Kristine Chester

Kristine Chester (309)

Favorite Comic Book SeriesAtomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class:  Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  Cookies N' Cream

 

Oreimo V1Kyosuke Kousaka doesn't have a great relationship with his sister, Kirino. Besides the fact that he's 17 and she is 14, Kirino is the popular girl at school and is also academically and athletically gifted while Kyosuke's just . . . not. This all changes when Kyosuke stumbles across an anime DVD in their house and discovers it belongs to none other than Kirino. His successful sister is also an otaku! From there Kyosuke becomes Kirino's only confidant in her fandom, which she is too embarrassed to reveal to others. Wanting his sister to be happy (and so she doesn't keep forcing him to play her computer games), Kyosuke starts to look for other outlets for Kirino's fandom and tries to get her to not be embarrassed of the things she loves.

 

School Daze with ReviewSchool Daze is an RPG which takes high school and makes it fun. Think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, Saved by the Bell, The Breakfast Club, Veronica Mars, etc. How many great TV shows and movies took the setting of high school and made it fun?  Now, you can too!


I first talked about School Daze when it was in its Kickstarter phase back in March. The rules haven't changed since then, though creator Tracy Barnett has added a lot of fluff to the setting for the book's official release.

Batman Inc with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

Concept:

What's better than one Batman? How about a global army of them? Someone has taken issue with a world full of Batmen and has started targeting them, taking them out one by one, and now the latest bounty is on the head of Robin, Batman's sidekick and his son.


 

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Trio 4I s--t you not, the three main characters of Trio are referred to as One, Two, and Three and have powers that mimic Paper (One), Scissors (Two), and Rock (Three). I wish I could say this cheesy gimmick sets the tone for Trio #4, but this comic tries to take itself too seriously, instead of going completely over the top. The same goes for the ready and available Fantastic Four parody (there's even a guest character who is basically Namor!), but if there are allusions to FF beyond the character similarities, they were too subtle for me to get.

 

DD Playtest 2aWizards of the Coast (WOTC) is hard at work on the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons, currently called D&D Next, and has a huge playtest underway. If you're looking for some more background on how this edition is shaping up and what was included in the first playtest packet, check out Jason Enright's excellent post about his first impressions. On August 13, Wizards released packet 2, which included all of the necessary rules for creating and running a D&D Next character up to the fifth level.  Overall, this packet is a great next step for the playtest for those of us who had exhausted the resources provided in packet 1. I took the time to go over the new information and even roll up a few characters of my own to see how these rules worked together and thought I'd share my impressions.

Ravagers with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

Concept:

After escaping from the top secret organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., which tortured and experimented on them, a group of superpowered teens have to evade capture and figure out what's next in their lives.


 

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Planetoid 3This issue is all about developing the world. As the group of misfits (the tribes, Frog Men, scavengers, and Silas, an aging space pirate who just wants to find a way off the planet) start to work together and form a community on this desolate planetoid, we're treated to a montage of their accomplishments over the course of several months as they go from a set of groups at one another's throats to a real settlement. This may not sound like much for an issue, but these events really show what the characters are capable of and Silas starts to grow as he takes his focus from trying to find a way off the planetoid to finding a way to help these people. At the heart of this issue is the lesson that independently we have our skills, but we can create so much more when we work with others and have our skills complement one another.

 

Extermination 3Extermination is part parody and part moral examination. Set in a post-apocalyptic world after an alien invasion, the surviving superheroes and supervillains have to work to survive and might even find their own petty grudges not so important when compared to the fate of the world.  The three main characters in this issue are Nox, Red Reaper, and Promethean. Promethean is pretty much a Wolverine analog with his regeneration powers, bone claws, and habit of calling everyone “Bud.” Nox is Batman meets Punisher down to his rogue's gallery, and Red Reaper is . . . Red Reaper.

 

Saga 6The joke of “Go read this now” is common enough in reviews, but I literally mean it here. Saga is an ongoing story in a strange and fascinating universe that takes time to become familiar with and is worth every moment of investment. If you like Brian K. Vaughan's other work or the summary below sounds interesting, you should go read Issues #1-#5, and then come back to this review in anticipation for the release of Issue #6.

Dial H with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

Concept:

Dialing 4376 (HERO) at a mysterious phone booth transforms Nelson Jent into a new superhero every single time. He begins to use his new gifts to help his friend Darren who has gotten in deep with the local criminals, but Nelson is about to get in way over his head.


 

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