Author: Chloe Maveal

Love Addict: How I Learned to Love the Problematic Narrative

Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater Koren Shadmi (Writer and Artist) IDW 31 January, 2018 With almost fifty million people using dating apps, it’s no wonder that there’s a comic written about them. Koren Shadmi’s Love Addict doesn’t just cover quirky disasters and mishaps that come with online dating, though; by showing the personal consequences and mental impact of a vulnerable person giving this lifestyle a chance, it avoids feeling like a flat concept that could be easily read on any given person’s social media page. More surprisingly, while it presents a problematic mentality, the seemingly toxic vibe...

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Death Be Damned: Bringing The Wild West Back to Life

Death Be Damned Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Andrew Miller (Writers), Hannah Christenson (Artist),  Juan Useche (Colorist), Colin Bell (Letterer) BOOM! Studios November 29, 2017 Let’s get the fun part out there first: Death Be Damned is a warped western Frankenstein revenge tale. I have been a fan of Ben Acker and Ben Blacker’s The Thrilling Adventure Hour for several years. So, naturally, when I received the collected edition of BOOM! Studios’ Death Be Damned and saw their names listed as the writers—along with Andrew Miller—I expected something strong with heavy humor. Though what I read was a far cry from what I read of their...

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Coyotes: A Tale That Is Red in Tooth and Claw

Coyotes #1 Sean Lewis (Writer), Caitlin Yarsky (Artist) Image Comics November 8, 2017 If there’s one thing I am a sucker for, it’s bold feminist outcries. And when I find such an outcry in comic form, fierce women of color and a compelling story are the cherries on top. With all of the absurd controversy—not only in the comics universe, but in the real world—regarding inclusion and diversity, Image’s Coyotes by Sean Lewis and Caitlyn Yarsky is the dark, beautiful kick in the teeth the comic world needs right now. Lewis brings us into the City of Lost Girls through...

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Countdown to Doomsday Clock: Geoff Johns Releases First Six Pages

There is no doubt about the excitement revolving around Geoff Johns’ and Gary Franks’ Doomsday Clock as it nears its November release date, but after the reveal of the first six pages Watchmen fans are sure to be rushing to the shelves. Despite the eerily familiar tone, apparent from the first panel, Johns has presented Doomsday Clock in a very different light from where the Watchmen series left off And despite Johns setting the narrative in 1992 (just seven years after the end of Watchmen) the circumstances are hauntingly similar to the state of the world now, including collusions...

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Still Standing: Mister Miracle Escaping the Stigma of Mental Illness

As someone with depression and a love for comics, I often find myself looking to superheroes for escapism. A hero can always push forward no matter the difficulty, even if it takes a toll on them. More often than not, the trials and tribulations our favorite heroes are put through are those in the physical world. Villains, traps, weapons, and a myriad of other terrifying obstacles block our heroes’ paths, but in addition to all those things we also see the inner struggle, the part of superheroes that makes them most relatable and human to their fans. Even then,...

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