Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Treasures of the ComiCombs: Predator: Life and Death, Strange Attractors, Moon Night

Last month ended with some great releases but we see a bit of a decline to start off June. This week is big for fans of hero books but if you're not, don’t worry, I have you covered with some pretty cool books to check out. I also have two new books that we’ll get to know this week before they go to head so read on to see what’s in store! 

Predator: Life and Death #4 of 4 (Dark Horse)

A few months ago I recommended this series and today we get the final issue in the Life and Death arc. If you’re a fan of the Alien VS Predator Universe pick this one up!

“The battle between the Colonial Marines and the Predators opens on two fronts as the humans attempt to split the enemy's force and take possession of the mysterious horseshoe-shaped alien spaceship! Getting their hands on the alien technology will be a huge victory for the humans . . . or will it?”

Strange Attractors #1 (Boom!)

In 2013, Strange Attractors by writer Charles Soule was released as a graphic Novel. Boom! Studios is now releasing it in a limited monthly format with new content in each issue. This is a pretty cool story and worth checking out! 

“Dr. Brownfield believes that a series of cataclysmic events are coming to New York City, and someone has to keep the city safe after he's gone. Enter Heller Wilson, a brilliant mathematics student, who discovers that his ailing, perhaps insane, mentor has been saving New York City from societal collapse by a series of 'adjustments,' a la the Butterfly Effect. But now, all signs point toward an impending disaster. Can Wilson take what little he's learned and save the city in time?”

Moon Knight #3 (Marvel)

It’s rare to find a book from Marvel that I would recommend on this list; Moon Knight is one of those rarities. If you have never read a Moon Knight book, there’s no reason to hesitate checking this out. I definitely recommend starting at issue #1 of Jeff Lemire's current run on the series. Lemire is doing a great job writing this so far, he will have you questioning what is real and whether or not Marc Spector aka Moon Knight is experiencing everything or if he’s just insane. 

“Marc Spector has escaped into the subway tunnels below the mental hospital. MOON KNIGHT has escaped into the tombs beneath the prison where he had been trapped by SETH, god of violence and disorder. Are all the timelines true, or none of them? Either way, there are monsters and mummies to punch, and a man in a white mask ready to do it.”


A while back I reviewed a book called Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service by Eiji Otsuka and enjoyed it enough to make it my pick. This week I have another book by Otsuka, something quite a bit different, from earlier in his career called MPD Psycho Vol.1 (MPD is shortened for Multiple Personality Detective). This is a detective fiction/psychological horror book and I’m really excited to see something different from Otsuka.

The book I will be reviewing against MPD Psycho Vol.1 is from Kazuo Umezu, The Drifting Classroom Vol.1, which is an award winning Manga first published in 1972. Umezu is often spoken of as a master of Horror Manga and a Pioneer of the genre. This book sounds like it’s going to be an awesome read as does MPD Psycho.

MPD Psycho Vol.1

“Police detective Kobayashi Yousuke's life is changed forever after a serial killer notices something "special" about him. That same killer mutilates Kobayashi's wife and kick-starts a "multiple personality battle" within Kobayashi that pushes him into a complex tempest of interconnected deviants and evil forces. Earning praise for its consistently shocking plotlines and Tajima's clean, arresting art style.”

The Drifting Classroom Vol.1

“In the aftermath of a strange earthquake, an entire elementary school vanishes, leaving nothing but a hole in the ground. While parents mourn and authorities investigate, the students and teachers find themselves somewhere far away...somewhere cold and dark... a lifeless, nightmarish wasteland in which their school stands like a lone fortress. As panic turns to terror, as the rules start to fall apart, a sixth-grade boy named Sho and his friends must fight to survive in an alien world...”

I’m really excited to read both of these books. Will Eiji Otsuka have two picks this year or will the master of Horror Manga, Kazuo Umeza come out on top? Come back here next week to find out! Make sure to pick up something awesome from your local comic shop and don’t be afraid to share!

-Creature of the ComiCombs

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