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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 #2 @stjepansejic @TopCowMatt @ImageComics

Death Vigil #2

Clara Jenkins never had many friends. Then she joined Death Vigil...and she gained many friends. The end!

Oh...and of course there is that whole small print deal about the League of Necromancers who aligned themselves with a world-devouring enemy of all life, can summon unholy abominations to do their bidding, and seek to destroy the vigil above all else... 



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 fDeath Vigil members and Bernie aka the Reaper.

Art, Colors & Inking 5/5

I mean what can't I say. I have loved Sejic's art in Aphrodite IX. I enjoy the detail and style he uses in Death Vigil. His facial expressions, details, and colors are all spot on and a treat to behold.

Layout & Flow 4/5

This issue expanded on the Death Vigil and it's members. While not a big thing, I was a little annoyed at the constant back and forth between the past and the present. I understand why it was done, Sejic was displaying how our first character Sam and how Clara joined the Death Vigil. Eventually they combine into a beautiful 2-page spread, and the remainder of the issue flows brilliantly.

Story 5/5

The series is written by Sejic, who continues to show his talents as both an artist and a writer. This issue opens with Officer Sam Lewis "The Digger" and Bernie "The Reaper" as she transforms him into one of her Death Knights for the Vigil. We the bounce back and forth between them and the newest recruit Clara Jenkins. It's not really that hard to follow but a little awkward to bounce back and forth. Once Bernie has them fashion their weapons the issue flows in normal time. Sejic then introduces us to the next two members of the Vigil, James and Marlene. Again this issue is mostly story building and Sejic does a great job of character interaction and giving each their own personality. In the final pages Sejic introduces us to "The Pallbearer" and his daughter Mia, and leaves us with a shocker as it seems strong Sigils are being given to novice Necromancers and one seems to have shown up in an unsuspecting place, or should I say person.

Verdict - 4.9 (10/10) (Buy Death Vigil) SAVE 10%

Stjepan Sejic continues to show us he has more talents than just beautiful art in his series 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. While I did find the start of the issue a bit awkward, Sejic wrote it as a way to show the interelation of his characters and their joining the Vigil. Sejic is telling an excellent story and the way he presents it makes it highly enjoyable.


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