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Astronauts in Trouble #1

In 1959, the Channel 7 News team covers a routine homicide that leads them to a mysterious rocket base in Peru filled with Russian spies. All in a day’s work for the most trusted newsmen in America. They couldn’t know their day’d end up with a hot pilot, a fast ship, cheap beer, and spacesuits!

There are those times when just the title of a new book I come across is enough to make me curious.  I’ve always enjoyed a good space adventure, even though this doesn’t quite start out as one.  Right from its beginnings on Earth, we take a look at the presumably soon to be journey through space with Astronauts in Trouble issue one.

Although not a spaceship, we begin the story rocketing through the city with a news van on its way to a homicide crime scene...

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Valhalla Mad #1

Their names are legend: the Glorious Knox! Greghorn the Battlebjörn! Jhago the Irritator! Three warrior gods vacationing on Earth, just looking to get their drink on and have a good time! Join the drunken festivities with toastmasters JOE CASEY (SEX) and PAUL MAYBURY (SOVEREIGN). The new mythology begins now!

This comic reads like a parody of superhero comics to me. The characters are obviously designed to be a play on Asgardians specifically, with the main character looking a lot like Thor. They all speak in “old” language; thees and thous abound throughout. It makes reading the story a bit tedious overall, at least for me. It isn’t that it’s incomprehensible, it’s just over the top and to me, that made it a less enjoyable read.

The story is a little flimsy – gods come to eart...

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Material #1

A man comes home from Guantanamo Bay, irrevocably changed. An actress receives an offer that can revive her career. A boy survives a riot and becomes embedded within a revolutionary movement. A philosopher is contacted by a being that dismantles his beliefs.  Look around you. Everything is material.

Material is the kind of a comic that you need to read a half dozen times to get the true gist of the story.  This is a story with a very wide, disparate plot that comes to a very slow boil, in fact, by the end of issue one, it feels like burner hasn’t even been turned on.  Material, is a comic for hard-core science fiction junkies that are in it for the long haul.  The subject matter is the human condition, and all its myriad wonder...

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Sons Of The Devil #1

From New York Times Bestselling writer Brian Buccellato and artist Toni Infante comes a psychological horror story about Travis, an average guy trying to get by, who discovers that he has familial ties to a deadly cult. Told across three decades, Sons of the Devil is an exploration of cults, family, and the dark side of human nature. It’s True Detective and Orphan Black meets Helter Skelter.

This story opens with the main character, Travis being kidnapped as a baby, ostensibly by members of a cult.  Flash forward to present day, Travis is a young man with a lazy dog that prefers to be carried around.  The young man stops to help a lost boy find his parents, and gets suspended by his boss...

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Elephantmen: Shots #1

Led by Tim Sale’s 9 page When The Night Comes story, this special collects all the Elephantmen strips from Hero Comics, Liberty Comics and The Thought Bubble Anthology. Features the hard to find Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Marine Man  crossovers and beautiful covers by J. Scott Campbell and Tim Sale! All proceeds go to the CBLDF!

Elephantmen is parody and satire at its very best.  Even better, it’s for a great cause.  For anyone unfamiliar with the CBLDF, it is a non-profit organization, dedicated to protecting the rights of creators in the field of Comics.  Since its inception, it has paid for the legal defense of countless people who create, publish, or even just read comics.  For that reason alone, you should buy this book because censorship is a terrible thing.

Goody twosh...

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