And then, there were four.
The second issue certainly cashes in on the promise of the first, and though there are some issues, I think this will be a series I’m going to enjoy.
John Connor has made a deal with the devil in Issue #11 of this twelve-issue mini-series of Dark Horse’s Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle. For those of you who don’t already know, the series is written by Joe Stracynski, with art by Pete Woods, and colors by Matthew Wilson.
Lara Croft has been a personal hero. I remember playing the original Tomb Raider game on PC, guns blazing, bats dying, all for the sake of exploration. She was the lady version of Indiana Jones, confident and cool, even when tombs were collapsing in on her. So, when the latest game reviews said Lara was so drastically different both physically and mentally, I had some reservations. I never got around to playing the new Tomb Raider title, but after reading Tomb Raider Volume 1: Season of the Witch, I will definitely give it a go.
Swords, sorcery, mystical creatures, and elementals fill the world of Michael Moorcock’s epic fantasy world. Though this is my first time venturing to Melinbone and her Emperor, as someone who grew up on Dungeons & Dragons in the '80s, I feel right at home. Magic swords, epic quests, and gods dallying in the lives of poor confused mortals . . . such grand fun!
I love reading novels set in different times and places which is probably why I’m such a huge fan of Steampunk, science fiction, and fantasy. Dragonfly Warrior, Jay Noel’s first novel from 4 Wing Press, is a solid and enjoyable story set in an alternate Steampunk Asia.
One day, in the very distant future, a man decides to go outside for a walk. Never mind that the outside air is a toxic mix of very unfriendly gases, that no other human would dare volunteer for such a pastime. Never mind that this walk will be a very short, one way trip.
Close your eyes. Imagine yourself sitting on the edge of a small playground. The bench you sit on looks out over lush green grass, a line of trees in the distance. At your back there is a swing set, jungle gym, sandbox, usually crawling with young people yelling and playing. But today, the children are all absent and all you can hear is the rush of wind in the distant trees and the gentle squeak of the swings swaying in the breeze.
Spring Heeled Jack was a British folk tale that grew up from a string of attacks on young women during the Victorian Era, around the same time as Jack the Ripper. They said he looked liked a devil and had clawed hands. Terrorizing Londoners, he often escaped capture by leaping impossible distances into the air over walls and onto buildings, thus earning his name.
Regular Show has some ridiculous whackadoo going on, always. The brilliance of the show for me is just how quickly the world goes from realistic to utterly bonkers in no time flat, and it works for me because of certain characters who can straddle the two with class and understated machismo. Enter Skips. This guy hangs out with Death, gained immortality and incredible maturity in a single incident, and had a knockout appearance in one of my favorite shorts of all time from the Kaboom! Free Comic Book Day issue with a 20-sided die. Seriously, maybe the best series of panels I’ve seen EVER.
Paul Revere, John Henry, Casey Jones (not the one from TMNT), Al Gore. Huge figures of the American tapestry whose lives became shadowed by the legends they became. There are stories that folks would tell each other before the advent of TV, YouTube, and smartphones took away the need of entertaining each other with stories in parlors and at the bar.