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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: January 18, 2019, 10:46:16 am »
I liked the first US of Murder Inc series, way back when, but missed the new one when it came out (probably will get the trade collection at some point, though). But where is POWERS? That's the only one I really wanted to see. Or is it over for good, after a few different hiatuses and publishers?
They supposedly have a new Powers graphic novel completed.  There was talk of having it out in December, but I don't think it was ever solicited so it will probably be sometime in 2019.  It doesn't look like they will release it in single issues.  They are also supposed to bring back Takio and maybe other Bendis books.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:04:11 pm »
My mistake on Mystik U.  I read it a while ago and thought that Constantine was in the first issue, but it was Sebastian Faust.  Still a good book.

I read the Jinxworld books today and liked them.

Cover 1-4 - I'm not really a fan of David Mack's art, but it worked pretty well in this series about a comic book artist who gets recruited by the CIA to be a part time asset while using trips to comic conventions as cover.  I'm enjoying it a lot so far.

Pearl 1-5 - I think this series is even better than Cover.  The art is excellent and the story deals with an albino tattoo artist with mob ties.  She is intervenes in a gang fight to protect a guy that she just met and likes only to find that this could lead to a big gang war is she doesn't take care of the hit list given to her.

Scarlet 1-5 - This story continues from the previous books.  For once, it actually came out on time.  I enjoyed it, though not as much as the other two Jinxworld books mentioned above and not as much as the earlier Scarlet books.

United States of Murder Inc. 1-4 - This is another holdover from Icon and is about the first female assassin in a particular mob family.  I like the book more than Scarlet, though not as much as the other two series.  It has potential.

The move to DC seems to have done good things for Bendis and deadlines on his indie books so far.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: December 21, 2018, 02:37:11 pm »
The thing that makes me laugh is that DC's stated reasoning for the original Crisis on Infinite Earths was something like "the DC multiverse is too confusing". It was NEVER confusing. It was simplicity itself -- if you wanted to create a new variant DC Universe within the old multiverse, you could do it with a snap of your fingers (or if you were DC editor Murray Boltinoff, have your stories retroactively assigned to an alternate universe). It's everything else SINCE then that has grown increasingly, compoundedly confusing. And that includes Marvel, too -- everything since at least Heroes Reborn, but especially since Secret War.
I agree.  While Crisis on Infinite Earths was a pretty good story, I had no trouble undertanding the pre-Crisis DC Universe and wish that they had left it intact.  The John Byrne reboot could have been taking place on Earth 86 or whatever.   They've constantly been trying to 'fix' things ever since.

This isn't to say that I haven't enjoyed many of the stories since Crisis, but the simplification premise was kind of dumb.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:23:11 pm »
I am all caught up with the Superman family of titles now.  I wasn't as far behind with them as with most other books.

Action Comics 998-1005, Special 1
Superman 42-45, 1-5, Special 1
Man of Steel 1-6 - Bendis took over these books with the Man of Steel miniseries.  I didn't think that mini was all that great, but it was okay.  The series since the switch have been decent, though not any better than the pre-Bendis books.

Trinity 19-22 - This series mainly wanted to capitalize on DC's big 3 and was okay, though it seemed a bit of an odd fit sometimes.  This story dealt with Deimos, the Warlord and Skartaris.

New Superman 21-24 - I enjoyed this series featuring the Chinese Superman and the Justice League of China.  Too bad it ended.

Supergirl 19-24 - I didn't like it when they switched the Supergirl continuity to match the tv show.  I like the stories a lot more when they don't take place in National City with that cast of characters.  The latest story has her going into space looking for clues to the destruction of Krypton and it has been good so far.

Super Sons 14-16, Adventures 1-4 - Damian and Jon make a nice team and these stories have been fun.  I hope they continue beyond the maxiseries.

Super Sons/Dynomutt 1, Lex Luthor/Porky Pig 1, Superman/Top Cat 1 - These DC/Hanna Barbera crossovers have been good for the most part.  I liked the Super Sons crossover the most out of these three.

