Although I don’t read many, I like a good mystery. I like watching a tangled web un-weave. I like watching our protagonist being dragged through the darkest, dankest, dreariest caverns of the human psyche to solve a puzzle. I’m not sure if Dead Inside by John Arcudi is going to match my ideals for a good murder mystery, but it’s off to a strong start on the writing side.
The disturbingly beautiful rendition of “Edelweiss” by Jeanette Olsson in the opening credits of The Man in the High Castle brings us to the alternate reality where the Nazis rule eastern America and the Japanese have control of the west coast. Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s short novel of the same title, The Man in the High Castle shows us an America that lost World War II; however, this world is not as simple as an alternate version of history. When videos inconsistent with this reality are discovered, showing America winning the war, the characters risk their lives trying to get their hands on the films. Season 1 left us wondering whose side characters were really on, with growing tensions between the Nazis, the Japanese, and a secret group called Resistance. The sci-fi element throughout Season 1 has been subtle but present enough to raise questions as to whether these characters can recover the history that we know. Season 2 provides similar suggestions of alternate realities coexisting, and the first episode, “The Tiger’s Cave,” leaves us anticipating another great season.
It’s a dark time for Brownouts everywhere. While this week will see the release of Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #2 (written by Chris Roberson and featuring the art of Georges Jeanty), with the plot thickening in many positive ways, all things Serenity and Firefly are immersed in the shadow of the passing of the incredibly talented actor behind our beloved Shepherd, Ron Glass. Ideally, there’d be something incredibly poignant or moving that I could write at this time, but it’s all already been said by the other members of his “crew,” so if you’re looking for comfort or to remember this warm and generous man, I’d point you in that direction.
“Welcome to the biggest brawl in the history of the universe!” That’s how writer John Layman starts issue three of Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. The title, along with the introductory line, stretches the imagination with what to expect from three of the most notorious fighters in fiction, while Layman also provides a solid summary of events from the first two comic books in this series.
After two seasons of the show, one movie, and one heck of a Wiki page perusal, I finally was about to take on the manga, Pyscho Pass Volume 1. Let me get you up to speed, and we can go from there.
Romain Baudy and Martin Trystram’s Pacific left me with the uncanny feeling that there’s something I missed. The graphic novel is a tale of the crew of a U-boat near the end of the Second World War, and one that begins in a mundane enough manner: a new crew member comes aboard, learning the ropes, being hazed by his crewmates as he’s introduced to the tight, unprivate quarters he’ll be restricted to in the coming weeks. One of his crewmates – though each is rendered as a recognizable individual, names are hard to come by – discovers a banned book amongst the newcomer’s belongings. Nazis were serious about their book banning, you know.