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All About Archie / New Sabrina comic book miniseries (non-horror)
« on: November 15, 2018, 07:23:32 am »
This looks like it could be pretty good.  It's a five issue miniseries.  Written by Kelly Thompson and drawn by Veronica Fish and her husband Andy. I'm particularly interested because Veronica Fish was my favorite of the artists on the Archie reboot title.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:29:47 am »
I remember debating picking up Exorsisters, but ultimately decided to pass based on the preview.  Since you are recommending it, I will plan on checking the trade out when it eventually is released.  Even if I was collecting it, though, I wouldn't be reading it.  My policy on many new series, especially from Image and smaller companies or miniseries, is to keep the books in a box as they are released and to read the title when it is complete or when four or five issues are out. 

As for the number of titles I have going, it is hard to say with the frequency that various titles are published.  Looking at my latest orders from DCBS and Mycomicshop (which is where I get my new comics and graphic novels), there are about 150 different ongoing or limited series, leaving out specials, annuals and so on.  There are probably another 20-30 titles or more that just didn't have an issue during that month.

When I was teaching, I would start falling behind in my reading around the end of September/beginning of October and it would get worse as the school year progressed.  When school got out in June, there would often be 800-1000 comics to get caught up on and it would take me a month or so to get caught up.  Due to a variety of circumstances, I never got caught up during the summer of 2017 so my pile this year was even bigger.  I spent time getting caught up on the manga backlog and am now getting caught up on the comics.  Since I am retired, though, I should be able to stay fairly caught up.  I get my comics during the first week or two of each month so that means each month I will have a large stack to work through, but nothing like what built up over the past 16 months.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 11, 2018, 10:31:46 pm »
Since I have over 300 Image comics to catch up on, I'm breaking it up a bit.   B-F to start

Barrier 1-5 - This book touches upon the barriers to understanding that are thrown up by differences in language, race, species, experience, etc.   The main characters are Liddy, a widowed young rancher near the Mexican border and Oscar, a man from Honduras who is trying to escape gang violence and reach the United States in hopes of a better life.  They get thrown together by 'circumstances'.  It was a decent series, but I wouldn't rank it near the top of my favorites from Vaughan.

Birthright 26-31 - We learn more about the Nevermind and the world of Terenos as Mike's family tries to find a way to free him from the Nevermind's influence.  This is a pretty good fantasy series and I think that it has gotten a little bit better as it has progressed.

Black Cloud 1-10 - Zelda is of the Old Blood, but has been living in the normal world in exile for quite some time.  Her return to her homeland with a spoiled young man in tow disrupts things in many ways.  Zelda has always been a good talker, but her decisions haven't had good results.  I enjoyed this series and it reached a fairly decent conclusion.

Black Magick 7-11 - Rowan Black is a police detective who also happens to be a powerful witch.  She doesn't use her powers for evil, but is hunted by a couple of groups nevertheless.  A very nice series touching upon the occult and fantasy elements.

Black Monday Murders 7-8 - A number of groups have profited for a long time through their dealings with the god Mammon.  A police detective investigating a murder and a professor uncover more info in these issues.  This series is pretty good, but comes out too infrequently like many Hickman books.

Copperhead 15-19 - The sheriff has disappeared thanks to her late sister's husband and his current girlfriend.  The mayor appoints an interim sheriff and deputy to try and find her while also protecting her son.  This science fiction western has a few interesting turns here as we find out the background of the sheriff and what brought her to the planet. I have been enjoying the series.

Descender 22-32 - The time for the battle between the robots and the UGC arrives and we find out a lot more about the Harvesters who attacked the UGC years earlier.  Tim-21 is the key to everything and all the groups want him, but he only wants to be reunited with his friend Andy.  It all comes to a conclusion here in a fast paced story that also sets the stage for the sequel, Ascender, which I am looking forward to.

The Dying and the Dead 4-6 - Another enjoyable Hickman book that comes out far too infrequently.  The story advances a bit as a group of soldiers are detailed on a special mission to Miyajima in August 1945.  Hirohito wants to live forever and plans to make a trade with the Spear of Destiny to achieve his goal.

