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Review: Acursian Chapter 19

Acursian Chapter 19

One of my all-time favorite shows is Grimm. The show was about a police detective who finds out that he is a part of a long line of monster hunters. He proves to be more than your typical heir, as he uses his skills as an investigator and his natural skills as a demon hunter to be a tour de force. The show is steeped in world-building and is filled with monster mythology from all over the world.

The show was immersed in a multitude of plotlines and character hierarchies. One of the most pivotal points in the show was when the main character revealed to his significant other exactly who he is. This became a true tide change, leaving all the characters to change with the big reveal. In Acursian Chapter 19, we find Charlie revealing to Alison exactly what he has been up to.

We find Charlie back in Milwaukee and find out exactly what he has been dealing including the family curse. Initially, Alison doesn’t believe him which causes Corra to show her that she is truly a goddess. We are also taken to the 18th Century Isle O doll, where Bregon has taken Rory. Bregon reveals he is in search of the necklace Alison has as it emanates some powerful elements. By the issue’s end, Bregon takes a powerful step in securing power and Charlie may have found one way in finding him and Rory.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 19 is a great entry that pushes boundaries. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is enjoyable. The art by Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards is surprising. Altogether, the story that puts all characters on notice.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 18

Acursian Chapter 18

It’s always fun to watch our protagonists get taught a lesson. As you get engrossed in their story you also get to see their flaws. Their flaws are what usually get us to identify with the character more. We can be assured of their eventual fall and rise due to them.

Their fall is what reminds us that failure and contrarians are a part of life. That makes the rise so much more rewarding. It reminds the reader they can overcome just about anything. Such is life and what makes everything worthwhile. In Acursian Chapter 18, we find Charlie getting his “just desserts”.

We find Charlie in the Witches Realm, where they have temporarily turned him into a pig, as they decide thet want inject some humility into him before striking a deal.  Charlie is then transported back to Chicago, where Corra and Nate , where they have to find the orb before any more dead bodies surface. We are also taken to 1560 Clare Island, where Bregon  is conspiring with Grace, on how to steal power from his sisters . By issue’s end, Bregon travels to modern day Milwaukee and kidnaps Rory.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 18 is an action-packed entry in the series that raises the stakes. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is satisfying. The art by Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards is astounding. Altogether, the story adds a bit of action to the series.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 17

Acursian Chapter 17

Within any story, it is always nice to find out when a plan has been more elaborate than the reader imagined. This intrigue is what pulls you more into it. These few surprises is what make you wonder what happens next. As the character’s motivations become apparent, and you know who is who.

One such great example is in Game Of Thrones. When we find out that Jorah Mormont was there to watch over Daenarys to help the Lannisters. This plan would become void as he would eventually fall in love with her.  In Acursian Chapter 17, we find out Nate’s motivation

We find Charlie in the Witches Realm, where they have a certain purpose of capturing him.  We are also taken back to the Isle of Shadows, where Corra and Alba discover Bregon’s true plan, leading to team up against him. We also find Nate traveling to the Isle Of Shadows, where he meets his father, Albion, and we find out that Nate was sent to help Charlie. By issue’s end, Charlie tries to bargain with the witches, but they outsmart him

Overall, Acursian Chapter 17 is a funny entry that enlightens the reader. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is pleasurable. The art by Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards is dazzling. Altogether, the chapter is a nice fun romp for the series.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 16

Acursian Chapter 16

When it comes to iconic screen actors, none were better than Sean Connery. As his presence was phenomenal to watch. As a family member mentioned upon his passing, we were the last generation to see him on the big screen. As the current state of the world will only have younger generations looking him up versus discovering who he was from an older generation.

One of his most iconic roles is that of Henry Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. As his role in that movie showed his range and just how endearing he truly was. The one scene that stands out in my mind in that movie is the one where our hero encounters the last Templar knight. In Acursian Chapter 16, Charlie encounters someone similar to the character in that iconic scene.

