he is going to tell in West seems perfectly suited for the times of Big Business and corporate greed while also infusing it with a spell of magic ..and a cat who smokes the herb. And who doesn’t want to read a comic featuring a cat with that kind of descriptor?
I am particularly excited for this new series as it seems very much like another favorite comic of mine. The future and the very fabric of truth is on the verge of complete extinction and independent journalism has become a thing of the past. Solicits describe this as a prophetic neo-noir thriller with politicians inventing their own facts and private investigators becoming ronin for the persistently curious. I am not familiar at all with this creative team, but I trust judgment of Aftershock as they continue to bring us great stories and phenomenal artwork. As the aforementioned “other-comic” that seemingly broke ground for this prophetically uncomfortable sub genre, Bylines of Blood has chance to become as important and engaging of a read also. I urge readers to take note of this title. Pick up this debut with me and let’s go for a little ride.