The Bat books are next.

General Discussion / Re: Latest Hauls, what did you buy?
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:29:44 pm »
I bought (4) Josie and the Pussycats Frame-Tray Puzzles by Whitman, c. 1971 and The U.S. of Archie Vinyl Record by Peter Pan Records, c. 1975 at a local antique store today.


General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:18:28 pm »
I read each of these books for 12 minutes each
Banana Fish #1
The Best O Archie Comics Starring Betty & Veronica - Book #2
Archie Comics Presents Betty & Veronica Spectacular
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #260
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #82

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: December 04, 2018, 12:08:46 pm »
I checked the first two Black Hammer trades out of the library and enjoyed them.  I plan to continue following the series in trade form.

I divided the Marvel titles into three roughly equal categories - Star Wars, Spider-Man related and the rest of the Marvel titles that I collect.  I started with Star Wars.

Beckett 1 - a tie in to the Solo movie giving background on Beckett.  It was good.

Captain Phasma 1-4 - This follows Phasma from the end of The Force Awakens up toward the beginning of The Last Jedi.  I enjoyed it.

Cassian and K-2SO Rogue One 1 - We find out how the two Rogue One characters first came together.  Plenty of humor and entertaining.

DJ: Most Wanted 1 - We find out how DJ ended up in jail.  Sort of an Oceans 11 feel.

Droids Unplugged 1 - Short stories by Chris Eliopoulos.  I wouldn't mind seeing this as a regular series.

Han Solo Imperial Cadet 1 - This fills in some of the gaps in Solo.  It seems a bit unnecessary, but is okay.

Lando Double or Nothing 1-5 - I thought this miniseries was kind of dull and the art wasn't that great either.

Mace Windu 1-5 - It wasn't bad.

The Storms of Crait 1 - This seemed like a story that could have gone in the regular Star Wars series.  It was a decent story, but nothing special.

Thrawn 1-6 - I liked this series quite a bit.  It is an adaptation of the novel by Timothy Zahn.

Star Wars 33-56 Annual 3-4 - This series focuses on stories set between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back and are pretty entertaining.

Darth Vader 3-22 Annual 2 - These stories are set after Revenge of the Sith and see Darth Vader establishing his position in the Empire.  Pretty good overall.

Doctor Aphra 9-25 Annual 1-2 - Aphra is sort of a combination of Han Solo and Lara Croft.  I enjoy the series, but it seems a bit odd that Marvel would give a comics only character her own book.  I'm not complaining, though.

Poe Dameron 17-31 Annual 2 - Most of this series takes place before A Force Awakens with the last arc taking place after The Last Jedi, though with some flashbacks.  The series wasn't bad, though not quite as interesting as some of the others.  It is completed now.

I'll start working on the Spider-Man related books soon.  I also have four Street Angel trades that I checked out of the library.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:31:42 am »
I read
Die Kitty Die #4
Jem & The Holograms #25 & #26
Bighead #13

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:53:36 am »
Banana Fish is a really good series.

I am all caught up with Dark Horse now.

Aliens Dead Orbit 1-4 - This was a rather pedestrian Aliens series.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that great either.

American Gods 1-9
American Gods My Ainsel 1-7 - They are adapting Neil Gaiman's American Gods book in three parts and are doing a very nice job of it so far.

Angel 7-12
Buffy TVS Season 11 9-12 Season 12 1-4 Giles 1-4 - Dark Horse has done a pretty nice job on the various Buffy universe books and they wrap everything up nicely here.  I liked the idea they had with doing extra 'seasons' of the tv show.  The license is moving over to Boom and hopefully they do a nice job, too.

Beasts of Burden Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men 1-3 - This has been another good miniseries about a place where some dogs have gained magical powers and work in conjunction with a human wizard or two to keep an eye on supernatural events.

Blackwood 1-4 - A small college with a secret college within that teaches people magic.  Now it is under attack from someone.  A pretty good miniseries with art by Veronica and Andy Fish.

