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Monthly (Comic) Book Club - April - Choose Your Own Adventure20629

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This month it’s every man for himself!

March was super busy for me but I still want to read last month’s reading so I’ll be reading the first 12 issues of Saga from the hardcover I borrowed from my cousin.



Chime in with what you’re planning to read this month!
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I stopped reading The Flash around issue #2, because I also got very busy, but I'm so interested to see what happened to Bart and Max after issue #800 of the last series.
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I'm on the road right now but will have to see what I have on the reading pile when I get home. I think two contenders will be some random old-ish Superman issues I got at a yard sale years ago and a Black Panther collection.
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I am re-reading Silver Surfer volume three (1987) as documented in the "What Comic Books Have You Read Today" thread. Issues 1-25 and A1 down, issues 26-146 (and A2-A9) to go.
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I’m stepping i to Saga pretty much blind. Given the main characters’ designs I thought it might be a fantasy book, and it kind of is, but it blends in some science fiction as well.

The book starts with the birth of a baby, apparently two deserters of opposing factions in some interplanetary proxy war. We see some sides using magic, one side includes a robotic race. We have talking animals, winged races, horned races, giant turtle war beasts, etc. It’s an interesting mash-up of genres.

For some reason both sides are very interested in the two parents and their offspring and seem to be going far out of their way to interfere in the lives of two people amidst a war spanning an entire galaxy.

The art is serviceable. It has that digital look I feel we’ve seen before. It portrays the characters clearly but never really wows you.

The issue throws a bunch of stuff at you and I’m not sure I’m sold on it yet
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Issue 2 felt super short compared to the first.

Alana and Marko are working their way through the woods trying to get to a mythical Rocketship Forest. After fighting off some attacking vines with a magic spell, the two parents fall asleep.

Meanwhile the robot prince arrives on the planet on his mission to find the parents.

Back in the woods, Alana and Marko think they’ve encountered one of the mythical “Horrors” in the forest only for it to turn out to be one of the bounty hunters mentioned in the previous issue.

Marko is injured and Alana faces off with the bounty hunter, threatening to kill her baby, which would fail the contract for the bounty hunter. Hearing a noise the bounty hunter thinks they’re the “Horrors” and leaves, figuring she’ll have a chance to nab the baby later.

When the Horrors do show themselves, it seems they are ghostly dead children.

There isn’t a ton to comment on. As I said, it goes by very quickly and at this point there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot to dig into, aside from the dead children and I expect some of that will be discussed in the next issue
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Issue 3 begins with Alana and the ghost kids. Apparently they’re natives of the planet who have died and their spirits are bound to the planet as a kind of defense mechanism. They project images into the minds of the living, resulting in the many horror stories people tell about them.

Marko is injured from his encounter with The Stalk. The only healing spell he knows requires snow. One of the ghost kids, Izabel, says she’ll help Alana find some if she can come with them when they leave the planet but that will require bonding with the baby Hazel.

Meanwhile, the tobot prince has arrived at the detention facility to interrogate a prisoner about Alana and Marko’s escape. The prisoner doesn’t divulge much and mostly mocks the price over a horrific battle the prince was caught in sometime prior.

Alana, searching for snow, is headed toward a mountain. Izabel, trying to convince her to let her bond with the baby, shows her a shortcut and we learn that her parents were freedom fighters/terrorists and that she died by accidentally stepping on a landmine. Alana finally agrees to let Isabel bond with Hazel as Marko’s condition worsens. In his delirium he begins muttering about his bride that he loved so much and when he finally mentions her name, it’s not Alana’s.

The world-building in the book is inching along I don’t dislike the book so far but it hasn’t gripped me yet. The three plot threads haven’t offered up any narrative curves yet (I don’t feel I know Alana and Marko well enough for this issue’s revelation to really grab my attention) and I feel the biggest thing they each have going for them is how unconventional, and in some cases outright weird, the character designs and the world itself can be. I’m still on board enough to want to see where things develop.
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