Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Things have shifted gears in this issue. Up until now, it’s been about main character Mali’s journey to accept her destiny: to embrace her role in the eternal war she’s been drafted to fight in and track down and kill the ruthless Tessa, her sworn enemy from the other side of said war—before Tessa can kill her first. Now, however, Mali and Tessa have both rebelled against the war and their respective missions of destruction. Now, instead of enemies, Mali and Tessa have become lovers.

When I reviewed the first issue of Jonesy, I complained that the main character was completely self-absorbed and self-serving, but that she seemed to be on an arc to move beyond that and become better. In this second issue, Jonesy is still on that arc, but progress is very slow.

It’s difficult to tell whether I love Cinder, the protagonist of Gutter Magic, or hate him. In my review of the last issue, I talked about his incredible bravado, with nothing to back it up but the assumption that everything will work out in his favor, and the gamble that no one will call his bluff. This issue explores that attitude a bit further, making him both more and less sympathetic, simultaneously.

When last we left our holistic detective hero, he was on his way to Kenya to meet a peculiar tribe suffering from the same affliction as the subjects of his latest case—they are unable to speak or communicate in any way. Now, having safely arrived in Africa with Tamasha, his latest client and/or assistant, by his side, he seeks out Madluck Biggun, a conservationist trying valiantly to save the black rhino. What does Mr. Biggun have to do with the Tribe with No Words? Well, everything—if you believe in the fundamental connectedness of all things.

In September of last year, I reviewed a book called Kickstarter for the Independent Creator by Madeleine Holly-Rosing about her experiences crowdfunding her paranormal Steampunk comic, Boston Metaphysical Society. When the comic itself came up for review as well, I was eager to see what all the fuss was about.

When last we left our star-crossed lovers, Issy Holt had been forced to marry Trista’s aunt Marcella to broker peace between their two criminal empires. As we join them in this issue, we find that these inconvenient circumstances have not stopped Issy and Trista from carrying on their torrid affair, right under everyone’s noses. While they seem to be safe for now, it will no doubt be extremely dangerous for both of them if anyone else finds out. Meanwhile, Trista agrees to take a secret meeting with the Norwegian, the hired gun whom Trista believes killed her friend and mentor, Governal.

Andrez Bergen is a prolific author, comic creator, and generally creative person. I’ve reviewed a good many of his novels, comics, and other works over the years. They cover a variety of different settings, characters, and themes . . . but, somehow, they nearly always come back to Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat.

Since the previous issue of Danger Girl: Renegade came out, there’s been a bit of a hiatus, so the memory of what went before might be a little fuzzy. Fortunately, it’s really easy to catch up. Abbey Chase, former Danger Girl, has been captured by the CIA and forced to retrieve a briefcase from someone bad. Who are the bad people? What’s in the briefcase? It doesn’t really matter. It’s Danger Girl.

If you’ve read my reviews of the previous Dirk Gently story arc, you may be wondering why I chose to review this one as well. After all, a large part of my reviews consisted of complaining that this wasn’t true to Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently. Even when I finally admitted that it was a fun and worthwhile comic regardless, there was still a lot of general complaining done about them. So, why am I still reviewing these comics that I keep complaining about? Believe me, no one is more surprised than I. I guess curiosity got the better of me.

This simple, children’s picture book wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Taking place in San Dimas, CA, in the 1920s, we follow the adventures of Betty and the various animals in her life.

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