Mignola books - These make up a large part of Dark Horse's books and are pretty good
BPRD The Devil You Know 1-10 - Everybody is still dealing with all of the losses from Hell On Earth and a few new problems start to emerge.  Very entertaining.

Hellboy Krampusnacht
Hellboy and the BPRD Secret Nature - Occult Intelligence 1-3 - Burning Season - These one shots and miniseries do a nice job filling in the long gaps in Hellboy's history from the time he came into our world in the 1940s until his stories started appearing in the 1990s.

Jenny Finn 1-4 - A monster comes ashore in the form of a small girl and dooms a town.  This reprints an older series and is good.

Joe Golem Occult Detective The Outer Dark 1-5 - We learn a bit more about Joe's past as both a golem and a human.

Koschei the Deathless 1-6 - A man in the 1400s is adopted by a dragon, gains powers and near immortality.  Pretty good.

Lobster Johnson Mangekyo - An ongoing Lobster Johnson series would be nice, but I'll take the one shots and miniseries if that is all we can get.

Rasputin the Voice of the Dragon 1-5 - Rasputin is recruited by the Nazis for occult purposes, though much of this story deals with a younger Trevor Bruttenholm in 1941 before he starts working for the special branch that deals with weird bollocks.

The Visitor How and Why He Stayed 1-5 - An alien was sent to assassinate Hellboy when he arrived on Earth because of the danger he posed, but couldn't because Hellboy was an innocent child at arrival.  He stays on Earth and observes Hellboy's growth to make sure he does not become a threat and the Visitor also builds a life for himself, too. 

Witchfinder The Gates of Heaven 1-5 - Sir Edward Grey continues to fight monsters in Victorian England. Not the best Mignola series, but okay.


Briggs Land Lone Wolves 1-6 - Continuing the story of the Briggs family, which has a compound and tons of land in New York.  The family is armed to the teeth and is viewed as a cult by the government.  Nicely done.

Conan the Slayer 11-12 - This wraps up the Dark Horse Conan books since the license is with Marvel now.  This was a somewhat weak series, but the Conan books overall were very good, especially the first 5 or 6 years.

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows 1-4 - Jeff Lemire explores a scientist who discovers how to tap a new form of energy and which allows him to become a superhero.  He spends all his time with this and neglects his family.

Dragon Age Knight Errant 1-5 - Another good entry in this fantasy series.

Elfquest the Final Quest 1-24 - I didn't think the story was quite as entertaining as the original quest and the various series that came out in the 1990s, but the art was nice and it was decent.

Incredibles 2 1-3
Frozen 1-3 - Dark Horse has done a nice job with these Disney series.  I would like. to see more series and more frequently as well.

Groo Play of the Gods 1-4 - Many of Groo's stories have interchangeable or familiar parts, but they still continue to entertain after 30+ years.  Groo travels with explorers and clergy to the New World where they are in search of gold and Groo is in search of cheese dip.

Incognegro Renaissance 1-5 - The sequel to the excellent book Incognegro continues the tale of a young black reporter in the 1920s who could pass as white, though he does not like to do so.  When a man dies at a party and it is quickly ruled a suicide, he disagrees and investigates to. try and solve the case.  Very well done.

Mass Effect Discovery 1-4 - The latest entry in this science fiction series was okay, though not as good as previous ones.

The Once and Future Queen 1-2 - This series about King Arthur reborn as a young woman from Portland of Indian and British descent was off to a good start when it was canceled.  Fortunately Dark Horse completed the series in book form so I will be checking that out.  From the same people who put out Amelia Cole.

Predator Hunters 1-5 - A group recruits another survivor to hunt and kill predators and they pursue a lead on a remote island in the South Pacific.

Rebels These Free and Independent States 1-8 - More tales from the Revolutionary era and just before/after.  The main story is about a man with autistic traits who is a master with building ships.  It is a good series, though I did not like the George Washington story as much.

