Hello, gentle readers. We’re still in the “Ring of Fire” arc, so let’s check in real quick on where our favorite Slayer of the Vampyrs was. After the Hellmouth opened and Buffy hopped in to deal with it, another Slayer, Kendra, was Called. In order to save Buffy, Kendra and others descended into the Hellmouth, and they all emerged victorious. For now. Xander was lost, and Willow decided to take some time for herself. Buffy and Kendra are both currently under the watchful(?) eye of Rupert Giles, but there are some learning curves when the Chosen One is now the Chosen Ones. On top of everything, Anya warned Giles of the existence of a multiverse of Hellmouths… perhaps too many for even two Slayers to safeguard against. There, all caught up on the important stuff.
Matt Kindt is a storyteller among storytellers. Like Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman, he is able to take the familiar - the stories we know and love and repeat in our heads endlessly - and finds a way to reshape and reform them, giving us something new, fresh, and, sometimes, stories that feel dangerous. After all, what else in these fan-obsessive days feels more dangerous than toying with the stories we love.
"The Impact of Audio" review series will examine the impact that audiobook narration has on our relationship with the stories we love. We will be taking a look back at titles with which we may already be familiar, as well as exploring newly released publications . . . all with the goal of exploring how this vital form of storytelling connects us to the ways #StoriesMatter.
A fable of heroes and time. Canto II, the sequel to the original Canto story published last year, is a charming continuation of the clockwork knight and his almost David vs. Goliath fight for freedom for himself and the other clockwork people. The creators have stated many times that they were inspired by Dante’s Inferno and The Wizard of Oz, which shows in both the style of storytelling and the characters themselves.
Well, I am just going to say it: Joe Hill is a better writer than his father. I know! Blasphemy! But, man, can Joe tell a compelling story and not go on and on, being overly verbose for pages and pages about nothing. I love someone who can tell a good story and still be concise. Now, let’s get into the newest installment of Locke & Key.
After the dramatic turn of events and possible realignment of Team Angel, we take a breather and go back to a moment in Angel’s past. Angel does what he tends to do best: saving souls in need of aid. This time around, it’s a case involving an actress friend and the mystery of who killed her and why.
Most of the DC Universe Animated Movies are rated PG-13. This often allows them to deal with more mature themes, rather than trying to make it “for kids.” Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons is rated R. That means that in addition to those mature themes, we also get a lot of blood—and two f-bombs.
Life is a complicated thing. There are all sorts of obstacles that can get in the way, especially in tight-knit social circles. Growing up, the people around you are your family, whether they are related or not. And when you're also close with your family, it makes things even more of a potential issue. This is the conceit of Getting It Together, the newest series from Omar Spahi and Sina Grace. It follows the story of Jack, a young man with his own life struggles, also dealing with an ever-growing situation between those he really cares about. Anyone who has grown up with a close social group can recognize the situation: After a conversation about their relationship and the actions following that conversation get complicated, Sam and his girlfriend Lauren have a bit of a falling out. Given that Jack is not only Sam's best friend, but Lauren's brother, everything gets a bit out of hand as Jack tries to play the middle and help both of them, as well as live his own life.
Growing up in the 1980s, I was raised with strong, female role models. Girls had their pick of strong women in movies, TV, music, and books. It was a time that we were proud to be young women, and we couldn’t wait to grow up. As a tomboy, I still looked to some incredible women to find strength in my own life, and front and center of those heroes was Wonder Women.
I honestly think the person I am today was shaped by growing up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. My parents started showing it to me when I was so young that I don’t remember a time when Star Trek wasn’t something familiar to me. Picard was my first captain, and he will always be my favorite. His stoicism and logic with a dash of compassion is why, as an adult in certain situations, I will think, “What Would Picard Do?” (which, by the way, let's get some W.W.P.D bracelets made). So, I will say I was excited and nervous when they announced the new Picard TV show which I did love - great new faces and old. I also get extremely picky with Star Trek comics. I’d say I stopped reading about 75% of them after issue 1, because I didn’t feel like the author knew the voices of these characters like I did. The opposite happened to me today. Kudos to Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, because I could not stop reading Star Trek: Picard - Countdown.