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Sage Escape: Equinox (part 3)

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*Editor’s note: I’m going to start with some recapping from the last issue, so if you haven’t read that far and want to then maybe do that first. Also, there are general plot points of part 3 in my review, so best to be all caught up before going further. Happy reading!

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When last we left our hero things looked pretty bleak. Imogen had succeeded in wiping out humanity by blowing up a planet in the final page of our last installment. We pick up in an asteroid field that is the remains of the planet, Callus 3…

With the human race being wiped out, Sage is desperate to find a way of stopping Imogen before she continues on her warpath and finds another race to slaughter, and another, until she is dictator of the Universe. First she must leave Imogen’s ship and reunite with Thantos and her crew. Once there, Sage gets a brilliant idea that involves time travel (!!) to pretty much make it so none of this ever happens. Of course, time travel is a tricky business, so she doesn’t arrive exactly when she would have preferred. There’s always a plan B though, and that is where we leave things…

I’m not stopping there to avoid spoilers or to be coy (although I have left out plenty of detail so there are still a few surprises left). There actually is a bit of a cliffhanger with this one though, and it is my one bit of disappointment in the whole series. I’m generally ok using a cliffhanger to keep the reader engaged, but since this was the end of the series, I was hoping to get at least some closure. It would’ve been nice if we hadn’t left the entire race in peril and instead had left Sage with “ok, solved this problem but now I’m trapped out of time” or something like that. Overall I’m very happy with the series as a whole though, and I’m definitely invested enough to want to continue on with Sage in her further adventures. Which, the next series in the Sage Escape timeline will be “Transhuman”. There’s no release date on that as of now, but you can be sure I’ll be posting about it as soon as that sucker drops. For now, the release date of Equinox (part 3) is Nov 4, and you can always go back and reread the whole series while you’re waiting for new material.

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Sage Escape: Equinox (part 2)

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Before I get into my review of the second part of this three-part story, let me give a quick recap of the first chapter (because I know I sure as hell needed it).

The first chapter of Equinox found Sage floating through space in an escape pod and eventually picked up by Imogen Cray (who is the antagonist’s daughter from Mars Gambit). Imogen has taken over Friendly Corp since her father’s death and is in the midst of a battle with the last remaining humans. We left off with Imogen revealing her plan to kill the human president and attempting to get Sage to along side her.

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Our story continues with the ongoing war (and some pretty cool fight sequences, if you ask me). Obviously Sage wants nothing to do with this, and is dragged back to Imogen’s ship once she realizes Sage will be no help to her. One of Sage’s former teammates makes contact with her and says a rescue attempt has been planned. Will the rescue be successful? And will Imogen succeed in her mission to kill the President? You’ll get these answers plus the surprise return of a character from Mars Gambit in the current issue of Equinox, which dropped July 1st and is currently available for your viewing pleasure.

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Sage Escape: Equinox (Review)

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In case you need a refresher, since it’s been awhile, I’m going to take a brief look at what happened in the last series of Sage Escape comics before we jump into the brand new issue that just came out.

Previously: Sage survived the destruction of her village by Friendly Corp and seeks revenge. She travels to Mars and learns the person responsible for the media cover up was Elvis Cray. She assassinates him and is hunted down for it. We last left her trapped in an emergency escape pod, falling endlessly through space.

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We pick up in the midst of a final conflict between the salesman assassin empire and the human resistance. Two ships on opposite sides of the conflict will discover the escape pod which holds our hero, Sage. Who will get to Sage first? And what will she do when she finds herself caught in the middle of the war? The first chapter in the “Equinox” storyline sets up what promises to be another grand adventure with Sage. This issue came out April 15th, so use your tax money and join us, won’t you? It looks like we’re going to be in for a treat. I’d hate for anyone to miss all the excitement.

