Mysticism and Multiplicity


Madame Xanadu #5

Time keeps moving forward — Nimue is now a fortuneteller in pre-Revolutionary France. She still needs her potions to maintain her youth, but she has the favor of Marie Antoinette. And the fortunetelling system she’s developed — the original Tarot cards — have revealed to her that bad times for France are on the way. After running into the Phantom Stranger again, she flees Paris and tells herself to stay out of trouble, but her sense of loyalty has her returning in an attempt to save the Queen. But can all her spells save her when Marie Antoinette decides she doesn’t want to be saved?

Verdict: Thumbs up. Beautiful art, nice cliffhanger. Decent stuff about Antoinette, too, who from a lot of the bios I’ve seen about her, was probably one of the least awful people in France during that period.


Franklin Richards: Sons of Geniuses

Chris Eliopoulos and Marc Sumerak continue their stories about the son of Reed and Sue Richards, as we get a look at the various versions of Franklin and H.E.R.B.I.E. scattered around the multiverse, including Superhero Franklins, Monkey Franklin, Alien Franklin, Robot Franklin, Chicken Franklin, and many more.

Verdict: Thumbs up. Very cute story, very cute art. It’s a bit pricey, at $4, but it’s probably worth splurging on it every once in a while.

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