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Comics: Trick or Treat!
by Dee. 10/25/2018Hello comic readers!
This month we have some hair-raising comics just in time for Halloween. First up is Farmland, followed by Sandman Universe: Lucifer and Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider. We also have a preview of Hardcore to round out the reviews.
Farmhand (Image Comics): From Rob Guillory (Chew) comes this comedy/horror series about growing and harvesting genetically created body parts from plants. This series has excellent Easter eggs hidden within the artwork, and a humorous yet disturbing depiction of the dismemberment used in the harvest.
The script follows the legacy of the farmer who started it all, and his family in relationship to his now booming industrial compound. There are fantastic mutations and dark secrets, and nobody in town is very fond of their family because of all of the trouble it brings.
This is my favorite of all of my selections this month, mostly because of the sense of humor that the comic brings to the table. If you were to take this comic deadly serious (pun intended), it wouldn't be as charming and delightfully weird.
Sandman Universe: Lucifer #1 (DC Comics / Vertigo): As a return to the roots of Sandman, Vertigo has been bringing out special issues centered around specific characters, such as Lucifer. You may be familiar with the TV show, but don't worry, you don't have to have watched it to understand the comic. For those of you not familiar with the Sandman Universe, you should know that the Sandman, or Dream, is the ruler of the realm of Dreaming, and he is on speaking terms with the hosts of Hell, Lucifer. Reading the Sandman Universe series will help you understand what is going on, even if you don't go back to the original Sandman trades.
Lucifer has gone missing, which is not a surprising as he previously abandoned Hell to go live life in Los Angeles as a club owner. This time, however, he is on a mission to find the mother of his abandoned son. He gets trapped by sinister forces, who use him for their own nefarious purposes.
I very much enjoy the epic lore of the Sandman Universe, and it is always fun to see Neil Gaiman at work, as he is a master storyteller. One of the more interesting aspects of his world
is that Gaiman works with many different artists to tell his stories, because the main characters have many different appearances throughout human history.
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider (Marvel Comics): Is it a bit of a stretch to say this comic is hair-raising? Well, probably. Welcome to an issue of Spider-Gwen, now in a new set of adventures after her stint in jail.
This comic has a small re-cap of both who she is, as well as what she's been up to recently. If you aren't familiar with Spider-Gwen, it would be worth checking out the previous material. That includes the current running Spider-Geddon and the volumes of Spider-Gwen, both as an introduction to Gwen Stacy and her relationship to Peter Parker (Spider-Man). The tie-in of the villains that Gwen will be going against is also of interest. She's dimension hopping in this issue, so for those of you that know the Spider-verse, you will be interested to learn more about the universe that she's dropped into.
The color story is complimentary to her white and magenta costume, dipping into purples, vivid yellows and bright blues to tell this tale. The art is by Rosi Kämpe (work in Civil War II and Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1) and the issue is beautifully created. Spider-Gwen, or Ghost Spider as she's now known, is a dynamic force paired with realistic dialogue which makes her so endearingly human. I am already excited for the next issue.
Hardcore (Image Comics/ Skybound Entertainment): Based on an idea from Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible, Manifest Destiny) and Marc Silvestri (prolific artist known for his work within Image and Marvel), Hardcore revolves around a nano-tech implant. The implant has the ability to control the central nervous system of the target, keeping the person in a dreamlike state while a third party pilot directs the body. This has been implemented by a private agency to assassinate criminals, and it comes with some risks. Agent Drake has to complete his mission in 72 hours, or the neural connection will dissolve, causing severe brain trauma.
Of course there is a hostile takeover of the company, and Drake gets stuck in the body of his mission. The clock is now ticking for him, and hopefully he can enlist some help to escape this deadly situation.
The artist and writer for this comic are Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors, Suiciders: Kings of Hell A) and Andy Diggle (Losers, Hellblazer and editor of 2000 AD), respectively. This is a fast-paced action story, so prepare yourself for an uncanny journey into a new kind of vigilantism.
Release date: December 19, 2018.