Favorite Comic Book Series: Atomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class: Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies N' Cream
I'm unabashedly a fan of Marceline the Vampire Queen. For those of you who don't know, Marceline is a 1,000+-year-old vampire/demon originally hailing from the Nightosphere, land of all things creepy and dangerous. Marceline's family is having a reunion, and she doesn't want to go alone, because family stuff is awkward even when you're not the spawn of the Lord of Evil. In a surprising turn, accompanying her is Jake the Dog who really just needs something to do because he's bored.
Finn and Jake in a . . . Post-Apocalyptic World? Adventure Time covers a lot of genres, but this is one I never thought I'd see explored. As the boys head off into a grim and desolate wasteland to continue their reverse quest to convince the Monkey Wizard to kidnap Princess Painting, they team up with Marceline the vampire, because, you know, vampires are awesome.
I am so delighted with this issue that I'm not sure I have the words to properly explain why. Like all of the best episodes of Star Trek, Star Trek #30 touches on a serious exploration of a real world issue and has fun the entire time it's doing so. These examinations of our culture are why I love Trek in the first place, and Star Trek #30 tackles the issue of gender, and all of our modern-day stereotypes of gender, wonderfully.
Some things you can't come back from. The new Tomb Raider comic written by Gail Simone with art by Nicholas Daniel Selma picks up immediately after the events of the 2013 Tomb Raider video game, which rebooted the franchise (and is a must play. You can read my thoughts on the game here). Tomb Raider still follows Lara Croft, a wealthy British girl who looks for lost treasures and kicks a-- in the same vein as Indiana Jones. The reboot has set her around 21 years old, and the game is the recounting of her first real brush with danger. Given all of the running and gunning that Lara and her companions had to do, the comic takes a surprisingly realistic turn by focusing on issues of PTSD. It examines the different ways people try to cope with their experiences and, more importantly, how they are forever changed by the things they've seen and done. It's the start of a fascinating and gritty look that few action-adventure stories bother to go into.
Katelyn (Kit Quinn) is a woman who hit her head and now thinks she's the superhero Trinity Infinity. Her friends - Lilly (Lola Binkerd), Paul (David Dickerson), and Silvia (Tallest Silver) - have been trying to help her cope with life by using elaborate comic book scenarios while Paul's ex-girlfriend, Morgan (Megan Alyse), has been trying to snap Katelyn back into reality. Their back-and-forth struggle finally comes to a head in the final episode of Sweethearts of the Galaxy.
'Episode 7 – Behold . . . the Committee of Evil Doers'
The whole cast is together at last as Morgan (Megan Alyse) gathers together all of Trinity Infinity's villains who together will be known as the . . . . Committee of Evil Doers? The name might need some work, but it's a solid plan to bring Katelyn (Kit Quinn) back from her delusion, where she thinks she is the cosmic, costumed superhero Trinity Infinity.
Back when I first heard about this series and Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's plans to genre hop, this is exactly what I had in mind. Adventure Time jumps straight into the heist genre as Finn and Jake team up with the Ice King and Gunter as part of their reversed quest that requires them to persuade the Monkey Wizard to kidnap Princess Painting.
It's just another adventure for Captain Jane Tiberia Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. That's right, you're probably used to Jim Kirk, but after reading this issue, you won't think twice about this gender-swapped crew.
Holy whiskey shots, Batman! After watching Katelyn (Kit Quinn) nearly beat a robber to death because she thinks she's a superhero, her roommate Lilly (Lola Binkerd) has had enough and retreats to the comforts of a bar to step away from the craziness. Who can blame her? I think I'd have resorted to drinking earlier than this. While there, Lilly and Katelyn meet a persistent gentleman who is undeterred by ladies in superhero costumes in his quest for companionship and a bartender who isn't afraid to go the distance to protect her customers.
The world is a weird place, and it only gets weirder in the future, which is why someone like Dr. 2, a masked physician and master of acupuncture, is sought after for his ability to solve otherwise unsolvable crimes.