GlobalComix Spotlight: Bliss on Tap!

Today, the GlobalComix Spotlight is on Bliss on Tap. And the first 10 readers who use the code below (at the end of the article) will get unlimited reading for all sci-fi comics on GlobalComix for a whole week! Code is valid until June 11th at 11:59PM EDT.

1. Watch The Skies, 80 pages – Published by Bliss on Tap

What starts as a simple science experiment leads to an unexpected discovery placing the lives of two brothers and possibly the world in danger.

Story and Art by Alex Murillo, Jeremy Fine, Sydney Bright

2. Hardcore Akan, 36 pages – Published by Bliss on Tap

Bloody love Hardcore Henry? Just wait until you read the comic Hardcore Akan — an origin story created by the film’s director, Ilya Naishuller, Brian Phillipson and Will Stewart!

Before wreaking havoc in the film Hardcore Henry, our ruthless villain, Akan, wasn’t always bad… Hardcore Akan uncovers what made him so potently evil; from his birth during the infamous Chernobyl disaster, to the…

Story and Art by Alex Cormack, Brian Phillipson, Ilya Naishuller, Will Stewart

3. Andie and the Alien, 112 pages – Published by Bliss on Tap

Over 500 years ago, an alien spaceship crashed in the undiscovered Americas. The little alien was rescued by the local natives. In return for saving him, the alien promised to protect the natives from foreign invaders by placing a force-field over the Americas — preventing exploration and colonization of their land — and altering the course of history as we know it forever. 500 years later, in…

Story and Art by Brian Phillipson and Philip Phillipson

Promo code for First 10 Readers: SFCJULY5
Promo link: https://globalcomix.com/claim/SFCJULY5

Received in June

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Clarion Books:
Even and Odd by Sarah Beth Durst

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott

Disney Hyperion:
The Mirror Shattered Midnight by Dhonielle Clayton
The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes by Rick Riordan
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori Lee

Fantagraphics Books:
Darkwing Duck: Just Us Justice Ducks Vol. 1 by Bobbi JG Weiss

GWP:
The Dreamcatcher Codes by Barbara Newman

Inkshares:
On Home by Becca Spence Dobias

Putnam:
The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry

Simon & Schuster:
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

Subterranean Press:
The Best of Dark Terrors edited by Stephen Jones and David A Sutton

Tor / Forge:
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
She Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha
When the Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson
Tender Is the Bite by Spencer Quinn

Tor Teen:
The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning

Achilles, Inc. Volume 1 – Comic Review

Achilles, Inc., 100 pages – Published by Source Point Press, (cc/ @TravisM)

Ten years ago, a sliver of the world’s population was granted super powers in an instant. Since then, these “Boosters” have turned the planets socio-economic systems on their ear. Instead of dressing up in colorful costumes and beating each other up, they formed a union-called Power Corps-and replaced the blue collar workforces across the globe. The world is in despair. Jobs are scarce and we…

Story and Art by Andy Schmidt and Daniel Maine

Review:
Ransom Yeong is a “Dud” – a powerless individual who lost his job to the super powered “Boosters.” Now, he runs a company called Achilles, Inc., helping the powerless by looking for the weaknesses in the Boosters. Their motto is “Everyone has an Achilles Heel… it’s our job to find it.”

This is an action-packed, dramatic underdog story. It’s the super-powered people who rule, but the rest of the population are angry and ready to fight back. It’s a thrilling plot with several unexpected twists along the way. The artwork is fantastic – well-rendered, vibrant, and fits the feel of the story. Achilles, Inc. is engaging and fast-paced, with plenty of colorful characters that I look forward to reading more about.

Even and Odd – Book Review

Even and Odd by Sarah Beth Durst

Synopsis:
Even and Odd are sisters who share magic. Lately, though, it seems like that’s the only thing they have in common. Odd doesn’t like magic, and Even practices it every chance she gets, dreaming of the day she’ll be ready to be a hero.

When the hidden border between the mundane world the sisters live in and the magical land they were born in shuts abruptly, the girls are trapped, unable to return home. With the help of a unicorn named Jeremy, they discover a wizard is diverting magic from the border to bolster her own power. Families are cut off from each other on both sides of the border, and an ecological disaster is brewing. But the wizard cares nothing for the calamitous effects her appropriation of magic is having. Someone has to do something to stop her, and Even realizes she can no longer wait until she’s ready: she needs to be a hero now.

