This is the last day to vote and I know many of you have already (thank you!). If you have, share this post. Put in Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz and let’s get this awesome vote nominated. http://realmmakers.net/awards/the-alliance-award/ It does say confirm purchase on there, but there is no purchase required, just click it and it will confirm your information, all you have to do. Thanks again friends!
A simple duckduckgo search reveals something pretty ridiculous. All of these news agencies — or we should start calling them what they are, blogs — with the same headline, same content, which is about the most pointless content that anyone ever could invent (they literally have that much nothing on this guy that this is their attack? lol). All within a day of each other. They all are their own echo feedback loop that is worse than a UC Santa Cruz student’s facebook feed. There is no investigation, no thought, it’s just repeat the narrative. The FAKE NEWS media is in the tank, and is the enemy of rational thought and by proxy the American people. This is why I talk about this every day. It is pure corruption and idiocy in FAKE NEWS and BIG ENTERTAINMENT, and we need to bring back rationality.
Frankly, looking at this, that’s not a bad policy Mr. Pence engages in. Probably leads to a happier and healthier marriage. I may have to try this myself.
The answer is: less and less people will.
50% off their price is pretty desperate. But, desperate times when your Times can only get 28 retweets. I’m not a king of Twitter by any means, took me a long time to figure out what it was and how to use it, but I had a post get more retweets than that just the other day, and I don’t have a bagillion followers like a brand everyone knows, the New York Times.
The only reason anyone would pay for something like this anymore is the legacy brand name, which, thankfully such things are going down the toilet faster than the last time you ate a Chipotle burrito. I get the argument to me all the time “well, they’re a respected name with sources…”
Let me give you a little clue about sources. I wrote about this all the way back in 2014, and the best part is I don’t even have to get political to talk about it. I’ll let you read the whole story if you’d like but here’s the gist:
The scary part is that all of these mainstream media websites jumped to the “scoop” based on one post on the internet from some guy who has a picture of a female superhero as his avatar.
I could have completely made it up, and it would have been all over the world within hours. How creepy is that?
So next time you read the news, look at the sources. I’ve seen people demonized and lives destroyed in the public arena based on allegations, and when the follow up stories are done later, they’re buried. I proved myself that it just takes a post on a forum somewhere to spark a media craze if the topic sounds legitimate enough. Definitely makes me wary of our current society.
It’s like I completely predicted how bad things would get in 2016-2017 with fake news. There aren’t better sources for these websites. Most aren’t better researched. Some are better connected and get fed information by people with ulterior motives, that’s about the only difference. I’ve done better journalism on this blog that doesn’t even have any ads than a lot of news sites could ever hope for. It’s not just the paid media, but it does beg the question that when you can get the exact same content unpaid, who would bother subscribing to the failed New York Times?
I’ll be setting up a table signing copies of Star Realms: Rescue Run for anyone who wants to come by (will have copies available for sale, as well as some of the last of the stock of the graphic novel of my former web-comic, Flying Sparks, which features art by Dynamite Artist Jethro Morales of Green Hornet and Dejah of Mars fame). Come by and say hi. I may even be tempted to play a game or two of Star Realms as well.
Details on the con: http://www.colossuscon.com/
Whenever I talk about artist blackballing in the entertainment industry, almost invariably the first argument I come across is “well there aren’t any…” or “there are a low percentage of…” leading to believe that it’s just too hard to find good artists who aren’t insane and/or profess to be Christian. That is a lie that the mainstream big-entertainment corrupt corporate media propagates at every turn.
Of course, there aren’t any who work for those big companies that do the blackballing. Those companies may not have an outright policy against shunning Christians, but they do it, as they want to tell stories that are allegorically about how great secular society and hedonism is. I rail on Disney quite a bit for this, but the facts are the facts, and they — especially their comics division — are very much guilty of this.
But we have an opportunity like generations in the past didn’t have. We have social media. We have the internet. We have the ability to connect and organize just as other groups have done for the past for their causes. Our cause is a righteous one, an eternal one, and if we all band together we will affect much greater change than our enemies could ever keep up with.
I’m not calling for a “boycott!” of any artist or anything like that. I know exactly how hard artists work, and, even if they’re not doing their work for a righteous cause, it’s still hard work and the goal is not to detract from their efforts. That boycott mentality is the kind of garbage that we are fighting against.
