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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 @ImageComics Low #1 @Remender @GregTocchini

Low #1

In the far distant future, the sun’s premature expansion has irradiated Earth, sending humanity to the lowest depths of the seas, hidden within radiation-shielded cities, while probes scour the universe for inhabitable worlds to relocate to. After tens of thousands of years, a single probe returns, crashing on Earth’s surface, a now-alien place no human has seen for many millennia. Frequent collaborators RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, Uncanny Avengers) and GREG TOCCHINI (Last Days of American Crime, Uncanny X-Force) dive into an aquatic sci-fi/fantasy tale following two teams from the last remaining cities undersea as they race to the most unexpected alien world of all—the surface of Earth. Special introductory issue features 30 full pages of painted art!



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

Cover & Solicit 4/5

This issues cover is by interior artist and co-creator Greg Tocchini (Thor: Son of Asgard, Hinterkind, Last Days of American Crime). He has a very artistic style and the cover is a good representation of the artwork in the issue.

Art, Colors & Inking 3/5

Tochhini is the interior artist for the series and this issue is in his painted style. I always say painted style is hit and miss and this is more in the middle. While his scenes are breathtaking and the images are beautiful, I feel the painted style causes his art to lose a little detail. There is also a lack of separation of things and even overlap of colors due to the lack of hard lines you normally find in an inked and colored issue. Otherwise Tocchini does a great job.

Layout & Flow 5/5

The flow of this issue was excellent for a #1. You get a great introduction of characters and the world we are going to explore throughout the series. As I mentioned Tocchini does an excellent job with his imagery and the panels and pages just flow from one to the next.

Story 5/5

Sereis co-creator Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent, Venom) shows his brilliance in creating a beautiful and interesting future world. The issue starts off introducing us to our main characters the Cain family. It seems the sun is going to die and has forced the worlds population to retreat deep in the ocean while probes search for a new planet. It seems it's time for the Cain children to join their parents in the family business. To go outside the safety of Salus and hunt for the cities food. Remender does a great job building the characters personalities and introducing us to the world of Low. Once outside the walls a normal hunting trip turns into a horror story, as pirates set a trap for the family. The Cain's have developed a family suit of armor that is used for hunting and deep sea exploration and it's bio-engineered to only function for them, trouble is the pirates want it at all costs.

Verdict - 4.3 (8.5/10) (Buy LowSAVE 10%

Greg Tocchini and Rick Remender have a hit on their hands. The artistic beauty of Tocchini helps tell the story Remender has set out. The story is interesting and the character development is great. From this first issue Remender jumps right in and nobody not even our main characters are safe. With the final pages ramping up the excitement I can't wait for issue 2. This is definitely a pull for all sci-fi fans.


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