It’s that magical time of year when we all indulge in the thrill of letting ourselves be spooked and alarmed by the things that go bump in the night and this week’s best new comics are all tailor-made to get at the heart of some of the things that scare us the most.
This week’s comics feature characters whose ideas about what kind of people they are directly contrasts with the way the world sees them. In their deepest hearts, they do know who their true selves are—but they all struggle all day, every day with being truly understood by others.
Every morning, millions of people across the world crawl from their homes and make agonizing journeys underground through the dark, dank portals we commonly refer to as subway systems. In exchange for money and pieces of our souls, these portals get us where we need to go—and, unfortunately, the prices we pay for…
You know that feeling you get when someone with an egg avatar slides into your DMs at 3 a.m. to tell you how much they wish you didn’t exist, and you wonder to yourself, “Who the is this person and what the hell is wrong with them?” Of course you do. So do the heroes of this week’s best new comics.
There was once a time when we all feared that hyper-intuitive artificial intelligence and robots might one day pose a threat to humanity, but to look at our current technological landscape, it’s seeming much more likely that our collective obsession with our phones and the growing gig economy might be what does us in.
The Boy Scouts and vending machine sandwiches aren’t really similar, though they are both designed to provide people with the things they need: guidance, information, or, well, nourishment.
If you spend any time on social media, then you’ve undoubtedly at some point found yourself exhausted, annoyed, and wondering if the internet was a mistake. Those of us who spend too much time staring at screens often joke about how we should never tweet or post and should perhaps just log off.
Everyone has different ways of coping with the day-in-day-out toil of working a job, optimistically trudging toward whatever one’s version of a “weekend” is. But for many, to work often means to pour yourself into labor that doesn’t necessarily bring you any sense of joy, freedom, or expression.
What does a perfect world look like, exactly? Is it a place where everyone agrees to get along because we’ve set aside our differences, or is it a place where the trauma that so often gives birth to those differences never existed at all?
Even though the culture has bought into the idea that a person’s teenage years are some of the most tumultuous of their lives, sometimes one of the weirdest parts of transitioning into adulthood is realizing that you were actually way more together (relatively speaking) when you were younger.
If you, like me, are a sensible person who knows better than to willingly put yourself in obvious danger, then you know to stay far away from large bodies of water, because they are teeming with aquatic horrors just waiting to kill you. This is a fact.
One of the most annoying things in the world is when people mistakenly assume that all local television weather people are also trained meteorologists. That is not the case.
The single-minded determination of a person hellbent on avenging their murdered family members is strangely similar to the passion displayed by very committed tech enthusiasts who line up for launch day events.
As much as we all like to fancy ourselves as self-sufficient islands, it’s impossible to really get through life while also enjoying yourself if you don’t have people in your corner who want to see you succeed. Narratively, this week’s best new comics have little in common other than the fact that they’re a testament…
Our perceptions of the ways things are in the real world often make it difficult to buy into the premises of comics set in worlds that, while like ours, are distinctly different. When you think of words like “occultist” or “space explorers,” you don’t immediately associate them with the Queen of England or working…
In times of great need or extreme stress, pretty much everyone’s survival instinct kicks in and we all default to certain coping mechanisms that have gotten us through our entire lives. For some people, that means cooking. For others, it means performing.
Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine the apocalypse. What’s it like? Would you survive? Often, when we think about the end times, we envision desolate landscapes devoid of all life, and destabilized communities that are constantly at war for whatever scant resources are left.
You know the funny thing about brussels sprouts? Most people who think they don’t like them have actually just never had them prepared the right way. Rule of thumb: Always roast them, never steam them. Because to steam a brussels sprout is to invite a world of terror and anguish into your life.
Our perception of reality is defined by a unchanging set of rules. That which goes up must eventually come back down. Those who are long dead are destined to stay that way. If those rules changed, however, our relationship with reality would break down. For instance, how would you react if gravity suddenly vanished?…