Resident Alien An Alien in New York 1-4 - The doctor sees images of artwork from a New York artist who went missing 20 years earlier.  The artwork is excellent, but it is the phone number in alien script that draws his attention and he follows the lead to New York.  I have really enjoyed the various Resident Alien books.  I guess the series concludes with the next miniseries.

Tomb Raider Inferno 1-4 and Survivor's Crusade 1-4 - These adventures of Lara Croft have been good, but not as good as the previous series that Dark Horse has published.

Usagi Yojimbo 161-172
TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo - Usagi has been one of my favorites since the 1980s and continues to entertain.  The TMNT crossover seemed kind of pointless, but at least the artwork was up to the usual standard.

Archie is next.

General Discussion / Re: Sears/Kmart
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:47:00 am »
The irony is not lost on me that Sears was at one time, over a century ago, most favorably positioned as THE alternative to brick & mortar retail stores.

The Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalog was indeed the "" of its time, from 1897 to 1993.
And that's where they really started to screw up, getting rid of the catalog. If only they could have taken advantage of the Internet, Sears would still be in business....

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:09:14 am »
I'm finally caught up with Image. 

Image Comics O-W

Oblivion Song 1-8 - One day 10 years ago, part of Philadelphia traded places with part of an alien world with monsters that ended up killing lots of people, not to mention those who were gone to this other world.  A scientist developed a method to change frequencies and reach this other world to rescue people in the hopes of finding his brother.  This has been a pretty decent series so far from Robert Kirkman.

Paklis 1-5 - This is a science fiction anthology which I hoped would be better, but I didn't enjoy that much, though the art wasn't bad.

Paper Girls 16-25 - A time traveling adventure with a group of paper girls from the 1980s.  This series has been really good.

Pisces 1-3 - A science fiction/horror series that was canceled early.  It was okay, but hadn't found its stride yet.

Port of Earth 1-8 - Aliens show up one day and work out an agreement to build a port just off of San Francisco in exchange for technology to convert water to energy.  However, humans are not allowed at the port.  I found the art rather dull with the choice of color palette.  The story wasn't much better at first, but did pick up over the last few issues.  I don't think I will continue with year two.

Realm 1-10 - Kind of a D&D type adventure.  The world has changed and computer chips and devices that use them no longer work.  Magic and monsters now roam the lands as well.  A man is hired to escort a small group from Chicago to Kansas City.  I've been enjoying this series so far.

Rocket Girl 8-10 - Lots of delays in this title, but the final three issues wrapped things up.  I liked the series quite a bit and hope they return to it some day.

Rose 1-13 - This is a decent, if somewhat average fantasy series.

Royal City 1-14 - I like most books from Jeff Lemire.  This one is certainly no exception.  It deals with a father who spends most of his time working on old radios, a mother who snipes all the time and is having an affair, the oldest son who had one hit novel, but has writer's block, a daughter who is a realtor and is trying to close down a plant as part of a big deal and a younger son who is an alcoholic, a drug addict and not very trustworthy.  All are still haunted by the death of the youngest son back in 1993.  A very well done series.

Sacred Creatures 1-6 - The seven deadly sins are all real and have been around for thousands of years along with their opposites, kept in check by the archangel Naviel.  They hatch a plot to kill Naviel and free themselves to do whatever they want.  I thought this was very good and I loo forward to the next part.

Saga 45-54 - An excellent series as usual, though a bit brutal toward the end.  It will be a long break before the next part.

Sleepless 1-8 - Those knights who take the Sleepless vow remain awake and hard to injure for years on end until their minds start to drift and then they fall asleep until death claims them.  One such knight is pledged to Poppy, the illegitimate daughter of the late king.  He has to work to protect her from those who would do her harm after her uncle takes the throne.  A very nice series so far that wraps up in a few months.

Snowfall 1-9 - Climate change and the work of one scientist have caused snow to become extremely rare.  Society is a bit different in 2045 now as a result.  I didn't enjoy this series as much as I had hoped.  I didn't really buy the premise and found most of the characters kind of dull and the story a bit muddled.

