Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Dreeple & Dreeple War Relaunch

Silver Lake Games is quickly becoming one of my favourite small publishers to watch. Their Duckaiju™ campaign was one of the most glorious bits of hype-building that I’ve seen in ages. When their Dreeple campaign first launched I wasn’t able to fit a full CrowdFUNding Spotlight on it, but as luck would have it I have a chance to make up for it.

The original campaign ended up being canceled, and after dealing with some manufacturing details, it’s now back with (very) slightly lower costing pledge levels, and a funding goal a quarter of the original campaign.

What are “Dreeples,” you ask? Dreeples are coloured acrilic Dragon Meeples. A Dreeple is approximately 2.5 inches wide, 2 inches tall and 3/8 inch thick...

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Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying

Writer:          George Mann

Artist:            Dan Boultwood

Lettering:      Rob Steen

Publisher:     Titan Comics

 

Sir Maurice Newbury, the Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, and his assistant, Veronica Hobbes, are on the trail of a kidnapping ring, or so they think. When they confront a group of kidnappers they find there is something altogether more mysterious afoot. Add to it a summons by the Queen, an unusual corpse found by a friend, and a habit of leaping into danger and the duo finds themselves embroiled in a mystery that may prove too challenging for even them.

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Dream Daddy #1

Writer: Wendy Xu

Artist:  Ryan Maniulit

Letterer: Hasan Otsmane-Elhaou

Publisher: Onipress

Synopsis: It’s time for the 15 year college reunion. Time for old college roommates Kegstand Craig and the new dad on the block to go out for a night of memories old and new.  Will it be weird seeing people they haven’t seen in years? Will they be able to avoid old flames? Get set for a promising bro-venture. 

Review: The cover gave me pause at first.  “A Dad Dating Simulator”. Ugh! Is this a kissing book? Was my first thought. Instead I began an immediately interesting story about two former college roommates and their night out. You can immediately feel the bond between the two men. A short search showed there are Youtube videos this comic line is based on...

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The Joker / Daffy Duck #1

When I first started writing for Geek-o-Rama I had a schtick. I opened all my reviews with “I have a confession to make”. It seemed like a fun idea to stand out, until it wasn’t. Well here we go again:

I have a confession to make. I really really really expected to hate this, and I am happy to say I was wrong.

Scott Lobdell’s story (brilliantly titled “Why Tho Theriouth”) was spot on. His Joker fell along the lines of Mark Hamil’s characterization, which is probably my favorite Joker. His Daffy hit all the right beats going from happy, to exasperated, to deadpan, to rage, and in the course of one page flipped my whole outlook on what I was getting into. By writing Daffy’s telltale lisp, Lobdell is able to use it as the running gag it should be.

Andrew Dalhouse’s colors worked well througho...

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Injustice vs Masters of the Universe #1

I think it generally accepted that any major inter-property crossover takes place in some alternate universe, out of the continuity of even the commonly accepted multiverse(s). Rarely has it be so blatantly alternate, as Injustice vs Masters of the Universe. So alternate that I’m not even sure what to think.

Lets split this up a bit, shall we?

On the one hand, we have Injustice. It apparently started as a video game, then spawned some comics, and I fully admit to googling that. There was a page of exposition where Batman tells Prince Adam the history of his Earth. For the casual reader, or at least a reader who doesn’t have to write a review, it was a decent enough summery. Although I still have no idea why there are two Batmans (Batmen? Batsmen?).

On the other side of the crossover, this ...

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