Simon Moore's situation seems to keep getting worse and worse with each issue of Hadrian's Wall. He's been given the runaround, betrayed, tricked, and manipulated by members of the crew, as it relates to the death of Edward Madigan, a member of the team, as well as the husband of his ex-wife, Annabelle. This would be enough for anyone to deal with, but there's also the lingering problem of Simon's pill addiction. Oh, and rebels from the Earth-settled planet Theta have taken over the ship, making things much more difficult. Good times, it seems, for Simon.
What fools these mortals be.
Magic. It’s a word that can breed wonder and fear, suspicion and desire. It’s oft overlooked by those that find themselves at its mercy, and those that practice its arts tend to come to unnatural ends. This is precisely the kind of world that Leonie O’Moore gives to us in her new comic book, Invoked, where a family at the turn of the century inherits much more than the large mansion from an eccentric aunt. There are already tenants there, and not all of them are there voluntarily.
In issue #2 of Orphan Black: Deviations, tensions rise to extreme levels. No one knows who to trust or where answers may lie. As the Clone Club is busy trying to put the pieces of their complicated lives together, Heli Kennedy’s brilliant script conveys the idiosyncrasies of each character. Alison’s quips provide humorous moments amid intense interrogation of Sarah. And Beth is starting to develop more, as we see how she fits into the group. Since we don’t get to see these interactions in the show, it is refreshing to have her character so active and involved—even if she is just really angry and tense so far. We also witness her coping mechanism, which shows how much her character is struggling on the inside. Hopefully, once Sarah is welcomed into the group, Beth will be able to release some of her pain.
Reading the final, final chapter in the Life and Death series is like reading the first chapter in what should be a brand new series. A really good brand new series. I finally feel like Dan Abnett has hit upon a story that works and carries with it some authentic emotional weight and intelligence, and yet we’re simply wrapping up . . . or are we?
Any time that I see "Daniel Chabon, Editor" on the inside page of a comic, my ears perk up like a happy puppy who’s heard the word “treat.” He’s currently the rock star of Dark Horse Comics who is shepherding some of the best comics I know to shape and form. His current book is the new chapter in the Aliens world, James Stokoe’s Aliens: Dead Orbit.
The main story of this comic, The Flying She-Devils: Raid on Marauder Island, concerns a group of female air pirates in the South Pacific in the wake of World War II. Honestly, for me, that much alone is enough to sell me on this comic. Others may need more convincing, though, so I’ll expand on it a bit.