Hurricane Season #1

By Jon Sukarangsan
48 pages, black and white
Published by Fortune Cookie Press

There are times, when reading a comic, when I seriously wonder if I’m reading fiction or non-fiction. That was certainly the case with Jon Sukarangsan’s Hurricane Season. With books like these, the problem isn’t anything done wrong by the creator. Rather, it’s that as you read the comic, the storytelling is so convincing that it feels like something that they’d personally experienced. That said, with a book like Hurricane Season I’m actually a little relieved that it isn’t reality.

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Metro Survive Vol. 1

By Yuki Fujisawa
208 pages, black and white
Published by DrMaster Publications

In the 21st century, one particular sub-genre I’ve noticed gaining a lot of prominence these days is the “post-disaster” story. It’s not so much about the incident itself, but rather people caught up in its wake that have to fight to survive. That’s not to say that this sort of thing is a recent idea, of course, but I don’t think it’s any small coincidence that in the past decade there’s an increased frequency in which these sort of stories show up in popular media. The latest one I’ve found crossing my path is Yuki Fujisawa’s Metro Survive, a two-volume story about a group of hapless individuals trapped by a horrible disaster. The problem is, I’m not entirely sure Fujisawa can decide just what the true disaster of this story really is.

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Flight Explorer Vol. 1

By Matthew Armstrong, Bannister, Phil Craven, Steve Hamaker, Ben Hatke, Kazu Kibuishi, Johane Matte, Jake Parker, Rad Sechrist, and Kean Soo
112 pages, color
Published by Villard Books

The Flight anthologies are always books that I look forward to, full of stories that spark the imagination and bring a sense of wonder to the page. When I heard that an all-ages edition of Flight, called Flight Explorer, was set to come out I was both excited and worried. On the one hand, the Flight books have always been full of top-notch material. But would a deliberate attempt to go exclusively all-ages somehow hinder the creators? Like so many worries about upcoming books, there are times when I seriously wonder why I don’t just accept in advance that people know what they’re doing.

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