Thursday, May 24, 2018

New Comic Review - Justice League: No Justice #3

Name - Justice League: No Justice #3 (of 4)
Published by - DC Comics
Written by - Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson
Art by - Riley Rossmo
& Marcus To  

Coloring by - Hi-Fi
Letters by - AndWorld Design
Release Date: May 23, 2018

 
The third issue of 'Justice League: No Justice #3', is another solid issue regarding the story as the heroes continue with their struggle of saving the planet of Colu from the 'Omega Titans'. But the art suffers from the hectic schedule, as the changed artists fail to convey the massive scope of the conflict unlike 'Manapul' did in the past two issues.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Promising Sci-fi & Fantasy - January 2018

Let's finally start this new year in fiction, it's already May and I know I am horribly late once again. But at least the first month of the current year had some very promising releases.

"The Only Harmless Great Thing"
Author - Brooke Bolander
Publisher - Tor.com Publishing

In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning. Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island.
These are the facts.
Now these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted. Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey that crosses eras, chronicling histories of cruelty both grand and petty in search of meaning and justice.


[ I loved the short 'Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies' by Brooke Bolander, so when I read about her this one I was interested. And after reading the blurb I found it so intriguing that I searched and read about the elephant. Really, this should be a blast. ]

"The Night Masquerade (Binti #3)"
Author - Nnedi Okorafor
Publisher - Tor.com Publishing

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor's Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.
Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.
Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.
Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene--though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives--and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.
Don't miss this essential concluding volume in the Binti trilogy.


[ I have yet to read the second one of this series, but here is the end of the trilogy it seems. ]

"A Time Of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1)"
Author - John Gwynne
Publisher - Orbit

The Ben-Elim, a fierce race of warrior-angels, burst into the Banished Lands over a hundred and thirty years ago. They were in pursuit of their eternal enemy, the Kadoshim demon-horde. On that day a great battle was fought, the Ben-Elim and Kadoshim joined by allies from the races of both men and giants, and a great victory was won.
Now much of the Banished Lands is ruled by the Ben-Elim, who have made this world their home, extending their influence and power as they swallow ancient kingdoms into the protective grasp of their ever-extending borders. But peace is fragile within the realm and the Kadoshim that remain are now amassing on the edges of the empire....
Threats long in the shadows are about to strike.
 


[ I have read so many good things about 'John Gwynne' and his first series 'The Faithful and the Fallen'. I know I should binge read him. ]

"Beneath The Sugar Sky (The Wayward Children #3)"
Author - Seanan McGuire
Publisher - Tor.com Publishing

Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world.
Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.
 


[ Another very highly praised series from Seanan McGuire, who I have high hopes for from my past experiences. And yet another book on this list from tor.com. They do have top-notch quality, it seems. ]



"The Infernal Battalion (The Shadow Campaigns #5)"
Author - Django Wexler
Publisher - Ace 

Military might and arcane power clash in Django Wexler’s thrilling new Shadow Campaigns novel.
The Beast, the ancient demon imprisoned beneath the fortress-city of Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed on the world. It absorbs mind after mind, spreading like a plague through the north. The fell army it has raised threatens the heart of Vordan, and it is under the command of the Beast’s greatest prize: legendary general Janus bet Vhalnich.
As Queen Raesinia Orboan and soldiers Marcus D’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass grapple with the aftermath of a hard-fought military campaign, they soon discover a betrayal they never could have foreseen. The news arrives like a thunderbolt: Janus has declared himself the rightful Emperor of Vordan. Chaos grips the city as officers and regiments are forced to declare for queen or emperor.
Raesinia must struggle to keep her country under control and risks becoming everything she fought against. Marcus must take the field against his old commander, a man who has seemed an unbeatable strategist. And as Winter recovers from her injuries and mourns her losses, she knows the demon she carries inside her might be the only thing standing between the Beast and the destruction of everything in its path....


[ I had my eyes on this series for a while now. Quite an interesting setting which seems like a mashup of military fiction and epic fantasy and now it had reached its end. May be its time I finally start reading this series. ]  

Monday, May 21, 2018

New Comic Review - A Walk Through Hell #1

Name - A Walk Through Hell #1
Published by - Aftershock Comics
Written by - Garth Ennis
Art by - Goran Sudzuka

Colors by - Ive Svorcina
Letters by - Rob Steen
Release Date: May 16, 2018

 
A comic that takes the modern day reality of the horror of mass shooting and the thoughtless volatility of social media and turn it into something else. 'Garth Ennis' does great work here creating an atmosphere of the cold reality of modern life, then injecting interesting techniques of storytelling, forcing the readers to slowly divulge the details and throws in an ending that will have you pulling at your hairs for the next issue.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Comic Review - Justice League: No Justice #2

Name - Justice League: No Justice #2 (of 4)
Published by - DC Comics
Written by - Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson
Art by - Francis Manapul
& Marcus To

Coloring by - Hi-Fi
Letters by - AndWorld Design
Release Date: May 16, 2018

 
Despite liking the first issue quite a lot and having the surprise twist at the end, making me quite interested in the series, I was still a bit skeptical regarding how it's gonna pan out in the upcoming issues. But the second issue of 'Justice League: No Justice' is even better than the first one it seems. It has fast-paced action, enjoyable dialogues among the unlikely allies and the art somehow seems even better than the first issue.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

February 2018 New Video Games To Watch For

So, now it's time for the list of video games from February that I find interesting. With the inclusion of all releases these lists seem more colorful this year.

