Daily Archives April 8, 2017

Dark Souls: Tales of Ember #1

The Dark Souls short stories return, with eight new fresh rakes on the staggeringly popular mythos!

Based in the world of the global hit Video Game series, Dark Souls!

The sell-out and critically acclaimed series returns!

Tales of Ember: long on lore, short on story.

This comic manages to capture the doomy atmosphere of the Dark Souls franchise, but if the creators were going for a sort of Tales from the Crypt anthology, they really didn’t put a lot of effort into it. Calling these fragments “stories” is really pushing the definition – they’re scenes, nothing more. What’s the game here? Will these story bits continue into the next issue, or will it start over with an entirely new set of puzzle pieces?

The art’s all right – sort of Wizards of the Coast-esque, in what I assume i...

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The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #1

The evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power. All those around Claudio Kilgannon are now convinced he is The Crowing, but is he? Ambellina believes she and The Crowing can save Heaven’s Fence rather than destroying it. But with Ryan and a new, even bigger threat looming—can they succeed?

As much as I know I shouldn’t jump into series late in the game, I try to give it a chance if nothing but for curiosity. This one admittedly made it tougher with the mouthful of an odd title. You can’t deny issue one of something called The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV is hard to elevator pitch.

From what I could determine, this next part in the series is primarily split between two stories. Initially, we see Claudio and his companions preparing for something big...

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Divinity III: Stalinverse #4

The Stalinverse endures!

The world has gone red, and now the epic final confrontation begins as Divinity, Ninjak, Shadowman, Komandar Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and the Red Brigade all choose their side on the lines of the coming battle… Wait, you think we’ll tell you how this one ends? Nyet, comrade! The universe as we know it hinges on this, so make sure you read this one first, Valianteers!

Well, should’ve seen this coming.

We end Divinity III – one of the most innovative superhero stories in recent memory – with the sort of dull, sluggy talk-fest one might expect of Batman…even Aquaman, for that matter. The art’s still great, naturally, but the writing just feels like it expended all its wind quite a while back; it doesn’t have any of the power we’ve come to expect from the series...

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