The past collides with the future in the ninth issue of Dark Horse’s Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle. Written by Joe Stracynski, this issue dives in with no preamble as John Connor carries the fate of the world on his shoulders. But, can he handle it?
A Steampunk fantasy from Harper Voyager, The Clockwork Dagger is Beth Cato’s first novel in what will be a series in this universe. I was a little wary when I noticed that it was not only Ms. Cato’s first novel, but was 354 pages long. (Sorry, but all sorts of red flags go up in my head when I see long page counts on first books.) Fortunately, Ms. Cato knows what she’s doing, as I quickly got caught up in the very rich and descriptive world she has created.
Being a big fan of the Fox TV show Sleepy Hollow, I was pretty stoked to be able to review the first issue of the four-issue mini-series from BOOM! Written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Jorge Coelho, they set up the story nicely by dropping us into the always supernatural world of Sleepy Hollow.
For those of you who don’t know, Steampunk World is a multi-cultural Steampunk anthology funded through Kickstarter from Alliteration Ink. I was one of the backers which is how I received the book. It intrigued me, as most Steampunk is based in England, and I wanted to see how the rest of the world viewed this most peculiar and interesting genre of which I am a part. I’m glad I took the time to back this project.
Once upon a time, there was a world much like ours, or should I say numerous parallel worlds, each with a different evolutionary path. Some were similar to our own, while in others, the dinosaurs never died out and reptilian-like creatures rose to sentience; however, in one of these parallel worlds, World War II was not won by the atom bomb, but by the ability to traverse these alternate worlds and, thereby, laying waste to Earth and forcing the annexation of other worlds to survive. Thus began The Ascendancy, a political, military, and scientific agency bent on the domination of all useful parallel worlds.
Welcome to Parallel Man.
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.
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.
Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Coelho continue with the four-issue story arc of Ichabod Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills as the chosen witnesses to the coming apocalypse. Fortunately, in this case, “witness” means they don’t just stand around and let it happen, but actively try to stop evil from taking over our world.
The Steampunk comic, Skies of Fire, by Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou was a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 that I happened upon and backed with great pleasure. With an oversized first issue and terrific art, it is really a beautiful book to behold.