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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

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Cutter #1

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance...to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you.

Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer...'The Cutter.'

From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI. 



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

Cover & Solicit 3/5

  • Regular Cover: Christian DiBari & Michael Spicer
  • Retail Incentive: Christian DiBari & Michael Spicer

Art, Colors & Inking 2/5

This series is drawn by Christian DiBari (The Hunger, The Warriors, Ghost Cop). The art reminds me something out of an artists prints edition. Its mostly just pencil sketches and the occasional inking. Also without color or inking details a lot of the people and scenes all look the same. At times Chris' art looks brilliant and I believe it they had just cleaned up the rough edges either with inking or the addition of color it could only help the book.

Layout & Flow 3/5

This issue was pretty easy to follow. There were some moments that pacing was off, and the issue with the art sometimes makes it hard to follow. A few panels I had to reread to determine who was who and what was going on, primarily in the final pages.

Story 2/5

The series is written by Robert Place Napton (Warlord of Mars, Avengelyne, Bloodstrike) and Seamus Kevin Fahey (Battlestar Galactica, DC's Holiday Special '09). The story isn't horrible but does resemble the normal cliche horror book of people going to a camp, something bad happens, somebody comes back to seek revenge. The issue starts with a normal man being killed by a girl with hedge clippers. This one moment got me interested, but then the rest of the story starts and I see it's a story I have seen 100 times. We find the police investigating and talk to the friend of the victim about his death and that of his wife. The story revolves around him and how he believes he knows who did it. It seems something happened years ago and he believes she is responsible. The rest of the story follows this train of thought and leads to the normal conclusion. Robert & Seamus did keep a few things a mystery to keep readers coming back for the next issue.

Verdict - 2.3 (4.5/10) - (Buy Cutter) SAVE 10%

I enjoyed this issue for the most part, but was hoping for something more with the first few pages. Chris DiBari's art looks good but it seems more like sketches he put together for the idea of the book and never intended to publish them. And unfortunately the story by Robert Napton & Seamus Fahey started with a quick murder that turned into just another summer camp with friends gone wrong. I'm hoping its the growing pains and the second issue delivers more. If not this might just be a TPB read for most.


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