However, I am calling to take a look at Christian artists, artists who share our values. It’s important that we give a voice to those who are professing real truth and justice, and are willing to speak out on it. After all, if we don’t as artists, the culture won’t, and isn’t. At some point, even the rocks will cry out. It’d be much better if we could stave that off and start a revival in culture as those created in God’s image.
And so I present to you this list: Christian Artists Who Don’t Suck. The title is jarring, as it’s supposed to be. A lot of Christians don’t like such crass language, but the reality is a lot of the Christian entertainment industry in recent decades was thrown into a certain segment of overt message-work that wasn’t subtle, and isn’t the highest quality. The reason most Christian work ended up there is because of the cultural blackballing and segmenting that’s done on the secular side — after all, the greatest art in the world was done in the name of Jesus Christ. Look at Michelangelo. That stands the test of time, and part of the reason is its content. In the age of the internet, we can create great content that doesn’t have to be the kind that, in the 80s-90s, gave cause for mocking, but should be celebrated as good works in God’s name. These artists have inspired me in that vein:
John C. Wright is the original purveyor of The Last Crusade blogs, of which i’ve jumped on the bandwagon. His biog is something i open up to read every morning, joined on there by his wonderful wife L. Jagi Lamplighter-Wright who is a wonderful writer in her own right. John is a true grand master of science fiction, with incredible imagination and beautiful prose. My favorite is Count To A Trillion.
Brian Niemeier is an independent author of the Dragon Award Winning Soul Cycle. He blends genres with space opera and horror in that series, with a wild, fast paced ride that everyone cheers for. Brian’s a great guy, and outspoken Christian as well. He’s on the forefront of indie publishing and does a lot for the culture war.
Nadine Brandes actually labels herself a Christian fiction author, working with Enclave Publishing, the leading publisher in Christian SF/F. Her Out of Time series is in the very popular YA Dystopian subgenre, but actually does reference the Bible and give Christian concepts. It’s not as dark as a lot of the other work out there as a consequence, but has really cool concepts. Nadine blogs a lot about writing and faith as well, and is worth checking out.
What’s interesting is I’ve struggled to find many big name comic writers who profess Christianity. There’s a couple, but I’m not entirely comfortable endorsing them. With the help of Mike Abuan, a great artist himself, I’ve found a couple of Christian comic artists to look out for.
Mike Miller has worked for Marvel and DC in the past, but it’s been a few years since he’s been on some projects. He has been pretty outspoken about his faith, and there’s speculation that’s led to him being blackballed and the typical angry nerd crowd has tried to boycott him at times. The cultural elites try to tear down anyone of of faith, especially in the comic industry, so he is someone to go out and support.
Lee Weeks has done work across the board from Marvel to DC. and beyond. You’ve seen him on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Batman, Superman, and according to his instagram, it looks like he’s got some work from DC forthcoming.
Jethro Morales is an artist who’s worked for Dynamite doing Green Hornet and Dejah Thoris of Mars. That should appeal to many of my #PulpRevolution friends themselves. He’s a wonderful person, and I’ve chatted with him over the years. He’s done a lot of independent work as well, and draws very relatable characters. Jethro is impressive in his posts praising God and professing his faith, and is someone to support.
Crowder. – Crowder is on the cutting edge of Christian music. He’s labeled as “techno-folk” and it’s kind of an interesting way to look at it. His most recent album is phenomenal, and after seeing him and his group of musicians live, there are very few out there who can reach his professional prowess either in Christian music or in the secular realm. He makes straight forward Christian music with lyrics like you would expect, but has transcended the genre with amazing artistic ability.
Mae – I loved this band in the mid 2000s when they hit the scene with Destination Beautiful, which contains one of my favorite songs of all time, “Skyline Drive”. They were excellent and only continued to get more artistic. Their next release, The Everglow is a concept album, all revolving around a singular story, and while the songs on that one because of the theming blend together a lot more than the first, it’s still completely solid. Then they went and decided to do a series of EPs that each had a theme. There’s a lot of experimentation in this, and not as much pop sensibility, but it shows Dave Elkins’ artistic growth al the same. After that, they ended what they were doing and I hadn’t heard from them in years — but this morning I discovered they released a new single on soundcloud. It’s got both pop and artistry involved in it, a beatles-esque build which I hope marks a big return. Keep them on your radar.
