Illustrated by Jorge Corona
Abel and his father live in a trailer in a town called Farmington in Middlewest. Abel decides to circumvent dad‘s controlling instructions and hangs out with his friends for a day. He is caught shoplifting, and the father completely loses his temper. This introduces an inexplicable monster to Abel’s life. He runs away from home to find someone who can help him with a strange mark that appears after the monster attack, and a kindly old man in a strange dilapidated home tells him to find his sister who works for a traveling carnival. The sister reveals that the magic eating away at the boy could result in another monster being born. She lacks the specific knowledge for how to help him but pledges to research for the solution while he works off his debts at the carnival
Alex continues her search for her sister, and only a select few people can remember her. She gets help from a few other students who decide to recreate the gate spell, but this will be painstaking and take a lot of effort. Meanwhile, Teacher ferrets out the one who betrayed the hunters, and he moves his group into a safe house with Mr. Roi, the eccentric teacher who has also been giving extra lessons to Alex. We also learn about Nereshai, an ancient race of extremely powerful magic users, and the Sohrem, a group of powerful magical beings who have begun searching for new hosts within the school building. Centuries ago, the Nereshai sealed the Sohrem, but that seal has been broken, and it's up to the students and teachers to put everything right and bring home those who have been forgotten.
Adapted and colored by John Ira Jennings, illustrated by David Brame, lettered by Damian Duffy
Chioma is a Chicago cop visiting her grandmother and grand aunt in Nigeria. It rains for three days, and a little boy with his scull bashed in stands on the doorstep. Chioma opens the door, and the little boy touches her hand, sizzling her flesh, and declares, “tag, you’re it!” She is it, indeed. The elders all become fearful for Chioma; lizards start stalking her everywhere she goes; shadows eerily creep behind her, just out of sight. Then, one night, Chioma is attacked by supernatural forces and undergoes a transformation unlike anything she could have imagined.
Illustrated by Pat Nietupski
Legends of Fomora follows Baeve and her friend, Aengus, as they search for a terrible monster. Along the way, they find that the magic that flows through this world is deeper and more mysterious than they thought, and they will have to trust in each other, and themselves, to overcome their many obstacles. There are lots of monsters foe Baeve to fight, and Aengus uses his magic and potions ability to help her in any way he can. There are mysterious forces at work that are influencing Fomora, and the friends must battle it all together.
Vol 2: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy, illustrated by Carey Pietsch
Your adventure zone friends are back with an Agatha Christie vibe. The three are officially part of the Bureau of Balance as "Reclaimers" - tasked with finding ridiculously powerful magical items and bringing them back to the Bureau to be destroyed. Their next assignment is to figure out where another reclaimer went wrong in obtaining one of the powerful magical objects. This lands them on the Rockport Limited, an express train with heightened security and relatively few passengers. They get assistance from Angus, the World’s Greatest Detective, and a fourth grader. Together, they must solve the murder mystery aboard the train, obtain the overpowered magical item, and have a hilarious time doing it.
In this world, two neighboring kingdoms often try to make peace for a little while by marrying their children off. Both kingdoms prize black hair coloring over all others, and the least desirable of all is red hair. Princess Nakaba, aka Nak, is married off to Prince Caesar so that the kingdoms can have a little bit of peace. On the surface, Caesar can’t stand Nak because of her hair and her closeness to her servant, Loki. Inwardly, Caesar is jealous that Nak has distain for him, especially because she is a less desirable red-headed princess. Loki comes to Nak's aid in front of the king, and has to go on the run because of it. Nak strikes a bargain with Caesar that could ultimately lead to Loki's pardon, if Caesar can convince his father, that is.
Illustrated by Kousuke Kurose (Illustrator), character design by Noboru Kannatuki
In this dark fantasy with RPG elements, Goblins often leave their nests in the mountains and raid villages, stealing food, livestock, and kidnapping women. Adventuring parties undertake quests to exterminate the nests, but often go in unprepared and under-leveled. If there happen to be female adventurers who are under-leveled, the goblins will kidnap them as well. The goblins have their way with these female prisoners. On one such adventure party, the Priestess' party is torn to shreds. Just before she is taken by the goblins, a brave knight, known as The Goblin Slayer, saves her and helps eradicate the nest. Priestess decides to continue adventuring with Goblin Slayer and helping him in his mission to destroy all goblins everywhere. Goblin Slayer's village was ravaged by raiding goblins, and he has a vendetta against the entire race.
Caiman and Nikaido live in The Hole, a place where sorcerers go to practice magic on unsuspecting humans. Caiman has his head transformed into that of a lizard, and now he and Nikaido are trying to track down the sorcerer who did it. If they can kill him, the spell will be reversed, and Caiman will go back to normal. Nikaido also runs an eatery called The Hungry Bug, and Caiman works for a doctor’s office specializing in helping the victims of sorcerers. In this way, both gather leads on sorcerers working around The Hole so they can track them down. En, the head of the sorcerers, is also looking for the sorcerer who changed Caiman, but he still had to do something to stop Caiman and Nikaido from killing sorcerers. He sends in a team of “fixers, the ones who usually cleans up messes, to deal with Caiman and Nikaido.
Vol 5: Warchild, illustrated by Sana Takeda
Maika’s bleeding heart gets her involved in a major battle between the Federation and the Arcanics at the city of Ravenna. It turns out, she is exactly the warrior that the city needs to quell the chaos and start organizing who can fight. Kippa is tasked with helping out with the city’s children, and her miscalculation leads to a terrible tragedy. The Cumaean witches reveal they have created six abominations, powerful magic users that they crafted into unquestioning warriors. The six wreck havoc on Ravenna. But, their presence is not all welcome. The leader of the Federation forces, someone Maika knows from her past, is not at all happy with how the witches created these warriors. Elsewhere, The Dawn Court's Warlord and her wife, the Baroness of the Dusk Court, make their own contributions to the battles of the Arcanics, and they vie for control from each other over the vast Dawn Court airship fleet.
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.
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