‘I think I saw something I shouldn’t have…’ – Alfie, 2010-Present

Happy Monday everyone! I know it’s the start of the week, but don’t fret – your neighbourhood Librarian is here and she is ready to get reviewing. This week I’ve decided to use the break that Incase is on to give them some props for AlfieYou may remember when I spoke about them previously, and here we are to finally review their comic! This has been in the pipeline for a while, I’m sorry it’s taken so long!

DISCLAIMER: Alfie is 100% an adult comic, with lots of adult themes, including depictions of sexual acts. I will make this review as family friendly as possible, but be warned – clicking to the comic (even the first page) leads to scenes of an adult nature. Let it be known that I completely warned you that, by the second page sexual acts have begun… Well, if you’re still here that means you’re old enough to read this… 

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Page 1 of Alfie, she’s watching something VERY adult! – Alfie, Incase, 2010-Present

Alfie is about a halfling who, funnily enough, is called Alfie. She lives in a small village with her mother and father, and goes about her day as if it were no other. It’s Spring of the year 1147, and a human and elf caravan has come to the small Halfling town on Pickering.

Alfie accidentally stumbles upon her best friend Melly getting uh… very friendly with one of the humans, whom she is cheating on her husband with. What you see to your left is the first page of Alfie and that is exactly what she is watching. As I said before, you were warned this was adult.

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Alfie with, her human boyfriend? lover? Partner?, Marco – Alfie, Incase, 2010-Present

What I like about Alfie is, not only is it gorgeously drawn, but it uses a fantasy setting (which is a completely fledged world that Incase has written, might I add), it develops it’s characters through their sexual exploits with others, and how they get into them. For instance, Alfie’s mum, Vera, gets into a storyline about making an elf some implements for his own pleasure. Through this story we see her grow as a character; we see her hatred for her husband and why she hates him, we see why she thinks Alfie is a failure, but also why they’re very alike as people.

All in all, I really like Alfie, and I’m sorry that Incase has had to take a hiatus. Hopefully they feel better soon. Here’s a link to that page and their explanation. They seem like a cool person, and I wish them all the best.
If you’re old enough to, really do give Alfie a read. Yes, occasionally the sex is gratuitous but you will find characters you love and those you hate. I am, and always will be, team Marco!

Do you like online comics? What about ones that explore sexuality and relationships? Think it should be kept off the internet or open for everyone to share? Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: Alfie, Incase, 2010-Present]

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‘I don’t need a babysitter anymore’ – The Babysitter, 2017

Ignore the fact that this is a day late, but I wanted to get in on the Halloween action!
As mentioned before, I am a massive pansy who can’t watch a horror movie. Queue Halloween, one of my favourite holidays but I just can’t watch the movies. I am, however, better if a) I have a pillow/person to hide behind and b) they’re just parodies of horror movies – all the blood and guts and not much of the scary. Jump scares are my number one arch nemesis. Luckily for me I had a little bit of a) and b) – The Babysitter is what I would class as a parody of the genre.

 

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Getting real Carrie vibes from this! – The Babysitter, Netflix, 2017

The Babysitter is about a boy named Cole, who is very much too old to have a babysitter – said babysitter being Bee. But he doesn’t really care because she is extremely attractive. And she’s also a massive nerd; which works well for Cole – seeing as he’s a massive nerd. Did I mention massive nerd enough?

 

I found the amount of blood and gore to be maybe a bit OTT, but for the genre it was expected. Though there were definitely times where I turned away and said something like “ewww”, which did make my boyfriend laugh. It was more than once for sure… he would say it was most of the time – I will argue that one till the cows come home!

 

 

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Bee confronting Cole after he wakes up – The Babysitter, Netflix, 2017

My main point of contention is that the gang that Bee works with, including Disney Star Bella Thorne – she has branched out since my childhood!, just seem to all… without spoilers, disappear too quickly. I didn’t get to learn anything about them, though that’s kind of part of the genre, letting stereotypes of people bite the bullet. I would like to say that the black guy didn’t die first… but I’m not sure I can really say that… You’ll have to watch and see to understand what I mean about that.

I really liked The Babysitter. It didn’t scare me to death, which I appreciate, and it made me laugh a lot. It was a good horror-movie, and one I would recommend for fans of the parody genre; it was very akin to the Scary Movie franchise.