Dashboard Confessional isn’t known as a “Christian singer” but was very popular in the early 2000s, redefining the emo punk scene into something completely different, something acoustic and beautiful. His concerts had a youth group atmosphere to it, and I’d always thought that was interesting. When A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar came out, he actually toured with a giant banner behind the stage of a crusader on a horse that said “Fight The Good Fight”. I thought that was very cool, and in 2017 could you imagine someone doing that? Very brave. His last release Alter The Ending was a few years ago now, but it’s marked with the song, “Get Me Right” which while he mostly sings about girls, this song actually has to do with one’s pride and failing in that, which the bridge has some of my favorite lyrics of all time:
Jesus I’ve fallen I don’t mind the rain
If I meet my maker, I meet my maker clean
Jesus the truth is, I’ve struggled so hard to believe
I need my maker to cure my of my doubting blood
And drain me of the sins I love
And take from me my disbelief
I know it should come easily
But it remains inside of me
It battles and devours me
It cuddles up inside of me
And whispers it convinces me I’m right.
Beautiful and powerful stuff right there. Very honest, and something we can all relate to. He’s done a country/folk project Twin Forks since then, which has some good old school honest music you can sing along to as well. He’s really developed as an artist since those early days and is someone worth listening to.
I’ve given 3 examples in different fields to check out, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. I also acknowledge that I have a lot of friends who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and have wonderful art. For the sake of brevity, I posted three examples in different fields, but this is an open call to action and here’s what you can do: if you’re an artist of any sort, and you are a Christian, post in the comments below. Over time, this can become a great list and resource for people to check out Christian works. Goes for anyone who knows of great Christian artists as well. We can make a difference in the community and culture by banding together and supporting the great artists above and in the comments. Let’s do it. Deus vult!
Reviewing these together but as one post. Great comic. I think the #PulpRevolution should pick up volumes 1-3 of this immediately as a primer of “how it should be done.”
X-O Manowar (2012) Vol. 2
This picks up right where the first volume left off, with a potential alien invasion from the Vine looming, their planted agents conspiring against Alric in present day Earth, chasing him down and sending agents who get torn apart by him immediately. He’s so feral, so ancient, and it shows that he does not give a damn about anyone or anything. A truly desperate situation for our hero. Eventually, one of the alien plants defects and helps Alric as Earth is threatened with impending doom because they can’t stand that the suit is here. MI-6 is controlled by the aliens, who send Ninjak to take him out — a really cool character and foe, then friend to Alric. Tons of action, super fast paced, even faster than the first volume in a lot of ways, and equally as decompressed as we’re now 8 issues in and alien invasion’s been threatened awhile, and still hasn’t happened. Despite that decompression — I love it. The action’s fun, the characters are there to care about, I find this story super engaging and want all 13 volumes immediately so I can binge. the only thing that bugs me is I’m 8 issues in and there’s no reason for this guy to be called X-O Manowar. Why not Adventures of Alric?
Art has stayed pretty much the same through this volume. Not much has stood out and wowed me, and yet I’ve got nothing to complain about as well. I didn’t even check if the artist stayed the same, it flowed smoothly and didn’t bug me regardless. I suppose the artist did a good job on the MI-6 fortress, as that stood out as memorable to me. A big building with giant guns.
Loving it, can’t wait for the next issue. 9/10
If I hadn’t made, based on a one-issue pick up of the relaunch of X-O Manowar, the decision to fall in love with a comic company and universe, I would have simply by picking up X-O Manowar’s last run and reading through this third volume. Wow. This is pure action pulp adventure at its finest. Everything clicks on high cylinders in the story. Epic prophecy. Epic alien armies. A man raising his own army from the ashes. Hot redhead. This is modern pulp and it’s beautiful. It concludes the first major story arc, and answers some good questions, and gives us some great background for the Vine where a lot of things make sense now. We also finally see the term Manowar, and that starts to make sense. I’m very happy with how this has gone story wise, and though I would have added a little more romance personally and developed Shaana a tad more, it’s near perfect.
