Peace, Joy, and Love: Christmas in Africa
Travelling Terry Lister is back, showing us what Christmas is like in Africa with Peace, Joy, and Love: Christmas in Africa! This guide walks us through thirteen different countries at Christmas time, diving into the traditions, food, and street celebrations. Lister does a great job highlighting some of the history of each region, but I definitely love the personal touch as we get to connect with the people as they celebrate! This is an easy to read guide, vibrant pictures adding much to each chapter, and I found myself eagerly flipping ahead to sate my curiosity as to which country would be next. If you love travel and Christmas, or just want to see how different countries differ in their traditions, definitely come snag the present of Peace, Joy, and Love!
The Shadow of the Mole
Bob Van Laerhoven
Bob Van Laerhoven throws us into a mystery thriller set against the backdrop of World War I with The Shadow of the Mole! When a man is discovered in an abandoned French mineshaft, he is given the name The Mole and labeled a deserter. Now it is up to psychiatrist Michel Denis to uncover just who The Mole really is and defend him from a military tribunal. I love a good period piece, especially one in WWI, and Van Laerhoven does a fantastic job of capturing the nuances of the time and the at home effects of the Great War. This was a fantastic mystery that takes some really unexpected twists and turns! If you love war stories that are more focused on the homefront or tense psychological mysteries, definitely head over there with The Shadow of the Mole!
Spontania Issue 1
Carl Paolino blasts us with an exciting new comic book hero origin story in the debut issue of Spontania! We are immediately thrown into the action as Spontania battles a mysterious girl with a mechanical contraption on her back. We are then thrown back in time mid-fight to see how Spontania came to be where she’s at. The first thing that stands out right off the bat is the gorgeous art that showcases the fighting and characters really well, but comic books are all about character, and Spontania really is one! She makes a lot of great quips while she fights (I’m pleasantly reminded of Spider Man here), but it’s her more human side seen during her backstory I enjoyed the most (and her growing friendship with the school nerd). I also really liked Paolino’s throwback to old school comics where there’s a lot more to read on each panel, fleshing out the story more than what you tend to find in modern issues. If you love superheroes and comics with lush art, come don your mask with Spontania!