Review:
Even and Odd are sweet sisters who get along well despite their differences. They have different dreams. But when magic begins to act strange, they find themselves stuck on the other side of a magical border, unable to get home. Their only other companion is an endearing unicorn named Jeremy.

I’m a fan of the author and have read most of her titles. This middle grade fantasy is full of colorful magic, engaging characters, and a bit of suspense. There are some fun twists along the way. Even and Odd is a fast-paced adventure with a lot of humor. Even has a penchant for getting stuck in the form of a skunk. And poor Jeremy can’t tell lies. This heartwarming tale is an easy read that the young (and young at heart) will certainly enjoy.

GlobalComix and Source Point Press Spotlight – 1 Week Free for First 10 Readers!

Today, the GlobalComix Spotlight is on Source Point Press. And the first 10 readers who use the code below (at the end of the article) will get unlimited reading for all sci-fi comics on GlobalComix for a whole week! Code is valid until June 27th at 11:59PM EDT.

1. Salvagers, 222 pages – Published by Source Point Press, (cc/ @TravisM)

In the distant future, the habitable planets are connected through the trade of natural and artificial resources. The import and export business is flourishing for some systems, while leaving others at the mercy of major trade corporations. After the end of the Galactic War, peace blanketed the galaxy; however, planets with little shipping resources turned to piracy or developed small guerilla…

Story and Art by Bob Salley, DeSiKa, George Acevedo, HdE Ponsonby-Jones, Joshua Werner

2. Franklin and Ghost, 160 pages – Published by Source Point Press, (cc/ @TravisM)

In a last ditch effort to see more of the universe before accepting their inevitably boring lives as miners on their home planet Defilion, Franklin and Ghost steal a ship and head out for one last adventure. When they accidentally crash to Earth, they seek shelter in the bodies of a couple unsuspecting hosts. Hell bent on having a good time, Franklin and Ghost team up for the rage-filled quest of…

Story and Art by Garrett Gunn, HdE, Nicolas Touris

3. Achilles, Inc., 100 pages – Published by Source Point Press, (cc/ @TravisM)

Ten years ago, a sliver of the world’s population was granted super powers in an instant. Since then, these “Boosters” have turned the planets socio-economic systems on their ear. Instead of dressing up in colorful costumes and beating each other up, they formed a union-called Power Corps-and replaced the blue collar workforces across the globe. The world is in despair. Jobs are scarce and we…

Story and Art by Andy Schmidt and Daniel Maine

Discount code: SFCJUNE21
Discount link: https://globalcomix.com/claim/SFCJUNE21

Shadow Target – Book Excerpt!

Below is an excerpt from the thriller Shadow Target by David Ricciardi!

About the book:
SHADOW TARGET (Berkley Hardcover; June 2021), finds Jake Keller on a list of CIA agents that have been picked off. Jake doesn’t know who is trying to kill him and he doesn’t know why. Still, it’s a threat he can’t ignore.

When his small plane crashes in the Alps, Jake is the only survivor. A rescue helicopter soon arrives, but the men inside are not there to save anyone. They are determined to complete the murderous job they started.

Jake escapes from the mountainside deathtrap, but it won’t be the only attempt on his life. If he’s to have any chance at surviving, he’ll have to find out who’s behind the killings. But the circle of people Jake can trust is distressingly small as he suspects that someone inside the Agency is feeding his every move to the very people who are trying to end his life.

Jake’s quest takes him to the candle-lit cathedrals of Paris and the rain-slicked streets of London. He makes contact with old friends and new enemies along the way–but his true nemesis may be closer than he imagines.

Excerpt:

JAKE CLIPPED HIS access badge onto his jacket and walked across the CIA seal into the original headquarters building. The white marble lobby was dramatic, meant to inspire confidence and reflect enlightenment. Jake passed the Memorial Wall, where stars had been carved into the stone for the CIA employees who’d lost their lives in service to the country. In front of the wall was the Book of Honor. It held the names of the dead and blank lines for those who had lost their lives in times and places that could never be revealed. Many of the men had died in plane crashes. It was a hazard of an occupation that often demanded spur of the-moment access to dangerous places.

A well-known hazard.

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