Eclipse 9-11 - The sun changed years ago and now kills anybody who goes out there unprotected, except for a few daywalkers who are immune.  Solarity is a company that runs things now and is killing off all of these daywalkers in order to stay in power.  I've enjoyed the book so far.

Elsewhere 1-8 - Amelia Earhart fell through a bright light when she parachuted away from her failing plane and ended up..Elsewhere.  She befriends the natives, helps defeat an evil warlord, goes on an adventure to return home and finds that a lot of time has passed.  This is a decent adventure story, though I found it kind of lacking in complexity.  It was stil entertaining enough, but kind of predictable.

Eternal Empire 1-10 - The Eternal Empress has been conquering the lands of Saia for 120 years and is getting close to having the whole continent under her control.  Tair is a female slave in a snowy region of Saia who has finally had enough and makes her escape soon after having visions of a land of warmth.  Rion is a male slave from a different part of Saia who also has visions.  These visions lead to the two meeting and discovering that when they are close to each other, they gain some ability to control fire.  They only want to find a place where they can live in peace, but are drawn into trying to defeat the Empress since there will soon be no place outside of her reach.  I like Luna's art and the story was pretty decent as well.

Evolution 1-10 - I thought that this series would be a bit more science fiction, but is more in the horror genre.  A number of people are getting infected with something that can cause great changes in their body and make them look like monsters, but it may just be an advanced case of evolution hitting in a short period of time.  Throw in a mysterious group and a cult and it is a decent story, though the art style employed here is a bit muddled and can make the characters difficult to differentiate.

The Fix 9-12 - This is a fun, but crazy series.  It also comes out far too infrequently.  Corrupt cops, a brothel, a plucky dog and lots of wild humor.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:11:03 am »
I'm caught up on Dynamite now.

Classic Battlestar Galactica 0
BSG vs BSG 1-6 - I enjoyed the preview issue for the classic series and the crossover between old school and new school Galactica was pretty cool.

Doc Savage: Ring of Fire 1-4 - This was a nice miniseries with action in the Pacific.  Good art and story.  Pat Savage plays a bit larger role in this series.

Dresden Files: Dog Men 1-6 - Harry is suffering lots of rage from his recent encounters with various supernatural entities.  In this original story, one of the council members enlists his aid for a road trip to a town where a family has been attacked by creatures from the woods, but it turns out that there are two possibilities, not just one.  I liked the Dresden Files tv show and plan to read the novels some day.  The comics are fun.

Green Hornet 1-5
Green Hornet '66 Meets Will Eisner's Spirit 1-5 - The Green Hornet mini series starts with Britt missing and the newspaper in danger of a takeover.  A new Green Hornet has to step up and the action eventually shifts to other cities in the search for what happened to Britt.   In the Spirit miniseries, Spirit has been missing since the early-mid 1950s.  Britt Reid is demonstrating the Newspaper of the Future (a computer that makes predictions) at the Chicago World Expo.  The computer predicts that Spirit will resurface that night and this is the start of a battle against Kid Kraken and his crew which involves missing astronauts and more.  Both series were fun.

James Bond Black Box 1-6
James Bond The Body 1-6
James Bond Kill Chain 1-6
James Bond M, Moneypenny and Solstice one shots - All are fairly typical Bond adventures, though M and Moneypenny take center stage in their one shots.  Good stuff if you are a Bond fan.

Legenderry Red Sonja 1-5
Red Sonja 7-21 - The Legenderry series features a steam punk era Red Sonja and was pretty good.  The regular series has a time displaced Red Sonja traveling through the present day U.S. trying to find a way home.  Lots of fun.  I thought it became a bit less interesting when she got back to her own time, but it was still good.

Librarians 1-4 - Kind of pedestrian, but it was okay.

Lone Ranger 1 - The new series is off to a decent start.

Magnus 2-5
Sovereigns 0-5
Turok 1-5 - I'm not really a fan of this iteration of these characters.  Hopefully they reboot it again.

Mighty Mouse 3-5 - This was a fun miniseries where Mighty Mouse and his cartoon physics cross over into our world.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie 1-6 - Frank Hardy has been murdered and his sons are the suspects.  While it was interesting having all the classic characters at least mentioned here like the Bobbsey Twins, Rover Boys, Tom Swift, etc., I didn't like the way most of these characters were used.  I think I would have enjoyed this series more if they had used original characters.

