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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

Guest Reviews: @Marvel Dark Avengers, Morbius, & Nova

Dark Avengers #187 CoverMorbius: The Living Vampire #2 CoverNova #1 Cover

Here are today's "Guest Reviews" by TDK_1997 and Tomlikesfries. Included are Marvel's; Dark Avengers #187, Morbius: The Living Vampire #2, and Nova #1. I have also added my rating after each review. If you have any questions about my rating or want to discuss anything just leave me a comment.

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

Dark Avengers #187 - The World Is A Dangerous Place

Trapped in a dangerous world, the Dark Avengers may have found the secret to returning home! But can they fight their way out of King Thing's torture pit!


Symbiotic Limbs

The alternate future action and survival continues. Jeff Parker continues with the wrap up of the story and he is getting ready for the book to be cancelled already.This is a dumb move from Marvel to cut this book and leave Daniel Way's Thunderbolts out there and making the name of the Thunderbolts in something bad. The issue continues to show us more development in the whole future thingy and less characterization of the characters. I thought that after we saw U.S. Agent showing his leader skills would give us the big leader in this issue against the threats his team will face but when they fought with some kind of Heroes For Hire, the fight was chaotic and things were just going in the bad way for the Dark Avengers.

And we continue the whole thing with the bad dialogue. It's interesting to see what stupid things Moonstone and Skaar told each other while they were under the control of Doctor Strange. They had to fight each other and they were just saying things like from a cheesy action from the 90's or something like that. And of course the massive powerhouse called Ragnarok continues his deep sleep in this issue and I am starting to think that even if the world ended he wouldn't wake up. He is the sleeping beauty of the book.

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My Rating

Cover & Solicit - 4/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 5/5
Story - 4/5
Verdict - 4.1

Morbius: The Living Vampire #2

Morbius is back, but on the run and desperate to quell his vampiric tendencies. But has the midnight son really changed? As Morbius tries to stay under the radar, a new threat arises, and they want Morbius dead.


Not Addicted to Meth

I just noticed this is my 100th review. I know I am not writing them as often as I did before, but I'll try to do some when I have spare time. Anyway, onto the issue at hand. First off, I'd like to say that I really wish more people read this series. The first issue wasn't that impressive, but this second one does show a rather big improvement. But, seriously, give these two comics a shot. You might surprise yourself.

Keatinge has taken Morbius into a new direction, by isolating the vampire. Here we see no interaction with the rest of the Marvel Universe. Don't get me wrong though. That's actually a good thing. We see Morbius handling himself in this town full of a-holes called Brownsville. He's already made a friend and part of the issue features Michael speaking with her. The writer tries to make this as new reader friendly as possible. He does a full recap of last issue during the dialogue. It flows nicely, making you anxious to turn each page.

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My Rating

Cover & Solicit - 2/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 4/5
Story - 3/5
Verdict - 3.3

Nova #1

The Human Rocket returns!

You’ve followed him through the history making (and changing!) AvX and now the mystery of the all-new Nova are revealed in this breathtaking new ongoing by the best-selling, award winning team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness (RED HULK, Avengers X-Sanction).

Sam Alexander is a kid bound by the gravity of a small town and a father whose ridiculous, drunken fairy tales about a “Nova Corps” were just another heavy burden in a life full of them. But luckily for Sam Alexander…soon gravity won’t even matter. And those troubles? It’s like they’re a billion miles away.


Race You To Sleepytown

I don't really understand why people were hating so much on this new series even before reading the first issue. Yes, Nova is not Rider anymore, but why is it instantly assumed that that is a bad thing? Well, this issue is not bad at all. It's all about set-up. Loeb quickly introduces us to Alexander and that's what's so interesting about it. He reminded me a bit of Peter Parker, since he's a teenager and gets bullied often. Alex's dad is the school's janitor, so that already sets up an interesting and intriguing back story on the character, especially because Jesse (the father) rarely actually does his job.

After reading this issue, I have to admit that I'm a little glad that Alexander is going to be the new Nova. His teenager attitude is sarcastic and sets a very fun tone to the book. This is probably Loeb's best work since he left DC. The issue keeps jumping around, meaning that it does not only focus on the boy, but it also features the bed time stories, told by Jesse. In them we see various adventures of the Nova Corps and the Guardians of the Galaxy, although I preferred the other parts which showed the protagonist of the title. Still, there is a good mix of dialogue and action.

McGuinness' art is basically eye candy. There is really no other way to describe it.

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My Rating

Cover & Solicit - 5/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 5/5
Layout & Flow - 5/5
Story - 5/5
Verdict - 5

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tdk_1977 is a comic book reviewer at Comic Vine. Thomas is a comic book reviewer at Comic Vine. The use of these reviews has been authorized by the original authors.


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