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.
With its third episode (a chapter titled "The Sin"), Disney+'s The Mandalorian continues with its bold and brash style, this time under the helm of director Deborah Chow (who will also be directing the streaming service's upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor). The series' lead character has been compared both to American gunslingers like Clint Eastwood's iconic "man with no name" and the noble and honorable Japanese samurai warriors, most notably Ogami Ittō of Lone Wolf and Cub. Previous episodes of the series have mined many standards and tropes of the Western genre, but "The Sin" gives audiences the chance to learn more about the state of Mandalorian culture after the fall of the Galactic Empire and see the disciplined Bushido-like code of those who walk the way of the Mandalore.
In July, I received the opportunity to review the first two books in the Young Adventurer's Guide series. I've waited ever since for the chance to pick up the remaining books in the series and, as luck would have it, Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeons & Tombs recently crossed my desk.
Family Tree #1 starts as a story of a single mother (Loretta) and her children (one troubled teenage son and an eight-year-old daughter who seems to be more mature and understanding than those her age), but it becomes a horror story of sorts when Loretta’s daughter starts to grow into a tree. It all comes to a head when Loretta’s grandfather comes blasting back into her life (literally).
The Restoration is the first part of a three-part limited neo-peplum comic book series called Polis: The Trail of Socrates. The story of The Restoration takes place immediately after the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BCE, the same time and setting as the video game, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey) in which Athens was defeated by Sparta and the city was ruled for a mere eight months by the Thirty Tyrants. Though brief, the corrupt Thirty Tyrants rained violence on the citizens of Athens and confiscated much of their riches, which in turn fueled a rebellion which brought about their downfall.