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Tak

“My next several hours were spent learning how to play Tak. Even if I had not been nearly mad with idleness, I would have enjoyed it. Tak is the best sort of game: simple in its rules, complex in its strategy. Bredon beat me handily in all five games we played, but I am proud to say that he never beat me the same way twice.”

-Kvothe, The Wise Man’s Fear

Tak is called “A Beautiful Game” and it’s true. Simple to learn, easy to play, and challenging to master, it has all the hallmarks of a classic game. In fact, it is as classic: it is ancient, IF you happen to live in the Four Corners of Civilization, the world created by Patrick Rothfuss in his Kingkiller Chronicle books...

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The Black Hood: Season 2 #3

Welcome back to The Black Hood: Season 2. Issue #3 picks up with Greg Hettinger heading cross country, retracing the path that took him to California. The mysterious assassin called The Nobody has been taking the same path, murdering people at every location that Hettinger stopped to interrupt a crime.

Finally, the two meet in Missouri in the home of a family that The Black Hood saved several months before. Although Hettinger is able to save the family again, The Nobody escapes and moves on to burn down a gas station in Indiana before heading back to Philadelphia, where the The Black Hood started his crusade and where Hettinger is wanted for multiple murders...

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SLAM! #4

If you want a quick primer on roller derby, and a little bit of my opinion on derby in the entertainment world, go back and read my review of Slam #1-3. As an added bonus, you’ll find out my opinion on the first three issues of this title, and the plot coming into issue #4.

So it’s issue #4 of Slam, and it’s bout night as the Pushy Riots take on the Meteor Fights! Things start out with a television interview that walks the viewer through the rules and how-tos of banked track roller derby.

As the teams get ready and warm up, CanCan and Knockout lament over their flagging friendship. The issue closes when the two finally go head to head on the track and an errant hit sends CanCan crashing to the ground.

Veronica Fish’s art continues to be wonderful, and Brittany Peer’s colours are vib...

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Super Sons #2

Welcome back to Dave’s continued journey down the modern DC Comics rabbit hole.  If you missed my review on issue #1 of Supersons I started with pointing out that I am not normally a DC Comics reader. While I would say my knowledge is above average, it is mostly from other forms of media and not strictly current.

The prologue for issue #2 starts similarly to issue #1, in the same fake house with the same family, but instead of insisting on group hugs, the teenage son is insisting they die. Also, there are three of him and he now calls himself Kid Amazo.

Meanwhile, our young heroes are eighty stories up the side of Lexcorp headquarters with an ‘S’ embossed caped silhouette floating behind them...

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Super Sons #1

I’ve never really been a regular DC reader. I watch the various movies and animated shows but (other than some Green Lantern) I’ve never read all that much, so Super Sons was a bit of a deviation from my normal reading.

Taking it’s title from the “Saga of the Super Sons” storylines of the 1970s World’s Finest comic, Super Sons follows the adventures of 13 year old Damian Wayne (Robin) and 10 year old Jonathan Kent (Superboy). The fifth, and current, Robin has been around since 2006, but I only learned about him after watching the Son of Batman movie on Netflix. The current Superboy, who is the fourth (or so) “major” character to hold the name, only came about in 2016 so I hope I can be forgiven for not knowing he existed.

Super Sons #1 is all about setup for the rest of t...

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