Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Stephanie Hans
Anyone following DIE knows it’s many things at once. How writer, Kieron Gillen, and artist, Stephanie Hans, manage to create an epic science fiction/fantasy story that is simultaneously a deconstruction and critique of the genre, is as breathtaking in its art, as it is thought-provoking in content. While younger readers may miss some references, comic fans with a bit more vintage will see much in this issue to ponder.
The Grandmaster, Sol, constructs a vast and time-consuming campaign for the Paragons. Three dungeons, each consisting of twelve guardians. If any of the Paragons want to get back to their real lives, they’re looking at months of planning and instance running. But then, Ash, Chuck, Matt, Isabelle, and Angela aren’t the old character classes you’ve seen in other fantasy stories. These characters, these classes break rules; break games. However, when all is said and done, it’s not clear what the cost of their actions are. The question is: what world is more real, the one of death and magic, or the one they left behind?
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Writer: Mat Groom
Artist: Edwardo Ferigato
Self/Made, as the title suggests, is a comic about the lives we choose for ourselves as well as the lives that are thrust upon us. With a foundation of science fiction and a healthy dose of intermittent fantasy mechanics, Self/Made gives author, Mat Groom, and artist, Edwardo Ferigato, ample room to explore genre as much as existential themes.
Rebecca, a savvy programmer, has created the singularity. The singularity is a video game character named Amala. To test that Amala is actually sentient, Rebecca guides her creation into another game filled with space zombie-things. The leader of the space zombies is none other than Bryce, Rebecca’s corporate nemesis at the company she works at. Rebecca and Amala must win the game to prove Amala’s sentence.
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So, a friend and I have been reading Gardens of The Moon by Steven Erikson, the first book of the Malazan series. Everyone says if you can get through that first book, the series (10 books) is amazing. Here’s the conversation my friend and I had the other.
As of today, we have both taken a bite out of the book 2, Deadhouse Gates. I hope to post more conversations as we progress through this series. Cheers.