Ever feel like you never want to stop dancing? Twirling and reeling, the music pushing and pulling you until you realize you're surrounded by other dancers dressed so refined. It's a party the likes of which you've not seen, but heard of in stories of luxury. To call it a simple "ball" would be an insult to organized revelry. No, this gathering holds magic, mystique, and beautiful confusion. The real ball isn't the one you attend, it's where it takes place. As was said, this is no mere gathering of music, mischief, and hidden identity, this is a masquerade.

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I not only run Kickstarters for my own comic, but back many, as well. So, I was delighted when I ran across an all-ages comic called Bird with Stick, a fantastical story featuring birds, magic, and the fear of the unknown.

2020 was, in many ways, the year of Star Trek. We received hours of new media content with 3 TV shows and more to come. Although we have moved to the future (narratively) in the shows, the comics have continued to focus on the past. This month, Star Trek: Voyager - Seven’s Reckoning #3 takes the reader into Voyager’s 4th season (1997-1998) with an untold tale of Seven of Nine.

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya’s machinations were revealed, and while Faith may be the newest Slayer in town, she’s not the biggest Slayer-related revelation. Enter Morgan.

I first reviewed the first issue of Starship Down in March 2020 and was really excited by the concept and execution. Alas, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent individual issues were canceled, with Dark Horse opting to collect the entire series into a trade instead.

In issue eight, we finally get a glimpse of the villain and the end game. Up until now, Nailbiter Returns has been a subversive, ultraviolent horror comedy laying a little to the left of the more serious tones of the original Nailbiter run. If the original was Se7en, then this is Se7en but directed by Sam Raimi. It’s been fun as hell. I will not lie; it has also been relatively contained among our handful of characters and the killers who are playing a serial killer game to the hilt which actually involves killing people.

The Order of St. George has closed in and are ready to contain the situation, and while they are freaking great at killing the monsters, they are also great at killing innocent civilians.  This means that our hero of the story, Erica Slaughter (a.k.a. the baddest-ass character created this year), has to fight on two fronts. This is also bad for all of the townsfolk, because now their lives are being threatened on two fronts.

Well, Mal and the Serenity crew did it, pulling off a major upset against Blue Sun, and they even got away with it… well, almost. In their moment of triumph, they suddenly find themselves in a ship with no power and a fatal crash that seems imminent…

Merry Christmas! It’s that magical time again, full of candy canes, presents, and…crying snowmen? Great Morrison and Dan Mora’s Klaus: The Life & Times of Santa Claus published by BOOM! Studios returns for a third outing. This hardcover book includes two stories: "Klaus and the Crying Snowman" and "Klaus and the Life and Times of Joe Christmas," both vastly different from each other.

Another day, another adventure stuck in an RPG hellscape for our merry traveling party. Though split, things in Die are getting more and more complex as the group attempts to find a way to exit the world for the second time. Well, most of them are attempting to find a way out at least. With Ash and Izzy fighting for the fate of Angria, the rest of the party is doing kind of the opposite, looking to end Ash's reign on the throne. It's during this that we find the ultimate motivation for the world of Die: what brought these five adventurers (and Sol, who remained inside) back to this world. This series continues to really push the pace, adding more and more complications to the world, its players, and the NPCs that inhabit the game.

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