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I was not expecting that. I started reading this first issue of Spy Island really having no idea what to expect, but I was not expecting that. And that, folks, that was amazing. The synopsis is in the title. We’re on an island in the Bermuda Triangle, and there are spies, but also - and hold onto your hats - because I’m not going to give away what else is on this island. Why would I ruin that?

Many of the Life Drawn graphic novels from Humanoids have a similar story device to help push the action forward, that of the first-person narrator. We get a firsthand retelling of (sometimes) real-life emotional turmoil, and, because of that, some of the books can start off feeling like an echo of something you’ve already read. This can be both welcoming, like returning to something you love, and at the same time toy ever so slightly with your patience, as you want the book to open new doorways into different lives.

As we round into the final three issues of the series, it's been quite a ride. From humble beginnings, our duo of bank-robbing sexual deviants has gone through breakups, fights against sexually powered enforcement officers, and so much more. Throughout all of this, the big bad of the series has been Kuber Badal, an obscenely rich executive and operator of BankCorp. who has some pretty sinister ties to our promiscuous heroes. As we get into the very final stages of this series, things have taken a turn, with Suze taking dramatic steps towards ending things once and for all.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic came to an end after nine exciting seasons. It was a show of unique caliber, appealing to its core demographic but wielding enough complexity to attract fans of many different ages and backgrounds. Take me, for instance. I’m a mid-twenties man who didn’t know the first thing about My Little Pony, but when asked to watch the show with my significant other, I discovered a sophisticated, clever show that had a lot to say. I just finished the series about a week before writing this review, and that's what inspired me to return to the My Little Pony comic series in the form of today’s review: My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Omnibus, Volume 1.

Growing up, my mother would go through different “kicks,” as she would put it. For one six-month period, it was all Jane Austen movies and books, and then Norse mythology. The longest "kick" - and the one I found the most interesting - was her Arthurian period, where she became obsessed with all things related to King Arthur lore. During this time, she read books like Mists of Avalon and watched many on-screen versions of the stories with me by her side. Once I was old enough, she let me read T.H. White’s Once and Future King which I inhaled. Let me just say that the new title from BOOM! Studios, Once & Future, is definitely not a retelling of the classic story, but a modern twist on the classic lore that is King Aurthur.

An unsteady alliance forms between the captive Husdoni soldiers and their former Yanqui slaves, but time is running out before the Devas' planned desolation. Protector #3 brings us closer to the characters and tests their loyalties to each other, as their journey into the wastelands begins.

Comic books.  With their intense visuals and heavy focus on plot and characters, the medium can be much more engaging than other literary means of storytelling.  We live in new and interesting times, and although the past has always seemed to have had it worse, fear can lay waste to an individual's psyche when the stream of consciousness is battered with Dread.  That’s why comic books will be our savior.  And Dread our new law.  No, not that Dread.  Dredd.

Previously on Angel + Spike: Angel is on the case… some creepy dude with no eyes and a thing for biting people. The irony is rather rich. LAPD Officer Kate Lockley is also investigating which inevitably brings them together.  

Quick recap: While the McGuires (and Rose) successfully staved off Arthur’s attempt at bringing xenophobia back in style, they did not come out of the experience unscathed. Having learned of his family’s history and accepting the nature of his calling, Duncan is a bit more jaded now, and his relationship with Bridgette is strained. Meanwhile, Elaine is out there, doing stuff after meeting Merlin.

A confluence of characters occurs in the final issue of the first story arc of Matt Kindt and Matt Smith’s Folklords, and while some questions are answered, many more arise, giving way to a grander story and a greater good that needs to be accomplished. I’m excited!

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