Dealing with death is challenging. Aside from the pain we internalize from losing someone we know or love, there are several other challenges that arise. The constant asking of "are you ok?" Unsolicited thoughts or commentary of how to handle the pain. Stories which come from folks with the best of intentions which may re-traumatize the person hurting the most. Finally, constant offers of help or assistance, which may be founded in the best of intentions, while others may have ulterior motives.
All of these and more are some of the challenges Myers faces in The Down River People.
The Down River People (Archaia/Boom! Studios)
Myers has a strained relationship with his mother, because she left Myers and his father in the cold, with no reason or goodbye. Yet, she shows up the day after the wake, with an offer to help run the bar...AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT HE HAS A HALF SISTER!
Myers eventually gives in to his mother's offer to help, and travels to meet her in her new home, a fishing retreat WHICH IS A FULL ON RELIGIOUS CULT! Everything from their first meeting at the retreat makes you hope that everything in Myers life is going to improve. But after a nice evening at the bar, Myers discovers that there may be more under the surface of what's happening at the church.....
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Normally, I can't read something that long in a single sitting. However, the story and the art kept me leaning in and begging for more. It also makes me want to buy the duo's previous work Long Walk to Valhalla.
Witnessing how Myers handled everything going on around him, while still embracing the wisdom of his father was quite beautiful. The way Fox illustrated some of the most intense moments of self discovery via the river was very powerful, and they are images which are burnt into my memory.
The final item of note is how deeply personal this story was to Smith. His one page letter at the conclusion of the story brought me to tears. You can really feel how influential his father was on him, and made me aspire to have the same sort of impact on my children, my students, and the people around me.
Also, I had no idea Adam is from KC, which fills me with hope that I can meet him when cons become a thing again, because when I pick my copy up, I'd love to get it signed!
This story will be easy to fall in love with, and I highly recommend picking it up at your LCS or ordering it, its a decision you won't regret!
If there is one title which rockets to the top of my reading pile every time it comes out, hands down, it is Something is Killing the Children. It is actually the first book I ever reviewed on this very website! Anywho, Something is Killing the Children is back in full force, and Issue 16, which begins Erica Slaughter's origin story shows us that for the creative team, the Archer's Peak saga is just the beginning of what they could do with this title!
Something is Killing the Children #16 (Boom! Studios)
The initial storyline had me constantly wondering two things:
While we started getting some answers in the first 15 issues about the role of the Octopus stuffy, and eventually what's inside it. Issue 16 gives us much, much more context as to how something got trapped in it AND why it's significant to Erica. But that's just icing on the cake in comparison to the quick introduction we get to a young Erica Slaughter.
All I can say, without spoiling everything is I am in AWE of how great this book was to kick off the arc. It started quickly and didn't let off. I am super excited to see what it takes to be initiated into the House of Slaughter AND how Erica grows into her role, even if she has high levels of natural talent. I love how the book transitions between horizontal and vertical pages (look at the preview images above), and it is easy to say I'm as excited seeing where this book will go after issue 16 with the exact same levels of excitement I had after reading issue 1!
Go pick this up wherever you can, because I think this will gain as much heat and attention as issue 1 did!!!
I am absolutely baffled at the opportunities I've gotten through the blog and youtube. Not just the interviews, access to previews and the countless high quality friendships. Some opportunities have given me a sense of self, or validation (although I'm still screaming into the void at the end of the day). However, there is something quite cool in the works, and I'm proud to be part of it.
Instead of some sort of senseless narrative, I'll just drop this trailer in here:
That's right. YOU CAN GET YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK POSER EXCLUSIVE COVER!!!!!! But before I try to sell you on something with my name on it, let me sell you on how good this book is!
Tales Told in Technihorror Season 1 (Black Caravan)
Humans have a fetish with Mars colonization. Why? Because of an inevitable fear of the death of planet Earth (our bad....) and needing a new place to call home to preserve the human race.
The world of Redshift occurs sometime after the (presumed) death of Earth where colonists are mining ice veins, and building a larger habitat for humanity. However, we learn that Mars may not be ideal enough, and the powers-that-be are calling for exploration beyond our solar system to find another Earth-like planet to save the species.
Even if you can't get this preordered by the 19th through your LCS, don't worry. Remember Scout has a 3-month delay between their first and second issues to ensure proper time to re-order before issue 2 drops, so use the diamond information below to hit up your LCS. OR... When the listing goes live to order on the Scout Shop and use the code BURRITO (must be all caps) you can get 10% off of your order! (Maybe I'll be cool enough for a scout code one day...)
But if you love stories of space and survival, this is the book for you!
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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