the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #17: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color artist Rico Renzi & Letterer Travis Lanham. Doreen gets a new mentor and financial backer. So I guess her Avengers-adjacant team doesn't pay then? Or is over?
Savage Dragon #220: Writer/artist Erik Larsen, Letters Chris Eliopoulos, Colors Nikos Kovtsis & Flats Mike Toris. Angel gets kidnapped to Glumworld. Classic Dragon gets pardoned by the departing Obama. And Angel's mom might not be dead dead.
Southern Cross #11: Story Becky Cloonan, Art Andy Belanger, Colour Lee Loughridge & Letters Serge LaPointe. A talking decapitated head. Opressive corporate goons. An angry dad. And space ghosts!
the Wicked + the Divine #26: Writer Kieron Gillen, Artist Jamie McKelvie, Colourist Matthew Wilson, Letterer Clayton Cowles & Flatter Dee Cunnifee. With a possible new monstrous horrible thing revealed its time for VOTING. Battle! Study! Whatever!
No wait, backing up. Before heading into the portal an old and dying warrior stumbled out of it. He was one of Baba Yaga's knights, the Black Rider and he info dumped the main plot of the Adventure Path. Stopping one of Baba Yaga's daughters from her coup of Irrisen and creating a world of constant winter. And by taking on the dying servant's task we got a new trait, the Black Rider's Mantle, which resulted in everyone getting to add a +2 to one of their stats. I went with CON for more hit points. THEN we rested and went thru the portal.
And then it was the new edition of Betrayal at the House on the Hill with the Widow's Walk expansion. Some of the exploits and flaws from the original edition look to be fixed. Like you can no longer camp in a trait boosting room to maximize it. So we had a full six players and eventually activated the Haunt at 5 omens, the Vial in the Servant's Quarters. By me as the Boy. The Haunt scenario was a new one, "I, Mutant" where I was a mad scientist sending out assistants to capture the escape "monkeys" aka the other Investigators. My assistants all had mutant powers and so did the Investigators. It came down to the wire, with me filling the Research Lab with net traps and capturing all but one of the "monkeys". Who had smashed all but one point on the lab. Marcus even managed to fall to a trap after rolling SEVEN dice to resist and getting ALL blanks. But Alyce, as the final Investigator standing, managed to disable all the remaining net traps and allow the next three players to stand back up. The next two didn't manage any smashing, leaving it all down to Josh's priest. And by cashing in everything, he managed to smash the last bit of the lab and get everyone out of the mansion. Though without a cure for their new mutated state.
Invincible #132: Writer Robert Kirkman, Penciler & Inker Cory Walker, Colorist Nathan Fairbairn & Letterer Rus Wooton: Thragg's attack on Mark and his family sets up the final arc of the series.
Paper Girls #11: Writer Brian K. Vaughan, Artrist Cliff Chiang, Colors Matt Wilson, Letters + Design Jared K. Fletcher & Color flats Dee Cunniffe. The girls meet one of their new neighbors. Also another time traveler.
Arclight #4: Art & colors Marian Churchland, Story Brandon Graham & Letters Ariana Maher. I can never really adequetly describe a Graham story. At least not his fantasy/scifi stuff. There are corpse drones and blood magics and knights and stuff.
The Misfits #2: Written by Kelly Thompson, Art by Jenn St-Onge, Colors by M. Victoria Robado & Letters by Shawn Lee. I somehow missed the fist issue of this spin-off mini. Which has the Misfits attempting to move past losing their recording contract by agreeing to do a reality show. This issue has Stormer deciding if she can go along with it, especially since the producers all want to push her into "storylines" about her dating the enemy or her weight.
Giant Days #23: Created & Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colors by Whitney Cogar & Letters by Jim Campbell: Esther, Susan and Daisy throw a dinner party.
A quick drive up from New York to Connecticut and we get to the professor's house. But no one is home. The door is open so we head on in. A quick search doesn't turn up the missing Prof, but we do find our boat tickets and travel papers. But no sign of violence or a rushed exit. Though while looking thru his study a maddened grocery clerk throws a rock through the window and attempts to attack. Max subdues him and keeps him from attacking Wooster & Jeeves with a jagged piece of glass wielded bare-handed. But Kenny (he had a name tag on his smock) wriggles free and bolts outside. Where poor Wooster gets to see the local Sheriff blow Kenny's head open without warning.
After that we visit with the Prof's secretary who lives nearby. She seems worried and harried and is holding something back. But not even Wooster's charm and offers of a new better paying job get any more details from her. And Jeeves and I observe her slightly off twin girls. Who, when they think they're not being watched, go from sweet if gifted little girls to cruel people who verbally tear into their mother. Very odd.
We finish up with a meal at the main local eatery, Mother's Bakery, a restaurant noted for its wonderful pancakes. Wooster and I indulge in a meal and aren't poisoned, drugged or turned into Deep Ones.
