Title: Sweeties # 1 Cheey/Skye
Publisher: Charmz is an imprint of Papercutz
Story by: Cathy Cassidy
Written by: Veronique Grisseaux
Art/Cover and Colors by: Anna Merle
Price: $ 9.99 US
Rating: out of 5 stars
Comments: The first thing we see is Cheery standing up to a bully. It is great to watch Cheery stand up for herself and stand against Kirsty. Kirsty deserves what she gets and a whole lot more. It is wonderful to see it illustrated so well.
Cherry is so full of life and she is illustrated as a lovely girl. She does have a vivid imagination though which can get her in trouble.
The countryside is illustrated and colored beautifully.
Cherry and her dad are joining his girlfriend and her four daughters as one big family. One daughter Honey is drawn as a gorgeous blonde and has a boyfriend Shay. Shay and Cherry both like each other which is easy to see will lead to problems. The other three daughters are nice. Honey though and Shay both are looking to cause trouble. This does set up for some family dynamics.
Cherry does tell little white lies. They are to make herself feel better and so others do not know she is not perfect. She does not need them.
Title: Stitched # 1 The First Day of the Rest of Her Life
Publisher: Charmz an imprint of Papercutz
Story: Mariah McCourt
Art, Lettering and Cover: Aaron Alexovich
Color: Drew Rausch
Price: $ 9.99 US
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Comments: Crimson wakes up to not knowing who she is. She is drawn wonderfully as a cute little monster girl. The purple and black coloring is great and the patchwork face fits her.
The ghosts are beautifully illustrated. The place Crimson finds a house that is so strange. The tour you will just want to go on and on.
In this story there are all sorts of classical monsters re-imagined as little cute girls. Not only cute girls but cute boys as well. Even better Crimson gets a pet to keep her company. This thing is so adorable.
Bride of Frankenstein, werewolves, gill monster, a vampire and a witch, plus ghosts and killer plants this cemetery is just full of the weird and strange. They are not all that is in this cemetery either.
Friendship, budding romance and fun and adventures await all within this creepy wonderful cemetery.
All these wonderful children and they make friends with each other and have such delightful times and adventures together in Assumption.
Title: Archie # 18
Publisher: Archie Comics
Story by: Mark Waid
Art by: Pete Woods
Lettering by: Jack Morelli
Cover by: Pete Woods
Variant Covers by: Elsa Charretier, Robert Hack
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: Archie is going on a date with Veronica to celebrate her being back. These two do seem so different but somehow they go together perfectly or do they?
The art is just wow as in so distorted and no detail and just awful. The coloring is nice and light.
Dilton and Betty have a date and it may start out bad but does change. At a car show, the conversation becomes so cute. Betty starts to think of Dilton a little differently. It is nice to see this happen.
The Blossom twins have a mystery that needs solving. Who do they go to well the most street smart guy around. He also loves hamburgers. Jughead has no love for the Blossoms.
There are three separate stories going on here. Which does make each one short. They each though are interesting and have something going on that you will not want to miss.
Title: Peter David’s Artful # 4
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Novel by: Peter David
Adapted by: Nicole D’Andria
Artwork by: Laura Neubert
Colors by: Laur Rea
Background Assistance by: Sarah Benkin
Letters: Justin Birch
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: The art is basic with not much about it to make it stand out.
Dodger and friend are visiting an insane asylum. There they rescue a Princess and they find something unexpected.
The vampires within these pages are not scary ones. Neither the art nor the writing will frighten you.
The art is done so wishy washy. Vampires should be scary creatures of the night.
Dodger and his friend just seem like two kids running around town. The brief fight they get into has very little to it and the poses do not stand out at all.
The Artful Dodger meets vampires is not as good as you might think it would be.
Ascent to Hell
“Ascent to Hell” from director Dena Hysell (“The Paladins”).The Rumpus Room Productions/Elpis Films will be released globally as VOD/Digital and DVD/Blu-Ray across all platforms/carriers through Gravitas Ventures todaMarch 14th, 2017. The Golan Ramraz (“Snuff”) script, with story by Isak Borg & Dena Hysell, terrifying tales are inspired by true world events and stars Azura Skye (“American Horror Story”), Bill Sage (“Hap & Leonard”), Taylor Black (“All My Children”), Cayleb Long (“The Basement”) and John Randall Hennigan (professional wrestler John Morrison/Johnny Nitro – WWE, Johnny Mundo – Lucha Underground), and was produced by Sirad Balducci (“Gun Hill Road”) & Dena Hysell and Executive produced by Nino Conchetta (“The App”), & Andrew van den Houten (“Jug Face”).
The “Ascent to Hell,” script was inspired by the horrible garment factory fires that continue to happen across the globe in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and more, where hundreds of people die needlessly each year. Over a hundred years ago in the USA, these same sorts of fires and deaths were happening, which drove laws to change so it would no longer happen.
