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The Life After Vol 1

Jude’s life is nothing special. It seems like every day is just a repeat of the last one, until one day, he meets a woman and can suddenly see into her past — revealing that he is actually in Purgatory for suicides. Now that he’s awake, he and the legendary Ernest Hemingway are on the path to change things in the afterlife for the better. Of course, that might not sit very well with the bigwigs down below or up above. Can just a few people change the course of billions of souls? 

This trade collects the first five issues of the ongoing series, that Joshua Wilson (Nailbiter & Birthright) calls, “an amazing work of comics.”

The Life After really is something special.

If you find yourself rolling your eyes through the first couple of pages, keep reading. The art isn’t much to write home...

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Our Cats are More Famous Than Us

In 2008, Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota launched the auto-bio webcomic Johnny Wander. Eight years, four cats, and three moves are chronicled in this gorgeous hardcover omnibus, which includes a foreword by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Ghosts). Hirsh and Ota’s charming reverie about new adulthood will appeal to fans of Kate Beaton, Bryan Lee O’Malley, and Jeffrey Brown—along with anyone who’s just winging it.

Our Cats are More Famous Than Us is a mildly amusing collection; it didn’t rock my world or anything. The art was cartoony and cute, the writing was funny enough. If this comic produced any reaction in me at all, it was slight annoyance at the perpetuation of the idea that anyone, anywhere, finds your cats even remotely interesting.

I’ll admit I’m a grump, and you might find Our Cats quite w...

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The Last American

“I pledged allegiance to the flag of the United Sates of America, and to the republic for which it stood, look where it got me.”

Over twenty years have passed since a global war plunged the world into nuclear armageddon. Placed in suspended animation by his superiors, U.S. Army Captain, Ulysses Pilgrim, is woken by three military robot aides. Now Pilgrim has one last mission: wade through a post-holocaust U.S.A. and search for survivors.

Written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and featuring the unique art of Mick McMahon, The Last American is a brilliant, yet terrifying look at the reality and futility of nuclear war.

Judging by the cover, The Last American looks like a goofy Rambo parody. In reality it’s an excellently-written, strikingly illustrated work of post-nuclear war fiction...

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X-O Manowar #1 (2017)

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.

But that was a lifetime ago.

Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.

But the machinery of death marches his way once again...

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Helena Crash #1

From writer Fabian Rangel Jr (Space Riders) and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Tank Girl) comes a new pulse pounding, caffeine fueled, sword swinging, machine-gun firing, car crashing sci-fi adventure comic! In a future where coffee is illegal, Helena is a courier, delivering black market goods to anyone who can afford her services. When Rojo, a ruthless crime boss, asks her to assassinate his rival, the alien mobster known as White Demon, Helena finds herself in the middle of a gang war! To survive, Helena must use all of her skills, and seek help from her friends to stay ahead of her enemies!

 Helena Crash is the bomb!

I’ve seen this art style before, but never in a comic; it gives a freshness and an endearing quality to the proceedings that I haven’t seen in a while...

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