Favorite Comic Book Series: Atomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class: Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies N' Cream
Bounty is the story of sisters Nina and Georgie who, years ago, were the most wanted criminals in the galaxy. Now, they find themselves on the other side of the law, scraping by as bounty hunters. It’s no secret that Bounty writer Kurtis Wiebe is a giant nerd and an RPG aficionado. As his series, Rat Queens, is a love letter to Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy RPGs, Bounty feels the same for many a science fiction tabletop RPG, like Shadowrun and Wiebe’s own system, Gadfly, as well as '90s Anime including Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop.
The Detail is what happens if a Telltale-style adventure game had a love child with a comic book and a police procedural. It’s a magnificent video game series that’s simple in its artistic depiction, but more than makes up for it with an incredible score, complex characters, and an abundance of charm.
Best. Comic. Ever. Joyride is a fantastic ride that couldn’t follow up on its first issue any better. Every element and theme I wanted to make a return did, and the character and world development I wanted to see was the meat at the center of this excellent second issue.
Rebirth of the Gangster #1 is the story of Marcus Thompson, a rich black prosecution lawyer who is swept into a life of crime. Described by writer CJ Standal as Breaking Bad meets The Wire meets Othello, the series is steeped in noir roots but charges forward with a modern take on these stories.
Joyride tells the story of a group of teens, tired of living in an oppressive society, who decide to jack a spaceship and take off for the stars.
Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening are back! After a year and a half of Ghostbusters miniseries, the dynamic writer and artist duo have returned to telling stories about our boys and girls in grey in a new, ongoing comic series. Picking up where 2014’s Mass Hysteria and the crossover miniseries with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the 1990s The Real Ghostbusters cartoon left off, business is getting back to normal. Or is it?
Atomic Robo is back in print, now with 95% less robot! The new arc, published by IDW, caters to diehard Robo fans tying together story elements that have been laid out over the last six years. It's the most backstory intensive arc of Robo ever written.
Fifteen years ago, four kids, Tyler, Tsang, Kassie, and Max, found a collection of books that, when read aloud, transported them into the realm of Fiction. Together, they explored floating islands, met the likes of Geppeto, and saw wonders that most only dream of. Then, one day, one of them never came back from the Fiction. When a second member of their group goes missing as adults, it's up to the remaining two to brave the Fiction once again and discover what happened to their friends.
Mulan Revelations is one of those stories that mashes up ideas, throws them in a blender, and then sprinkles in a few last ingredients to perfect the taste. Taking place in Shanghai 2125 A.D. the series tells the story of Mulan, a rich girl with ties to her namesake of legend and a supernatural power that runs through her family. It's cyberpunk, martial arts, magic, and historical legend fused together. If that doesn't sound appealing to you, it won't be, because Mulan Revelations delivers precisely on its core premise.
Police procedurals are a concept we're all familiar with. We pick up on the ins and outs of the law, find a guilty pleasure when a cop gets too rough with a real criminal, and watch as friendships and rivalries form within (and outside) the precinct. A few games have tried to emulate that feel before, but never quite hit the right notes with tight restrictions and railroaded plots making the game more about puzzle solving and less about your choices. Not so with The Detail, which truly gives you the freedom to be the kind of cop (or criminal) you want to be. Rival Games' The Detail is the police procedural game I've always wanted.