Tomorrow we'll see about clearing thru A-C, D-G & Gr-M boxes and piles. They're not by the area of the bed where the cat sleeps, so hopefully less cat hair to clean out.
Future Quest #9: Story Jeff Parker, Art Ron Randall, Colors Veronica Gandini & Letters ALW Studios' Dave Lanphear. Everybody teams up to fight cosmic monsters. And Race gets drafted into the Space Force.
Doom Patrol #4: Writer Gerard Way, Artist Nick Derington, Colorist Tamra Bonvillain & Letterer Todd Klein: Sam has a talk with his son. Cliff & Larry visit the Negative Space. And Casey & Fugg meet Ricardo and then abscond with Danny.
Jem & the Holograms #23: Written by Kelly Thompson, Art by Meredith McClaren, Colors by M. Victoria Robado & Letters by Shawn Lee: After Fox leaves them in the lurch, Raya of the Stingers steps up to help the Holograms. Then fireworks. Too much fireworks. And Jem breaks up with Riot.
Shutter #26: Writer Joe Keatinge, Artist Leila Del Duca, Colorist Owen Gieni & Letterer John Workman. Kate confronts Cassius and tries to convince him to go along with her plan of universal restart, but he just wants to pull pack the curtain on it all.
Saga #42: Art by Fiona Staples, Written by Brian K. Vaughn & Lettering by Fonografiks. The comet world of Phang becomes a war casulty.
Island #14: Farel Dalrymple "Pop Gun War: Chain Letter", Jess Polard "Liquid Shell", Remy Boydell & Michelle Perez "the Pervert", Troy Nixey "the Crime of Iron", Ana Galvan "Hotline to Death" & M.L. MacDonald "the Hunt"; edited by Brandon Graham & Emma Rios.
Recap: The party made it to the Winter Portal...or at least an igloo camp located at the same spot on the map. After healing up Arasmus, who was promptly attacked by the soul doll he'd been carrying in his bag, the final leg of the journey led through heavy snow to a clearing where four igloos stood. Before investigating the igloos the party was attacked by a Thunderstone from above.
A group of winter touched fey including 3 Sprites led byan Atomie kept the fighters busy while a Moss Troll approached from the forest. The troll speared Fixlith, who was trying to get a bearing on the Atomie, critically injuring the Elven wizard. Stomper moved to aid and was also speared. Being harrased by a summoned eagle Fixlith managed to critically injure the troll using the Wand of Scorching Ray and Gnawbones and Stomper finished it off as Fixlith fell unconscious from his wounds.
Meanwhile, Situbu was in a battle for his life vs. the Atomie behind the igloo out of sight from his companions. After the troll was defeated Gnawbones was able to squeeze through the frozen tree to aid Situbu, who prevailed with the atomie on the end of his spear.
The snow settles and as the party heals Fixlith and the other injured members, you realize the winter portal is literally yards away.
That basically wrapped the part 2 of the module. So far we are flying thru this thing.
Short Fiction: No free range fiction at all that month.
New Reads: Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker.
Eric Flint's 1636: the Ottoman Onslaught
Rereads: So I started rereading all of the Ring of Fire books (not including the semipro Gazettes)
Eric Flint's 1632
Eric Flint (ed) Ring of Fire vol. 1-3, Grantville Gazette vol. 1-6
Eric Flint/David Weber's 1633 & 1634: the Baltic War
Eric Flint/Virginia DeMarce's 1634: the Ram Rebellion, 1634: the Bavarian Crisis & 1635: the Dreeson Incident
Eric Flint/Andrew Dennis' 1634: the Galileo Affair & 1635: the Cannon Law
Eric Flint/Charles Gannon's 1635: the Papal Stakes
Virginia DeMarce's 1635: the Tangled Web
Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs: 7th Sea 2nd Edition
G. Willow Wilson & various artists' Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous
Tom King, Gabriel Walta & Mike Del Mundo's Vision Vol.1: Little Worse Than a Man
Short Fiction: Drew Hayes' Supervillain Apology Letter, Johnathan Carroll's the Loud Table, Chuck Wendig's Beware of Owner & This Guy.