Project Superpowers 0-2 - So far, so good, though perhaps not quite as good as the original series.

Red Rising Sons of Ares 1-6 - Kind of a slow start, but it got better.  A knowledge of the Red Rising world is kind of needed for this.

Sherlock Holmes Vanishing Man 1-4 - A good adventure with Professor Moriarty pulling the strings.

Spirit: The Corpse Makers 1-5 - A fast paced adventure involving people going missing leading to Spirit investigating.  It was a decent series.

I have a few trades to read and then on to Image Comics which will take a while.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 02, 2018, 08:56:50 pm »
I'm all caught up with IDW now.

Atomic Robo The Spectre of Tomorrow 1-5
Real Science Adventures 1-6 - The Atomic Robo books have been consistently entertaining for quite a while now.  The Atomic Robo series has plenty of humor and not as much adventure this time, though Robo does have to combat and defeat a long time nemesis.  The Real Science series takes place just after WWII and has a long aerial chase by pirates trying to recover one of their planes after being taken by the Flying She-Devils.  This series fills in some of the history of Robo's world.

Back to the Future 21-25
BTTF Biff to the Future 1-6
BTTF Tales from the Time Train 1-6 - These Back to the Future series have been a lot of fun.  I think they do a decent job capturing the feel of the movies.  The Biff series explores the world created by Biff taking the Sports Almanac back to the 1950s.  The Time Train series has the professor and his family visiting the New York World's Fair in 1939.

Donald and Mickey 1-4
DuckTales 0-13
Mickey and Donald Christmas Parade 3
Uncle Scrooge 28-40 and My First Millions 1
Walt Disney's Comics & Stories 739-744
Walt Disney Showcase 1-6 - These books mostly reprint stories from Europe that have never been published in the USA (except for the DuckTales series which I think is all new).  The tone is often a bit different than the classic Ducks (and Mouse) tales, but they are usually still pretty good.  There are a lot of stories available from Europe that have never been seen here and it is nice that IDW is putting a lot of them out.

Half Past Danger 2 #1-5 - A decent sequel in the Indiana Jones vein.  I enjoyed it and would read a third series.

Judge Dredd Blessed Earth 1-8
Judge Dredd Under Siege 1-4 - Blessed Earth takes place 10 years after Mega City Zero and a thousand years after the original Judge Dredd books.  It wasn't my favorite Dredd series, but it was okay.  I liked Under Siege a lot more which deals with mutants trying to take over a residential block near the edge of Mega City One.

Orphan Black Deviations 1-6 and Crazy Science 1 - The Deviations series is a 'What if Beth didn't jump in front of the subway train' story and I thought it was pretty entertaining.  The Crazy Science series got canceled after one issue due to low sales and hopefully it will be completed some day in a trade.

Saucer State 1-6 - This series continues Vertigo's Saucer Country series from a few years ago.  The President and a few others see aliens on occasion and the question is whether the aliens are real or just the product of microwave technology.  First contact may be on the horizon.  One more series is being kickstarted soon to finish off the story.  I've enjoyed it.

Star Trek Boldly Go 10-18
Star Trek Discovery The Light of Kahless 1-4, Succession 1-4 and Annual 1
Star Trek TNG Mirror Broken 1-5 and Through the Mirror 1-6 - Boldly Go continues the adventures of the reboot Enterprise crew.  I hope that their adventures continue in comic form since this was a good series.  Light of Kahless shows how the reunification of the Klingon Empire came about and was good.  Succession is a Mirror Universe series and I didn't find it as interesting, though it wasn't bad.  Mirror Broken shows how Picard gets the newly built Enterprise and holds on to it while Through the Mirror is a crossover between the Mirror Universe Enterprise and the regular universe Enterprise.  Both series were pretty good.

Star Wars Adventures FCBD 2017 2018 1-14 Annual 1 Tales from Vader's Castle 1
Star Wars Forces of Destiny (five one shots) - The Star Wars Adventures books feature two stories per issue from throughout the Star Wars timeline.  The characters change from issue to issue except for the occasional two parter.  They tend to be lighter in nature, but are fun.  The Forces of Destiny books focus on some of the female Star Wars characters (Ahsoka, Padme, Hera, Leia, Rey, Rose, Paige) and are pretty decent stories.