Southern Cross 13-14 - A science fiction/horror series that I like, but has suffered massive delays for some reason.

Thief of Thieves 38-41 - This series started out as an Oceans 11 type series, but has evolved somewhat.  I still enjoy it a lot and there are only a couple of issues left.

Void Trip 1-5 - Ana and Gabriel are the last two humans and they travel around in a space camper high on space froot.  This is kind of a trippy series, but I thought it was fun.

Wicked + Divine 30-39, Christmas Annual, The Funnies, 1373AD, 1923AD - Every 90 years, 12 young people ascend to godhood.  They shine brightly, but are dead within two years.  This has been going on for about 6000 years.  There is a lot more to it and we learn more of the backstory here.  One more arc until this enjoyable series ends.

Wytches Bad Egg Halloween Special - It has been a while since the Wytches miniseries.  This is a good horror special and I am looking forward to the next miniseries, which may come out in 2019.

Dark Horse is next.

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 15, 2018, 12:59:56 am »
Image Comics H to M

Hadrian's Wall 1-8 - A science fiction murder mystery on a spaceship.  A detective is hired for what is said to be a routine check into an accidental death.  However, it turns out to be a much bigger deal and not just because the dead guy was married to the detective's ex-wife and shot him four times years earlier.   This was a pretty decent story.

Hit-Girl 1-9 - I didn't really like the first arc that much, but I did enjoy the second arc in Canada.  The art was much better and Lemire's story was more interesting.  The third arc is off to a decent start.

Horizon 13-18 - We learn a lot more about Lincoln here and this science fiction tale is brought to a premature end since it was canceled, but they had enough time to wrap up a number of things.  I enjoyed it while it lasted.

invincible 138-144 - The End of All Things did wrap things up nicely and then we get a peak at the future.  I was on board this series from the first issue and it has been consistently entertaining.  I'm glad it went out on its own terms.

Jupiter's Legacy 2 1-5 - How do you take on a group of superhero kids who murdered the parents and now essentially rule the world?  Recruit a bunch of supervillains to take them on.  A fun series that sets up the final series next year.

Kick-Ass 1-9 - I'm actually enjoying the new Kick-Ass, a former marine sergeant trying to earn some money to provide for her family.

Kill or Be Killed 1-20 - A man tries to commit suicide, but fails and starts seeing a demon who forces him to kill at least one person a month or die.  He becomes a vigilante and targets bad people.  I've been a fan of Brubaker and Phillips since Sleeper came out 15 years ago though I enjoyed other works like Lowlife from Brubaker before that.  This series is entertaining as expected.

Kingsman The Red Diamond 1-6 - I didn't think this was as much fun as the first two series (or the movies either), but it was okay.  I liked Kwaito, the South African agent.

Lazarus X+66 1-6
Lazarus Sourcebook vol.3 Vassalovka
Lazarus 27-28 - The miniseries does a nice job giving us background on some of the other families and some of the minor  characters from the main book like Casey Solomon.  It was a fun series.  The ongoing series returned with a two parter about Jonah Carlyle and sets the stage for the next major arc.  Unfortunately, that arc, which was supposed to start in September, has not even been solicited yet.  Lazarus has been a very good series about a future world taken over by a small number of families.

Maestros 1-7 - I wasn't sure about this series after the first issue, but it grew on me and I enjoyed it.  The Maestro is a big and powerful magician who rules most of the magic realm.  He is also kind of cruel, though with a mean sense of humor.  When he and almost all of his wives and children are killed, Will's mother comes to find him and inform him that he is the new Maestro.  He had been raised on Earth and never quite fit in with the people in the magic realm and he now institutes a bunch of reforms.  This was a funny series that told a decent story, too.

Manifest Destiny 30-35 - What if the Lewis and Clark expedition found tons of weird and supernatural stuff.  Strange animal, plant life and a bunch more.  This has been a pretty strange, but enjoyable series.

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.

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