May 202011

You’re slumbering in your bed, dreaming of mechanized sheep rocket boosting over a laser-wire fence (what you don’t dream of that?), when a mystical portal materializes in your bedroom.  Do you wake up?  No.  Why?  Because you’re a…

Deep Sleeper is the first book we’re going to look at today (see what happened there?).  Written by Kansas City native, Phil Hester, Deep Sleeper comes close to being about the intro sentence (doubting the robot sheep are in it, though), following a man by the name of Cole Gibson into a nightmare reality via a portal in his bedroom.  Cole is dropped headlong into an epic war between factions of this second reality’s beings.  And they all want control of him!  Phil may be an exceptional artist, but he’s an even better writer, so the story will be top notch.  Plus, with a wild topic like this, the artist of the book, Mike Huddleston’s (Butcher Baker) psychedelic art should shine.

Last week it was cute, cuddly Iron Mans and Spider-Mans, this week it’s cute Captain Americas.  Gear up for the movie releasing this summer by grabbing a Plush Captain America figure to take to the midnight release.  Seven inches of pure lovable, hug-able, snug-able superhero sweetness.  I mean, come on, look at that picture to the left and just tell me you don’t want to fight Nazis with that guy?

I vant to suuuuuck yur blooooood…and if you could give my name to your agent, I’d appreciate it.  In Screamland, from local (and KC Star staff) artist Hector Casanova, the famous Universal Studios monsters of yesteryear are out of work and desperate to make it back to the big time.  Collecting all five issues of the popular series, this new Screamland collected edition stars Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Werewolf as out of work, aging monsters.  It’s fun.  It’s from local talent.  And the concept is strong.  Give it a look see.

Finally, one for the kiddies.  Or adults that act like kids, but, seriously, where are you going to find one of those in a comic store?  Batman, Brave and the Bold:  Emerald Knight is the most recent collection for the series based off of the popular (and awesome) television show.  If you’re not familiar with either, the premise is simple:  Batman teams up with other famous superheroes to face off against evil.  Each issue is a stand-alone story, so even though you get six in this collection, you can read them in any order you want and not be lost.  They’re lighthearted, fast, traditionally campy comic fun and loaded with big guns like Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow.  Pick it up and give the kids something to keep busy with for a couple hours.

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