Stranger Reads – Comics Log 2016.8.1 – To be a little fearless…


The reads were a bit light for the last week of July. I went for a little less for that week for the releases dated July 27th. For that, and my recovery from the San Diego Comic Con, I caught up on a new favorite while taking my chance with a new Image title..

Here we go, with the new (and minor spoilers)..


Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur #9 (Marvel) by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reader, Natacha Bustos

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is so far turning into a very underrated treasure from Marvel. Though it’s definitely aimed toward younger readers, there is a precise charm to Moon Girl and her heightened intelligence and strange bond with a large red dinosaur. Stranger still is her rivalry with a young alien boy, determined to beat her. I love this issue and all so far, with great hopes Moon Girl and her Devil Dinosaur shall go far on the comic racks.

Drifter #13 (Image) by Ivan Brandon, Nic Klein

Never thought of this as also a horror book, until now. The story itself carries on, but the part is taking time to admire and take in the colorful and detailed situations. Here, an army of zombie like humanoids (Wheelers) attack a settlement, with terrifying results. The attack sequence is among the best displays of science fiction horror viewed in recent memory with stunning art and detail. The art is really growing on me, enhancing the story which takes patience and some rereading to completely grasp.

Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #1 (Dark Horse) by John Layman, Chris Moonyham

John Layman, who I best know from Chew, I think much fun in his writing. He does great introductions, to what sets up an interesting story with am unpredictable end. This goes triple for PvJDvA. All three factions set well, with the pitting of outside forces among the three; which will make this more than a three fight, or perhaps with more awesome collateral where everyone else loses. The set up is great for anyone less familiar with 1 out of 3 of the franchises (interested in Judge Dredd on his own, but not sure where to start). Still, such will be interesting and fun, with Layman’s direction and good matching art.

Divinity II #4 (Valiant) by Mark Kindt, Trevor Hairsine

The second issue wraps this series up well, as a second part of a possible trilogy (part III advertised) in the end. Here,we have god vs god, as Abrams meets his match against Myskha for the fate of everything. Added is much on influenced literature and philosophy, with a little less on the Valiant comics universe involvement (which I think held back part 1). Abrams seems even more humanized by the end, with a resolution of friendship and understanding (while the early part of the book focused on action is seemingly pointless). The art is top-notch, balancing action and dramatic storytelling. The end is nice and feeling good, with much open to what happens next.


Tales from the Darkside #2 (IDW) by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez

Here, another great read from a favorite writer/artist in comics. We have a curious, character driven story bordering back and forth between a creepy tale to a dramatic dilemma on self-preservation at any price. The cursed protagonist tries to live a normal life, but doomed as unfortunate, weird things seem to just happen. Yet, an answer brings in an interesting cliffhanger where anything can be next, and terrifying to those ever facing sedation in a hospital setting.

Prophet: Earth War #5 (Image) by Brandon Graham, Simon Ray, Giannis Milonogiannis, Grim Wilkins

I picked this up and looked at it for a bit. It was hard to put down, as the art in this is amazing. It’s reminiscent of classic Moebius and similar Heavy Metal magazine stories. I must read the first volume, and all of this second volume. I will then talk more on this later.

That’s all until next time. Did we miss anything on the shelves, that is a worthy read?  Do you have further thoughts on the books covered here? Leave a comment below!

Orion T – SW chief writer and seeker of great comic books and all related wonderful things.


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