Mythical figures, anthropomorphic characters, and heavy dose of magic, all set in a contemporary urban landscape complete with coffeehouses, mobile devices, and garage bands. This is the world of Moonstruck, a series that began last year and coming out from Image Comics. The writer and artist of this series, Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle, were kind enough to come on The Comics Alternative to talk about the completion of the first narrative arc and what we might expect with the second. These two creators have known each other for a long time, and, along with their editor and designer, Laurenn McCubbin, have experienced a curious incubation period for their project. Derek talks with Grace and Shae about the origins of Moonstruck, their unique mix of fantasy and contemporary cultural concerns, the process of collaboration, and their attempts to build a reading community, not only with their storytelling, but also through social media and a keen understanding of their target audience.
It’s a mythology show this week, as we cover two tales from Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of the Norse Myths, “Mimir’s Head and Odin’s Eye” and “The Treasures of the Gods” – We’ve heard the tales before, but not quite like this, so check em out!
This week we wrap up the first half of Hercules Unbound with issue #6! It’s the final (for now!) face-off between Hercules and Ares! This issue features a dead bird, a dead dog, some seriously speedy horses, and a complete lack of knowledge of English geography! Dare you miss this???
This week we start our coverage of Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”! We talk about the origins of the universe, and hear a bit about the cosmology of the nine worlds! There’s a giant, a cow, water logged trees, and a little surprise! Don’t miss it!
This week we look at a fun one & done issue of Journey Into Mystery! This story features Thor nudity, tree murder, two big dogs, two small dwarves, the Warriors Three, headliner Sif in a much reduced role, but you get to see Volstagg in a pink fuzzy onsie! Face front, effendi!
This week we cover Journey Into Mystery #647, featuring Sif! As she comes to embrace her inner berserker, Sif ends up getting a time-out from Heimdall and transported to another world, featuring 3 weird looking dudes and a giant orange alien thing! If that doesn’t grab you, nothing will!
This week we go back to the Iron Age, as we cover “The Binding of Loki”, courtesy of Snorri Sturluson and others. After the death of Balder, Loki goes off to hide on earth disguised as a fish! A little Asgardian sushi, anyone?
We’re building up to something with Thor: Son of Asgard #5! Could it be the end of the first trade? This week we have a mud giant, shrubbery horses, and a war in Asgard! Plus Thor gets killed! Nuff said!
This week it’s the return of an old enemy in Thor: Son of Asgard #4, as our three young heroes start out on a beach, but get dragged underground to the hidden lair of a bunch of pink fetuses! What more could you ask for?