The best part of my vacation has been getting caught up on any of the reading I've been behind on in terms of physical books, but with my NCBD reads all accounted for (for now!) I'm getting caught up on some of my recent solicits from publishers and kickstarters. I just got done reading the subject of today's view, which tags itself as “What If Friday the 13th jumped into bed with The Boys?” I never thought I'd ask myself that question but now that it's out there, I'm dying to know the answer!
Killer Bad #1 (Kickstarter)
I only got the first 7 pages (which are also physically visible on the kickstarter page now) and all I can say, is that the introduction of the issue matches the zany high-intensity, out-of-nowhere insanity we'd get from any other comic or action cartoon in the 90's. We don't fully know what's going on, we don't really know what the full mission is, but I'll be damned if we're not beating our chest and ready to witness the insanity from go.
All I can really say, is from the x-men references, to a nanite reference (ya'll know I LOVE MY BLOODSHOT) this feels precisely like the comics I fell in love with when I'd hide them from my parents. This is my childhood in 7 pages, and I'm in love.
Burandt says, “I am beyond excited to get this project in readers’ hands. In a way, Jason and I get to relive the era that got us into comics in the first place, the early-to-mid-1990's, which culminated in the formation of Image Comics. And that's where this comes from: Jason and I excitedly talking about the early days of X-Force and Spawn, and how we would make a book that tapped into that raw excitement that put art first, while allowing me to update the writing style with a more modern (dare I say, ‘postmodern,’) take.
“The result of that brainstorm is this superhero meets slasher movie pastiche where handsome and beautiful superheros are getting murdered in the goriest, splatterpunk ways imaginable. Jason had all these ridiculous names and character designs in his back pocket already, and I had the memory of an outline of my very first attempt at writing comics (which was actually in the 90's).
“So for both of us, we have this intense thrill of finally getting to tell a story that's been festering in our deranged brains for a long time, both independently of each other, and then as collaborators. It's superheroes. It's horror. It's Killer Bad.”
Dare I mention how insanely affordable backing this is? For just $3 you can get the digital issue, for $10 you can get the physical, digital (and 3 more rewards), and as you go up tier by tier you easily do get your bang for your buck! This project launched on August 2nd, and at the time this was written, its almost 30% to its goal (with 26 days to go). I really hope this project makes it, and maybe when I get back into the swing of interviewing folks on my youtube channel, I can hook up with the creators! But you know what I'm gonna tell you to do!
Instead of creating another fantasy-oriented dice slinging tale, this winter Mad Cave Studios brings us a new offering focusing on how a RPG can help aid you during your toughest moments in life as well as how the real life changes to adventurers in a party could threaten the success of completing a campaign in....
The Last Session
By: Jasmine Walls, Dozerdraws, and Micah Myers
The last campaign begins in a high school GSA meeting, where for the last several meetings...the president has failed to show up. Looking for something to do, our club of individuals across the genderqueer identity spectrum decide to embark in a campaign of Dice and Deathtraps together...and the rest is history!
While they begin this campaign in high school we learn that as they are all on the verge of graduating college, their campaign lies incomplete. The will of the group is to wrap up the one thing that brought them together in high school before they all collectively move into the post-college phase of adulting.
While this 5 issue series first releases on December 22, 2021, I was lucky enough to read the whole series. There are several reasons I think you should pick this title up!
- This series perfectly captures how a stable adventuring party becomes an excellent source of family, and anyone who's ever undertaken a TTRPG campaign will be able to relate to it.
- This also highlights how disruptions and/or changes in the real world may also threaten the stability of a party and their ability to complete a quest. If you've ever gone through awkward phases in your longitudinal friendships, you can relate to the hiccups in the group dynamic.
- When the story is taken into their realm of fantasy, it perfectly captures the struggles of adventurers trying to progress through a campaign, do you listen to the person who knows it all? How can you contain someone who wants to "Leeroy Jenkins" every encounter? (that's me) Host importantly, if and when your campaign wraps...what do you do next?
- I've gone on at length both here and on youtube as to why I love comics which are more inclusive, especially in sharing with my students. This story is the pinnacle of something I'm looking for as our entire cast of characters are across the queer identity spectrum.
This series checks so many boxes of what I look for in a comic, I am THIRSTY for this book's release. When asked about this series, Jasmine Wells (writer) says:
"As someone who made a tight-knit group of friends playing D&D in high school, this book was an absolute joy to write. Combined with Dozer's stunning artwork, we've created the kind of characters I'd have loved to read about, especially as a teen struggling with what being aro/ace meant to me. We're exploring the often scary transition from teenage years to adulthood in a way that's fun, a little messy, and with plenty of monster fighting. One thing I've realized as an adult is that friendship really can save the day, and more often than you might think."
In reading her quote after completing the series, I can definitely agree you can see how personal this series is to her, and it makes me feel more involved in the story because it feels as if we are looking into pages of Jasmine's high school year book, and I LOVE IT!!!!!
I am also in love with the art throughout the series. I love how the characters have a sense of authenticity to their appearance. I also love how you can pick out the essence of each of the people in their fantasy characters. As the story transitions in and out of the DM's fantasy world, it is done in such a seamless fashion that other stories which time/world/scenario hop could take notes on the masterclass Dozer conducts throughout the series.
When asked about what the series means to them, Dozerdraws says:
"As a nonbinary asexual artist I was thrilled to find parts of myself in the characters from The Last Session. We have such a big and wonderful cast and Jasmine managed to give everyone their time to shine.
For Dozer, I have two words for you...Mission Accomplished! As I adventured from panel to panel I found new reasons to fall in love with each character and how they advance not only on their in-game journey but in their lives. I really feel a strong synergy between artist and author in this one, and I hope that they succeed in making more of you fall in love with it just like I did.
Again, this releases on December 22, 2021, and you don't want to miss out!
As issue 3 offered us some insight to the traveling members of "the family" and why they are on their reign of terror, Boom Studios offers the following insight to what we can expect in book number 4:
The showdown between the Chimera and their hunters begins HERE! Hannah and Regan, former member and victim of the Chimera, arrive at an abandoned resort town in the mountains. As the two women uncover and struggle with their shared past, the Chimera and their Faithful descend on the area. To their surprise, Hannah has been waiting for their arrival, and the ensuing battle will have deadly consequences for those unprepared... "
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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