Total Reroll NSCU: Episode 27 – I Love My Swords

Welcome to the episode 27 of Total Reroll NSCU, our Dungeons and Dragons podcast series. We are members of the Neverwinter Special Crimes Unit, brought in to investigate strange goings on in the city of Neverwinter and to uphold the law!

We just busted up the drow mercenary gang Bregan D’aerthe, who years ago killed Grim’s partner. A type of justice was meted out. Now its time for some well deserved R&R (after one of us is chewed out by the Captain…).

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Dungeon Master’s Guide

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Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

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Tales from the Yawning Portal

Comic Book Review – Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 (Boom! Studios)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Then he reviews one every other week.

I am a long-time fan of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, and though I dropped off the comic book continuation, the announcement of essentially a “modern” (well, not late-90’s) comic reboot had me intrigued. More intriguing is that the new Buffy is being written by colourist-of-at-least-a-third-of-all-my-favourite-comics Jordie Bellaire, with illustrations by Dan Mora, colours from Raúl Angulo, lettering by Ed Dukeshire and cover art by Matthew Taylor.

On the off chance that you don’t know, the basic premise of Buffy is this: Into every generation, a Slayer is born; a chosen one. They alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. Buffy Summers is that Slayer, and those vampires, demons and forces of darkness are all congregating in the town of Sunnydale. Mostly because there is a Hellmouth there. Buffy is new in the town, working a crappy fast-food restaurant job and struggling to connect with other students, while patrolling for vampires and arguing with her Watcher Giles. But there is someone selling magic items to vamps that seems to be making them stake-proof, so the Slayer has her work cut out for her.

Bellaire doesn’t waste much time establishing Buffy’s world here, but this issue is as much about resetting and reassuring that despite the smart phone on the front cover, the spirit and feeling of the original TV series will be maintained. That much is clear in the character relationships shown her, with brief interactions between Buffy and her mother Joyce, her Watcher Giles, and her first meeting with her soon to be fellow Scoobies Willow and Xander all note-perfect for what has come before. But that isn’t to say Bellaire plays it safe here, or is simply retreading this Slayer’s origin story. In between the familiar, the actual driving plot seems compelling on its own, but without the baggage of 7 years of stories. There is a good mix of known and unknown dangers and threads that make me excited for what is to come.

Mora’s art complements the story and the feeling of familiarity well, with each of the main characters very much resembling their TV counterpart, but not slavishly so or to the detriment to the rest of the art. The couple of action scenes are fun and dynamic, with dusting vamps looking much cooler than it ever did on the show. The Sunnydale High library is somehow daunting and oppressive, and while many scenes are bright with Angulo’s vibrant colours, they have deep shadows that help to sell the horror angle of the book.

I was worried that as part of this reboot of Buffy there would be a painful attempt to sound too young, to be too referential to current tech or apps. But as with the TV show itself, the new series largely eschews that and manages to feel both relevant and timeless. The art is great, and the world and the characters felt both familiar and fresh at the same time. I really enjoyed this issue and can’t wait for more. Pick it up at your LCS or online now!

Total Reroll NSCU: Episode 26 – The House with a Horse in the Window

Welcome to the episode 26 of Total Reroll NSCU, our new Dungeons and Dragons podcast series. We are members of the Neverwinter Special Crimes Unit, brought in to investigate strange goings on in the city of Neverwinter and to uphold the law!

We are in the HQ of the drow mercenaries Bregan D’aerthe, the gang who killed Grim’s partner years ago. But will he find justice?

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New episodes are out every other week on alternate Fridays to The Weekly Rapture pop culture podcast. If you enjoy the episode, please let us know on Twitter or Facebook, give us a 5* rating on itunes, or share with anyone you think may enjoy it!

Our intro and outro music is ‘Winter’s Howl’ by Ed Curry.

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Dungeon Master’s Guide

Player’s Handbook

Monster Manual

Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

Starter Set

Tales from the Yawning Portal

Comic Review – Black Widow #1 (Marvel Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

After a bit of a break, we are back with our weekly comic reviews! Warning: minor spoilers.

