Best Comics in September: The End of After Twilight and More Evidence I'm a Bad Parent

Once a month the amazing staff at 8th Dimension Comics selects a pile of the best new releases for us to peruse and judge.

Rose & Thorn #1

Rose Canton was a somewhat silly Golden Age Flash villain with a split-personality and plant powers. In the New 52 DC Universe, she's a teenage girl just sprung from an insane asylum that uses her sexual and violent alternate personality to avenge the murder of her father. Tom Taylor manages to really pull out the tension on a story that is more than a century old, and gives the whole Jekyll and Hyde plot a pretty solid foundation.

Of particular note is the way that Rose and "Thorn" keep in touch via Facebook, adding a whole new level of cooperation into what should be opposing sides. Rose & Thorn is a dark, hot, blood-soaked Grindhouse ride that proves the non-Vertigo DC Universe still has some real edge.

Rating: 7 of 10

Harbinger # 4

Valiant is certainly making a name for itself lately with a string of really first-rate books. Of those, Harbinger is at the top of the list. A troubled young man with psionic abilities finds himself recruited into an organization determined to use such gifted individuals to save the world. Or so they say. The man, Peter Stanchek, is anti-social to the core, and soon breaks out of the institution in order to find his former travelling partner Joe. The book reads like the darkside of the X-Men, and offers an incredibly sad and realistic look at what superheroes in the modern world would likely resemble.

Rating: 8 of 10

The Thanos Quest #1

At the end of the Avengers comic fans were screaming, "Holy shit! Thanos!" and movie fans were going, "Who?" Well, Marvel has come to your aid re-releasing some of the best moments of the Mad Titan in small, cheap one-shots. It's easy to forget just how brilliant and deep a character Thanos is. On one hand he is a brutal, cold dictator with awesome power that sets himself up as a god. On the other he is a lonely man desperate for the love of his chosen bride, Death, and also a strangely nuanced and honorable character. The Thanos Quest is like reading the entirety of Sandman condensed, and is as equally brilliant as that iconic book. Now is the time to rediscover one of the finest characters in the Marvel universe before he takes center screen in the Avengers sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rating: 9 of 10

Mind the Gap #5

Image is in no way fucking around these days. I've spotted the poster for Mind the Gap at 8th Dimension but never asked about it. It's an fantastic book that follows the mystery of a young, rich girl's mysterious near-fatal pushing accident on a subway. Now in a coma, her boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks is accused of the act while shadow forces align to pin the crime on him. #5 gives us a look into Dane Miller's tragic trailer park life that he fled into the arms of the beautiful and wealth Elle Peterssen. Even jumping into the middle of the book you get hooked on the cruel way fate is playing with two young lovers, and it makes you root for them ore than any superhero.

Rating: 8 of 10

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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