Reviews

Alita: Battle Angel Delivers an Apt Adaptation of the Classic Manga and Anime

Not all anime and manga properties have to suffer when it comes to an American live-action treatment. Some of them are taken in with care by people who find there’s a great story to tell rather than marquee value to reap. It has been done before with the likes of 2009’s computer-animated Astro Boy, which took care to stick close to its darker source material but also had enough inspiration to be its own thing. Alita: Battle Angel fits...

DC’s Eternity Girl Is a Beautiful Tragedy about Mortality and Mental Health

Content warning: Eternity Girl contains content relating to suicide. Depression and anxiety are two themes I would never associate with a visually stunning and emotionally compelling comic book, but writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Sonny Liew are able to create just that in Eternity Girl. Coming from DC’s Young Animal imprint, the six-issue miniseries Eternity Girl focuses on a topic that most DC and Marvel books tend to shy away from. It is rare to find a story that...

With Resident Evil 2, Capcom Once Again Proves Its Mastery of Video-Game Remakes

Seventeen years ago, Capcom released the remake to the original Resident Evil on the Nintendo GameCube. At the time, it set the standard for how to perfectly execute a remake of a beloved video game: update the graphics, add new features, tweak the formula, and fix the problems that plagued the original. Fast-forward to 2019, and Capcom finally gives us a remake of the sequel, the aptly named Resident Evil 2. Applying the same method, Capcom has once again...

Grim Lovelies Is a Fantasy Quest for Humanity and Justice in Paris

Grim Lovelies is the modern fantasy story of Anouk, an animal enchanted into human form who has been given the sole purpose in life of serving her mistress. She has spent her life in Paris being jealous of human beings called Pretties, who have the freedoms denied to her—from being in romantic relationships to owning nice things. The harsh reality is that she works as a servant and has never had access to the world outside the home that...

Dark of the West Is a Slow-Burn Fantasy Inspired by World War I

We often roll our eyes at the cliché phrase “It’s not you, it’s me,” mostly because it’s used to end one-sided relationships in various forms of media. It’s shorthand for a slew of problems couples face—infidelity, lack of interest, poor communication—and it feels disingenuous because we’ve heard it so many times. But as much as I don’t like using it, I’m going to break my own personal rule today and say this: it’s not you, Dark of the West,...

Megaquarium Makes a Splash on Tycoon Games

The late 1990s and early 2000s were a great time for business simulators (so-called tycoon games)—in my elementary school days one of my favorites was Zoo Tycoon, particularly the Marine Mania expansion pack. Unfortunately, whoever owns the rights seems unable or unwilling to re-release it on a digital platform, and while we’ve gotten our fair share of games attempting to recreate the magic of RollerCoaster Tycoon, clones of its animal counterpart are far and few between. Megaquarium, created by...

They Shall Not Grow Old Is a World War I Documentary Like No Other

There have been plenty of attempts in the past to make history come alive beyond the old photos and low-quality footage, but none of have done it quite like They Shall Not Grow Old. Keeping things engaging and heard, director Peter Jackson has given top treatment to the stories of World War I. He cobbles together video footage, illustrations, photos, and archived audio interviews to bring this event from over a hundred years ago to life so that the...

Shadow of the Demon Lord Is Innovative, Twisted Tabletop Fun

I distinctly recall the moment that Shadow of the Demon Lord hooked me. My players had penetrated a thick magical mist, venturing out to the island lair of an evil hag. After defeating her minions, they reached her inner sanctum, intent on defeating her and taking a powerful artifact for themselves. They faced off with the evil faerie in a tense battle, and for the first few turns, things seemed to be going their way. But she had a...

Is Black Label a Black Eye or a Game Changer for DC Comics?

Announced in March 2018, DC Black Label was supposed to be a groundbreaking mature imprint for DC Comics that would free itself from continuity and allow writers and artists creative freedom. It would have comic legends such as Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. working on Superman: Year One and Geoff Johns writing Batman: Three Jokers. But the imprint, which has only two books out as of this writing, hit a snag in September with the controversy surrounding Brian Azzarello...

5 Black Mask #1 Issues to Pick Up Right Now

The creative team of Black Mask Studios is a medley of stellar talent from different publishers bringing extraordinary ideas into one brand. Their credentials vary from previously writing for the Big Two to starring in Agents of SHIELD and writing for an animated series. The following are some of their best first issues from last year (in the case of No Angel, in trade form) and are available as either trades or continuing series in 2019. 1. No Angel Words/Story: Adrianne Palicki and...
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