Catching up with comics!

It’s Sunday evening, so what better way to spend the time than to catch up with some comics? Having fallen in love with the TV series, I’ve been reading more Flash comics of late – I’m really enjoying the New 52 stuff, I have to say! But I also spent this afternoon with another incredible Aquaman tale! Let’s catch up…

Flash 4: Reverse picks up the story of the folks Flash saved from the Speed Force last time around. Turns out they’ve been dying, and Flash thinks it might have something to do with Kid Flash, prompting a mad dash across the globe as he tries to catch up with the teen. However, when the two eventually manage to talk, Flash realises his powers don’t come from the Speed Force. After further investigation, he thinks Dr Elias might be responsible. He puts Iris under police protection and goes to confront Elias, but finds out that it is in fact Reverse-Flash – none other than Daniel West! Daniel has been killing speedsters in an attempt to harvest their powers, so that he can travel back in time to kill his and Iris’ abusive father. Flash manages to save the day and Daniel is back in Iron Heights, where Iris tells him their father prompted her to become who she is today.

It’s a pretty involved story that sees a lot of character development that I really liked. Barry and Patty move in together, which was lovely, and Iris seems incredibly jealous. Speaking of Iris, Flash hides her connection to the Speed Force using a suit similar to his own, which made me convinced we’d be seeing her as Impulse, though nothing yet has happened along those lines. I actually really dislike the character of Iris West, much preferring Patty Spivot as the girl for Barry. Aw, yeah!

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Volume 5 was pretty great, I have to say! It starts with a story featuring Green Lantern, who is becoming another clear favourite character of mine! I’m actually holding off starting to read any of the Lantern stories for fear I’d need to buy a dozen other books. Anyway! The main story from this book, History Lessons, follows Flash as he thwarts a jewellery store robbery but stumbles onto a serial killer graveyard. Turns out to be that of the Broome Hill Butcher, who Flash believes may have been behind his mother’s murder. There are a few twists and turns as Flash delves into the past, both of the Gem Cities and also his own. Turns out the ghost of Ulysses Sutter, a prospector from the Midwest back in the day, has been murdering the descendants of his killer, Marshall Fletcher – the founder of the Gem Cities! And guess who’s a living descendant? Yep, Barry Allen. The book ends with the cryptic meeting between Barry’s father and Captain Frye, where Frye tells Henry that Barry can never find out who murdered Nora Allen…

This was a great story – while I loved the last book, which had a lot of inter-character development, this one deepened that somehow, particularly as we got to see some more of Barry’s relationship with his surrogate father, Captain Frye. The ghost/possession thing, which I’m not normally a fan of, was also really cool here, and seeing more of the history of the Gem Cities was also great. Generally, a great pair of books!

From my all-time favourite superhero to another favourite – Aquaman! Following the Throne of Atlantis crossover event (covered here!), Arthur is now fulfilling his duties as the King of Atlantis, though not all of his subjects are happy with this. Murk, still loyal to Orm, plots with Arthur’s half-sister Tula to help break Orm from Belle Reve, though the plot is only partially successful, as Atlantis is invaded by the Scavenger’s army of submarines just as the first king of Atlantis, Atlan, is revealed to be still alive (somewhat) and leads the penal colony of Xebel in an attack on the sunken city. Aquaman manages to lead an attack against Atlan, with the aid of Mera (so happy to see them reunited!) and resume the throne. The story The story ends with Nereus, the leader of Xebel, allying with Orm for an attack against Aquaman.

This book is tremendous! The story is so wide-ranging and intricate that I’m not even attempting to provide a summary, because I couldn’t possibly do it justice. You just have to read it and enjoy it for yourself – and trust me, you certainly will enjoy it! The artwork is incredible, with several double-page spreads of truly gorgeous art. We get a truly tremendous sense of history and scale here – this is the sort of comic book story that reminds me why I love the medium so damn much.

These three books have been really great, and I can’t wait to get round to reading more DC superhero comics. However, my blog turns 2 next week (can you believe?!) and I’ve got some research to do for that… it’s another theme week incoming, one that I hope you’ll all enjoy as much as me!

