Mid-30s geek type with a houseful of pets, books, DVDs, CDs, and manga
In 2015 I reviewed the first two issues of Monster Matador, an independent comic about a bullfighter turned monster slayer in a post-apocalyptic world which introduced Ramon as the titular matador. Now, after a lengthy hiatus, the creator has produced a trade paperback and a sixth single issue is on the horizon to continue the story of a brave man with little other than a bullfighting sword, a cape, and immense faith in the divine to aid him in protecting humanity from the creatures that threaten it.
Summer couldn’t be happier that her best friend and original Geek-Girl, Ruby, has come out of her coma, but she can’t turn over her responsibilities as Maine’s superheroine so easily. Ruby’s family doesn’t want her risking her life as Geek-Girl, and they seem to hold Summer entirely responsible for the whole fiasco. Meanwhile, a new team of supervillains are trying to make their mark on Maine’s villainy scene while a few old faces also think Ruby’s awakening heralds another grudge match for fun and profit!
At the end of the Geek-Girl mini-series with Ruby Kaye, both she and Lightning Storm (a powerful nemesis) were down for the count. Ruby partially succeeded, since her foe wasn’t able to continue her rampage across Maine, but she’s in the hospital in a coma with an unclear recovery. Who will pick up the superhero mantle and keep the Pine Tree state safe? Find out in the first volume of the latest Geek-Girl comic!
Thomas “Awkward” Dante lives a life that very few people would envy. The disgraced fire elemental spends his days drinking alcohol laced with magic and trying to fly under the radar of the mystical powers that be. A murder covered up with fire at Awkward’s home bar, the Lost and Found, throws him back into the world of supernatural sleuthing, and he’ll have to use every bit of his knowledge of Mystixology (the art of casting spells with booze) to stay out of the clutches of the multiple groups who want to make him person of interest number one.
Did you miss the Geek-Girl mini-series but are intrigued by the idea of a self-involved college girl turned superhero who protects Maine from an electricity prone baddy? Have you heard rumors of a full-length Geek-Girl run but need a refresher on the first four issues? Not to fear! Creator Sam Johnson has brought the team back together with a 14-page introduction/recap to the story to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!
Penny White is embarking on a new phase in her life: With her wedding to Peter looms on the horizon, Lloegyr sends a vampire curate to her parish, and her various charges begin growing up and moving beyond complete dependence; however, the whiskey-loving reverend struggles with her increasingly strained religious convictions, plus the more practical tasks of keeping Lloegyr’s residents from crossing through the thin places into her backyard. (A manticore finds her weeds quite enticing.) When Sue Harkness requests her help in investigating the migration of vampires into England, Penny jumps at the opportunity to deal with a problem that doesn’t affect her personal life. But, will the answers she finds serve as another reminder of how cruel the world can be and how heartfelt beliefs can’t provide complete protection?
Scott Larson’s Visitations #3: Mayhem at the Levee displays a slightly different storytelling style than his first two explorations into the ghostly history of Chicago. A mysterious woman known only as The Aviator receives a visitor who asks her to use the mysterious book, The True Annals of Chicago: The Victoria Era, to look into a tale from the city’s sordid past, when debauchery was confined to a region known as The Levee.
Dale Highland thought life was complicated when she ran from town to town and struggled with inexplicable murderous blackouts. Discovering the truth about her heritage as the half-demon daughter of the powerful Amara forced her into a complex world of angels and demons, all of whom want to find Dale. In the opening chapters of Beth Woodward’s second installment of Dale’s story, Embracing the Demon, the young woman clings to what she knows best: uninspired jobs that allow her to fade into the woodwork and run when the past catches up with her. Escaping the supernatural world is no easy task, though, and a deadly disease and powerful human threat draw Dale back to confront her prejudices and internal conflicts.
At the end of The Marriage of Gryphons, Penny agreed to marry her human suitor, police officer Peter, but it may not be as simple as a few words of agreement. James continues to suffer the consequences from his daring ploy to win the gryphon hunt, and Penny receives an offer to return back to her post in Lloegyr despite her disapproval of child labor. Raven’s reappearance complicates the situation further, highlighting the stark differences between the two males’ love styles; however, the biggest change is the birth of Morey and Taryn’s first clutch, five boisterous baby gryphons with personalities and carnivorous needs, infusing youthful energy into Penny’s (mostly) calm life.
Adam Korenman’s second installment in his sci-fi series, The Gray Wars, picks up almost immediately after the events from book one, When the Stars Fade. Everything humanity knows is in flux, with a rebellion on Earth threatening the current system of government, a sudden introduction to non-human life forms from the cosmos, and an interstellar war sweeping humanoids up in its tide. Alliances break and form in a heartbeat in the current world, and it’s becoming more difficult to tell who is an ally and who is a foe. Korenman’s people face challenges with spunk, vigor, and a zest to endure, but how long can it last when they’re outgunned, outmanned, and facing total annihilation?