Kristine Chester

Kristine Chester (309)

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

Red Lantern 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.

 

 

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Powered by rage and the red energy from the emotional spectrum of light, Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corp. bring vengeance to those unable to seek it for themselves.

 

 

 

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Sparrow Crowe with ReviewSparrow & Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles follows supernatural detective Dr. Xander Crowe and his assistant, Sparrow, as they investigate a case that puts them in between the crosshairs of the LA mob and a literal demon from Crowe's past.


Minor Spoilers Below

Batman 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.

 

 

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After many years serving as the protector of Gotham City, Batman learns someone is pulling the strings, manipulating political and criminal events to suit them and has been doing so for hundreds of years.  They are the Court of Owls, a group that everyone thought was only a nursery rhyme.


Beware the Court of Owls that watches all the time,
ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime,
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed,
speak not a whispered word of them or they'll send the talon for your head.

 

 

 

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Order of the StickThe Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.



By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester

 

 

 

While not actually a part of the traditional comic book world, webcomics have had a profound impact on readership and the comic industry for nearly 3 decades. Tomorrow, May 5th, is Webcomics Appreciation Day, and we felt that this would be the best time to pay tribute to our fondness for them. Both of us have read a lot of webcomics over the years, Kristine co-wrote and colored a webcomic for a college project, and Rob has had some experience writing for a few in his day (though nothing that anyone has likely heard of).


There is an extensive list of webcomics available to people—most are free to read, some have paid viewerships; some are comedies, some are dramas, some are fantasy, some are slice-of-life, some are gag-a-day, while others are ongoing serials. There are few that have popular followings and make enough money to support the creator(s), but most just do it for fun and expression. Some webcomics you’ve probably heard of, such as Sluggy Freelance or Schlock Mercenary, while others have only garnered a small following, such as Fanboy Otaku Gamers Club or Mory’s Education. The ones below, however, are the webcomics we enjoy the most.

 

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Ultimates with ReviewUltimate Catch Up is an offshoot of 52 Catch Up and is devoted to looking at issues from the newest volume of comics set in the Marvel Ultimate universe, examining what makes them worth reading (or not) and which places we hope they will go in time.

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The elite, government-sponsored, metahuman task force, the Ultimates, have faced many challenges, but now they find themselves spread too thin against two new superhuman threats, the Nation of Tian and the Children of Tomorrow.




MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW

Firestorm Banner and 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.

 

 

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Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond were ordinary high school students until Jason took possession of a weapon known as Firestorm.  When Firestorm infects both Jason and Ronnie, they have to leave their lives behind and face what they have become: weapons.

 

 

 

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Red Hood Banner and 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.

 

 

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With nowhere else to turn, three outlaws (Jason Todd, resurrected former sidekick of Batman, Arsenal, Green Arrow's rejected sidekick, and Starfire, an alien and former slave from an intergalactic war) band together to confront the demons of their past.

 

 

 

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW

X-Men with ReviewUltimate Catch Up is an offshoot of 52 Catch Up and is devoted to looking at issues from the newest volume of comics set in the Marvel Ultimate universe, examining what makes them worth reading (or not) and which places we hope they will go in time.

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The world has become a dangerous place for mutants.  Groups such as the X-Men have been disbanded and the U.S. Government has begun to actively hunt mutants down and place them in concentration camps, but a single revelation is about to change everything...




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Ultimate spider-manThe Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.



By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester

 

 

 

 

There are several titles in the comic book world, be they the standard monthly lines, limited edition mini-serials, or annual titles.  Each has their own way of telling a story, of delving into or establishing a character’s personality and background, and each is unique, yet similar.  During our experiences in comics, we’ve read several different titles and have come to discover the top four that we feel would be excellent reads for people.  Of course, these are just our thoughts on the matter.

 

 

Marvel RPG PictureWho doesn't want the opportunity to be a superhero?  Mutants & Masterminds, Savage Worlds, Champions, and other tabletop roleplaying games have already given us their take on creating and playing a superhero, and now, with the blessing of Marvel Comics, Margaret Weis Productions have given us their take on the genre.  MWP has a reputation for tailoring games for a specific feel using their Cortex Plus system such as heists and capers in Leverage and relationships in Smallville.  This is not the first game to bear the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying name, but it is nothing like its predecessor, having been reworked from the ground up.

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