Comics

I came into this four issue mini late, but not too late thankfully. Perhaps just in time. Based on a short story by comic madman Warren Ellis, "Hotwire" has a lot of creep and edgy futuristic weirdness going for it.

Ghosts. The cities of the future have grown ankle-deep in them as they graze off the electromagnetic waste of a billion wireless Internet connections. Most can only drift, witless and lost. Rarely, though, something comes through with enough marbles to cause real trouble.

Through his extensive work from the late 60's to today, R. Crumb single-handedly defined the underground comic genre. Although Puritan parents of the era dealt out spankings for finding any comic stash, an unearthed copy of Zap Comix could mean a trip to boarding school, or perhaps even a mental institution. If you've ever truly wanted to try and get inside the head of the twisted man behind Fritz the Cat and Mr Natural, Terry Zwigoff's 1994 documentary "Crumb" is about as close as you can possibly get.

If you're looking for something to read while you waste away this Friday at work, I've got just the thing for you. It's a new title from Berserker Comics called "Church of Hell", and you can currently Download Issue 1 for free! Also at the site is an interview with the writer, Alan Grant. Here's the synopsis, with a panel below that. if you enjoy it, be sure to come on back and let us know what you thought!

I am not a "comic guy" by any stretch of the imagination, but every now and then, I stumble upon something that tickles my fancy. If anything, I'm a sucker for anything having to do with Lucha Libre, and comics are no exception. About two years ago, I discovered the aptly named, yet oddly French "Lucha Libre" anthology comic series. Each issue includes at least 3 mini-comics based on 5 different stories that have their own unique art style and creative spin on the classic lucha material. Ranging from heady and dark to cheeky and adolescent, there's a "Lucha Libre" story for everyone.