The Mighty Zodiac #1

Writer: J. Torres
Artist: Corin Howell
Colors: Maarta Laiho
Publisher: Oni Press

After the death of the Blue Dragon, six stars fall from the sky, and the evil Moon Rabbit army descends to the land of Gaya. It is up to The Mighty Zodiac to retrieve the stars and defeat the Moon Rabbit Army!

The Mighty Zodiac presents a magical land of anthropomorphic talking animals based on Eastern culture and folklore, with the titular group based off of the Chinese Zodiac signs. The land of Gaya is protected by the Zodiac, but lately they’ve been traveling the land engaging in various misadventures, since no imminent threat was present...

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Brave Chef Brianna #1-4

From fantasy author Sam Sykes (Aeons’ Gate) comes a story about budding chef Brianna Jakobsson, who’s trying to impress her father but whose best—and only—customers are monsters. Brianna has big dreams of starting her own restaurant. When her ailing father, a celebrity restaurant magnate, poses a challenge to his only daughter and 15 sons, she sets out to create the best restaurant around! Thing is, the only city she can afford to set up shop in is Monster City.

That big step of leaving home, venturing out and making your own way, is a scary part of life. Think about how much more frightening that would be moving to a city of monsters. For Brianna Jakobsson and her dream of starting a restaurant, that’s the setting her new chapter in life starts in.

With her father informing Bria...

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Bad Machinery Vol. 1: Case of the Team Spirit

Writer/Artist: John Allison
Publisher: Oni Press

Bad Machinery – The Case of the Team Spirit follows six grammar school children throughout their daily lives and as they solve mysterious. Equal parts slice of life comedy and supernatural mystery, though with a much heavier emphasis on the former, Bad Machinery focuses on cutesy characters and humor, and is generally a fun, light-hearted read.

However, and this may be more my fault than the book’s itself, it just never clicked for me.

I never once laughed or chuckled or smiled in amusement while reading it; every single joke fell flat. And for a comedy, that’s a pretty big problem. I never quite clicked with the characters, either...

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The Archies

Story: Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Joe Eisma
Color: Matt Herms
Lettering: Jack Morelli

When Archie’s newly formed rock band gets a gig, Archie’s perfectionism drives a wedge as he puts bandmates before friendship. Will the band survive the road to the gig?

The last time I sat down and read an Archie comic was at least 20 years ago, and it very well might have been this same story. Among many things I have learned along the way in my life, there are some common truths that one will never escape: the sky is blue; water is wet; and an Archie comic is an Archie comic is an Archie comic.

The roster of classic characters are included in the story: Archie, in his traditional role of the under-confident protagonist; Jughead as Archie’s burger-munching best friend; Bettie and Veronic...

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Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #9

Cover A: Dan Panosian
Writer: Garth Ennis
Art: Craig Cermak

Out of options and up against the wall, Eddie and Trudy come up with a drastic plan to finish Eric Nightingale once and for all. But Red Team’s track record is not good when it comes to the ultimate sanction-and the Nightingale family proves to still have teeth. Our heroes discover the terrible true cost of stepping outside the law, in the final episode of Double Tap, Center Mass.

Well, if you are just coming into this story with this issue, that would be a bad idea.  I honestly would suggest starting at issue 1 or waiting for the trade, but that’s what I’ve been saying all along this would be such an awesome read as a collected story...

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