Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Fanbase Press Contributor

Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Fanbase Press Contributor

When you’re running for your life, sometimes, you can’t be too choosy about who you go to for help.

One of the finds I made at San Diego Comic-Con this year was the trade paperback of Vindication by MD Marie.  A taut crime thriller set in Los Angeles, it explores the ever-growing distrust between law enforcement and the African-American community that it is sworn to protect.

The flying turtles are back! I was wondering when we’d see them again. They were shown briefly in Issue #1, and I’ve been looking for them ever since.  Despite not seeing any flying turtles for a couple of issues, the team of Lemire and Nguyen do not disappoint in this fourth issue of the ongoing series.

In this new space adventure sequel to the Descender series by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, we hit the ground running in the third issue.  With the discovery of Andy’s former pet dog robot, Bandit, Mother’s goons are on their trail to capture the forbidden tech and the family; however, we learn that Mila is not too young to know how to kill, especially when her father is threatened.

I first started reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' books when I was about twelve. First, I went through the John Carter of Mars series. (Full disclosure – I liked the movie.) Then, there was the Venus series, and then I made it through the first couple of Tarzan books before I got distracted by something. I was twelve. It happens. All I knew was that I wanted a Thark as my next best friend. So, when I found out that Amy Chu had written a prequel about Dejah Thoris before J.C. showed up, I had to go and buy it.

There are many things on my bucket list, and playing Halo is one of them. In the meantime, the next best thing is to read the comics. And I’m so glad I did.

Looking for a new space adventure? Then, I may have found the one you are looking for.  A sequel to Descender, we are dropped into a universe where technology has been systematically destroyed by a new religion led by a non-human creature who is referred to as Mother. It is unclear yet whether her power is based on magic, the supernatural, or something else.  Humans are outliers on every habitable world that we’ve seen so far, and being caught with technology is punishable by death.

Well, bah. I’m late to the party for Descender, but not too late to get in on the ground floor of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s continuation in the upcoming series, Ascender.  The original series centered on Tim-21, a robot who lived in a galaxy where androids were illegal and humans hunted them. The new series carries over a few characters from the previous series, along with introducing new ones, but with a fantasy twist.

The following is an interview with author John Hemry (a.k.a. Jack Campbell), known for his work on The Lost Fleet, The Lost Stars, and The Genesis Fleet series. In this interview, Fanbase Press Contributor Madeleine Holly-Rosing chats with Hemry about the inspiration behind his novels, his creative process and approach to writing, and more!

I still remember reading The Handmaid's Tale novel by Ms. Atwood when I was a teenager.  It was a horrifying look at a future that, at that time, I felt was little more than a fantasy.  Too young to understand the implications of a government based on theonomy (a hypothetical Christian form of government in which society is ruled by divine law), it resonates even more so today as we now face religious extremism in our daily lives. (I made my mother read it back then, and I’m not sure she appreciated it.)

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