written by Patrick Kindlon (Survival Fetish, We Can Never Go Home, There’s Nothing There) art by Paul Tucker (Tet) lettered by Wallace Ryan
The conspiracy grows to include pornographic manga, America’s 1980s fixation on ninjas and, of course, children’s books featuring a lovable family of bears. Richard is in deep, and by the end of this issue there may be no way out.
It’s been twenty years since the riders defeated the Destroyer God of Evil and saved the galaxy. But when The Mother of All Evil Gods appears and threatens to take control of every dimension and every strain of possible reality, the now cybernetically-enhanced ex-riders will come together and travel into her mind to ASSASSINATE HER SOUL! Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 kicks off a suicidal mission into an infinite vortex of blood and death!
Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 jumps twenty years ahead since the last volume and the riders have separated from each other. The issue has no problem dropping you into the action with assassins attacking Peligro delivering attitude fantastic visuals. From there, it’s space gods and cosmic weirdness. It’s clear writer Carlos Giffoni loves Jack Kirby as the series drips the cosmic craziness.
Twenty years have passed since the events of the previous two volumes, separating the riders from each other. Things start off with, assassins attacking Peligro for reasons unknown. Yet, they are swiftly eliminated in battle when Mono calls him using the stars themselves. Peligro manages to arrive in time to save Mono from the spirt of Maria Lionza. Mono reveals the strange, mystical origin story of the women and the threat her return represents to the universe. Will the riders save the universe again?
The art by Alexis Ziritt is a fantastic blend of psychedelic color schemes and science fiction. It took feels like a love letter to Kirby and psychedelic 70s rock posters. Ziritt shows us the lethality and combat prowess Peligro has retained, as he easily fights off and dispatches his assassins. It sets up the character as one who might be able to take on a god. Ziritt also delivers some fantastic visuals as we learn more about the gods and what threat looms.
Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 is the start of the latest cosmic space opera that is a love letter to comic creator greats while forging its own path.
Story: Carlos Giffoni Art: Alexis Ziritt Letters: Ryan Ferrier Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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Written by: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson Art by: Piotr Kowalski Colored by: Niko Guardia Lettered by: Ryan Ferrier In Stores: November 27, 2019
From the critically acclaimed writers of The Dregs comes a new horror series about body image, social media, and memory.
When an entrepreneur with a god complex creates a technology that allows two minds to share one body, he doesn’t anticipate the degenerative effects of long-term trials.
Come Into Me is a contemporary comment on connected culture and our longing for approval in the digital age. This is a world where technology and flesh become indistinguishable. Prepare yourself for the insane lovechild of The Fly and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.
Written by: Carlos Giffoni Art by: Alexis Ziritt Lettered/Designed by: Ryan Ferrier In Stores: November 27, 2019
The satanic nightmare continues. A vortex of death and blood takes the riders to an unexpected location before they can reach the empress of darkness, Mar a Lionza. The final barrier, demonic versions of themselves ready to take over the reins of their souls!
Written by: Pat Shand Art by: Emily Pearson Lettered by: Jim Campbell In Stores: November 27, 2019
In this stylish crime thriller, Haley Mori, a downtrodden alternative-model, happens upon a secret society of elite models in NYC that are using their platforms to sell narcotics.
Seeing a possible escape from a lifetime of crushing debt, Haley becomes involved and works her way up the rank, making new alliances and enemies alike while getting a taste of a power she never knew she craved. Collects issues #1-4.
Written by: Magdalene Visaggio Art by: Eva Cabrera Colored by: Claudia Aguirre Edited by: Joe Corallo Lettered by: Zakk Saam Cover by: Phillip Sevy IN STORES NOV 20, 2019
The Fighting Kims are back! Kim & Kim trade their denim vests and spiked chokers for tuxes and gowns as they infiltrate the glitzy space colony of Santa Palma to try and con a master thief. But, as usual, everything goes to hell… and it’s definitely Kim Q’s fault. Come on, Kim. Get your life together.
A brand new adventure from writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Eva Cabrera, colorist Claudia Aguirre, and letterer Zakk Saam, the original creative team behind the GLAAD & Eisner nominated Kim & Kim! Collects issues 1-5.
Written by: Vita Ayala Art by: Emily Pearson Colored by: Marissa Louise, Stelladia Lettered by: Jim Campbell Edited by: Danny Lore Cover by: Natasha Alterici Shorts featuring art by: Jessi Jordan, Chris Shehan, Isaac Goodheart, Phillip Sevy In Stores: November 20, 2019
Daisy Walker is a Runner for The Compound, a mix of post-apocalyptic postal service and black market salvaging operation. Out beyond the settlement walls are innumerable dangers, but, after a decade of surviving, Daisy isn’t phased by any of it – until her lover, another Runner named Heather, goes missing on a job.
From writer Vita Ayala (Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, Wonder Woman Annual) and artist Emily Pearson (Snap Flash Hustle) comes this bold tale of surviving in bleak times.
Lab Raider #1 returns us to the world crafted by writer Matt Miner. It’s a world that blends real-world animal activism with an over the top sense of storytelling comics can deliver.
Lab Raider picks up on the world that started in Liberator and followed up in Critical Hit. Jeanette and Sarah are still working together to liberate animals and free them from experimentation. This volume has a bit of a twist though bringing in a horror element to it all.
Lab Raider #1 continues the tense nature of previous volumes. But, unlike those, Miner uses some of the tricks he deployed in his horror series Poser. Throughout the issue, there’s a build up until the eventual reveal at the end. It creates a ride that you both want to see where it goes and don’t at the same time. The series has never shied away from violence and here that continues. Both seen and implied, this is a debut issue that has more in common with slasher horror films than it does with the message focused previous volumes.
The art by Creees Lee with color by Josh Jensen and lettering by Matt Krotzer helps build all of that tension. The art and design are fantastic but there’s still unease about it all. It doesn’t have a line heavy “dirt” look but everything is just slightly muted in a way that adds a dour look to it. The art helps create an atmosphere that builds up to the horror that awaits at the end.
While the series still has a focus on animal rights and activism, this latest volume feels a bit different. It’s not quite as in your face with its message. Instead, it focuses on its main to protagonists. We see the impact from the previous volumes on them. And, their mission this time while still political in nature results in a twist that’s much more in line with what you’d expect in a horror film. This feels like a new direction for the series and Miner is showing some massive growth in his writing bringing in previous success here. Whether you agree with animal activism or not Lab Raider #1 is a solid start and has me wanting to see where it goes next.
Story: Matt Miner Art: Creees Lee Color: Josh Jensen Letters: Matt Krotzer Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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Written by: Matt Miner Illustrated by: Creees Lee Colored by: Josh Jensen Lettered by: Matt Krotzer $3.99 | full color | 32 pages | mature On Sale 6.19.19
A pair of young vigilantes break into a black market laboratory where illegal tests are being run on animals. What at first seems like a simple rescue mission becomes more dangerous when they stumble on secret military experiments, discovering to their horror that the animals they sought to help have been turned into something different, something monstrous… and, once the cages are opened, the rescuers quickly become the prey of these weaponized beasts. This high-octane action comic blends vigilante heroics with sci-fi horror for a wildly new adventure.