Erik Cheski

Erik Cheski

Who is Tyler Durden?!  And, why . . . ?

We all knew that Chuck Palahniuk had found something true and deeply unsettling in the novel, Fight Club, which grew to be even scarier in the feature film.  The third medium for Tyler Duren seems to be the most bone-chilling of all, as Fight Club 2 continues with huge revelations and even more mind-warping twists that make it hard to stay on top of just how messed up this narrative can be.

Terrible, swift sword, indeed.

The lord is back (Not come back . . . still time till that happens) in action and taking on the denizens of the Pit.  After having laid Mammon and Cerberus low, the Christ sets his sights on the lake of fire and its guardian: Abbadon.  Destined to be the destroyer at the End of Days (I’d still go with Mr. Stay Puft, personally.), he stands between Jesus and his final confrontation.  When both are prophesied to be at the End of Days, how can their fight truly end?

That's the trouble with rabbit holes; just anybody's falling down them these days.

I recall high school being okay, though I know many people who had vastly different experiences than me.  Luckily, I was in the AV and Drama Clubs, so I was always with the cool kids, and now I write comic reviews . . . I'm so damn popular.  Yeah . . . so it can be a rough journey for kids who can't quite find their niche, or lack the confidence to be on their own, and that's what Joe Sugg explores in his first graphic novel, Username: Evie.  A young girl with an ailing father is having that awful high school experience, mostly at the hands of her cousin.  When her father succumbs to his illness, she stumbles on his last gift to her, a virtual world that imprints upon her, a world where she's in charge, but something else enters the world and begins shaping it for itself.

Lease-to-own the night.

When Batman needs a sweet ride with specialized technology on the fly, Bruce Wayne simply drops the GDP of a medium-sized island nation and ta-da! Evil gets to being thwarted pretty quickly; however in the world of The Paybacks, no one needs a bank account to join the fight against ne'er--do-wells, just the right set of loans.  Like Ursula making with the legs, the Super Banks have a pretty tight clause for repayment: Not only will they repossess all of your gear, you'll be required to work in their reclamation department for an agreed-upon term, to take stuff from other heroes who are about to join you.

When that which goes bump in the night goes boom.

The finale of Drew Edward Johnson's first creator-owned series comes to an abrupt and explosive conclusion. The Loch Ness Monster has been rampaging because someone stole its offspring, and it's up to Matilda Finn, our heroine and resident were--mer-person (Seriously, how do you do that when both modifiers happen in front of the word?  I mean she could be a selkie, but she doesn't quite fit that one, either.) has to deal with a quiet op gone very loud and still make it out alive.

Power always comes at a price, whether you know it or not.

Magic.  It's a powerful force, the ability to fundamentally change the nature of the universe to suit your needs or wishes. It's the power of the gods.  This is the power granted to Iscariot who will stand as the guardian of the Empyr, where he and his master alone tend the power of the ancients.  There is a high cost to be granted this power, to be bound to the obelisk that channels magic into the world.  Most say that they would pay any price for such power, but what if you choose the cost for another?

A person often meets their destiny on the road they take to avoid it.

Buried inside all of us is a need for the world to have reason, to have meaning.  To some, the ticking down of mathematics, the closing of probabilities as time moves toward infinity is the explanation of the world.  For others, good things become godly, and evil things of the devil.  The basis beneath this is our need for the world to have an order, so that we might take a place in it.  But, what happens when the pursuit of that underlying truth becomes the life instead of the expectation?  What happens when the thoughts become theories, and theories become dictoms, which in turn become dogma, and the exploration of the world becomes lost in the upkeep of that which came before?  And, if the end of prosperity is prophesied, can you really be upset and surprised when the fall begins?

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny traBLAM!  Hehe.

Skottie Young is the man.

Share the stories that mo . . . Huh?

You know that's not gonna fly.  But, what more do you really need? I mean, have you SEEN this thing?!

A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine . . .

Faith is a runner, and a runner runs, whether her friends think she’s ready or not.  Having made a deal with one of the most notorious criminals in Glass City, Faith has found a way to be a runner, even without the tools that most of the city’s runners rely on.  Having found a prize she’s willing to work for - a painting by her mother hung in the den of iniquity - she jumps into working for a man that no one trusts and begins to see the results of her choice.

A dream is a wish your heart makes, and reality rips it out and makes it squish.  So much squish.

I was hooked on the first issue of this series; there’s so much fun in every aspect.  The very heavy anime feel only makes it better for me as we deal with airships, strange beings, and a loudmouth protagonist that I can’t stand.  Yeah, Diesel annoys me on every possible level; she’s insubordinate, rude, loud, bratty, and everyone calls her on it. There’s no way to believe that she’s the force for good other than the fact that she’s who the narrative centers on.  Why do I like this so much then?  Because it was obvious that the writer was going to break her, and halfway through the series, we have that moment.

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