A comiXologist Recommends:
Madeleine Lloyd-Davies recommends Trees #1
Trees tells the story of Earth’s first encounter with aliens, but it’s different from any other alien comic out there. Rather than coming to Earth to attack us, or give us knowledge, or even interact with us at all, the aliens are completely indifferent to our presence. How embarrassing for us! Writers generally imagine that we’d be very important to aliens in one way or another, but Ellis assumes that we’re of even less interest than another planet’s single-cell organisms would be to us.
I’m also excited about Jason Howard’s illustrations of these alien visitors (the titular “trees”). It has always been a pet peeve of mine that science fiction has so frequently decided that our basic bodily structure makes sense for life elsewhere—eyes, mouths, audible communication—I’m always impressed when someone can come up with something that isn’t recognizable as human.
In this issue, we’re introduced to a few key players for the upcoming story, and we get background on the original “invasion,” which happened ten years ago. I’m excited to learn more about these aliens, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a while before that happens. If you are interested in alien invasion stories, I would definitely give this series a shot.
For fans of: sci-fi
Madeleine Lloyd-Davies, comiXology’s Production Director, has wanted to work in the comics industry since she was seven years old, sitting cross-legged on the floor in CVS and reading Jughead comics.
comiXology Summer Reading List Day 19: Normandy - A Graphic History of D-Day (A $20 Graphic Novel for FREE!)
Normandy depicts the planning and execution of Operation Overlord in graphic novel form. The initial paratrooper assault is shown, as well as the storming of the five D-Day beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. But the story does not end there. Once the Allies got ashore, they had to stay ashore. The Germans made every effort to push them back into the sea. This book depicts such key events in the Allied liberation of Europe as:
- Construction of the Mulberry Harbors, two giant artificial harbors built in England and floated across the English Channel so that troops, vehicles, and supplies could be offloaded across the invasion beaches.
- The Capture of Cherbourg, the nearest French port, against a labyrinth of German pillboxes
- The American fight through the heavy bocage (hedgerow country) to take the vital town of Saint-Lô.
- The British-Canadian struggle for the city of Caen against the “Hitler Youth Division,” made up of 23,000 seventeen- and eighteen-year-old Nazi fanatics.
- The breakout of General Patton’s Third Army and the desperate US 30th Division’s defense of Mortaine.
- The Falaise Pocket, known as the “Killing Ground, ” where the remnants of two German armies were trapped and bombed and shelled into submission. The slaughter was so great that 5,000 Germans were buried in one mass grave.
- The Liberation of Paris, led by the 2nd Free French Armored Division, which had been fighting for four long years with this goal in mind.
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comiXology Summer Reading List Day 18: Starlight #1
Forty years ago, Duke McQueen was the space hero who saved the universe. But then he came back home, got married, had kids, and grew old. Now his children have left and his wife has passed away, leaving him alone with nothing except his memories…until a call comes from a distant world asking him back for his final and greatest adventure. This issue launches the much-anticipated Millarworld Universe. Get in on the start of something MASSIVE!
comiXology Summer Reading List Day 17: The 7th Sword #1
Daniel Cray - a samurai mercenary - stumbles upon the legendary city of ZenZion, a mysterious desert outpost under siege from a vicious warlord. The peace-loving citizenry beg Cray to defend them… forcing Cray to reluctantly draw his deadly “Malathane” sword one last time to battle a relentless army of robots and their savage masters. Science Fiction meets Samurai in an epic new adventure from John Raffo (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story).
comiXology Summer Reading List Day 16: Shutter #1
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INDIANA JONES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY! Marvel Knights: Hulk and GLORY writer JOE KEATINGE teams up with artist extraordinaire LEILA DEL DUCA for her Image Comics debut in an all-new ongoing series combining the urban fantasy of Fables and the globe-spanning adventure of Y: The Last Man. Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorer of an Earth far more fantastic than the one we know, is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting.
comiXology Summer Reading List Day 15: Afterlife With Archie #1
If you have followed this tumblr for any length of time, you definitely know by now what a huge fan I am of francavillarts and Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa’s Afterlife With Archie. Now’s your chance to get started on it!
This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie, Archie meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle) take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before-to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series — but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart!
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comiXology Summer Reading List Day 14: Insufferable #1
The creative team behind IRREDEEMABLE brings you a new tale of dark peril, high adventure, and a superhero family torn apart! Once, Nocturnus and Galahad were St. Barrington’s premier super-team—but after an acrimonious split, one has become an elusive spirit, the other an egotistical blowhard—and the only thing they both hate more than crime is each another! What act by which terrible villain could possibly reunite them…? Join Eisner-award winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come) and artist Peter Krause to find out!
comiXology Summer Reading List Day 13: Grimm Fairy Tales: Helsing #1
Liesel Van Helsing’s life is shaken up when a mysterious package shows up at her door. Inside it is an old journal written by her father, the famed vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing. Desperate to find out who sent her the book, she discovers a clue which leads her on a voyage to Europe. What Helsing doesn’t know is that her journey is being manipulated by her father’s greatest nemesis!
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comiXology Summer Reading List Day 12: Silver Surfer #1
The universe is big. Bigger than you could ever imagine. And the SILVER SURFER, the lone sentinel of the skyways, is about to discover that the best way to see it… is with someone else. Meet the Earth Girl who’s challenged the Surfer to go beyond the boundaries of the known Marvel U— into the strange, the new, and the utterly fantastic!
comiXology Summer Reading List Day 11: Letter 44 #1
Letter 44 by Charles Soule and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque is one of my favorite books of the past year. Big thanks to onipress for making this FREE for the day!
There’s something up there. As newly elected President Stephen Blades reads the letter left for him in the Oval Office by his predecessor, he learns this stunning secret: seven years earlier, NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt. A crew of heroic astronauts was sent to investigate, and they’re nearing the conclusion of their epic journey. Don’t miss the first chapter in this thrilling tale of real-world space travel, intrigue, and secret histories!