Feralia: Requiem of Mist available now!

Feralia Requiem of Mist Front CoverI’m happy to announce that after many long years, Feralia Book 2: Requiem of Mist is out today! Thank you to everyone for your support over the years and for your patience in getting the story released! I hope you enjoy continuing the adventure with Felix and the rest of our heroes!

The ebook editions are available now on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, kobo and Apple Books/iTunes.

Update: the paperback edition is now available. You can find it on Amazon or grab a signed copy from Alicia’s Anime!

Thanks again everyone!

-Clint

Cover art by Julia Lichty of Afterimages of Ghostfire

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Read the first adventure for free!

Feralia: Requiem of Mist comes out tomorrow! Read the first adventure, Feralia: Requiem of Mist for free for a limited time on iTunes, Barnes & Noble Nook and kobo!
EDIT: Now available for free on Amazon Kindle as well!
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Feralia.net blog. episode 79: Review: Cable: Fathers and Sons


The next step in my X-Men Reading Project is different than those before, as it’s just 3 single issues. No collections this time. The issues are Cable (first series, 1993) #6, 7 & 8.

Like Fatal Attractions, I already had these issues in my collection, so I only had to pull them from a long box to reread. Like most 90’s comics, these issues shouldn’t be hard to find at a very reasonable price from your local comic book shop, or at a convention near you.


The story is short and sweet, and if you have even mildly detailed knowledge of the X-Men, you may already know the important parts of the story that are revealed. As usual I’ll keep things spoiler free for those if you who haven’t already read it, and won’t get into any details of this short but important story. So, since it’s so short, I’ll leave it at that. I did really enjoy reading the story again and breezed through the issues really quick. (It was funny and pretty cool seeing all the ads for Super NES & Genesis games as well.)
As far as catching up on the major X-Men stories, I’d definitely recommend reading these 3 issues if you haven’t yet. If you’ve read it in the past and remember the revelations therein, you could skip it without affecting later stories.

Still, it was another fun, nostalgic one to revisit.

4/5

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 78: Review: X-Men: Fatal Attractions

So I’ve been looking forward to this chapter in my X-men Reading Project for a while. This one is extra special because it’s the first crossover I collected as a kid in the 90’s. Since I already owned all of the single issues I didn’t need to pick up a trade paperback this time, making this the first time in this project that I read single issues instead of a trade. They were super cool, especially to an excited, nerdy kid. Each of the 6 main issues had a really nice, thick cover with wrap-around art and an awesome hologram! Here’s an example of a couple of them:
Fatal Att

Wolvie holo

This hologram is from Wolverine #75. Though you can’t tell by viewing here, the image will move as you tilt the book. Pretty cool!

I’m still going to recommend a collection, however, to make it easier to find them collected together, and for reading order and reference.
Milestones Fatal Attractions
So the collection this time will be the Milestones Edition (ISBN 978-1302919726) which collects Uncanny X-Men #298-300, 303-304, X-Factor #92, X-Force #25. X-Men Unlimited #2, X-Men #25, Wolverine #75 and Excalibur #71. I can’t comment on the print quality this time, having only read the single issues, but the Milestones trade paperbacks I have read have been of good quality.

That quickly brings us to the content. As usual I won’t risk spoilers, but there are some major events that happen in this story with major ramifications. Just as it was with X-Cutioner’s Song, it was very interesting to read this story again, around 25 years later, this time knowing all of the background leading up to it. There is one issue in particular which takes place at a funeral for a certain character. Having now developed an attachment to that character, it was a much more emotional read.

When I’d originally read Fatal Attractions as a kid, this was my first story with Magneto. Again, having read everything leading up to it meant so much more. This time around I’d come to appreciate him so much more, not only as a villain but as a friend and even a former teacher of the New Mutants.

This is a story where things really come to a head, where all of the tension between the X-Men and Magneto comes to a climax.

All of that, plus the nostalgia of one of that was one of the most exciting events I’d read as a kid, made this really, really enjoyable.

This is a major event in the history of the X-Men that you’ll definitely want to check out of you’re a fan.

5/5

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 77: Migraines suck!

A little change of pace today as I stray from topics like writing, fantasy and comics and into health! Like many of you out there, I suffer from annoying migraines. In all honesty, mine are not nearly as bad as they are for some people I know. For some, nothing seems to work, even different treatments at the doctor. My heart really goes out to them because they have it to much worse than me. Personally, I get migraines a lot, and if I wait too long to take something for it, I’ll be sick to the point of throwing up before long (gross, right?). Luckily for me, over the counter meds, such as Excedrin Migraine will do the trick, given that I take it in time. Once in a while though, I’ll get a really rotten one and have to resort to prescription meds. Those will usually help, but at that point I’m already feeling pretty bad.

