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My fandom for all things Witcher began in 2009 with game developer CD Projekt RED’s announcement that they were developing a new game, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, based on stories written by a Polish economist, Andrzej Sapkowski.  I was immediately fascinated by this new character, Geralt of Rivia, who was appealing as a protagonist due to his highly ethical stance towards others despite his detached nature.  Geralt was unique; he went through a painful bodily transformation.  Though still a man, his senses were mutated and heightened making him a perfect paid hunter of monsters that populated his world.  As a sword-for-hire, he was often feared and hated.  Hence, a complex character was introduced to American audiences through CD Projekt RED’s video games and Dark Horse Comics’ Witcher series of stories.

Like a lot of people, I was first introduced to Umbrella Academy via the Netflix show earlier this year. As such, my interest in the comic consists largely of the question, “How does it compare to the show?” The simple answer is, it’s very different, but it’s very entertaining in its own way.

With every issue of this series, David Rubin must get the script and think to himself, “Time to go crazy,” because that’s what he does with the art of Ether. Some issues more so than others, and this is one of them - from the layout, to the creatures we’re introduced to, to the wonderful, weird world we find ourselves in along with Boone Dias. I'm curious if Matt Kindt repeatedly places two words throughout his script: go crazy.

The prodigal son returns with the release of Section Zero, a comic book series that captures the sensibilities of the Silver Age of comic books along with the minimalism of the '90s Extreme Age. Quintessentially, to quote from the creator, it’s “Jack Kirby doing The X-Files.” The series itself is about a secret generational United Nations charter that financially backs adventurers and explorers to navigate the unknown. Initially, it began its publication run in 2000 for Image Comics’ Gorilla Imprint but paused due to financial setbacks faced by Karl Kesel after only three issues. In 2017, both Kesel and Grummett created a Kickstarter project that managed to get successfully funded and fully realizing the incomplete story.

Much to the surprise of horror comic readers, Killadelphia is a book focused on perspectives and perception.  It’s a technical feat for a writer to be able to be a switch-hitter within a single narrative of a comic book issue. This is achieved through a full embrace of the comic book medium in conveying a layered story. One of the prominent intrigues for this piece was the colored textboxes that are able to make an easy transition for the three respective characters. Along with this are varied changes in the lettering to distinguish the characters even further.

Ever hear the story of Pinocchio and the whale? (Or the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale?) This latest issue of Ascender quite literally has us diving into the ocean depths and the backstory of Telsa, the captain who reluctantly offered her boat to save Mira and her father, Andy.

A quick recap of Angel #6: With Angel gone, Fred and Gunn were sent by Lilith to recruit Spike to their cause (to find the Master). While the mission was successful, Fred was captured by a mysterious group.

First properly introduced in Hellboy: Wake the Devil, Sir Edward Grey has evolved into his own titular character within the dubbed Mignolaverse. This enriched universe is filled with inventive characters ranging from pulp-inspired icons (Lobster Johnson), literary figures (Frankenstein: Underground), occultist explorations (Hellboy, Witchfinder), fantasy (Koshchei the Deathless), and science fiction (Abe Sapien), along with a team-centered book (B.P.R.D.). Among these is the grand tying of mythos that has been seen through the likes of things like Baba Yaga (the Troll-Witch) along with a varied amount of other mythological beings and stories that permeate throughout this narrative and are weaved by Mignola himself.
Prominently known for his interactions with the titular Hellboy in the series, Hellboy in Hell, acting as Vergil within his Dante’s Inferno exploration through Mignola’s Hell. Sir Edward Grey’s past is further explored with this new outing of The Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness. Here, we see the paranormal investigator looking into the heinous Jack the Ripper murders.

Quick recap: The crew of the Sundog is at the mercy of salvagers. Vess’ vows of celibacy may become a problem for her, and her growing feelings for Grix look to become a point of conflict between her and Eline. Things are pretty tense, to say the least.

Yes, Tommy Gun Wizards has become Machine Gun Wizards in the final issue of the series. The events wrap up and some threads are left dangling for possible future installments. We pick up right from wherewe left off, which is to say that the speed basically start at a 60! And they don’t really let off the accelerator until the end.

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