Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Starman Plays Fallout 4 Nuka-World - Part Two

In which we run "The Gauntlet" (Blue Vault-Dweller Needs Food Badly!) and find ourselves pitted in single-combat against the Overboss of Nuka-World. He's a cheating bastard but luckily so am I.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #9 - An Advanced Review/Preview

The Doctor and his latest companion - 41st century punk rocker Hattie - were enjoying a jam session when The TARDIS detected something strange. It led them to a spooky old house that was leaking temporal radiation. It smelled dangerous and looked like a trap, but The Doctor loves a good mystery and dove into the house in search of  adventure.

While readers are likely to solve the mystery long before The Doctor manages it, George Mann still crafts an entertaining romp in Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #9. Despite the Gothic under-trappings, the tale told here is a light, amusing one well-suited to Rachael Stott's art style and the vivid colors of Alexandre Siqueira. This book will be a welcome treat for all Whovians as we anxiously await the beginning of Series Ten.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #9 releases on September 28, 2016. 
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Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #6 - An Advance Review

The rescue mission that saw the only survivors of a disaster that turned the world's greatest heroes into madmen and the people of their once proud city into savages has gone south. Now the survivors' only chance lies with the most unlikely of allies - Megalopolis' super-villains, kept safe these many months in a secret underground prison...

I think it says a lot about this series that I skipped reviewing the fifth issue because there was no way I could summarize it without spoilers and no imagery I could comfortably show as a preview. Such is the demented nature of the Leaving Megalopolis series. What Gail Simone, Jim Calafiore and Jason Wright have created here is easily the best story to ever combine superheroes and survival horror in any medium.

My only objection to this story - and it is a minor one - is that the ending is not quite so satisfying as the original and, by design, you have to have read the original mini-series to fully appreciate this one. That being said, the door is left open for future installments and I for one hope we shall see them,.

Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #6 releases on September 28, 2016. 
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Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5 - An Advance Review/Preview

With Sarah Jane Smith petrified and the alien creature that inspired the myth of Medusa poised to escape its prison into Victorian London, it will take all of The Doctor's cunning to save the day. But can even he contend with a vengeful holographic guard (who resembles the god Zeus) that stands poised to kill everyone in the vicinity in an effort to contain its prisoner?

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5 provides a satisfying conclusion to a mini-series that perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who.The script by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby presented a classic gothic horror tale worthy of Robert Holmes at the height of his powers. This was well-matched by the spooky, sinister artwork by Brian Williamson and Hi-Fi. This is the perfect comic book for classic Whovians or fans of the new series looking for a suitable introduction to the Fourth Doctor era.

Doctor Who: The Fourth #5 releases on September 28, 2016. 
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Conan The Slayer #3 - An Advanced Review/Preview

Ambushed by Turan soldiers, Conan and his new Kozak allies found themselves betrayed by their own Prince! Yet that concern pales to their current plight, as both groups were assaulted and captured by a band of monsters whose magic beguiles the senses and masks their true form. Now, as Conan's allies consider their traitorous brethren and an unlikely alliance with the Turan soldiers who wish them dead, Conan must contend with an amorous troll witch who has mating on her mind.

This latest Conan series from Dark Horse Comics continues to impress me. Cullen Bunn's stories are worthy of Robert E. Howard himself. Sergio Fernandez Davila's artwork perfectly captures the weird horror and vivid detail necessary to visually portray Hyboria. The color art by Michael Atiyeh proves perfect throughout the book. By Mitra, Conan hasn't been this good in years!

Conan The Slayer #3 releases on September 28, 2016. 
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