Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

The title Action Philosophers is a bit misleading. When I first heard about it, I thought it would be something akin to Albert Einstein: Time Mason—real, historical characters getting caught up in epic fantasy/adventure stories. Plato is a pro wrestler. Nietzsche is a superhero. How can that be anything short of awesome?

We’re already halfway through the Cloaks story arc now, which is a bit of a shame, because I’m really getting into it. There’s a lot going on here, and a 4-issue arc doesn’t seem like nearly enough to cover such a cool concept.

In a film version of The Undoubtables, the main character would be played by George Clooney. The official synopsis calls it “Ocean’s 11 meets Payback,” but, honestly, it’s more like Ocean’s 11 meets Out of Sight, making it a double dose of Clooney-esque criminal style.

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat was the first published novel of Andrez Bergen, author of such works as Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa and the Bullet Gal comic series. The post-apocalyptic, dystopian, sci-fi noir world in which the story takes place has been a continual presence in much of his work since then, with characters, themes, settings, and plot points providing influence throughout his oeuvre. Now, Bergen has taken that first book and adapted it into graphic novel form.

This third volume of the new Captain Midnight series from Dark Horse is a game changer. Obviously, for one thing, the stakes are raised. The stakes have to be higher in every issue in order to maintain audience interest, but they’re higher in a very different way than they were in Volume 2.

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim Turney and Patty Jean Robinson about their IndieGoGo project: a time travel action/comedy web series called Pike and Trident. Well, I’m pleased to report that their tireless labor over the last few months has finally yielded fruit! Pike and Trident: Episode 1, “A Viking We Will Go,” premiered today on YouTube! And, I’m pleased to report that it’s everything they promised and more.

This month’s issue of Bullet Gal opens with a bang—literally. As one of crime boss Sol’s overzealous underlings tries to kill our titular heroine, Lee, her mentor, steps in to save her life, getting himself killed in the process. I’d normally be reluctant to give out such a major plot point like that, but it’s the focal point of the entire issue. Plus, it’s literally the first thing that happens, so it’s not exactly a spoiler.

She’s back: our favorite plucky superhero-in-training—who would probably shoot you in the face if she heard you call her “plucky.” Mitzi, a.k.a. Bullet Gal, is certainly not your typical superhero. She’s got a lot of demons to conquer, and a lot of anger to work through. Which, admittedly, does sound a bit like your typical superhero, but the difference is that Mitzi is still just a teenager—and also armed.

I would drape myself in this comic, if it were socially acceptable. Well, perhaps not, but I definitely enjoy reading it, at any rate. We’re now into the second arc of the story The Secret Lives of Dead Men. After spending the last month or so running all around the globe, Velvet Templeton, secret agent turned secretary turned rogue agent, has returned to London to confront the agency directly.

Stories about magicians tend to be a lot of fun. They provide the thrill of watching a master at their craft, pulling off the seemingly impossible right before our eyes. Not only that, but, unlike actual magic shows, once it’s over, they give us that briefest glimpse into just how they pulled it off, and rather than spoil the trick for us, it just makes our jaws drop even further. I’m a big fan of magic, both in real life and in fiction. So, I must say, I’m very excited about this new comic miniseries, Cloaks.

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