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It’s Music and Magic with Monsters & Midways

Second Sight Publishing has announced a new a six issue limited series that was originally thought up by a comics rookie in 50-year-old Chicago O’Hare Airport police officer, Nick Goodwin. Monsters & Midways had been in his head for years until he mentioned it to his neighbor and friend, Chuck Satterlee.

In Monsters & Midways, A down on his luck heavy metal guitarist in 1976 Chicago hasn’t gotten very far with his songs about elves and wizards and dark magic. Let’s see how he does with the real thing. M&M has magic and wizards and barbarians and elves and monsters and is simply a good old-fashioned fun comic book tale set in a time and place both Goodwin and Satterlee know well… the Chicago of their childhoods. Another way to think of MONSTERS & MIDWAYS is to take a cover of heavy metal magazine and a cover of Savage Sword of Conan. Shred both, pack them in a bowl and smoke them. That’s MONSTERS & MIDWAYS! Essentially, an ancient wizard with a lack of people skills teams up with a magic weapon maker and a brand new Barbarian in order to stop an evil wizard from mixing dark magic and nuclear energy… and with it, the end of the world as we know it.

In addition to the covers and interiors by Jeremy Megert, readers of the series will also see variant covers by industry legends, Phil Hester, Tyler Walpole, and Ben Templesmith. The series will be colored by Mickey Clausen and lettered by industry legend, Tom Orzechowski.

Second Sight Publishing’s No Other Gods Warns of the Dangers of Fascism Heading Into the 2022 Midterm Elections

Second Sight Publishing is definitely changing things up with their newest series announcement! No Other Gods is a five-issue mini-series set to be released just after July 4th, 2022 and will conclude just a few days before the 2022 midterm elections in the United States in November of the same year. The series is set in a world with enhanced powered beings but other than that tale of fantasy, the series is grounded in the reality of a politically divided nation.

No Other Gods is co-created by Chuck Satterlee (writer) and Neil van Antwerpen (artist). The series will be colored by Mickey Clausen and lettered by industry legend, Tom Orzechowski. Variant covers by Michael Avon Oeming and Steven Bryant have been announced.

Review: Menhit the Mighty #1

Menhit the Mighty #1

As far back as I can remember the world has always been enchanted by the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. Burroughs was so fascinated with this part of the world, that he made many of his characters travel here. Many people point to the clichéd world of The Mummy series, which became bland by the time Tom Cruise took over for some of the best explorations of this extensive mythology.

The truth is, some of the best depictions have been in the science fiction realm. An example is Stargate which both used many deities while forging its own folklore. Then was also a very brief scene in Alien Vs Predator, which I wished they expounded on as this would have made a great story. This mythology is far more interesting than any one writer can surmise. In Jaimel Hemphill, Marvin Law, and Mickey Clausen’s Menhit The Mighty, we find one such goddess who is come back from the World Of The Dead to claim her dominion.

We meet Tina Taylor, a student at a local college in Southern California, where her birthday is a day away, and her friend, looks to make it memorable, something she is not keen on doing, as she feels her priorities are at school. As her best friend, Maggie, attempts to give her a distraction in the form of her favorite subject, Egyptology. As she becomes drawn to one artifact, it seems as though she has a paranormal connection to this particular exhibit, as it draws memories that are not hers from a time long ago. Later on, that night, Tina, unable to sleep, feels a need to go back to the exhibition, where the same relic calls to her, and she embodies the goddess, Menhit. This also draws Menhit’s enemies, one of them being Queen Sehkmet, who sends her minions to interrupt her rising, but is quickly demolished by Menhit’s immense powers. As the reader finds out what lead to the rift between Menhit and Sehkmet, and we soon discover she is close as she has one of Tina’s friend’s hostage.

Overall, an engaging first issue which introduces a brave new hero and bright new voices in Hemphill, Law, and Clausen. The story by Hemphill is well developed, smart and action-packed. The art by Law and Clausen is beautiful. Altogether, a story that gives the world a new exciting iteration on Egyptian mythology succeeding where even movie studios fail.

Story: Jaimel Hemphill
Art: Marvin Law, Mickey Clausen,
and Jaimel Hemphill
Story: 10 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

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