We find Nate fending off their magical foes, as they try to thwart Charlie from entering the Witches realm, as the witch Charlie encounters doesn’t know if he is trustworthy yet, but he soon finds out what exactly Jock did in this time and space.  We are also taken back to the Isle of Shadows, where Corra has just defeated Aeron, but their mother’s health is slowly fading. We are also taken to 1560, off the coast of Ireland, where Grace gives Bregon, a weapon to defeat his sisters once and for all. By the issue’s end, Nate may be in danger, as his scuffle, leads to him rapidly vanishing.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 16 is an excellent entry that adds a few more twists. The story by the creative team is enjoyable. The art by the creative team is brilliant. Altogether, the story gives readers a few more plot points to ponder.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika LewisArt: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 15

Acursian Chapter 15

Children need parents like plants need water. Our nurture and care to them set a precedent in their minds of what they are expected to do when they are in our shoes. That is why it is critical, that we remain present through their developing years. This is where they begin to form their value system and their identity.

As that is the reason why we question the parents when adults become something less than despicable. This is why when criminals do what they do, we look for the root cause. That is why the act of nurture is so essential. In Acursian Chapter 15, we find out what happens to Charlie’s family in his absence.

We are caught up with Charlie and his friends, back in Milwaukee, in present-day,  where Allison catches him up on what has transpired over the last 13 years, including raising their son by herself. We are also taken back to the Isle of Shadows, where Corra comes back to help her sisters fight Aeron, but he summons the Harpies to aid him. We are also taken to 1560, off the coast of Ireland, where Grace and Bregon catch up with each other. By issue’s end, Charlie and Nate go to Chicago, as they know a way to end the curse, one that is more than Charlie bargained for.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 15 is a great entry that elevates the plotline. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is pleasing. The art by Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards is exceptional. Altogether, the story gives readers more of what they have come to enjoy from this series.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Xogenasys #4

XOGENASYS #4

In the remake of The Karate Kid, we get the same story but actually much better. As the same trope of “fish out of water” is still the same. Where it differs, is that it shows how the protagonist, is everyone’s journey. As we mostly hope we know who we are.

As the remake showed just how difficult it is to learn something new. It ingratiated the protagonist in the viewers’ imaginations, by showing no matter the odds, you just stay the course and persevere. Jackie Chan playing the role that Pat Morita played, made the movie, even more authentic. In Xogenasys #4 we find Darius learning how hard training is

We find Darius fighting with his trainer in a practically no holds barred sparring match that leaves him humble.  Eventually  the gym owner, stops the fight before it becomes dangerous to either of them. As he implores to Darius , just how disciplined he needs to be, to become the best. By issue’s end,  Darius finally gets his first match scheduled

Overall, Xogenasys #4 is a great chapter that endears Darius to the reader. The story by Corey Mikell is stupendous. The art by Sebastian Riera is elegant. Altogether, Xogenasys #4 is an entry that gives us some greater insight into the story and world.

Story: Corey Mikkell Art: Sebastian Riera
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 14

Acursian Chapter 14

The best thing about time travel stories is the changes that happen. There are always possibilities that you never saw coming. It also stands to reason that there are things which you wanted to happen, and you do everything in your power to ensure it. This is where things always get tricky and one choice can let things go awry.

One of the best examples of messing with time travel is the brilliant but short-lived show Timeless. The show used familiar tropes within the genre, but also capitalized on telling some unique stories. One of the biggest stories which made the show great and heart-wrenching, was when they erased the protagonist’s sister, a catalyst that only pushed our protagonist to correct time. In Acursian Chapter 14, we find out how Charlie deals with changes and consequences.

