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"Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising. Written by Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he's the last man on earth."
Tom's Thoughts: This is a book that will appeal to a lot of different readers. Are you looking for a series with strong, female characters? Try one where the cast is almost entirely female, and badass. Are you looking for an exciting sci-fi thriller? Check. Government conspiracy? Check. Compelling writing and gorgeous artwork? Check and check.
Brian K. Vaughn delivers a powerful story that is well worth your time. Just remember, he subscribes to that Dr. Who axiom: "sad is happy for deep people."
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Halloween doesn’t always mean something horrifyingAliens and science fiction can make for some of the best Halloween related stories! If you enjoy nostalgic romps through the 80s, that hearken back to stories like The Goonies, E.T., or (more recently) Stranger Things, you should check out Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn.
This comic begins in the early hours after Halloween 1987. We are quickly introduced to the protagonists, a group of paper girls, working together to deliver their routes, while dealing with the Halloween addled crazies that come with that time of the year. Very quickly, our intrepid protagonists meet with a much bigger threat…from outer space!
Brian K. Vaughn is well known for his compelling and interesting characters; he does not disappoint with Paper Girls. Each of the girls—Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and K.J.---have their own personalities and distinct voices.
The artwork does not disappoint. Cliff Chiang’s pencils are very well thought out and have a unique style that fits the nostalgic setting. The vivid use of color by Matt Wilson makes each page delightful to look at, and extenuates just how wonderful this form of media can be.
In short, Paper Girls is a series that provides mystery, excellent character development, and a compelling story. It is another example of Brian K. Vaughn’s writing that makes you want to read more! The artwork is stunning! You can find volume one of Paper Girls on the money back guarantee rack!
Some of the most popular horror stories are stories of serial killers. Whether it’s the hockey-masked Jason from the Friday the 13th series, the cultured sociopath Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, or the absurdly psychotic Jigsaw from the Saw franchise, these characters are interesting to us…perhaps for dark reasons. This week’s “Frightfully Good Read” is a newcomer to this genre: Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s Nailbiter.
Nailbiter hits all of the notes of a serial killer horror story: it is a very gory, incredibly suspenseful, psychologically horrifying series. The town of Buckaroo, Oregon is home to the worst serial killers in history. With the help of the notorious Edward “Nailbiter” Warren, NSA Agent Nicolas Finch is beginning to uncover the reason(s) why Buckaroo is home to such a bloody past.
Williamson’s writing and Henderson’s artwork very quickly drives this series into a dark and bloody corner of comic books. We won't go too far into the story--we've already said too much---so take our advice: read this series! You can find it on the Money Back Guarantee Rack for just $9.99!
Continuing with October’s theme of spooky comic book recommendations, Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, is a wonderful series for you to check out! All of the elements of a good, scary, comic book are represented: a compelling supernatural plot, interesting characters, an intriguing setting, and fantastic artwork.
The story begins with a terrible tragedy befalling the Locke family; their lives are so upset by this event, they move across the country to live in the ancestral home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts: The Keyhouse. What looks like an appropriately spooky backdrop for a good ghost story, Key House is a large, foreboding Colonial mansion. It does not take long for the children of the Locke family to begin uncovering its secrets.
Without going into too much detail and spoiling a fantastic plot, there are supernatural keys found throughout Keyhouse that allow anyone who uses them to unlock different powers. There is a key that unlocks a door that releases your spirit from your body, a key that lets you see into another person’s mind, a key that swaps genders…there are many keys, and many secrets.
Why do these keys exist? Where do they come from? Who made them? What do they have to do with the Locke family? The answers to these questions begin to reveal themselves as the plot unfolds. Everything is not what it looks like on the surface. The Locke family has roots that run deep in Lovecraft; many generations of Lockes have been involved with a plot that may change the future of humanity.
In short, Locke and Key is a series that contains all of the elements of an excellent supernatural horror story. If you are looking for a series to keep you in suspense, look no further than this. Joe Hill delivers a story that is at times spooky, thought provoking, heartwarming, heart wrenching, and downright scary. The artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez is incredibly detailed and evokes the emotions that Hill describes with his words. The crew at RCH highly recommends you give this series a try!