‘We spent the next three days together. I didn’t want it to end’ – The Beauty, Volume 2

Sorry for no post last week! I was away in the middle of Wales, with really bad internet (just my luck). Fear not though, I am back and ready to get cracking with a tonne of comic reading!
Those of you that have known me long enough know that at university I wrote for the newspaper there, and reviewed the first issue of The Beauty (which I am sure is one of my first ever reviews) – Link found here!

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Gorgeous and very, very dead – The Beauty, Image, 2015-Present

As you can see from my original review, I really loved the first issue and when I was gifted the second issue for Christmas of 2016 (where has time gone?!) I was over the moon! As I’ve previously stated; the premise of The Beauty – what happens when a sexually transmitted disease becomes desirable? Well, attainable beauty is one sexual encounter away. Issue #1 was very interesting – Two police officers, one with the beauty, looking for a way to stop it and halt anyone getting it again. After it basically heating people from the inside out – causing them to explode – has suddenly caused a panic in the public. This disease just seemed to go from amazingly desirable to unwanted in a split second.

 

 

 

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The lady that exploded on the tube! – The Beauty, Image, 2015-Present

Issue #2 was very different to #1. We have said goodbye to our police officers and hello to Timo, a man who gives himself the Beauty to leave his former life and Bonita, born Isaiah who takes the Beauty to feel fully herself in her new skin. Both work for a man called Parks, who I never really understood as a character, but that’s probably just me – they are basically his hitmen. There’s less sexual content in the new issue, though there is a couple full-frontal shots. But there’s much more blood and violence!
I don’t want to give too much away (with it being a 2nd issue) but I didn’t find it is interesting as the first. This issue seemed to drag on and could really have been 5 separate stories – that’s how it felt anyway – only the last two seemed to connect to each other.

I am excited for Issue 3 to come out, purely because I love the idea of a wanted STI that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I just hope that it brings back our lovely police officers from the first issue.

Have you read any of The Beauty? Would you get the disease to be glamorous even if it might blow you up in the end – or are you happy in your own skin? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: The Beauty, Image, 2015-Present)

 

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‘That Damned Cat’ – The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Issues 1-5

As an Amazon Prime member (#nonspon), I now have access to something called “Prime Reading”. They seemed to have joined up with Comixology (#stillnonspon) to bring Prime members the ability to read some comics completely free-of-charge. One of the comics included in this was Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a horror take on our dearly beloved teenage witch from Greendale.

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Cover of Book One. You immediately know it’s our favourite witch! – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Horror, 2013-Present

As part of a reboot of the Archie franchise in 2013, Archie Horror was born. With that came the Afterlife with Archie series, closely followed by Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – an occult retelling of Sabrina’s childhood in the 1960’s. It is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who writes the other Archie Horror series’, drawn by Robert Hack, and is based on Sabrinas occasional appearance in Afterlife. As a lover of Sabrina while growing up; both live action sitcom and the animated show, I just had to read it. Especially because it was free for me to do so via the kindle app. I’ve never read a comic in a digital form (other than web based), and this was an interesting experience for me… once I figured out how to make it go forwards and backwards when I wanted it to. Just a quick side note; please don’t imagine this Sabrina is anything like Melissa Joan Hart – she is anything but good in this iteration.

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Edward taking Sabrina from Diana in the woods – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Horror, 2013-Present

I am a girl that scares easily. I find anything with the hint of “horror” bedwettingly terrifying. I am a massive whimp. But I do love the occult, and have read some H.P Lovecraft – so I thought I would give it a shot. Who doesn’t love witches, right? I was so glad I read it. I have not enjoyed a series in a while, and I was hooked from the get go. Our story begins one year after Sabrina’s birth – on Halloween, of course; Edward Spellman (her dad) is waiting to perform a ritual to summon his Dark Lord. Without giving away too many spoilers, he uses his magic to steal his daughter away from Diana, his wife, and turns her into nothing more than a potato – putting her into an insane asylum. A few years later, and even her father is out of the picture, leaving Sabrina in the family unit that we know; herself, Aunt Hilda, Aunt Zelda and good ol’ faithful Salem, the naughty man turned cat. As you might remember from the 90s show, Zelda and Hilda try to get Sabrina to only use her magic for good – in this, it’s almost the other way around.

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Ah Salem! Our favourite Man-Cat! – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Horror, 2013-Present

The Spellman sisters want Sabrina to use her magic to best suit the family, undermining mortals for the coven. They are apathetic to her human side, and can’t understand her teenage love for Harvey Kinkle, witches have been denied the right to marry mortals by Satan himself. I won’t forget the scene where Sabrina places her hand on the unholy bible and, instead of raising her hand to the judge, places her hands in the ‘corna’ (which you might know as the Dio-hand-salute from Black Sabbath… the rock hand gesture) instead – signifying the devil over God.
I really want to read the rest of this series. I loved that they included the characters from the original Archie lineup, and really recommend people give it a go! If anyone fancies helping me get more physical copies of Chilling Adventures into the library, then I will gladly accept!

UPDATE 20/09/2017 – Sabrina is getting a TV show from the CW (the same people that make Riverdale). This has been reported on the Nerdist. Link HERE! I am hella excited!

