‘Sup. I just finished the 7th Sword #2 by our good friend, Johnny Raffo. I liked it, but I knew I would, which is why I volunteered for this review in the first place. For those of you who didn’t read my review for 7th Sword #1, do so. For the rest of you, the ride continues smoothly and without a hitch.
While I can’t say that Windblade #1 made me a hardcore Transformers fan, I jumped at the chance to review the second issue. My exact words to my editor were, “You know I NEED Windblade #2.” Mairghread Scott’s writing and Sarah Stone’s beautiful character designs and art made me love their young heroine, and I wanted to see where her path would go after the attack at the end of Issue #1.
So far, Mayday is proving to be a rather different adventure than the previous Danger Girl story arcs. We’re two issues in, and, so far, the actual Danger Girls haven’t appeared yet: only Natalia Kassle, the Danger Girl who went rogue years ago and was subsequently killed in action.
It’s been over two months since the last issue of Velvet came out, and, in that time, especially with such an intricate plotline, it’s entirely possible the reader may have lost track of exactly what’s going on. Fortunately, this issue is less a direct continuation of the ongoing sequence of events, and more background. We get to see flashbacks to Velvet’s early days in X-Ops, as well as her recruitment and subsequent training. In short, after spending several months getting to know this woman through her actions and reactions in a series of heightened circumstances, we finally get a good look at just who she is and how she came to be.
MPH #1 from Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo starts off in 1986 in a small town in Missouri. Our narrator describes the story of Mr Springfield, “the world’s first and only super human,” who is, at the moment, careening through buildings and tearing up landscapes in an out-of-control, drug-induced, multi-state, super-speed sprint. Why? How? We know not. Our only clue comes when this shadowy figure finally collapses and the police descend on him, as they would some sort of catastrophic UFO crash. After chaining him up and placing a burlap sack over his head, they remove from his person a small pill bottle labeled with the letters MPH. Cut to Detroit 2014, and we learn that our narrator is 19-year-old Roscoe, a relentlessly positive and ambitious drug runner who is just trying to pull himself and his girlfriend Rosa out from under the oppression of poverty. Things do not go as planned, and our hero ends up imprisoned, betrayed, and hopelessly depressed. And, right when he’s doing a swan dive towards rock bottom, he stumbles on these same MPH pills from earlier, takes one, and the rest, they say, is history.
I've read a lot of of fantasy books based off of roleplaying games. The quality of their plots often leaves much to be desired, and they're all over the place as far as deciding what rules and complexities from the game to follow and which to blatantly ignore. This is all to say that those aren't really concerns here. James L. Sutter knows his stuff.
Los Angeles may not be a city known for its stage performances, just as the stage might not be known for its use of the science fiction genre. In true “where no one has gone before” fashion, Sci-Fest, the First Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, has initiated its warp drive and blasted through many preconceived barriers to discover a unique, surprising, thought-provoking, and undeniably entertaining evening of theater. Featuring humor, drama, and an array of mind-bending tales, Sci-Fest plays out like the live version of a late night Twilight Zone marathon or Weird Fantasy comic book binge and is must-see event for any Los Angeles-based fan of the science fiction genre or the stage!
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The Fanboy Comics staff is very excited to be exhibiting at Long Beach Comic Expo next weekend, alongside a number of other talented independent creators! Taking place on Saturday, May 31st, and Sunday, June 1st, 2014, at the Long Beach Convention Center, the annual event is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators of all pop culture genres. The popularity of the event has caused it to expand to two days this year, allowing for even more geeky fun!
After the events in the third installment of Gene Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero, Hank is more prepared to fight evil thanks to the mysterious, ephemeral friend he found in his father’s casket; however, not being able to die from gun shot won’t solve the problems the family's grocery store faces when the Tong of Sticks scares the ordinary citizens of Chinatown into boycotting them. The only customer they’ve seen in weeks is the police detective working on Hank’s father’s murder case, and Uncle Wun Too is attacked by small-time thugs while he watches the store one afternoon. Clearly, The Green Turtle must rise again to challenge the Tong stranglehold on the region, but when Hank’s mother refuses to encourage him further, can the young man get it together in time?