“Finally I can let my monster loose, the killer I was meant to be.” Black Widow

Cover art by Crain (Marvel)

Sorry for the long break between my reviews, I’m back now for 2019 and glad to be here! Conveniently my first day back coincided with the release of a new Black Widow series from Marvel. Black Widow is someone I first really got to know through the MCU, and while I’ve seen some of her adventures in the comic series, these have often been vicariously via cameos in other books. Additionally, the 2016 Waid and Samnee run was recommended to me countless times and is a series I regret not picking up before. This latest run is bought to us by:

  • Writers – Jen and Sylvia Soska
  • Artist – Flaviano
  • Colour Artist – Veronica Gandini
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Caramagna
  • Cover artist – Clayton Crain

The series begins with a team up between Captain America and Black Widow, providing an interesting dynamic considering the climax of things between them during the events of the recent Secret Empire. This is referenced heavily, explaining Black Widow’s current non-Avenger status in the world as well as what she has come through in recent comic book history. Reading this felt like a throw back to the Secret Empire run with the intention to draw a line under it for Black Widow to move on from. Additionally, her dialogue with Cap establishes her key motivation and attitude that will be sure to form the running theme throughout this series, specifically it frame this Black Widow as one who is more than happy to get some blood on her hands to put criminals and villains to a permanent end.

Art by Flaviano, Gandini and Caramagna (Marvel)

After the resolution of things between her and Cap she’s off to lead on her own solo mission that is yet to be defined, with her objective only becoming clear during the final pages of the issue, which will presumably become the initial main conflict. Jen and Sylvia Soska have framed this series as a violent and bloody one with Black Widow no longer held back from the Avengers or the morality of other characters.

The main criticism I would raise against this issue is how although Flaviano and Gandini’s art is very good, it feels a little out of place considering the tone of the story. Were this art in say a Squirrel Girl, Spider-Man or other more light-hearted run it would be right at home. The art is colourful, and the action scenes feel reminiscent of the super hero cartoons that I fell in love with as a kid. The scenery and backgrounds are vibrant and bring the nightlife and settings to life, although I would have expected more muted tones. Caramagna’s lettering is worked into the issue well, providing robust and functional dialogue throughout without much of a call for anything fancy to be done.

 

Final Verdict

Black Widow is presented as a hard drinking killer willing to do what other’s won’t. This feels like a return to the traditional portrayal of Black Widow, who I certainly want to get to know more. I have criticised the art style, however that is less to do with the quality, more to do with the contrast against the story. This is purely based on the one issue however, and the story may develop to where its pairing with the art may become more apparent.

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 128 – Speaking of Surrealism

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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Big News

We skipped news this week!

Yearly Top 3s

This week we went through our favourite 3 films, video games, TV shows and books of 2018. Let us know your top 3s!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Hole by Hye-young Pyun, Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson, Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett and The Trial by Franz Kafka/A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 3 and Final Space on Netflix/Call of Cthulhu and The Witcher 3 on PS4
IanKilling Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite/The Death of Stalin and Bird Box on Netflix/Firewatch and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on the Nintendo Switch

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Total Reroll NSCU: Episode 25 – Honey Trap

Welcome to the episode 25 of Total Reroll NSCU, our new Dungeons and Dragons podcast series. We are members of the Neverwinter Special Crimes Unit, brought in to investigate strange goings on in the city of Neverwinter and to uphold the law!

We are closing in on the HQ of the drow mercenaries Bregan D’aerthe, the gang who killed Grim’s partner years ago. Time for some subtle infiltration.

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New episodes are out every other week on alternate Fridays to The Weekly Rapture pop culture podcast. If you enjoy the episode, please let us know on Twitter or Facebook, give us a 5* rating on itunes, or share with anyone you think may enjoy it!

Our intro and outro music is ‘Winter’s Howl’ by Ed Curry.

Enjoy!

Fancy supporting the site? You can pick up all of the 5th edition D&D books from Wizards of the Coast using our Amazon links below, and we’ll get a cut with no extra cost to you!

Dungeon Master’s Guide

Player’s Handbook

Monster Manual

Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

Starter Set

Tales from the Yawning Portal

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 127 – Sentences are Hard

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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Big News

This week we chat about the new trailers for Avengers: EndgameGodzilla: King of the Monsters, Bird Box, Angels of Death, and Brightburn, some of the things announced at the Game Awards, including Dragon Age 4, Hades, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and The Outer Worlds, and new on Doctor Strange 2.

Screentime – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

We review the new Spider-Man animated movie from Marvel and Sony! We don’t go into spoilers, mostly because we are too busy being overwhelmingly positive about it.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Once and Future Book by Ian Green/Doctor Who Series 11 on BBC 1/Call of Cthulhu on PS4
IanKilling Commendatore by Haruki Murakami and Malagash by Joey Comeau/The Good Place on Netflix, Dynasties with David Attenborough and The State of It on BBC iPlayer/Dark Souls Remastered on Nintendo Switch, Red Dead Redemption 2 Online on PS4, PUBG on iPad

Check out any of those through those Amazon links and we get a kick back! Or you can go through here.

Look at those yellow boys. They are the same boy.

You can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.Fancy supporting our site? Head on over to our Paypal donation page! It’s completely optional, set your own price! Even £1 helps us with hosting costs and we’d really appreciate it! Cheers!