After Mynthe shreds Hades' soul with her harsh words, he runs into Persephone at Hera's house and falls deeper in love with her. Persephone decides that the two of them need to set some boundaries and confesses her feelings for Hades, but Hades can't bring himself to bring reciprocate because she is so young, and because she is on the path to become an eternal maiden. While Persephone and Mynthe might not be the answer, Hades also knows Hera isn't either, even though the goddess tries to use him to get back at Zeus after he once again cheats on her. Later, Apollo is at Persephone's house, and demands to know why she's been avoiding him. She finally confronts him about how uncomfortable he makes her feel. She seeks some comfort by hanging out with her friend, Cupid, but ends up telling him why she doesn't get along with his uncle, Ares.
A young girl flees her war-torn home in the hopes of finding gold in a cold wilderness of what seems like Alaska. There, she finds the Native women are abused, often disfigured and one of their eyes brutally taken, and forced into being guides for treasure hunters who want nothing more than to exploit the land and leave it as destroyed as its Native people. The young lady befriends a three-legged dog that has also been disfigured and abandoned by a treasure hunter, and seems to have a giant wolf spirit watching her and the treasure hunters. Despite nearly starving, an even harsher winter coming, and finding no gold, she decides to partner with some of the Native women to enact revenge on the exploitive men and finally stand up for her village as well.
Adapted by P. Craig Russell, illustrated by David Rubin, Colleen Doran, Galen Showman, P. Craig Russell, colored by David Rubin, Colleen Doran, and Lovern Kindzierski
In this third and final volume, Gaiman gets into the end times of the gods of the Norsemen. We learn about Thor’s vendetta with the Midgard Serpent, which comes up again later in Ragnarok. We also see the death of beloved Balder and brave Hermod’s journey to try and bring him back from Hel. Later, Loki finally ticks off the entire pantheon, so they devise a terrible torture for him that he will only escape as the earth crumbles during Ragnarok. And to finish it all off, we see the end times for the gods, the destruction of the world and all of their fighting deaths.
In a little village on the Kirisaki mountains, an oni searches for food and raids the villagers' crops out of necessity. Meanwhile, a serpent yokai they call Venom has taken up residence in the village shrine, and they must make peace with the hungry and angry Hulk Oni to help vanquish the snake devil. We move forward in time to modern day Japan where a teen girl named Mariko has just learned that her family history was hidden from her, and that a powerful oni is after her for her blood. Mariko sets off on a journey to rediscover her past and save the only family she has left.
Persephone starts her internship with the Underworld Corp, and is struggling with her scholarship with the Goddesses of Eternal Maidenhood. Eros gets her to open up about what's happened, and she breaks down. He brings her to his home, full of Venus' other children, and Venus figures out everything as well - what Apollo did, and that she has a crush on Hades. Persephone swears them to secrecy. Meanwhile, Hades is still trying not to have a crush on Persephone and work things out with Minthe, but Persephone being near him is enough for his resolve to crumble. They tour the Underworld together for several as part of her orientation, not realizing the passage of time. Then, Hecate gifts Hades with something personal - a letter between her and Persephone that tells of the actual first meeting between Hades and Kore, which Hades has no memory of at all.
Persephone is still reeling from the fallout of her assault from Apollo, as well as the night-after the big Olympus party where she ended up in Hades' house. A tabloid publishes a photo of the two of them leaving and accuses her of being a flower nymph sleeping her way to the top. Hera decides to meddle further and approves an internship for Persephone in the Underworld, meaning she'll be working closely with Hades. Minthe, Hades' sometimes paramour, grows jealous from the photo. On Persephone's first day in the Underworld, Minthe gives her terrible directions and lands her in Tartarus with some volatile shades. As soon as Hades realizes Persephone's in trouble, he sprints off to rescue her just as she's being attacked by a shade. Hades can't come to terms with his feelings for Persephone, and worries about his attraction to a goddess who is much younger than he is, so he decides to bottle it up and try to work things out with Minthe.
Written by Vita Ayala, Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Stephanie Williams, illustrated by Alitha Martinez, Dominike Stanton, and Darryl Banks, inked by Mark Morales, colored by Emilio López, Allen Passalaqua, and Romulo Fajardo Jr., lettered by Becca Carey
At the end of the events of Infinite Frontier, Wonder Woman is gone, Queen Hippolyta has been killed, and Themyscera needs a new leader. Nubia leaves her post guarding the Doom's Doorway to become the leader, but her first task must be to replace the guardian of the Door. Strangely, four women come through the Well of Souls, which hasn’t happened in several decades since Nubia came through. An evil force uses these new people and some of the other inhabitants to threaten Nubia and the sanctity of life on the island. All of the Themyscerians must work together, and their new leader must prove her worth in handling this threat and keeping the island safe.
Illustrated by Sara Soler
Althalia and her grandmother, are both special witches - they are "bruja", tasked with keeping a natural order between the living and the spirit realm. But, their kind have been hunted for centuries by an order of catholic priests that can trace their lineage back to Cortez himself. Lia and her two best friends use their supernatural abilities to tackle all manner of evil spirits, including renegade demons who escape cursed dolls. One day, while in a museum full of Aztec treasures, tragedy strikes, leaving Lia to take on the world - both living and spiritual - in a grief-fueled rampage. While Lia’s training may not be complete, she is a strong witch, and she’ll suffer no fools, even demonic ones.
Illustrated by Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire
Marc Spector wakes in a mental hospital, where he has obviously been thoroughly mistreated, judging by the black eyes and a number of other bruises. His psychiatrist, Dr. Emmet, is dismayed by the lack of progress he's made, especially in that he continues to talk about his other personas. He often slips in and out of his mind to talk to Khonshu, his patron god, who is also disappointed that Marc hasn't seen through the lies and broken out of the hospital yet. Marc starts to recognize some of the other patients - Frenchie, Gena, Marlene, Crawley - as people who have been helpful or important in his life. The facade of the hospital starts to crumble, and Marc begins to see the hospital staff as agents of Ammit, with crocodile heads and very foul tempers. Marc struggles to escape the hospital with his friends and maintain a handle on what he knows to be true, while slipping in and out of his other identities: Steven Grant, the successful Hollywood producer; Jake Lockley, a scrappy cab driver; and Moon Knight, the Fist of Khonshu and protector of travelers at night.
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