Comic Reviews 02/15/2017

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My Little Pony Friends Forever #37

Rarity is excited to work on Sapphire Shores’ next big concert! What should be a dream job could turn into a nightmare when Rarity discovers that she’ll need to work closely with a pony with a checkered past… Trixie!

For being the next to the last issue of the Friends Forever run, it wasn’t really that great.  The art wasn’t the worst that the series has offered, but it certainly wasn’t inspired either.  Not to mention the plot doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Sure, Trixie did some pretty crappy things, and I’m not sure where this takes place in relation To Where And Back Again, but we do know that by this point Starlight Glimmer practically lives with Twilight.  For Rarity to just completely dismiss Trixie out of hand doesn’t go with previous plot developments.  Not to mention Rarity saying she didn’t know to make the dress shorter and less flammable because she hadn’t listened to Trixie.  Trixie had said numerous times that she was working on fireworks for the show and Rarity even flippantly remarked on it.  Hopefully, the final one will be able to make up for this train wreck.

 

 

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Black Panther World of Wakanda #4

“DAWN OF THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS” CONTINUES! With their king shamed and their queen dead, Ayo and Aneka take justice into their own hands….Learn the secrets behind the events that led into the 2016 sales smash BLACK PANTHER #1!

I’m going to be sad to see these ladies go, but I suppose at some point we will run into the beginning of the 2016 series, which is likely going to be very soon.  My biggest issue with this series is the fact that we can never seem to have the lesbian couples be happy in comics.  Just let the wlw be happy for once, that’s all I ask.  Also, clearly we know that Aneka and Ayo don’t quite die yet since they’re still kicking in Black Panther.

 

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Poe Dameron #11

Things are heating up for Poe Dameron and super-spymaster C-3PO! The First Order is on their tail…and Terex’s evil cronies as well. Not to mention… Who’s feeding information to the First Order in the first place?

My hopes and dreams for Kare surviving this series have just circled down the toilet.  I would much rather have her alive and evil than dead, but there doesn’t seem to be much of another explanation for her absence from The Force Awakens.  Unless she was pregnant.  Let’s go back to the pregnant theory.  Unfortunately, Poe is still being a poor excuse for a Han Solo wannabe.

Also, I sense an FN-2187 cameo sometime in the near future.  Then again, I also believed Kare was the traitor in a blind hope that she was still alive.

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Harley Quinn (2016 -) #14

“RED MEAT”! Red Tool lives up to his name and Poison Ivy drops by as Harley investigates what is happening to New York’s disappearing homeless population!

Is this the official plot line for the entire arc, or what’s going on here?  I’ve had no Red Tool, no Poison Ivy, and the homeless are just starting to disappear.  In fact, my issue is all about a giant blue naked man coming out of the underworld who sets off on a quest to overtake Earth.  Like, is that the plot for the next story arc, because I’m pretty sure this one is called Nether Regions.  At least that bit with the Joker is finished.

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God Country #2

As Emmett Quinlan attempts to rebuild his family and his home after the devastating tornado that broke them, something otherworldly screams through the sky under a banner of WAR. The GODS have come to Texas—and they do not intend to leave it empty handed.

I love this series and am intrigued to know what else this magical sword can do for Emmett.  And what it’s going to ask of him in return for all it’s magical powers.

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“A FALLEN HOUSE” Maggie leads the survivors from the Hilltop to Alexandria…to see it overrun with the dead. ALSO, HOLY CRAP! THERE ARE TWO ISSUES OF THE WALKING DEAD THIS MONTH!

Rick and Neagan make the world’s worst power couple.  The panel with Andrea on the rearing horse gives me life.  It’s also intriguing to think about where the series could go should Rick come to an untimely demise.  Right now, it looks like they might be setting up for Carl to take over.  But I have a few, better suggestions for them: Andrea, Michonne, Jesus, Maggie.  And then in the aftermath Andrea and Maggie can hook up and become the world’s best power couple to make up for all the weird Neagan Rick stuff going on now.

