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Comics: All Things Considered
by Dee. 3/3/2022Hello folks,
Though the wind doth blow, there's comics to read. For this month's reviews, we have a preview of a Skottie Young book, Twig, an ashcan for Something is Killing the Children, and from DC Comics comes Aquamen. Strap yourselves in, we're going for a ride.
Twig (Image Comics): I got a chance to flip through this amazing comic filled with detailed world-building, interesting character designs and a bright, vivid palette. It seems inspired by the dark fantasy worlds of Jim Henson (like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal) and Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH, Land Before Time). Skottie does a great job of creating whimsy (Wizard of Oz) and fun comics (Rocket Racoon), and this fantastical book does not disappoint. I'm looking forward to this story and watching it unfold.
Release date: May 4, 2022.
Something is Killing the Children (Boom! Studios): This is the tale of Erica Slaughter, monster-killer extraordinaire, and she's out to figure out what exactly is happening to her town. There is wholesale carnage, but the good thing is that the art style is less detailed than you might expect. The splash pages and the dialogue are top notch, and it is truly a gripping read. They are on issue 20 at the moment, deep into the story. Issue 21 is due out March 30th, and there are trades available for order to binge / catch up since the last issue was out September 2021.
In any case the story is pretty intense, so obviously not kid-friendly with the F-bombs and the gore. Ye have been warned.
Release date: March 30, 2022.
Aquamen (DC Comics): Meet Jackson Hyde, also known as Aqualad. Author Brandon Thomas has set up a great segue from the Future State crossover issues, and the Aquaman: The Becoming series. We are getting to know Jackson as an adult, and dealing with some deep sea terrors.
If you are confused by Aquaman sporting an awesome beard and the inclusion of Aqualad, there's a bit more reading to do, and I'd suggest looking into the 2018 and 2011 series. I especially love the 2011 series, because the first scene is Arthur in a seafood restaurant.
Release date: February 22, 2022.
That's all for now,