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Comics: Take a Look, It's In a Book
by Dee. 10/20/2017Greetings all,
This month we have previews for Evolution, Paradiso and reviews for Dastardly and Muttley, and Falcon. Also, Halloween Comicfest is right around the corner! If you aren't familiar with the Comicfest, you can look them up here, and see the featured titles. As always, it is first come first serve, so stop by the shop early for the comics, and hang out for games, candy and our costume contest!
Evolution (Image / Skybound):
"Evolve or die". This is the theme of Evolution, a comic about people evolving physically and psychologically through their personal journeys.
"Praegressus" is a hint uncovered in the mystery of Evolution, by a Roman nun who has seen too much. A doctor in Philadelphia discovers through experiments and extensive data over 3,000 years of evolution happening all at once. A woman mourning the loss of her parents discover something unnatural when visiting a long-time client.
The interesting thing about Evolution is the use of multiple writers to weave three perspectives together into a cohesive story. This promises to be a bloody tale with vibrant, fantastical and horrifying implications for the future of all mankind.
Release Date: November 15, 2017.
Paradiso is a mecca within the desolate wasteland left after the cataclysmic event from centuries ago called 'The Midnight". Filled with impossible buildings and spectacular beings, this is a unique setting and interesting universe to explore. The rich environment is enhanced by the palette of blues, reds and browns that represent a technology-heavy dystopia.
Our hero Jack has the device that can bring old technology back to life, which means that everyone will want to get their hands on it. As far as the issue of the comic goes, you don't see much of the political struggle over the device yet. There are bionic beings called Guardians who are already vigilant to any new stirrings within Paradiso, and they will not remain passive watchers.
Release Date: December 6, 2017.
Dastardly and Muttley (DC Comics): You might be familiar with the Wacky Raceland characters from the cartoons or the more recent DC series, but this book is a whole different story. Written by Garth Ennis, this follows the story of Colonel Richard "Dick" Atcherly and Captain Dudley "Mutt" Muller. On a mission direct from the General, they are on reconnaissance looking for a drone, when they are caught in toxic clouds spewing from the drone. Dudley had brought his dog aboard, so of course it makes sense that the injuries include replacing his head with that of his dog.
As odd as it sounds, this is a military story with the heart of a cartoon series. DC has been doing similar things with beloved favorites like The Flinstones and Wacky Raceland, as well as recent crossovers (Batman / Elmer Fudd, Martian Manhunter / Marvin the Martian and Wonder Woman / Tazmanian Devil, for starters) so I look forward to political commentary, pure cartoon foolishness and more pop-culture references.
Falcon (Marvel Comics): Due to the fallout of Steve Rogers being Hydra, Falcon had taken up the mantle of Captain America. After a while however, he grew tired of fighting gods and aliens. He stepped back from the shield, returning to his own identity as the Falcon.
This is a story of super-heroism at the street-level, with Sam Wilson working to create peace with rival Chicago gangs. He is stymied by Chicago's mayor, as Falcon is neither a citizen nor a law enforcement officer. Falcon makes a valiant effort to reason with the gang members to a less violent life, noting that enough innocent life had been destroyed by their feud.
The writing in this book is very strong, as Rodney Barnes (Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris) strikes the right note of strength and earnestness that has you rooting for Sam Wilson, fighting for justice and liberty on his own terms.