Welcome back to another Just Another Zenescope Monday! This week, as every week, I will review the new books coming out from Zenescope, two whole days before they are released! Plus, this week there will be a great giveaway… so check the end of the article for more details.
This issue we have a stand alone story. As Phoebe leaves her sisters and heads out for her book tour, trouble looms on the horizon. It is hard enough to leave her family and sisters at home, but she is also dealing with the loss of Cole, for real this time. This is a tough issue, but more because of what it deals with. Little P.J. misses her mommy, but at least her aunt can just orb her out to spend the night. Of course, there is a little will o’ the wisp that may be a source of trouble for all of them. This issue really delves into some of the emotional issues that all the sisters are having to deal with, and loss is a major focus. Phoebe’s power as an empath is put to the test. Pat Shand does another spectacular job carrying on this series and expanding the universe of the Chosen Ones. Well worth the read. And don’t skip those last couple of pages. My Rating: 4/5
So, Robyn and Marian left Myst and started their own supernatural detective business. They want to lead fairly normal lives and still put their talents to good use. Makes sense. this issue picks up part two of “Window to the Soul”, with Robyn in the Church of Many Eyes facing down a big demon with… you guessed it, many eyes. But first, we start with a flashback to Marian working with Avella as she tutors the young woman on the ways of magic and accessing the spirit world for energy. Marian does not react well to the feeling of using darker magics and this causes the beginnings of a rift between the two witches. But, in the now, and on Earth, Marian’s past is about to come back to haunt her in a very real way. She may just not make it to that Doctor Who themed burlesque tonight… Darn it. That is the cover I want to get my hands on.
So, the battles are waged on two fronts. Robyn battles the demon with many eyes that shoots flame from all of them. Marian battles Avella. What will happen? Is date night ruined? You have to read this issue and stick around for the last two pages because… wow, it’s a doozy. Pat Shand just keeps this series rolling along. I was not sure how I would like it at first, but I have really enjoyed the writing and the art and the development of characters that have played both sides in many of the conflicts in the past. My Rating: 4.5/5
Really great stories this week. As always, Zenescope delivers strong female characters in a cohesive universe and engrossing stories that keep me wanting to read each week. I know that I am sort of spoiled because I get to read each book they publish every week, but I would hope that you at least try a few of them and find something that you love to read. With many of the other publishers jumping on the strong female character bandwagon, remember that Zenescope has been doing this for 10 years!
In celebration of all the great stuff they do and for the great fans that you all are, I am going to do a giveaway this week. I have two copies of the hardcover Warlord of Oz, the second part of the Oz trilogy. This is a very interesting treatment of the Oz story and this series especially shows some dark times for the defenders of the Emerald City. All you have to do is send out a tweet. Use #WarlordofOz and #JAZM and include @AceofBair and @Zenescope. That’s it, otherwise, just be creative. I will give you till the release of next week’s installment to send out your tweets. Only residents of the continental United States can win. Sorry, I have to pay for this shipping, you know. Two “tweeters” will be selected from all entrants and will be contacted via Twitter messaging.
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