BADLANDS #19: Wow. Avatar is really coming up with some great CROSSED covers of late. This one isn’t quite as fucked up as the last one, but still. Holy fuck! And would you look at that: Simon Spurrier, who writes the CROSSED webcomic, is now turned loose on the monthly series. Can he live up to everything that has come before him? He gives us the interesting story of a probation officer who falls in love with one of her ex-cons, despite his very heavy connection with the Russian mob and his drug habit. And now that everyone is going Crossed, she knows that she will see her beloved once again before the end of the world, even if he’s one of them. Sure enough, he is, but he still has some kind of grasp on who he was. I’m kind of iffy on that one. The Crossed are supposed to be mindless, ruthless perverts. But Spurrier offers an interesting explanation. We’ll see where he goes with this. Also, Raulo Caceres is an absolute fiend. He is the perfect artist for this book, and I hope he stays with it for a long time.
THE TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #12: I know, I’ve gone on like a lunatic about how awesome it is to see Starscream in politician mode. I can’t get enough of it. I’ve never been a fan of him or his paint-by-numbers treachery, but these days, he is hands-down my favorite Transformer. And now Megatron has come back and fucked everything up for him. I can’t wait to see how this works out for Starscream. Moreso, I can’t wait to see how Bumblebee fares in this one. As soon as Megatron shows up, Bumblebee gives the order to kill him in front of everybody. Here’s the problem: Without Megatron, Cybertron would have surely perished at the end of the Chaos storyline. Technically, Megatron is a hero, and a lot of people choose to see it that way. They save Megatron’s life, and that’s enough to completely fuck up Starscream’s plans. I can’t wait to see where all of this leads.
THE WALKING DEAD #105: Now that Carl is in Negan’s world, things get really, really uncomfortable. For the first time, we see a bit of humanity to Negan, but for every tiny piece of ordinary he gives us, he heaps on a garbage pile of sheer violence. Oddly enough, he seems fascinated by Carl, and instead of killing him outright, poor Carl gets an even worse punishment. The song is really fucked up, and so is Negan’s suggestion when it comes to Carl’s bandage. Somehow, it’s even more fucked up than Glenn’s scene with Lucille in #100.