 

Comic Reviews 02/08/2017

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Deadpool the Duck #3 of 5

Rocket Raccoon? Roxxon? Where are Wade Wilson and Howard the Duck? On a mission to get their own bodies back, of course! Deadpool the Duck is in over his head (tail feathers?) in this out-of-world adventure!

I enjoy this much more than the last Deadpool series I started.  In fact, the last one I stopped after about three issues and don’t intend to keep those if I could sell them.  Deadpool the Duck, however, I’ll probably keep on through the end, especially since there’s only two more.

Their constant bickering makes the comic entertaining, if nothing else, and there’s always the question of what’s going to happen to Rocket Raccoon.  If they don’t manage to cure him of the rabies, will Wade Wilson make him into a rug?  A fancy Davy Crocket hat?  Perhaps we’ll never know.  Mostly because I don’t think they would actually kill off Rocket Raccoon in a Deadpool comic.

 

 

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Star Wars Doctor Aphra #4

Aphra’s father has led her straight into danger – of course. Her business on Yavin 4 concluded, Aphra journeys off…in search of one of the most powerful weapons imaginable!

I love Doctor Aphra so much, I almost want to investigate the Darth Vader comics.  Almost, but not quite.  Perhaps it has something to do with my desire to see Star Wars leading ladies that are not white brunettes, but unfortunately, it looks like that’s what we’re stuck with in the movies for the foreseeable.  And people wonder why I’m starting to like the expanded universe more than the actual movies.  Here’s a few reasons: Doctor Aphra, Sinjir, Shara Bey, Kare Kun, Poe Dameron (who admittedly is in the movies, but even some fans don’t think he’s that important to the overall plot).

Doctor Aphra and her murderbots are causing mass chaos on Yavin 4, just the way it should be.  You know who else has murderbots?  Snap, Jessika Pava, Cassian Andor.  I love murderbots almost as much as they do.

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Torchwood 2.1

Gwen Cooper has been pulled away from her domestic bliss by the reappearance of Captain Jack Harkness, and his companions, the crew of the alien tech-filled ship the Ice Maiden. No sooner has Gwen rejoined the team, than they has to contend with jetski-riding ninjas, a mystery involoving an alien race known as the Navigators, the return of the roguish Captain John Hart, and the revelation that the current Lady of Torchwood House, Karina is far from what she seems. As we rejoin events in the midst of a stand-off, things are more than a little tense…

I really love Torchwood, okay?  Some people seemed surprised by that fact, and I don’t understand why.  Torchwood is amazing.  Also, a lot of the comics I read have a common element, so cookies to anyone who can figure out what that is.  Most of them.  There are a few outliers that don’t fit the pattern, but mostly they have the one major thing in common.  Oh, and since I love Torchwood so much, I would continue to but this one even if it sucked.  Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.  Although I have discovered that there are Torchwood books that I am missing, and I aim to fix that as soon as possible.

Oh, it bears mentioning that this is Torchwood back when it was good, not when they decided to screw everything up.  We love that they specifically tell you what trade you’re buying from.  I wish all comics would do that instead of having me guess all the time.  Is it four, is it six, is it five, seven?  No one knows.

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Wonder Woman (2016-) #16

“GODWATCH” part one! Since the moment Wonder Woman arrived in our world, Godwatch has been waiting. But who are they, and what do they want? Diana’s journey to the truth continues with the origin of what may prove to be her greatest enemies.

I love Wonder Woman, but I’ve almost had about enough of this.  I’m lost now.  I figured that it would get easier to follow the further into the storyline we got, but instead it just got more confusing.  This is the opposite of progress.  But at this point it’s like, I’m sixteen volumes in, do I really want to quit now?

