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Daredevil Season 3 Spoiler-Free Review

Posted in Comic Books, Review with tags , , on November 5, 2018 by boccobsblog

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I’ve recently finished Daredevil season 3 on Netflix. In true B3 format, here is the good, the badass, and the ugly:

Details
# of episodes: 13
Released: October 19, 2018
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Cast
Charlie Cox – Matt Murdock/Daredevil
Deborah Ann Woll – Karen Page
Vincent D’Onofrio – Wilson Fisk/Kingpin
Wilson Bethel – Benjamin ‘Dex’ Poindexter

The Good

  • Jon Paesano’s score is panic-inducing.
  • The fight scenes are superb.
  • Bethel makes a good Bullseye.
  • Jay Ali gives a great performance as FBI agent Ray Nadeem.

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The Badass

  • Vincent Di is Seriously awesome as Wilson Fisk. I’ve tried to kick ass in a white satin tuxedo, it is much harder than it looks.
  • “Give me your jacket” – no spoilers, but that scene is awesome.
  • Deborah Ann Woll’s performance is amazing. Karen has more character growth than the rest of the cast combined.

The Ugly

  • The “phantom bad guy/taunting version of yourself in your head that only you can see” trope is old hat and very tired.
  • What is Foggy’s purpose? Season four needs to open with Foggy being boiled in acid.
  • Kingpin’s motivations seems thin. Vanessa? BFD, it’s not like she was a Janet Reno or Baby Spice.
  • The dialogue is pretty silly in some spots.
  • They can’t seem to decide Daredevil’s on visual limitations. Sometimes he’s blind. Sometimes he pretends to be blind. At one point he ordered a chicken caesar salad off of a menu in a Shoney’s.
  • Bullseye’s power is lame when used to throw objects. Many of the objects he throws lack the mass to do anything, but each is treated like a kill shot. At one point he throws a small plastic ashtray and Daredevil dives to stop it like it will rip a hole in space-time. The same happens with a microphone. Silliness.

All in all, season 3 is much better than season 2, though not as good as season one. Worth a watch for sure. As of today, no season 4 has been reported, but seems highly likely.

Review: Return of Wolverine #2

Posted in boccob's blessed blog, Comic Books, Review with tags , , on October 31, 2018 by boccobsblog

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I haven’t followed a comic series for quite some time, so when I heard Wolvie was back I went to my local comic shop and picked up #1 on release day. Issue #1 was a slightly open with little plot (read my full review here), but I decided I’d give it a few issues. Now issue #2 has been released and it is sadly, a disappointment. The is very little plot to analyze: Wolvie and the Lunch Lady take a boat ride in pursuit of LL’s son. There is a brief fight with Omega Red (maybe a clone?) and Daken(?). Though both get beaten quickly and easily leading the reader to assume they weren’t real. Let’s hope #3 is better.

Details
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Color Artist: Laura Martin
Letter: Joe Sabino

Review: Return of Wolverine #1

Posted in Comic Books, Product Review with tags , on September 20, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Today marks the return of everyone’s favorite cigar-chomping, baddie-impaling superhero, Wolverine. If you just said, “wait, what? Wolverine was dead?!” Then you should check out the Death of Wolverine. Check out the video trailer for more details:

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Details: Charles Soule
Penciler: Steve McNiven
Inker: Jay Leisten
Color Artist: Laura Martin
Letter: Joe Sabino

While beautifully drawn, the comic raises more questions than it answers. A few I had while reading:

Why are Wolvie’s claws glowing red hot? Was he in Hell?

What caused the wound on his side? (Muramasa blade?)

Why was the lunch lady wearing a lab coat? And why does she know how to suture a wound closed with a staple gun?

The lunch lady say, “I know why you wear blue and yellow.” Then Wolvie puts on black and red? Is he the real wolverine, or just a clone? Is that why he has no memories? Are they being uploaded into a clone body?

Too early to say much, we’ll have to let a few issues unfold, but I’m excited none the less.

 

5th Edition D&D Just Evolved!

Posted in Comic Books, D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Limitless-Adventures.com with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Limitless Adventures has launched a new D&D5E product line: 5th Evolution.

