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Rocket Salvage #3
Words: Yehudi Mercado
Pictures: Bachan


Rocket Salvage is the Hair Band on the Rockin’ Comics stage.  It’s loud and flashy with big, bold colors, and it likes to blow things up.  But underneath the visual spectacle, there’s a solid rhythm being laid down with some genuine artistry on lead guitar.  (That is if the rhythm was the story and the lead guitar was the actual art, then that’s where that analogy comes full circle… and hopefully makes sense.)


Butterfly #3 of 4
Story:  Arash Amel
Words:  Marguerite Bennett
Pictures:  Stefano Simeone


Spies are inherently dual natured.  I know I’m simplifying things, but in essence, there’s the spy portion of their lives, and everything else.  It’s the very dual nature of spies that Arash, Marguerite and Stefano bring to life in Butterfly, and they do it so well.


Butterfly #2
Story: Arash Amel
Words: Marguerite Bennett
Pictures: Antonio Fuso


Families and spy stories are both complicated.  They are both built with layer after layer of experience and adventure, of tragedy and secrets.  They’re at once hard to pin down and define, yet when you get a snapshot of one it’s easy to recognize them for what they are.  That’s what makes Butterfly work so well.  It’s a spy story about family, and you know what they say about families: they all have their secrets.


The Story Teller: Witches #2
Words and Pictures: Kyla Vanderklugt


Archaia puts out some of the best looking books on the market today, and Jim Henson’s The Story Teller Witches is another perfect example of that.

This might seem a bit off the beaten path for me, since I admitted like my stories dark and sometimes violent, but man, it’s hard to deny a well told story.  And that’s what you get with The Story Teller Witches.  With this, the second tale, we get the story of the Snow Witch.  This, like the previous issue, is a retelling of a classic fairy tale involving a witch, and Kyla Vanderklugt has done an amazing job of bringing that story to life.  Like all things with the Jim Henson label, this story has a sense of the fantastic, a sense of wonder, and a sense of magic.  It’s what really good story telling is all about.

The landscape formatting of this tale makes you shift your perspective which does nothing but help you get into the mindset that what you’re about to read is very different from what you’re used to.  And yet, it’s so familiar.  It’s engaging from the first page.  It’s visually intriguing; with many of the pages appearing as if they were ancient murals.  Take some time to venture off the beaten path and pick this up.

This story is perfect to sit down with a cozy fire on a cold winter night and read it to your kids.  Or just read it yourself.  It’s a gorgeous book and if you like just plain good stories, you’re going to love this series.

4 out of 5 Fuzzy Dogs

The Last Broadcast #4
Archaia/Boom! Studios
Words: Andre Sirangelo
Pictures: Gabriel Iumazark


Comics are a lot of things.  Flights of fancy; tales of the fantastic; escapes from the mundane.  But what all comics have in common is the medium of Story and Art.  It’s this combination that is so appealing about this form of storytelling.  The Last Broadcast is a fabulous example of story and art coming together to become greater than its individual parts.