Stay tuned for awesome!!

A little more DC!

In the midst of my Star Wars Easter weekend, I’ve managed to make some room for more DC greatness as well, more comics and TV series, and the news coming out of WonderCon about the new Rebirth event coming this summer!

You may remember, back when I read the Batman event comic, Night of the Owls, I was particularly impressed with Batwing? Well, I bought the first issue of his ongoing series and read it a couple of weeks back. The Lost Kingdom deals with Batwing on the trail of Massacre, a villain who has been trawling across Africa killing off members of the super hero team called The Kingdom. This team had come together in the recent past to fight against the injustices being done to the continent, but had gone into retirement. Batwing fails to save a couple of members, so decides to try to get ahead of Massacre by learning where the remaining members of the team are before the crazed Massacre can get to them. Along the way, we learn through flashbacks about the early years of Batwing, otherwise David Zavimbe. It’s a really interesting comic, particularly because, while I was aware of the character, I knew nothing about him. While I can’t claim to be an expert on the subject matter, I thought the Africa-centric storyline was handled in what felt like a mature and sensible manner. I’m sure there’s a lot more that can be said on that, but if nothing else, I thought it was really interesting to see a comic book set somewhere other than America. There’s also a tremendous sense of history that comes out of discovering who this super hero team were, which is remarkable given this is an entirely original story!

I finally got round to volume two this weekend. In the Shadow of the Ancients picks up right where volume one left off, and I’ve read some criticism of the split here, as the storyline isn’t resolved until this book, leaving the first part a little disjointed. Though it made me buy the second book without thinking too much about it, so I guess there’s something to be said for the marketing there. The mystery of who Massacre is is solved, in a fairly shocking fashion, though the book then features four more issues that don’t reference this at all. Made me feel a bit like “Wha?” there – though I’m very much going to get Enemy of the State to see if this storyline continues.

There are a couple of fairly odd moments in the rest of the book. We have a two-part story that follows Batwing’s aide Matu Ba (Batwing’s Lucius Fox) in trouble, where Batwing calls in the Justice League International to help. I feel a bit like I might be missing some tie-in there, but anyway. They manage to rescue Matu Ba from Lord Battle (most of Batwing’s enemies so far have had silly names, but whatever), exposing a plot that somehow had the involvement of the Penguin. I have to be honest, I didn’t quite follow that one, but I’ve always liked him since Danny DeVito took on the role, so it was nice to have him included all the same. The book ends with a sort of throwback-story where we learn yet more of Batwing’s backstory, a short issue that felt highly similar to that at the end of the Flash volume two.

And speaking of the Flash…

The Flash

I’ve finally gotten round to watching the TV series, you guys! I honestly don’t know why I hadn’t gotten round to this sooner. Perhaps because I couldn’t make it through the first episode of Arrow all those years ago, and thought it might ruin my favourite superhero… Well, anyway, three weeks ago I sat down to give it a go, and since that first episode I was just bowled over by how awesome it is! I’m currently trying to pace myself, as I’m watching it on DVD so don’t want to run out of good stuff too soon. I think I’ve watched about half the first season so far, getting up to Fallout last night. So far, it’s been amazing, and pretty much every episode has had me both laughing out loud and glued to the screen. I have to say, it’s rare for me to find a show these days that I can instantly fall in love with, and simultaneously want to just watch it all, and also pace myself and savour it forever, but The Flash has certainly got me hooked!

Something that particularly surprised me was how much I enjoyed the Arrow crossovers – to the point that I’ve also now bought season one of that show on DVD…

This weekend at WonderCon, DC have given the details on the new Rebirth event that will be kicking off this coming May. io9 have helpfully collected a number of tweets from DC’s Twitter account showing the new books coming out under this banner, and while I’m pleased to see Flash continues with his own series (given he’s already had a Rebirth story, I was a little concerned he might not make it), I’m so excited to see Dan Abnett will be working on a new Aquaman story! Of course, I was bowled over by how awesome Geoff Johns made the character, so it’ll be a hard act to follow, but this should be pretty great, and I’m certainly looking forward to it!