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Comic Review: Munchkin #1

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Whether you’ve been playing the well-known card game for ages or thought a munchkin referred to a tiny round doughnut, Munchkin #1 has something for every level of fan. Personally Munchkin is one of those games I’ve always wanted to get into but never had the opportunity. I’ve played the demo online but never played the full version with anyone. Having said that, I still very much enjoyed the first issue of what I hope to be a long-running series. Munchkin #1 offers great artwork, good humor, and plenty of fun surprises. So dive into adventure as you travel through dungeons, face monsters, and follow the antics of our heroes in Munchkin #1

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Comic Review: 24 Underground #5

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This is it, folks. The thrilling conclusion of 24 Underground is finally upon us. There’s a lot of action in this one including a big showdown in the end between the Russians, Jack Bauer, and the CIA. Will Jack escape both groups that are after him? Considering how Live Another Day starts, you can kinda take a guess, but it’s still some edge-of-your-seat excitement right up until the last page. My only complaint was that the ending wasn’t totally satisfying for me but that’s probably just me not wanting to let go. This miniseries did a great job of filling in the gap between seasons of the show, and was a lot of fun to both read and write about. I’m going to miss having Jack Bauer in my life, but I know it’s time to move on to other obsessions (like the new season of Doctor Who that is starting. Are you with me?) I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Comic Review – Star Trek: New Visions “Times Echo”

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I gotta say, I was a little thrown off at first by the style of this book. Having not read the previous issue of this series, I didn’t know what to expect. Once I got past that though, the story itself sucked me in pretty quickly. I also immediately recognized the fact that while I might not love the photojournalistic style of this book, other people would probably love it since it does make you feel like you’re watching an episode of TOS appear on the pages.

You can even hear the voices of the characters come to life in your head with each bit of dialogue. It also helps that the story is pretty solid and enjoyable to read. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with how this one played out, and would recommend it to the real Trekkies out there who would like a fresh taste of the old series.

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Comic Review – Star Trek: Flesh and Stone

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STK_FASIn this one-shot special, Space Station Diamandis 1 is hosting one of the biggest medical conferences ever held when a low-warp escape pod comes across their path.

Flash over to Drs. Bashir (Deep Space 9), Crusher (U.S.S. Enterprise), and Pulaski (U.S.S. Repulse) approaching Diamandis Station a bit behind schedule only to find it has been infected by a contagion of unknown origin. Everyone on board has been infected, so they are warning ships not to approach. It seems the only one who has not been incapacitated is “The Doctor”, the hologram that once was the medical officer on the U.S.S. Voyager and now is chief medical officer of Copernicus Station. The Doctor, along with Bashir, Crusher, and Pulaski, have to put their combined medical knowledge together to solve this problem. Things get even more interesting, however, when they find a connection to the original Constitution-Class Enterprise. As you probably remember, Dr McCoy was the medical officer on that ship. Coincidentally he is, at the time of this adventure, an admiral who is retired and living on a nearby planet. He tells the visiting Drs. a story of when he first encountered this illness, and how he worked with Dr Phlox to find a cure.

What I loved most about this story was how it was able to incorporate every doctor we’ve become familiar with throughout Star Trek history, seemingly without even trying. It was an especially nice surprise to see the doctor from the series Enterprise working with McCoy. The best part about this one-shot is you don’t have to be a super fan to enjoy it. Sure, the bigger fans will enjoy seeing history interconnect with itself, but a passing fan will get enjoyment from the story itself. I highly recommend picking this one up at your local comic shop today.

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Comic Review: 24 Underground #4

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When last we left our hero, he was trying to rescue his girlfriend from the Russians. Little did he know that she had already escaped. Jack also doesn’t realize the Russians aren’t the only problem he has to worry about. The CIA is on his tail and getting warmer…

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We start this issue of 24 where we previously left things. Sofiya may have escaped, but she’s not out of the woods yet. The Russians are tracking her down, but of course haven’t told Bauer she went missing. The CIA are tracking her as well, so that they can use her to find Bauer. Who will get to her first? Will Jack be able to outsmart the Russians during their meet? in true 24 fashion some of the answers will be revealed now, some will have to wait until the next issue.

