The nitty-gritty: Post-Hellmouth, Buffy is readjusting to her new reality. One where she’s no longer the only Chosen One, and where she has lost her best friends, Willow and Xander. One where she and Robin Wood are spending a lot more time together, and so are Rose and Kendra. Things could get kinda messy.
Who tells the story of the storyteller? They themselves would weave a most fantastical tale from whence they came, foregoing truth for tantalization and admission for admiration. It's the periphery that speaks plain. An unnoticed blur among the throng. A whisper of a thought. Just another shadow cast on a wall in a castle made for a Goblin King.
Crowded Volume 2: Glitter Dystopia is the perfect reason to explain why comic books are such an amazing storytelling medium. The creative team behind Crowded has elevated what was already an outstanding start in Volume 1 by enhancing the relationship between main characters Charlie and Vita. Although the first volume starts with a Reapr campaign designated to pay loads of money to the person who kills Charlie, Crowded: Volume 2 tells its story for readers who are completely new to it.
Welcome back to my favorite comic on the shelf, Mercy! As a fan of Jane Austen novels, steampunk things, and Gothic horrors, this really hits the target for me. Let me bring you back to the small town of Woodsburgh, a town draped in mystery and darkness, and the current residence of the beautiful, yet creepy, Lady Hellaine. So, let's pick up where we left off.
If you are a fan of the ever-desired crime and murder shows that populate the networks, then I hope you have taken a dive into crime noir comics. Whenever I recommend this genre to people, they are often surprised that comics like this exist. They do, and they are AWESOME which segues nicely into my review of Image Comics' newest ongoing crime story, That Texas Blood.
Previously, on Angel + Spike: Angel is a bit more introspective than before, having faced some of his demons in the Hellmouth. Having seen what things go bump in the night, Officer Lockley is understandably… perturbed. Fortunately for her, she’s not alone in the fight. Unfortunately, it looks like things are about to get combustible for her.
Amid rising tensions between Hong King and China, and especially given that this year was the first in thirty years that Hong Kong was not allowed to hold vigils commemorating the violence in Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen 1989 seems especially prescient; it seems to speak both to the memory of the violence itself and to mourn the recent losses in the ongoing struggle for Democracy that Hong Kong has engaged in for decades. Not only does this text feel especially of a moment, but it's also both an excellent primer for younger readers who may not have learned about Tiananmen Square in school and a nuanced account of the political, social, and cultural upheavals preceding that attack.