When Godzilla's trying to tell you something, just listen already!
Honorable Mention Highlights: April 21, 2021
Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #1
Big Hero 6 meets the King of the Monsters! Probably gonna have a nice message about the environment in it too. This book had some 90s Saturday morning cartoon drip and I loved it.
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1
Wowsers, what a trip. Ram V and Filipe Andrade hit us with some super interesting interpretations of theology while creating a dark and captivatingly morose tale of vengeance and death, all built upon a sad potentially damaged girl named Laila. The title definitely does not lie!
Women of Marvel #1
Another fantastic compilation from Marvel, but this time entirely focused on new, up and coming women authors and artists - and HECK, is it fun. Running throughout the entire piece are short one-page stories from Mariko Tamaki who fully understands how to succingly describe the female experience, and how to make it hilarious. I mean, let's be real - sometimes you just have to laugh at the stuff we go through. Definitely pick this one up!
Some extraterrestrials from Disney that aren't blue & furry.
Honorable Mention Highlights: March 24, 2021
Lady Baltimore: The Witch Queens #1
You know, there's something about a new story from Mignola that just gets me all excited. If I had to pinpoint it, it's probably because they're ALWAYS good, and this one is - surprise! - no exception. Focused on some super badass ladies fighting super sketchy witches, plus one of our leads is constantly fighting time-period misogyny by, you know, being a badass. It's a good time, fast paced, and I could easily see it becoming a show on Netflix. Just saying.
New publisher, who dis? Marvel's first dip into the classic Alien franchise takes a step away from dark sci-fi action and instead turns the focus on shady corporate secrets and extreme activism. We get more of a look at what Earth is like in this time period and are introduced to a few (not all human) new characters along the way.
Firefly: Brand New Verse #1
The recent run of Firefly comics have been excellent, and completely unafraid to pull away from the original cast to bring in new friends, new foes, and new fears. This one comes in MUCH later in the future, and appears that it's going to follow (shocker!) Zoe & Wash's daughter, Emma. If you've been hoping to jump into some of the new Firefly stuff, this could be a good starting point, but the vibe is definitely a little different from the previous run, and is a little more lighthearted and maybe silly at points. Definitely has potential to be a fun ride, though!
It's just kids in the 70's, doing their thing, man.
Weekly Pull Highlights: March 10, 2021
Were there quite a few new books that dropped this week? Yes. Did we want to talk about all of them? No, because we want to make recommendations for you, not just announce new releases like an audio listicle. Does that mean this is a short episode? Not really - y'all know we like to talk (a lot).
Small town folks are the most endearing kind of weird.
Weekly Pull Highlights: March 3, 2021
This week is just a giant station for all the hype-trains that have come into town! From Keanu being Keanu, to Skynet meets Ultron, to Wolverine in his absolute best form, there's some really interesting stuff in stores this week.
You know it's a good book when it's got an exclamation point.
Weekly Pull Highlights: February 10, 2021
Look, sometimes a rant comes out of left-field and we just really need to share our feelings, okay? From unexpected hits, to misses that get bigger the more we talk about them, we discuss the big indie #1s of the week.
There was just too much to cover this week!
Honorable Mention Highlights: February 3, 2021
Specter Inspectors #1
Remember how, for a few years, directors couldn't figure out how to implement a found-footage horror movie without making a team of TV paranormal investigators discover REAL horror in a haunted facility? This is that, but a comic. Not bad, not entirely surprising, but a fun romp if you're itching for another horror title.
The Encoded #1
This book starts out with a really interesting look at a plausible future, focusing on random strangers, in a random encounter, and it feels incredibly organic and cool and I really want more of THAT. But it sort of divolves into your standard 'I'm the only one who can save us all' sort of action vibe, which is... Fine? I think I'd rather have more of the slice of life, if I'm being honest. But there's giant robots, so that's dope.
Deep Beyond #1
A cool title from Mirka Andolfo. A bit different from her other titles that have hit the scene recently, this one deals with topics like pollution, propaganda and big ol' seas beasties. The first issue is a bit slow paced, but the story seems like it's gonna be a fun time.
Here we are again. I am once again talking about how much I love Red Sonja spinoff and else world books more than the normal Red Sonja stuff. I like the premise of this one: a multiverse of Sonja's that are judged and forced to battle one another but some sort of deific All-Sonja. The twist at the end was a real badass nod to the OG Sonja too. Fun book overall.
But like, who doesn't enjoy eldritch terrors that make you crazy?
Weekly Pull Highlights: February 3, 2021
We love it when fiction pushes the usual boundaries! From esoteric horror, to reality-bending westerns, to visual representations of drug trips, this week has all sorts of weird and wonderful goodies. And hey - we love an all-indie week, don't you?
Look, sometimes we DO get rendered speechless...
What a strange week for comics, you guys. Some interesting new titles, but also some just... strange stuff. But hey, if you've been looking for a way to break into Firefly, that happened! So... good?
Honorable Mention Highlights: January 27, 2021
Dead End Kids #1
Get ready for some feels, fam. We're finally far enough away from 9/11 that we can start reading stories, not of the tragedy itself, but of the aftermath left behind. Following three teens all affected by the consequences of the awful event in very different ways, we see something fascinating... What happens when life keeps moving, and crazy stuff keeps going down entirely unrelated to this originally life-altering experience? I'm incredibly excited about this book because it really feels like a very new, very necessary story about people just trying to keep on going.
The Eighth Immortal #1
I want to like this book, I really truly do. It's got really cool somewhat manga-esque art and an interesting use of color. The premise is right in line with the types of stories I enjoy, being all about a race of immortals who are barred from ever reproducing because there can only ever be 7 of them. Lots of myth, lots of prophecy and the like. And yet, it's hard getting past the elephant in this book that is how ABSOLUTELY HORNY THIS BOOK IS. I am by no means a prude, but goddamn, there is sex on like every third page of this book. Wowsers.
"but Chris, you said you were sick of Vampires!" I know, okay, look.... This book was cool, it had interesting art and enough uniqueness in it's world building to stand apart. It was basically "what if Faith from Buffy became a Twitch streamer?" I liked it, okay. There. I liked a Vampire book.
So, now, I know it seems weird to have a mid-series book in here, but I think this is a GREAT jumping on point for folks who love Firefly and want more of it. We just finished the Serenity crew (and friends and associates) bailing on the fight and making a life for themselves in Haven... Except, years later, looks like all of THAT has gone sideways. New characters, the loss of old ones, and KayLee taking on the captain's mantle, I am MORE than excited to see what the sam-heck happened during that flash-forward we didn't get to see!
Influencers have a lot more behind the scenes than you may think.
Weekly Pull Highlights: January 20, 2021
From social media managers losing their souls, to coping with loneliness and depression, we're getting deep, but also awesome, with new indie titles this week. Hey, they can't all be rainbows, right?
I have some questions about that lightsaber usage...
Weekly Pull Highlights: January 6, 2021
We're back from break and boy were there some great titles this week! Whether you're looking for something adorable, something dark, or something regal, there are all sorts of options. There's even something for folks looking for a comic about ninja nuns fighting the Flying Spaghetti Monster! Comics are weird, y'all. Happy New Year!
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