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Numenera Adventures; Return of the Revenant

 Chapter I: Return of the Revenant   The Town of Revenant is holding it’s Quadricentennial Founding Festival, a fete of unparalleled splendor, with dignitaries from outlying Bergs, land owners, and traders from all over the Thaemor region. The city swells to ten times it’s normal size, including three travelers; Keys (A Glaive played by Tyler), Salem (Myle’s Nano) and Ridley (A Jack helmed by Mike), The adventurers have met before, in battles, in the wilds, and upon crossed paths. The three meet several of the town’s residents. Keys interacts with the city’s High Priest of Aeon Jarerek, whom inquires about…

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Patrick and Myles’ Comic Book Buy Pile 9/16/15

Myles:   It feels like #6 just came out, but I will not complain in the slightest about more Jem! Jem and the Holograms #7 sees artist Sophie Campbell taking a breather and handing the reins over to Emma Vieceli. Transitioning artists can sometimes feel awkward for readers, but Vieceli arrives flawlessly. Though her personal style is different, Vieceli is just as gifted with emotive expressions as her predecessor, which has been consistently one of the shining characteristics of the book. Her panels are filled with character interactions, creating a constantly flow of movement on the page. I’m so happy M.…

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Patrick and Myles’ Comic Book Buy Pile 9/9/15

Neither Patrick nor I anticipate our little fireside chat reviews to be a thing of any kind of regularity, but we had a lot of fun last week sharing the duties over Jem #6. It was sort of an unsaid agreement that we probably wouldn’t try this again unless it was something we both felt extremely passionate about and could tear into. Well, it didn’t take long for that to happen because we began reading Batman #44 around the same time this week and began emphatically texting one another. Patrick & Myles: Batman #44 Myles: Batman #44 interrupts the “Superheavy” arc, touting…

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Patrick and Myles’ Comic Book Buy Pile 9/2/15

Patrick & Myles Pick: {P}: So I figured instead of Myles and myself fighting each month with who gets to pick IDW’s “Jem and the Holograms” by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell as their favorite comics, I would provide a place for us to settle our differences, and both gush over it. Issue #6 is on your comic book stands this week and we get what we’ve been waiting for this entire series: vehicles shaped liked musical instruments (and now a no spoilers review besides that major spoiler). {M} Yeah, I could not get over those designs at all. SO…

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Page Turner: Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Tropes aren’t always a bad thing. They sometimes still serve as fun devices, or get reworked in a way that either makes a case for them or transforms into something refreshing. A number of those tropes aren’t bad to start with, which is why they get used so much. Then there are others. The ones that remind us why we accuse things of relying on them to begin with. Unfortunately, Lauren Bird Horowitz’s Shattered Blue employs the latter. Horowitz is in no way a bad writer nor is Shattered Blue a bad story at its core; however, an overuse of…

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Patrick and Myles’ Comic Book Buy Pile 8/26/15

Myles: As I mentioned last month, IDW Publishing‘s Godzilla in Hell is a conceptual dream come true. My concern was as great as this concept was, the risk of it slipping into simple novelty with the subsequent issues would run high. But the fine folks at IDW retain the concept’s freshness, aided in part by their novel approach to the series: having a different creator craft each individual issue that chronicles Godzilla’s trek through various levels or domains of Hell. Noted sci-fi/fantasy/horror artist, Bob Eggleton, takes over the writing and artistic duties for Godzilla in Hell #2 to astounding results. Unlike…

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Patrick and Myles’ Comic Book Buy Pile 8/19/15

Myles: Boom Studios has been celebrating its tenth anniversary in quite a fashion: by releasing some of its most creatively inspired and diverse original titles to date. 2015 has seen an amazing output from Boom, who can happily add Welcome Back the list. Welcome Back #1, which comes from Christopher Sebela and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, details the seemingly dead-end life of Mali, a mid-twenties slacker stuck in  an endless rut. See, she used to be “normal,” until it turned out her dad was a serial killer and her world came crashing down. Now, having changed her name, she struggles to get by…

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Patrick and Myles’ Comic Book Buy Pile 8/12/15

Patrick: My favorite book this week was the first issue of DC comic’s limited series “Bombshells” written by Marguerite Bennett and art by Marguerite Sauvage.  So this week was super hard to pick a stand-out Top-O-The-Pile pick, because there were so many amazing books to release. I want to get back and talk about Phonogram, Mercury Heat and The Eltingville Club, but the physical release of “Bombshells” was so much fun it won out. If you missed the digital release do pick up this book this week, you will not be disappointed. So here we have a fun and beautiful Elseworlds…

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Page Turner: Dark Room by Tom Becker Book Review

Tom Becker’s Dark Room forgoes the supernatural romance trappings of YA genre fiction for a stab at the classic genre. Horror aimed at a teen audience, especially in fiction as opposed to film, walks a razor’s edge. You can’t be too graphic with your violence, sexual themes, or language, but if you only brush with those subjects with no real commitment, the story can also loose its teeth. It’s an unenviable position for a writer to be in and Becker tries to straddle that line with some success. The story revolves around teenage Darla and her father, a lifelong grifter, settling…

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