The art has suffered a little bit. The first couple issues in this volume were a fill in artist who was again, fine and servicable. Cary Nord then came back for the rest of the issues and I have to say his detail started to lack. I don’t know if he’s rushing issues or what, but it’s noticeable in a lot of panels, especially if comparing to earlier issues by reading through in a binge read. His attention to action though to maintain the fast paced read pretty much does make up for this, however. It’s very story-communicative if that details not there, and so overall I wouldn’t champion this book for its art, but I’m satisfied.
A brilliant comic work. Will be difficult to top this. 9/10
Last night I followed up on my reading of Shadowman Vol 1 with a volume 2 and 3 read. Though I’m going to condense into one post, though will review separately.
Shadowman Volume 2 consists of issues #5-9 which continue the plotline of Darque trying to get back to the regular world. He’s hooked up with the “King of the Dead Side” who is skull and bones, super creepy, great art. He lives in a giant manner separate, out of touch from even this dark reality of ghosts and ghouls. The king is named Samedi, and he takes over a host in the real world in spectacular and disturbing fashion. Shadowman is confronted with him and they form an uneasy alliance to work together against Darque, who is fast taking over the dead side. The takeover and all that is a bit rushed compared to the rest of the storyline, without much development. I think they could have taken a little time to tell us more of who Darque was, but with a name like that and the whole dead side ghouls, we get that he’s bad, and we do have a fast paced action story to deal with on top of that. It’s something that could be explored more. There’s perhaps a bit too many concepts and factions here with Darque not getting explained, Samedi the same, then the Brethren who we know little about, and then Shadowman’s group, the Abettors – we know just as little about them. It still works as a story even though I’d like some more depth, definitely leaving room for future installments to develop these. If they had been developed prior to this confrontation, however, it would have exceeded the emotional impact. Still, because of the fun pace, I thought the story was great.
The art is great too. The problems I had with the coloring in the first volume seem to have gone away here, even with the first issue. I don’t know if the colorists got better or they switched, I didn’t notice. About the middle of the volume, the artist leaves and gets replaced with several. Some people say they found that jolting, but I thought it was fine. Wasn’t up to the standards of issues 5-6 in the volume, but still rather on the excellent side. This volume overall and storyline I rate a 9/10 as it could have had a little more to make it perfect but I am very much intrigued with the character.
Then there’s Shadowman Volume 3. This one starts with a #0 backstory and has 10-12 in addition to that. And the series starts to lose focus fast.
#0 is a backstory of Darque’s sister, which is intriguing and interesting. It shows how she’s connected to the Bonifaces, the origin of Shadowman through magic, and how she came to be. I was almost hoping they wouldn’t introduce her yet, as we had so much to learn about Darque himself, which we get glimpses of but still not a full picture here, and of Samedi and the Abettors…. All of which gets dropped. I like the art here, but it reads like a back story despite trying to make it into something. Good history, but it’s an info-dump of an issue. What’s weird is that issue #10 doesn’t further the current storyline either, but delves back further into backstory again. The series really goes off the rails a bit here. I’m glad for the history, but some of this should have been intertwined in the last story arc, and some of it with the sister should have been saved for later when she makes an appearance in the current timeline. After that, we get a bizarre Halloween Special for #11, which isn’t connected to anything and ignores a lot of the storyline for a quick fight-fest. Issue #12 devolves further into a series of vignettes by different writers and artists, like they couldn’t keep the team together to work on the storyline. These add very little to shadowman, and I had to force myself to read them. It was rough. I think we had an epic start for the first volumes, with some cool history unfolding, and then the rough times came.
The art in this collection varies in quality wildly. It’s all over the map and seems to get worse with each subsequent issue. Kind of sad to watch, as this had a lot of potential. Overall, the backstory of 0 and 10 are okay, but skippable, and 11-12 aren’t worth the read. 5/10
Senator Chuck Schumer, the senate minority leader, harassed a couple out to dinner yesterday, yelling and screaming at them like a nut job. He got up in the middle of their dinner to point fingers and shout about how someone voted. Just pause to think about how crazy that is if you saw it with anyone, and then put it in context of one of our nation’s leaders doing it. Wow. I wish I could say this is abnormal behavior with the SJW crowd, but it’s not. This is what they do time and time again. Just look at a local Science Fiction convention like Baycon or FogCon to see the end result.
