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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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Princeless Vol. 2 Issue #1

The princess who ran away is back along with her new friend, Bedelia the girl blacksmith and her loyal guardian dragon Sparky. Now that Adrienne has escaped, she has her eyes set on freeing her sisters. First up is the most beautiful girl in all the kingdom, Angelica.

However, things will not be easy for our heroines as the King believes Adrienne is dead and has put a bounty on her killer: Adrienne.

The Good
Everything that got me to love Princeless in the first collection is just as prevalent in the first issue of volume 2.  We even get some additional characters to start things off with even more bang. The adventures of our main characters are really starting to kick in, and we continue to get great writing and art to take us along on the journey.

The Bad
The change in artwork caught m...

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Sanctuary #3

One of the island’s human researchers gets into trouble with his bosses as the tigers press their own investigation of the death of the panda.

Plus, talking gorillas and, well, a big shock at the end.

The Good
Entering the third installment of Sanctuary, you never know what you’re bound to see, but that’s half the fun.  The story continues to be solid straight to the end, dropping the reader right off the big cliffhanger.  The art is still very well done and I’m actually quite ok with it being B&W at this point.

The Bad
To be honest, I really couldn’t pick out anything in this issue to speak negatively about.

The Summary
The dark just keeps getting darker, and my interest in the series just keeps getting greater...

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