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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

Featured Review @TopCow Death Vigil #1 @stjepansejic @TopCowMatt

Death Vigil #1

Forty pages of story and art in this contemporary fantasy adventure series written and painted by STJEPAN SEJIC. Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! The only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil.


See the 7-page preview of Death Vigil #1 and download the FREE PDF including the first 22-pages.


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

Cover & Solicit 5/5

This issues cover is of course drawn by interior artist and creator Stjepan Sejic (Aphrodite IX, Witchblade). The cover really doesn't involve the events of the issue, but it does portray the quality of art you can expect from Sejic and shows the first three Death Vigil members you meet.

Art, Colors & Inking 5/5

I mean what can't I say. I have loved Sejic's art in Aphrodite IX. The issues I had with his style there with detail with cybernetics is a thing of the past with Death Vigil. His facial expressions, details, and colors are all spot on and a treat to behold.

Layout & Flow 5/5

Being a first issue you can expect a lot of buildup and world building. Introductions to the characters are done well. Sejic's art and panels flow well and match with the story he is trying to tell. Although I did have an issue with one or two panels where they appeared cut off. Otherwise Sejic used the 40 page issue to it's fullest.

Story 5/5

The series is written by Sejic, who show's he isn't a one trick pony. His storytelling is just as stunning as his artistic visuals. This issue opens with Officer Sam Lewis dying before being approached by "The Reaper" to join her Death Vigil. We fast forward 12-years with Sam now firmly in his place as "The Digger", a Death Knight who's job is to stop necromancers from bringing evil to our world. I enjoy Sejic's character interactions and the bits of humor he adds to their conversations, nothing seems forced and flows perfectly. Eventually we find a more powerful necromancer who sacrifices his girlfriend to bring back the dead. Sejic's shows the battle in beautiful detail and really tells the story, but his monologue adds to the world building and character development without hindering the art. Before the end we are introduced to the newest member of the Death Vigil Carla Jenkins along with "The Raven".

Verdict - 5 (10/10) (Buy Death Vigil) SAVE 10%

Stjepan Sejic show's he has more talents than just beautiful art in his initial installment of Death Vigil. His art continues to amaze and his world building and character development makes this first issue perfect. Sejic adds just the perfect amount of humor and character interaction to get you wanting to know more about them. This is a genre of comic I don't normally read, but the story that Sejic is telling and the way he presents it makes it highly enjoyable. This is a book I highly recommend picking up, not only did the 40 pages read like 20, but after they ran out I wanted more.


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