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Review: Dungeons Dragons Volume 2 First Encounters

Review: Dungeons Dragons Volume 2 First Encounters

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on March 1, 2013

Dungeons & Dragon Volume 2 First Encounters continues the story of the last volume in the precise moment the previous one left off. Adric, Khal, Bree, Varis and Tisha are falling through the portal they entered in the last volume and end up in the Elven world. There we meet the Elven people and explore a little of their society and tribal rivalry. Find out how does a lost group of Elf ghosts are connected to our band of heroes and how does that affect Adric's "father-in-law". Explore the world of the Elves and discover Adric's and the gang's past. How is it? The story starts right when the last book ended, with our heroes going through a portal without knowing their destination. However, before we get to know what happened and where they ended up, we get to find out how the gang got together. This origin story plays a pivotal role in the overall plot, so pay attention to it. The Feywild In this second volume the plot revolves around Elves and Dark Elves, ancient dwarven science, old power plays and one unforgiving father-in-law. Lost in Feywild, the Elven World our heroes came face to face with old, thought of dead, foes and Elven political power plays that will have to escape from. On top of that Adric as to come to terms with is Elven "father-in-law". And neither will be happy with it. Sexy Tisha John Rogers manages to continue the great story told in the first volume and take it up a notch. He fleshes this Universe out with a number of new characters that have history with our heroes, new reveals, the rise of the winds of treason and the forging of new alliances. Adric's relationship with the Elven people is particularly interesting. If you read the first volume you already know that Adric is dating an Elven Sorcerer apprentice. In First Encounters you'll not only find out how they met, but also how's the relationship between her father and Adric. A hint, its not very peaceful. In the art department this volume is a tiny little bit weaker than the first. There are beautifully drawn environments, especially Feywild, the Elf World. The coloring is absolutely gorgeous. The different color pallets for the different Worlds and different times of day are a delight to see. The only chink in the armor is that there are a few pages that are drawn in a different style from the rest of the book. That stands out as a sore thumb, but in the end this is a minor issue. Just like the previous volume this book is printed in a glorious over-sized edition with a cool sketch gallery  covers and D&D gameplay reading material. Elven Magic Verdict I have nothing but great things to say about this series and this volume in particular. I think the first was very good, but this one tops it. The Universe is ritcher, the plots are more developed and we get to see how it all began. This is a great fantasy comic book, a true D&D history indeed. Highly recommended. Publisher: IDW Year: 2012 Pages: 152 Authors: John Rogers, Andrea Di Vito, Denis Medri, Juanan, Vicente Alcazar, Horacio Domingues, Guido Guidi, Nacho Arranz, Chris Mowry, Chris Mowry ISBN: 1613770847 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-dungeons-dragons-volume-2-first.html

The Enthusiast - Episode 4: That Reminds Me of a Puzzle

The Enthusiast - Episode 4: That Reminds Me of a Puzzle

By Kieran in Podcasts on March 1, 2013

We're really chuffed with this episode.

The Clone Wars Recruit Tim Curry

The Clone Wars Recruit Tim Curry

By Zechs in News with Benefits on March 1, 2013

The famous actor has joined the voice cast as Palpatine/Darth Sidious.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Announced

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Announced

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 28, 2013

Ubisoft made a surprising (to no one) announcement today, revealing their next Assassin's Creed game.

