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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.

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.

If you’re looking for a positive, fun comic that will generally make you feel good, Basil and Oregano is the comic for you. If you’re looking for a comic with great LGBTQ+ representation by a queer creator, with plenty of positive queer role models for young people, Basil and Oregano is the comic for you. If you’re looking for a comic about magic and food, Basil and Oregano is definitely the comic for you.

A tale supposedly set in the continuity of the TV show, this chronicles Spike’s attempt at clawing back the last remaining copy of his poetry journals and the resulting road trip that takes "hot mess" to a whole new level. Think Buffy meets just about every family road trip movie out there, where grievances are aired, glares exchanged, lessons learned, etc.

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