Tangled the Series 1-3 - About what you would expect, but decent Disney fare.

The Highest House 1-6 - In the beginning, Moth is a young boy sold into slavery by his mother.  He is taken to one of the most important houses in the realm where he will serve the family as a roofer and later in other ways.  This is a fantasy series by Mike Carey and Peter Gross and is very well done.  It is done in magazine size which I think suits the story well.  It looks like this will be told over many miniseries and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Dynamite is next

General Discussion / Re: What are you currently watching?
« on: November 01, 2018, 10:11:49 pm »
And I love that both series incorporate a few Easter eggs or references for fans. For example, Sabrina carries a vintage Archie Comics thermos in Episode 1 and a poster of Archie's Madhouse can be seen in Harvey's bedroom in Episode 5 or 6 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

General Discussion / Re: What are you currently watching?
« on: November 01, 2018, 10:07:42 pm »
I'm currently watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I'm on Episode 6, and I am really enjoying it. I honestly could have binge watched the entire series over the weekend, but I'm trying to stretch out the series a bit. I need to reread the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics (c. 2014 - ), as I believe they were even darker than Netflix's version, but the series is far closer to its comic version than Riverdale is to Archie Comics. Riverdale is definitely a guilty pleasure, and I see it as a different universe, as its loosely based on the characters.

General Discussion / Re: What are you currently watching?
« on: October 31, 2018, 11:19:10 am »
Nobody watched The Chilling Adventures of SABRINA on Netflix?

Wow, the apathy is mind-boggling. I mean, even I'M a little curious about this one, and usually I couldn't care less about this kind of stuff.

Can't believe Tuxedo Mark isn't all over this.

I've watched 8 episodes (of the 10) and am about to watch the last two.  I love it even though I usually don't like horror.  I enjoyed the first two seasons of Riverdale but I haven't watched any of season 3 yet.  Something is keeping me from watching it and I'm not sure what.

Love is a strong word, so that's got to count for something. I have not watched Riverdale after all this time, nor do I really feel any desire to. On the other hand, even though I don't have Netflix, I would consider watching Sabrina if the opportunity presented itself (like at someone else's house, or if it eventually becomes available on general-release DVD). I am interpreting your last comment as there being something about Riverdale that is annoying or disturbing to you on some level, something which has eventually put you off the show even though you already invested your time in the first two seasons.

Netflix gives you a free month if you sign up as a trial.  Even though I already did that once a couple of years ago, they gave me another free month so if you want to try Sabrina, it wouldn't cost you anything. 

As far as Riverdale, I really thought two seasons was enough and I was surprised when it was renewed for a third season.  I'm pretty sure I'll get around to checking out season 3 eventually but I keep reading snippets of reviews from people who liked the first two seasons suggesting that season 3 is not very good.  I don't usually implicitly trust other peoples opinions on such things since I have a high tolerance for cheese (which is why I probably was fine with seasons 1 and 2), but I think I read something about a cult leader or something and I don't know why but that's a bridge too far for me.  Again, I'll probably get bored enough to check it out eventually but I'm good for now. 

Also, a co-worker of mine who gave up on Riverdale halfway through season 2 said she was going to watch Sabrina (she's not an Archie Comics fan) and I always enjoy things more when I have someone to debrief with after it's over.  She's not as far along with Sabrina but she's enjoying it.  I finished it this morning and loved the ending, especially because it does have roots in MLJ history.  The penultimate episode (number 9 of 10) really affected me, but folks who watch and enjoy horror would probably find it pretty tame. 

If you check it out, I'll look forward to your review!! 

General Discussion / Re: What are you currently watching?
« on: October 30, 2018, 06:54:18 am »
Nobody watched The Chilling Adventures of SABRINA on Netflix?

Wow, the apathy is mind-boggling. I mean, even I'M a little curious about this one, and usually I couldn't care less about this kind of stuff.

Can't believe Tuxedo Mark isn't all over this.