Bat-Family March Covers Preview

Bat-Family March Covers Preview

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on February 28, 2013

March covers will feature Bat-Family reactions to Robin's death

Review: Orchid Volume 2

Review: Orchid Volume 2

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 28, 2013

Cover Orchid and the rebels finally reach Fortress Penuel. Even after all that lost in their journey, their resolve remain strong. They're going to rescue Anzio the leader of the rebels, no mater the cost. In Orchid Volume 2 the truth about General China and his fate is revealed, former allies come into play, new alliances are forged and recent ones start to show signs of rupture. Tom Morello keeps fanning the fires of revolution in this post-apolitical Earth where the chasm between social classes is so abysmal yet so familiar. He keeps his heroes righteous and on the path of liberation though vindication. How is it? This second volume starts with a funny and imaginative, but very violent, way our heroes found to get in Fortress Penuel. In fact all of the first chapter is very violent. Glorious graphic violence, guts, heads and explosions, but violence nonetheless. Orchid Volume 2 is packed with action scenes, great reveals, some predictable, others not so much. Opal, Orchid and Simon finally enter Fortress Penuel. There both Orchid and Opal will find some acquaintance from their past. For one it will bring hilarious closure, for the other dilution. That it boys... look this way After thickening the rebels ranks with a few more able bodies, our heroes set to free Anzio that is scheduled to be executed in later that day. The rescue mission is an action packed blitz strike that goes as well as you might imagine. General China's magical mask takes the spotlight, by being the force behind the rebel force. Its because of its power that the rebels are able to make an escape. However there might not be a happy ending for all. Hooky makes BOOM In between all the fighting and running we find out what really happened to General China and how Tomo Wolfe's reached power. Sadly this is undermined by predictable storytelling and a somewhat hard to swallow story plot. Basically Tomo Wolfe is a big technological genius that uses mechanical animal beasts to enforce his. In the devastated world of Orchid there little technology available but then suddenly there's and army of mechanical horses and robotic giants spiders and so on. This took me a bit out of the story. But it might just be a pet peeve. Art wise this is as good as the first volume. All the characters are truly unique, the world is beautifully rendered, The class difference of the difference inhabitants of Fortress Penuel are wonderfully drawn and colored. I love how Winkle's face scream traitor (don't worry, its not a spoiler). As in the first volume, this book comes with codes to download Tom Morello's music. One music per chapter. Verdict? This is a good series. The first volume (you can check the review here) introduce a new original Universe with interesting characters and a simple but compelling story line. This second volume brings closure to some big questions and setup a couple more. Even with its faults I had good fun reading this book. Recommended. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 2013 Pages: 112 Authors: Tom Morello, Scott Hepburn ISBN: 1595829660 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-orchid-volume-2.html

Outhouse Editor Admonishes Outhouse Newsroom for Believing Latino Review Rumors

Outhouse Editor Admonishes Outhouse Newsroom for Believing Latino Review Rumors

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 28, 2013

The Outhouse editor admonished the Outhouse staff for posting bullshit rumors from Latino Review

Fans Rejoice as Bay's TMNT Pushed Back to 2014

Fans Rejoice as Bay's TMNT Pushed Back to 2014

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 28, 2013

TMNT fans are grateful that Michael Bay has decided to wait a little bit longer before ruining the franchise.

Arrow Annotations -

Arrow Annotations - "Dead to Rights"

By ThanosCopter in Features on February 28, 2013

A look at all the Easter Eggs from last night's episode.

Early Reactions to 'Man of Steel'

Early Reactions to 'Man of Steel'

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on February 28, 2013

A very early screener of Man of Steel is saying fans will be pleasantly surprised with Snyder & Nolan's take.

New EA Software to Allow Gamers to use Single Identity across Game Platforms

New EA Software to Allow Gamers to use Single Identity across Game Platforms

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 28, 2013

Electronics Arts has finished a major software project that will enable gamers to use a single identity across a variety of gaming platforms.

Bunn Continues to Dominate Comic Industry w/ Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun Sellout

Bunn Continues to Dominate Comic Industry w/ Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun Sellout

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 28, 2013

The genetically engineered super-writer scores another sellout, as The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Guns #1 gets a second printing!!!

Dan Jurgens Accepts Challenge, Will Make Fury of Firestorm Even Worse

Dan Jurgens Accepts Challenge, Will Make Fury of Firestorm Even Worse

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 28, 2013

The beleaguered creator's goal is to get the book canned early, before its May cancellation date.

Why I Love Comics #124 with Jeremy Whitley!

Why I Love Comics #124 with Jeremy Whitley!

By Eric Ratcliffe in Podcasts on February 27, 2013

On this episode of the podcast, I was joined by new friend and extremely talented writer/creator Jeremy Whitley!