Have you seen the Babysitter? What did you think? Love the blood and gore? Would you watch other horror parodies? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: The Babysitter, Netflix, 2017]

 

‘I’m going through changes’ – Big Mouth, 2017

Good ol’ Netflix, bringing out good ol’ television shows, where I can just binge watch it. Big Mouth is about the awkwardness of growing up, something which everyone does. Though I wouldn’t be showing it to your prepubescent child anytime soon.  Definitely 18+.

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Andrew, Nick and Jessi enjoying a movie with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in it! – Big Mouth, Netflix, 2017

Big Mouth is based around Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s childhood within the New York suburbs, with Kroll voicing his fictionalised self. If the Nick in his is exactly like him, I feel so sorry for him – his life was crazy!
Andrew has grown up faster than Nick has, both to each others disappointment.  Nick is barely the height of Andrew’s shoulder, whereas Andrew is having feelings for anything with legs – apparently, that’s how boys work. Jessi, their female friend, is also going through changes. In one of the episodes, she gets her first ever period. At least girl wise,  I think that they got it properly spot on.

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Andrew and his hormone monster, Maury. Their relationship is a bit… peculiar – Big Mouth, Netflix, 2017

I wouldn’t say that it’s the best written show in the world. I know that one of the reasons it’s on Netflix is because they wanted to make the most outrageous cartoon on television. I honestly think they managed it. It may be in the same vein as the Simpsons, Family Guy or King on the Hill but it has a certain… charming quality about it. Unlike the other shows, it feels like you can put yourself in their shoes, they’re just kids at the end of the day. The hormone monsters are pretty hilarious, and (though I wouldn’t say -they’re- true to life) the idea of crazy hormones is. At one point, Jessi is obsessed with finding a pretty bra. Most bras are nude, boring and comfortable. She wants something daring – bright red and gorgeous. It was funny, but also true to life.

I really recommend people watch it, as long as they’re 18+ of course!

Catch out a trailer down below!

 

[Header Image: Big Mouth, Netflix, 2017]

‘It’s too late for heroes…’ ‘Hero’s your word, not mine’ – Netflix’s Marvel’s The Defenders

The Librarian’s juggling a lot at the moment and because she’s so busy and I was around, she asked me to come and take care of you guys for this week. So, hi, it’s me again, the Man on the Silver Mountain and I thought we’d take a look at something this week which has turned out to be kinda divisive; Netflix’s Marvel Cinematic Universe series, The Defenders.
The Defenders is the culmination of two seasons of Daredevil, and one season each of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Ironfist. It’s essentially the ending of phase one of the Marvel Netflix shows. So to discuss the ending of this part of the MCU we will be discussing the previous shows as well so consider this a spoiler warning for all the Marvel Netflix shows from this point onwards.

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The corridor fight scene, a staple of all Netflix Marvel shows – The Defenders, Netflix, 2017

So, since it aired The Defenders has had both positive and negative reviews as did Ironfist, the series that came before it and which leads directly into this show by providing the main antagonists for the majority of the show. I feel though that whilst these shows have their flaws they’ve been slightly blown out of proportion by the expectations people had for the show. It seems like a lot of people were expecting this team up series to be more similar to the Avengers team up movies but in a different format. Some people have felt let down though by the fact that it’s less Avengers and more Law and Order: Superhero Unit.

 

The story in broad strokes is this; The Hand (the bad guys from Ironfist and Daredevil season two) are continuing to cause more trouble but after everything that’s happened so far in the other shows they’re consolidated their forces in New York and they start making waves. This draws Ironfist back to New York and gets Daredevil to return to the streets as a costumed hero, which he’d given up after Daredevil season two and the not-quite-end of Elektra. Thanks to the power vacuum in Harlem that after Luke Cage took out Cottonmouth in his show and Jessica Jones’ role as a private investigator they also get caught up in the web of shady dealings the Hand have laid out across the city. After a little bit of investigating by all heroes they end up meeting up and finding out that they are ultimately the only thing that stands between New York and the collapse of the entire city, including the deaths of many of the inhabitants and they take the fight to the bad guys.

