Favorite Comic Book Series: Atomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class: Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies N' Cream
The apocalypse comes in many flavors: nuclear, war, alien invasion, zombie, you name it. Number 13 goes for one of the stranger concepts I've seen, where a disease has infected half the population, transforming them into inhuman creatures, some reminiscent from fantasy and science-fiction itself, like fairies or mantis people, and others, not so much, but otherwise they appear to think and act like every other human. Now, humanity has been split into two factions, those who have been infected by the disease and transformed and those who are immune. The Munes went to war with the Fected, seeking to eradicate them to keep the disease from spreading further.
Orchid is an underdog story of the classic rebellion vs. an evil dictator variety, but more than most titles the bad guys are f---ing evil and underline all the reasons to fight their rule. After escaping from a life of prostitution, Orchid finds herself traveling alongside Simon and Opal, two survivors from the failing rebellion on a quest to make it strong again.
Creepy Scarlett, the dead girl who loves candy and hears the voice of a stuffed bear, is back. I reviewed the original Creepy Scarlett volume back in September, and now Buchan has delivered a samurai-filled issue that goes back to explain some of the origins behind Scarlett.
Chadhiyana is a mythological story about a warrior woman in the ancient Middle East, where she travels from town to town, saving people and battling monsters. You know, the usual.
Chadhiyana captures the feeling of an uncovered legend perfectly. Everything from the art style to the writing made me think of Greek myths and tales like Beowulf. The writing avoids the usual trick of having a narrator, but the characters achieve that same style of a bard through their dialogue, describing everything in flowery language and explaining the history behind things, which perfectly matched the tone without crowding the pages. This introductory piece is divided into two separate stories that are more snapshots than full tales, but they do a great job of showing what's cool about the character and even manage to slip in some hooks about some of her other adventures that I'm dying to learn about.
Funny, action-packed, and silly as hell, Borderlands: Origins captures the spirit of the video game in comic form to tell the origin stories for the four main characters from the original Borderlands, leading up to the moment when they boarded Marcus' bus. Issue #1 told Roland's story, and in Issue #2, we move on to Lilith.
At the heart of the Star Wars universe are the Jedi and the Force. What geek hasn't dreamed of levitating giant rocks or wielding a lightsaber against the forces of evil? But, where did the Jedi come from? Who was the first person to discover they could wield the Force? Who first realized wielding a sword made out of pure energy would be totally sweet? These questions and more are what originally drew me to Dawn of the Jedi, a new series I hoped would take us through those initial discoveries.
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The pitch for The Grand Duke is a Romeo and Juliet story set during the Russian front in World War II. This idea may conjure up images of a secret romance happening between enemy lines, but that's not really what The Grand Duke delivers, instead offering a more realistic and gritty look at the aerial battles of World War II and the German/Russian conflict, while telling the story of an officer of each side who doesn't see eye-to-eye with the politics of their respective nation.
Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years is set up as a history book commissioned by the Federation, which covers the time period behind when Zefram Cochrane first invented warp drive and made contact with the Vulcans to the death of Captain James T. Kirk. A lot of familiar ground is covered in this book, including Star Trek: Enterprise, the original series (TOS), and the TOS movies, but the author thankfully doesn't give an exhaustive breakdown of every episode. Instead, the book takes episode highlights and uses them to make poignant connections between the different series, including the Star Trek series that came after. These connections were one of the highlights for me, as the author goes in and manages to smooth out a lot of the discrepancies that take place over the entire history of Trek, doing so in a manner that as Spock would say, “ . . . is only logical.”
Star Bright and the Looking Glass is a fairy tale, plain and simple. The story centers around Star Bright, a girl of the forest, and her friends, Toad, Owl, and Capybara. When an evil sorceress steals Star Bright's beauty, Star Bright, with the help of her friends, goes on a quest to restore it.
After all the joys and little victories found in Issue #3, I thought things were looking up for Silas and the Settlement, but Issue #4 goes to some seriously dark places, delving deeper into the dangers of the planetoid and the darkness inside the Settlement's would-be savior, Silas.