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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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Anno Dracula #1

It is 1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society.

On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbours a traitor in its midst.

The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire.

With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – the Alan Moore series, not the execrable movie – casts a long shadow...

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The Forever War #2

Based on the Hugo and Nebula award-winning The Forever War novel by Joe Haldeman!

The interstellar nightmare continues.

The Forever War has the strange ability to feel more “real” than most of the other space epics out there, despite the fact that its technology is based on a 1970’s projection of future warfare and space travel. It may have something to do with the B-movie aesthetics, but I think it has more to do with its claustrophobic focus on the main characters’ squad. You don’t know what’s going on; you know there’s a “bigger picture,” but there’s a yawning chasm in your knowledge...

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The Forever War #1

An epic SF war story spanning space and time, The Forever War explores one soldier’s experience caught up in the brutal machinery of a war that reaches across the stars.

I’m a sucker for retro sci-fi – anything from the bright, optimistic Atomic Era of the 50’s to the disillusioned, pre-Cyberpunk stuff of the 70’s. The Forever War falls in to the latter category. A brilliant graphic adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 novel, TFW maintains the look and feel of 70’s sci-fi movies, from the weirdly impoverished space technology to the graininess of the visuals. You can almost hear HAL9000 whispering, “I can’t do that, Dave.”

The visuals are indeed grainy, with loose linework, washed-out colors, and abstracted faces; I had to check the date of publishing to make sure it wasn...

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Sherlock: The Blind Banker #2

Sherlock investiagates a bank-related murder inside a locked apartment… But are more murders to follow? Plus another mysterious cypher appears – which could spell trouble for Holmes and Watson…

Sherlock is a great comic series; I love to see the British actors rendered as Manga characters. Its biggest weakness, however, is the show itself: the Manga matches the television series frame-by-frame, and dialogue that worked relatively well on film becomes weird when translated to the page. Intonation is lost…or maybe it’s just the British speaking patterns. I have the nagging thought that Sherlock would work better as a comic if some of this dialogue were abridged.

Other than that, the Sherlock Manga continues its wonderful run. Keep up the good work!

Final Verdict: 3 out of 5.


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