What is 5th Evolution?
5th Evolution (5Evo) takes the wildly popular D&D5e game mechanics and applies them to new genres. 5Evo products are a marriage of comics and roleplaying with each book
divided into three sections:

  • Part 1: the comic. Each 5Evo book opens with a comic that GMs will share
    digitally with their players prior to the gaming session. These comics serve to
    introduce the genre and setting, as well as to get players invested in the coming
    adventure.
  • Part 2: the adventure. The second section of the 5Evo book is a one-shot
    adventure, complete with pregenerated characters, that picks up where the comic
    left off.
  • Part 3: the source guide. Finally, the third section of each 5Evo book is a source
    guide that gives the GM the monsters, equipment, and characters to create their
    own adventures in that particular genre.

The best part? All 5Evo products are completely compatible. Want to have space marines
fight a T-Rex, or see how your wizard would fare against a machine gun-toting mech?
Well you can do that and more with 5Evo.

What Genres Will Be Available?
Three different books will be available during the Kickstarter: Super Heroes, 80’s Horror
Movie, and World War 2.

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Check out 5Evo and evolve your D&D5E game!

Spoiler-Free Review of Deadpool 2

Posted in Comic Books, Films, Gaming Culture, Movie Review with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Went out last night to see Deadpool 2 and here, in B3 tradition, is the good, the badass, and the ugly.

The Good

Cable – I thought it would be weird having Josh Brolin in another Marvel role so soon after Infinity Wars, but it wasn’t weird at all. Brolin is a top-notch talent.

X-Force – DP2 opens the door to an X-Force movie (which is already in the works).

Blind Al – Leslie Uggams doesn’t get much screen time in DP2, but what time she has is gold.

Alpha Flight – Was that a hint towards an AF movie in the works or just a tip of the hat to Canadian supers?

The Badass

It’s Funny – The jokes are good, not as good as DP1, but Ryan Reynolds was squeezed onto this Earth to play this role.

Dopinder – Karan Soni reprises his role as the lovable cab driver and delivers some serious laughs.

The Vanisher – This bit made me laugh so hard.

Domino – Zazie Beetz is awesome as the latest incarnation of Domino. I keep trying to decide what I think of the use of vitiligo for her spot, it kind of works.

Fire Fist/Russell – Julian Dennison delivers some of the best laughs with his pen. (Prison wallet…smh)

The Ugly

Juggernaught’s helmet looked goofy. What is it about superhero helmets that are so hard to replicate – I’m looking at you Magneto.

Cable’s Choice – Without giving too much away, why wouldn’t Cable return home immediately after accomplishing his goal? It seemed very uncharacteristic. A plot hole to allow him to take part in the X-Force movie.

The Heaven Barrier – The whole subplot was a bit cliche.

Shatterstar – This is just a personal preference but, Im a Shatterstar fan and was excited at the idea of him hitting the big screen. I would have liked a little more Shatterstar.

Sequel Slump – DP1 was a great movie, but the sequel falls short. It is hard to say exactly why, maybe it is the attempt at a semi-serious “good guy” plot.

In Summary

All in all, Deadpool 2 was an enjoyable movie with some genuine laughs, but it fell short of the first installment. Grab the Blu-ray today.

Other Reviews

Logan

Wonder Woman

The Last Jedi

 

If you like super hero movies, check out 5Evo, which combines superheroes with D&D5E

Mangaka Review

Posted in Comic Books, Product Review with tags , , , on May 8, 2018 by boccobsblog

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The following is a review of the board game, Mangaka, by Jason Thompson (better known as Mockman). You might remember our review of Jason’s excellent D&D class, the Priestess (available on DM’s Guild). You’ll also recognize Jason’s distinctive art style from his hilarious D&D walk-through maps of classic adventure modules.

Mangaka

Mangaka (Japanese for a comic artist) is the “fast and furious game of drawing comics”. In Mangaka you play as manga artists trying to achieve fame in a comic world of ever-shifting tastes, trends, and fads. The game is very easy to learn and play and only has three rules. No, you read that correctly, Mangaka has just three rules:

  • Express your themes
  • Draw something in each panel
  • No more than three word balloons are allowed each round

Each player gains fame for following the rules, drawing their obsessions, and carrying out the special instructions on their theme cards. Notice that your drawing skill (or lack thereof) does not come into play. You do not need to be an artist to play or enjoy this game (in fact, we find the opposite to be true, the worse the artist, the more fun). After four progressively difficult rounds, each player will have a complete comic masterpiece suitable for framing or shaming.