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Jessica Jones #5

Jessica made some tough choices to save her husband and child from the clutches of the latest hateful madness that has hit the Marvel Universe. But was it enough? Another all-new chapter from Jessica’s original creators. The new adventures of Jessica Jones that you’ll only find right here.

Ah yess, I knew Jessica Jones wouldn’t let me down!  I was a little hesitant about this series at first for a number of reasons.  One, my experience with the character was limited to the Netflix show.  Two, they kept saying about how this was an integral part of the Marvel Now universe and I wanted nothing to do with that.  I just wanted to read a comic about Jessica Jones, not break my wallet.

I’m so glad I decided to stick with this one, because at volume five, towards the end of the first trade, things really start to get good.  The woman’s husband that she was hired to track in the first volume has killed his wife, and his reasoning might just destroy the fabric of the universe.  At least for Jessica.  Of course, her friends in the Avengers already started taking care of that on their own, but the real question is, how far down the rabbit hole are we going to go?

That’s it for this week!  Tune in next week for more My Little Pony, some more Walking Dead with maybe some death this time, and the answer to our most burning question, will Poe Dameron ever return or are we going to be stuck with this Han Solo knock off til someone finally pulls the plug?

Comic Reviews 02/01/2017

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Harley Quinn (2016-) #13

“Joker Loves Harley” finale! Just how did a gentle, “reformed” Joker come to arrive at Harley’s doorstep when everyone believed him dead and gone? The answer’s in this issue-and it’ll shock you!

I was disappointed in this issue.  How many creepy stalkers does Harley Quinn need?  At least this leaves us with one less, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s getting stale.  Next week promises no more Joker for now.  We could keep the Joker away forever, and I would be completely okay with that.

 

 

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The Walking Dead #163

NEW STORY ARC “CONQUERED” In the aftermath of The Whisperer War: ALL IS LOST. ALSO, HOLY CRAP! THIS ISSUE IS 25¢ CENTS TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF IMAGE COMICS!

So much happening, especially since this is a longer issue.  Michonne and Jesus are doing something a little risky for my comfort.  On top of that, I spend every issue thinking that Andrea is going to die.  I feel like she has a giant target on her back every time she’s on the page given her current status.  Although, given the current situation, could be story arc be Rick’s final stand?  In that case, who do we follow from there?  Carl?  Andrea?  I would love reading the next 140 issues with Andrea at the center.

 

 

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #50

“Chaos Theory” Part 3 (of 3). Discord’s new form threatens to take over all of Equestria! When the Elements of Harmony prove ineffective, the final gambit rests in Starlight Glimmer’s hoofs!

Special 50th issue that is two dollars more than a normal issue!  Ridiculous!  It’s even more jarring when you realize that The Walking Dead was only 25 cents this week.  I guess it’s true what they say: there are two types of comic publishers in the world.  The one that makes things cheaper to celebrate and the one that jacks the price up.  I’m sure they justified it by including the second little story with Discord and Celestia at the end, but the art is so horrifying that it doesn’t really make it worth the price.  The story itself is cute, but the art in the added chapter made my eyes want to bleed.

The conclusion to Chaos Theory was decent, I suppose.  Was that a picture of Sunset Shimmer when Starlight Glimmer said something about being friends with a mirror’?  I don’t know, the highlights of the ending was Discord breaking as many fourth walls as he possibly could.  Still not sure it was worth the additional two dollars.

 

 

Comic Reviews 01/25/2017

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Black Panther (2016-) #10

RETURN OF THE QUEEN! Shuri is reborn anew… New powers, a new codename and a new target: the Midnight Angels. The newly independent Dora Milaje make their final accord with Tetu and The People…T’Challa takes an audience with the voice of dissent, Changamire. But will both men finally listen to reason?

