Review of Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

People talk about how “things were better” when they were growing up. Kids could play outside from dawn to dusk. They would leave the house after breakfast, run around the neighborhood with maybe a stop for lunch, and then return home either when Dad sounded the dinner whistle, or the streetlights came on. But then things changed, and children lost this freedom in their own neighborhoods and towns. Jess Lourey details this change in her latest novel, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, and why children were kept closer to home in the northern Minnesota town of Lilydale. The school year is coming to a close and Cassie and her friends are ready for summer...

REVIEW OF HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #1

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL Eliot Rahal and Jorge Fornes AfterShock Comics August 8th, 2018   I’m a sucker for provincialism. Minnesota sports. Minnesota beer. Scotch tape. Minnesota… crime? Oh, yes. That puts HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, the new crime drama from Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Quantum & Woody) and Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine) dropping August 8th from AfterShock Comics, right into my wheelhouse. Reviewing the first issue of a comic is tricky: you have less material to cover than you do in a trade collection or novel. And honestly, the first issue’s job is really just to set the stage, introduce the players, and establish the...