Mid-30s geek type with a houseful of pets, books, DVDs, CDs, and manga
Young Michael struggles with feelings of wrongness and inadequacy and longs to become the “good boy” that will make his parents happy; however, Michael possesses a unique power: He has retained the ability to use magic into his tween years instead of forgetting that magic is real. When adult magic user Jonathon appears in the boy’s life, a battle between supernatural and mundane starts in Michael’s mind. Will he trust the stranger and learn how to harness his abilities, or will the monster under Michael’s bed conquer all?
Ruby Kaye is back in the game after Summer took a beating from Nina at the end of Geek-Girl Series #2 Volume 3! Neon Girl wants Maine’s resident geek superheroine to team up and take down the Legion of Larcenists, plus Ruby realizes once again who her true friends are. In the final pages, Geek-Girl gets the chance of a lifetime for a fledging Cape, but will she take it? Is it really what Ruby Kaye wants for her life, or is it just a little too much?
Unfortunately for Eric, igniting a gang war doesn’t just wipe out the “bad guys,” and local law enforcement swoops in to investigate the sudden rekindling of hostilities. (The two gangs had a truce.) Meanwhile, our vigilante has fled the scene carrying newswoman Yvonne Price to safety on the back of his motorcycle; however, the Devil Marauders haven’t been entirely wiped out, and one straggler is willing to tap into some occult texts to find an opponent no one in our world has ever seen.
Issue #8 of Monster Matador introduced a new threat for Ramon, our hero, to vanquish: a crab-like monster in Santa Monica, CA; however, he and Adelita have to cross a vast wasteland to face this new creature head on. In the ninth installment of the series, readers learn that while Ramon fights his way toward the coast, fierce warriors in Santa Monica attempt to protect their homes from the hostile sea beast, including a depressing cameo by a failed hero who shares similarities with a certain iconic caped crusader. It’s not all smooth sailing, but can Ramon finally make his way to Santa Monica and face the latest menace? Will there even be any civilization left to save when he arrives?
In the final pages of The Vexation of Vampires, Penny’s engagement with Peter fell apart when they realized they could not compromise on one of their most important differences: whether to have children. Author Chrys Cymri forces her protagonist to cope with her sorrow over the lost bond while torn between her duties to Earth and Lloegyr. A dead merwoman in an orca pool at a Sea World-like facility, a stolen submarine assignment from Sue Harkness, and providing spiritual guidance to both Skyler and Clyde give the priest plenty to do, and learning how to manage multiple commitments may just be part of Penny’s post-break up journey.
Issue #2 of Geek-Girl left Summer getting pummeled by one of Maine’s resident baddies after Ruby reclaimed the power-up glasses. A streak of good luck brings Neon Girl to her rescue, but Summer has to accept that while she didn’t do any major harm with the glasses, she’s a danger to herself without them if she fights crime. Meanwhile, Ruby allows her old friends to entice her back into their circle with a party and drinks at a local bar, but it just can’t stay quiet when the original Geek-Girl is back on the town!
Ungent Draaf, the Grashardi ambassador to the Dralein, expected his assignment to be exceptionally ordinary. He’d make a few agreements with the locals, explore the new planet to discover the interests, and just hope that the Terran Protectorate wasn’t on his heels trying to broker disadvantageous power deals with the native species; however, the middle-aged crustacean life form finds himself assigned a role in a centuries-old conflict between creators and created that threatens to destroy everything he knows and perhaps the known universe.
In Issue #6 of Monster Matador, Ramon learned of a chupacabra threatening the town of his new-found compatriots. In Issue #7, armed with his sword, bullfighter’s uniform, and fierce faith, he works to eliminate the menace only to have his daughter and her friends get threatened by the terrifying beast. Will our Matador arrive in time? Can a French cook with a litany of insults and a meat cleaver be a hero? Then, Issue #8 faces the harsh reality of Ramon and Adelita’s nomadic lifestyle: When a new threat arises, the Matador must face it, so they cannot bond too closely to one place; however, travel in a post-apocalyptic world gets dicey, so our father-daughter team must head into a seedy outpost to plead with an aging, antagonistic pilot for transport to the next threat.
In 2015 I reviewed the first two issues of Monster Matador, an independent comic about a bullfighter turned monster slayer in a post-apocalyptic world which introduced Ramon as the titular matador. Now, after a lengthy hiatus, the creator has produced a trade paperback and a sixth single issue is on the horizon to continue the story of a brave man with little other than a bullfighting sword, a cape, and immense faith in the divine to aid him in protecting humanity from the creatures that threaten it.
Summer couldn’t be happier that her best friend and original Geek-Girl, Ruby, has come out of her coma, but she can’t turn over her responsibilities as Maine’s superheroine so easily. Ruby’s family doesn’t want her risking her life as Geek-Girl, and they seem to hold Summer entirely responsible for the whole fiasco. Meanwhile, a new team of supervillains are trying to make their mark on Maine’s villainy scene while a few old faces also think Ruby’s awakening heralds another grudge match for fun and profit!