Jodi Scaife, Fanbase Press Social Media Strategist

Jodi Scaife, Fanbase Press Social Media Strategist

Mid-30s geek type with a houseful of pets, books, DVDs, CDs, and manga

If you’re looking for a light, fluffy graphic novel about rainbows, unicorns, and a world full of magical happiness, do not pick up Dark Matter II. If you want something that functions as pure mind candy (No judgment; we all need mind candy!), do not try reading Dark Matter II; however, if you’re in the mood for a graphic novel anthology of pessimistic and thought-provoking stories about the less savory sides of humanity, this book is definitely what you need.

Wendy survived being a target of both The Guild and Andre in the final pages of Shadoworld, but it came at an incredibly painful price: the loss of her beloved Uncle Moby.  Her marriage struggled, as well, with the revelation of why Gabriel and Mike are so intertwined; however, Dreamworld jumps forward 2 ½ years with Wendy awakening in a hospital with no memory of anything past her initial examination as Pneumatikon! She faces rebuilding her identity, sense of purpose, and role in a world that continually suffers increasingly devastating natural disasters.  What is the truth behind Wendy’s mysterious memory loss? Can she still be the Wendy Whitley we’ve come to love while integrating deeply with The Guild? Where are the rest of her companions from that horrific battle for independence? Finding the answers will be a wild ride in the pages of Dreamworld!

Ruby finally seems to be settling into her superheroine status at the beginning of Geek-Girl #3, and she’s genuinely enjoying beating up baddies and throwing out witty quips.  Thanks to the waitress (Mariella) she rescued in issue #1, Ruby’s figuring out that her fair-weather friends aren’t worth fretting over as well, and I hope that the two ladies form a healthy friendship as Ruby/Geek-Girl helps Mariella with her ex-boyfriend.  The androids from Geek-Girl #2 aren’t exactly what they seem, and some new characters show up to add more depth to Ruby’s already bizarre world.  What will it all mean, and how do they fit in with Lightning Storm?

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas throughout the country presented members of their “Victory Club” with the opportunity to see the premiere of SyFy’s hit series, The Expanse: Season 2 on the big screen at 8 p.m./CST on Monday, January 30, 2017, followed by a short Q&A with the cast and crew live streamed from New York.  Attendance was free, but to reserve a spot I had to purchase a $5 food/drink voucher that was good for anything on my local Drafthouse’s menu during the showing. The first theater filled within a few hours of the first announcement, so a second one was opened in Austin, which allowed me to snag a spot for myself and a friend.

Justin Robinson’s novel, Coldheart, introduced readers to the world of the Magi, gods and super-powered beings struggling for control over Earth; however, that novel focused predominantly on the Twins, the powerful beings that claim responsibility/ownership over North America.  The second novel in the series, The Daughter Gambit, is a selection of short stories that provides some insights into the members of the other Magi groups. 

After the events in Geek-Girl #1, it’s no surprise that Ruby is feeling a little low.  The people she thought were her friends have turned on her, and she’s struggling with the idea that the power glasses reduce her attractiveness.  Best friend and roommate Summer tags along with Ruby on a club night to get Ruby’s mojo back, but it doesn’t turn out at all like the girls expect. But who is the pretty redhead who is way too into Ruby, and why is she so incredibly strong?

Miguel Fliguer’s Cooking with Lovecraft blends the concept of Eldritch-style stories with the ever-popular themed cookbook.  The 96-page work consists of a mixture of short stories and creepy recipes full of ingredients only found in Lovecraft’s twisted world.  The flavor of every piece varies slightly, but they are all tied together with the theme of food or other gastronomical experiences in a very Lovecraftian style.

College-age Ruby wasn’t looking to become a superhero the night she made out with her friend at a bar to lure a pair of young men to play a game of high-stakes strip poker; she just really wanted to try the “super glasses” one of the gentleman possessed; however, when she somehow wins the entire game and makes a fool of herself with her super strength, possibly losing most of her friends, Ruby’s best friend, Summer, encourages her to make the best of the new scenario and try to help others out. When she rescues Neon Girl from a lightning wielding supe and gets her to the hospital, Ruby receives the personal motivation she needs to claim her new identity: find the lightning lady and take her down, if it’s the last thing she does. She just has to find her before anyone else!

Private investigator Nick Moss doesn’t know what a missing tween, a stolen toad familiar, a kidnapped lovely lady with a gill man admirer, and a fifty-foot giantess with a potential vampire admirer have in common, but he knows he has a serious problem.  As the hairiest (and only) human PI left in Los Angeles after the Night War, Moss’ access to…certain sectors…of society is a little limited unless he embraces his inner figurative wolfman and pals around with the lycanthropic cops; however, as his cases become more entwined, the intrepid detective explores the parts of the City of Devils after dark that he never wanted to go. Will he find answers to his missing individuals’ cases, and, if he does, will Moss or his clients want the full details?

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to read Inspector Oh #1 right on the heels of finishing Issue #0, and I’ll warn newcomers that Issue #0 really helps lay the groundwork for the relationship between Oh and Ziyi, if you want background to justify the young woman’s actions; however, if you’re okay piecing together backstory from context, hop right in and enjoy this crazy ride to the Ancient Chinese underworld!

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