In an attempt to do what? Isolate and shame? SJWs are quick to talk about witch hunts and the like in the distant past, but at the same time they are very eager to institute one in real life. If you think this is confined to politics, it’s not. The problem is a big one, especially in the entertainment industry where I operate. While Schumer obviously is completely frustrated with his own ineptitude and the country going against his political will, more than half the country do want him to go away, the entertainment industry is supposed to be bringing us delight and fun, and that’s what makes it weirder.
That more than half the country are their customers, their consumers, and they hate and despise them. That’s why so many books and comics and films keep virtue signaling they want a different customer base, one that isn’t there in a lot of cases. It leads to all the crazy name calling, the blackballing, the fake friends “shunning” to posture that they don’t want to be associated with “those types.” And all of that is why their power base is failing as much as Schumers to the point where they are probably even more deranged about it. Instead of focusing on putting out good products that are fun, they see their role as entertainers as being some movement, that if only people read into their boring allegories in their shows and books, then they will magically change their minds.
The blackballing is real. I proved it the other day with Marvel, subsidiary of giant mega-corporate Disney, who these crazies like to “defend” against independent artists by trying to torch us, and I further proved how the FAKE NEWS media reacts every time with it. But moreover, there’s many victims of it who still manage to make their own platforms and create a success. One such is Dragon Award Winner Nick Cole, who I will be interviewing about corrupt entertainment/media complex later today. Tune in to watch.
I’ve mentioned this last week how excited i was about the Valiant Universe, because of the relaunch of X-O Manowar #1, which hooked me immediately, so much that I grabbed a trade of the original 1992 Shadowman series… and if you’re already confused because I’m dropping titles without context, don’t worry, I’ll catch you up:
Valiant Comics started in the 90s, it went for a time, then got sold if I’m not mistaken, with Acclaim focusing on video games and then subsequently killing their titles. Valiant returned in 2012 with a relaunch of X-O Manowar, Shadowman and Archer & Armstrong, then launching into a comic universe with about a dozen different series. I picked up a lot of these trades at half price books, as someone had apparently read most of their line:
I read the original 90s Shadowman trade thinking that it would give me some context for the current one, but it appears that the Valiant titles since 2012 are a fresh reboot, no prior knowledge required. This is both cool and kind of a bummer to me as I liked the first incarnation quite a bit.
This version is by Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher. Shadowman is again Jack Boniface, but the character has completely changed in the Issues 1-4 that are collected here. His parents were involved in this past Shadowman history and were killed saving the world. Jack now works in a museum in New Orleans, and the setting there doesn’t feel as crucial as it did in the first incarnation. There’s an otherworldly plot going on — and this is where I think the world building that Jordan did surpasses the original by leaps and bounds. The villain Darque is trapped in some other dimension, trying to get here. Shadowman can use his powers to travel between this world and a world of the dead, which he can traverse only in darkness or through the shadows. He meets a gal Alyssa Miles, who with her partner, are trying to cultivate him into the hero he’s supposed to be, a sort of chosen one storyline. I find this works really well. There’s a conspiracy of evil rich dudes that are summoning otherworldly evils, and then we meet the villain of this arc — The Twist, a pretty creepy demon character who reminds me of Princess Mononoke’s demon infested animals with the weird demonness kinda living atop the skin. The storyline is pretty solid, and I like the depth that they’ve gone to to make Shadowman feel like it’s got a bit more to it than the last version had. The different worlds/planes are very interesting and I hope to see them developed more as the series goes on.
The art is decent, but I did read this right after XO Manowar’s new iteration, in which the art is jawdropping, so I am comparing to that and it doesn’t quite hold up. I don’t think this has to do with the line art so much as the coloring. The lines are quite fluid, there’s always action going on, something about the eyes or faces gives me the impression they’re not real, I can’t pinpoint it down, but it’s not a big deal. Zircher’s demons/undead/spirits is where he shines though. These come across as a really unique imagination and I think it makes the book. The colors though feel a little bit too much like digital flats for the dark storyline that’s going on here. I don’t feel a ton of impact from light sources and it doesn’t leave me super excited. It’s servicable but the tone doesn’t feel right for Shadowman in that regard.
I found this story to be pretty darn fun, overall. It’s good, and enough to make me interested in more volumes. I like how this reboot has gone compared to the original, having read them back to back. A solid start to the series. 8/10
This book collects Shadowman #0-7 from Valiant Comics’ 1992 run and some character info from Darque Passages #1.
