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Pandasaurus has announced a new 2 player set collection game District Noir is coming this summer. Preorders will start on May 19th with retail release planned for July 19th. District Noir was originally published in Japanese by Taikikennai Games in 2016 as Throne and Grail. It was then published in 2019 as Chocolate Factory by Nasza Księgarnia in Polish. The current art and theme was published last year in French by Spiral Éditions. When the time is right, gain control! At the head of the city’s largest criminal organizations, men and women fight to control territories and gain support by trying every means possible to grow their influence. Control of the District Noir, a central and highly contested area, remains the major issue that will make all the difference in dominating the city. There are two paths to victory: win over District Noir's various supports, or directly control the city’s three strategic locations. Before players can claim these, they must be played to the center

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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