Fantastical worlds with fearsome dragons, kings and queens of valor, and knights showing off their cunning and bravery are plentiful but welcome escapes from our everyday lives. The Stoop Gallants is … like that. Kind of. But the characters of yore are more akin to burnout dudes who accidentally become necromancers and nosy bards who just can’t stay out of everyone’s business. Your mileage may vary with the mundane fantasy in this comic, but mindless zombie companions are always funny and we can all at least agree on that.
Raise your hand if you’re fatigued by superhero stuff. Ok, put your hands down, because WE DON’T CARE! Folklore has a unique twist on a worn and well-traveled genre that’s well worth checking out. After hearing about their greatest fears (mummies vs. the darkness, FIGHT) and a quick news update about a series option for Gunnerkrigg Court, the guys offer their opinions on this highly-kinetic story.
The world of Zoul is a complex and messy one, full of vast technological advances and grounding references to many places we ourselves know and love. Creator Maria Valentina presents this lush, detailed world in both English and Spanish, sometimes with mixed results. Hear our full thoughts in this episode and then check it out in one of the many ways she has made possible!
If you like deep dives on a society of owls that explores the silly nuances of their government, currency, entertainment, and more, then plant yourself in front of a computing device and absorb the dry, Monty Python-esque wit of Realm of Owls. It even features a URL that can be read as a near-expletive!
The promise of the afterlife is just too enticing, so we’re dying and coming back to life with Don Juan Mancha III’s Purgatory. But just what is going on in this life after life? Is it worth living in again? And why do we still have to go to work?
For this brave new decade, we’re looking at a comic we all wish was real life: living that role-playing life as our real life. Three brave(?) souls do just that in Myisha Haynes’ The Substitutes. Jason found it to be a little confusing but Steve is confident he’s just a moron. Have a listen to their thoughts and then give it a look to judge for yourself!
After we give credit where it’s due for Everblue (check out the review in Episode 568), it’s time to jump in the Wayback Machine and travel back to 2011, when Magnolia Porter Siddell was just starting out on a little creature comic called Monster Pulse. We’re back, eight years later, to check in on Bina, Ayo, and the whole gang to see who’s still around and what monsters they have to check out. Join us!
Families are the worst, right? And we’re not even talking about the holidays, but what about when your brother or lazy teenage son lets a sexy bird lady escape from your family’s private garden with the golden apple that holds an antidote which would end your family’s long reigning fortune? Yeah, that just SUCKS. If you’ve never experienced that yourself, enjoy our thoughts on The Red King, a comic so full of family drama and angst the bird women leap off the page and fly into your heart.
We don’t do news items that often any more, but John Allison updates are worthy of our attention! After we get excited about Wicked Things, his upcoming expansion of the Scarymachinerydaysiverse, we take to the skies and give love a chance with the hopeful comic, Michael Sexton’s Everblue. Once you see the progress this story and artwork have made in the last decade, you’ll agree that it’s a must-read comic.