I can’t believe this is ending.  All the comics I read are ending.  At least I still have The Walking Dead.  Kirkman’s ego is so huge that I’ll probably have The Walking Dead until he dies.  (Note: this is why I will not be surprised when I find out that The Walking Dead has a set end day on Wednesday.)  Ironically, I picked this up the same week as I picked up the second trade of Shuri being the Black Panther, having just been introduced to that arc through the half off table at Pittsburgh Comics.  Now I just need to pick up the first trade to finish that story arc.

In the meantime, I am going to pretend that this is not ending, as this was my first superhero comic, and eagerly await the movie.

 

 

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Grimm Vol. 2 #5

The race for the artifact is on and Juliette is charging head first at her real enemy, Adalind! This action-packed finale is filled with chases, fights, and maybe even a few explosions that need to be seen to be believed!

I’ll admit, I have not watched Grimm for a very long time.  Certain events that transpired, but more importantly how the events were handled in the aftermath, left a bad taste in my mouth and I haven’t watched a single episode since.   I hear its been cancelled.  Much as I once loved the show, I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go.

Grimm Vol 2 on the other hand highlighted everything I loved about Grimm in the first place.  Not only that, it focused entirely on the women of the show, who did get a lot of the short end of the stick during airtime.  It also covers the pivotal time period in which Juliette is just coming into her powers, which probably should have been covered on the show.  I guess that’s the beauty of these tie-in comics.  They can fix things that their respective shows/movies fail to address.  Also, yes, Juliette, punch that bitch!

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Wonder Woman (2016-) #15


“THE TRUTH” part one! Diana has finally seen the full scope of how her life and history have been transformed…unfortunately, the knowledge has driven her completely insane!

I love the character of Wonder Woman.  I really do.  But she’s not the only one being driven completely insane.  This whole every other issue story line is driving me absolutely batty!  It’s not a reader friendly format, and I’m still wondering if its worth buying them like this or if I should just save up my reward money and buy the trades as they’re released.

 

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Reborn #4

MILLAR & CAPULLO’s epic sci-fi fantasy story continues. Bonnie and Tom are chained and dragged to Black Wish Mountain, where they are confronted by a vengeful fi gure from the past. Will they escape to fi nd Harry, or be turned over to Lord Golgotha?

Again with the cat thing?  Seriously, are all cats like this or was it just this one dickish cat that happens to be like this.  I do like that for being a savior figure, Bonnie is not above mass murder.  Sure, they’re evil, but it does add a nice bit of moral ambiguity to the character.  Which is something that is sorely needed at this point.

I’m still standing by my earlier assertion that her husband is evil somewhere in the afterlife.  In fact, what are the chances that he’s going to be that horned evil dude?

Nice ending…. Not.  That was completely horrifying and I’m going to pretend that it never happened.

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Friends Forever #36

This is it!  This is what I’ve been waiting for!  I’ve waited years for this! (Years might be a slight exaggeration.)  Ever since I started reading the Friends Forever series, I wanted one with Soarin.  Rainbow Dash was my preferred partner, but I was willing to accept someone else.  Maybe Quibblepants.  That would have been amazing.  My checklist for a Soarin Friends Forever comic included:

  • Soarin rescuing someone, preferably Rainbow Dash if she was the other pony involved
  • Soarin’s Wonderbolt status being called into question
  • Soarin being an all around badass

Oh, look, I got all three of my wishes!

Soarin did rescue Rainbow Dash (finally!) in one of the most beautiful panels that I’ve ever seen.  I’ve been waiting a very long time for Soarin to be the one to do the rescuing.

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We also had Soarin questioning his own Wonderbolt status, thinking that he’s no longer good enough due to Spitfire trying to replace him during the Equestria games and an off screen show that landed him in a tailspin.   The whole incident leads to a scene with Rainbow Dash offering him encouragement where they’ve taken refugee inside a cave in a dialogue that’s sounds a lot like “You’re the best,” “No, you’re the best.”