What got me thinking of this is the recent recall of Excedrin Migraine. Of course I happened to run out the day it was pulled from shelves. My local Wal-Mart had Advil Migraine, which unfortunately didn’t work for me, as I found out the hard way. Last week I did manage to find a generic equivalent at a local grocery store, which thankfully did the trick. Disclaimer: I’m no doctor, so talk to yours for this kind of stuff. But to those of you who rely on Excedrin Migraine and are coming up empty handed, perhaps the generic option will help like it did for me, at least until this recall is over.

To those of you who deal with migraines: how severe are yours? How do you deal with them?

-Clint

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Thank you Setsucon!

Just a belated thank you to everyone who stopped by to see me at Setsuconin Pennsylvania last weekend! It was great talking with you, and I hope that you new readers will enjoy both Feralia stories! It was a nice weekend and I look forward to returning next year!

-Clint

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Come see me in PA at Setsucon this weekend!

Setsucon is January 25 & 26, 2020 in Altoona, Pennsylvania!

This weekend I’m looking forward to heading back to Setsucon! I’ll be at the Alicia’s Anime booth, where we’ll have copies of both Feralia books and a bunch of other cool stuff. This is always a nice, friendly event and the location is really nice as well!

Hope to see you there!

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Feralia.net blog. episode 76: Review: X-Men: X-Cutioner’s Song

X-Cutioner's Song
The next collection in my X-Men Reading Order Project is X-Cutioner’s Song. This one was fun, and a little different than the stories I’ve read so far, in that it’s the first collection I already owned from years ago, and leads up to where I originally started reading the X-Men books in the 90’s. It was also the first story I would be reading for the second time, some 25 years later! So it would be interesting to see how it was on my second go-round after so much time had passed.

The edition I read is an older one (ISBN 0-7851-0025-3), which is full color and collects X-Men (series 2) #14-16, Uncanny X-Men #294-296, X-Factor #84-86 and X-Force #16-18.. There have been newer releases since then that are probably better quality and are at very reasonable price points, so you’d probably be better off checking one of those out, as they are pretty easy to find. For now though, I’ll be looking at my old collection, both to save a bit of money, and for the nostalgia (I really like the Stryfe cover art).

First up, I’ll be taking a quick look at the print and binding quality of my collection. The binding and pages are nice, but there are quite a few places where there are missing words and footnotes left out. They also took out the cover art to sort of make everything feel like one big story. I wouldn’t have minded this if they had included a cover gallery in the back. It’s really not a huge deal, but it would have been a really nice touch. It’s for these reasons I’d go ahead and check out a newer edition if you’re going to pick one up.

With that out of the way, let’s move onto what’s really important: the story. When I’d originally started reading the X-Men in the 90’s, I began right after this story. So I’d picked it up years ago to have the story leading up to my original start. Back then I really enjoyed it. Everything about it was super cool and the stakes were high This time? I actually loved it even more than I originally had. The big difference of course being that this time I knew all the stories leading up to this mega event. I’d gotten attached to the characters and was way more invested in them. So, while it was a great story on its own, having read the stories leading up to it made it that much better.

As usual, I won’t get into many story specifics to avoid spoilers for anyone who has yet to read it. I will say that some major things take place that tie in to events all the way back to Inferno, and, more recently End Game (which I talked about here). Characters such as Cyclops, Jean Grey and Cable are among those featured, and villains Stryfe and Mister Sinister (one of my favorite bad guys) are just a couple of the trouble-makers. By the end we’re left with major repercussions for years to come. The art is very 90’s, fun and well done, and the story arc across X-Books is well planned and executed.

So, I enjoyed it even more, years later, and would definitely recommend it!

5/5

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 75: Review: X-Men: Bishop’s Crossing

Bishop's Crossing
Next up on my X-Men Reading Project is Bishop’s Crossing. It’s ISBN 978-1302901707, which is 352 full color pages and collects Uncanny X-Men #281-293 and X-Men (series 2) #8.

The good thing about this collection is that it bridges much of the gap between the big stories The Muir Island Saga and X-Cutioner’s Song.

I did enjoy the stories and art in this collection, especially because I hadn’t read them before, and because they lead up to shortly before where I’d first started reading the X-Men in the 90’s as a kid.

Would I say this collection is essential? Well, it’s much like the Dissolution and Rebirth collection I recently reviewed, in that it spans the time between bigger stories. If you’re just sticking to the big events, you could skip this one. Just be aware that Bishop is introduced and added to the team, so in the next story he’s right in on the action. So I’d say it’s optional, though it introduces a main character.

One other thing to note is that this is the beginning of the Blue and Gold strike teams. Uncanny X-men mainly featured the Gold Team, and you get to see the beginning of that here, which is also pretty cool. The Blue Team was featured in the new ongoing book which launched at the same time, X-Men (series 2), which can start to get a bit confusing. At any rate, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men ran together from this point for quite some time, complimenting each other as they mainly featured the two teams.

In conclusion, I’d check this collection out if you’re looking for a more detailed run of the X-Men between major storylines, and while nothing terribly critical occurs that would be necessary for future stories, the art, stories and characters are all good.

3/5

-Clint

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