Despite some of the recent disappointing developments in the world of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the comic book tie-in series, Mass Effect: Discovery, continues to go well. When we last left things, Tiran Kandros was well on his way to discovering the truth behind the Andromeda Initiative, the massive undertaking that will lead the many races of the Milky Way to the far reaches of space - to find a new home, a new life, and a new beginning. Despite the wonder that such an adventure can inspire, Kandros is under the belief that there's something more nefarious at play here, and he's been tasked with finding that out.

Mickey Spitz’s parents never intended to have a child; raising and training bloodhounds as scent dogs was their lifelong passion; however, when a baby comes along, they integrate him into the household pack as if he were a talking puppy rather than a human child.  Mickey considers his family dogs his siblings and strives to learn how to track by scent as well as the dogs.  When tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Mickey is separated from his furry brothers and sisters and sent to live with his aunt and uncle who aren’t overly found of either pets or children.  Can he learn how to cope and find a way to turn his new family into something that feels like home?

Another month passes, another new issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 11 hits comics shops everywhere, and with it brings another opportunity for the brilliant creative team of writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs to flex their storytelling “muscles” and add another fantastic chapter to the Buffy mythos.

I was excited to read Oni Press’ Brik by Adam Glass and Michael Benson and illustrated by Harwinder Singh. I love the Golem myth, and putting it in a present-day setting to me seemed chalk full of potential. The location is Yonkers, NYC, a neighborhood that once thrived as a community, but a bad group of people have moved in and are trying to kick out the local businesses. It’s become a dangerous neighborhood. One such business is run by an elderly Jewish man who lives nearby with his daughter and grandson. The grandson, Drew, is our young high school-aged hero who is bullied, but also is friends with a gal his age named Chase who he has an obvious crush on. If it wasn’t for the local gang, life would be pretty normal. In response to the dangers of the neighborhood, Drew’s grandfather tells him about how he fought against the Nazis with the help of a Golem. Drew is taken by the story, but his grandfather warns that a Golem can be too powerful, and so they had to shut it down.

Courage is itself a sword with two edges.

When I first volunteered to review this book, all I knew about it was that it was an anthology of Steampunk stories, including one story by an author whose work I enjoy (Madeleine Holly-Rosing, creator of the Boston Metaphysical Society comic). That alone was enough to pique my interest. But as it turns out, Some Time Later is more than that.

“Come to Jesus” brings American Gods: Season One to a close, and there is a lot to unpack in this episode.  Fans of the book are treated to some surprises, as the show pushes the narrative in some interesting new directions. Those that are new to the world of American Gods also got some answers this week.

“Hey, folks! Take my advice: Pull down your pants and slide on the ice.”

In Ten Dead Comedians, Fred Van Lente puts a twenty-first century comedic spin on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery, And Then There Were None. Van Lente’s plot and language are clever and witty throughout the pages, as the comedians get killed off one by one on a deserted island. The characters are brilliantly developed throughout each chapter. They include a variety of different types of comedians—from a podcaster to a late night host. Van Lente does a great job highlighting and maintaining each character’s original style. There are really reminiscent of current, real-life comedians (though I don’t know about Oliver Rees…). The characters aren’t particularly fond of one another, which brings about frequent comedic banter. And they each have their own individual vices, making their deaths perhaps less tragic.

To start things off, I want to say this: Douglas Adams is my hero, both literary and otherwise. His work has influenced so much of what I enjoy in the world of entertainment, and the newest Dirk Gently series, The Salmon of Doubt, particularly marked my interest, especially since The Salmon of Doubt was slated to be the title of an upcoming Dirk Gently project. That it coincides with the BBC America series, as well, is a welcome addition, since the first season of the show was particularly well done.

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