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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: Planetoid #1

Planetoid #1 Cover



Silas, an ex-soldier turned space pirate, finds himself stranded on a mysterious planet in alien territory. As he explores the long-abandoned industrial ruins of the planet's surface he will have to fend off rogue mechanical creatures, roving cyborg militias, and a hostile alien military with a bounty on his head. Silas will have to rely on resourcefulness and bare-bones survival tactics in order to stay alive and ultimately unlock the secrets of a planet where survival is a luxury and escape an impossibility.



See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic

Cover & Solicit 4/5

The cover for this issue was nice. You see Silas with what looks to be a robotic construct. The art on the cover is done by Ken Garing who is also the artist and writer for the book. While you don't get to see the behemoth in this issue, hopefully we get to in future issues.

Art, Colors & Inking 3/5

The art for the issue is just OK. It has a gritty feel to it and feels unpolished. This might be what Ken is going for but it's not my favorite. There were also times where the coloring was too dark and it made it hard to tell what was going on.

Layout & Flow 5/5

The book does a good job of getting you immersed in this new world. From the start you get pulled in and see the world thru Silas' eyes. I also liked the addition of the A.I. it provided a bit of story outside of just plain monologue of one character.

Story 4/5

The plot of the issue starts with Silas being dragged down to a desolate planet due to it's high gravity. It turns out the planet was an old mining facility and now pulls and forms itself from space junk. We find Silas trying to get his bearing and learning how inhospitable the planet is as he is attacked by a cybernetic worm. Silas is saved by another inhabitant of the planet and learns there is no way off. We are treated to a little back-story of who Silas is and what makes him tick. I enjoyed this issue and can't wait to read the next.

Verdict 3.9

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