So.....it is easy to assume I'm obsessed with Kickstarter. I love indie comics....indie comics are given life on Kickstarter, and the cycle of me emptying my wallet continues. However, I recently backed issue 2 of The Helix Project, a harrowing tale of a young man who's still picking up the pieces after the untimely demise of his father. However, as we discover throughout issue one Kent may be hiding something more...which is why I'm excited to have seen my digital copy of Issue 2 hit my email this afternoon.
Area 51: The Helix Project #2 (Pocket Watch Press)
Issue #2 picks right up in the thick of things after Kent has thought more about the mysterious letter his mother received while he was at "work." While I want to hold my tongue on the details of their interactions, it is safe to say that M helps us unlock more not only about Kent's past but also may shed some more light on the day his father was shot by a police officer.
What may be more important is more details being unveiled behind the titular "Helix Project." We learn what the governments true motive may be.
Last Friday, Boom! Studios sent out a first look at the upcoming graphic novel Eighty Days, helmed by A.C. Esguerra (2016 PRISM Comics Queer Press Grant).
The story premise is summarized as" Jay wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thinks, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief named Fix whose tricks and charms draw him into the struggle against the looming aviation guild to which Jay owes his very being. As Jay becomes further entangled in the turbulence of Fix’s cause, each man must learn to navigate shifting allegiances, the fight for freedom, and the greatest adventure of all — love."
Check out some of the preview pages below!
I'm highly intrigued to see if I get a full preview closer to the publication date, but I'm excited to throw this on a pre-order list for its September 1st release date!
Bountiful Garden #1 (Mad Cave Studios)
By: Ivy Noelle Weir, Kelly Williams, Giorgio Spalletta, Justin Birch
Release Date: September 8, 2021
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In the year 2200, a team of teenage scientists are sent on a terraforming mission to a distant planet. Selected as the best and brightest of their generation, architect Jonas, botanist Marnie, biologist Jane, engineers Anya and Kamari, and security detail Kurt are all put into cryostasis expected to wake up when it is time to prepare to land on their assigned planet. When they are awakened abruptly, ten years early, halted above a strange planet, the teens are tasked with trying to figure out why they’re stalled – or what stalled them. As they break into two teams, one tasked with fixing the ship, the other with exploring the unknown planet below, they’re faced with an increasingly nightmarish scenario as they encounter a cosmic horror that seems to not only have attacked their ship, but also their minds..
With a set of teenage scientists abruptly awoken from cryogenic sleep, they need to figure out why they aren't quite at their planetary destination. Learning the roles of different children and some insight as to why they have taken this mission gives rapid insight into the world which is being built. I really believe Weir has done a great job jolting the readers into feeling the same sense of urgency which our teenage terraformers are experiencing. My heart was literally pounding from page 2 until the very end! In offering their thoughts on not just the series, but the creative team and process, Ivy says:
When I first came on to Bountiful Garden I was excited for the opportunity to do a Sci-Fi/Horror story. I do a lot of Horror but rarely get to do much Sci-Fi. As the story started coming together and we started seeing the different themes that were being explored, excitement just grew! Ivy did an amazing job getting us connected to the players in such a short amount of time. Giorgio's color work is amazing. His work improved mine 10 fold. The hardest thing about this book was stopping.”
Black Cotton #3 (Scout Comics)
By: Patrick Foreman, Brian Hawkins, Marco Perugini, Francisco Zamora
Release Date: June 9, 2021
After the explosive turn of events at the hospital throughout issue 2, we get more behind the scenes at the effect of the shooting and the protests on the Cotton family.
While there is a great deal of discussions of the racial hierarchy (and we get to see what the white equivalent of the n-word) there is the rise of a new presence in the final third of the book which makes the ongoing exploration of not just the racial dynamics more intriguing but class as well!
I am a big fan of alternate history style tales (like what if the result of X battle changed, and we have a new timeline etc.). Blowback offers a mind-bending time trap in the Bermuda Triangle. An absolutely WILD tale of the impact of both people and technology when a convergence of 21st century Marines, 20th century technology and 18th century inhabitants of Bermuda converge in an explosive tale!
By: James Hereth, Rhonda Smiley, Kev Hopgood, and Charlie Kirchoff
Writer/Creators James Hereth & Rhonda Smiley are veteran screenwriters whose credits include the live-action Ninja Turtles and Jungle Book series, the animated feature, Race, and Chris Pratt’s movie debut, Extreme Team.
Artist, Kev Hopgood has worked on Action Force, Doctor Who, and 2000 AD, but is most well known as a penciller on Iron Man. During his run on that book, he co-created War Machine and the Hulkbuster Armor with Len Kaminski, both of which are featured prominently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Colorist, Charlie Kirchoff has brought many titles to life, including Star Wars Adventures, Star Trek Year Five, and Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train, as well as the Image series, Secret Identities and The Hard Place.
If you like high-octane action reads, you should definitely check out this book. It's got several low and high level conflicts, its got romance, an epic final battle, and an appearance of both Ben Franklin and George Washington. I was not expecting to read a gem like this today, and I'm infinitely glad I did.
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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