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Comics: Something's coming, something good...

by Dee. 4/2/2015
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; alternatively, you could amuse yourself with a few previews that the next few months have in store.

Rebels (Dark Horse) - April 8 2015: From Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders, Massive) comes a story of America during it's formative years, with the first militia, Vermont's Green Mountain Boys and its struggle for independence from the British crown.

This first issue breathes life back into the chaotic history of America's growing pains, and reminds us of a time when tyranny and oppression were very real threats to everyday life.

Who Will Love It: Fans of historical fiction, Brian Wood, and Revolutionary War buffs.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (IDW) - May 2015: This is a delightfully goofy series, with art from Tony Akins (Fables), story from Chris Ryall (Zombies vs. Robots, The Hollows and Chief Creative Officer / Editor-in-Chief at IDW), and cover art from Rob Guillory (one of the warped minds behind Chew).

Dirk is a private detective for impossible crimes, relying on his staggering intellect, incomprehensible psychic powers and penchant for finding disturbances in the fabric of reality. This “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic” is faithful to the spirit of Adams' material, and is a genuine treat to read.

Who Will Love It: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams' fans, Dresden Files' fans looking for a dose of punchy silliness, clever British sci-fi fans (I'm looking at you, Whovians - British and otherwise), fans of detective novels, and Chew fans.

Secret Wars (Marvel Comics) - Starting in May 2015: Marvel fans have been hearing murmurs of the Secret Wars starting, which will ultimately condense the known universe significantly and maybe just cut down on the rampant confusion (but probably not) regarding continuities for your favorite characters.

The three subtitles to look for are Last Days, Battleworld, and Warzones!, which highlight the final moments of heroes on Earth 616, the current multi-verse (known as Battleworld), and the potential future outcomes, respectively. You could call it the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Current and Future, in the Dickensian model of storytelling.

Who Will Love It: Die-hard, long-time Marvel fans that read and enjoyed the 1984 Secret Wars series.

Until next time, Dee

“Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.”
¯ Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms: The Play

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