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

After the seriousness of the Combiner Wars mini-series, Windblade’s final installment to the tale adds some much-needed humor to the mix. Sure, the crew on Cybertron is facing some serious problems, but the key to their resolution makes me smile, plus it opens up the door to some amazing action in the coming issues!

After Outré’s foray into a wordless issue for Issue #4 of the indie anthology, dipping into the theme of desire for Issue #5 almost seems like low hanging fruit. Desire sounds so obvious and easy, but the contributors to Outré always manage to surprise me, and none of the four stories are as straightforward as the topic would lead readers to believe.

Transformers: Windblade - Combiner Wars #3 winds up the final plot lines from the Combiner Wars saga and plunges toward a satisfying conclusion. The various combiners are prepping to square off in Caminus, the spacebridge is revving up to contact another lost colony, and it’s anyone’s guess as to how things will end with all the high stakes!

The latest installment in the action-packed political machinations of Transformers #41: Combiner Wars takes an already tense situation and raises the stakes to impossibly high levels. Battle lines are drawn in the sand and alliances are made, but it’s still any Bot's game as to who will end up on top!

Twenty-two-year-old Zoe is on the fast track to a dead-end life. She has no goals or aspirations, her relationship with her boyfriend is on the skids, and she seems doomed to continue as a professional booth babe until she ages out of the industry. One day, as she struggles to find meaning in her mundane life, she spies a stranger watching her from behind the curtains of his apartment window. Zoe barges her way into Thomas Rocher’s life, never realizing that she’s discovered the scandal of the century: Rocher’s allegedly been dead since 2008! Penelope Bagieu’s Exquisite Corpse explores how far some writers will go for fame and how obsession with your craft affects those around you. As if that weren’t enough, Bagieu throws in a hearty dose of relationship drama that kept me reading until the final page.

Transformers: Windblade - Combiner Wars #2 takes the political machinations from the main Transformers storyline and brings them into even sharper focus.  The number of serious players in this showdown continues to grow, but the central conflict between Optimus Prime, Starscream, and young Windblade definitely takes center stage when a crisis occurs that could affect both Caminus and Cybertron.

When Gerry wakes up in the attic of his home, all he remembers is going to dinner with his daughter and grandson the previous night and arguing as he left the restaurant.  He can’t comprehend why he’s not sleeping in his bed, and it seems like his family may be playing a prank.  The old man wanders outside in search of answers, only to discover that the world has changed dramatically while he was asleep.

Transformers #40: Combiner Wars Part 2 provides a link between the main comic and the plot from the current Windblade mini-series. Mairghread Scott, the Windblade writer, worked with John Barber, the primary writer for the main Transformers line, to blend the political machinations and drama perfectly. Unfortunately, this does mean that readers need to follow both series to get the whole current story, but if you pick your comics up issue to issue, it just means more Transformer goodness each month!

Linus has been isolated and alone since his beloved Mary left him.  To fight against the sad memories, he heads out to fish on the three-year anniversary and hooks the adventure of a lifetime.  Assailant Comics’ second installment in the Open Tree anthology series, Linus and The Fluke of Love, leaves the harsh Western landscapes of Freedom Run behind to hit the eastern coast and seas from Herman Melville legend.  The themes of rebirth, healing, and growth continue though, and it will be interesting to see if they translate across the entire series.

Rachel E. Kelly’s second installment in her ambitious Colorworld novel series, Teleworld, picks up almost where the first one left off: A few months have gone by, and Wendy and Gabriel work to negotiate their fledgling engagement while Wen continues to struggle with her death touch.  Her Uncle Robert provides stability for the young woman and her brother, Ezra, but it’s a little strange that he’s the one person Wendy finds hard to read emotionally.  Is it because he’s just naturally less volatile and more guarded, or is there something more sinister about Robert’s reasons for avoiding Wen’s emodar? However, with a sudden wedding, our protagonist is more concerned about learning to be a wife, getting to know her husband better, and finding a way to belong to a warm, welcoming extended family without dropping her guard enough to accidentally kill someone.

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