Fans of the TV series or the Serenity movie, go out and buy this book because it does not disappoint as a bridge to them or capturing the essence of the characters you love. Easy to jump into and takes you on another adventure you’d hurt yourself by missing.
Honestly there’s not much for me to say I’m thankful of that I’d say so openly, but comics is not something I’d shy away from.
The Occultist #2
The Occultist really knows how to show what it means to wield the power of the mystic arts. We have seen what responsibility comes with being the Occultist, and now we see what freedoms comes with having that power at his disposal. Tim Seeley really emphasizes this and the best way to do this is to show us those who have no responsibility to the powers they possess. He’s an ordinary young adult dealing with average issues like love and purpose, and that plays into a lot of what occurs here due to trying to find that balance.
This trio of Catholic school students who dabble in the occult take us and Rob on a fun adventure that in every way was out of this world. This issue looked absolutely stunning as well capturing the various settings they find themselves in as astral spirits. When it is said that they’re looking for the ultimate high, that was very literal. Every person who dabbles in the mystic arts has some sort of source for their power, and you would really be surprised to learn what it is. To some extent you are left thinking of the quote “With great power comes great responsibility” at the end of this issue. Of course this will all lead to something that goes wrong because what they do is very risky considering where the get their “high” from and what they do in order to achieve it.
With this said, I do have to say I’d really like to see something happen with Mr. Charles soon considering he has been in pain for some time now and I’d hate for that to drag on. There’s more questions surrounding him at the moment than anything else.
This was a solid issue that really just shows the stress that being the Occultist has had on Rob and what he is willing to do to relieve himself of it. Even to go so far as do what these students are doing knowing good well that everything about it is wrong. Just another day in the life of Rob Bailey and a lot of this is supposed to be personal exploration along with the progression of harnessing this new power.
Halo has always been known for its expansive Universe from graphic novels, to comics, to movies. Now fans are treated to yet another comic to dive deeper into this world. When you ask why Halo fans defend its story, it’s because of books like this, books we take the time to read and understand further than what you think you can just pick up in the game and judge. Now that Halo 4 has ended we are now getting more pieces to the puzzle that either answers our questions about things in the past, present, or what we can expect.
This is the story of Sarah Palmer and her rise from Orbital Drop Shock Trooper to a Spartan Commander. Her before she was a super soldier defending humanity as part of the Spartan IV program, and instead carrying out the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines. Not only is this her story, but it’s the origin of the Spartan IV program as well. Brian Reed constructed a great story which really allows you to understand how the Spartan program became so stable.
This book’s first story arc which is only three issues gives you so much more insight as to the state of the Halo Universe and how things are as they are right now. Not to be rude, but it shows how aliterate the critics of the game can be because these are the same people who will question it yet will never look into any of the lore such as this for a better understanding. We as fans can appreciate this, but it’s definitely something you have to invest time in to understand the layers and gaps each of these stories add and fill.
Here we see the new UNSC Infinity, the UNSC’s newest and most sophisticated flagship. Though as such and being the power house that drives the UNSC’s exploration, it proves to be a target for a group of insurgents led by what can only be described as the first Spartan IV. Palmer is amongst the first of the Spartan IVs and even then you find out that there is another type of Spartan out there though still a Spartan IV. You’d find it amazing that they actually attempted to create Spartans who have unbreakable bones and possess strength only obtainable with a suit. Only one of those ten who underwent the procedure, Isla Zane survived though became unstable mentally. It became up to Sarah Palmer and a bunch of rookie Spartans to defend Infinity from her and her group of insurrectionists. The insurgents have been an ongoing problem for the UNSC for the longest time now, it’s good to see that they are still relevant in this situation.
Fans are even treated to the appearance of a character from the events of Halo Reach that hadn’t been seen since. Jun returns and here you find out that it is actually he who picks Palmer to be among the first Spartan IVs. He can even hold his own without armor too.
In fact, it is also because of Zane that Spartans became in charge of themselves because they couldn’t trust ONI, the Navy, or Military to handle them. That is why Palmer is in charge of them and why for the most part they act on their own.
From start to finish of this three-part series reveals the story of how Commander Sarah Palmer became a Spartan-IV and leads directly into the exciting new mobile game from 343 Industries, Halo: Spartan Assault. Sarah Palmer and her new comrade Spartans are thrust into action when a violent insurgent group attempts to seize the UNSC flagship Infinity. Brian Reed really uses his connection to 343 in order to make that connection to the games which deliver an extended story that engages its fans.
Conan And The People of The Black Circle #1
Assassins, dark magic, beautiful noblewomen, what more could you ask for? Conan and the People of the Black Circle is an exciting journey as the Devi looks for the Black Seers who took the life of her brother, the king. And who does she trust this task to? None other than Conan the Barbarian, that is if he wants to keep his men from being hanged.
As I said before what we got a lot of was Assassins, dark magic, warriors, barbarians, and a lot of action. All things that make this worth reading if you are a fan of Conan. The mystic elements of this story are what makes this so interesting. They have their own rules, and of course around this time magic was something to be feared. No one is really safe in this world, chaos always trying to fight against order that the royals set forth. The emphasis on this and the process by which they follow and who the _ serves was all a part of what made the writing for this so engaging. The diplomacy as well considering we aren’t dealing with just people who want to tear each other limb from limb. Setting up the story and allowing you to understand what threat they face.
Overall it is a fun start to a great adventure. It looks amazing as well, having a style that looks digitally painted. Everything stands out and the characters are very detailed. It has a lot of potential if it keeps up with this momentum and pacing. The twist at the very end is one you really don’t see coming and just another reason why you want to keep following this story if you have picked it up. I recommend this book if you are either a fan of Conan, or just love something that you know will deliver on action, with a bit of mystic elements taking focus.