Raff Reads Comics

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In the first of a new weekly column Raff checks out the recent comic book releases...

Before I get into my review of last week’s comics, I feel the need to tell you my history with comics. I am not a person that has been reading comics my whole life. I started reading comics when Topps announced The X Files run in the 90s and the rest, as they say, is history. Comics are now a massive part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am a 32-year-old woman and when people ask me, “haven’t you grown out of this yet?” It is all I can do to not laugh in their faces because they are missing out on so much joy.

What attracts me to certain comics?
The simple answer to this question is the art on the cover. That is it. I know what comics are coming out because I check the previews list religiously, but I don’t know what I will pick up until I am standing in front of those “new” shelves on a Wednesday morning. If I see a comic that has amazing art, I pick it up without even opening it. If I don’t like the cover, I will have a browse through the comic to see what it is like because different artists can draw the cover and the rest of the comic.

Marvel and DC?
Now, you might not find many Marvel or DC comics in my reviews, simply because I am too far behind with their runs. I am planning on reading Star Wars and some other comics, but the majority of my reviews will be on Indy comics.

So, what are we waiting for, lets get into the reviews of the comics that I picked up last week in the comic releases for the 29th of July.

I picked this comic up because I loved the cover. I loved how detailed it was and the colours that were used. On this cover was the backdrop of Hollywood and a man that appeared to be on fire. I love a bit of mystery so I was hooked.

The next thing that attracted me to this book was that the writer also wrote Deep State, a comic that I love because it reminds me of The X-Files.

Once I opened this book, I knew that I had made the right choice. In the first few pages, Wolf bumps into a homeless psychic and a hypnotist, plus we learn that Wolf/Wolfe is the man on fire on the cover, and he is a paranormal investigator. He sees dead people.

I really enjoyed Wolf and found it to be an interesting read. There are a lot of loose ends, like characters that we don’t know a lot about. Plus the back-story for the young girl and her family's murder had me hanging on every page.

I can’t wait for the next issue. This comic reminds me of a The Sixth Sense mixed with Angel. You will like Wolf if you like mysteries and paranormal thrillers.

I noticed this book on the new shelves but was gutted when I saw that it was volume 2. I went to the back issue shelves and found the graphic novel! There was one left and I was very happy.

I opened the book and there were two pages of code. Actual code. Not just random collections of made up code, real code. This self-confessed computer geek, loved it.

The story opens in Tunisia with a group of hackers on the run, and we are quickly introduced to the two main characters, Ed and Nate. They are business tycoons that have a secret life as two of the most famous hackers in the world.

You will like Hacktivist if you like mysteries with a more technical twist. It does remind me of CSI: Cyber, but that is one of the main reasons that I love it so much. I highly recommend this comic.

Marvel Zombies
Marvel Zombies is another comic that I picked up in the back issues this week and it is exactly what it says on the tin – a comic book about Marvel Superheroes, but they are zombies.

I am not going to lie here, I am a massive fan of The Walking Dead, and apart from the brilliant idea, Robert Kirkman is what attracted me to this title. I basically read whatever he writes because I’m a little bit in love with him.

The story opens in Fantastic 4 and we see Reed Richards travelling into the future in an alternate reality, where all the heroes are zombies. This is a massive twist but I have to say that I loved it. Every page was breathtaking, in art and the storylines.

I recommend Marvel Zombies to fans of The Walking Dead, anyone who loves zombies, or aomeone looking for a Marvel release with an interesting twist. I am looking forward to catching up with the weekly releases.

The X Files Annual 2015
If you have read my work before, you will know that The X-Files is the greatest love of my life, so it should come as no surprise that as well as the TV-show and the movies, I am head over heels for the comics as well.

Now, even though I am not a fan of annuals in general, because I tend not to like the art, this one is actually pretty good. Yes, there is some bias here, but it is what it is and I’m never going to change.

This annual is set in 1999, so it is pre-season 7 of the show. Mulder and Scully are kinda not together in this annual but he does take her on a date to his (alleged) high school reunion. There is a twist here but I am not going to spoil your fun.

This is a nice break from the on-going story but you won’t miss anything from season 10 or 11 if you give it a miss. I do recommend it though because it is a mystery with a bit of comedy sprinkled in there.

Raff buys all her comics from forbiddenplanet.co.uk

Raff is a massive Disney Geek, Thrill Seeker, Gamer and Comic Book reader. Basically she's an all round massive geek! For more from Raff, follow her on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. If you want some special offers, competitions or just geeky news, follow her work accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

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