"Shadow Of The Colossus"
Genre - Action-Adventure
Platform - PlayStation 4

Shadow of the Colossus is an action-adventure game developed by Bluepoint Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. It is a remake of the original game for the PlayStation 2 using ultra-high definition art assets. The remake was led by Bluepoint, who developed the earlier PlayStation 3 remaster, with assistance from SIE Japan Studio. The developers remade all the game's assets from the ground up, but the game retains the same gameplay from the original title aside from the introduction of a new control scheme.Progression through Shadow of the Colossus occurs in cycles. Beginning at a central point in a landscape, the player seeks out and defeats a colossus, and is then returned to the central point to repeat the process. Most colossi are located in remote areas, such as atop cliffs or within ancient structures. It was released of February 6, 2018 in North America.

"Dandara"
Genre - Platform, Metroidvania
Platform - Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Dandara is a 2D platformer and Metroidvania game. Players take control of the eponymous protagonist who traverses the game's world by warping between white surfaces. The game is based on the Brazilian figure Dandara.Dandara was developed by Brazilian studio Long Hat House and published by Raw Fury. The game was released for Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 6 February 2018.

"A Case Of Distrust"
Genre - Adventure, Indie
Platform - macOS, Windows

A Case of Distrust is a narrative mystery from 1924 San Francisco. Play as private investigator Phyllis Cadence Malone in this historical 2D adventure game. Explore underground speakeasies, smoke-filled billiard halls, classic barber shops, and more. Catch suspects in lies by using evidence, statements, and your wits. Intrinsic challenges face our heroine, as she struggles against a pushback on emancipation, leading to many doubts, both internal and external. Uncover the truth in a mystery full of deception! It was released on February 8, 2018.

"Kingdom Come: Deliverance"
Genre - Action role-playing
Platform - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an action role-playing video game developed by Warhorse Studios and published by Deep Silver for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is set in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia, an Imperial State of the Holy Roman Empire, with a focus on historically accurate content. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an action role-playing game set in an open world environment and played from a first-person perspective which utilizes a classless RPG system, allowing the player to customize their skills to take on roles such as a warrior, bard, thief or their hybrids. Abilities and stats grow depending on what the player does and says through branched dialogue trees. During conversations, the time a player takes to make a decision is limited and will have an effect on their relationships with others. Reputation is based on player choices and therefore can bring consequences. It was released worldwide on 13 February 2018.
 
"Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology"
Genre - Role-playing
Platform - Nintendo 3DS

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, an expanded remake of the original game for Nintendo 3DS, began development in 2016 following the completion of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, which Hirata directed.The character art was redrawn by Masaki Hirooka, whose previous work includes Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. The new anime opening was created by A-1 Pictures. Hirata's main goals were to update the game so that it would appeal to a modern gaming audience, with these involving increasing gameplay speed and adjusting the user interface. After that he decided to create a new scenario, discussing with staff how to implement it. Haduki, who had worked as the scenario writer on the original release, returned to write the new scenario based on Hirata's original concept. Hirata's original idea was bringing back the original game's two discarded story routes, but he instead opted for preserving the established scenario. A new gameplay mechanic was the "Support Skill" system, where characters could perform follow-up attacks, a system inspired by a similar mechanic in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE. The remake was released in Japan on June 29, 2017. It released February 13, 2018 in North America, published by Atlus, and February 16, 2018 in Europe, published by Deep Silver.

"Secret Of Mana (HD Remake)"
Genre - Action role-playing
Platform - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

Secret of Mana, originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2, is a 1993 action role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the sequel to the 1991 game Seiken Densetsu, released in North America as Final Fantasy Adventure and in Europe as Mystic Quest, and it was the first Seiken Densetsu title to be marketed as part of the Mana series rather than the Final Fantasy series. Set in a high fantasy universe, the game follows three heroes as they attempt to prevent an empire from conquering the world with the power of an ancient flying fortress. A full 3D remake was released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Windows in February 15, 2018.

"Fe"
Genre - Action-Adventure
Platform - Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Fe (pronounced fee-uh) is an action-adventure video game developed by Zoink and published by Electronic Arts under its EA Originals program. It was released on February 16, 2018 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In it, the player controls Fe, a fox-like creature in a forest setting, attempting to defend it from hostile entities called the Silent Ones, gaining help from other forest creatures by guiding them to complete tasks and learning new abilities from those it helps.

[ February is quite a varied month both in terms of content and platforms. I am definitely very interested in the 'Shadow of the Colossus' and 'Secret of Mana' remake, as well as 'Kingdom Come: Deliverance'. ]
 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Graphic Novel Review - Black Bolt Vol.1: Hard Time

Name - Black Bolt Vol.1: Hard Time
Published by - Marvel
Writer - Saladin Ahmed
Artist - Christian Ward

Letterer - VC's Clayton Cowles
 
Well, I have been waiting for something by 'Saladin Ahmed' for almost six years now, since my reading of his excellent novel 'Throne of the Crescent Moon'. So, I was quite excited when I heard about this new Marvel series by him. Then again, I was a bit skeptical regarding the small amount I knew about Black Bolt, as to me he always felt nothing more than just someone created to give the Inhumans an edge in the power gamble with his ability. But my fears were for nothing actually, cause this was remarkable storytelling using some small time characters and some new ones from the Marvel universe.

Friday, May 11, 2018

New Novella Review - 'All Systems Red' by Martha Wells

Novella - All Systems Red  
Writer - Martha Wells    
Series - The Murderbot Diaries #1     
Published By - Tor.com
 
This tells a story from the point-of-view of a robot or A.I. who has hacked into its governor software and has free will although it keeps the pretense of maintaining cover as a SecUnit for a planetary survey team for fear of being destroyed. But their mission doesn't go as planned and the team gets caught up in a conspiracy and finds out the truth about the planet they are in while trying to survive.