I prefer to read these things in trade paperback form, but I’m really interested in seeing what this is all about, so have preordered the inaugural issue there… Exciting times!

Comics Catch-Up!

I’ve been catching up on some more DC comics lately, and it’s been wonderful! Let me wax lyrical about these books for a bit!

After reading the first Justice League volume (and loving it!) I’ve been checking out the next one, The Villain’s Journey. Following on from their origin story last time, we see the team fractured by the villain Graves, who briefly appeared in the earlier book as something of a fan of the League. It turns out Graves was poisoned during Darkseid’s attack, and his family perished as a result. Blaming the superheroes, he has collected information on each one’s weakness from their arch-nemeses. He manages to fracture the team, culminating in a massive fight between Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, which is broadcast around the world, destroying the reputation of the team. They manage to defeat him, though with some pretty fractured results.

While this book wasn’t as good as the Origin story, it was still nice to see how the storyline develops from the last book. However, being totally honest, I didn’t find it quite as good as the first story. It felt somewhat fractured, and while it was interesting to see more of the dynamics between the group and all that, parts of this felt like the obligatory “rift” style of storyline – the classic sequel that sets up the third act. It feels a little generic in this sense, but at the end of the day, it’s a pretty decent enough comic book story.

Having enjoyed the first Justice League story so much, I bought a couple of other books featuring those heroes, to see what I’d been missing in the solo series, one of which was the first volume of Aquaman. Also by Geoff Johns, it serves as something of an origin story for both Aquaman and Mera, as we see them battle a piranha-like race called The Trench, who live deep in the ocean floor. Along the way, we see both Aquaman and Mera interact with the people of Amnesty Bay, in often pretty hilarious vignettes that show how “real world people” sometimes deride Aquaman.

This story is absolutely amazing. I’d never read an Aquaman story before, so didn’t really know what to expect, but was totally blown away. This book is just awesome! So entertaining – the scenes with folks asking for his help that demonstrate common misconceptions of the character are both humorous but also serve to really affirm Aquaman’s place as a superhero in the DC universe. I think not knowing anything about the character helped, because I came to this fresh and felt like I really learned something about him, but anyway, it was a really interesting story, and I’ve already bought the next two volumes in the series, as I can’t wait to see what happens next!

While I’ve found a new interest in Aquaman, I’ll always return to Flash as my favourite superhero. Following the last book, where we saw Flash confront Grodd in Gorilla City, this storyline sees Central City invaded by the gorillas, and Flash must team up with the Rogues in order to defeat them! There are some pretty neat twists and turns in this story, which ultimately sees Grodd removed to the Speed Force as Iris West and the others burst out in a Soviet tank.

Following on from the main event, there is a smaller story in here also, where those others who came out of the Speed Force with Iris have developed super powers. We get a brief look at Reverse-Flash, but the main story follows Flash as he tries to clear the Trickster’s name of a crime he didn’t commit – an interesting side story type of thing, but one that further helps to explore Flash as a character.

I liked this a lot more than the second book, which felt a bit odd, and had some strange one-shot stories tucked in the back of it. While King Grodd has ostensibly been defeated, it was nice to see the brief glimpse of Reverse-Flash that will hopefully promise a lot of awesome to come soon, anyway!

All in all, then, I’m really loving this discovery of the New 52 comics from DC, and I’m a little annoyed with myself for not having looked into this stuff sooner, to tell the truth. There have been some stand-out awesome stories from my delvings thus far, and even those stories I didn’t think as highly of are still good enough for entertainment!

Can’t wait to get round to some more real soon!

Justice League!

Oh my goodness you guys, I read this bad boy earlier in the week, and it was just awesome! I’ve been reading a variety of these New 52 titles recently, and had bought this one in an effort to become more schooled in the DC Universe. I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic, but I was going to see what it was all about.

I am so glad that I did!

The story, like all the New 52 books, is a soft reboot of the DC Universe, and as the title suggests, it’s an origin story of the team, so we see how they first teamed up. Knowing nothing about the Justice League (though I have watched at least one animated movie in the past, not taking a lot of it in!) I was all for an easy-entry storyline.

