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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

Transformers Timelines #7 - Invasion Review

Transformers Timelines #7 Review

Transformers Timelines #7 Botcon Cover
Two universes will collide as the war criminal, Ultra Magnus, and his crew of Evil Autobots escape from Optimus Prime's prison on Paradron and cross over from the Shattered Glass 'mirror universe' into the 'normal' Classicverse, fighting heroic Autobots, evil Decepticons, and anyone else who dares to stand in their war! Autobot versus Autobot, Decepticon versus Decepticon - get ready for the ultimate multiversal battle!

Cover/Solicit - 5/5

- 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 - 5/5

- Do I personally like this artist's style? Does the artist stay true to the characters appearance?

Colors/Ink/Lettering - 5/5

- Does the work blend well with the artist? Is the coloring/inking enjoyable and easy to distinguish what's happening? Can I easily read the lettering?

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?

Story - 4/5

- 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 - 4.3

- I'm familiar with the Timelines book and Fun Publication's Hasbro Transformers Collectors' Club Magazine but have never read them. I picked up this issue because the cover looked interesting and I was intrigued by the Transformers' Shattered Glass Universe. The art and coloring in this book were outstanding, similar to what I mentioned in my The Transformers: Robots in Disguise #11 - The End of the Beginning of the World review, the robots were easy to distinguish and the colors were very vivid. My only gripe with the issue is the pacing and flow. If you have never read any of the prior Timelines issue or the Collectors' Club stories you might be a little lost at first. I also wasn't thrilled that the Prologue ended just as I was getting interested directing me to read the rest of the story in the 2013 Collectors' Club issues. This issue involves the "Evil" Autobots lead by Ultra Magnus coming to Classicverse to acquire energy, and the "Good" Decepticons have to stop them. It was interesting to see the differences in character designs, for Example Magnus looked more like Bludgeon, and Soundwave was more like a hippie ninja. I was disappointed that the issue seemed to abruptly end. Hopefully this means they will continue in a future issue outside of the Collectors' Club. Otherwise it was a great read and I can't wait to see more from the Shattered Universe.

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