It’s a great exchange, though, because the only pony we’ve seen go through Wonderbolt initiation is Rainbow Dash, and I don’t think there was ever a doubt in anyone’s mind that she was going to be a Wonderbolt.  She’s a great flyer, and it’s something that comes easy to her.  Which is great.  But Soarin’s story is a bit different.  Soarin’s story is of a pony who knew he wanted to be a Wonderbolt but he always had to push himself a littler harder if he wanted to be ranked among the best.  And that’s an amazing things for kids to learn.  That natural talent helps, but not everyone is going to pursue their dreams with little ease.  It’s okay if the path you take to get there is a little harder, if you have to work a little more, if you have to dedicate your time to it.    And that it doesn’t diminish your accomplishment.  I mean, Soarin’s the second in command, and Rainbow Dash even calls him the heart of the Wonderbolts.

As for bullet point number three, he was taking on all those dangerous deliveries and did that amazing dive to save Rainbow Dash.

No ships sank or sailed in this issue.  If anything, they decided to go the OT3 route.

Ah, yes, another series that is ending.  That seemed to be the theme of most of the stuff I picked up this week.

Next week is a very special discount issue of The Walking Dead!  I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts about it.

Comic Reviews 01/18/2017

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Deadpool the Duck #2 (of 5)

What do you get when you take one cynical anthropomorphic duck (named Howard) and cross it with the smelliest (and most annoying) mercenary in the Marvel Universe? DEADPOOL THE DUCK! When Deadpool is sent on a mission from S.H.I.E.L.D. to capture a high-profile E.T. that is rampaging across the high plains, the snatch-and-grab turns out to be much more complicated than the Merc with a Mouth anticipated. One unfortunate wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time accident later leaves Deadpool and Howard fighting for control of the cutest mercenary the Marvel Universe has ever seen! Brought to you with words by Stuart Moore (CLOAK & DAGGER, THANOS: DEATH SENTENCE Novel) and art by Jacopo Camagni (DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS).

This series is weird.  Not bad weird, not yet, anyway, but it’s firmly in the weird category.  I’m mostly concerned about whether Deadpool is really going to make a cap out of Rocket Raccoon or not.  100% here for the Game of Thrones jokes.  We can add Game of Thrones jokes to anything at the moment considering my love-hate relationship with the series is currently set to hate.

 

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Star Wars Doctor Aphra #3

Aphra’s hunt for the Ordu Aspectu has led to the last place she wants to be…an Imperial encampment! The good doctor, her deadly droids and her Wookiee companion are in for trouble…

We need to take more time to acknowledge the WOC in the Star Wars expanded universe.  And by we, I mean LucasFilms.  And by acknowledge I mean they need to start showing up in the movies.  If I see one more post with Padme, Leia, Rey, and Jyn again tagged as the ladies of Star Wars as if they are the only women in the Star Wars universe, I might chuck a book at someone.  I don’t hold the graphics makers entirely responsible.  People shouldn’t have to be invested in the expanded universe just to get some WOC.  I hold LucasFilms entirely responsible.

Anyway, Doctor Aphra is amazing, and I love how its tying together so much using a comic exclusive character.  It’s really a thing of beauty, and the plot is quickly becoming more engrossing than the Poe Dameron series.  That I am still thinking about dropping after last week’s fiasco, so the bar was admittedly set kind of low on that one.

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Harley Quinn #12

“JOKER LOVES HARLEY” part two! Don’t ship Joker and Harley too hard! In this issue, the “reformed” Joker deceives Harley, and when that happens, she goes for his throat!

Let’s be real here, DC.  I don’t give a rat’s ass that the Joker loves Harley, and I certainly don’t ship it.  In fact, the only thing I want to see happening between the two of them is her finishing what she started in this one.  Honestly.  Give it a rest already.   I had to get the alternate cover for this one just because it didn’t say Joker loves Harley on it.

