Mermaid Saga #3-4: The Village of the Fighting Fish by Rumiko Takahashi
Mermaid Saga / 22nd March 2018

Title: Mermaid Saga Part 3-4 – The Village of the Fighting Fish Author/Artist: Rumiko Takahashi Initial Thoughts This immediately isn’t one of my favorites stories in the series. While two of the characters are pretty cool, it doesn’t really have the same horror feel as the other tales. The tone and setting comes across similar to Takahashi’s other series, “Inuyasha.” It also seems weird she’d do a story about Yuta’s past, long before Mana was in the picture, as the immediate second tale after the opening two parts. I’m not sure how you’re gonna feel about this one, Wing. I don’t think you’ll like the ending, but I do think you’ll like the bad guy. [Wing: It does seem like a strange choice to do a backstory so soon after the series begins.] READ AT DEVIL’S ELBOW

The Abandoned by Sophie Campbell
Comics / 14th February 2018

Title: The Abandoned aka “Howard, They’re Zombies” Creator: Sophie Campbell Summary: Big-hearted volunteer worker by day, unruly rocker by night, Rylie is one of the most-liked residents of the small island-town of Buffalora. When she sets her sights on Naomi, the new girl in town, love is definitely in the air. Unfortunately for Rylie, so is a storm. The kind in which nothing good ever happens… suddenly all the adults die and quickly rise from the dead! These flesh-craving zombies seek out the last remnants of youth and hope for society. With death in the air and love on their minds, Rylie and Naomi must make their way through the vast swamplands to salvation. Initial Thoughts For Valentine’s Day I’ve given you all two things – lesbians and zombies, the gifts that keep on giving. Seriously though, “The Abandoned” was one of many OEL manga comics published by Tokyopop in the 2000s. This was written and illustrated by Sophie Campbell back when she was still going by the name “Ross” and it’s been out of print for a while. It’s a very gory but not too explicit zombie horror tale, one full of genuine despair and apathy. Sophie colors the…