In this post, from IDW Publishing: Locke & Key: Omega #1 and from Image Comics: Hack/Slash #20, Saga #7, and The Walking Dead #104. That’s it, just two publishers. Deal with it bitches!
Locke & Key: Omega #1 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre: Fiction, horror, action, humor
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
It’s the last and final arc in the Locke & Key series and I am so close to crying tears of sadness over this fact that I might not even get through this review. Oh God, only six issues left and then it’s over forever. ::sobs uncontrollably:: When we last left the series, Dodge had possessed the body of Bode (not to be confused with the Face of Bo) and was on a quest to let demons into the world with the Black Key. And he’s doing a pretty good job of it. Meanwhile, at school, Scot Kavanaugh is filming seniors and asking them what they would tell their younger selves if they could go back in time.
The theme of this issue is all about regrets, specifically Tyler Locke’s guilt at wishing his own father would stay out of his life before he died, Kinsey for judging others faults rather than accepting her own, and Scot letting bygones be bygones and getting some ink to remind him of the importance of friends. It’s a wonderful beginning to the end, with problems being solved in the most heartfelt ways possible and Dodge mucking it all up and being deliciously evil. Why can’t this series go on forever? BONUS: Keep your eyes peeled for the appearance of author Joe Hill sometime in the narrative. If you know what he looks like, you won’t miss him.
Hack/Slash #20 by Tim Seeley, illustrated by Elena Casagrande, cover by Tim Seeley, Emilio Laiso
Genre: Fiction, serial-killers, horror, dark humor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Tim Seeley is back to pen his baby after a series of one-shots that marked the beginning of the end of Hack/Slash. Or at least the end to a long-running story. Tim Seeley has been very cryptic about the meaning of “the beginning of the end” because he is an evil evil author who enjoys torturing his readers. All he’s confirmed is that this is the end but it isn’t the end and this arc will contain an ending of sorts. Basically he hasn’t told anyone anything. On the plus side, Elena Casagrande delivers some of the most gorgeous artwork in this possible end to the series titled the ominous: “Final”.
The issue itself focuses on possible Cassie/Vlad… Whatever you would call it. Relationship? Union? Partnership? The pairing everyone expected to happen since day one? You have to love Vlad’s confusion, who can’t seem to separate Cassie as his friend/love interest and seeing her with another man who isn’t a slasher. He can’t seem to understand why Cassie could be talking to a guy who isn’t in any way, shape or form a killer. “To help me decide how often to stab him, tell me how many cheerleaders he has killed at this campsite… He is fish monster in man-skin… Yes?” Nope, sorry big green dude, your lady was fooling around with a strange man she met on the internet. Better luck next issue.
Saga #7 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, cover by Fiona Staples
Genre: Fiction, action, romance, science-fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Saga is still one of the most amazing comics on the market! If it were a person I would marry it. You can imagine my difficulty in voting between Saga and Locke & Key in the Goodreads Choice Awards as the top comic or graphic novel of 2012. It was like asking me which of my pets I love more. I JUST DON’T KNOW! Why can’t my heart love them equally? What was I writing about? Oh yeah, I was reviewing comics. You should know by now that the first paragraph is at least partially devoted to silly ramblings of an occasionally nonsensical nature.
Right? Comic book reviewing. Here be back story. We get a small glimpse back at Marko’s life growing up, and how despite the war moving away from their home planet, Marko was raised by his parents to never forget the fighting that once took place there. The soldiers who died, “And more importantly, never forget those evil fucks with the wings.” You can imagine their surprise when they meet Marko’s winged new wife Alana and their partially winged baby Hazel. Can you say most awkwardly family dinner ever? In space. With nudity, handguns and sentient rocket-ships of course. Pretty standard fair for a Brian K. Vaughan series. At least everyone has both their breasts.
The Walking Dead #104 by Robert Kirkman, illustrated by Charlie Adlard, cover by Charlie Adlard
Genre: Fiction, post-apocalyptic, zombies, horror
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
It’s Walking Dead release time again. This repeatedly fills me with a mixture of dread and excitement depending on how the current arc from Robert Kirkman is striking my fancy. Thankfully, as evidence by the cover, things are going well this arc and Carl continues to grow as a person. His evolution was a lot less jarring than in the television series where he literally transforms from season one to season two but it’s no less awesome. You have to love a pint-sized kid on a murderous rampage. Thanks also to Charlie Adlard for finally aging Carl for me. I discussed this in another review, but the fact that Carl never grew in the comic was irksome enough to take me out of the story.
Kirkman also finally gives us a deeper glimpse into the world of Negan, specifically a look at their lair which has the best biter defense system ever. Granted, it can also be the worst depending on how you look at it. Just you wait until you read what happens there. SO MUCH AMAZING. And a special place in my heart goes out to the criminal who quoted Mark Twain, even if Snopes claims it to be a false quote. That doesn’t remove my love! Wow. What an amazing week for comics. =)