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Arsenic Lullaby

Arsenic Lullaby is a collection of despicable stories for cynical jerks and weirdo’s. Don’t let the award nominations, and critical acclaim fool you…this is not some high brow artsy book. It is a very well done, well crafted and expertly illustrated, but it is NOT for everyone. It is for people with a very dark sense of humor.

There’s no doubt that this ashcan is definitely for those who can appreciate a very specific kind of comedy. So if you have a very open sense of humor, The Big Stall  is right up your alley.  This book is full of comic shorts that do a great job of hitting you with unexpected, and darkly amusing twists.  There’s also a couple longer comics included, which yet again, keep you going until right at the end and hit you hard.

The art was very clean and simple, but...

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Destiny of the Dragon: The Daughters of Merlin #4

The daughters successfully find Avalon and Merlin tasks them with rebuilding the Knights of the Round Table. Before their quest can begin, however, the dragons reveal where they have been hiding all these centuries. Hiding in the form of humans! Using time travel as a weapon, Mina and Breeta are transported to some distant future where they meet a Dragon rider by the name of Cyneska but is she friend or foe?

The Good
Knowing this was the final part of the 4 part series, I expected to get good things and I was certainly pleased with Daughters of Merlin 4.  The story was continued in the same intriguing manner and gave us more fun writing to enjoy.  The scenery was beautifully done, and served as a wonderful backdrop for all the gorgeous battle with both spell and steel.

The Bad

I though...

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Destiny of the Dragon: The Daughters of Merlin #3

Camelot has fallen to the dragons and all is lost. Merlin has no choice but to escape with his charges. They are the last hope to salvage anything that remains of the once mighty kingdom. They are the daughters of Merlin.

The Good
We have already been treated to plenty of good content in this series, and Daughters of Merlin 3 gives us plenty more.  Two of our heroines are in full force now, and I liked seeing them both in action with magic and might.  I also really appreciated the well done flashback that we get in this book.

The Bad
The only minor thing that I wasn’t a big fan of was Merlin’s character design, but that’s really because I’m so used to his classic portrayal.

The Summary
We’ve already seen the world of Merlin taken in a different direction, and this issue keeps br...

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Destiny of the Dragon: The Daughters of Merlin #2

Separated from Breeta in the time stream, Mina slams to Earth in a strange land with many unbelievable machines and sights. She has landed in modern times. Will her wizardry prove helpful in such a chaotic time of highways and the internet? One can only hope!

The Good
This second issue wastes no time jumping right back into the action in Daughters of Merlin 2.  Even though it isn’t action based, we get some interesting use of spells which I was happy to see again.  Interaction between characters was done pretty accurate to how it would likely be, especially given the situation they’re in.

The Bad
So far things are all consistently being done well, and haven’t had any negative components to speak of.

The Summary
Things really open up in this part of the story where magic meets mode...

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Sanctuary #4

The penultimate issue of Stephen Coughlin’s Sanctuary arrives and finds us on the cusp of both new discoveries and big revelations about the island habitat and the people and creatures that inhabit it.

The Good
We get launched right into Issue 4 of Sanctuary directly where the third one left off, and it really never stops.  This chapter is probably the most exciting so far, and pulls absolutely no punches.  I never thought I’d be so involved with the lives of both the animals and people, but you can’t help but be curious about these interesting characters.

The Bad
Even at the fourth issue, I’m hard pressed to find glaring problems that lessen the quality of this great book.

The Summary
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any crazier, I am proven wrong...

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