|Sorry for the delayed email this week! Chalk it up to a change-up here at Fantasium. Ed will be taking over doing the newsletter moving forward as it is with a heavy heart full of bittersweet feelings, that I let ya’ll know that my (Brian’s) chapter at Fantasium is coming to a close.
It’s been an absolute joy getting to know all of you over the last 3 years. Talking books, music, travel, and all things life with you guys was one of the many things that made this an amazing gig to work. Fantasium will be a family for me forever.
What am I up to? I’m headed back to Asia! Putting that English degree back to work & going to be looking into teaching abroad. For starters though, just backpacking & exploring some new areas! You can stay in touch via Instagram @BrianBillBunge–I may also be bringing my travel blog website back up & a YouTube channel, stay tuned!
Ed’s Early Evaluations
Hello again friends, just a few books this week but I’d like to turn the attention towards our friend, confidant, and workplace proximity associate; Brian. Brian has decided to mosey on out into the wide-open world and seek what treasures it has to offer. I wanted to wax poetic about friendship or goodbyes, I looked up a bunch of Shakespeare quotes, but in the end, I think simplicity is sometimes the sweetest sentiment. We’ll miss you buddy, see you around the shop–Ed
“The Clock” Image/Top Cow: Bit of a slow intro issue but the twist at the end has really piqued my interest. Global population is surging out of control and mother nature is fighting back in the form of a new Cancer. The art is modern and clean but is lacking emotion. Luckily the writing and premise work overtime to compensate. If you liked “Think tank” or “Pandemica”, I bet you’ll dig this book as well. 6 uncurable diseases out of 10
“Daphne Byrne” DC/Black Label: I loved the opening panel, and how it ties into the end of the issue where the mystery really starts. A Victorian family on the verge of collapse is seeking some refuge from death’s untimely grasp, but their little girl is too smart for her own good it seems. It’s got good character moments, clear dialogue, but the art is sometimes lacking. I’d say about half the book is bathed in gorgeous moody shadows, but then the other panels have subpar digital linework that always seems rushed or unrefined to me. It’s a common problem in modern comics. 7 pennies for the eyes out of 10
“Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds” Boom: Maybe not the best place to jump into the world of Firefly but a fun read either way. The art is a bit cartoony for the tone of the book, but the writing is spot on. Each character sounds and acts as if this is for the show. 7 double crosses out of 10
“Marvels X” Marvel: A serious look at a world with superpowers and what it means to be a hero. Writing and art are top notch with an engaging story. It took a few pages before I really became invested but once the hooks got me, I had to know more. 8 Ents out of 10
“Stranger Things: Into The Fire” IDW: This is the first Stranger Things book I’ve read and I was never confused or lost, kudos to the creative team. On the other hand, I’m familiar with the show so there weren’t any new concepts or terms to learn, just a few new characters. As an extension of the show, exploring the lore of that world it does a great job, as an introduction to the books or show world, not so much. It’s a tough one to rate, I don’t care about the new characters, but then again, I don’t care about the new characters on the show either. If you’ve been following the books pick it up. If you haven’t and want to jump into the literary side of Stranger Things, I’d recommend picking up the first volume and catching up.