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Kaptara: Universal Truths #2 (of 6)

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KAPTARA’s secrets lie within the spooky HOLLOW PALACE! Weird name for a place that actually contains something important? Anyway, our heroes make the treacherous journey alongside nefarious frenemies! Can they survive what’s waiting for them?

The award-hoping series from CHIP “BATMAN” ZDARSKY and KAGAN “SHE-HULK END CREDITS” McLEOD continues!

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24 pages
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    The return of Kaptara doesn’t take a page to slow down as it speeds toward quickly formed alliances and even faster betrayals with the fate of Earth and Keith’s crew members called into question. Throughout the mad rush towards new destinations are an abundance of absurd, oversized foes and battles that go in wilder directions than most D&D encounters. There’s a genuine mood of delight to be found in Kagan McLeod’s cartooning as each new creature to appear—no matter how briefly—emerges with a personality bigger than the panel borders surrounding them. The fast-paced and colorful combat doesn’t need to distinguish between humor and excitement as even the silliest actions and ideas affect events at hand. Even with a poor memory of where Kaptara left off so long ago, the madness on the page in Universal Truths makes for an amusing read at all times.

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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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