In this dramatic and action-packed last issue, all hell breaks out (literally) in the fight for survival.
Book 1 of Once Upon a Time at the End of the World is over. “Love in the Wasteland” introduced us to Mezzy and Maceo and showed us how they survived and eventually fell in love in a world of post-apocalyptic horror and ruin. Now, with issue #6, we begin Book 2, “The Rise and Fall of Golgonooza,” where we get to see our heroes try to build a new world.
There’s a trope often known as, “The grumpy one is soft for the sunshine one,” or sometimes just “Grumpy/Sunshine.” A world-weary cynic meets someone naïve, innocent, and optimistic. They claim to hate this person, find them annoying, tell them to go away, possibly even threaten them with bodily harm. When it comes down to it, though, the grumpy one would absolutely give their life for the sunshine one. I am a sucker for this trope, and if you are, too, you’ll want to read Once Upon a Time at the End of the World.
There’s something about the routine of our days that gives meaning to life: worrying about kids, wondering about your big break, trying to date and worrying about how to flirt, shopping for clothes, and having someone you care about. These are things that many of us deal with. But when those things are taken away, we’re thrown into something unknown.
A sequel to Mary Shelley’s School for Monsters: Origins, this story starts two hundred years after the events of Origins. Our main monsters, Shel and Frank, have opened a school for other monsters who might need their guidance. But one night, a mischievous wisp arrives to tell them that children have gone missing in the Kaibob National Forest in Arizona, and the witch, La Llorona, is responsible.
There are many versatile comic book writers whose work has stretched from the 1970s to the present day. One such writer, J. M. DeMatteis, has gone from ultra-serious stories (Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt), to the silly (Justice League International), to the spiritual/magical (The Spectre), to animated TV and movies (The Brave & The Bold, Son of Batman). DeMatteis has recently continued to stretch his limits by launching a Kickstarter campaign of creator-owned work known as DeMultiverse; however, where other writers would try one title, DeMatteis has launched four (along with a bonus fifth that will not be covered in this review) with classic talented artists. Each new series begins with a number one issue and is a different genre. These books are written as if they are continuing past the first issues, but DeMatteis and Spellbound Comics know for sure that only one will proceed with the fate of the rest up in the air.
From 1941 to 1943, Fleischer Studios, the animation company behind such cartoons as Popeye and Betty Boop, produced 17 shorts featuring the Man of Steel. Well, technically, Fleischer Studios produced 9 of the shorts, which were produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother Dave. The other eight were produced by Famous Studios, which was formed after the Fleischers parted ways, by several of the others who had been part of their company. Nonetheless, all 17 shorts are collectively known as the Max Fleischer Superman cartoons. Now, high-definition restorations have been made of the original camera negatives to bring us this Blu-ray release.
Ever wonder what would have happened if Mary Shelley led a double life and if the monsters she wrote about were real? This charming all-ages fantasy comic provides us with one “what if.”
With the threat of Willow succumbing to the endless well of Slayer trauma and ending the world firmly behind them, efforts turned to figuring out just what Baby Crab really is. Unfortunately, the Scoobies are not the only ones interested in Baby Crab and his seemingly endless power. Enter Spike’s ex. Yeah… that one.
One of the things that I really like about this movie is that, right from the beginning, it just throws you into the deep end and lets you figure it out as you go. I know the Justice League and its various members well enough, but I’d never heard of RWBY before. Which means for most of the film, I was trying to play catch-up. That’s not a bad thing, though. In fact, I think it enhances the story.