Jul 3, 2014

Comic Book Review: Lazarus Volume 1: Family

In a dystopian future where resources are scarce and overpopulation is a great problem, a few elite families control everything. How can these families ensure their own safety and squash out any revolts from the serf population or the waste population? By genetically engineering a young woman with regenerative Wolverine-like healing ability, a knack for killing, inability to die herself, and unwavering loyalty to her family. Forever Carlyle is beautiful and deadly, but she's finding herself in the midst of some family power struggles that leave too much bloodshed for her liking.

Lazarus Volume 1: Family collects issues #1-4 of Image Comics' ongoing series nominated for an Eisner Award. This is the forth consecutive Image Comics' trade paperback reviewed by Organized Remains; also see: Revival Volume 1: You're Among Friends, Fatale Book 1: Death Chases Me, and East of West Volume 1: The Promise. The writer of this breakthrough Image series, Greg Rucka is well known in the comics industry and is a four-time Eisner Award Winner: I Am an Avenger #2, Gotham Central: Half a Life, Whiteout: Melt, and Queen & Country. For this book he reunites with his tried and true artist partner, Michael Lark, who helped bring the art of I Am an Avenger and Gotham Central to life for Rucka's stories.

Jun 21, 2014

Video Game Review: Rhythm Destruction

I love Rhythm games! I've said it many times that Rock Band is my all-time favorite game. A game like Rhythm Destruction though doesn't come along very often. Actually I've never seen a rhythm game like Rhythm Destruction. I guess it would be Dance Dance Revolution meets Galaga?

You control your ship with the directional pad or analog stick. While in most arcade shooters like Galaga, or Space Invaders you shoot with another button. Not with Rhythm Destruction. In this game you have to time your attacks, and watch for your cue. See, an enemy will come onto screen and you have to wait for the button you need to press to appear on the enemy. Though you can't just press the button once you see it! You gotta wait for the circle around the button gets to the center. Then you can press the button to destroy the enemy.

Jun 17, 2014

Comic Book Review: Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends

The easy-going small-town living for central Wisconsin natives just got less easy-going. For one reason or another there have been twenty-three cases of the dead just not wanting to stay dead. Are corpses being revived (and with borderline Wolverine-like healing abilities to boot) the event of some religious miracle, or a science experiment gone awry? While many of the revived appear like they're old human selves, there have been a few cases of going full-blown Crazy. Now hapless citizens are getting torn to shreds and it's up to divorced mom-cop Dana Cypress to lead the investigation into this horrifying venture.

Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends collects issues #1-5 of the on-going series by Image Comics. For other big name titles by Image see O.R.'s review of Fatale Book 1: Death Chases Me and East of West Volume 1: The Promise. As a testament to the work in Revival, see the title that author, Tim Seeley built his revered comic book industry name on - Hack/Slack, about a scantily clad monster hunter and her monster-muscle. Revival is co-created by Mike Norton who in 2012 won an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, Battlepug. I could not possibly find the words to describe Battlepug without just C&Ping from Amazon, which provides what I can only imagine having not read Battlepug... an wonderfully accurate depiction of the story from the cover of Volume 1. The third muskateer in this trio of creators is a second illustrator, Mark Englert most known for helping Tim Seeley with Hack/Slash.

Jun 13, 2014

Nick's E3 Diary Part 2

My previous post about E3 was just about HD remakes. Let's talk about other exciting things happening at E3.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: I'm not sure why I'm excited about this one. Really, now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever been Toad in any game. I've always picked any other character. This is very interesting. I have nothing against Toad that I know of. I guess I just never found Toad to be that interesting of a character. Now, here's his chance because Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker looks pretty fun.

Dead Island 2: I've said how much I like Dead Island 1 in the past - it's a lot of fun. The sequel Dead Island: Riptide wasn't as good, but it had it's moments. The trailer to Dead Island 2 is probably one of the best of E3, or maybe it is THE best trailer. Just watch it! How can you not be pumped for Dead Island 2 from that!

Sunset Overdrive: It's like a shooter meets Tony Hawk Pro Skater? Without a skateboard. Hey they should make a skateboarding shooter! I guess Firefight from the Tony Hawk games will be the closest we'll get to that. Still, Sunset Overdrive seems like the fast pace shooter I'm looking for. I think the ability to slide on railings and run against walls will make this shooter very fun.

Batman: Arkham Knight: So far all the Batman Arkham games have been great. I was expecting Arkham Knight would be the same: fun, but not really pushing any boundaries. Then I saw the gameplay trailer. These graphics look amazing! Also the Batmobile looks really fun to drive around. The trailer got me really excited for this game. I was going to get the game before I saw the trailer, but now I'm counting down the days it's coming out.

Final Say: These four games are just the top layer of the beefy burger that is E3. There's so much more to E3, and I'm glad it got me excited. Sometimes E3 can be a little disappointing especially with people hyping everything. This E3 I was very grateful that they lived up to the hype and delivered some awesome looking games!

Jun 10, 2014

Nick's E3 Diary Part 1

E3! E3!... *heavy breathing* it's glorious! It's that time when all the game companies around the world are like, "Hey let's all just show off what we have right now!" Even though we get to see a ton of great games, gamers are still left disappointed if we don't see everything we've ever wanted. For me personally, that was Saints Row 5. That's all I wanted but no word on it. Maybe they're waiting for everything else to be announced first? I'm starting to think I might not be the gamer that E3 targets. All the press conferences showed a lot of cool games, but what got me the most excited?