Madeleine Holly-Rosing

Madeleine Holly-Rosing

After discovering his wife is a ruthless minion for Brother Pont and fearing that Killian has lost his mind, Sander is in a quandary. Does he abandon all hope to find his son, or does he press on to find some solution to the growing divide of “Haves” and “Have-nots” in Lantern City?

Humanity’s future teeters on a precipice. Whether it will fall into oblivion or regroup and step back from the edge is one of the many themes in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Drawing from the movies Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, this series fills in the events that occurred between the two movies.  Though based on the book, Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle, the movies take a slightly different approach to the source material.  For those unfamiliar with the series, the story follows the aftermath of a pandemic which devastates the human population while increasing the intelligence of the simians at the same time.

With news that Killian has found his wife in the clutches of Brother Pont, will Sander risk everything to save her? Or will the pull of his new life be too strong?

I had been seeing David Petersen and his Mouse Guard series ever since I started working cons, but I never had the time to go over and check out his work (mainly because the line was too long at his table); however, I finally had the pleasure of meeting him at San Diego Comic Con when his table was directly across the aisle from mine. Both my husband and I fell in love with his work and we bought the first book, then at Long Beach Comic Con this year, we bought the second in the series. Imagine my joy when I was offered the chance to review Legends of the Guard, Vol. 3.

In a post-apocalyptic future, the remnants of humanity have been driven to a place they call Mountaintop by a menace so devastating they simply refer to it as “The Threat Below.”  Their rigid class structure of the elite intellectual Cognates and the worker class of the Veritas has produced a fragile society with dwindling resources.  But, like all human societies, politics and power replace good sense, and resentment from the lower class challenges the status quo. Especially, when they discover that their water source is being contaminated by those they thought were simply beasts.

Has Sander leapt from the proverbial frying pan into the fire? I think he’s going to find out pretty quickly in this sixth installment of Lantern City.

What’s the worst or most unusual thing that can happen to you in Lantern City’s “Underground?” Sander is about to find out.

A fateful meeting in the depths of Lantern City leads Sander to lend his protection to none other than Killian Grey, the city’s supreme leader. A youth who clearly enjoys the rush of being “down below,” he claims to want to see what really goes on down there not believing what his advisors tell him. The pair is instantly set upon by Brother Pont’s men and they flee. Killian knows a safe haven if Sander can get them there—alive.  Fighting every inch of the way, the men eventually become trapped and know death is eminent.  An angry Sander reveals who he really is and the desperate situation his people are facing.  But, before Killian can react to this knowledge, Sander discovers the makings of a Molotov Cocktail in the abandoned building and kills enough of Pont’s men to allow them to escape.  The two men soon split up and Sander knows a reckoning is coming. Will Killian Grey turn him in or will he live to see his family again?

I have a feeling that Abbie, Ichabod, and Jennie could never take a vacation, as everywhere they go either they have an artifact to find or someone or something is after them. In this case, it’s a biker gang from hell—almost literally.

Whoever thinks women are squeamish has clearly never read the dark comedy, Lady Killer, or for that matter ever had a serious conversation with a woman about what it’s like, well, to be a woman.  Standing convention on its head and drilling a very large hole into it, Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich give us a rich and compelling character in Josie Schuller and an engaging look at who women are, as opposed to what culture and society have attempted to train us to be.

Returning to his home to find his wife and child gone and the apartment in chaos, Sander becomes obsessed with finding them. When Kendal’s daughter, Lizel, arrives and almost shoots him thinking he’s a Guard, Sander discovers that they have been taken to a place called “The Underground.”  Run by a radical by the name of Brother Pont, Lizel believes he may have grabbed them as revenge against their family. They come up with a plan to communicate in secret, so as not to jeopardize Sander’s new identity.  When Sander returns to his new home in the Guard quarters, he is sidetracked when Terna is brought in for interrogation as is he. But, Blem is temporarily outranked by Sander’s superior officer and Sander is released.  Soon after, Lizel confirms Sander’s family is in “The Underground” and Sander sets out to find them.  Always told that “The Underground” is a harsh place where people kill each other over scraps of food, what he finds not only surprises him, but shocks him to the core of his being.

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