Meanwhile, Kadode Koyama and her best friend avidly track the aliens’ movements on social media and less enthusiastically study for college entrance exams. When the end of the world looms overhead, you learn to take things one step at a time.-- VIZ Media
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What started as a beautiful dream has become a blood-soaked nightmare. Seven magical girls have been struck down so far--and it only gets worse from here! Grief-stricken over the deaths of her closest friends, Snow White has vowed to quit being a magical girl. But if the fairest maiden of them all gives up, who will keep the dream alive? Is all hope lost for N City...?
First issue for new series artist, Giancarlo Caracuzzo.
Packer and Stoneman explore how narratives such as True Detective, Rick and Morty, Final Fantasy VII, Lovecraftian weird fiction, and the pop ideology of transhumanism are better suited to communicate pessimistic affect to their fans than most carefully argued philosophical treatises and polemics. They show how these popular nondiscursive texts successfully circumvent the typical defenses against pessimism identified by Peter Wessel Zapffe as distraction, isolation, anchoring, and sublimation. They twist genres, upend common tropes, and disturb conventional narrative structures in a way that catches their audience off guard, resulting in belief without cognition, a more rhetorically effective form of pessimism than philosophical pessimism.
While philosophers and polemicists argue for pessimism in accord with the inherently optimistic structures of expressive thought or rhetoric, Packer and Stoneman show how popular texts are able to communicate their pessimism in ways that are paradoxically freed from the restrictive tools of optimism. A Feeling of Wrongness thus presents uncharted rhetorical possibilities for narrative, making visible the rhetorical efficacy of alternate ways and means of persuasion.
Written by Hannibal Tabu (2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt winner, Aspen Universe Sourcebooks, The Buy Pile reviews column at Comic Book Resources), Irrational Numbers: Addition is a 52-page alternative history supernatural adventure, a landscape format book with art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo (Batman ‘66, World War Mob, Avengers vs. Atlas), colors by Flavia Caracuzzo, letters by Josephine Roberts with Nate Wunderman providing the original concept, editing and publishing.