So we follow Batman investigating some weird flying guy who plants a strange metal box in Gotham. Green Lantern shows up, investigating the alien activity going on, and the story really builds from there. The two travel to Metropolis as Green Lantern suspects it might have something to do with “that alien”, Superman, and later calls in Flash to help investigate the box. It’s interesting to see the group dynamic at this point – Flash and Green Lantern obviously know each other, Superman is suspicious of everyone, and Batman is almost the butt of everyone’s jokes (“so, what can you do?”) The story shifts to follow the “birth” of Cyborg, linked to his father’s investigations of these alien boxes, before moving on again to Wonder Woman as she rushes off to a fight with the flying aliens in Washington DC. In the capital, the others turn up and are soon joined by Aquaman, who has been fighting the aliens underwater. It soon turns out the boxes are essentially extra-dimensional portals, which are used to allow Darkseid to arrive on earth in search of his daughter. The aliens capture Superman in what feels almost like a side-story – they intend to make alien supersoldiers from his genetic material? – but Batman shows up to rescue him. In a final move, the super heroes all work together to defeat Darkseid, earning the support of the people at last.

The story is really good, but the characters are done so damn well that I was in love with this book pretty much from the get-go! I particularly loved Green Lantern, a character in whom I previously had no interest – he was generally pretty funny, which I was surprised at as I usually dislike the smart-mouth types. In fact, I’ve since bought the first books in both the Green Lantern and Aquaman series to see what I’ve been missing out on! Superman was also a really cool character here, and I’m really interested in this whole thing with Darkseid, who I believe has some sort of history with the Kryptonian, so that’s interesting.

The whole story was just so great, I am really impressed with all of these books so far, and can highly recommend this one in particular to anyone who is a fan of superheroes!

Exciting times!

Hey everybody!
It’s been an exciting week so far, let me tell you! Aside from the fact that I got the day off yesterday, I’ve been reading a lot of comic books and playing more games, so definitely worth the title of “exciting times”, I’d say!

Finished the third #HorusHeresy novel – my goodness! That galaxy really IS in flames! #Warhammer40k

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To start with, let’s look at the third book in the Horus Heresy series. I’ve already mentioned the first two, here and here, so it’s nice to have now finished the opening trilogy and see where I go from here. Anyway. False Gods left the Sons of Horus on the path of Chaos, firmly under the sway of Erebus, first chaplain of the Word Bearers. Galaxy in Flames follows on a little later, as we see the Warmaster wreak utter havoc, with his allies from the Emperor’s Children. In fact, it seems like a lot has somehow happened off-screen, as we learn Horus has been sounding-out his brother Primarchs. The main bulk of the story, however, consists of the massacre at Isstvan III, where Horus ruthlessly attempts to remove any elements from the legions that may oppose his plans to supplant the Emperor. (Spoiler alert: this includes Loken and Torgaddon, and it doesn’t end all that well…)

I really liked this book, though at the same time it was pretty difficult to get through. The massacre on Isstvan III doesn’t go according to plan, and becomes a siege, which is pretty heavy-going all round. Overall, the whole galaxy ends shot to pieces as we see the Sons of Horus fractured, the Emperor’s Children purged of any loyalists, also the World Eaters and Death Guard. The latter don’t get as much screen time as the others, though we are introduced to Nathaniel Garro, who becomes a much more central figure through a series of audio dramas, I believe. We also get the set-up for the next book as (spoiler alert again) the three remembrancers manage to escape the Vengeful Spirit and the massacre of their colleagues.

Heresy fans will be chomping at the bit for the infamous Dropsite Massacre, which is set up on Isstvan V in this book also. This takes place in the fifth book, I believe…

So yeah, things are shot to hell!

