Bill Willingham tells a pair of stories detailing the lives of strange heroes living in very odd worlds.
In Otherland, Mary Arevalo washes up on a desolate shore and to find a beautiful and savage land. The timely arrival of Richard Trent, also known as Tanakura, saves Mary's life. Together, they travel across the strange world in search of a distant settlement of humans. Mary Arevalo washes ashore in a hostile land to find the man she loved is dead. And a creature named 'murder sticks' wants her for breakfast.
In Spellbinder, a former Combat Sorcerer named Cornelius gets assigned to young Tommy Bowen as his instructor. Tommy's Sorcerer training has him dressing as a superhero to disguise his magical nature from the eyes of a prying public. Tommy's first mission is to find and eliminate a nest of Grendels. Cornelius the cat wanders into Tommy Bowen's life to give him the good news that he's Earth's newest Combat Sorcerer trainee. On the down side, he has to wear a colorful costume.