Have you read Chilling Adventures? Do you remember Sabrina when you were growing up? Ever thought of her as a bad witch? Perhaps you hate this iteration of Sabrina and want Melissa back to right this comics wrongs! Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Horror, 2013-Present)

‘You also enslave women. This is not illegal but is displeasurable to me’ -Kill Six Billion Demons

One good thing about the internet is the webcomic. No longer does an avid comic book reader need to venture out of their house; they can get a free, indie comic right from their bed. There are quite a few around – for instance, I avidly read Questionable Content, a webcomic about a group of friends with their robotic/AI companions or Alfie, a completely NSFW comic about a halfling leaving home for the first time. But today I wanted to bring you a review of one I had never heard of until just now; Kill Six Billion Demons, by Abbadon (Tom Parkinson-Morgan). Due to it’s popularity, you can now buy a copy of Tom Parkinson-Morgan’s comic, which you can purchase with your local comic book shop. 

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Our protagonist, Allison, being changed so she can travel through dimensions – Kill Six Billion Demons, Image/Abbadon, 2013-2017

Kill Six Billion Demons takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride, even within its first chapters. The story begins in our universe, and Allison is about to have sex with her creepy boyfriend (trust me, he is really into weird things). All of a sudden a demon turns up next to her bed, kidnaps her boyfriend and transports her to another universe via the key in her forehead. I never said that any of this story made sense when written down. When she is transported to the other dimension she obviously has no idea where she is – nor what anyone is saying.
For some reason, mostly because I am unsure it was actually explained, but she can suddenly understand what they’re all saying via her head-key.
Even though this mini-explanation makes it sound pretty confusing (I seem to have lost the ability to explain things this week); it’s really interesting! I love the ideas of travellers from other worlds getting stuck and wanting to get home.

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Throne, the epicenter of the universes – Kill Six Billion Demons, Image/Abbadon, 2013-2017

I felt like there could have been a bit more character development for Allison before throwing her into a situation like that. Normally you want to be able to attach yourself to a character before bad things happen to them, and because if this I kind of felt like perhaps Allison deserved all that’s happening to her? I don’t know any better to assume otherwise.

All in all I recommend it for a free read. What do you have to lose? If you love it you have years worth of comics to catch up on – if you don’t then you’ve wasted no money!

What do you think of Kill Six Billion Demons? Love it? Hate it? What other free webcomics do you read? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Kill Six Billion Demons, Image/Abbadon, 2013-2017)

‘You’re not just a thief. You’re more than that’ – Batman; The Telltale Series

Now, I’m unsure if I’ve said before, but I love video games (probably just as much as I love comics). Want to know what I love MORE than comics or video games? Video games that are comics. Which is why I love Telltale – The way they tell their stories are almost like graphic novels. They come out episodically, like a comic does (though I like to wait till I can binge the whole game at once) and the choices you pick are reminiscent of a choose your own adventure novel.

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It’s not a Batman series without him trying it on with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) at least once – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series came out in 2016, episodes releasing every couple months between August and December. I tend to wait till the whole series is out before buying it, and it just so happened that the ‘Steam Summer Sale’ so I thought, “What the heck!” and decided to splurge the few pounds on the game. I had wanted it for ages, so was glad that it was included in the sale.

 

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Bruce donning the Batman Cowl – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman is a young man in this game, he’s only seemingly been Batman for a year. From what I worked out he’s barely even 30, and it shows. He’s idealistic and tends to make rash decisions (or at least that’s how I played him). He’s quick to fall in and out of love with people and ideas, and he still needs Alfred to pretty much hold his hand through everything; he needs Alfred to be the Dad he never had.
This game gives new and fresh insight into the story of Bruce Wayne, and the demise of Thomas and Martha when Bruce was a child. It gives the “reader” (should that be player?) a true understanding of why Bruce does all of this. Throughout the beginning of the story, Bruce is helping out Harvey Dent become the new Mayor to replace Mayor Hamilton Hill, the current and corrupt Mayor of Gotham. Harvey and Bruce are, as Selina calls them, “BFFs” and watching Harvey’s decent into madness (to become Two-Face) has an obvious effect on Bruce. I also really enjoyed the way that Selina and Bruce had a small, and semi-unrequited, romance blossom between them – admittedly I did screw that up at one point, and she became slightly more standoffish with me that I had wanted.

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Friend or Foe? Batman and Catwoman waiting to strike – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

However, of course it has to all go wrong for Bruce. Suddenly, and with no warning, Bruce’s family name is besmirched. Your job, as Bruce, is to find out what’s going on. Mayror Hill is a man that has connections to both the corrupt Carmine Falcone and… the Waynes? It’s the player’s job to find out why these connections exist, and what that means for Bruce’s family. An old family friend, Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, who grew up with Bruce, comes to bite him in the behind. It’s up to the player to determine who is friend and who is foe. Luckily, the Telltale games evolve around the player’s choices, so everyone will end up with a slightly different story.

 

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See below for my choices throughout the game, and what kind of Batman I turned out to be.

 

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Have you played Batman: The Telltale Series? What did you think? Have you played any other Telltale games, or other graphic novel point and clicks? What were your thoughts? Want me to play the new Guardians of the Galaxy one, and give you all my thoughts (please say yes!)? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016)