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Comics: Paint It Black
by Dee. 5/30/2018Hello all:
Dee here with your monthly dose of comics! We have Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #1, Superman (2016) Special #1, and also Outpost Zero, a preview from Image's Skybound.
Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #1 (IDW Publishing):
Bubba Ho-Tep was first an excellent novella, and then a 2002 comedy-horror movie about an ancient mummy that terrorized a nursing home, starring Bruce Campbell as a retired Elvis Presley. So I was excited but also concerned about it living up to the original movie's solid script. Frankly, I didn't want it to be an Archie vs. Sharknado, or something similar.
Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a prequel to the movie, where Richard Nixon calls on Elvis to vanquish an alien menace to save the human race. The monsters have an interesting twist to them, and the nods to other conspiracies in the detailed backgrounds is entertaining.
You don't need a familiarity with either of the previous Bubba Ho-Tep works to enjoy the humor within this dark story, so newcomers won't feel so left out of the joke.
Superman (2016) Special #1 (DC Comics):
Dinosaurs, zombies and giant monsters from Dinosaur Island are attacking Superman, and why not? There's a recap for the audience, but it's not quite enough for me.There's a few characters that I'm being introduced to in this story, in such a way that I'm missing out on some necessary back story. I do love the interaction between Clark and his son Jon, though, with Jon promising not to break into the Fortress of Solitude (again).
There are three stories within this larger issue. The main message that we keep coming back to is that Clark Kent is a good person, and will give as many second chances as possible, even to known villains.
Outpost Zero (Image Comics / Skybound Entertainment): This follows four teenage kids in a terraformed biome, dealing with the throes of puberty, but also the reality of living in a hostile alien environment. The discovery team comes across a huge storm, and everyone prepares to ride it out. They had a catastrophe ten years ago when the last storm came, and though the colony is surviving, that is all it is doing.
The creative team behind this story includes creator/writer Sean Kelley McKeever and creator/artist Alexandre Tefenkgi, who do an excellent job on realistic dialogue in a sci-fi setting and a stark difference in the comfort of the biome versus the nearly desolate planet.
Release date: July 11, 2018.
That's all folks,