Super-Fly Reads: Shadoweyes

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I’m a sucker for dark stories. That’s what leads me to start reading stories from Ross Campbell. His work on Water Baby and Wet Moon are well told and very bizarre worlds filled with both real life issues that we all have and crazy crap that you couldn’t fathom happening to you. Shadoweyes is one of those deals.

From Shadoweyes.net:

In the city of Dranac, in the year 200X, moody teenager Scout Montana is an aspiring vigilante, but her plans go awry and end up with her finding that she’s able to transform into a blue, superhuman creature. With this new body she becomes the superhero Shadoweyes: forced out of society, yet still bound to it. Scout’s new life is just getting started, and things won’t be easy.

The main character, Scout Montana, is your average teenager. Adding on the stress of school, friends, the neighborhood watch with her friend Kyisha Lynn and oh yeah, living in Dranac in the not so distant future. Dranac looks like a bomb went off in the middle of town. Or one of you major, downtrodden mid-western cities. Think Dayton, Oh…..in about 6 months from now. Gangs have taken certain parts of the city and people in general have to do what they can to get by.One night, Scout feels not so well in the middle of the night, goes to the bathroom and finds herself transforming. Transforming into a superhuman blue creature with photosensitive eyes. Needless to say, this doesn’t really make life easy for Scout.
She decides to start really helping the city by not just fighting crime, but helping people with small problems as well. It was pretty funny to see on the front page of one of the newspapers “Shadoweyes Helps Child with Biology Homework” In helping people, she runs across a few people that you end up seeing again in the book, including the beyond annoying Sparkle Park. I really hope they are leading to something with her because as it stands now, I am waiting for something bad to happen to her so I don’t have to see her anymore. The fact that she likes a card game called “Pony Circle” (that has a striking similarity to Magic:The Gathering) makes me dislike her more. In fact, something something does happen to her and that is how Shadoweyes gets introduced to Ms. Park. It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes. It seems like it could be a standalone book, but it looks like this will be an ongoing series. Hopefully, it comes out quicker then the Wet Moon books have been making it out.

I really dug this, like I’ve been digging all of Campbell’s books I’ve read so far. The uncanny way he seems to relate his characters to real life situations and mix them with completely off the wall plot turns that makes you really want to keep reading to see how everyone will reacts to said change. I dig that and things like that make me want to keep reading as well. I am looking forward to the next book, “Shadoweyes in Love”

Read this……now.

Shadoweyes is available now for $14.95 from SLG Publishing.

J.

Yellow Springs Book Fair is August 21st!

The Yellow Springs tradition returns on August 21st! As it happens every August, Book Vendors from all over will descend onto the Mills Lawn School Grounds from 9am to 5pm, delivering to you great deals on new, used and collectible books at great prices. If you’re looking to pick up some books to keep you company this Fall, this is the time to do it.

Now, of course, you know that it’s not just all about the fancy no-picture books. We’ll be there and we always feel the need to class-up (or class-down, depending on how classy you are) the joint with our own brand of comic book mayhem. This year, all the comics at our book fair set-up will be HALF OFF THE MARKED PRICE. No, you didn’t go deaf from awesome, all our comics at the book fair will indeed be 50% off their marked price. If you’re looking to plumb the depths of our back issues, this is the weekend to do it!

Also, if you’ve got books of your own that you’re looking to sell, professional book dealer or not, you can set up and sell your wares as well. There’s no charge for space, and set-up begins at 7am (or later, if you’re not an early riser. After 7 space is at a first come, first served basis).

So be sure to come see us and all of the other book vendors on Saturday, August 21st from 9am to 7pm!

Comics & Items Shipping August 11th

This weekend is our 4th Live Art Show AND the 2nd Annual Zombie Walk, PLUS Scott Pilgrim premieres this Friday ALSO Madden 11 comes out today. It’s exhausting, especially in this heat, but that’s a rookie mistake. There’s still comics to buy, and some damn good ones this week. Top of the list is the new Image Comics ongoing from Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma, MORNING GLORIES. I’ve read a preview copy of this and it lives up big time to the “Runaways meets Lost” premise. LOCKE & KEY returns with its fourth miniseries KEYS TO THE KINGDOM, Guy Gardner takes center stage in GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS, the BPRD struggles with their biggest threat ever in HELL ON EARTH, the BIRDS OF PREY continue their battle with the Penguin and the White Canary, the World War Hulks (finally) begins its final orbit in INCREDIBLE HULK, we reach the penultimate chapter of HACK/SLASH: MY FIRST MANIAC and ULTIMATE AVENGERS continues to plow ahead as the Avengers fight vampires (I’m surprised there’s any vampires left for people to fight nowadays).

Click through to check out the rest of this week’s books, and we’ll see you this Saturday at the Art Show (and maybe shambling through town at the Zombie Walk)
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