Comic Sense with Julia, February 4th Edition

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This week is all about sci-fi, incredible art, horror, and grittiness. I don’t know if there’s some odd alignment of the planets this week or what, but I was really surprised how all of the titles I picked up had a similar dark and intriguing feel, while still maintaining very unique styles and plots.


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Publisher: Dark Horse

Writer: Eric Powell

Artist: Eric Powell

Cover Artist: Eric Powell

Price: $3.50

Wow. This is this the kind of art that makes my arms go all tingly and goosebumpy out of sheer appreciation and wonder. Continuing the monochromatic, sketchy style of The Goon: Occasion of Revenge, this new miniseries is completely gorgeous in a moody, brooding way that matches the title character’s temperament. Nothing makes me happier than great art paired with a great story and while The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time is not the most uplifting thing you’ll ever read, it portrays Goon’s struggle tactfully and with intense emotion. This miniseries picks up where Occasion of Revenge left off and delves into the difficulties of maintaining relationships and friendships when everything seems hopeless. I want to put the drawing of the spider in a top hat up on my wall and stare at it always and forever. Read The Goon: Once Upon A hard Time on Wednesday and revel in its beauty!

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Rat God #1

Publisher: Dark Horse

Writer: Richard Corben

Artist: Richard Corben

Cover Artist: Richard Corben

Price: $3.99

Full disclosure: when I first began reading Rat God, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. From my brief scan of the synopsis and the cover, I had somehow gotten it into my head that this was going to be similar to a Swamp Thing or Black Hole type of horror story, but that wasn’t at all what I experienced. It was like taking a sip of water only to realize that it’s actually vodka. Neither of those things are bad, but it can be quite a shock to the system to taste one when expecting the other. After my initial befuddlement, I did some research, read it again, and understood so much more about everything. Rat God combines Native American legends with influences from Lovecraft horror. The reason it felt so out of the norm was because it’s not like anything I’ve ever read before and that’s a great thing. It’s fresh, it’s different, yet it draws from historical influences. I would certainly suggest picking up Rat God this Wednesday. It has the potential to become something really great.

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Nameless #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist: Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn

Cover Artist: Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn

Price: $2.99

When dreams/the dream world are portrayed in media, it always makes me feel a little less insane because my dreams are nowhere near as bizarre-o as the ones I’ve seen in movies, comics, and TV shows. The dream world in Nameless is no exception. There are fish headed men, and shopping carts, and eerie yodeling wails and I love it. With a young Harrison Ford-esque main character, spaceships, a mysterious veiled lady, occult symbols, and a looming apocalypse, this comic is exactly what I want to be reading right now. Check it out, check it out! You won’t be disappointed.

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Postal #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Writers: Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill

Artist: Isaac Goodhart

Cover Artist: Isaac Goodhart

Price: $3.99

I don’t have strong feelings either way about Postal. In fact, the strongest feeling I had while reading this comic was disappointment that I wasn’t feeling other feelings. Postal is not a bad comic, but it wasn’t a particularly exciting comic either. There’s always the possibility that as the series continues it will find its stride, but I’d trade wait on this one.

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Cluster #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Writer: Ed Brisson

Artist: Damian Couceiro

Cover Artists: James Stokoe and Simon Roy

Price: $3.99

Boop BOP boop BOP boo dum doo- boodoo badoo bum dum. (If you couldn’t tell, that was my expert rendition of the Cantina Band song from Star Wars). While reading Cluster, I swore I could hear this song playing faintly in the background. The comic takes a closer look at the criminal underbelly of the galaxy and it does a great job of it. As earth has become aware of life on other planets, prisoners are given the choice to serve their prison sentences or have shorter sentences as soldiers helping to protect government property from alien attackers. The motley crew that begins military training in this issue holds all the charm of a classic sci-fi crew with the roughness and deviance of Mos Eisley added in. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, or anything else with ‘star’ in the title, read Cluster. Also, my nerdy self got extra excited because one of the characters has a rune tattoo and I could read it (thank you Dragonology).

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Lady Killer #2

Publisher: Dark Horse

Writers: Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

Artist: Joëlle Jones

Cover Artist: Joëlle Jones

Price: $3.50

A 1960’s house wife who is also a hired killer. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? It does and it is. This comic is phenomenal. Josie Schuller has to balance the challenges of being a devoted mother, wife, and neighbor as well as keeping up with her job, which just happens to be working as a hit-man, er, woman. Tensions increase in the second issue as both aspects of her life require more of her attention. This comic is smart, clever, and entertaining. It has all the intrigue of a good spy novel and the art is bold and defined. Everyone should be reading Lady Killer!


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Comic Sense is by Julia Walchuk

Julia sings a lot and gets yelled at by her roommates. She hides comics in her college textbooks, but is amazingly still going to graduate this spring because she has superheroic multitasking skills. When she’s not reading, doing homework, working, or playing magic, she can be found sitting on the floor eating frozen peas and musing about the wonders of potatoes. They’re just so versatile!

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