Though we don't always think of them as such, the games we play as children (and, let's be honest — as adults) often help us creatively process information in ways that end up being useful in our everyday lives. For the heroes of this week's best new comics, though, the lines between fantasy and reality are so blurred that it's difficult to discern one from the other.
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If and when we make contact with life from other planets, there are a number of different ways that things could play out. Everything could be perfectly peaceful, and maybe even kick-start a new age of scientific advancement. Or, we could be thrown into a cataclysmic war against beings we're not at all equipped to fight.
Every morning, millions of people across the world crawl from their homes and make agonising journeys underground through the dark, dank portals we commonly refer to as subway systems. In exchange for money and pieces of our souls, these portals get us where we need to go — and, unfortunately, the prices we pay for those journeys climb ever higher and higher.
As relaxing as turning the pages of a comic book can be, it’s increasingly common for people to do the vast majority of their reading on the glowing electronic screens we carry with us at all times. And if they’re already online, a person might soon find themselves drawn elsewhere — deeper into the digital rabbit hole of the internet that’s just a few taps away.
There was once a time when we all feared that hyper-intuitive artificial intelligence and robots might one day pose a threat to humanity, but to look at our current technological landscape, it's seeming much more likely that our collective obsession with our phones and the growing gig economy might be what does us in.
As much as we all like to fancy ourselves as self-sufficient islands, it's impossible to really get through life while also enjoying yourself if you don't have people in your corner who want to see you succeed.
Narratively, this week's best new comics have little in common other than the fact that they're a testament to the fact that everybody needs a little help to make it through hard times - and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Our perception of reality is defined by a unchanging set of rules. That which goes up must eventually come back down. Those who are long dead are destined to stay that way. If those rules changed, however, our relationship with reality would break down. For instance, how would you react if gravity suddenly vanished? If you're anything like the heroes of this week's best new comics, the answer is... complicated.