Unplugged

Unplugged

It’s fitting that Dynamite’s rebuilding of the Gold Key comics universe is anchored by four of my favorite writers, since so far the storylines turn on flipping the script. Greg Pak’s Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is the first treatment of that series — about an indigenous warrior who encounters prehistoric beasts (and other timespace anomalies) — [...]

The New Blank

The New Blank

Writer Frank Barbiere’s period pulp epic Five Ghosts is like a treasure map to rediscovered worlds of magic, the wildernesses from which all life-forms of our imaginative landscape emerged. In real life our past and culture come to us in fragments and scraps, and The White Suits follows the trail of torn paper to the [...]

Action Pak’d

Action Pak’d

The Hero’s Journey is by its nature a forward one — accumulating a lore and emerging into new experiences actually keeps him or her fresher than endless resets to the phase of youth; even the most purely visceral car-chase doesn’t run backwards. That’s been my problem with much of the ostensibly youth-oriented but actually essentially [...]

Friends Like These

Friends Like These

The Bunker #1 Oni Press We all think we’re the center of the universe, but if it turned out we really were, how many of us would truly want ourselves in charge? The Bunker inverts the classic midcentury motif of doomsday narratives that followed a handful of remaining survivors, by focusing on a group of [...]

Stack of Dynamite: Ever After

Stack of Dynamite: Ever After

All things must end, but that doesn’t always make ’em good; a selection of comics from Dynamite this week and last, though, go out on notes worth remembering. Chris Roberson’s Codename: Action reached a very satisfying conclusion with Issue 5 last week. Not every series that’s created to set in motion a more familiar franchise [...]

Never Gets Old

Never Gets Old

Native America is a territory shrouded in cloudier mists than any fantasy refuge of surviving dinosaurs or lost armies. The real predators of the American hemisphere left a land buried under skyscrapers and a story overwritten with lies that it takes a time machine, or a supreme act of imagination, to uncover. The more philosophical [...]