The last time we were in Sunnydale, the Hellmouth was just opened and Buffy and Angel were quite literally in it. Hell was breaking loose everywhere. Fast-forward a few days, and that’s where we are now. It’s pretty clear that despite both the Buffy and Hellmouth titles being set in Sunnydale, the focus of each series is clearly divided, with the Hellmouth series focusing on Buffy and Angel, and the Buffy series shining the spotlight on the rest of the gang.
I came upon this series' release in an unusual way: during a strange saga on comic book artist Ryan Stegman's podcast, Steg-Man and Friends. On the show, Stegman speaks with his friends in the industry, but an odd and hilarious drama began to unfold as real-life lawyer Charles Soule was a guest on the show, which eventually devolved into Soule taking over the show for a week himself. (Please listen; it's bizarre and wonderful.) He had Scott Snyder on as a guest to talk about this series and its impending release.
It’s no secret how much I love time travel stories. I’ve reviewed quite a few of them over the years, and most of those reviews begin with gushing about how much I love time travel stories. And if you asked me to rank my favorite time travel comics of all time, the original Chrononauts would be pretty close to the top of the list. So, as you can imagine, I was very excited to find out that 1.) there’s a sequel and 2.) all four issues of that sequel are being released at once. I jumped at the chance to review it, and I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint.
As we enter the third issue, we’re treated to Stockholm syndrome at work, with the Bad Elvis Gang eating cake and teaching kids how to handle a shotgun. (The best.) Emily is still an indecisive mess, Jesse is trying to be the supportive fiancée, and Grandma Harriet just drugged one of the gang members and is about to go to town with a shotgun - all of this while the sheriff is preparing for the worst with 15 pounds of plastic explosives rigged to explode and Twitter blowing up with hashtag, #mooreemilymooreproblems.
I thoroughly enjoy stories that take some patience on the reader’s part, and Everything is one of those stories. From the first two issues, you had a clear sense that something was going on with the new store (called Everything) that opened in a quaint town. If you were savvy, you even recognized some of the underlying themes percolating about capitalism, depression, and happiness, even if you didn’t quite know how all of the characters fit together. There are a lot of characters that fill in the pages of Everything.
Issue four of Berserker Unbound concludes Lemire and Deodato’s sword and sorcery mini epic by going full circle and returning to the bloody action and world hopping found in the first issue. This issue sees the Berserker’s arch nemesis, the Demon King, emerge from a portal with an army of other barbarian warriors in tow. One by one, the previously injured Berserker picks off the barbarians in the forest outside the metropolis until finally confronting the Demon King himself. Berserker’s transient friend Cobb becomes an unwitting hostage; however, Cobb, the Demon King, and his magic are not from the same world, so perhaps Cobb isn’t the helpless hostage as he appears to be…
The following is an interview with Lucas Harari regarding the upcoming release of his graphic novel, Swimming in Darkness, from Arsenal Pulp Press. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Harari about the inspiration behind his debut graphic novel, his creative process in bringing the story to life, and more!
The following is an interview with Justin Robinson regarding the recently released zombie-themed short story anthology, Undead Worlds 3. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Robinson about the inspiration behind this latest installation of Reanimated Writers Press' anthology series, his approach to writing short stories versus long-form prose, what readers can anticipate from his story, and more!
The following is an interview with Elizabeth Crowens regarding the recently released speculative fiction novel, A Pocketful of Lodestones. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Crowens about the inspiration behind this latest installation in The Time Traveler Professor series, her creative process in bringing the series' world to life, what readers can anticipate from the story, and more!
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