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Strange Fruit

During the Great Flood of 1927 in Chatterlee, Mississippi, the River is rising as fast as the racial and social tensions in town. But when an otherworldly being falls from the sky and challenges everything these divided people know, it changes things . . . forever.

This was one of those books that I really had no idea of what to expect, even a handful of pages in. The combination of actual events and fiction that we see within is pretty intriguing though. Whether you know of the historical component, the fictional side of Strange Fruit is what will naturally draw you in.

A good amount of what we see in this title is very likely accurate to things that really would have occurred...

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Eternal Warrior Awakening #1

It is a time before civilization…On the brink of carving out victory in the most violent battle of his life, Gilad Anni-Padda suffers a devastating injury. He awakens weeks later in a strange land, nursed back to health but with no memory of his past. A tribe has shown him compassion in an age of cruelty, and he will return their gift in kind. Now the real violence will begin…

While you could say it for any comic, a one-shot in particular is more of a crapshoot than usual. Sometimes you’ll run into one that can truly stand on its own, sometimes not. As for the Eternal Warrior Awakening, it was a shaky start but closed out just strong enough.

At first, the (re?)introduction of Gilad Anni-Padda aka the Eternal Warrior could be confusing for those who don’t know him, like me...

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Zombie Tramp Vol 10 Issue #34

Xula continues her tests and obstacles to prove her worthiness to Kaiju Queen. But will she accept her final challenge?

Power is sometimes a terrible thing to seek out, especially as it is rarely ever shared. Some would go to any length to have it, even if it meant betraying those closest to them. In the thirty-fourth issue of Zombie Tramp, we continue Xula’s journey towards power and what it may cost.

Breezing past the first two challenges, Xula faces the third in a powerful demon, eventually taking him out after a brief struggle. She makes her way to the dagger, but also runs into another demon who has her questioning her worth to the Kaiju Queen. Upon returning with the blade, it is then that Xula learns the reason she recovered it was to kill Janey in order to take her power.

Janey i...

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students Vol 1

Mysterious invaders are threatening Earth . . . so recruit a group of elite school kids to play video games that secretly train them for the real fight that lies ahead! Does this plan sound familiar? Well, they’d better get a new plan, because the elite school kids are Shinji, Rei, Asuka, and Kaworu, and they’re too busy playing games to ever get in the fricking robot!

Ok, you managed to get this far after that mouthful of a title, so congratulations. Now, if you’re looking for more of the serious Eva content you’d expect, this isn’t it. However, if a comedic twist is your thing, *breathe* Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students is where it’s at.

While this new Eva book still has all the characters, the world, even the threat of the Angels, it’s not wh...

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Destiny NY Vol 1: Who I Used to Be

Adulting is hard. Adulting when you used to be a magical girl is way, way harder.

Set in a version of New York City where magic is a real and accepted part of life, Logan McBride struggles to find purpose. She was the subject of an incredible prophecy when she was a child, but fulfilled her foretold destiny when she was just thirteen. Now in her twenties, Logan navigates through graduate school for Prophecy Kids while searching for her place in a world that tells her she’s already finished.

At some point we’ve probably all thought about what it’d be like to live in a world with real magic...

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