DC Comics Named Publisher of The Year By Diamond Comics Distributors

DC Comics Named Publisher of The Year By Diamond Comics Distributors

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on February 27, 2013

This marks DC's fourth Win in a row

Monkeybrain Comics from IDW - Now with 100% More Dead Trees

Monkeybrain Comics from IDW - Now with 100% More Dead Trees

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 27, 2013

Chris Roberson's Monkeybrain Comics adds "destroying the environment" to its already lofty goal of "ruining the print comics industry with widely available, reasonably priced digital comics."

The Manhattan Projects - Jonathan Hickman Nick Pitarra

The Manhattan Projects - Jonathan Hickman Nick Pitarra

By Arion in Reviews on February 27, 2013

In the 40s, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the “Manhattan Project”, an ultra-secret government initiative that had one goal: the invention and eventual deployment of the first nuclear bomb. Writer Jonathan Hickman expands this premise by asking himself one very interesting question: what if instead of one project (the atomic bomb) there were many other top secret projects being developed simultaneously? And that is how “The Manhattan Projects” -note the plural- begins, deeply entrenched in conspiracy theories and revolutionary science. Of course, Hickman’s imagination surpasses the limits of historical correctness, but that’s alright, because this isn’t a documentary but rather a thought-provoking and beguiling work of fiction. In real life, Doctor J. Robert Oppenheimer was in charge of the scientific aspects of the Manhattan Project. In Hickman’s new series, Oppenheimer is a rather psychotic scientist with a multiple personality disorder; although quite fond of cannibalism, he’s not the only crazy scientist here. Albert Einstein has been caged for so long in government facilities that he no longer communicates with his peers, and his dependence on whisky has increased considerably. Feynman, on the other hand, is presented like an egocentric, narcissistic and conniving man.  It doesn’t matter if Hickman is changing the history and turning some of the most respected geniuses of the 20th century into a motley crew of misfits. What matters is that, somehow, we feel transported to a world that could have been, to a reality in which Oppenheimer, Einstein and Feynman are forced to work together. And having so many geniuses in the same room can only produce the wildest inventions ever.  As the first trials of nuclear devices are carried out in the desert of New Mexico, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies and is replaced by freemason Harry Truman. Nevertheless, the body of the president is quickly sent to the laboratories of the Manhattan Project and his consciousness is transferred into a series of recording devices and magnetophonic tapes, and thus the first Artificial Intelligence is born… decades before the computer age. Oppenheimer in his youth / Oppenheimer en su juventud Time and time again The Manhattan Projects reminds us of true historical facts while reinventing them constantly, in very imaginative and entertaining ways. This is surely Jonathan Hickman’s most ambitious series to date, and he has succeeded in exploring science fiction beyond the usual zone of comfort of more mainstream writers. He has also recreated the American fear of communism, and it’s clear that the Soviet Union and the Empire of Japan are enemies. But they are the least of their worries, as something menacing arrives from outer space. I must say I particularly enjoyed the references to past extraterrestrial visits which took place in Roswell and Tunguska (and we also have evidence that scientist Enrico Fermi is an alien disguised as a human being). There’s a violent encounter between Oppenheimer and an insectoid alien, who ends up being devoured by the scientist. Von Braun, one of the most respected Nazi scientists hasn’t finished his interplanetary rocket, so Feynman helps Einstein and together they reactivate an inter-dimensional portal that leads them to the insectoid planet. Only Earth’s brightest intellects can figure out how to destroy an entire alien species in a matter of minutes… and they succeed spectacularly. There are advanced civilizations in countless alien worlds in the Milky Way, and for a group of paranoid and neurotic scientists, they all pose a threat. So it’s great to see the most brilliant minds of the 20th century working together to find a solution for a problem that is as huge as the galaxy. And this is only the beginning.  Definitely this is one of Image’s best ongoing titles right now and also my favorite Hickman’s work. The artist is Nick Pitarra, who had already worked with the writer in Image’s miniseries “Red Wing”. Nick has exceled in creating a unique look for all the protagonists, and he has found the way to highlight the physical traits of real people (Roosevelt, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman, etc.) without turning them into exact replicas… we can instantly recognize them but we also perceive them through the artist’s sensibility. I detect a certain stylistic similitude with Chris Burnham, and that makes Nick’s art even more appealing to the eye. