Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Starman Plays Skyrim Special Edition - Part 143

In which we enter into Sovngarde to save the souls of the honored dead, fulfill our destiny and slay Alduin The World-Eater! But first we must best the doorman in honorable combat (yeah right) and resist the lure of stealing the booze of the gods!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Starman Plays Skyrim Special Edition - Part 142

In which we raid the temple of Skuldafn, seeking a way to the afterlife that doesn't involving being killed by dragons or death-lords.

Injustice 2 #24 (Digital Edition) - A Review

Batman and his new Justice League have rescued the hostages but lain waste to Ra's Al Ghul's secret animal sanctuary in the process. The Demon's Head is not known for his sense of mercy nor being slow in retaliation for a slight. How shall Ra's Al Ghul take his revenge upon The Detective?

I can't show any image scans of this issue of Injustice 2 it is so stunning but also so spoilery. Suffice it to say the battle with Ra's Al Ghul has only begun and Tom Taylor has raised the stakes of an already high game. He also manages another surprise as we learn of a shocking ally to Ra's plans to save the world. Artistically, Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran and Rex Lokus continue to knock it out of the park with every endeavor. This remains one of my favorite books and the high-point of my Tuesday mornings.

Final Analysis: 8 out of 10. Solid stuff, but still mostly set-up for the next act.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Starman Plays Skyrim Special Edition - Part 141

In which we set a trap to catch a dragon and start to storm the fortress of Alduin, The World Eater! Yes, we're finally doing the end-game quest!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #7 - An Advanced Review/Preview

Following an unexpected detour to a barren Atlantic island in the 9th century, The Doctor and his companion Bill Potts found themselves caught in the middle of a stand-off between a group of Viking settlers and a team of Martian Ice Warriors. Thankfully, The Doctor was able to convince both sides to work together against a common menace - the sentient virus known as The Flood!

It beggars coincidence that two of The Doctor's old enemies should encounter each other in this place at this time. When another monster from The Doctor's past emerges, he can hazard a guess as to who is responsible. However, that knowledge may not be enough to save The Doctor and his allies even if he is correct!

The artwork fails this final chapter of The Wolves of Winter. Three artists working on a single issue rarely produces a quality work and the old adage about too many cooks proves accurate here. Even if the visual continuity weren't shattered by the wildly varied styles at play, there's no comparison between the levels of quality presented by the artists involved.

Brian Williamson remains brilliant and Edu Menna (whose work on Red Sonja I've enjoyed) performs well-enough. The pages drawn by Marcelo Salaza, on the other hand, are amateurish in the extreme. Salaza presents a Twelfth Doctor who only vaguely resembles Peter Capaldi, even ignoring his inappropriately happy smile!

It's a damn shame because Richard Dinnick's story is a brilliant one and it deserved a better presentation. Weaving together the strands of older Doctor Who tales as the base for his own epic, Dinnick has managed the near-impossible. The Wolves of Winter is that rare continuity-driven story that is easily accessible to new readers. Fans of Classic Who and New Who alike will enjoy this Twelfth Doctor tale... if they can just get past the artwork.

The Final Analysis: 6 out of 10. Richard Dinnick wrote a great story but they should have let Brian Williamson draw the whole thing.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #7 releases September 20, 2017. 
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