The Flash

After almost a year’s hiatus, I finally got round to reading the second volume in the New 52 Flash series, Rogue’s Revolution! As I mentioned when I read the first book, I love the Flash as a character. I honestly don’t really know why, but anyway! The New 52 series has effectively re-set the DC universe, which has gone through a further twist last summer. But anyhow, Rogue’s Revolution, collecting issues #9-#12 and some other bits, moves through issues focusing on the villains Grodd and Weather Wizard, before then following a storyline showing the Rogues being reunited under Captain Cold’s astral-projecting sister. It’s a bit strange, though I did like seeing the story move forward from the first volume (pun intended!). It was cool to see classic Flash villains like the Trickster and Heatwave, too. And Mirror Master! One of my favourites from back in the day. The other stories in here are a bit, I don’t know, unnecessary? #0 explores the murder of Flash’s mother, and seems very much tacked-on to the end there. The main part of the book was good, however, and I’m looking forward to getting on with the series!

I’ve been enjoying quite a bit of DC lately – watch out for something linked coming in next week’s game day blog!

Anyway, since reading those two things, I’ve moved on to the novelization of The Force Awakens, so look out for a blog on that one soon!

Exciting times!!!

Hey everybody!
Exciting times are coming, as I’ve got the week off work! Couldn’t have come at a better time, either, given how crazy things seem to have gotten lately. So, lots of r&r is planned, and most likely you’ll all be treated to multiple blogs over the next few days – yes, I do spoil you.

The week off started really excellently, too, as I had an impromptu visit from my longtime gaming partner Tony on Friday night. What had up until that point been an evening of housework (so rock and roll) turned into this!

Games Night

New games for us, all – well, DC Rivals is just a different take on the regular DC game, but yeah! The Hobbit was my birthday present from Tony last year (we’re born on the same day; I got him Doomtown Reloaded), and Lords of War was from the year before. He has another Hobbit game that is even older, and has been a lot of fun for us, so we tried this and it was a really great experience! And, of course – shiny jewels! Lords of War is a great little game, much like Summoner Wars, very quick and enjoyable. I’ve been playing Alhambra a lot in the Android version, so it was great to finally play the game proper! No doubt all of these will make it to future game day blogs, anyway!

Speaking of DC…

Earlier in the month, I’d bought this pair of books in something of an effort to rekindle my love of comic books. See, Star Wars aside, I don’t read that many other comics, having spend thousands on Marvel and suchlike about ten years ago. So last year I bought one or two things, such as Buffy Season 8 and Judge Dredd, but having recently been enjoying the DC deckbuilding game, I thought I should get back to what’s probably my first love of comics, The Flash.

One of my first ever comic books was the Terminal Velocity series, which was just awesome! However, I somehow managed to lose the last issue, so had an incomplete series for years. When I managed to sell all of my comics, I didn’t really give it much more thought, but since Cryptozoic’s DC game, I’ve been off-and-on thinking about reinvestigating!

Is any of this interesting? Well, anyway. Last week, I read the first volume of the new series, Move Forward. For the uninitiated, DC had a massive shake-up in summer 2011, when they cancelled everything and pretty much relaunched themselves with 52 new series, each starting from #1 (previously, issue numbering had apparently remained unbroken since the 1930s). The New 52 was born, though it wasn’t a complete reboot, as internal histories were retained. Seems like a good idea, to me at least, as the DC heroes are so well-known they don’t really need origin stories being told again. The New 52 is set to end in May, however, with 25 books continuing alongside 24 new books. I’m pretty excited to see The Flash continue, but we’re set to get new books for Cyborg and Martian Manhunter, two of the more interesting heroes!

The Flash

So let’s move forward to the actual book I read last week! It’s a really enjoyable story that only presupposes you know that the Flash is a guy who can run really fast. The tale involves an EMP blast on Central City that sends the technology there back forty years, as Flash battles the clones of his old friend Manuel Lago, who collectively call themselves Mob Rule. The clones are eventually defeated just as another threat appears – the EMP-induced blackout has allowed the inmates of Central City Prison to escape, and Captain Cold is running amok! Turns out the EMP blast has caused the hospital equipment to be useless, where Cold’s sister is dying from a now-inoperable brain tumour. Cold takes on Flash, but is eventually defeated.

