Vol 5: Imperial Phase: Part 1, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie and Kevin Wada, colored by Matt Wilson
The Pantheon has to deal with the repercussions of Persephone’s actions from the previous volume, and a disagreement on how to proceed has them in factions. Some favor taking their enemy head on, some favor researching their options more, while others believe a path of anarchy is the best.
This volume is prefaced with an interesting edition of "Pantheon Monthly," a magazine that presents as one written in-universe, and that gives insights to how the remaining pantheon members feel about what’s happening. This also serves as a recap of sorts for some of the major incidents of previous volumes.
Tohru is a hardworking, charismatic high school student trying to get by and work her way to college. She's had her share of tragedy, as she lost her mother recently, and she was squeezed out of her grandfather's house while he does renovations. At the onset of our story, she is living in a tent on seemingly uninhabited land. Here, she is discovered by the Sohma family, whose land she has been living on. They invite her into their home in exchange for her domestic skills, which they are severely lacking. Here, Tohru finds out their secret -- that they are all members of the Chinese zodiac, and they turn into their animal forms if embraced by a member of the opposite sex. But, the longer Tohru stays, the more she discovers that this might not be the only secret the Sohmas have.
Vol 4: Rising Action, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, colored by Matthew Wilson
There is no way to summarize this volume without spoiling the ones that come before, so I'm not going to try. I will instead just provide my review.
This volume provided a lot of clarity to some action in previous volumes, but the underlying motivation of our "bad guy" is still unknown. Every new chapter gets us closer, gives some small tidbit, but there's still a big mystery to solve. The art is back to normal, without guest artists and colorist, so that was a major improvement from Volume 3.
Vol 3: Commercial Suicide, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, Tula Lotay, Kate Brown, Stephanie Hans, Leila del Duca, Brandon Graham
We are reaching the point where reviews will need to be super vague because of spoilers to previous volumes and future volumes.
This volume provides some serious flashbacks into how some of the other pantheon was awoken by Ananke. To this point, we know nothing of Tara, but we see her awakening. We also see the beginnings of The Morrigan and the love of her life, Baphomet. Amaterasu makes another appearance, as we haven't seen her since volume one. There are some insights into some of the mysterious happenings from the first two volumes. Not all is revealed, and the reader is left with more questions by the end, but more to continue wanting to read the series.
Vol 2: Fandemonium, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, colored by Matt Wilson, lettered by Clayton Cowles
Laura is reeling with the events of the first volume, something that other gods and Fans constantly bring up and remind her about. But Laura is determined to get to the bottom of the murder plot, and she dives head first into the Fandom scene to figure out who the guilty ones are. This means attending concerts, fan conventions, and asking questions. It also means communing with gods at their concerts, something Laura is afraid to venture into since her friend was murdered. Ananke, meanwhile, is busy finding the rest of the 12 gods to complete the pantheon, and you might be surprised at a couple of them.
Vol 1: Magic to Brew; Vol 2: Some Enchanted Evening, illustrated by Shae Beagle and Kate Leth
Meet Julie and her best friend Chet, who work together at a coffee shop in a magical world full of mythical creatures. Julie is a werewolf, and Chet is a centaur. in volume 1, Julie may have finally found the girl of her dreams, Selena, another werewolf. The couple, along with the cheerful Chet, go on their first date to an eerie magic show. But, when Chet becomes part of the show, he becomes the recipient of some dark magic that robs him of an essential part of himself. The friends come together to hatch a plan to reverse the damage done to their friend. Volume 2 has another puzzle to figure out, this time, it's how to get the Beta Fraternity of fairies to release Lindi and Veronica, members of a band who insulted the band at a Beta party.
Vol 2: The Dead Sea, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
Andy gets fished out of the ocean and healed only to be sent to a Vamp Camp as food. Mother arrives in the nick of time to “save” him, but only to use as part of her tracking spell to find Mila. Telsa and Helda take Mila to an island where they have hidden their space ship, and a daring rescue reveals Helda’s love for her captain. Meanwhile, an attack on Mother’s coven forces her back to her lair, where she discovers all of the mothers, and the source of her powers, is gone. She is visited by her former self, and we see her terrible path to become Mother.
Vol 6, Alpha and Omega: illustrated by Gabríel Rodriguez
Everything comes to a head on Prom Night with a post-dance Cave Rave for all of Lovecraft Academy. Ty doesn’t have a tux or a date to the prom, so he and Uncle Duncan work on restoring a classic Charger instead. That is, until Dunk gives him a "classy" tuxedo shirt that is sure to have the ladies swooning. Ty is intercepted by his ex-girlfriend Jordan, and the two don't make it to the Prom Kinsey is also present at the Prom, which means she and her friends find their way to the Cave Rave. Using the Crown of Shadows, Dodge plans to lure the unsuspecting teens to the Black Door to create a new world with him at the helm.
Illustrated by DJ Kirkland
Thomas Token has been invited to enroll in the elite St. Ivory Academy of Spellcraft and Sorcery. Thanks to the Magical Minority Initiative, Tom is the first Black mage to be admitted. There, he meets Lindsey Whitethorn, and he suffers through her well-meaning questions about Black mages, such as whether he’s proud to be the first Black mage, and other micro-aggressions. She is his campus liaison, and the two become friends when Lindsey helps Tom’s crow, Jim, get healed after a skirmish with the headmaster’s son. The teachers all wear robes too alike to Klan garb, but Tom goes along in his studies until someone slips him the ID card of another Black mage. Tom’s investigations into this uncover a grizzly secret at the very core of St. Ivory’s existence.
Vol 5, Clockworks: illustrated by Gabríel Rodriguez
Dodge is continuing his dangerous quest to find the Omega key, and a skirmish leads to Tyler and Kinsey discovering another - the Timeshift Key. This key can be used to time travel, although in Tyler and Lindsey's case, it can only go backwards because they can't program it past 1999. The two decide to go back and learn the grim history of the keys, made possibly by a detailed list inside the grandfather clock's casing that contains dates and crude drawings of each key. They "meet" Ben Locke and his sister, who had to watch their parents hanged by the British, and see Ben discovering the Black door and forging the first of the keys from a dangerous metal. They also go back to watch their dad and see how the keys played out in his lifetime. From this travel, we finally learn the dark and tragic past of Dodge.
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