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Comics of the Week: Vampires, Religion, and Car Chases

This week’s featured comics include a strange religion in a materialistic future, a high-speed chase through a dystopian wasteland, and a vampire stuck in middle America. It’s definitely a wide variety of interests!

Comics of the Week

Invisible Kingdom, Issue 1

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Christian Ward
Published by Dark Horse Comics

Invisible Kingdom illustrates the line between a deeply materialistic galaxy and religion. The two primary characters couldn’t be more different, one a new convert within a monastery and the other a ship’s captain ferrying goods back and forth from a mega-corporation. Both discover shady dealings and both struggle with the right decision. It’s a surprising juxtaposition. The artwork is a somewhat abstract style, with beautiful use of color and minute details. The artists alternates between strong and blurred lines that leaves the focus primarily on the characters. The style is definitely a bit mesmerizing.

High Level, Chapter 2: Minnow

Written by Rob Sheridan
Art by Barnaby Bagenda & Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Published by Vertigo

High Level Chapter 2 kicks the adventure up a notch as Thirteen takes on the mysterious child from the first issue. This is an intriguing world straight out of Fallout with secrets around every corner. The protagonist is hilarious as she tries to navigate the difficulties of babysitting for a day. We get to see the inner-workings of this strange amusement park community, and get a car chase thrown in for good measure. The art continues to be stunning and I’m especially impressed with the experimentation with sizing and bleeding imagery between panels. It makes for a smooth read and an exciting adventure.

Dark Red, Issue 1

Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Corin Howell
Published by Aftershock Comics

Dark Red is a middle America vampire tale, taking the undead to North Dakota and the mundanity of small town life. We meet a vampire working in a convenient store whose life seems completely ordinary. Those around him are unaware of his status as a vampire until shady figures start showing up in his territory. The story is focused primarily on story setup, but it promises to be an intense series if the ending is any indication. The artist has a mastery of creating realistic characters, paying close attention to little details that enhance the realism.

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