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Kaptara: Universal Truths #1 (of 6)

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Back because YOU demanded it! Yes, you! Don’t you remember? We were having drinks and you said, “Hey. Whatever happened to…was it KAPTANNA?”

CHIP ZDARSKY (PUBLIC DOMAIN, Batman) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu, Cobra Kai) are BACK with a BRAND-NEW STORY ARC of their “beloved” “science” fiction series! Astronaut KEITH KANGA, trapped on the planet of Kaptara, is trying to find his way home, but first he needs to solve a mystery: who is stealing all the adorable CAT-TANKS? Who would DARE???

This wild and colorful series full of heart and chuckles could be yours for the low, low price of $3.99!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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1 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
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    It has been nearly a decade since the last issue of Kaptara was published and Kaptara: Universal Truths #1 makes no qualms about that temporal distance in a story already possessing an animated tone and delirious setting. If an in media res starting point does not appeal to you, returning to the recently republished first volume is highly recommended. That having been said, jumping in with only the vaguest wisps of memories revealed a vibrant story filled with good humor and outstanding cartooning. Keith and his collection of exceedingly odd, epic fantasy companions remind readers of their many quirks while engaging in the awkward ritual of crashing with a friend’s family as adults – a particularly effective bit for someone in their 30s. Even in the most mundane of circumstances Kagan McLeod’s settings and characters are so well designed and filled with life in each panel that it’s impossible not to pause and parse each one. It makes for a rewarding extended read as a single issue, yet moves the story forward at a quick clip revealing new challenges and developing character amidst all of the madness. There’s a particularly effective action sequence near the issue’s end featuring wolfbots and Dartor in the funniest sequence rendered this week. Kaptara: Universal Truths #1 returns a long-absent series and quickly reminds readers there’s still nothing else like it in comics today.

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About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

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