Review: PAPER GIRLS #18 (SPOILERS)

“Jesus H. Christ!”

By RUSSELL BERGER

I’ve always found stories that work reality into their fiction some of the most interesting. I think that the way PAPER GIRLS has managed to fold the reality of the world’s history into the sci-fi spin zone has made this title one of the best that you could possibly find on the shelf every month. This arc is clearly coming to a close, and man-oh-man did it kick up the intensity meter ten fold.

Warning Sticker
Warning Sticker from BEST BUY circa 1999

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Review: SAGA CHAPTER FORTY-EIGHT (SPOILERS)

Something you can almost always expect from SAGA is moments of true pondering, and dark realizations of the real world around us.

By RUSSELL BERGER

Yes, it’s once again that time where arguably the most consistent title has graced our eyeballs, and hearts. I’m always ironically surprised to see when Brian K. Vaughan (writer) surprises me when I’m reading SAGA, and he did it [again] in this issue. Taking us [readers] to probably one of my favorite characters in the entire series, GHÜS, and again allowing the story to lose focus on our main cast of characters while shining a spotlight on what we could argue are the “supporting cast.” Solid, great writing amplified by the seeming perfection of Fiona Staples’ (artist) fantastic art. Continue reading “Review: SAGA CHAPTER FORTY-EIGHT (SPOILERS)”

Review: THE REALM #3 (SPOILERS)

Seth M. Peck (writer) is really excelling at is that he’s introducing a lot of different characters, but yet doing so in a way that’s not overcrowding the title.

By RUSSELL BERGER

I will sing consistency’s praise until the end of days, and in THE REALM, consistency is king while it could literally be the end of any of our cast of characters’ days. I’m really proud with this book, and the way that this issue unfolded and immerses us even deeper within this fantastical world makes it pretty clear how why this title is a must read, and must buy. Continue reading “Review: THE REALM #3 (SPOILERS)”

Review: ELSEWHERE #4 (SPOILERS)

It reminds me of why Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was so successful.

By RUSSELL BERGER

If you’ve been following my reviews of ELSEWHERE (#1#2 and #3) you know that I started out extremely skeptical about this title, and the possibility of me continuing to read was very low– but here I am! With each issue to present, it steadily got better [and better.] Any title that can do that shows that the creative team behind it had a direction from the very start, and knew where they were headed. That makes for great stories, and this issue definitely is that personified. Continue reading “Review: ELSEWHERE #4 (SPOILERS)”

Review: PAPER GIRLS #17 (SPOILERS)

“I know, right? It’s like this lady is… The @#$% did you just say?”

By RUSSELL BERGER

There’s one thing for sure about the always amazing PAPER GIRLS, and that’s an awesome story every issue which melds reality into the fantastic intensity that is temporal shifting.

Paper Girls; Issue 17, Page 1
Time Magazine cover; January 18, 1999

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Review: THE REALM #2 (SPOILERS)

This was a “you better tell yo’ momma to read it” issue, because, DANG!

By RUSSELL BERGER

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been looking forward to writing this review for the second issue of THE REALM since I finished my review of the inaugural #1, which I think everyone can agree was a stunning first issue– yeah, yeah, shameless plug for you to go read my first review if you haven’t, I know. But this, this is ALL about what is widely, eh, and by widely I mean– ME, considered as a “you better tell yo’ momma to read it” issue, because, DANG! Continue reading “Review: THE REALM #2 (SPOILERS)”

Review: ELSEWHERE #3 (SPOILERS)

This issue alone is a perfect example of why I love Image Comics’ titles so much.

By RUSSELL BERGER

There’s one thing that I look forward to the most when I’m reading a title, and that’s if it gets better with each issue. A solid book that I’m going to be picking up monthly [or heaven forbid bi-weekly] must get better with each issue, or at least remain the same great quality. If it goes backward in any way, it gets ’86ed from my pull-list. I was skeptical of how ELSEWHERE was going to be, and #2 gave me a quick jab, saying, “Hey now, don’t you count me out,” and boy-oh-boy am I glad that I didn’t. Continue reading “Review: ELSEWHERE #3 (SPOILERS)”