Welcome, True Believers, to the penultimate episode of season two. The phrase “Vanishing Point” means two things.  The first is the art term (shades of “Les Écorchés,” two episodes ago), in which in a perspective drawing (an invention during the Renaissance) it is the point at which receding parallel lines appear to converge.  In other words, it is an art concept that allows three dimensions to be viewed in two.  The second is the more general conceptual definition: the point at which something that has been growing smaller disappears altogether.  Both definitions apply to this week’s episode.

"Love Town is a city built upon a foundation of corruption, violence, and greed, where millionaire celebrities rub shoulders with ruthless gangsters and scheming politicians, where the figurative magic of the silver screen competes with the literal magic of the streets.

Magic is the siren’s song that lures so many in Love Town to their doom…"

The world is a hectic place; there is a cacophony of good and bad things trampling over one another that makes up life. It’s understandable, then, that some people just want peace. But what is peace without that chaos? What happens when you think have the world figured out, and then when you have grown old, you find out it’s not at all what you think it is?  It’s a question that writer/illustrator Zep presents to us in this international sensation, A Strange & Beautiful Sound.

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. We’ve all seen the historic moment: Neil Armstrong stepping off the ladder, taking a few bounds, and saying, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But how did they get there? Who were those brave men who took that mission, and what was the process that took them from the Kennedy Space Center to the Moon and back?

Creator Joss Whedon returns to Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the release of the premiere issue of Buffy: Season 12 #1, the fifth comic book “season” released by Dark Horse Comics. Featuring a story by Whedon and writer Christos Gage (who is also serving as the writer on the series), the creative team also includes the return of artist Georges Jeanty to the franchise and promises to deal with one of the biggest remaining story threads left over from Whedon and Jeanty’s original collaboration on Buffy: Season 8.

Where do I even begin? Recently, a few characters from the comic book world had found their way into my top two.  Out of nowhere, The Hulk and Swamp Thing began speaking to me. I still love Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and The Punisher (my favorites growing up), but their battles with who they are sort of softened over the years. The flaws in who they were, the aspects that made them - well, at least Wolverine, Batman, and The Punisher - anti-heroes began to lose out to their more heroic natures, and Spider-Man’s internal conflicts began to soften some. Their heroism became more front and center, and decisions became easier to make. As my childhood fantasies began to drift away, The Hulk and Swamp Thing - and who they are at their core - began to make sense to me. They are beings that desperately want to be human and want to love, and yet they are monsters. There’s an inherent tragedy in the fact that they simply exist, but every day they wake up and fight back against the monster within them.

This simple, rather unassuming comic explores a lot of fascinating sci-fi concepts that tend not to get a lot of attention in mainstream pop culture. On the surface, it’s about space travel and (in a manner of speaking) time travel, but when you actually read the comic, it’s about so much more than that.

Despite some of the more divisive parts of the Rick and Morty franchise, their comic book offerings have always been a steady stream of laughs and ridiculousness. With publisher Oni Press' decision to introduce one-shots of supporting characters a few times a year, the ability to be even more insane grows with each passing issue. The current installment focuses on a beloved bit character and everyone's favorite murder-loving assassin, Krombopulos Michael.

We’re currently living in a time when new ideas and beliefs are finally being discussed, challenging the preconceived notions that many have. One of the topics being discussed is individuals identifying as different genders aside from the one they were born with. A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovani and Tristan Jimmerson is a comic book that discusses this topic, which may be unfamiliar for some, in a way that is both respectable and compassionate.

Comparing a certain Netflix show about a female prison to Kaijumax is probably inevitable and understandable; the similarities do exist, and yet the differences are what make this a wonderful story.

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