Zetian has always struggled to be the ideal of Chinese femininity. She loathes her useless bound feet and how her family values her brother, father, and grandfather over any of the women. When her older sister becomes a concubine to a war lord pilot and ends up dead, Zetian’s rage focuses on the system of using young women to help fuel Chrysalises (giant robots that fight against strange alien creatures outside of human civilizations) and help young men obtain military fame. Her natural mental strength propels her to the highest concubine ranks, where she successfully overcomes her male partner while mind melded and earns the name Iron Widow, a concubine who kills any Chrysalis partner. How will the government react to Zetian’s intense abilities, and will she be punished for the crime of murdering a war hero? Can a young woman from the provinces rise to power in a society that prizes city-bred, educated men over everyone else? Only time will tell.
About halfway into this series, a pivotal moment occurred, and I involuntarily cackled and proclaimed, “That’s fucking cool!” Cause it was!
After Sarah and Miss LaFleur find Arlen Quincy hiding in the walls of his own house, it becomes apparent that he faked his own death. But why?
Every issue of Home Sick Pilots that I read blows my mind. I’m generally good at sussing out where something is going; there’s a natural step by step progression that - when it happens - is almost like it was obvious that it was supposed to happen that way. Every step forward that this series takes makes complete and total sense, it’s so freaking crazy that I don’t know what could happen next. No idea. In every issue, a new element is added that just keeps the ball sailing further out of the stadium.
Wynd has grown from a personal story of escape from a bigoted city into a world of political intrigue and war games. Our scrappy band of heroes, now with Wynd 2.0 at their helm, is having to step up their game, because a bunch of nasty Vampyres want their wings back, and there’s only one way to get them… start a war. Who lives and who dies after the chaos of the last issue? I guess you’ll just have to read issue 10 to find out!
The lowdown: This is a direct sequel to Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, loosely inspired by the events of the Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3 video games, with the addition of characters from later games that were retconned into the story with later video game installations.
This one-shot was surprisingly potent. It’s the first time Mike Mignola has written something with someone other than Christopher Golden in a short while. Chris Roberson certainly brings a dynamic that’s fresh and helps build a lot out of very little.
In 1967, Star Trek first explored the concept of parallel universes in the second season episode, "Mirror, Mirror." In it, Captain Kirk found himself in a reality in which humans had formed the Terran Empire and were brutal rulers, the opposite of the peaceful explorers the audience was so familiar with. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine revisited this universe several times, establishing that the Terran Empire was overthrown by the Klingons and the Cardassians and the human race was enslaved. In 2017, IDW began their exploration of this universe with several mini-series featuring the crew of The Next Generation. In the same continuity of DS9, remains of the Terran Empire still exist, fighting a resistance against the Klingons and Cardassians. Star Trek: The Mirror War #0 is the beginning of a 13-issue series which continues this story.
Tales of an apocalypse in the making have been popular in comics for a while. Whether it’s a zombie tale like The Walking Dead or a gender extinction like Y: The Last Man, society and humanity are always in deep trouble with little hope of survival. What makes a series like Dark Horse’s Last Flight Out unique is its timing. Coming out after (and clearly influenced by) the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, this series is able to bring in elements of real life that would have seemed to be pure fantasy a mere 2 years ago.
Last month, I momentarily thought I was going to get a new Jeff Lemire series that wasn’t related to Black Hammer. I love every moment we get in the world of Black Hammer, but I also like to dip into creators’ heads in different ways, as well. I loved, loved, loved Gideon Falls. So, when I saw Mazebook pop up, I was really excited to read it. My excitement has been appeased.