Something that’s really, really interesting here are the ideas around the nature of the Speed Force. First, we see Flash grapple with the fact that he can move faster-than-sound, but not think that fast. Then comes the problem of his moving around as a likely cause for wormholes opening up in space/time. When investigating this, Flash enters a wormhole and discovers the true nature – that he is in fact a release valve for the built-up energy of the Speed Force. Someone else stuck in the wormhole has been causing problems like the EMP blast, a new character called Turbine, driven mad by being trapped there for 70 years.

The story ends with Grodd defeating his father to become King of the Gorillas. Volume 3 of the graphic novels seems set to have him in a starring role, anyway!

I really enjoyed this book, I have to say! While there is still the sense of prior history there, most obviously between Flash and Captain Cold, it doesn’t feel like there’s anything in the way of telling what ends up being a pretty great story. As such, then, I think DC have definitely succeeded in making their stories more accessible to a new audience with this “soft reboot”. The art was a little sketchy at times, and I suppose I’m not that used to seeing so many double-page spreads that I sometimes got confused, but there’s little else I can say against it. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what’s next with this series, anyway!

Highly recommended!

Captain Cold

Finally, I’ve been doing another bit of painting to the Saurus Oldblood I started last weekend. It’s hardly my best work, but then I have had a month off!

Games Sunday!

Hey everybody!
It feels like a while since I’ve been posting anything of substance here, apologies to all who have missed my sagacious words this past week! I’ve been feeling a bit rough, sadly, between one thing and another. I’ve also been working madly at an essay that’s due on Thursday – I managed to get about half of it done yesterday, eventually, but that’s been heavy-going. Additionally, I’ve been asked to produce a promotional video for a meeting in work, which has involved a steep learning curve on Windows Movie Maker, but I’ve managed to throw something together. That’s actually been lots of fun, and I’m hoping to make use of these skills for this here blog in the future! You have been warned!

However, due to all of these shenanigans, I’m more than likely only going to have time for another small-scale game day blog next week. It’s about two weeks until I’ve got some time off, however, so such meagre offerings will hopefully be mitigated then!

So what’s new in the world?

Not sure if you’ve seen the news, but FFG put up a preview for the first deluxe expansion to the Warhammer Conquest LCG, The Great Devourer. Tyranids are coming to the Traxis Sector! While I was hoping for Necrons, it’s still exciting to see!

The Great Devourer

I picked up the third war pack last week from the local games shop, and was taking with the manager there about how I’ve only actually managed to get in one game with this one, back when the core set released before Christmas. That needs to be remedied, and soon, I feel! I seem to remember that it is a really great game, with a lot of strategy and such, so I hope I can get it to the table more, anyway. The new deluxe seems to offer a lot of interesting options, anyway, so I can definitely see myself picking this up. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it before, but Tyranids would have been my army of choice had I not gone for Necrons.

Speaking of Warhammer, I’ve not painted anything for what seems like an age. Luckily, I’ve also not been buying things in a similar timeframe. Since I hit the wall, I’ve sold off a few of my kits on ebay to try to thin the ranks, but it hasn’t really helped! I’ve been pursuing more traditional tabletop gaming pursuits, such as Thunderstone, which helped to redress the balance in my life after Warhammer had been taking over. However, there are still odd moments where I find myself wanting to be more creative once again, so I think it might only be a matter of time before I pick up a brush.

Not before I finish the essay, however!

As far as Warhammer Fantasy goes, the fifth and final round of the End Times is currently raging, with Archaon the Everchosen coming down from the Chaos Wastes to wreak havoc among the shattered remains of the Empire. I pre-ordered the books on Friday, but haven’t gone for a Bloodthirster – it’s a nice model, but I still prefer the daemon prince!

Back to FFG, who have also announced another Reinforcements pack for Battlelore, the Razorwings. Still really excited for new stuff for Battlelore, though part of me is really concerned as to the expansion model we’re seeing here. While it is, of course, a tactical miniatures wargame, I was still hoping it would be expanded in the traditional manner of a boardgame, with a big box for more stuff. Instead, while they have announced boxes of army reinforcements, we’re seeing more of these smaller packs of just a couple of minis, and my wallet cries out in dismay! However, the Razorwings are something of an iconic Terrinoth monster, so it’ll definitely be fun to have these in the game.

