Friends of mine will wonder, “Where were you when all this was going on?” I can only answer, “Well, my head was up my ass, you see….”

Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber have launched their first issue of “Underground,” a comic book mini-series about a woman attempting to preserve an ancient subterranean cave from the tourist industry. Things go bad quickly, thanks to hasty dynamiting by eager developers, putting lives in jeopardy. Parker is a witty and smart writer, and Lieber draws action-packed scenes with a strong attention to details, both geological and human. Highly recommended.

Read a preview online or download a PDF of the first issue. And give Steve some love: He and his brilliant author-librarian wife Sara Ryan were burgled of their laptops recently — a loss that I can only imagine feels like a lobotomy.

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