Agent Matt Price a.k.a. Brain Boy is an independent contractor working for the Untied State Secret Service. Raised by Albright Industries when his parents died, Matt exhibited extraordinary psychic abilities such as telepathy and telekinesis. From there, Agent Price has lived a good life being the world’s most powerful telepath and a powerful asset when it comes to national security. Albright Industries loans him out as a private contractor to safeguard important political figures by mentally sweeping dangerous areas. Although no secret can be hidden forever from him, Agent Price will learn that some secrets should be left buried.
History sees the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta as a warrior society that was once the dominant civilization in its era. Comic books and movies have romanticized their heroics in stories such as the 300 Spartans against the vast Persian army. However, these accounts rarely depict the hypocrisies and negative aspects of Spartan society. Kieron Gillen’s Three series attempts to remedy this lack of information. Through the eyes of three Helot slaves on the run in Sparta, Three brings to light the many failings of Spartan life and what led to its downfall.
Since its arrival with Western imperialists, Christianity has faced much persecution throughout China. During the Boxer Rebellion, many Chinese Christians were executed for their beliefs. The graphic novel, Saints, highlights this religious persecution through the eyes of Fourth Girl, also called Vibiana. Her struggles as a Chinese Christian woman are intertwined with visitations from Joan of Arc, the European French saint, though she had not yet been canonized. Through her visions of Joan, Vibiana must discover her identity when society has not given her one.
The Boxer Rebellion was a failed attempt by China to overthrow imperialist occupants in 1900. Gene Luen Yang fictionalizes this tragic era in China’s long history through two opposite perspectives in companion graphic novels, Boxers and Saints. In Boxer, the reader follows Bao, a farmer’s son given extraordinary magic abilities to drive out foreigners from his homeland. Bao is accompanied by his two brothers and other villagers they recruit along the way to Peking (modern day Beijing). Through a secret ritual, Bao and his boxers summon Chinese gods and heroes that are embodied within them to fight. Boxer is a tale of tragedy, as Bao must not only fight the foreign invaders, but the demons within himself.
A vampire plague has been sweeping through Europe since the end of World War I. Humanity’s only hope is Lord Henry Baltimore, a soldier determined to hunt down the vampire responsible for the chaos, Hiagus. However, while Baltimore hunts, he is being followed by Andre Duvic, a mad judge of the New Inquisition. Duvic believes Baltimore’s soul needs cleansing due to his constant involvement with vampires. Since Duvic has become a distraction on his journey, Baltimore has lured the judge to Budapest for a final confrontation.
Halo is one of the most popular video games in the industry today. The first-person shooter follows Master Chief, a Spartan who battles against the alien invaders, the Covenant and the Flood. Although it is a booming franchise, the Halo universe is largely unexplored outside of this character. Dark Horse Comics attempts to remedy this problem with their new comic miniseries. A lead-in to the new Halo mobile game, Halo: Spartan Assault, Halo Initiation follows Commander Sarah Palmer as she undergoes a secret United Nations Space Command (UNSC) Spartan program. Without the Master Chief, the Covenant or the Flood supporting the story, Halo Initiation branches away from the video games to open a new world for their fans.
The Mocking Dead is not a parody of The Walking Dead (sort of). However, it poses the question, what if we had fan boys combat our zombies? Aaron Bunch and Vanessa Malik were analysts for a division of the government called Tinseltown. Their job was to examine books, movies and television shows and set up contingency plans for them in case they were to happen in real life. However, Tinseltown was deemed useless, shut down and most of its members laid off, save Vanessa. However, when zombies or Zeds begin to attack people in Pennsylvania, it is up to Aaron to save them by implementing his Contingency Plan-Z.
Jim Albright was one of the smartest minds during World War II. Considered too great an asset to the American government, Jim was forbidden to enlist. Instead, he secretly became a war hero named Captain Midnight, where he fought Ivan Shark, Hitler’s chief technology expert. In 1944, Captain Midnight disappeared, chasing a Nazi plane into the Bermuda Triangle. Recently, Captain Midnight has returned from the Bermuda Triangle, seeking to adjust to a modern world run by Ivan’s daughter, Fury Shark.
The Star Wars Dark Times comic series forms a bridge between the Star Wars prequel and the original Star Wars trilogy. Taking place after Episode III, the comic follows Jedi Dass Jennir who survived Order 66 during the end of the Clone Wars. He is now on the run from Imperial forces, trying to hold onto his Jedi ideals during a low point for the Jedi order. With the Emperor and Darth Vader in firm control of the galaxy, Dass Jennir must find the strength to survive and strike back at the Empire.
Kurt Busiek returns to his epic superhero world of Astro City in a new series from DC Comics. In a universe full of famous super-powered heroes and villains, Astro City focuses on the people who live in this unique environment. Some of them have powers, others do not. Kurt Busiek explores many areas in Astro City, both past and present, through short stories and biographies of the characters who live there.
Who killed Carlyle White? This is the question posed by Satellite Sam from Image Comics. Set in New York City in 1951, Satellite Sam follows a live television science fiction series on the Le Monde Television Network. Carlyle White, the actor who plays Satellite Sam, was murdered in a flophouse. His son, Michael, who also works on the television show, tries to figure out who killed his father by looking into Carlyle’s mysterious past.
In the future, our world is separated by territories run by wealthy, powerful families. Any people that are not part of the ruling family are known as Wastes. Within each territory is a Lazarus, a member of the family that is heavily enhanced with the latest drugs and technology money can afford. He or she is the protector of the territory and loyal agent to the family’s interests. Forever is the Lazarus of the Carlyle family. After a recent attack by their rival family, the Morrays, Forever believes there is a traitor within the Carlyles.