Kristine Chester, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Kristine Chester, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

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

 

SW Edge of the Empire Beginner Game art"A Look at the Edge" is a series of reviews covering the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Roleplaying Game by Fantasy Flight Games, which will review newly released products and supplemental online content and discuss experiences playing and running the game.



When Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) announced the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire game back at GenCon 2012 with the release of the game's Beta, my nerd heart just about burst in my chest I was so excited. Star Wars brought me into geekdom, Star Wars roleplaying was my introduction to the GM's chair, and many of my fondest gaming moments have been set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. My gaming tastes have changed significantly from the rules crunchy d20 systems used for the last two Star Wars games, so I was even more delighted when I learned that FFG is taking Star Wars to a rules light, almost indie game design, which has a greater emphasis on roleplaying and characters than tactics and micromanaging. The Beta book was a fantastic way to kick off Edge of the Empire, but now we finally have the first true product in the new Star Wars line of games, the Beginner Game.

BW Nite Owl 4 colorThe comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 

 

 

Trapped by an insane reverend who intends to burn him alive, Rorschach is in serious trouble while Nite Owl and The Twilight Lady rush to his aid for reasons none of us can recall. Nite Owl #4 is a pretty good Rorschach story, further highlighting the man's descent into violence and mayhem as he reveals more of how his twisted mind works. Nite Owl is really a secondary character in this tale. Besides wagging a finger at Rorschach, he could be removed from this issue and it would have played out perfectly. This fact on its own made this issue kind of disappointing, although Rorschach's “You talk, I'll do” line to Nite Owl highlights that it's in the owl-themed hero's nature to stand on the sidelines while Rorschach kicks a-- and “hurms.”

'Clutch:' A Book Review

 

Clutch coverIn Clutch's world, 12/21/2012 wasn't just a day of funny Internet posts about Mayans and Galactus eating Australia, it was the day of Rockfall, when hundreds of meteorites crashed into the Earth, destroying much of modern civilization. After 20 years, those who survived Rockfall have learned how to survive, making use of what limited resources they have available in order to fight off animals mutated by the radiation stemming from the meteorites, guard their settlements from more meteorites falling from above, and avoid the many other horrors that have inhabited the world.

Space Corps 0Space Corps #0 consists of four distinct stories that each introduce a main character belonging to the same spacefaring military unit. Each of these stories has a distinct tone to it, some focusing on darker story elements, while others highlight the series' wacky sense of humor.

 

BW Moloch 2Edgar Jacobi, a.k.a. Moloch the Mystic, is a reformed supervillain who only wants to serve God and repent for his many sins, but unknown to him, his life has become a small piece in a much larger event.


I'm going to be up front with you. Do yourself a favor and count Moloch as a brilliant single issue and then go and read Watchmen again. This second part is well constructed but is another filler issue, adding nothing to the larger narrative.


MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

SW Dawn of the Jedi Bogan 2Forcesabers, forcesabers, forcesabers, this latest issue of Dawn of the Jedi delves much deeper into the workings of the lightsabers' predecessor, covering everything from their construction to their destructive potential. It's immensely satisfying watching these characters take their first steps towards understanding the weapon that will come to embody their order in the millenia ahead.

 

Number 13 1The apocalypse comes in many flavors: nuclear, war, alien invasion, zombie, you name it. Number 13 goes for one of the stranger concepts I've seen, where a disease has infected half the population, transforming them into inhuman creatures, some reminiscent from fantasy and science-fiction itself, like fairies or mantis people, and others, not so much, but otherwise they appear to think and act like every other human. Now, humanity has been split into two factions, those who have been infected by the disease and transformed and those who are immune. The Munes went to war with the Fected, seeking to eradicate them to keep the disease from spreading further.

 

Orchid V2Orchid is an underdog story of the classic rebellion vs. an evil dictator variety, but more than most titles the bad guys are f---ing evil and underline all the reasons to fight their rule. After escaping from a life of prostitution, Orchid finds herself traveling alongside Simon and Opal, two survivors from the failing rebellion on a quest to make it strong again.

 

Creepy Scarlett EmeraldCreepy Scarlett, the dead girl who loves candy and hears the voice of a stuffed bear, is back. I reviewed the original Creepy Scarlett volume back in September, and now Buchan has delivered a samurai-filled issue that goes back to explain some of the origins behind Scarlett.

 

ChadhiyanaChadhiyana is a mythological story about a warrior woman in the ancient Middle East, where she travels from town to town, saving people and battling monsters. You know, the usual.


Chadhiyana captures the feeling of an uncovered legend perfectly. Everything from the art style to the writing made me think of Greek myths and tales like Beowulf. The writing avoids the usual trick of having a narrator, but the characters achieve that same style of a bard through their dialogue, describing everything in flowery language and explaining the history behind things, which perfectly matched the tone without crowding the pages. This introductory piece is divided into two separate stories that are more snapshots than full tales, but they do a great job of showing what's cool about the character and even manage to slip in some hooks about some of her other adventures that I'm dying to learn about.

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