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Portal Games announced the 51st State Ultimate Edition is coming soon to Gamefound and will included new content with the crowdfunding campaign The campaign launches in February 2022 with component upgrades, reprints of hard-to-find content, and a new expansion, No Man’s Land, designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek. 51st State was originally published in 2010, and was a breakout success for Portal Games. Set in the same universe as the fan favorite Neuroshima Hex , 51st State offered players a new way to fight for resources in the wastelands of America. The release of the 51st State Master Set in 2016 brought together the core game and both the original expansions, Winter and New Era in one box with an all-new look and improved gameplay. Three additional expansions have since been released for the Master Set, growing the line to a fan favorite. Portal Games wants to give players the definitive experience they deserve with the 51st State Ultimate Edition.  The 51st State Ultimate Edition coming

Review: Dark Avengers #184 - Advanced Mechanics Review

Dark Avengers #184 Review

Dark Avengers #184 Cover
What force on this planet - nay, this universe - can turn Earth's deadliest villains into into heroes?

Brought to you by the titanic team of Jeff Parker and Neil Edwards, this Winter - Evil is our only hope!

Cover/Solicit - 4/5

- Would I pick-up the comic based on the solicit/cover alone? Are the alternate covers appealing? Does the solicit/cover portray what happens in the issue?

Art/Colors/Ink - 4/5

- Weighted Double
- Do I personally like this artist's style? Does the artist stay true to the characters appearance? Does the coloring/inking blend well with the artist? Is the coloring/inking enjoyable and easy to distinguish what's happening?

Layout/Flow - 3/5

- Does the layout of the issue make it easy to read? Does the issue have a good flow of the plot and keep me engaged? Can I easily read the issue, to include lettering?

Story - 3/5

- Weighted Triple
- How well did the issue further develop the current story? How well did the issue further develop the characters? Did I enjoy reading the issue?

Verdict - 3.4

- I liked this cover a lot, probably because being a military anything that pays homage to our armed forces gets my salute. Although it looks like a combined cover, sadly it's not and Skaar is cut off. While I enjoyed most of the art for this issue, it can't make up for the initial confusion I had when I started reading. At first we see what appears to be Iron Man's text bubbles but once we see who's talking it doesn't look like his armor, nor does Pym's costume. This lead me to believe they were different characters at first, until they said their names. I then thought they were just new outfits, but later of course learn we are in an alternate Earth from the Marvel Multiverse. So OK we have another alternate timeline like the run from the prior Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers run, while not original I can accept that now. For some reason I don't recall what happened, the last thing we saw in Dark Avengers #183 - The End Is The Beginning is the plane crashing with no indication of an alternate universe (it is explained Man-Thing was involved but almost at the end of the issue). Otherwise the story did a good job of outlining the different forces at work in this new Manhattan and how it's a world that has split the power between Iron Man, The Thing, Mr. Fantastic, and Doctor Strange. While an bumpy start I'm interested in seeing where this series is heading.

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