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Franklin Delano Roosevelt En los años 40, el presidente Franklin Delano Roosevelt autorizó el "Proyecto Manhattan", una iniciativa ultra-secreta del gobierno con una sola meta: inventar y luego probar la primera bomba nuclear. El escritor Jonathan Hickman expande esta premisa haciéndose a sí mismo una muy interesante pregunta: ¿qué hubiese sucedido si en lugar de un proyecto (la bomba atómica) se hubiesen desarrollado simultáneamente muchos otros proyectos secretos?  Y este es el inicio de "Los Proyectos Manhattan", enraizados profundamente en teorías conspiratorias y ciencia revolucionaria. Por supuesto, la imaginación de Hickman sobrepasa los límites de la precisión histórica, pero no hay problema, porque esto no es un documental sino un cautivador trabajo de ficción que nos invita a reflexionar. En la vida real, el doctor J. Robert Oppenheimer estaba a cargo de los aspectos científicos del Proyecto Manhattan. En la nueva serie de Hickman, Oppenheimer es más bien un científico psicótico con un desorden de personalidad múltiple; aunque es muy adepto al canibalismo no es el único científico loco. Albert Einstein ha estado enjaulado por tanto tiempo en las instalaciones del gobierno que ya no se comunica con sus colegas, y su dependencia al whisky ha aumentado considerablemente. Feynman, por otro lado, es presentado como un sujeto taimado, narcisista y egocéntrico. Einstein drinking whisky in the presence of Feynman / Einstein tomando whisky en presencia de Feynman No importa si Hickman está cambiando la historia y convirtiendo a algunos de los más respetados genios del siglo XX en una patrulla de desadaptados. Lo que importa es que, de algún modo, nos sentimos transportados a un mundo que pudo haber sido, a una realidad en la que Oppenheimer, Einstein y Feynman son obligados a trabajar juntos. Y tener a tantos genios en la misma habitación sólo puede dar como resultado los más locos inventos.  Cuando son realizadas las primeras pruebas con artefactos nucleares en el desierto de Nuevo México, el presidente Franklin Delano Roosevelt muere y es reemplazado por el masón Harry Truman. No obstante, el cuerpo del presidente es rápidamente enviado a los laboratorios del Proyecto Manhattan y su conciencia es transferida a una serie de aparatos de grabación y cintas magnetofónicas, y de este modo nace la primera inteligencia artificial... décadas antes que la primera computadora.  Destroying an alien world / destruyendo un mundo alienígena Una y otra vez, "The Manhattan Projects" nos recuerda hechos históricos reales mientras que los reinventa constantemente, de manera muy imaginativa y entretenida. Sin duda, esta es la serie más ambiciosa de Jonathan Hickman y ha tenido éxito en explorar la ciencia ficción más allá de la cómoda zona de escritores más conservadores. También ha recreado el miedo norteamericano hacia el comunismo, y es evidente que la Unión Soviética y el Imperio de Japón son enemigos. Pero ellos son la menor de las preocupaciones, y es que algo amenazador llega desde el espacio exterior. Debo decir que disfruté en particular con las referencias a visitas extraterrestres pasadas que tuvieron lugar en Roswell y Tunguska (y también tenemos evidencia de que el científico Enrico Fermi es un alien disfrazado de ser humano). Hay un violento encuentro entre Oppenheimer y un alienígena insectoide, que termina siendo devorado por el científico. Von Braun, uno de los científicos nazis más respetados no ha terminado su cohete interplanetario, así que Feynman ayuda a Einstein y juntos reactivan un portal inter-dimensional que los lleva al planeta insectoide. Sólo los más brillantes intelectos de la Tierra pueden idear la forma de destruir a toda una especie alienígena en cuestión de minutos... y tienen un éxito espectacular. Hay civilizaciones avanzadas e incontables mundos en la Vía Láctea, y para un grupo de científicos neuróticos y paranoicos, todos representan una amenaza. Así que es grandioso ver a las mentes más brillantes del siglo XX trabajando al unísono para encontrar una solución a un problema tan gigantesco como la galaxia. Y esto es sólo el comienzo. Definitivamente, este es uno de los mejores títulos actuales de Image, y también mi obra favorita de Hickman. El artista es Nick Pitarra, quien ya había trabajado con el escritor en la miniserie de Image “Red Wing”. Nick se ha superado a sí mismo creando un diseño único para todos los protagonistas, y ha encontrado la forma de resaltar los rasgos físicos de personas reales (Roosevelt, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman, etc.) sin convertirlos en réplicas exactas... podemos reconocerlos instantáneamente pero también los percibimos a través de la sensibilidad del artista. Detecto una cierta similitud estilística con Chris Burnham, y eso hace que el arte de Nick sea incluso más atractivo para la vista.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-manhattan-projects-jonathan-hickman.html

