Quick recap: With Merlin playing matchmaker, Beowulf and King Arthur had their macho meet-cute, complete with beating up on each other, and then - like all rom-coms - they made nice and teamed up against the evil monster and her hellspawn… or y’know, the monster-slaying grandma with a shady past and her very well-built grandson.
Watercolor is generally seen in pastels, an art form more suited for calming meadows than gritty noir horror, but Killadelphia blows that notion right out of the water.
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In an alternate near future, the United States has walled itself off from the rest of the world. Known as the “Sealing,” no one outside the walls had heard a word from inside the USA until thirty years later when a pandemic called Sky rages across the globe. Two political entities, Alliance Euro-Afrique (AEA) and the Pan-Asian Prosperity Zone, pick up a message from a Dr. Sam Elgin, inviting them to America to help them deal with the plague. A team is assembled consisting of two diplomats, a journalist (Valentina Sadoval), an epidemiologist (Charlotte Graves), her brother, Major Graves, a Col. Bukowski, and an American History specialist (Dr. Kenyatta). Their mission is to fly a pre-approved path to Colorado to meet with Dr. Elgin who was once part of a project called Aurora.
Quick recap of “New Sheriff in the ‘Verse” so far: While Mal is still playing Sheriff in the ‘Verse, he’s still looking out for his own. It’s becoming obvious that the killer is out to cause him hurt, and it would appear that he has his sights set on Mal’s closest and dearest. Inara learns from a high-ranking Blue Sun contact that the threat may actually be coming from within Blue Sun, which seems fairly obvious given the killer’s arsenal and tech.
Quick recap: The Hellmouth has been muzzled. After losing Xander, an unsettled and heartbroken Willow made the decision to temporarily leave Sunnydale... which is where we find her in this miniseries.
Eve Stranger’s trade paperback is beyond the simple binding of the various issues into a single form. It’s a celebration of the series, and I am excited to join in.
Don’t get confused; this is not Marvel Comics' Miss America, though we do see versions of Marvel characters in this Image comic, which felt odd. This is America Vazquez, a character developed by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta; she was their updated version of the character from Marvel Comics that first appeared back in the 1940s. To read more about the semi-confusing history of both Americas and how they relate, check out this article from The Hollywood Reporter.
Rook and Olwyn make several costly detours on their journey to Isola, the faraway land of the dead. The people they meet, and the sorcery they encounter, threaten their mission and reveal long-hidden secrets that could permanently tear the companions apart. The creative team of Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl vivify their already breathtaking and immersive high-fantasy adventure in Isola Vol. 2.