The film is available for pre-order on the following platforms now: pre-order links: Itunes itunes.apple.com , Amazon DVD Amazon.com , Amazon Blu-Ray Amazon.com , and Vimeo Vimeo.com , now. To follow the film and learn more about it check out the “Ascent to Hell” Facebook page hFacebook.com .
Ascent to Hell
Director: Dena Hysell
Written by: Golan Ramraz
Story by: Isak Borg & Dena Hysell
Produced by: Dena Hysell & Sirad Balducci
Executive Producers: Nino Conchetta & Andrew van den Houten
Run Time: 89 min 30 sec
Rumpus Room Productions
Synopsis: NEW YORK, present day. Kate Carpenter specializes in selling artist lofts, but when a stranger insists she take the listing on an old factory, the commission is too much to pass up. Celebrity fashion designer Mary Brighton is creating a new clothing line, and wants to take over the huge space immediately. As Kate shows Mary and her team the building, everything seems to be going well, until they get to the eighth floor. The frightening sight of an early 1900’s fire that killed over 200 women haunts them; this floor has trapped the dead spirits of the factory workers. One by one, Mary’s team tries to leave the building and finds the ghosts won’t let them. Kate begins to wonder if she may be the key to the whole encounter. When she discovers that she is the great granddaughter of the factory owner that started the fire, she knows she’s the only means to getting the group out alive.
Cast (in order of appearance):
Rachel: Nicole Vogt-Lovell
Larry: Kevin Hoffman
George Carpenter: William Ryall
Kate Carpenter: Azura Skye
Brad: Richard H. Blake
Stan: Slate Holmgren
Mr. Browning: Bill Sage
Bill: Jonathan C. Kaplan
Wesley: Cayleb Long
Roman: John Randall Hennigan
Mary Rother: Taylor Gildersleeve
Ethereal Woman: Sara Kapner
Ethereal Woman 2: Aynsley Thaler
Telephone Operator: Dena Hysell
Ethereal Woman 3: Melanie French
Ethereal Woman 4: Isabelle Russo
Airline Attendant: Shali Mals
Vacationing Girl 1: Leanna Tallmeister
Vacationing Girl 2: Chelsea Duran
Newscaster 1: Sid Hammond
Newscaster 2: Leanna Tallmeister
Newscaster 3: Eddie Alfano
Newscaster 4: Andy Forrest
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Azura Skye as Kate Carpenter plays her role enthusiastically. Roman played by John Randall Hennigan has a nice presence about him. Mary Rother played by Taylor Gildersleeve is a cute girl.
As Kate gives the clients a tour of the old building the sexual side of things are shown. Close ups on the one girl Mary from behind give a nice view and the description of the building makes you look at it in a certain way. The sixth floor starts to give you a creepy feeling as they explore.
When the horror starts it is a slow build up leading to a terror that will have you watching intensely. Roman’s character does show good acting ability and John Randall Hennigan does get into the role very well.
Once the horror starts it is a battle to escape from this building. Things do go strange as they seek a way out. The visuals of the past are amazingly well done.
The spectral old man is weird. The story does take some surprising turns.
The lighting is to dark at times making it hard to properly see the characters.
The ending is an emotional thrilling ride of action and horror. Than the real horror begins.
The news clips of garment workers who died leaves you with a chilling feeling knowing that these were real deaths.
The actors is this film are all talented and each shows a acting ability beyond what you might expect for this film.
Part three of Age of Worms adventure path. The pretext is escorting a wizard to see his friend at a keep. Getting there, it’s under attack by lizardmen. Breaking the siege you go to their lair and kill lizardmen, along with their minion harpies, kobolds, and anything else they could throw in. Coming back to the keep they find a creature in the basement is active, killing some of the remaining soldiers. The wandering table, on the way to the keep, is a cut above. Only one fight is prescribed … and even then maybe not forced. They focus too much on mechanics instead of evocative travellers, but, at least it’s something. There is an INSANE amount of text in this adventure, from the read-aloud to the DM notes. And EVERYTHING is all mixed up, with no rhyme or reason as to how information is organized in the DMs sections. The amount of crud you have to wade through in order to pull out data is truly amazing.
The Clockwork Fortress
By Wolfgang Baur
Clockwork dude contacts party to get them to clean out his mobile fortress, full of derro and chaos. It’s full of the usual “pad the word count by explaining things you don’t need to know” that makes wading through, and using, Dungeon adventures so hard. I’m reproducing one section at the end of the review as an example. There’s really not much to the adventure. Just rooms with monsters in it to fight, along with a few gear-based traps and obstacles. To its credit, there ARE a few things that are not hostile, in essence a second faction to the fortress. It’s too bad Baur stooped to something like this, I assume, to get paid.
