Monday, March 5, 2018

This Week In Comics: 3/7

Another New Comic Book Day is just around the corner! Click the jump to check out some of the new comics hitting the shelves at your local comic book shop this week.

Oblivion Song #1 (Image Comics)
What happens after the world ends? Many action movies end with our heroes standing triumphant, surrounded by catastrophic property damage. What happens to the lives they couldn’t save? Oblivion Song takes place in a world recovering from such a crisis. Humans were sucked into an alien dimension and declared dead. Our hero is Nathan Cole, a man determined to venture into the other world and rescue as many survivors as he can from the hellish universe they’ve been trapped in for years. With each life he saves, Nathan crosses their name off the memorial. But as the government considers giving up and shutting down the program, Nathan faces the possibility that he may not be able to save everyone. The art is gritty and daunting, the alien-demons are creatively designed, and the story keeps you on your toes the whole way. Pick up Oblivion Song #1 in your local comic book shop!

Firebug (Image Comics)
A volcano goddess named Keegan is loose in the world, and the prophecies are unclear whether her coming will bring humanity’s destruction or salvation. In the shadow of a sacred volcano, from which Keegan derives her powers, lies the ancient city of Azar. Holding the key to the mysteries of her past, Keegan and her friends must get to Azar before it is overrun by a horde of forest monsters. Firebug is a really cool story with some great worldbuilding. It takes place in a modern world that’s been enriched with an ancient mythology. The different organizations and cults show off wonderful shades of grey. The artwork is really good at establishing the world, and any panel involving fire is beautifully drawn. Pick up Firebug in your local comic shop this week or click here to order a copy.

I Hate Fairyland #17 (Image Comics)
Gertrude is trapped in hell. Meanwhile, Duncan the Kid in a Dinosaur Costume has a job as a postal courier. His first assignment: deliver a package for the Devil himself. After last issue’s adventures in the afterlife, it was nice to get back to Fairyland proper. One of my favorite things about this series is the little details that make up the fantasy wonderland. Gnomes riding snails, pig farmers that are actual pigs, a some beautifully drawn backgrounds. It’s also kind of nice seeing Duncan again. Poor kid is just going with the flow. Doesn’t even know she trapped in a magical world of fairies. Pick up I Hate Fairyland #17 at your local comic book shop!

Astra Lost in Space Vol. 2 (Viz Media)
My favorite comic of 2017 returns! Back in Vol. 1, a group of high school students were dropped off on an alien planet for a school project. They weren’t there two seconds before getting lost in space. Now on a quest to return home, Zack reveals to Kanata that the shipสผs communication system has recently been sabotaged and itสผs likely one among them is the culprit! Vol. 2 continues Astra’s masterful storytelling, focusing on a different character and gaining insight into the kids’ past lives and internal psyche. Check out my review of Vol. 1 here and click here to order a copy of Vol. 2!

Hunter x Hunter Vol. 34 (Viz Media)
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, a battle two decades in the making. Hisoka vs. Chrollo! Did I say two decades? Holy crap. The last time these two characters parted ways was in Volume 13 released in 2007. But the Japanese version was released in 2001! Did you guys know Hunter X Hunter is older than Digimon Adventure? Anyway, I actually really like Chrollo’s character so it’s great to finally see him back at full power and ready to take on Hisoka. Click here to get your copy of this ultimate battle. You won’t want to miss it!

What are you most excited to pick up this week? Let me know in the comments below!