It’s my favorite week of the month!! Boom! has all of my favorite titles coming out! Arcadia, The Spire, and Over the Garden Wall are the greatest (Power Up and Wild’s End are pretty darn cool too)!
Over the Garden Wall #3
After reading the first Over the Garden Wall comic, I was really curious about the show and ended up marathoning it all in one day. Because it is that amazing. The comics have been good as well, but I felt like #3 captured the essence of the show in a way the first two hadn’t. Everything about this issue fit so well into the Over the Garden Wall world of silliness, morality lessons, and good story. And the rock fact rock made an appearance!! Both the comic and the show are full of relatable characters, unique humor that is smart and unpredictable, homages to other good narratives, while still maintaining a distinctive style, and a whole lot of fun.
Arcadia is a beautifully immersive dystopian sci-fi with more layers than an onion or an ogre. Paknadel presents his readers with a technologically advanced world that has been clearly thought out, with all of its advantages and disadvantages taken into consideration. Too often I find that science fiction worlds do not seem fully developed at the beginning of a series, but that is not the case at all with Arcadia and this secure foundation has allowed the comic to flourish as it has grown. Balancing the needs of a physical world and a virtual world has caused serious concerns for both the people of Earth and those of Arcadia. As the struggle to keep loved ones alive and to maintain order escalates, tensions reach a boiling point both within and between the two worlds.
The Spire #4
Everything about The Spire fascinates me. The art is engaging and unique, the dialogue is impressively realistic, and the story is bold and grandiose. Reading The Spire feels like slipping into one of the many fantasy worlds I spent my childhood exploring. The Spire is dynamic and enthralling!
Black Magick #1
This is not a Boom! book, but it is also really good! I was very impressed by this first issue. Going into it I was a little skeptical just because I’m not the biggest fan of homicide detective type narratives, but I was pleasantly surprised by Black Magick #1! It dealt with the occult in an inventively modern way and delved into the dual lives led by those practicing the occult. This comic will please a wide range of readers, which is also a plus! For fans of shows like NCIS and CSI, it has the police investigation aspect to it. For fans of horror books, it has witches and (you guessed it) black magic. For fans of a quality story, it is well written and already in the first issue has you connecting and sympathizing with characters.
I’ve been really enjoying Stringers. It follows freelance photojournalists who are on the hunt for late depravity and crime so they can get footage and sell the story to the local news stations. The comic is full of action and excitement and is definitely an enjoyable read.