On Wednesday, AfterShock released its latest comic, Alters. To date, the publisher has launched a variety of series covering a variety of genres from war to science-fiction to horror. They have a covered a range of tones as well. Writer Paul Jenkins’ previous project Replica was a goofy science-fiction yarn, while Marguerite Bennett’s Insexts is a literate feminist mashup of lesbian romance and Victorian horror. Alters shares elements from both titles. Like Replica, there is a breezy tone which embraces the four-color outrageousness of superheroes. Meanwhile, as in Insexts, Jenkins has deeper themes in mind, using the series to explore social issues. The results are a promising first issue that capably introduces a new world to readers.
Tyler’s Recommendations: Rumble #6
“Rumble is back! John Arcudi and James Harren’s tale of a warrior, a bartender, and a sword that will help them defeat ultimate evil. Fantasy, horror, adventure, humor, this book has it all.”
Now this is what I’m talking about. This is the stuff people, I’m telling you.
Back in the beginning of the New 52, there was a series called “DC Universe Presents:” which was a anthology series meant to highlight DC characters in the New 52 to see if they could support their own series. It was a revamp of the “DC Comics Presents” from the late 70s-mid eighties that highlighted team-ups and What Ifs? with a rotating focus on DC characters. That series ran for 93 issues and 97 if you count annuals. Unfortunately, “DC Universe Presents” ran 19. I saw unfortunately because it seems like it had one heck of a start.