Mid-30s geek type with a houseful of pets, books, DVDs, CDs, and manga
The most important thing to remember with any Watt O’Hugh novel is that time is not linear; in Watt’s case, it’s not even sequential most of the time. It’s been several years since I read the first two installments in Watt’s adventures as reluctant Western hero, time roamer, and member of the movement against the Sidonians, so re-entry into his quirky, time-defying story was a bit like participating in a polar bear swim: slightly terrifying, a little disconcerting, but ultimately refreshing and memorable.
Penny White always loved crossing into Lloegyr, but being trapped into the alternate world adds a new set of challenges to the already exhausted Anglican priest. With Peter out of her life, Raven (the charming search dragon) presses his suit more seriously. The groups of humans trapped in the alternate world need shelter and a means of support (Penny included), and Clyde finally pushes forward with his desire for ordination. Ministering to not-weres, facing the harsh prejudice against snail sharks, and an unexpected marriage proposal don’t help our protagonist find time to reconnect with God, and she may hit rock bottom before seeing what matters most.
Steven Prince, the creator of Monster Matador - the epic saga of a faith-based man fighting the monsters attacking our world to protect his daughter - decided to invite fellow creator Ryland Grant (Aberrant) to write a very different type of story in the Monster Matador universe. When a monster attacks Hollywood, who better to face it than the many aspects of comic book, TV, and movie legend, Batman? The only problem? The actors who portrayed the Caped Crusader don’t have any of Bruce Wayne’s gadgets; they just have his ego and money!
Visitations #4: Victrola of Doom, Scott Larson’s latest installment in his comic tribute to old Chicago, returns to a slightly lighter tone than the previous issue. It’s still darker than previous events such as the balloon race, but there aren’t as many heartbreaking societal issues in the foreground of the plot. (It may be a commentary on myself that I find murder less traumatic than sex trafficking.) At the center of the story is the titular Victrola which allegedly has a demon locked inside that will kill anyone who uses it to listen to a record. Given the main story is presented as a radio drama on vinyl being played for readers/the characters in the frame story, are we safe from the curse? It’s up to you to decide.
Young Michael struggles with feelings of wrongness and inadequacy and longs to become the “good boy” that will make his parents happy; however, Michael possesses a unique power: He has retained the ability to use magic into his tween years instead of forgetting that magic is real. When adult magic user Jonathon appears in the boy’s life, a battle between supernatural and mundane starts in Michael’s mind. Will he trust the stranger and learn how to harness his abilities, or will the monster under Michael’s bed conquer all?
Ruby Kaye is back in the game after Summer took a beating from Nina at the end of Geek-Girl Series #2 Volume 3! Neon Girl wants Maine’s resident geek superheroine to team up and take down the Legion of Larcenists, plus Ruby realizes once again who her true friends are. In the final pages, Geek-Girl gets the chance of a lifetime for a fledging Cape, but will she take it? Is it really what Ruby Kaye wants for her life, or is it just a little too much?
Unfortunately for Eric, igniting a gang war doesn’t just wipe out the “bad guys,” and local law enforcement swoops in to investigate the sudden rekindling of hostilities. (The two gangs had a truce.) Meanwhile, our vigilante has fled the scene carrying newswoman Yvonne Price to safety on the back of his motorcycle; however, the Devil Marauders haven’t been entirely wiped out, and one straggler is willing to tap into some occult texts to find an opponent no one in our world has ever seen.
Issue #8 of Monster Matador introduced a new threat for Ramon, our hero, to vanquish: a crab-like monster in Santa Monica, CA; however, he and Adelita have to cross a vast wasteland to face this new creature head on. In the ninth installment of the series, readers learn that while Ramon fights his way toward the coast, fierce warriors in Santa Monica attempt to protect their homes from the hostile sea beast, including a depressing cameo by a failed hero who shares similarities with a certain iconic caped crusader. It’s not all smooth sailing, but can Ramon finally make his way to Santa Monica and face the latest menace? Will there even be any civilization left to save when he arrives?
In the final pages of The Vexation of Vampires, Penny’s engagement with Peter fell apart when they realized they could not compromise on one of their most important differences: whether to have children. Author Chrys Cymri forces her protagonist to cope with her sorrow over the lost bond while torn between her duties to Earth and Lloegyr. A dead merwoman in an orca pool at a Sea World-like facility, a stolen submarine assignment from Sue Harkness, and providing spiritual guidance to both Skyler and Clyde give the priest plenty to do, and learning how to manage multiple commitments may just be part of Penny’s post-break up journey.
Issue #2 of Geek-Girl left Summer getting pummeled by one of Maine’s resident baddies after Ruby reclaimed the power-up glasses. A streak of good luck brings Neon Girl to her rescue, but Summer has to accept that while she didn’t do any major harm with the glasses, she’s a danger to herself without them if she fights crime. Meanwhile, Ruby allows her old friends to entice her back into their circle with a party and drinks at a local bar, but it just can’t stay quiet when the original Geek-Girl is back on the town!