What We Recommend

See what we are reading over at Amazing Stories Comics:

American Carnage

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American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez
Vertigo is cutting close to the bone here with their latest crime drama. What do you do if you’re an FBI agent whose partner was not only killed, but lynched while investigating a right wing group tied to a high-level government official? Well, Sheeba Curry turns to an ex-FBI black sheep (well, technically only half-black) to help her out, cuz no one else wants to do anything about it. Rich King takes on the job for $700 a day. Now all he has to do is infiltrate these pseudo-nazis so they can take them down from the inside…
Easier said than done. Intriguing ties to current events should keep you happily reading along, despite the obtrusive lettering by Pat Brosseau. Learn to make an ‘a’, buddy!! #americancarnage #vertigo #bryanhill



Middlewest by Skottie Young and Jorge Corona
You’re having a bad day. Your hardass Dad wakes you by whisking a clock at your head (missing, but smashing your photo of your absent Mom) because you’re 4 hours late for your paper route. Your first few deliveries hassle you, and after the wind blows away the rest of your stock, you figure, sure. I’ll ditch the rest of the route, defy my grounding and hang with my friends. But that plan hits a land mine when you get busted for shoplifting. Sigh.
Your pop kicks you out of the house, says some nasty Shizz about your Ma: you’re the reason she left!
And that’s the best part of your day. Things only get worse from there…
This new kid-on-a-quest by Skottie Young is intriguing. Where will young Abel and his talking fox (yeah, his buddy is cat software running on dog hardware) end up?? Stay tuned for issue 2! #imagecomics skottieyoung #middlewest

Bitter Root

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Bitter Root by David F Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene.
It’s 1924 in Harlem, and monsters are afoot. Not just the monstrosity of racism, but giant muscle-bound creeps called Jinoo. The Jinoo consume the bodies of humans in order to exert their evil in the world, and people are helpless vehicles along for the ride… unless the Sangereye Family help them escape their destiny. For generations, the Sangereyes have been concocting a vaccination for those afflicted by these monsters. Family members all have a role to play- some are fighters, some grind the bitter roots and other ingredients that make the cure. There are gender politics at play here, and the pressures familial duty. Everyone must pull their weight- the fate of humanity is at stake.
The colour palette is visceral; moody purple tones create a contrast to the electric green serum that makes it pop off the page. The reader is sucked in to the story right away, but there is much going on in the shadows of the context that is as relevant today as it was 90 years ago. There is much in this comic yet to be revealed. #imagecomics #bitterroot #walkerbrowngreene



Nnewts by Doug TenNapel
I love the work of Doug TenNapel. Cardboard, Ghostopolis, and Bad Island are brilliant. The best thing about his books is that they are truly all-ages; there is action, adventure, and snappy dialogue. The language is never pandering, and there is a universal appeal so your age or gender doesn’t matter. I thought I’d read all his books, But somehow, I missed his on-going series, Nnewts.
Well today, that changed! And I’m breathless! So much adventure! Book One follows the exploits of a Nnewt family, just before their village is invaded by their dreaded enemies, the reptile lizzarks. Herk, the young son, is forced to flee his home and in escaping, sets himself on an incredible journey that will change his life, and maybe the lives of all nnewts, forever.
Amazing!! I can’t wait to devour books 2 and 3! #allages #dougtennapel