Staff Picks – Week of 27/06/2018

One Trick Pony
Nathan Hale
Amulet Books

Will says: Inby, along with her two friends Strata and Auger, have just made one of the biggest discoveries of a lifetime. They stumble across a secret bunker filled with the mother-load of lost technology. This future world is desolate place since aliens, known as the Pipers, search for and destroy all electrical devices. Inby and her friends inevitably land themselves into a little trouble with their discovery, of which includes a new friend – a golden pony. On the run from the Pipers, their community, in the form of a large moving caravan, has to react to the Piper’s piqued interest nearby their home. Their civilization is one that salvages forgotten technological relics, protecting archives of books, films and digital memories of human culture. Inby later discovers other survivors who have vowed to destroy all technology and live in isolation of it for their safety.

This is such a fascinating concept and on top of that, the art is absolutely gorgeous. An absolutely engaging sci-fi story blending unlikely pairings of elements effortlessly. Who would have thought themes of aliens, Stone Age technology and high tech robots could fuse together so well in an comprehensible story? Hale’s art packs a lot of detail into the backgrounds and creates this visually stunning landscape by use of very clever line work.

Hale is an amazing storyteller. You’ll love this comic.

Modern Fantasy
Rafer Roberts (w), Kristen Gudsnuk (a)
Dark Horse

Will the Wizard says: Dungeons and Dragons is one of life’s true joys. Modern Fantasy takes the fantasy world; all of it’s tropes, it’s rich history, it’s diverse characters; and inserts it into our modern day. It makes for some excellent nerdy humour. Situations arise involving a friend whose class is a thief, so has a compulsion to steal things, or your office co-worker is an orc and can be incredibly blunt and very insensitive. The joys of this comic shine through it’s absolutely charming art. Henchgirl’s Kristen Gudsnuk packs every page with small details that can very easily be missed, but it’s well worth your time inspecting the visual easter eggs hidden in the panels. And any excuse to spend longer gawping at Gudnuk’s delicious art is time well spent.

Our protagonist, a young human ranger, is in desperate need of an adventure. Suffering the dull drag of her boring office job, an adventure eventually finds her. Her drug dealing roommate, a lizard wizard, becomes mixed up with some dangerous criminals after his partner steals from his work! I couldn’t be more excited for the next issue of this.

The Sentry #1
Jeff Lemire (w), Kim Jacinto (a)
Marvel Comics

Liz says: Never heard of the Sentry? Maybe you just forgot. The Sentry was conceived (in the year 2000) as a Golden Age superhero in the Superman mould, perhaps the most powerful among his fellow Avengers. However, his great nemesis The Void was so threatening that the only way to protect the universe from total destruction was to make the entire world (himself, the Avengers and readers of the comics included) forget that the Sentry had ever existed.

At the outset of Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee’s miniseries, Bob Reynolds is an overweight, over-the-hill man with a resentful wife and a nagging sense that there’s something important he can’t quite remember. Slowly, he begins to piece together the puzzle of a life he’d forgotten… one that he had tried to ensure would stay buried, especially from himself.

After the excellent Jenkins/Lee miniseries, Brian Michael Bendis brought the character to the forefront of his epic New Avengers run to glorious effect. Recently the character was resurrected in Donny Cates’ Doctor Strange, and Jeff Lemire has been given the task of explaining where he’s been all this time.

Basically, I’m just thrilled to see this character back, because it reminded me how good this stuff is. If you don’t know who the Sentry is or just need to refresh your memory, check out this issue. Then go read all the great stuff that came before it.