Star Wars: Darth Vader No. 1 Writer Grek Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco Review by Krystal Moore, The Great Escape Louisville
Star Wars: Darth Vader No. 1 starts at the end of The Empire Strikes Back movie. Marvel/Disney has been filling in a lot of stories from that time period, and it is considered canon by whoever decides those sorts of things. I havent read every comic thats come out, but the ones I have read have been great. Ive been a Star Wars fan since the beginning, so I tend sometimes to lean into that curmudgeonly hatred of new things in that world. If youre the same type, take it as a good sign that Ive actually really enjoyed these new pieces to the old stories.
Speaking of new pieces, this one may shake the foundations of the whole movie universe. It starts with Darth Vader deciding, after being rejected by his new found son Luke, to seek out those who hid his existence from him for so long. With the help of a snarky forensics droid, Vader goes back to Tatooine to investigate and, then, take revenge on the villains.
What and whom he finds will make your jaw drop. Needless to say, waiting for issue No. 2 wont be easy! This awesome story is written by Greg Pak and has art by Raffaele Ienco and Neeraj Menon. This is one you dont want to miss if youre invested in the world of Star Wars!
Aggretsuko No. 1 Writer Daniel Barnes and artist D.J. Kirkland Review by Ashley Cornell, The Great Escape Louisville
Most everyone would be lying if they claimed theyd never gone to work sick. At Carrier Man Trading Co. LTD., a special strain of flu has broken out among the employees a strain thats propagated by bad self-care and a toxic workplace environment. There is one cure, and those unaffected have only to wait for the military to arrive with it. If, that is, the soldiers can get there fast enough.
For those unfamiliar, Aggretsuko is a Netflix-licensed anime that follows a young accountant, Retsuko, as she attempts to maneuver through the frustrations of working at a big company. The adorable, anthropomorphized red panda makes it through her day because she has one remedy for her problems: singing death metal at a karaoke bar after work. Each issue touches on a common workplace grievance, using humor and abstraction to address it.
This issue plays out just like an episode, as Retsuko and friends are chased down by the green, oozing crowd of sick coworkers. As reluctant as she is to being roped into the problem, the unassuming Retsuko proves to be an invaluable companion to have.