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Alterna AnniverSERIES: Character Guide

The Alterna AnniverSERIES celebrates 10 years of quality creator-owned comics. A perfect starting point for some of our most popular titles!

My guess on what this was supposed to be is a play on those Character guides for various comics, shows, and games where you get to read over about your favorite characters and even learn more about them and the world your so invested in. Typically, though those guides are set to one world or setting. This is more like a catalog and Alterna has a wide range of different books with radically different tones, styles and feels to them. They’re kind of like Image where there isn’t a house style vs more homogeneous companies like DC or Zenescope where you know roughly what to expect from their line of books.

So while it’s interesting in places (like on...

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Merry Men #1

13th century England. Robert Godwinson, former lover of King Richard, lives with his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest, away from the watchful eye of Prince John, who has outlawed homosexuality. Though isolated, the men live in peace–that is, until a stranger approaches their camp asking for aid to a nearby town under siege by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robert–nicknamed Robin–is reluctant to help, but equally eager to get rid of this perplexing stranger… and to put his formidable bow-and-arrow to use. It’s Robin Hood like you’ve never seen him before, based on scholarly speculation about what’s really behind the outlaw’s legend.

I do have to admit that I was a bit to dismissive of this book when I first read it...

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Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire #1

Reviewing this book is tricky for me because I love Role Playing with a passion so that also means I have very strong opinions and pre-conceived notions about how certain stories and properties should be handled.  And yes Dungeons and Dragons was my first RPG that I played so my past is filled with memories of playing in the various worlds of D&D.  So one of these many realms that I and my friends adventured in was the gothic supernatural realm of Ravenloft.

Originally Ravenloft was a standalone Advanced Dungeons and Dragons adventure module published back in 1983.  One of the unique things about this module was it was somewhat randomized in how it played out...

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The Mighty Zodiac #1+2

When six stars fall out of the sky and fall to earth, Master Long sends a message to his students, all members of the Zodiac Clan, to collect the stars and return them to their base. However, the Moon Rabbit Army is also after the stars, and will stop at nothing to make sure they don’t get back to Master Long – even if it means snuffing them out. It’s up to the Zodiac Clan to not only collect the stars, but protect their ailing Master Long from the Moon Rabbit Army’s might.

Wu·xia
ˈwo͝oˈSHyä/
noun
1. a genre of Chinese fiction or film dealing with martial arts, sorcery, and chivalry.

I put the definition of Wuxia at the start of this review because The Mighty Zodiac is very much a Wuxia story.  China have given us for years their version of sword and sorcery stories...

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Satellite Falling #1

A lone human survived the death of the one she loved, and escaped a corrupt Earth. She now makes her way as a bounty hunter, on a satellite full of aliens. But someone’s about to turn her life upside down…

This book is a solid start for a new story and setting unfortunately for me the little details kept bugging me enough to solidly get into the whole story.  I supposed it’s good it only has small problems so your mileage may vary.

Oh the SPOILER WARNING light is on.

One of the main points of this comic is the lead fled Earth because she was morning the loss of her lover and the lead wanted to distance herself so far from that pain she went to a place (a space Satellite) that had hardly any humans at all, so there be a very small chance to run into someone who reminded her of the love ...

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