It’s a week of dark and twisted worlds…
My comic recommendations, in fact almost all of my recommendations, this week come in the form of the dark and disturbing… my favourite!
For our mainstream release I’ve chosen DC: Justice League: Road To Dark Crisis which depicts a world where the Justice League has tragically fallen in battle, and now we see the aftermath. How does the world react to the Justice League being gone? Which heroes rise up… and which villains try to take advantage? And what dark forces are lying in wait to attack? I much prefer DC’s darker worlds and this sets the stage for the next phase of Dark Crisis.
By The Horns: Dark Earth,, follows Elodie, Sajen, and Evelyn as they return to Lycus on a journey to a continent that may hold the key to stopping the dark blight ravaging their homeland. Their days spent tilling the land in overalls proves short-lived when a mysterious blight devastates the continent of Solothus and forces them to take up a new quest. But first, they’ll have to deal with some dangerous locals.
New Think: Volume 1 is a Black Mirror style anthology comic set in a far-away world… that is actually the reality of living today in America. We explore the cultural and political polarisation of the country and the technocrats that have driven us to such extremes of thought that we see the present as something… futuristic. It’s hard hitting when the fiction titles we turn to for comfort end up representing our real world in an almost unbelievable way…
The Closet #1 follows the main character, Thom, as he is moving cross-country with his family and dragging the past along with them. His son, Jamie, is seeing monsters in the bedroom closet and will not let them go. Fear comes in classic forms. Fear you’re the weaker link in a relationship and not pulling your own weight…fear of leaving youth behind and taking on the responsibilities as parent and partner…fear that you won’t fulfil promises you’ve made… Oh, yes. Also the classic fear of the literal monster in your closet. It’s a horror trope often played for laughs, but Jamie’s not amused. He’s afraid.
If you want to know what I really care about this week – literally the only thing on my mind right now – The Boys Season 3! In all honesty I gave up on the superhero franchise a long time ago, however the first episode of The Boys astounded me and this show just hasn’t let up since! I’ve followed every update and post since season 2 finished and my mind is full of conspiracy theories and I can not wait to see which ones play out! If you haven’t seen this series I would really recommend checking it out from the start, or the spin off short stories in The Boys – Diabolical.
There are only two video games released this week that piqued my interest, the first being Silt which is a surreal underwater puzzle-adventure game. Alone in an underwater abyss, you are a diver searching to uncover long-forgotten mysteries. But in this world you can possess the creatures around you to solve puzzles and travel further into the darkness…Discover strange organisms, unexplored ruins and ancient machinery hidden beneath the water’s surface. Survive encounters with giant deep-sea goliaths. Harness their power to awaken a long-dormant force at the centre of the abyss.
Silt’s unsettling, monochrome world is constructed from sketches pulled from a dark imagination and a harrowing journey awaits you…
Secondly, I very quickly fell in love with the intro to Souldiers. Souldiers is a 2D action-adventure game where you choose to be an archer, caster or scout, each with their own specific combat skills. Souldiers leads players to uncover the mysteries surrounding their supposed death, their mission is to find their way through the depths of the mystery and locate the Guardian in Terragaya to move on to the afterlife.
In typical RPG style, the player unlocks new areas as they unlock new power-ups. Enemies challenged and defeated give the player experience that allows them to level up their character. As the character levels up, they can then unlock new and unique abilities in a skill tree. Each class has its own skill tree, which allows multiple possibilities for players. This allows them to adapt their gameplay to their preferences.
So who’s your favourite character from The Boys? Or are you somehow of the opinion that the show isn’t good? …which is wrong by the way. What’s pulling you into the dark underbelly of binge this week?