Jason Starr (Wolverine Max) gives us a fascinating look into the world of near death experiences (NDEs). Beth Turner has just come out from a coma, but instead of being treated with the type of care you would expect, she is met with hostility and fear. The world that she has awoken to is not the same as those who have undergone an NDE are for unknown reasons committing murder and other violent acts. They have been labeled “changers” and have brought fear, uncertainty, and civil unrest to societies all over the world. Because Beth was pronounced dead after a fatal car accident which killed her prom date, she is immediately suspected of being a “changer” and met with animosity by those around her including her closest friends. Finally, like a bad dream that she can’t wake up from, Beth must flee town after the brutal murder of her father and brother, knowing that she will be the prime suspect. With haunting illustrations from Andrea Mutti, Jason Starr introduces us to an unconventional and atrocious tale that is at times disturbing but unquestionably engrossing. You can purchase The Returning from Comixology.
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10
Nathan T. Rex was once a successful movie producer and a rising Hollywood player, but after the first installment of his billion dollar budgeted trilogy tanks, Rex finds himself in the wrong kind of spotlight and the subject of countless media scrutiny. Desperate and full of angst, Rex turn to drugs and charlatans in hopes that he can somehow conjure up a vision for his latest film in production and get him back to the status he once knew.
The Auteur has it all, stripping nuns, drug induced hallucinations, dead presidents, and serial killers. More importantly, it is without a doubt the most hilarious comic I’ve read so far this year. If you don’t know who James Callahan and Luigi Anderson are, you do now. The illustrations and coloring they lay out are absolutely hypnotizing. Rick Spears (Wolverine) has penned a script that is borderline psychotic yet unconventionally brilliant (think Ed Wood meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). An absolute joy to read from beginning to end, Oni Press delivers yet another originally imaginative series for 2014.
Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This incredible tale of revolution and exploration continues in issue two, and while Anshargal, Alal and the others are off facing imminent dangers, dissension is growing back on the Deliverer as the council is growing tiresome of their mobile community. Zikia who was left in charge finds herself in the position of having to defend Anshargal whose leadership is being questioned. We also get some more background on our two main protagonists. Alal speaks openly about exactly what and who he left behind while Anshargal’s flashback reveals how a former associates business/political decision personally impacted Redum and served as motivation to what he would ultimately become. The issue ends with our explorers finally reaching the surface, but not without drawing the attention of the local natives, who happen to be humans in their most primitive form. Orlando and Trakhanov continue to deliver with an imaginative script and stunning illustrations, making Undertow one of the many must read Image books available right now.
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10