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3

DORA MILAJE NO MORE! T’Challa betrays all of Wakanda, forcing Ayo and Aneka to make the biggest decision of their lives…

Girlfriends on vacation is the best trend to ever come to comics.  It’s so wonderful, I’m not entirely sure anything else happened in this issue.  Yup.  Just girlfriends on vacation being happy together.  As a matter of fact, Harley Quinn should try this tactic again.  I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I would rather read one hundred issues of Harley and Ivy on vacation together instead of one more issue of Joker trying to win Harley back by being “reformed.”  Anyway, World of Wakanda has girlfriends on vacation.

Comic Reviews 01/11/2017

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Star Wars: Poe Dameron (2016-) #10

Poe and Threepio’s covert mission comes to an end! Can they escape with their informant intact? Or will Terex’s past come back to haunt them?

Poe Dameron was the reason why I started reading comics in the first place.  It was the reason why I sought out my local comic store so I could  read them on a monthly basis without the internet spoiling everything for me.  I was disappointed this week.  Consistent characterization must not be Soule’s strong suit.  Last issue, Poe was all for droids being valued members of society and all droids were his friends, and the rest of his squad is definitely his new family.  This month he’s threatening to give an uncooperative robot a robo-lobotomy and actually leaves one of his squad mates behind.  What the hell, Poe?  What happened to you from last month?  Does a stun blaster to the chest also cause personality disorder or is the writing just that bad?  There are no highlights to this month.  I want to purge this month’s issue from existence.

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Jessica Jones (2016-) #4

Jessica Jones latest case has revealed a new hidden evil in the Marvel Universe. An evil so terrifying she was willing to rip her family apart to save them from it. But was the sacrifice enough? Another all-new blistering chapter of Marvel’s premier detective.

I will admit that I fell in love with Jessica Jones after watching the show on Netflix.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I picked up the comic, but I quickly fell in love with the design of the covers.  And after the first four volumes, I can definitely say this is the Marvel comic I look forward to the most every month.  It started off slow, but things really started to pick up this time around.

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Wonder Woman (2016-) #14

“YEAR ONE” conclusion! With Steve Trevor by her side, Diana faces the God of War and embraces her destiny as Wonder Woman!

I’ve been on the fence with Wonder Woman for a few weeks now.  Do I continue?  Do I drop it because I’m broke and I’m not entirely sure if the biweekly format is worth it?  Will things ever start to come together?  Am I going to go see the movie this summer even with D.C.’s horrible record?  The answer to most of these questions remains to be seen, but at least this issue is worth it.  Or at least the battle sequence involving Wonder Woman, the patrons, and Ares.  I’m still interested in seeing where this is going, and I have discovered a soft spot for the character.  So it hasn’t been dropped yet.

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God Country #1

SERIES PREMIERE. Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn’t just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He’s now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State…“So much fun to watch creators fi nd that next level. Go, Cates, go!”—BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

 I first heard about God Country a few weeks ago when the workers at the comic book shop were talking about it.  However, they failed to say anything about the plot or what made it so interesting so I was very much on the fence when this one came out.  The art was what really sold me.  It’s different from what I’m used to, but utterly gorgeous.  The fact that we’re dealing with an apocalyptic story of biblical proportions is an added bonus.

Royal Assassin Chapter 1 Siltbay Review

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The continuing adventures of Wolfboy and the Cinnamon Roll.

Speaking of dreaming, in the first official chapter, Wolfboy is dreaming that he’s King Spider.  King Spider, who actually is getting old, and actually has real complaints but still worries about his people more than his own health.  He also gets a glimpse into the King’s magic, and is forced to watch a raid on one of his shores.  Unfortunately for Wolfboy, it turns out Princess Unattainabelle is in that village while it’s being raided, and he sees her clearly in the wreckage.  The vision ends before he can see whether or not she is alive.

Having decided that perhaps his current predicament is not so bad as being old, Wolfboy decides to return to the castle with the Cinnamon Roll, desperate to learn the true fate of Princess Unattainabelle.