Battlelore Razorwings

We’re currently looking at a similar situation for Imperial Assault, which has had another preview of the new ally packs that are expected shortly. I still haven’t been able to play Imperial Assault, unfortunately, so I’m currently hoping to abstain from buying these things. Yeah, right…

Back to LCGs now, and Escape from Mount Gram, the second adventure pack in the Angmar Awakened cycle for Lord of the Rings, has been announced. I’ve mentioned it before, of course, that I was a playtester for this cycle, and this adventure is just awesome. The preview article only hints at the actual quest, which I’m not going to spoil here, but suffice it to say, this quest is hard for solo play. The final pack in the cycle was my absolute favourite, with some awesome effects involved. I’m pretty sure a lot of people are going to be pleased with this one!

JSA crossover 1

Over to Cryptozoic now, where the DC deck-building game continues to expand! Crisis Pack #2 was released a couple of weeks ago, and that looks like more of the same from Crisis Pack #1, though obviously tailored to Heroes Unite rather than the base game. The JSA Crossover Pack #1 looks like a really cool way of expanding the line, too – more heroes, more super-villains, and a smattering of new main deck cards, all for £8! It gives it almost a LCG-like feel! Of course, a lot of people have been complaining that there is only one current actual expansion for the game, the Crisis Pack, as the other stuff released so far has been new core sets, with punches and kicks etc that are just superfluous if you only want more options for one game. Well, now you have them! As ‘Crossover Pack 1’, it means there’s a whole host of options for more in the future! According to boardgamegeek, Packs 2 and 3 are Arrow and Legion of Super-Heroes, respectively. I believe Pack 2 will have screencaps from the TV show, unfortunately, but even so, it’s always good to see games expanded! Pack 3 also links to a fourth core set that is expected sometime soon, Teen Titans. I’m sure I’ll keep buying these things, as it is an enjoyable game.


And speaking of Cryptozoic, there are just three days left on their Ghostbusters kickstarter!

I’m still pretty excited by this game, having been a huge fan of this IP as a child. A lot of negativity has surrounded the game, something I only vaguely touched on when I last looked at the campaign earlier in the month. It is currently 390% funded, and has seen twenty stretch goals to get there. Of these, seventeen are kickstarter exclusives. And there are some pretty iconic Ghostbusters characters among those exclusives. A lot of people have read this as a cash-grab, with the company wanting to just make as much money from a one-time deal as they can, then drop the thing, while recently some more level-headed arguments have been put forward.

The game is primarily based around the comics series from IDW publishing, with the ghostbusters themselves having this comic-book look to them. The game has barely scratched the surface of the universe that has been continued in this medium, so it’s entirely possible that the game is more comics-centric than movies-centric. While that makes a lot of sense in terms of the game itself, from a business point of view, it seems overwhelmingly short-sighted, as I imagine most people aren’t even aware of the comics. (If you’re one of these people, start here!) I’ve currently thrown $300 at this campaign, anyway, as I’m thinking I’ll cover all bases by getting the exclusives add-ons while they’re available, then if the game isn’t supported post-release, I’ll at least have plenty of options for a long time!

While I’m on the subject of comics…

Years ago, I was an avid comics collector. It became something close to an addiction, however, and I made the herculean effort of selling them all. I’ve still been a Star Wars comics fan, of course, but all my Marvel and DC stuff I got rid of. However, I can’t help feeling that I didn’t do the right thing, and playing games like DC and Marvel Legendary has shown that I still have a love of comic book universes. So I decided to get a couple of things at the end of last month, including the new Flash comics that are part of DC’s overhaul, the New 52. They’ve only just arrived, and I haven’t had a chance to read them yet, but I’m looking forward to it. Flash has forever been my favourite DC hero, in part because it remains to this day the only computer game I have ever completed…

That’s right, kids – these are the kind of games I grew up with!