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Review: Sea of Rust

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Review: Sea of Rust

The one truth you need to know about the end of a machine is that the closer they are to death, the more they act like people.

And you could never trust people.

The long-feared robot uprising finally happened, and humanity lost. More than lost actually; it’s been wiped out. The last human left was gunned down fifteen years after the fighting stopped, nameless and starved on the streets of what used to be New York. It was the start of the Robotic Golden Age.

It didn’t last.

Thirty years after the end of the war, a robot named Brittle scavenges for parts in the Sea of Rust and tries not to think about everything she did to free herself from humanity, and everything she has to do now to keep herself free from the world-spanning minds that are absorbing all the remaining freebots on the planet. The very last thing she’s interested in is to join a group that includes the most dangerous person in the planet (for her at least) so she can go on a mission to save the world. Which of course is exactly what happens.

As a long-time fan of the Transformers comic (a fan who’s most common complaint about any story was usually “too many humans”), I figured from the description that C. Robert Cargill’s latest book was something I had to check out. But I didn’t expect the page turning, tragic, sometimes funny, and always powerful book it turned out to be, something that had me going “okay, just one more chapter” several times. I didn’t imagine this book was going to be amazing. 

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(Spoiler-free) Review – Robert Kirkman’s Oblivion Song #1 from Image Comics

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(Spoiler-free) Review – Robert Kirkman’s Oblivion Song #1 from Image Comics

Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead may have been a little underwhelmed by the latest season (lots of telling, not enough showing) but Robert Kirkman’s fans certainly believe it’s the fault of the interpretation, not the source material.

So die-hard fans and casual viewers alike should be happy with Kirkman’s newest series due out this March: Oblivion Song. It’s got all the post-apocalyptic drama of The Walking Dead, with a sci-fi twist and a lot more of the “showing instead of telling.” (It’s light on the words, is what I’m saying.)

Click the jump for a spoiler-free review of Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment’s Oblivion Song #1.

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Review: Ramses the Damned – The Passion of Cleopatra

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Review: Ramses the Damned – The Passion of Cleopatra

At the end of Anne Rice’s The Mummy, the centuries-old Egyptian pharaoh Ramses the Damned has given the elixir of immortality to his lover Julie Stratford, the heiress who first introduced him to the world of Edwardian England.

Meanwhile, Ramses’s former lover Queen Cleopatra awakens in a remote hospital in the Egyptian wilderness, having somehow survived the fiery train explosion that should have destroyed her. The murderous queen (who spent two thousand years as a corpse before Ramses brought her back to life) wastes no time in seducing a doctor and planning to track down Ramses and everyone he cares about. The book finishes with the statement “The Adventures of Ramses The Damned Shall Continue.”

That was twenty-nine years ago.

It’s been a long wait, but readers finally get to learn what happened next.

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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Freed

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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Freed

So, I went to see Fifty Shades Freed Wednesday night. I went with my girlfriends against my will. They even went so far as to tell me that last weekend my homework was to watch Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker. Yes, yes, I had never seen any of the movies. I didn’t die after the first two so I went along with my girlfriends to the new one.

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Review – Jackalope Wives and Other Stories

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Review – Jackalope Wives and Other Stories

I actually read this book right after Ursula Vernon won the Hugo for her story “The Tomato Thief” but I hadn’t had a chance to review it (“hadn’t had a chance” should be read as “didn’t get organized and stop procrastinating long enough” but I think most people assumed that was the case.) I didn’t want to try and write down the good bits from memory, so I sat down to read the book again.

I probably don’t need this kind of encouragement to procrastinate, but I’m so glad I did. The book’s even better the second time around.

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Review – Transformers Lost Light #14

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Review – Transformers Lost Light #14

After only a two-week wait we got another issue of Lost Light! I should be grateful! I know! But now we have to wait another month to find out what happens after THIS issue! 

(See, this is what happens when you spoil us. We get greedy.)

See below for a spoiler-free review of Lost Light #14.

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Marvel Trades Review – Inhumans: Once & Future Kings, Inhumans vs X-Men, and Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide

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Marvel Trades Review – Inhumans: Once & Future Kings, Inhumans vs X-Men, and Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide

I took most of 2017 off from X-Men and Avengers (not because I wanted to, there was just a lot of stuff going on with travel and family and work and blah blah blah excuses.) The smart thing would’ve been to research the storylines and make an organized reading plan.

Hah. I’m not that smart.

This week I grabbed the review copies of three upcoming Marvel graphic novels in no particular order and jumped in cold. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as lost as I thought. (Pretty lost, mind you, but not that lost.)

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