We are caught up with Charlie and his friends, back in Milwaukee, hoping they came to the place before the dagger showed up in their lives. We are also taken back to the Isle of Shadows, where Ceillech’s warriors are trying to free the King, but Aeron is not going down without a fight. We are also taken to 1520, off the coast of Ireland, where Grace uses the dagger to steal some loot, but not before arriving back in Alba’s cave, where Bregon is awaiting her. By the issue’s end, Charlie finds out that time has jumped 13 years and Allison doesn’t know who Nate is.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 14 is a grand entry that pushes stories in different directions. The story by the creative team is rewarding. The art by the creative team is outstanding. Altogether, the story becomes even more imbued in time jumping.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 13

Acursian Chapter 13

As a child, you often worship your parents. As children, we often need love and attention, and if our parents do that we know that we have someone we can always count on. It is often with the ravages of time, that armor slowly sheds away, bit by bit, year by year. Then we go from figures we revere to figures we often identify with.

We often find ourselves, whether in secret or out loud, acknowledging the weaknesses our parents pass on to us. We rarely revel in the strengths that we inherit. It is often when we find out something new about that loved one, we find out a truth about them that adds to their legend. In Acursian Chapter 13, we find out how Charlie deals with a new revelation about Jock.

We are caught up with Charlie and his friends, as they finally open Jock’s treasure box, revealing some oddities to his whereabouts before Charlie was born, and how he may have been well aware of the Isle of Shadows. We are also taken back to the Isle of Shadows, in Alba’s Cavern, where Alba reveals to Bregon, that a face from his past, may be the key to getting everything he wants. Also, we find out Nate has had the dagger all the time, and possibly in the nick of time, as Hoover’s police squad has the friends in a standoff. By the issue’s end, Connell finally slices the time back to where it needs ot be , but it may be too late.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 13 is a marvelous entry that raises the stakes for our heroes. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is gratifying. The art by Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards is superb. Altogether, the story ratchets up the action in this installment.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Xogenasys #3

Xogenasys #3

I love sports movies, as they all are a bit hopeful and can be realistic. I think most viewers can identify with the story even if they never played a lick of organized sports because they recognize the fight. That ferocity, that anger, that world on your shoulders attitude. It is what most of us carry in ourselves.

This is what makes the Rocky franchise so indelible. As we see how he was the every man and how he persevered despite his humble beginnings. The best parts of these movies were the training montage, as they showed how these fighters for every inch. In Xogenasys #3 we find Darius training to be a pro player.

We find Darius showing up at the gym, where he is trained by the gym’s owner’s daughter, who is quite a fighter herself. Darius, like many men, often underestimates women, he finds that she more than knows what she is doing. AS he soon finds the rigors of professional training more than he expected. By the issue’s end,  just as Darius feels he gets some progress, his trainer has something else in mind.

Overall, Xogenasys #3 is a great chapter which more than adds to the great hall of training montages. The story by Corey Mikell is outstanding. The art by Sebastian Riera is stylish. Altogether, this story pumps up on the action.

Story: Corey  Mikkell Art: Sebastian Riera
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 12

Acursian Chapter 12

As a fan of history, one of the time periods that has always captured my attention was World War II. AS plenty of movies, television shows, and books often romanticize this era, and for good reason. As it a bygone era, both evoked a change of the guard and how the world was in conflict with itself. As a new evil saw itself rising in Germany when the country struggled with direction.

What is the most interesting event is how the countries diverged to two sides. As it was not as easy, as picking good and evil, even though the movies made it look that way. As the world’s sense of morality and amorality is as different as every person, there are levels to what one condones. In Acursian Chapter 12, we witness how two villains align.

We are caught up with Charlie and his friends, as Connell receives some parting shots from Hoover’s police force while the friends look for a way out. We are also taken back to the Isle Of Shadows, in Alba’s Cavern, where we find out Alba was behind Bregon’s sudden rise to power, as she set everything in motion for her own selfish purposes. As we also find out who Nate really is and how everything did not happen by accident. By the issue’s end, Charlie finally finds out why he is embroiled in all of this, leading him to make a crucial decision.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 12 is an incredible entry that lets the reader into everyone’s motivations. The story by the creative team is fulfilling. The art by the creative team is amazing. Altogether, a story that finally gives us stakes.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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