Shadowman is an interesting comic. It has a hero in New Orleans, in the Bayou, dealing with the swamp, the nightlife of the city. He’s definitely of that “dark vigilante” bent that came out of Frank Miller’s Batman and Daredevil in the 80s, which has almost become a cliché as we’ve seen every hero go through that phase. I do have to remind that this is from 1992, when these ideas still were fresh to the market, and the changing superhero dynamics show as the character settles into who and what Shadowman is over these issues.
I picked this up because I was so impressed with Valiant’s recent release of X-O Manowar #1 that I wanted to learn about the Valiant comic universe more. When I was a kid, I missed this as my allowance only stretched so far for comic books, and by the time I got older, Valiant comics were out of production. They came back again in 2012 but just crossed my radar recently. Dom over at Heroes and Villains Comics in Pleasanton recommended the new Shadowman from the rebooted 2012 universe, and I wanted to get a sense for who the character was in the beginning.
The book has an array of writers and artists even over the first 7 issues, many co-writing with Jim Shooter, of whom I am a pretty big fan of his Marvel work. It seems like Bob Hall settled in as the regular series writer toward the end (I haven’t researched enough to confirm), and he has a great track record as well.
The book follows Jack Boniface, who is a jazz saxiphone player at a nightclub by trade (a cool profession) who has some strange woman seduce him, and finds himself drugged and thrown into this strange world of shadows. By coincidence or design, when he flees her apartment, he finds a mask which gives him strange powers at night, turning him into Shadowman. The powers and what they do are a bit undeveloped in the first arc here, which we learn a bit more about in the #0 issue and in the summaries at the end of this book, but it’s clear enough that he’s a vigilante with super-strength and speed and that mask sorta takes him over and has a consciousness all of its own.
The first couple stories are Shadowman beating up some baddies – child slave traders, drug dealers, that kind of thing. I sort of liked that we had that real world bent to it where it’s not a strange monster of the week, but he fights actual crime that we’d see. Each issue does tell its own story, which is nice, and something we don’t get with modern comics. The dialogue, especially internal, can get a bit cheesy at places, definitely an older comic storytelling, but it didn’t throw me out of any of the stories.
What surprised me was the Unity crossover issues – which they flung this character into after only a couple of issues – actually intrigued me. I hate crossover events with the bigger companies, as they often make it very hard to follow what’s going on in the tie-in books. Shadowman here had his own story in the future, got involved, fell in love with this gal Elya in the future over a course of several months there, and then a couple issues later pops back out in the swamp to find that he ahd only been gone a few moments. For the next issue, he pines over Elya, and then I don’t see any more info about here again after that. I am not sure if that gets pursued later, but that would make for quite an excellent storyline in my opinion, having found love in the future and being willing to do anything to get her back. Unfortunately I don’t think there’s any other shadowman collected editions of those comics so I won’t get to find out if they did pursue it. That was the most interesting storyline of the whole book, and it also gave this looming prophecy that Shadowman would be killed in 1999, which is interesting.
I mentioned Shadowman’s powers and history gets retroactively developed in later issues and the #0, where we meet this evil spirit-vampire-something dude Darque who has been plaguing humanity for ages. He has a sister who’s involved in the occult, and they appear to be pretty interesting characters and foils for Shadowman as well. With the end of the collection, we see their origin in a sense, but we don’t see how the character plays out for Shadowman and how important he is. Judging from the 2012 reboot, I’m guessing Darque played a big role in later comics as well.
The art is of varying quality, something I’d just say is “okay” for the early 90s, and wouldn’t be all that acceptable today. I know Steve Ditko did some work, which is nice, but a lot of the drawings look a little stiff and there’s too much of a grit-teeth factor for realistic faces and the like. I notice a lot of the action kinda happens “between panels” too like we’ll see Shadowman leaping, next panel the baddie is down. It takes away some of the tension because of that.
I also don’t know if the original colors were like this or if it’s just a bad scan – but the whole book comes off as a little grainy and not right. It’s still readable and legible, but definitely gives an appearance of lower quality than the outside jacket which looks awesome.
Overall, I enjoyed Shadowman, had fun with the book. I like the character and the world and I would read another collection if this if there was one, mostly to find out what the deal is with Elya from the future. 7/10 overall.