What Are You Buying 3/6/2013?

What Are You Buying 3/6/2013?

By GHERU in Features on February 27, 2013

I like comics I like comics I like comics I like comics

Chris Cooper is Norman Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man 2

Chris Cooper is Norman Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man 2

By Zechs in News with Benefits on February 27, 2013

Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh!

 Toy Shed: Blood- The Dark Warrior Add-On

Toy Shed: Blood- The Dark Warrior Add-On

By Zechs in Columns on February 27, 2013

Zechs takes a look at Head Robots add-on improvements on the Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Bludgeon.

Top Shelf Announces The From Hell Companion and We Can Fix It

Top Shelf Announces The From Hell Companion and We Can Fix It

By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on February 27, 2013

Ever wanted to see how things really worked between Alan Moore and David Lloyd when they were working on From Hell? Here's your chance!

FRANK HELP! - 02/27/2013

FRANK HELP! - 02/27/2013

By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in Features on February 27, 2013

FRANK IN BAD MOOD BUT HE DO BEST AND NO TAKE IT OUT ON READERS OF FRANK HELP!

Tom Brevoort Uses

Tom Brevoort Uses "Phantasmagoria" in Interview

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 27, 2013

The Marvel editor shows off his vocabulary in a new interview with USA Today.

Transformers: Prime Season 3 Premiere Date

Transformers: Prime Season 3 Premiere Date

By Zechs in News with Benefits on February 27, 2013

The final season of Transformers: Prime debuts a lot sooner than you think.

Iron Man 3 Concept Art Reveals Hulkbuster & Space Armors

Iron Man 3 Concept Art Reveals Hulkbuster & Space Armors

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 27, 2013

This Iron Man 3 concept art might offer a taste of what's the come in the new Iron Man movie.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Updated)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Updated)

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 27, 2013

A New Assassin's Creed game is coming this year, but what will it entail? (Updated with new images)

DC Comes to Their F***in' Senses, Drops WTF Brand

DC Comes to Their F***in' Senses, Drops WTF Brand

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 26, 2013

The company decided the branding wasn't worth the f***ing trouble.

I, Vampire #17 Preview

I, Vampire #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 26, 2013

Vampire love triangle !

Marvel to Replace More Characters' Brains with Doctor Octopus?

Marvel to Replace More Characters' Brains with Doctor Octopus?

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 26, 2013

A first look at Superior Spider-Man #6AU seems to confirm rumors that Marvel intends to put Doctor Octopus's brain in more characters' heads.

Amazing Spider-Man Set Photos Overload Outhouse Newsroom

Amazing Spider-Man Set Photos Overload Outhouse Newsroom

By GHERU in News with Benefits on February 26, 2013

With too many jokes, The Outhouse is forced to abandon the article and have a "stiff" drink.

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