Sneak Preview: Holy Crit Returns with Joshua Wise and “The Hard Lessons”

Brian and Sam talk with Joshua Wise, creator of the All Ports Open Network about The Hard Lessons, the new collaborative story telling game that he has created and is currently itch funding. We recently recorded a live-play which will be dropping in the near future. Here we hear about the concept of the game, how it works, and the fun – and challenges – of building fantasy worlds collaboratively.

You can find All Ports Open Network here.  (yes, it is a safe Linktree)
You can go directly to The Hard Lessons Itch funding page here.

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Off The Shelf: New Mutants #25, “Best Laid Plans…”

Review by: Samuel Blair

Hello and welcome to this episode of Church of the Geek: Off the Shelf, our periodic review of new comics. Today I’m reviewing New Mutants #25, “Best Laid Plans…”, written by Vita Ayala, art by Rod Reis and Jan Duursema, color by Ruth Redmond and lettering by Travis Lanham.

Illyana Rasputin has been through some things, but then again so has Madelyne Prior. Madelyne, if you remember, is the clone of Jean Grey created by Mr Sinister who just happened to come life as the real Jean died on the moon and tried to take over the world as the demonic Goblin Queen of Limbo. Illyana, also known by the name Magik, later was tied to the realm of Limbo as its reluctant ruler after the defeat of Madelyne. There is a whole lot more to the history of these two, but as hard as I tried to distill their complicated timelines into a few sentences I found I just couldn’t do it. Suffice it to say that both have seen some tremendous trauma in their lives, including kidnapping, abandonment, betrayal and death, never mind the whole “regent of hell” part.

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Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness: What Makes a Villain?

Brian and Sam discuss Dr. Strange 2 and places we have to reckon with notions of heroes and villains. We have an interesting discussion about the grounds of our moral choices, and how even heroes have things they need to repent of. Brian especially is interested in the perspective of virtue ethics versus consequentialist ethics in Dr Strange’s choice to use the Darkhold to stop Wanda, and Sam draws a parallel to the current problems in the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Off The Shelf: Sam reviews Step By Bloody Step


 

Step by Bloody Step #1-3
Story by Si Spurrier, art by Matias Bergara and Matheus Lopes

Reviewed by Samuel Blair

Step By Bloody Step is a challenge. It’s not only a challenge to read, it’s a challenge to the comics world overall. This wordless drama is a real masterpiece, leaving you often in the same emotional space as the female protagonist: confused, awestruck and ever curious.

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Off The Shelf: Brian reviews Dark Horse Comics’ Daisy #1-5

Brian reviews the 5-issue series Daisy, written and illustrated by Colin Lorimer, colors by Joana Lafuente, and lettering by Jim Campbell, published by Dark Horse. He discusses its relationship to the apocryphal Book of Enoch, especially the mythology of the Nephilim, and the horror of inescapable guilt. Can one be faithful and guilty at the same time?

Interview with Colin Lorimer at AIPT Comics:
https://aiptcomics.com/2021/11/04/colin-lorimer-daisy-qa/

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