New Reads: Drew Hayes' Going Rogue (more NPCs turned Adventurers)
Maggie Stiefvater's Sinner (Coming of age while trying to date a werewolf rock star)
Bob Defendi's Death by Cliche (Unfunny garbage I only got several chapters in before metaphorically tossing it)
Stephen King's Joyland
David Weber's At the Sign of the Triumph (9th and final "Safehold" book. At least until Weber decides to do another arc)
Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric's Mission
Poul Anderson's 3 Hearts & 3 Lions (enh, I've liked other P. Anderson, but not this time)
R.J. Ross' Mic Drop (newest "Cape High")
K.D. Spengler's Brute Force (latest "Rachel Peng")
Rereads: Eric Flint/Andrew Dennis' 1635: Parcel of Rogues
Eric Flint/David Carrico's 1636: the Devil's Opera
Eric Flint/Charles Gannon's 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
Eric Flint (ed) Ring of Fire 4
Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs: Shaenon Garrity & Jeffrey G. Well's Skin Horse Vol.6
Roger Stern, Gerry Conway, Bill Mantlo, Mike Magnola, Kevin Nowlan & Gene Colan's Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment (Strange and Von Doom team up to breach Hell and rescue Doom's mom)
Chris Claremont & John Byrne's X-Men: Days of Future Past
Steve Englehart, Roy Thomas, Ross Andru, Sal Buscema & Neal Adams' Defenders Masterworks Vol.1
Short Fiction: Catherynne M. Valente's the Beasts Who Fought For Fairyland, Mavisela Navarro Reverse Documentary & Carrie Vaughn's the Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown
New Reads: James S.A. Corey's Caliban's War (2nd "Expanse" book. I will likely be able to juuuuust keep ahead of the tv show)
Catherynne M. Valente's the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Lexie Dunne's How to Save the World
Blythe Woolston's MARTians (box store service industry slow slide into dystopia/apocalypse. extra depressing thanks to election, even with hopeful ending)
Michael Wallace's Queen of the Void (nice enough milspec scifi, but milspec scifi writers a suggestion. there are era's OTHER than Napoleonic Europe and Victorian Colonialism to base your future societys on. just sayin'.)
Anne Pederson's 1635: the War for the Rhine
Jay M. Gates/Andrew Liptak (ed) War Stories
Karen Diem's Super
Emma Cline's the Girls (this got a lot of positive buzz last year but it did nothing for me. i quit like halfway)
Marion G. Harmon's Team Ups & Crossovers (newest "Wearing the Cape" with the lead going on a cross-dimension journey and interacting with other writer's supers universes)
Rereads:Eric Flint (ed) Grantville Gazette 7
Eric Flint/Walter H. Hunt's 1636: the Cardinal Virtues
Eric Flint/Paula Goodlett/Georg Huff's 1636: the Kremlin Games
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (Christmas tradition)
Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs: Mark Waid, Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson's Star Wars: Princess Leia
Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca's Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol.1 (i can't say for the rest of the Marvel run, but these two were both VERY good and I'll probably get more of the Vader series)
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece: New World (finished vol.82 which seemed to finish up this arc)
Tony Isabella, Bill Mantlo, George Tuska & John Byrne's the Champions Marvel Masterworks vol.1
Christopher Baldwin's Anna Galactic
Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos' Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur vol.1: BFF
Nick Spencer, Ramon Rosanas & Mark Brooks' the Astonishing Ant-Man vol.1: Everybody Loves Team-Ups (i like Spencer's lower tier comedy books but do not care for his take on Captain America. or his strange no punching nazi positions.)
After that was mostly prep for the next game, and for Bryon's turn he's going with 7th edition Call of Cthulhu 1920s, using the Orient Express sourcebook. The roommate & Frazer are going with CoC versions of Wooster & Jeeves. Alyce will be giving tabletop another try, brining in an a archeologist. I'm still not sure. I rolled up a few different possiblities. Maybe a Quebecois goon or punk kid crook.
And we finished up the night with a game of En Garde. Which came down to me and Frazer. And he managed to eventually overwhelm me, though I came close, whittling him down from a 4 point Poise lead to just 1.
Visually arresting, especially the Story sequences. Sigourney Weaver faking an English accent was a bit..odd. But sad movie.
Savage Dragon #219: Writer/Creator Erik Larsen, Letters Chris Eliopoulos, Colors Nikos Kovtsis & Flats Mike Toris. The Trial of Mr. Glum!
Southern Bastards #16: Writer Jason Aaron, Art & Color Jason Latour & Letters Jared K. Fletcher. A man stands tall. A cowardly piece of shit breaks into a boy's home to threaten his family and try to injure him to win a high school football game.
Lobster Johnson: Garden of Bones: Story Mike Mignola & John Arcudi, Art by Stephen Green with Inks by Geoff Shaw, Colors by Dave Stewart & Letters by Clem Robins
Groo: Fray of the Gods #4: by Sergio Aragones, wordsmith Mark Evanier, colorist Tom Luth & letterer Stan Sakai. Groo attempts to fight an echo and brings down a religious movement.
Knights of the Dinner Table #239: Editior-in-chief Jolly R. Blackburn, Development Team Steve Johansson, David S. Kenzer, Brian Jelke & Barbara Blackburn. Cody continues subbing with the Black Hands. And Patty runs the Knights on a practice session of Dawg for the upcoming match against Hard8.