Animosity (2016) #1 Review

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Rafael De Latorre
Colourist: Rob Schwager

Marguerite Bennett is one of those writers that I know has many projects going for them, most of which I haven’t touched. I know she’s an up-and-comer, and that she wrote Angela: Asgard’s Assassin which I really wasn’t a fan of, and Bombshells, which just isn’t my thing. But it’s due to her apparent greatness as a writer that I picked up Animosity (that and it was featured on Comic Shop News’ cover and looked pretty), and I’m glad to say I really enjoyed it! Continue reading “Animosity (2016) #1 Review”

ABZÛ Review – Depth and Simplicity

Developer: Giant Squid Studios
Plaforms: PC (reviewed), PS4
Date of play: 3/08/12
Play time: 98 minutes

ABZÛ is a game I didn’t really know about until a couple of months ago. But Austin Wintory tweeted about it and I follow him so I figured it must be good, if only for the music. Wintory composed the soundtrack for Journey, which is still my favourite game of all time. And that’s good, because ABZÛ is very similar to Journey. It maintains the design choices of Journey: minimal user-interface, minimalist storytelling and a focus on music and visuals (specifically architecture) to tell a narrative. At the same time, however, ABZÛ managed to carve out its own identity with a heartwarming story with a strong moral, a beautiful aesthetic and immersive (pun) gameplay. Continue reading “ABZÛ Review – Depth and Simplicity”

Wonder Woman (2016) #3 Review

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Liam Sharp, Laura Martin

I’ll say straight out the gate that I’m not a big fan of Wonder Woman. I’ve never understood the appeal of the character, and everyone seems to prefer a different version of her. Some like her as the warrior woman, others like her as an ambassador, and others want a specific balance of both. Some think the New 52 run was trash, while others think it’s a refreshing take on the character, while others think it’s got good aspects. Wonder Woman’s fanbase seems divided more than any other barring the Legion of Super-Heroes’, until something truly hated comes along like Amazons Attack! or the more recent run by Meredith Finch. But Rebirth was supposed to be a golden age for Diana of Themyscira, with beloved Wonder Woman scribe — and generally awesome writer — Greg Rucka helming her ongoing once again. Along with art by Liam Sharp (never heard of him) and Nicola Scott (awesome lady who loves butts)! And with Rebirth’s nature as a a pseudo-reboot, it was gonna be a good place to jump on right? Well… no. The Rebirth issue was one event happening stretched out to a whole issue. Not only that, but it also felt kind of offensive as Diana physically destroyed aspects of her character that Azarello introduced. The first actual issue was boring as nothing really happened on Diana’s end and Steve Trevor’s plot was more interesting. Second issue was much better, but that’s the “Year One” story (the series is telling two stories in an alternating fashion). So now with issue 3, we’re back to the main storyline and… I enjoyed it! I really did enjoy it! In fact, I think I can really appreciate Wonder Woman as a character now! That’s how good this issue was! Continue reading “Wonder Woman (2016) #3 Review”