Vox Machina has returned with the second installment of their prequel series, Vox Machina Origins II. The spin-off of the hit, streaming Dungeons & Dragons game centers on some of the few moments that fans of Critical Role can't see - the exploits of the now-famous adventuring party before the show began streaming and before it became the phenomenon it is now.
First things first: The title of this new comic book series is a reference to T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, a not-so-subtle nod at Great Britain’s most famous fictional (?) monarch, King Arthur. Instead of a straight take on the Arthurian legends, Kieron Gillen’s tale sets itself up to be in the vein of the action/adventure genre, much in the tradition of classics like the Indiana Jones saga or, more recently, the Uncharted video game series.
Spencer & Locke 2 delivers in such a spectacular way that allows this volume stand on its own, while also further validating the likability of its title characters. The trade paperback for Spencer & Locke 2 is being released this Wednesday, and whether you’re a fan of the first volume or new to the series, this collection is totally worth it.
Abigail wants to be a police officer (just like her dad), but, in the time when this story was set, being a woman prevented many from achieving this goal. One day, Abigail sees a listing hiring police officers at Utopia, a new Hollywood studio. Although the position would be that of a glorified security guard (They're only there to give the place a real-world feel.), Abigail soon sees behind the lights and cameras of the Hollywood, looking right into its corrupted underbelly.
Releasing this Wednesday, August 7, from IDW Publishing is the long-awaited artist edition of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars comic book series that legendary creatosr Walter Simonson and Tom Palmer worked on in the early 1980s. Scanning the original black-and-white artist pages from Simonson and Palmer’s personal archives and presented at 100% their actual size – that’s 12” x 17” – this edition will be a must-have.