A selection of some of the most interesting looking sci-fi and horror graphic novels out now, January 24th, 2018.
(If you’re looking for Marvel or DC comics, you’re probably looking in the wrong place.)
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Honestly? the cover is what got me. Just the kind of stark cover with the African American lady smoking a cigarette and just staring at the viewer like “Yeah? What the eff you want?” But then the synopsis sounded pretty damn good as well.
Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivel? (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family. Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.
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Vinegar Teeth #1
Just read the description, and I think you’ll understand why Vinegar Teeth quickly garnered a spot on my pull list for this week. This looks completely ridiculous and I can’t wait to give it a go!
As a human being, Artie Buckle is a grade-A schmuck. But he’s a pretty damn fine cop. Good thing, because Brick City is under siege from its citizenry and only an unlikely partnership with a mysterious, tentacled, extra-dimensional being can put an end to the escalating crime problem. Thing is, there’s a danger far greater than cub scouts robbing banks . . . oh my! Across space and time lies a far greater threat, not only to Brick City but to the world! Holy crap! Can the two get past their differences and save the planet? Well, of course they can, but getting there is gonna be a helluva fun ride.
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Meteor Swarm #1
Monsters hitching a ride inside meteors crashing to Earth? Gigantic dragonfly things eating us alive? NASA? Gimme. Mine mine mine mine.
While NASA warns of the potentially devastating consequences of a meteor storm closing in on the planet, it’s the horrors that hide inside the falling debris that present the real danger. An unstoppable horde of terrifying space hornets has descended upon Earth and they are going to eat their way through every living thing in their path. This is big screen drive-in grindhouse at its best! Devastating meteor impacts, diabolical alien hordes, and only one person with a chance to end the terror before Earth becomes a hive of swarming death!
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Imaginary Fiends #3
So, this one would require a bit of back-log reading, but it’s only 3 in, so not that bad really. The synopsis for the third issue of Imaginary Fiends made me stop and immediately look up the first issue because I needed a little bit more information. Now I just need to read it.
The first issue introduces the series as thus:
“POLLY PEACHPIT.” Those were the words ten-year-old Brinke Calle said when she was found covered in her own blood by the woods in rural Cannon Falls, MN. Her best friend, Melba, had just attempted to murder her because a spider girl named Polly Peachpit told her to.
Since that day, Melba has spent seven years in a mental health facility. Tomorrow is her eighteenth birthday. Tomorrow, she’ll be transferred to a federal prison. Tomorrow, her real sentence will begin.
That is, until she receives a visit from FBI Agent Virgil Crockett. Crockett explains that there is another world beyond ours, where hungry spectral aliens stalk the minds of the impressionable and weak. These things, called IMPs (Interdimensional Mental Parasites) feed on compliance. They convince hosts to do things for them, and the more they feed, the stronger they become. More IMPs stream into the world each day, invisible to everyone but his or her hosts.
After years of drugs and counseling, Polly and Melba have developed a unique relationship—and to Crockett, this relationship represents something her people can work with. In exchange for release from prison, Crockett asks Melba (and Polly) to serve as IMP hunters. For Melba, it’s a chance to prove that she’s innocent, convinced to murder by a monster…a monster she must now unleash.
Issue 3’s synopsis is much shorter:
Agent Melba Li and her imaginary monster partner, Polly Peachpit, continue their search for a missing child, as a twisted conspiracy unfolds in the small town of Maiden Springs. What is the Fraidy Cat? And how can a woman who lives in fear defeat something that lives on it?
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