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Dejah Thoris: The princess and the broken machine

"I think our world is running down like a broken machine." Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6 starts with this quote. It seems an apt one for their world and our own.

Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Vasco Georgiev
Cover: Lucio Parrillo
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Science-Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

“I think our world is running down like a broken machine.” Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6 starts with this quote. An apt one for their world and our own.

Honestly, I don’t know much about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ works apart of course from Tarzan (no relation to Jungle Girl). I also didn’t watch the “John Carter” movie, which was based on Burroughs’ “A Princess of Mars”.

This was the first book in his Barsoom series of novels, and this is where he introduced Dejah Thoris. But I’m encountering her for the first time in this Dynamite Entertainment comic book series. Spoilers ahead.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 9 review

I was grinning from ear to ear after reading the latest installment of  Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 9: “Bad Taxidermy”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

I was grinning from ear to ear after reading the latest installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire. Episode 9: “Bad Taxidermy” is now my new favorite episode in this Serial Box exclusive.

Of course, I may be biased because Jessica Jones interacts with my favorite character among those this series introduced, the young flare Sam. Whose pronoun is “they”, by the way.

Not only that, but this episode also further connects Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire to the larger Marvel Universe. Spoilers ahead.

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Death of Nancy Drew: Can the Hardy Boys solve this?

Has the death of Nancy Drew shocked you? Now her best friends Frank and Joe Hardy are investigating what exactly happened on the night of Nancy's death.

The Death of Nancy Drew #2
Writer: Anthony Del Col
Artist: Joe Eisma
Cover: Joe Eisma
FC | 32 pages | Mystery | $3.99 | Teen+

Has the death of Nancy Drew shocked you? Now her best friends Frank and Joe Hardy are investigating what exactly happened on the night of Nancy’s death.

Dynamite Entertainment‘s The Death of Nancy Drew #2 had me hooked from the start. And I’m not even really a fan of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. But I’m enjoying this noirish tale that Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Luke Cage) has crafted, which Eisner Award winner Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, Riverdale) is bringing to gritty life.

And if you think Nancy, Frank, and Joe are the only Stratemeyer Syndicate characters in this fascinating series, think again. Spoilers ahead.

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James Bond: The adventures of 007 when he was a boy

No gadgets. No martinis. No larger-than-life villains. Just the adventures of a teenage James Bond during World War II. And what a fascinating read it is.

James Bond: Origin Vol. 2 HC
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover: Dan Panosian
$24.99

No gadgets. No martinis. And no larger-than-life villains. Just the adventures of a teenage James Bond during World War II. And what a fascinating read it is.

Dynamite Entertainment‘s James Bond: Origin Vol. 2 hardcover collects James Bond: Origin #7–12. The James Bond: Origin series fleshes out Bond’s life before the first novel of Ian Fleming introduced him to the world.

It takes place during World War II, when he was just starting his career as a spy. I’m not really a Bond fan, but I really enjoyed this collection. Spoilers ahead.

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Korean webtoon D.P Dog Day to become Netflix drama

Image from the Korean webtoon D.P Dog Day. Image credit: Lezhin Studio
Image from the Korean webtoon D.P Dog Day. Image credit: Lezhin Studio

Netflix has confirmed production for the original drama series “D.P.” (Deserter Pursuit) in collaboration with director Han Jun-hee. “D.P.” is based on the Korean webtoon D.P Dog Day by Kim Bo-tong.

The Korean webtoon tells the story of a South Korean Army private assigned to a unit responsible for arresting deserters. In his job, he encounters confused young adults.

It shows the perspective of a soldier tasked with pursuing other soldiers. But it also balances this out by portraying the pains and struggles of those who choose to desert.

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The Boys: Name of the Game is 1st novelization of series

check out the first novelization of the comic book series, The Boys: Name of the Game.

You’ve read the comic books and watched the hit 2019 Prime TV series. Now check out the first novelization of the comic book series, The Boys: Name of the Game.

While fans of The Boys look forward to the second season of the TV series debuting on Sept. 4, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce official novel adaptations of the original storylines.

The Boys: Name of the Game novelization by writer Dan Wickline takes a deep dive into a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky, and masked vigilantes prowl the night, and someone has to make sure the supes don’t get out of line.

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Mars Attacks Red Sonja and our money’s on her

Dynamite Entertainment presents Mars Attacks Red Sonja! and the world will never be the same. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

It’s the crossover we never knew we wanted! Dynamite Entertainment presents Mars Attacks Red Sonja and the world will never be the same.

I’m a Tim Burton fan but I have to admit I didn’t exactly love “Mars Attacks!” the first time I saw it. Still, the movie had its cheesy charm and trademark Burton absurdity. Over the years I’ve grown more fond of it. Add to that the fact that I love Red Sonja. So you can imagine how excited I am to read this upcoming miniseries from writer John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics) and artist Fran Strukan (The Shape of Elvira).

“This is a book I actively pushed Dynamite to do, and I bugged them and bugged them until they finally approved it because I wouldn’t go away. I’m a huge fan of both properties, and the idea of mixing violent barbarian sword & sorcery with ultra-violent over-the-top retro sci-fi is simply irresistible to me,” Layman said in a press statement.

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Red Sonja: Bless the beasts and the children

She is Sonja the Red, the Master of War. But is anyone really its master? Or, as Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16 seems to tell us, is the truth that no one really wins in a war?

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16
Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Bob Q
Cover: Jae Lee
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

She is Sonja the Red, the Master of War. But is anyone really its master? Or, as Dynamite Entertainment‘s Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16 seems to tell us, is the truth that no one really wins in a war?

Least of all ordinary people. Particularly the children.

Writer Mark Russell continues chronicling Year Two, when the She-Devil we all know and love was still the young Sonja the Red. And as I mentioned in my review, the mini-series Killing Red Sonja spins out from the events in this title. This issue even briefly shows what’s happening to Emperor Cyril and tells readers to follow his adventures in the mini-series.

Spoilers ahead.

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D&D Live 2020: Dungeons & Dragons is for everyone

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Almost two weeks after it ended, I’m still on a D&D Live 2020 high. Not only did this star-studded virtual event raise money for charity, but also it proved that Dungeons & Dragons is for everyone.

I never got to play D&D in high school. My barkada and I always wanted to. We would stare longingly at the D&D manuals whenever we went to the bookstore. But they were too expensive.

It was only in college that my high school barkada and I finally got to play D&D. And I even became their Dungeon Master (DM). But I didn’t play D&D anymore after college. Not even the video games. But I always looked back at it fondly, and would occasionally check out the site or read articles about it.

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Vampirella: Why church people are not Christians

Did God also create vampires? This is just one of the many thought-provoking ideas discussed in Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10, which is one the best comic books I have read in a long time.

Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Ergün Gündüz
Cover: Lucio Parrillo
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Did God also create vampires? This is just one of the thought-provoking ideas discussed in  Dynamite Entertainment‘s Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10, which is one of the best comic books I have read in a while.

Christopher Priest’s magical prose and non-linear storytelling, combined with the gorgeous yet disturbing art of Ergün Gündüz, elevates this tale about the tragic plane crash that changed Vampirella’s life.

This vampire has hit rock bottom. Like a dark goddess, she has wrought terrible vengeance on her enemies. And yet here is a man quietly conversing with her, trying to convince her — and maybe himself — that somehow she is still one of God’s creations.

Spoilers ahead.