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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2020

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19 comic reviewIt’s been a bit since I read a Buffy comic. There’s an awful lot happening in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19. First, we get astral Willow checking in on her former best bud turned vampire Xander Harris. The scene has a mix of melancholy mixed in to the pair’s usual banter. We also get to see a bit of Kendra (Slayer #2) and Rose (Willow’s ex-girlfriend) together. When did this happen? Nice to see Kendra getting a bit more developed in the revamped Buffyverse. And Buffy, no matter what timeline it is, is still struggling with relationships.

This issue also gives us Willow astral moseying on a dark omen of things to come just before the first appearance of Faith (Slayer #3). Three Slayers, no waiting! I’ve missed quite a bit, but there’s some promise in this issue that rekindles the interest that was dampened by the hit-and-miss Hellmouth crossover.

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Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #1

by Alan Rapp on November 17, 2020

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Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #1 comic reviewDungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #1 begins in blood as those transporting a haul from a mining excavation, a large stone of the mystical gem Chardalyn, go into murderous rage leaving only a single survivor for Runa to find. The first issue slowly builds the campaign, adding characters one by one. First we see the injured warlock Amos, the sole survivor, and to his assistance comes the barbarian Runa and ranger Saarvin helping to dispatch an angry Remorhaz. The nearby town, having their own troubles, adds the young druid Belvyre his protector Patience, along with the idea for a quest that might just save the town.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111

by Alan Rapp on November 17, 2020

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111 comic reviewRealizing that Old Hob has begun spying on them, the Turtles set a trap which offers artist Jodi Nishijima the opportunity to provide several fun silent panels including one of my favorite panels of Alopex hiding under the floorboards of the dojo. The Turtles make short work of Hob’s minions Stone and Night, leaving the pair as a message for Old Hob to back off.

Hob has more than just Turtle problems. With an unfulfilled contract for the Foot Clan hanging over him, Karai alters the deal by claiming two new mutants from Hob’s stable: Rahzar and Tokka. Both look formidable and likely to cause problems for the Turtles in the coming months.

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Darth Vader #7

by Alan Rapp on November 16, 2020

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Darth Vader #7 comic reviewCrippled and left to fend for himself on Mustafar, Darth Vader begins putting himself back together again. However, the Emperor has left another surprise in the form of the Sith assassin Ochi who only gives the Dark Lord of the Sith enough time to connect new robotic limbs before beginning his attack.

Ochi’s involvement offers a tie-in to Rise of Skywalker, although it also confirms that both the assassin and Vader will make it through their confrontation alive (since w know Ochi died on Pasaana and Vader on the Second Death Star).

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Red Sonja #21

by Alan Rapp on November 12, 2020

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Red Sonja #21 comic reviewRed Sonja continues to make her presence known in Shadizar as the cloaked figure stalks the streets killing all the guards the child king Cyril, son of Dragan the Magnificient, sends after her. Hoping to whittle away his forces and make him commit more to the city leaving the palace vulnerable, eventually Sonja turns her attention to the the city’s King.

Red Sonja #21 works as a dance between Sonja and Cyril, both plotting their opponent’s demise. Cyril’s use of his decapitated oracles comes in to play once more, giving the tyrant king more understanding about what Sonja is planning. We also see more examples of Cyril’s ruthless style of ruling once he learns of the scarcity of men willing to hit the streets and do battle against the She-Devil with a Sword.

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