I've watched 8 episodes (of the 10) and am about to watch the last two.  I love it even though I usually don't like horror.  I enjoyed the first two seasons of Riverdale but I haven't watched any of season 3 yet.  Something is keeping me from watching it and I'm not sure what. 

General Discussion / Re: What are you currently watching?
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:36:11 pm »
Nobody watched The Chilling Adventures of SABRINA on Netflix?

Wow, the apathy is mind-boggling. I mean, even I'M a little curious about this one, and usually I couldn't care less about this kind of stuff.

Can't believe Tuxedo Mark isn't all over this.
I plan on watching it, but am catching up on other shows first.  It will be available on Netflix for quite some time so there is no real hurry.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 27, 2018, 06:43:49 pm »
I'm caught up on Aftershock now:

Animosity 8-15, World of Animosity 1, Animosity The Rise 2-3, Animosity Evolution 1-7 - One day, the animals of the world suddenly gain the power of speech and they have an intelligence equal to humans.  A lot of death follows with various groups battling.  Various groups are formed as well - some are only human, some only animal and some a partnership between the two.  In the main title, 11 year old Jessie survives the Wake in New York City, but her parents die.  Her loyal bloodhound Sandor and other friends that she make try to get her across the country to California where her half brother Adam live.  The last two titles focus on Adam, a veterinarian in San Francisco where animals run things, but humans are allowed with an animal guard.   Each of these series is pretty entertaining and well written.

Brilliant Trash 1-6 - Superpowers are now secretly available, but they are controlled by the government and a few private companies.  The world at large is mostly unaware of these abilities which come at the cost of the user's lifespan.  I thought the series was okay, but could have been better.

Jackpot 1-6 - What starts as a sort of con series along the lines of Oceans 11 turns into something else when one of the characters develops the ability to control probabilities through an innate understanding of the underlying calculus of the world.  I think the grifting storyline would have been more interesting.  The end result falls a bit flat, but wasn't bad.

The Normals 1-6 - The Normals are a fairly normal family - father, mother, teenage son and teenage daughter.  When the son falls and hits is head it leads the family to return to where the parents grew up, but things take a few unexpected turns.  I thought this series was pretty well done.  I would like to see a second series.

Rough Riders Riders on the Storm 1-6 - When President McKinley is shot, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Jack Johnson, Thomas Edison, Annie Oakley and Monk Eastman reunite to try and foil the secret society that seems to be trying to kill the President and wreak more havoc.  I thought this was just as much fun as the first series.

Rough Riders Ride or Die 1-4 - This series takes us to 1906 when Alice Roosevelt is getting married.  The gang reunites for another adventure involving the supernatural.  I didn't think it was quite as good as the previous series.

World Reader 1-6 - A group of astronauts are searching distant planets that once held civilizations.  Among them is a woman who has psychic abilities and can see and communicate with the dead civilizations.  She discovers that a being seems to be going from world to world snuffing out life and she tries to find out why.  I thought the series was pretty good at the start, but fizzled a bit at the end.  Still a decent read.

IDW is next.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 24, 2018, 01:08:59 am »
I'm caught up on Titan Comics for now.

Assassin's Creed #1-14 - I've never played the games, but enjoyed the movie so I thought I'd check out the comics.  This first series from Titan was a lot of fun.  I plan to check out the other series from Titan and other publishers.

Dan Dare #1-4 - A good modern version of Dan Dare as the supertreen Mekon is now a prisoner and seems to be reformed.  Entertaining science fiction.

Forever War #1-6 and Forever Free #1-3 - These are pretty good adaptations of the Joe Haldeman science fiction novels.

Lost Fleet: Corsair #1-5 - I am a fan of Jack Campbell's various series - The Lost Fleet, The Lost Stars, Pillars of Reality, etc.  This is a nice side story in the Lost Fleet universe telling what happened to Black Jack Geary's great nephew and his escape from the Syndics.  More Lost Fleet comics would not be a bad thing.

Robotech #1-12 - I was a fan of the various comic series from Comico back in the 1980s.  I never watched the anime, though, and lost interest in the comics during the Sentinels run.  This updated version has been pretty good so far.

Torchwood The Culling #1-4 - Not as good as some of the other Torchwood series, but okay.  None of the comics measure up to the first two tv seasons, but that is likely an unreasonable expectation.

