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After a disastrous encounter with the Tax Collector and his goons, the crew is on a time crunch to get the medical supplies Simon needs to save a life. Issue #3 has a few surprises thrown in for good measure, and there are a few character moments that feel like they’re building up to something big.

Ruby is back 150% as the Geek-Girl I fell in love with in the first mini-series as she faces off with another nemesis on the cover of Geek-Girl #9.  I had no clue who the sunglass-wearing blond lady might be, but watching Ruby go hand to hand with another super is part of what drew me into this world.   It also gave me hope that we’d see some intense match ups after a few issues focusing on introspection and character development (all great things, but I was ready for some exciting action).

Redemption and second chances. It’s that type of character, flawed but seeking deliverance from their past in the world, that we love to see. The underdog. The wronged. Those fighting for justice. All these themes are prevalent in Eden, a ComiXology Originals graphic novel.

Set in an alternate universe that was briefly glimpsed in BOOM!’s first foray into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 25th Anniversary Special, The Vampire Slayer sees Willow taking on the titular mantle, with Giles as her Watcher, and Buffy and Xander as her Scoobies. While much of the dynamic seems familiar, this is definitely a different side of Willow and Buffy’s relationship.

Previously on Angel: Well, the identity of the sorrow demon has been cleared up, and it’s none other than the Groosalugg. On the other hand, there’s also a literal poop demon (a.k.a. Lord Lanugo) running about. Good thing is that Angel’s back to normal. Now, time for a plan.

Synopsis: Bart Bartson is getting settled in his (hopefully!) temporary foster home. And by getting settled, I mean he’s enduring the bullying by Madame Stockholm and her obnoxious nephew, Roddy. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like he’s alone, whether in real life or in his imagination.

As Honeysuckle, Marc, and Templeton walk to Denver, they come upon a police officer who is using convicts to help clear the road of bodies.

Daisy #5 concludes the dark and nightmarish tale about the offspring of the Nephilim and the teenage girl that was destined to change things. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer with its anti-patriarchal stance and throw in a bit more Dante-esque sensibilities and you get a decent idea of the tone of this series. Colin Lorimer saved his most epic work on Daisy for his finale, and if there were any stops before, consider them all pulled out. After the raised stakes of the previous issues, this one tops it both visually as well as thematically. With Daisy now in a position to make a drastic change, Bezaliel makes his final play, calling upon higher powers to unite with his cause.

This new story arc is being released in honor of the 40th anniversary of The Rocketeer. Wait—40 years? That can’t be right! Didn’t it come out in 1991?

The story explored in this issue of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller is a bit different from the previous one—as well as from the original series. The tale is set in a relatively modern setting, seemingly around the 20th century. Does that make it any less of a folktale, or any less worthy to be included in this collection? Not at all.  It’s just as magical, just as timeless, and just as engaging as The Storyteller’s usual fare. It also may or may not have made me cry.

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