Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1

So, an interesting thing I learned today. While it is not a practice that is exclusive to them, Dark Horse the only publisher that regularly numbers a story arc within a series exclusively with the story arc number as if it were its own miniseries. So Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1 is actually issue #166 in the regular monthly series. [It is also “Number 232 in a series” and it is awesome that Dark Horse recognizes Usagi’s serialized nature going back through previous publishers.]

However you want to number it, this is still the start of what should be a fascinating 7-part story. One of the biggest reasons that Usagi Yojimbo has been so successful over the past three decades is Stan Sakai’s dedication to integrating legitimate Japanese history and legends into his anamorphic universe.

The st...

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Tomb Raider (2018)

This is the Lara Croft movie we should have had before we got Angelina Jolie’s efforts.

While she isn’t a tomb raider yet, strictly speaking, we do get some interesting glimpses into the life Lara Croft might have lived before she became the star of movies and video games. This is more the ‘Young Indiana’ to Indiana’s later efforts.

High points:

Plenty of action, even if some of it is a bit stretching of the disbelief meter. Most of the first 80% of the film is decent for keeping your pulse going, but some of the final tomb bits are a bit over the top. Nothing to walk out of the theatre over, but a bit out of place when put up against the more grounded action of most of the rest of the film.

Weaving of future threads...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight – The Dinosaur Protocol (for Savage Worlds)

The Dinosaur Protocol (for Savage Worlds)

A post-apocalyptic table top role playing game of adventure and discovery in the jungles and plains of a world grown wild and strange.

Disclaimer – I am friends with one of the authors of this Kickstarter, Jonathan M. Thompson.

When I first heard about this Kickstarter, I thought it would be so cool to play as Dinosaurs. Reading it more closely though it’s actually about playing as humans with Dinosaurs on the Earth.  The main setting is about how Dinosaurs have returned to modern day times, but there are several other alternative settings to use the rule sets with.

I have only used one Battlefield Press book in the past and that was the Gaslight: Vi...

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American Gods Volume 1: Shadows Review

American Gods Volume 1: Shadows HC

This supernatural American road trip fantasy tells the story of a war between the ancient and modern gods.

Shadow Moon gets out of jail only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard–thrusting Shadow into a deadly world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a god war is imminent.

Collecting the first nine issues of the American Gods comic book series, along with art process features, high res scans of original art, layouts, character designs, and variant covers by Becky Cloonan, Skottie Young, Fabio Moon, Dave McKean, and more!


Writer: Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell

Artist: Scott Hampton, P...

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Kickstarter Spotlight – Laugh It Forward! Comedy & Comics to Change the World!

Laugh It Forward! Comedy & Comics to Change the World!

Warning this spotlight and this Kickstarter is NSFW

When you first get to Kickstarter you are greeting with the image of Dick Jokes for Justice which makes me think of the famous Upright Citizens Brigade bit of Little Donny –

But as you get down to the text, it’s basically humor comics with a social progressive message. Not picking sides but if you are more right wing or conservative, you may not find the humor to your liking...

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