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What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Ironfist punching Luke Cage – The Defenders, Netflix, 2017

Let’s talk about the good stuff first before we get into the weaknesses the show has and some of the complaints that have been voiced.
First big positive for me is where some of the fights in the previous shows have been a little wonky, either clunky in their choreography or inconsistent in regards to how strong the two super strong characters have been, but in The Defenders they actually seem to have finally found the best balance between letting the brute force heroes do their thing whilst letting our more agile, martial arts-based heroes do theirs without problems occurring or it pulling you out of the action.
Next big positive was the slow build up, which I know not everyone will agree with, the way they let the characters develop and bump into each other over time was interesting to me, it let the mostly isolated shows we’ve had so far overlap organically and gave us, what I feel was, a good way to see how Ironfist’s Danny Rand is still the naïve rich kid on a mission, Luke Cage is not the well-meaning guy with a more street level view of the world but who has no real idea on where to start making things better for those around him, Jessica Jones is still showing the world nothing but a hard exterior whilst tackling her post-Purple Man trauma but her caring nature gets the better of her and how Matt Murdoch is trying to return to his live as a lawyer and not let down the people he loves and cares about whilst haunted by the ghosts that keep coming back to him again and again. After they all get together and agree to take the fight to the bad guys the chemistry between the characters and the way each character grows from the experience of being on a team is something I really liked and I’m looking forward to seeing where those developments take them in the next seasons of each of their respective shows.
The last big success for the show was the cast of villains they had in the show led by the ever-awesome Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra who I thought was a really great villain to stand up alongside the other leaders of the hand that we’ve seen a fair bit of in the other shows like Madame Gao and Bakuto.

 

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A picture of Sigourney Weaver because she’s glorious – The Defenders, Netflix, 2017

Okay, with the good stuff out of the way, let’s talk about where the show fell down a little. First and foremost, as much as Alexandra was a great villainess as a character, both she and Sigourney Weaver’s considerable talent as an actress don’t seem to be put to the best use, often having her float around in the background as a puppet master without actually giving her many puppets to play with. I wouldn’t have wanted to see her be a brawler like some of the other leaders or a mystic like Madame Gao but at times she just seemed to be there without an awful lot to do besides quietly hope her plan worked.
Also relating to villains, this show seems to suffer from the same problem that almost the entire MCU both TV shows and movies has; they kill off all their villains way too fast. I kind of understand why, these aren’t comics, the movies and the actors that star in them have finite amounts of time that they can really continue for, so in killing off a villain completely it counts a story as complete and the franchise can move onto the next thing without loose ends being left around. With all the hand gone though, it means greater instability for some heroes which will breed interesting stories in the future I’m sure but it also just leaves some characters without much direction and whilst being with direction could be a really interesting story in and of itself I don’t feel it would be a story that would complement the other things that have happened throughout all shows thus far.
My last negative point; where are all the other heroes? Yes, I understand the separation between the movies and the TV shows due to filming times and trying to organise between the two but in The Defenders there’s hardly even a reference to the Avengers, something the previous Netflix shows have at least included a little. Even though the Avengers aren’t based wholly in New York anymore you do still have the likes of Spider-Man or Doctor Strange around and both the street level organised crime and mystical activities of The Hand would surely draw their attention as well. Whilst I don’t expect to see Spider-Man and Daredevil working together closely as we’ve seen at various times in the comics, I would like to know what the Avengers and the other heroes in and around New York were doing both at the beginning and end of the season where earthquakes were happening or entire skyscrapers were collapsing.

I realise this is getting to be a pretty long post here but there’s one last thing I want to address and that’s the criticism Ironfist has gotten, both from his own show but also in this one. Lots of people were annoyed at Finn Jones being cast in the role, which personally, I don’t think he’s a bad actor and I don’t think he’s been bad in the role. Other folks have been annoyed at how out of his depth the character seems to have been but and how childish he is in his pursuit of his goals. I feel like that’s pretty much who the character of Ironfist was at the beginning, from the comics I’ve read it seems reasonably in keeping with the way the character started out in at least a couple of iterations. Finally, the thing I’d like to bring up is that being the only character with powers that aren’t always easy to explain but that also come with a duty attached to them, I feel like The Defenders does a good job of dragging Danny Rand as a character kicking and screaming towards at least trying to be more of the character people want him to be. Between the continuous jokes and sarcasm from the others around the origins of his powers to the ending of the season that seems to have the most substantial effect on Danny more so than the other heroes, they’ve started pushing him towards being more grown up about the way he sees the world and maybe more enjoyable to watch as a character for those who were disappointed previously. Maybe we’ll even see him in an costume in Ironfist season two, who knows?