Up next is Valiant.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 22, 2018, 11:13:44 pm »
I realized after I replied that Twin Spica isn't really the same type of SF manga, but it is pretty good.
I am a backer for DMP's Kimagure Orange Road and Wonder 3 kickstarters.  I have backed a couple other things from them as well and they have been really bad with these last few.  I think that they ran into some serious financial problems.  I have been much more patient than many, though one of the biggest problems has been a lack of communication.  They have gotten things turned around on the KOR kickstarter and I should get my books within the next month or two - only a couple of years late.  After that, I think there is one other backed up kickstarter before they get to the Wonder 3 books.  Hopefully we will get them by next summer.  I think that I ordered 6 or 7 manga with the add ons.
I'm not a fan of the digital only releases, but I can understand it if they are anticipating low print sales.  I would think that Space Brothers would sell pretty well, though.
One other thing I don't like, but can understand, is when the publisher publishes part of the series to sort of test the waters and skips around without publishing the entire series or even making the attempt.   This is what happened with Golgo 13 from Viz with a best of series that barely scratched the surface.  Same thing with Oishinbo from Viz and Drops of God from Vertical, though Vertical did start from the beginning before jumping ahead to try and increase sales.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 22, 2018, 12:18:05 pm »
CRUSHER JOE #1-6 (Studio Ironcat 1998)

PLANETES Vol. 1-4.2 - For reasons that completely escape me, what should have been volumes 4 and 5 were instead marked as volumes 4.1 and 4.2 ... ? I don't know why; it's not like thematically they comprised a particular story arc together. Maybe in the original Japanese publication order Volume 4 was a single volume that (for whatever reason) had twice as many pages as the previous three volumes, and ToykoPop just split it in half for the English translation? It's a bit of a disappointment for the series to end as soon as it does, because it really doesn't feel like there's any sense of resolution, and many characters' plotlines are simply left dangling. I was also surprised to learn that there was a anime series adapted from the manga, since I'd never heard of it. There were a lot of side characters whose stories didn't really reach any satisfying ending. This could have been better-focused and a little less rambling off on tangents, but in general, it's a good kind of near-future hard-science based type of sci-fi that I enjoy a lot. ASTRA: LOST IN SPACE is another such similar series. Wish I could find more manga like this. It's SO near-future that much of the underlying backstory historical context has probably already been invalidated since the books were published by TokyoPop in 2004.

I enjoyed Crusher Joe.  I wonder if any company will license and publish the new Crusher Joe: Rebirth series.   

Planetes is a series that I love.  The fourth volume was double sized in Japan so it was understandable that it was split in two for English release, though it came across a bit strange.  I wish the series had been longer.  I also enjoyed Astra and finished reading it recently.

Have you tried Space Brothers and Twin Spica?  I have really enjoyed each of these.  Space Brothers is only available digitally, unfortunately, and certain volumes of Twin Spica can be a little more difficult to find/expensive these days.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 21, 2018, 10:46:22 pm »
I read:

Bill and Ted Save the Universe #1-5 - another entertaining entry in the Bill and Ted universe.

Lucy Dreaming #1-5 - a girl finds that she has the power to enter other worlds when she is dreaming due to her parents scientific experiments.  It was fun.

Mech Cadet Yu #1-12 - Every four years, three giant mecha come down to Earth to bond with cadets at the academy so that they can aid in the fight against the alien Sharg.  Something unexpected happens with the latest bonding ceremony.  I enjoyed the series.

Misfit City #1-8 - Not much happens in the coastal town of Cannon Cove, except for the occasional fan of the 1980s kids movie The Gloomies which was filmed there shows up (guess which movie this is based on).   Then a pirate map turns up with bad guys trying to steal it from a group of kids who are trying to figure the map out.  A decent if somewhat predictable series.

Skybourne #1-5 - A Frank Cho series about the children of Lazarus who are immortals with great strength and other abilities.  Bloody but good.The Woods #33-36 - The end of a series about a group of high school students and their teachers who were kidnapped to an alien moon along with their school building and then had to survive for a few years. 

I'm all caught up with Boom now.  On to Titan Books.

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