Apocalypse

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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Comic Issues #246 – Quarantined

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Comic Issues #246 – Quarantined

This week’s podcast is coming to you from deep within the quarantine zone as Anthony has come down with the plague. So in the best interests of Elizabeth, who’s happy with her wellness and not interested in Anthony’s germ warfare, Comic Issues is brought you via the Skype machine! This week is still packed with our favorite books of the week, as we close the final pages of Secret Wars titles Siege and Age of Apocalypse, try out the All-New, All-Different  Astonishing Ant-Man, come back for Round 2 of Invincible Iron Man, and even touch on Back to the Future #1 and the collected Multiversity series by Grant Morrison.

[This podcast has been disinfected for your safety]

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Review: The End Has Come

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Review: The End Has Come

People tossed around words like “collapse of civilization” and “post-apocalyptic,” but really everything was the same mess as always.

John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey wrap up their Apocalypse Triptych with 22 tales of the people who survive the destruction of civilization. And if you thought the lead-up to the end of the world was dark, this collection has some of the grimmest stories out of the entire trilogy.

The first book was about the match; the second was about the blaze. The End Has Come is supposed to be about what rises from the ashes, but for many of these stories all I could see was the ashes.

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Comic Issues #232 – One Rainy Day

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Comic Issues #232 – One Rainy Day

On a dark and stormy day, two podcasters gathered to bring forth the latest news from the comic book kingdom, and some of their favorite books from last week. Aided by the background music of the heavy rain Anthony and Elizabeth talk about the recent rise of cosplayers charging money for photos, and the overwhelmingly disappointing recent reveal of Apocalypse from next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

Listen in this week as the comic talk also turns to Guardians of Knowhere #1, Siege #1, Inferno #3, Batman #42, Age of Apocalypse #1, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps. #2, Hail Hydra #1 and Planet Hulk #3.

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Review: The End is Now

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Review: The End is Now

John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey’s The Apocalypse Triptych is a trilogy of short-story collections, each one set at a different stage of the end of the world. In the second book in the series, The End is Now, we take you to Doomsday already in progress. Twenty stories telling all the different ways that everything is coming to an end.

The quarantine measures have failed, the asteroids are leveling Earth’s cities as we speak, the zombie horde is just shambling into view, and the aliens have already started shooting. The apocalypse is in full swing. Let’s do this.

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Review: The End Is Nigh

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Review: The End Is Nigh

Post-apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that have already burned. Apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that are burning.

The End is Nigh is about the match.

I love short story collections – eat them up like candy, actually, so expect to see me review one every few weeks – but sometimes it’s hard to find one with really good stories. A lot of editors seem to have a talent for finding pretty mediocre work. John Joseph Adams consistently puts together the most amazing collection of talent, especially in his zombie-themed compilations, The Living Dead and The Living Dead 2. Keep in mind that I don’t even like the zombie genre; you can imagine how amazed I was to pick up one of those on a whim and enjoy every story inside. So when I found out that the editor who specializes in dark, off-beat science-fiction was releasing a trilogy of pre-Apocalypse stories, and the book was co-edited by Wool and Sand author Hugh Howey? Sold.

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