Catch the trailer below!

Either way guys, let us know what you guys think of the show down in the comments and thanks for reading. Your Librarian should be back next week with something good for you but for more from me you can find me on YouTube at Man on the Silver Mountain.

What did you think of Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’? Are you for or against Iron Fist, or wish it was just Jessica Jones? Man on the Silver Mountain would love to know and start a heated debate in the comments! Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: The Defenders, Netflix, 2017)

‘Maybe we’ll all get to watch her slam her head into a five tonne slab of granite’ – Outlander Season 1 and 2

Firstly, let me apologise for being a day late with the post! My only excuse is that I have been so tired from binge watching Outlander – I just HAD to get it finished.
Yes, folks, you heard me correctly. I have been learning all about the Jacobite revolution! I have learnt a surprising amount about the Jacobites, and I actually wished it was taught in schools.
Now I can’t do this post without spoilers, so SPOILER ALERT!

 

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Claire and Frank Randall on their 2nd honeymoon to Scotland. – Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present

Outlander is a British-American adaptation of a series with the same name, based around a woman named Claire from the 1940’s who mysteriously travels back in time through the stone circle at Craigh na Dun. She’s on a 2nd honeymoon with her husband, Frank, getting to know him again after being separated during WWII. Travelling back in time obviously takes a huge toll on Claire, who has no idea where she is nor fits in at all – her clothes, her accent, her mannerisms all give away her 20th century-ness. Good thing that none of the men from the 18th century have any idea about that! They just think she’s a very weird woman.

 

 

 

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Claire and Jamie, plus their ring (which I love!) They’re almost like star crossed lovers – Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present

Claire is forced to marry Jamie, to save herself from being handed over to the evil Black Jack Randall, a man who is an ancestor of Frank Randall, Claire’s 20th century husband. The only downside to her new marriage? She falls head over heels in love with Jamie. Which makes me happy, because I am ‘Team Jamie’!

 

Claire is tried as a witch, and Jamie (in an attempt to save her life) he tries to put her through the stones again. But she doesn’t go, because she loves Jamie more than she ever loved Frank. Their love spawns not one but two children, one whom unfortunately dies (as do lots of 18th century children) and one who is born in the 20th century, which sounds very confusing – you’ll just have to watch the 29 episodes and find out what on earth I’m on about!

Catch the trailer for Season 3 down below! – 

 

Have you seen Outlander? What did you think? Feel sorry for Frank or are you team Jamie 100%? Looking forward to the 10/11th of September for Season 3? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present)

 

‘Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!’ – Rick and Morty, Season 1-3

I don’t know about you, readers, but I love Rick and Morty, and have done ever since it came out. It’s like all the fun of The Simpsons or Family Guy plus science! When I attended university, I was told to watch it by a lecturer and I can say I have never turned back!

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A family photo – Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present

Rick and Morty is an Adult Swim production, based loosely on Back to the Future, Rick being Doc and Morty being Marty. It’s a very obvious link between them, crazy scientist and rather lackluster kid who ends up becoming the sidekick. Season 2 introduces another sidekick in the form of Summer, Morty’s older cool-girl sister, who is actually quite naive inside. Beth, their horse-heart-surgeon mother and daughter of Rick, and Jerry, his really bland and useless dad, have a very tumultuous relationship which has now ultimately (since S3 – SPOILERS) lead to a break up of the marriage. This has had a profound affect on Morty and Summer, and it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out in the end of the season – but hopefully there’s another 20 episodes before that happens!

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Let’s get Swifty! – Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present

Rick and Morty is 100% adult, and it’s important to not show it to your kids without at least being there! Not only will they not appreciate all the butts and rude jokes, they probably won’t get the references – link to some you probably missed here!

I really suggest watching Rick and Morty, even if it’s for a good laugh and a wonder about what on earth is going on.

What do you think about Rick and Morty? Did you watch Back to the Future and love it? Want some more crazy Doc shenanigans ahead? Did you expect Beth to divorce Jerry? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present)

‘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)

 

‘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)