If you decide to read this comic (which you should - it’s a lot of fun), do yourself a favor and don’t read the given synopsis first. It says a number of things about the plot that aren’t really revealed until the end of this issue. While I’m not sure I’d exactly call them spoilers, I think it’s much more engaging if you discover these things as you read. As such, I’ll try to avoid talking about them in my review. It won’t be easy, considering that one of those things is the protagonist’s name.

Do you remember having adventures on the playground where you had magical powers and possibly fought off an enemy or two? What if that really happened to you, and all you had to do was eat a piece of orange broccoli?

Of all the deities and figures of Greco-Roman mythology, perhaps none is as renowned or revered as that of Hercules (Heracles). His legends and deeds have endured centuries of adaption and appropriation, inspiring art, film, comics, and other stories. Steve Reeves’ portrayal of Hercules in the 1958 peplum film of the same name set the template of a cinematic Hercules which would be echoed over the years by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, and Dwayne Johnson, with a small-screen incarnation portrayed by Kevin Sorbo. Hercules has appeared in various comic book iterations at DC, Dell, Marvel, and Gold Key and in a set of graphic novels by Steve Moore, The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush. Each of these iterations of Hercules take liberties with his mythology (which itself is fluid and composed of conflicting accounts and tales), but interprets and builds upon it, as well.

Dale Highland thought life was complicated when she ran from town to town and struggled with inexplicable murderous blackouts.  Discovering the truth about her heritage as the half-demon daughter of the powerful Amara forced her into a complex world of angels and demons, all of whom want to find Dale.  In the opening chapters of Beth Woodward’s second installment of Dale’s story, Embracing the Demon, the young woman clings to what she knows best: uninspired jobs that allow her to fade into the woodwork and run when the past catches up with her. Escaping the supernatural world is no easy task, though, and a deadly disease and powerful human threat draw Dale back to confront her prejudices and internal conflicts.

Being a child of the '80s meant so many things, but it ensured you grew up with some of the best children’s shows ever created - among them, Fraggle Rock, a show from the ingenious mind of Jim Henson. Fraggle Rock opened up a whole new world to kids, with morals hiding in the songs from these mostly hyper puppets. It provided a different character for almost every personality, leaving kids able to relate to someone on the show. But, it also gave laughter, hope, and music to children. It was always a beautiful world to visit.

One of these things is not like the other...

I would have loved this comic when I was a kid. A fun, comprehensive look at what robots are and their place in both science and society, it’s packed with robot facts, history, examples, instructions, and more. It’s exactly the sort of thing that would have captured my young imagination and inspired me to want to go out and build robots of my own—possibly a whole army of robots programmed for world domination, because I was an ambitious and somewhat disturbed child. But I digress.

St. Paws’ Princess Kat is back in The Fuzzy Princess: Volume 2. She is joined by her human friends, Jackson and Jordan, as well as Gladdie and Tara. Her St. Paws’ companions, Chiro the bat and Kuma the Haiku poet bear, make brief appearances, while a royal visit by Queen Felicia, Kat’s mother, and neighbor Mr. Tim are introduced in this book. This ongoing series is the brainchild of Charles Brubaker (Ask a Cat, The Smell of Despair and Pepperoni), a jack-of-all-trades creator who is a contributor to MAD Magazine and SpongeBob Comics, as well as artist/animator for Pencilmation, Toons These Days, Fishing, and Guard Dog Global Jam.

Upon finishing issue one of Lucy Dreaming, the creators should be happy to know that I applauded at my computer screen. Max Bemis and Michael Dialynas dive directly into the deep end of thirteen-year-old Lucy’s mind: a self-described outsider who yearns to be on the inside of the popular crowds at school and yet despises them.  She is someone who feels should be a prodigy but is too angry to allow herself to be a part of anything, someone who finds the most comfort in disappearing into books. She’s hilariously self-aware and yet has no idea who she needs or wants to be. This was an incredibly accurate depiction of what I went through as a young teenager, minus the periods, and that made it immediately enjoyable and relatable. That’s one half of the book…

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