The game has an obvious manga flavor, but can be enjoyed by anyone. The idea of drawing a comic strip is easy for anyone to pick up. With variant rules both in the rulebook and on the Mangaka website (mangakagame.com) and different difficulty modes, this game has a ton of replay value.

One aspect of this game that players will truly appreciate is that it can be played solo (or Han-Style for those in the know). It is hard to find board games that offer a one-player variant and this rule allows for maximum replay value. Aside from the obvious entertainment of solo-play, an aspiring manga artist could actually benefit from having to work under a timetable and forcing themselves to draw content that is outside of their comfort level.

Well-Supported Web Content

Mangakagame.com is an excellent resource that adds greatly to the value of the game. The site is routinely updated with frequently-asked questions and errata. There are also variant rules, a hilarious gallery of comics and art, and a place to download additional drawing paper to replenish the pad of comic cells included in the game.

Designers

Jason Bradley Thompson – serves as the game’s lead designer. Thompson is a talented artist and author; he wrote Manga: The Complete Guide (available from Random House), and also illustrated an exquisite collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories entitled, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath & Other Stories (available from Mockman Press). Jason is also an avid player and fan of Dungeons & Dragons and has illustrated several humorous walk-through maps of famous D&D adventures like Tomb of Horrors and White Plume Mountain.

Thompson was aided in the production of the game by producer/graphic designer Jumana Al Hashal, interior game artist, Eric Muentes, and cover artist, Ike whose last name must be hidden from the Yakuza to protect his family.

Mangaka at a glance

  • 1-8 players, aged 12 and up (rules for a younger audience can be found on the website)
  • Takes about 30 – 60 minutes (longer for bigger groups, or if alcohol is involved)
  • Targeted at teens and up
  • You don’t need to be an artist to play

Game Components

  • 136 Theme Cards
  • 52 Trend Cards
  • 160 Fame Tokens
  • Comic Pages (blank)*
  • Rule Book

Mangaka is easy to learn, fast to play and will appeal to a diverse audience. Pick up your copy from Amazon, Japanime Games, or Mangakagames.com.

*Download additional comic pages here

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I cannot suggest this game enough. It is fun for families, gamers, and manga enthusiasts alike. Mangaka is easy to learn and quick to play. Give it a try!

Buy Mangaka

http://www.Mangakagame.com

About the Author – Andrew Hand is a designer/co-founder at Limitless Adventures.

5E Has Evolved! (5Evo)

Posted in Comic Books, D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 4, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Introducing 5th Evolution

by Limitless Adventures

What is 5th Evolution?

5th Evolution (5Evo) takes the wildly popular 5e game mechanics and applies them to new genres. 5Evo products are a marriage of comics and roleplaying with each book divided into three sections.

  • Part 1: the comic. Each 5Evo book opens with a comic that GMs will share digitally with their players prior to the gaming session. These comics serve to introduce the genre and setting, as well as to get players invested in the coming adventure.
  • Part 2: the adventure. The second section of the 5Evo book is a one-shot adventure, complete with pregenerated characters, that picks up where the comic left off.
  • Part 3: the source guide. Finally, the third section of each 5Evo book is a source guide that gives the GM the monsters, equipment, and characters to create their own adventures in that particular genre.

The best part? All 5Evo products are completely compatible. Want to have space marines fight a T-Rex, or see how your wizard would fare against a machine gun-toting mech? Well you can do that and more with 5Evo.

Why 5E?

5th Evolution is intended for gamers that enjoy the 5E game engine and would like to use it in other genres. 5E is wildly popular, has been extensively play-tested, and is easy for new players to learn. #5Evo

What Genres Will Be Available?

Three different books will be available during the Kickstarter: Super Heroes, 80’s Horror Movie, and Supernatural World War 2. There are many more to come!

When Will 5Evo Be Available?

5th Evolution will be available on Kickstarter starting on June 4th.

Where Can I Learn More?

Check out 5thevolution.com or e-mail support@limitless-adventures.com