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Exclusive: Dark Horse Books Presents Mœbius Library: The Major in 2024

Arriving for the first time in English, Dark Horse Books presents Mœbius Library: The Major. This latest volume in the Mœbius Library series toys with one of its most famous characters. Mœbius Library: The Major features writing and art by legendary creator Jean “Mœbius” Giraud, translation by Diana Schutz, and lettering by Adam Pruett.

The Major is a psychedelic, sequential romp created by Mœbius between 1997 and 2009, following a production principle that embraces graphic spontaneity and improvisation. The lead character of this pseudo-story, Major Grubert, evolves in a humorous yet philosophical manner, echoing how Mœbius’ creations are treated in the Inside Mœbius series.

Join the Major on his last trip to the nebula of The Airtight Garage, where Mœbius rules as the playful Trickster of legend. What begins as a comical jaunt into unusually profound philosophical questions regarding the nature of existence, eventually winds up as a penetrating examination of the relationship between the author and his creation, the latter of whom must necessarily suffer at the heartless whim of his creator, despite the Major’s passionate desire for real life—and even freedom—beyond these comics!

The Mœbius Library: The Major hardcover will arrive in bookstores February 6, 2024 and in comic shops February 7, 2024. The 184-page volume, measuring 8.375 x 10.875”, is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at your local comic book shop and bookstore and will retail for $39.99.

Mœbius Library: The Major

Review: Groo Meets Tarzan #1

Groo Meets Tarzan #1

Groo Meets Tarzan is something I never knew I needed until I read it. I’ve read loads of Groo The Wanderer comics growing up but it’s been quite a while since I read any adventures of the cheese dip-loving idiot swordsman and his faithful dog, Rufferto. And by that same line, I’ve never read a Tarzan story. Never Ever.

Groo Meets Tarzan #1 opens at the 2021 San Diego Comic-Con. You know, the one that didn’t happen. Fans are rushing to meet Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, only it’s not for their creations but for being mistaken for other creations, which is really heating up Sergio. But the talk goes to the creation of a story, one where Tarzan and Groo meet each other. Sergio has booked this trip to a sketchy wildlife preserve to help gain some needed insight into the project. As nighttime takes Sergio to his dreams, the story is that of Tarzan, strong and reliable, chasing down slavers. The flipside is that of Groo and Rufferto, known to cause destruction wherever they go, being led to cheese dip where it won’t actually be. Both of these characters are well on their way to a meeting.

The writing on Groo Meets Tarzan blends fantasy action and comedy very well and maybe better than probably anyone would. Evanier has written Groo for many, many years but he got his work doing a lot of other, more serious work, and I think that even reading Groo as long as I have, I have more-or-less forgotten that he can do serious and do it well. All the comedy works (for me) as I was a long-time reader of Groo and I think the Groo reader probably has the easier time with this. It feels more like a Groo story.

Artistically speaking, this book blends the Thomas Yeates art nicely with Sergio Aragones’ work. This issue has all of Tarzan’s stuff by Yeates. There’s a good amount of back and forth between the art styles. Yeates opts for something a bit more refined than you’d normally see in a Groo book, lot more detail thrown into his linework. It wouldn’t be a Groo book if we didn’t have some epic two-page showcasing about too many people on a page with jokes all around and we get a good one near the beginning.

I don’t have a bad thing to say about Groo Meets Tarzan, other than they haven’t met yet. I’m not sure what will happen when they do. Fight? Eat cheese dip? Who knows until next month but Groo Meets Tarzan is not at all what I was expecting but I’m glad I read it. Mostly a funny story, but the Tarzan moments do throw some serious moments into the mix. It’s a very enjoyable comic showcasing that Sergio and Mark are the best at the comedy side of comics. I highly recommend it.

Story: Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier Art: Sergio Aragones and Thomas Yeates
Colors by: Tom Luth Letterers: Stan Sakai (Groo pages)
and Adam Pruett (Tarzan pages)
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Last Stop on the Red Line #1

Last Stop on the Red Line #1

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 sets up a very interesting supernatural murder mystery but at times is incomprehensible. Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car with no feasible leads. As potential evidence produces dead ends, Migdalia inadvertently takes in a vagrant named Yusef who may have a supernatural connection to the crime at hand.

Writer Paul Maybury delivers a very atmospheric debut with this first issue. The supernatural thriller nails the tone and feel it’s going for. Unfortunately at times the comic is also a bit hard to understand exactly what’s going on. As it progresses that’s less of an issue but for half of it, the comic feels like you’re missing something. That’s the biggest issue with Last Stop on the Red Line #1. While the debut nails what it’s going for, it also doesn’t quite work at times. The issue feels like it’s a slice of the bigger narrative. The story would be stronger being read in one sitting instead of single monthly issues. This may be the case where the whole is stronger than the individual parts.

When it comes to its tone and genre, the art by Sam Lofti with colors by John Rauch and lettering by Adam Pruett enhance the experience. The art is at times haunting delivering a trippy horror experience. The use of color enhances that. Visuals at times have a 60s/70s poster quality about them. That experience though can create confusion. You wait for an explanation pages later leaving you to wonder what you missed. It also forces you to go back and read pages again while still confused. The visuals don’t add to the narrative, they muddy it up. It’s still great to look at and captures the tone and genre quite well.

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 is an interesting debut issue. For those who really enjoy a supernatural thriller, it’s one to pick up. The fact it’s being released as a monthly comic seems to hamper the debut. This is a case where the trade may be the better read so it can be enjoyed in one sitting. I hate to say trade wait but this might be one worth doing exactly that.

Story: Paul Maybury Art: Sam Lofti
Color: John Rauch Letterer: Adam Pruett
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.45 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Captain Ultimate #2

Captain Ultimate #2

$.99 – All Ages
Writers: Benjamin Bailey, Joey Esposito
Art: Boy “Boykoesh” Akkerman
Colorist: Ed Ryzowski
Letterer: Adam Pruett

The world stands in awe that Captain Ultimate is back in action, but they’ll soon discover that Cap didn’t come back alone… as DR. DESTRUCTION attacks! Can Milo help save the city TWICE? And who’s Captain Ultimate’s mysterious new ally?! Also in this issue: A journey into the Fortress of Attitude with the Super Revenging Society!

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