Comic Review: Sparrowhawk #5 (final)

Sparrowhawk #5

Boom! Studios

Writer: Delilah S. Dawson

Artist: Matias Basla

Sparrowhawk came a long way in just five issues. This mini-series tells the story of a bi-racial teen, Artemisia, in the 1850s. But most of the plot takes place in the world of Faerie, a magical world in which might is right. Faerie also serves as a simplified metaphorical world, parallel to our own. In each issue of Sparrowhawk, Artemisia faces a series of ethical challenges, how she deals with each makes her either stronger or weaker in the world of Faerie; but to become strong, she must kill indiscriminately. Finally, the final issue is here, and Artemisia must return home.

After she destroys/kills everything in her path Artemisia is finally strong enough to go home. There is, however, one last hitch. Artemisia enters Faerie when she’s pulled through a mirror but the evil Faerie queen. To get home, Artemisia must do the same. So, she waits at the mirror, until someone she doesn’t know (or has forgotten) uses the mirror, and grabs them up and switches places with them. Like a monstrous Cinderella, Artemisia rushes to The Crystal Palace to confront the Fae queen, who has taken on her appearance, intent on subjugating all humanity. There are words. There is a battle. Battles are best when you don’t know who wins, though, so I won’t say.

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Comic Review: Outpost Zero #8

Outpost Zero #8

Image Comics

Writer: Sean Kelly McKeever

Artist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Alexandre Tefenkgi

Humanity is stranded on a planet covered in ice. Huge mega-storms sweep across the land, covering the outpost dome in a hundred feet of ice. To remove it a team leaves the dome through an airlock and drills a hole to the surface, then harness a laser, technology of yesteryear, to try and cut away sections of the ice that covers this egg of humanity. . .

. . . and that’s when it all goes wrong. The wrong calibration on the laser makes it shoot too strong. It blasts into the ice far too high up on the dome. The team is showered with boulders of ice. Kaanan, one of the most brilliant minds of the outpost, is killed.

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Comic Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #3

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #3

BOOM! Studios

Writer: Jordie Bellaire

Artists: Dan Mora & Raúl Angulo

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3

For anyone who came to young-adulthood in the mid and late 90s, a reimagining of Sunnydale is a welcome sight. That the story takes place in 2019, rather than the mid-90s changes such a character-driven story considerably. While Buffy, Willow, Xander, et al. are, by and large, the same as they were in the 90s, writer, Jordie Bellaire, goes to great lengths to consider how our society has changed in the years since Buffy first aired on the small screen.

Buffy kills monsters. That’s what she does. So when a giant bat creates terrorizes Sunnydale, the expectation from readers is clear.  However, Camazotz (yeah, the giant bat has a name) is introduced as Buffy’s “Pegasus.” I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for Buffy to have a giant bat companion to fly around on.

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