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With another volume of Undiscovered Country, we find ourselves in another Zone, as we continue to join our group through the dangerous and unknown Spiral that has become the final resting place of America (or Americana as it's now known). Through previous zones, we've seen desolate wastelands, technological utopias, and open seas, all of which have done quite a bit of damage to our heroes as they've been tested over and over during their journey through the new America which is walled off and completely isolated. The first three volumes of this series have all been vastly different, and this is no exception, as the party is split and dragged not only across distance, but through time, as the group has to deal with the repercussions of the storied past of America and into a far-flung and malleable future in Zone History.

Jesi/Which-Where and her new partners soon learn what the drug Candi has been developing really does: It gives humans super-human strength. 

Who knew a baking contest could be so dangerous? John Allison’s Tackleford mystery series has a new chapter in Dark Horse Comics' The Great British Bump-Off, but beware: The recipes may be tasty, but some are DEADLY!

It wasn’t long ago that I discovered Dan Watters’ name when I read Home Sick Pilots. What started out as one story became the most dizzying comic book reading experience I had had in some time. It was genuinely unpredictable, absolutely tremendous, and completely punk. I cheered a little inside when I saw his name on The Seasons Have Teeth.

With Matt Kindt’s first graphic novel from his burgeoning imprint Flux House (Dark Horse), we’re once again in the realms of noirish detective work - a genre Kindt loves and that I love him for.

In the previous issue, Jesi/Which-Where’s battle with the Oni has given them a glimpse into their greatest fears. But can or will it use that information against her?

Previously on The Vampire Slayer: Well, Buffy finally learned the truth: that she was the Slayer until her powers and purpose were siphoned into Willow in an ill-advised bid to help her. While Buffy is still pissed (and powerless), she’s determined to save Willow from herself, and in the process, well, the world, too.

I was raised Unitarian by a father who strongly believed that the best way for children to be exposed to religion was through learning about a variety of faiths to examine what resonates most. I have a wide knowledge of world religions; however, when the opportunity to review Plough Publishing’s latest graphic novel, By Water, passed through my inbox, the name Felix Manz piqued my interest as a total unknown in my past education.  I knew about Martin Luther and how he spurred the first major division in Christianity, but I had no real knowledge of how the numerous other Christian sects developed or even what the major differences might be!  By Water presents one of the earliest breaks in the Protestant sects in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1525 when a devoted young man who felt that non-violence, shared community, and adult baptism were keys to true Christian faith stood against the religious majority.

Dipping into the Kickstarter pile again, I ran across another comic I’ve been meaning to read: The Adept, an intriguing martial arts story with a female lead.

Set five years into the future we last saw in Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer, Thessaly (Willow and Tara’s daughter) has now assumed the mantle of the Slayer. Buffy and Spike (irony of ironies) are her Watchers and guardians. Without giving too much away, the central plot has to do with the possible reemergence of a fan-favorite character, and it involves skipping across the pond back to the United States.

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