|Rachel Rising #27|
Rachel has returned to life after being murdered in the small town of Manson. She is trying to solve her murder and stop a mystical, demonic takeover of her town. That’s a high concept for a thousand TV shows and movies who would not execute the idea half as well as writer/artist Terry Moore. This issue features a great character moment between Earl and Aunt Johnny about Earl being in love with Rachel’s friend Jet. It also announces the winner of a social media contest offered by Moore to get the book more attention. Winner Jeff Branget had the honor of being brutally murdered this issue by Manson’s resident serial killer, Zoe. And he is. As always, Rachel Rising receives Humble Opinion’s highest recommendation.
Rating: ***** out of 5 stars
|Astro City #14|
This month is back to style-master Brent Anderson on pencils. Ellie is a kind old woman who loves robots. She collects all kinds and types, mostly left over from some supervillain scheme of world takeover or mind control, and stores them in her desert museum. She gives tours for a few dollars, content to fix them up and spent time with them as her only friends. Enter her ne’er do well nephew Fred. Fred is one of those “get rich quick” continual screw-ups whose ambition only equals his greed. He comes to stay with Aunt Ellie for a few days to get back on his feet. When Fred sees the potential in Ellie’s Robot Museum, he begins to make suggestions for improvements. Then exhibits start disappearing. In a remarkable coincidence, robot crimes start to increase. The day Ellie notices many of her robot friends have disappeared overnight, the cops show up to arrest her. Continued next issue, but time to see if Fred is just a greedy dupe or a villain himself. Knowing Busiek, the answer won’t be what readers anticipate. Great stuff.
Rating: ****½ out of 5 stars
|Coffin Hill #10|
Coffin Hill is becoming more and more onion-like with each issue, as writer Caitlin Kittredge peels back the story of Eve and her friends. This is a satisfying and meaty comic book experience, washed down by some skillful and atmospheric art by Inaki Miranda.
Rating: **** out of 5 stars
|Lady Zorro #2|
Writer Alex de Campi's work has impressed me in the past, and here she creates a decent story that moves at a brisk pace. It would be nice if she named her characters occasionally so readers could know who everyone is. The art by Rey Villegas is dull and workmanlike, certainly not worth the $3.99 cover price. If I pick up the rest of the series, it will be for the sexy and dynamic covers of Joe Linsner, whose images tend to leap from the comic page.
Rating: *** out of 5 stars
|Star Trek: New Visions - Time's Echo|
Rating: **** out of 5 stars
Rating: ***½ out of 5 stars
|Alex + Ada #8|
Another outstanding issue. This story is always thought-provoking science fiction. What's next for Alex and Ada? Will she be discovered and destroyed? I can’t wait to find out. This book has me gleefully hanging on its every plot twist.
Rating: ***** out of 5 stars.