Blood of Malar
By Eric L. Boyd
“Vampires of Waterdeep, Part One” is how this is touted … Vampire lady shows up in a bar and proclaims a young nobleman the target of “the hunt”. A bunch of patrons transform in to werewolves (who are themselves vampires) Noble runs away, werewolf vampire people give chase. The party, for some reason, gives a shit? There’s some subterfuge, and a hidden goal, but it’s all buried in some Forgotten Realms simulationist exposition that borders on fetishism. Full of names that only a fuckwit obsessed with the forgotten realms could love. “Headmistress Dhusarra yr Fadila el Abhuk”, “Lord Orlpar Husteem”, “Noreyth Harpell”,
By B. Matthew Conklin III
Some monsters (cockatrice, darkmantle, rust monster, etc) have escaped inside a shop. Four rooms, a different monster fight in each room, designed to be chaotic. Rust monsters in the dark of the mantle, cockatrice/chickens in a room full of shelves, etc.
Here is one paragraph from the text of the Clockwork Fortress/Baur adventure. Note the extreme use of explaining WHY and HOW that add nothing to the adventure.
Creatures: The waters of the moat that surround the Clockwork Fortress are surprisingly warm, heated by the inner workings of the fortress furnace. A dozen killer frogs (originally taken from Blackmoor) dwell in these waters. The frogs generally prey on wildlife in the surrounding region, and of late have caught more than a few derro as well. Rather than exterminate the frogs, the derro decided to give them a wide berth, figuring that they’d add a welcome layer of security to their operation. The frogs don’t attack anyone who crosses the drawbridge, but anyone who approaches within 5 feet of the moat’s edge (or enters the water) attracts the attention of 1d4 frogs. Killer frogs are pony-sized amphibians with long needle-like teeth that protrude from their jaws even when they’re closed. They also have long hook-like talons on their webbed hands and feet. Killer frogs (12): hp 34 each; see appendix.
Do we care why the water are warm or where the frogs came from of why they are there? No. The entire thing would be improved by simply stating (and remember, I’m a suck -ass writer!)
1d4 killer frogs attack any near/in the water, except people crossing the bridge. They have long needle-like teeth protruding from their jaws and long hook-like talons on their webbed hands & feet.
New York, NY—March 14, 2017— Steve Rogers, Captain America, Liberty’s most dedicated defender is actually the Supreme Leader of Hydra. Faced with this adversity, the world’s heroes have two choices: stand and fight or fall in line. Marvel presents a brand new Secret Empire series, SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD written by Paul Allor (Uncanny Inhumans) Brian Level (Deadpool, Deadpool & The Mercs for Money) with an army of Marvel’s top creators following suit and detailing how every corner of the Marvel Universe lives in a world overrun by the hordes of Hydra.
Due to the manipulations of the Red Skull, Captain America now leads the Hydra charge against the entire Marvel Universe and under this new regime, Earth’s protectors are forced to come to grips with the revelation that one of their very own is now their greatest enemy. An essential companion series, SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD expands on a world under the boot of Hydra and how Marvel heroes, from every corner of the globe, must band together against Captain America—including his oldest allies, THE INVADERS!
“SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD is going to be a vital chapter during the events of Secret Empire,” said main story writer, Paul Allor. “I am so excited to tell the story of how Cap’s first allies: the Invaders –the original Human Torch, Toro, and Namor – are dealing with Steve epitomizing everything they always stood against and now how they need to defend the Kingdom of Atlantis from the tightening grip of Hydra.”
Although hidden under the ocean, Atlantis remains one of the most powerful nations on Earth and will be a key battleground during the reign of Secret Empire. “I’m particularly excited to focus on Namor’s role as a monarch and leader of his people,” continued Allor. “For nearly seventy five years, Namor has been one of Marvel’s most complex and enigmatic characters, and our story harkens back to the very beginning of the Marvel Universe offering revelations detrimental to the current day battle of the Marvel Universe united against Hydra.”
This July, SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD sounds the call to the larger Marvel Universe as it encounters its darkest days and gathers an army of creative talent to tell the tales of how some of Marvel’s heroes – The Invaders, Blade, Gwenpool, and the ALL-NEW PATRIOT, stand united against Captain America and Hydra.
SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD #1
Written by Paul Allor, Jeremy Whitley, Nick Kocher
Art by Brian Level, Diego Olortegui, Will Robson
Cover by Paulo Siqueira
On Sale this June!
SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD #2
Written by Paul Allor, Fabian Nicieza, Rodney Barnes
Art by Brian Level, Tana Ford, Juan M. Frigeri
Cover by Paulo Siqueira
On Sale this June!
Title: Zombie Tramp # 32
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Written by: Jason Martin
Co-Written & Created by: Dan Mendoza
Artwork by: Celor
Colors by: Melek Koc
Lettered by: Adam Wollet
Variant Covers: Celor, Mendoza, Young
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: Zombies, alien parasites, a werewolf and a hot skimpy clad girl this comic has everything.
Zombie Tramp is really going all out showing off her power. The art shows off her nice big breasts to.
The two zombie oompa loopas are cute to see.
This issue is over way to fast. Plus it starts to focus on Xula instead of Zombie Tramp.
The Kaiju Queen does have a presence of evil about her. She though needed to be in more menacing poses. She needed to be shown more as a threat.
Zombie Tramp being drawn as a powerful female zombie definitely fits this comic. She should have been used more and killed more. The comic does seem to be getting away from all the fun killing.
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