Comics time! Below you’ll find the solicitations information and cover artwork for all of Oni Press comic book titles that were released on March 23, 2016. My pick of the week is the last one listed. Junior Braves, FTW!
“So what now, Owen? You’ve got a pool house full of monsters, two frozen policemen on your conscience, and a whole collection of world-changing devices in your bloodstream. What’s your next move?”
Eldritch! #6 is the exciting conclusion to writer Aaron Alexovich‘s crazy tale of science versus religion. The entire miniseries has built up to this climactic showdown as the logically-minded Anya Sobczek faces down her fanatical brother Owen in his pool house of worship. Owen revealed to Anya his little secret: he has freaking tentacles strewn throughout his body that give him all sorts of amazing abilities instantly healing wounds and sprouting huge spider legs.
The origin of these tentacles has remained a mystery. They could be magic. They could be aliens. They could be nanobots. They could even be a curse. Or something entirely different. Anya leans more towards the scientific and natural explanations whereas Owen has crafted an entire cult around his newfound capabilities. Owen says he can control the tentacle thingies through spells and incantations; Anya is quick to correct him with “codes.”
A writing shortcut to grab my attention is to pack a story full of 80’s pop culture references, quirky dialogue, tentacles, and insane violence. Add a pinch of well-placed cursing and Eldritch! delivers in all these aspects and sneaks in a surprisingly intricate horror-comedy storyline to boot. This winner of the final Zuda webcomic competition completely hooked me.
This digital comic is the fifth issue in a 6-part series. Anya and Owen Sobczek are siblings locked in an oh-so-common rivalry. Anya is a college student who is a staunch follower of science and reason. The series begins with her showing off a rad Darwin tattoo that encompasses her left arm. Owen, her little brother, is all into mysticism and magic. Owen and his buddy, Chaston Willoughby, created a small cult by inventing their own pantheon of gods and erecting a makeshift church out of a pool house. Anya and Owen couldn’t be more opposite. Their underlying conflict between science and religion drives the series.