This is a weird book. This, the second volume of Death Sentence, starts off with a bang, a term that can be used in several different ways when it comes to this title. For those who didn’t check out the first volume (and if you did, stop reading this and go get it), Death Sentence takes the very familiar superhero genre, tells it to go to hell, then does something even more interesting. Superpowers are totally a thing, and they occur when a very special thing happens: some good, old-fashioned sex. People have become infected with a disease called G+, and it does two things: gives the infected host superpowers and also kills them in right around six months, in most cases.
Doctor Who: where do I even begin with The Doctor? He’s become one of the most important characters in television history to me recently, and the show one of my most important television shows. I began my journey with Hartnell (the first Doctor), and my girlfriend convinced me to start with Eccelston, as well, the Ninth Doctor (as he’s her favorite). I’m glad I did it in that order. There’s real storytelling magic in the world of Doctor Who. Where most people look to the likes of Superman for their hero worship, I look to The Doctor.
This is the final issue of Gutter Magic. After ages of searching, our hero, Cinder, has found the mysterious Oppenheimer and forces him to perform a ritual that will finally give him magic, like the rest of the family. But will the ritual work? Why is magic so fiercely guarded, and why didn’t Cinder inherit magic power, like the rest of his family did? Also, what will happen when all the havoc Cinder’s been causing to get to this point, finally catches up with him?
I’ve been trying not to compare this new Dirk Gently comic with Douglas Adams’ original novels. I’ve been trying to judge it on its own merits and pretend, as much as possible, that it’s not based on one of my favorite book series. Still, this issue makes it very difficult to continue doing that. In this issue, I’m pretty sure they gave Dirk superpowers.
Is blood thicker than honor?
I had picked up the first issue of this series without knowing that I’d be writing a review of the second. I’m always a sucker for a good Samurai tale, and I find it hard not to grab something that looks that full of potential off the shelf. The story felt familiar to me, reminding me very much of Samurai Champloo without the B-Boy antics and outrageous giggles (though some laughs are still there). Two swordsmen end up in a fight where neither has a stake in it beyond their honor: one hired by the wealthy criminals who keep the populace of an island under their oppressive thumb, the other drawn into defending the honor of those islanders who have let honor slip by in their need. There was never really a doubt that these two would come to meet in the ring, regardless of Takeo’s protestations and the many turns of the plot that would seem to let their paths never cross; it’s the inevitability of combat that is always the hook for me. A good Samurai story isn’t as much about the action for me as the tension leading to it. There’s always a sense of futility to escaping the path that seems most obvious, and the team behind this book seems to have that feeling locked down.
Ready to raid some tombs?! No, you won’t find me grave robbing graveyards on my days off. But you will find me reading the latest Tomb Raider comic book series from Dark Horse Comics.
Well, readers, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that another great issue of Dragon Age: Magekiller has arrived. The bad news? This is also the last issue of this great tie-in series. While that is a sad thing for us all, the final issue of the series keeps up the great work on this title and concludes a mini-series that has been a delight to read thus far.
Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore are back with another issue of one of the most delightfully insane books in comics. This is a weird and wildly entertaining series that focuses on the aftermath of one of superhero comics’ worst nightmares: the good guys go crazy and kill everyone. With that in mind, everything is awful, the world has gone to hell, and the only ones there to save it have basically no chance to actually do so.
In this issue of Jonesy, we get to see more of Jonesy’s dad. Having briefly met him in the first two issues, we know that he’s the owner of a successful donut restaurant (not a donut shop), and he loves terrible puns. Now, we get to see a bit more of his history and daily life. He’s a total dork and definitely my favorite character of the comic.