I have to say that I have really been enjoying this story so far. Not only does it work well on its own, but it also was great information to have in the back of my head while watching Live Another Day. (Side note: not going to spoil anything but OMG DID YOU SEE THAT FINALE?! Only 24 brings you that kind of energy). I definitely recommend reading the back issues if you’re just starting out. Whenever Jack referenced his family on the show, I pictured the events happening in the comic and wonder if this is the family he was referring to. I assume that will be made clear when this story reaches its thrilling conclusion.

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Double Comic Review: The Massive Vol 2 & 3

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This is going to be a double review of volumes 2 and 3 of The Massive. I know it’s a lot of material to go through but I have faith in you, gentle reader.

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It is rare that a series full of unfamiliar characters grips me so quickly as The Massive Vol.1 did, but from the first page I was hooked. That is why I am a little disappointed in myself for waiting so long to read the next chapters in the series. It was definitely worth it though, because what promised to be a very rewarding continuing story has proven to be just that. This second volume doesn’t catch the reader as quickly as the first volume did, but it does pick up fairly quickly. What I found intriguing was an early sequence where one of the main characters has clearly lost his trust in people “post-crash”. It held a striking resemblance for me to The Walking Dead, and how many people in that universe have found themselves being less trusting since the apocalypse. That’s not to say it felt like a rip-off of a popular series. I just find it interesting in general seeing how characters react in stories such as this where the world is different than we know it today.

Something that The Walking Dead and other stories like it have taught us is that you have to be careful about who you trust. So while you are obviously excited about finding other seemingly good-natured humans post-crash, you should still exercise caution. That is why it should come as no surprise to anyone that Moksha Station, the supposed haven our crew finds in the middle of the ocean, isn’t everything it seems. Was Callum Israel right to initially have doubts about their possible new allies? That is what we explore in the first half of Vol 2. The second half is more of them chasing the fleeting signs of their sister ship The Massive in the hopes of finally recovering this lost vessel. It’s a gripping tale that you won’t want to miss.

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Vol 3 of the series continues the adventure with the search for the crewman that stole a nuclear sub in the previous volume. They track him down to Manhattan but come across other obstacles in the process. Oh, and of course we get more flashbacks in between the current ongoing action. This volume I definitely liked the first half better than the second. Not to say the second part wasn’t good, but the action slows down a bit and deviates from the main storyline for a side quest. I guess we needed it after how tense the first couple volumes have been but it still leaves you wanting more meat. Not whale meat though because people who kill whales for their meat are what Ninth Wave are trying to fight.

Overall I would say definitely grab Vol 2 if you haven’t already (it was released in December) and then stay current with Vol 3 (which was released last month). There’s definitely a fourth volume in the works but it won’t be available for public consumption until January of next year. That just means you have plenty of time to play catch-up though. Enjoy!

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Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift: Part 2

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Avatar_Rift_part2First off, I’m going to assume you read the first part in this series, and therefor already know that the big surprise I alluded to in my last review was that Toph’s father was head of the Earthen Fire Refinery. The second part in this series continues exactly where we left off, with Toph coming face to face with her father.

Most of the second volume deals more with Aang and Toph’s continuing fight about celebrating the past versus living in the present. Aang tries to continue his celebration of Yangchen’s Festival and runs into a familiar character from the series who really loves his cabbages…

Other things to look forward to in this adventure are Toph’s showdown with her dad who has pretty much disowned her and Sokka and Katara discovering a secret passage (and some very important findings within). I don’t want to spoil everything for you, so I’m going to make you read for more details. You have to wait a total of zero days though because the book was out in stores as of July 2nd! Without giving anything away I will tell you that there are some great fight scenes as well as the same great artwork I raved about from the first book. Also, Toph confronting her father is a rather powerful moment for those who know their past history from the tv show. There’s also a great Avatar history lesson and of course a big twist at the end that will leave you begging for more. You’ll have to wait until part 3 comes out in November, but I believe everything is supposed to wrap-up in that issue. Personally I can’t wait to see how it all ends, but in the meantime at least we have new episodes of Korra to get our avatar fix on, right?

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