Buy This Comic Abbott 1

first_img “Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family. Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.”ABBOTT#1(C+W): Saladin Ahmed (I): Sami Kivela (C): Jason Wordie (L): Jim Campbell (CA): Taj Tenfold (VCA): Micaela DawnThere’s always something special about a comic that just tells you like it is. It doesn’t hold any punches and can still deliver a surprise that promises to knock you out. Abbott #1, a new series by BOOM! Studios and created and written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Sami Kivela, colors by Jason Wordie and letters by Jim Campbell, produce that type of comic. They deliver a story that makes you turn the pages with its strong narrative and enthralling characters, especially its lead, Elena Abbott.via BOOM! StudiosSaladin Ahmed develops Abbott #1 with such a strong presence right out the gate. He entangles us in a time of racial tension and divides in 70s Detroit that makes part of the story, but not the WHOLE story. Yes, tensions are very high in this world which makes you uneasy when reading but works so well to rack up even more of that edginess.He embraces it every single bit of this era. He also doesn’t stick to one element of the story but brings in another one, an otherworldly one. That might make you say, “Where the hell did that come from?!” However, you don’t realize what is thrown at you because it’s so well-built into the story. It proves how much Ahmed can allow this narrative to shine even more with high anticipation and apprehension for whats coming next.via BOOM! StudiosOne thing that stood out to me within this first issue was the dialogue. Ahmed knows how to write dialogue that emerges so casually and tells a story that doesn’t become still, but continuously leaves you turning the pages to know what they’ll say next. The characters very much bring this dialogue to life with vibrant, heavy and sometimes raw material that leave you aghast. Elena Abbott is already one of my favorite comic characters of 2018 so far. This is just from the first issue. She’s literally the “black Lois Lane” of this series. Abbott quickly dominates whatever room she’s in. She’s not taking crap from anyone and in turn becomes one of the most intense yet strong-minded and booming characters in their introduction.Sami Kivelä illustrates this comic like a pulp comic in a modern take that catches your eye immediately. He creates such an outstanding design and looks with his pencils that portrays the era and highlights the characters flawlessly. You can tell within Kivelä’s art that every feature is essential. Within Kivelä’s art, we have these small yet memorable character pieces that you wouldn’t pick up if it weren’t for him. Kivelä and Jason Wordie’s colors create an integrated mixture of gritty and tough Detroit in the 70s, but making each panel a work of art.via BOOM! StudiosJason Wordie’s colors also bring a type of atmosphere of pulp noir in the air of the comic. He plays with neons, warms, and dark cools to lower the mood of the comic. Wordie makes you feel like something is lurking behind every corner. He keeps you in suspense with his colors, playing with the time of day against the autumn leaves falling.Jim Campbell just knows what to do with his letters when he goes into a comic. Campbell knows how to match the tone of the comic with his letters. He also matches the art for placement to highlight characters. I admire his placements of Abbott’s article writings and the way that he breaks those down into these little snippets of what she writes on each page.Abbott #1 is a comic to watch out for. Filled with grit, snark, violence and a little of the supernatural, Abbott #1 is bound to leave you feeling a bit of tension in your stomach, but all over satisfied till the end. Abbott #1 is available now on Comixology and your local comic shop.01/24/18 Releases – In addition to ABBOTT#1 here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Kid Lobotomy #4 by Peter Milligan (W), Tess Fowler (A), Lee Loughridge (C), Aditya Bidikar (L) Black Crown/IDWAltered History Of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor (W+A) Oni PressDoom Patrol #10 by Gerard Way (W), Nick Derington & Tom Fowler (A & I), Tamra Bonvillain (C), Todd Klein (L) DC ComicsMine: A Celebration Of Liberty And Freedom For All Benefitting Planned Parenthood GN by Various (W) & Various (A) ComicmixLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Is Anthem The Next Fallout 76

first_img There’s a lot riding on Anthem, EA’s big online sci-fi multiplayer shooter coming in just a few weeks. Although we know now Dragon Age 4 is probably a thing, Anthem still seems like the last chance for BioWare after the Mass Effect Andromeda debacle. And we’re guessing it’s going to be way tougher for other publishers to create their own Destiny now that actual Destiny is firmly in the hands of Bungie and Bungie alone.Based on what we’ve seen to so far, Anthem, one of the biggest games on 2019, has plenty going for it. The style, while generic, is at least making use of all the money surely being thrown at it. And flying around in the jungle with your buds in your off-brand Iron Man armor seems fun in a way that’s hard to mess up. But as Anthem inches closer to its release date, after already suffering a mild delay out of late 2018, we’re worried that we’re starting to get some serious Fallout 76 vibes off of it.For starters, Anthem and Fallout 76 share some conceptual level flaws in that they are both misusing the talents of their teams. Fallout 76 took flack for thinking that adding multiplayer to the franchise would make players okay with all the rich single-player RPG quest content being stripped out. Players weren’t okay.Meanwhile, BioWare is also known for developing some of the most beloved single-player narratives in gaming. Sure later Mass Effect games put more emphasis on the multiplayer and third-person shooting, but the story is what held it together (whatever your thoughts on Mass Effect 3 are aside). But while we don’t doubt Anthem will have some of the storytelling BioWare is known for, we just suspect it’ll be more in the margins so the multiplayer shooting can shine.But that’s all pretty philosophical. More substantively, Anthem gave us Fallout 76 flashbacks over this past weekend as countless players reported difficulties logging into its VIP preview beta demo. Making an online video game is hard. The whole point of tests like this is to see how your game actually performs with lots of real people logging onto the servers as once. Some issues are inevitable and that’s fine.Even with that low bar though Anthem beta players still encountered technical obstacles they never expected. Load screens that never ended. Being cut off from the servers entirely. Severely debilitating lag. Freezing and crashing out of nowhere. Multiplayer missions with no one in them. Broken leveling up and gear that didn’t actually improve you. This isn’t the final game and shouldn’t be judged as such, but it’s enough to cause cold sweats among those who suffered through the barely finished Andromeda or watched in horror as a bug caused Fallout 76’s 50 GB beta to delete itself instead of running.And for one more Fallout 76 comparison, BioWare is apologizing for the poor beta performance by offering free new skins to players as we go into the next beta period and soon after the the full launch. At least it isn’t an apology tote bag.Hopefully these are all just growing pains and Anthem launches on February 22 safe and sound. But if Anthem fails, and takes BioWare down with it, what’s next for EA? Nothing but sports games and cancelled Star Wars games? Just fix all of these problems and make a new KOTOR, you cowards! Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more