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Arrival begins by giving you a sense of the future it is set in, with constant video feeds and news reports running in the background, as a mission to the new celestial body that recently appeared in the solar system is begun. The story follows a group of astronauts as they come to discover that the new planetary body is much more than it seems, and something there is alive, and knows far too much about the astronauts. The first issue of Arrival ends on a very ambiguous note, not so much a cliffhanger as a moment of ethereal confusion, leaving the reader wondering if they will be coming back or not. Not a high recommendation, but for the reader okay with an exploration of the metaphysical in a serialized science fiction adventure, okay with abrupt endings and not much attention to the details of science, may find something to enjoy here. Arrival #1 is written by Thomas Kovach and Nishan Patel with art from Kovach.
I almost didn’t read the first issue of Blastosaurus: Welcome to Freak Out City because the art looked very kiddie-oriented on the cover. Hesitant, I decided to give it a shot after all, and this comic very much managed to surprise me. Blastosaurus is fun, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Scientists travel to the past and create humanoid dinosaurs, which travel to the present and the future, wreaking havoc wherever they go. Who is the shadowy company behind this? Who are the children that pop up in the present storyline, and what role do they play in the oppressive future we later see them in? Blastosaurus leaves you with a lot of questions, and plenty of interest to keep reading to find out the answers. Blastosaurus: Welcome to Freak Out City #1 is written by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones with art from Fairgray.
Combat Jacks follows a group of marines who are sent to explore an alternate Earth populated with pumpkin-looking beings. The human outpost on the planet has gone silent, and the marines investigate, only to be attacked by demonic-looking alien jack-o-lanterns. While this story had the potential to be fun in a corny way, the unintentionally stilted dialogue, the meaningless deaths of characters you never get attached to, and the lack of a gripping story element leave this comic lacking. Most readers will want to give this one a pass. Combat Jacks #1.1 was written by Mark McKenna with art from Jason Baroody and McKenna.