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The Vampire Brat and Other Tales of Supernatural Law

After Sonovawitch!, the previous Supernatural Law book by Batton Lash, comes The Vampire Brat. He’s a teenager whose supernatural abilities only make his adolescent obnoxiousness worse. The contrast of the classically cool vampire with the obnoxious teenager makes for some amusing moments before the story becomes a parody of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Myrtle the Vampire Hater is a nerd’s nerd who’s being sued for harassing the teenage vampire, and her lawyer strongly resembles Ally McBeal. Unfortunately, the jabs are […]

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Sonovawitch! and Other Tales of Supernatural Law

Sonovawitch!, the next book after Tales of Supernatural Law by Batton Lash, contains the lengthy title story about a man’s mother casting a spell that causes a colleague to fall in love with him. It also features a morality play about a doctor who’s legally enjoined from transitioning his patients and a mob vampire story told entirely through TV screens. A set of stories focus on Mavis the secretary, about her decision on how to respond to her boyfriend’s proposal […]

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Tales of Supernatural Law

This series, formerly titled Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre, is easy to sum up: two lawyers represent a variety of monsters in cases ranging from the punny to the parodic. Background storylines, usually involving the cast’s love lives, provide continuity, while their ever-changing caseload deals with established horror conventions, including vampires, zombies, and curses. It’s quite amusing to see how such a factual, evidence-based profession interacts with the vagaries of the supernatural. This collection, first in the series, […]

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My Condolences to Friends and Family of Batton Lash

Word is trickling out through friends who would know that Batton Lash has passed away from brain cancer. The always-dapper Lash was the author and artist of Wolff and Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre, later renamed Supernatural Law, since 1979. He stuck with it through comic strip, issues, webcomic, and waxing and waning movie interest, finally moving to Kickstarter to put out book collections. He ran Exhibit A Press with his wife Jackie Estrada, who is administrator of the Eisner […]

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Naoki Urasawa’s Monster Coming to TV?

I don’t normally talk about a lot of media adaptation announcements, because most of them, who knows if they’ll ever happen? (Although personally, I’d watch a Supernatural Law movie. Remember that plan?) I’m really eager to see this one, though, because the manga original was a terrific, twisty read, and the talent involved in the proposal is great. Deadline reported that Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy director) is developing a series with HBO based on Naoki Urasawa’s manga. He will co-write […]

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The Night Owls

The newest Zuda webcomic in print (after last fall’s High Moon) is The Night Owls. Online, this strip was the site’s second Instant Winner, meaning it was picked for a development contract in December 2007 without having to struggle through winning a monthly competition. Installments ran through December 2009, and they’ve all been collected here. As soon as I heard the premise — supernatural detectives in the roaring 20s — I was sold. I fondly remember Jazz Age Chronicles, and […]

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The Definition of Superhero (As Seen Through Transmetropolitan’s Spider Jerusalem)

Several years ago, I contributed an essay to Shot in the Face: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Transmetropolitan, a collection of writings published by Sequartabout the science fiction comic series. My particular topic was “Spider Jerusalem: Super-Hero of the Future?” In that piece, I looked at how one defines a superhero and whether the Warren Ellis-written journalist character qualified. I thought I’d excerpt some key parts here, mostly because I’ve missed arguing online. (I have lightly reedited the […]

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Lucifer: The Complete Second Season

In Lucifer: The Complete Second Season, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and his brother Amenadiel (who’s concerned about losing his powers; played by D.B. Woodside) are looking for their mother (Tricia Helfer), who has escaped from Hell. Lucifer is trying to be honest with Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) about who and what he really is, but Amenadiel doesn’t want her to know. Plus, her ex-husband (Kevin Alejandro) is back on the force but demoted after last season’s events, so she’s now […]

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