Comic Review – Reborn #3 (Image Comics)

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

I had a (relatively) small stack this week, but I have been meaning to review Reborn for a while now. This week issue #3 of this fairly new Image Comics series came out, created by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo, with Millar on writing duties, Capullo on pencils, inks by Jonathan Glapion, colours by FCO Plascencia and letters from Nate Piekos.

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Cover by Capullo, Glapion & Plascencia

Reborn stars Bonnie Black, a previously 80-year-old woman who has been reborn as a 25-year-old warrior queen, fated to defend the world of Adystria against the forces of Lord Golgotha and The Dark Lands. When she awoke in this new land, she found the world populated with long-lost loved ones and was reunited with her father. Now the pair of them, along with Bonnie’s childhood dog Roy Boy (now a huge armored beast), are travelling Adystria, while hunted by her now anthropomorphic cat Frost, who is working for Golgotha and bears a serious grudge against her. But Frost isn’t the only danger they need to worry about.

Everything I just said probably sounds pretty crazy. Which is fair. Reborn is kitchen-sink crazy with everything that populates this weird after-life plane. It is high concept fantasy and is a hell of a lot of fun to go along with it. Millar’s dialogue and plot move at a breakneck pace in this latest issue, and while it still may not be clear where the story is actually going, it is compelling enough to lose yourself in. A few character beats and choices felt a little out of step, with a particular moment of blind and idiotic trust in a stranger being difficult to believe from anyone without serious head trauma, but mostly this is very strongly written.

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Art by Capullo, Glapion, Plascencia & Piekos

Millar has been on somewhat of a roll of late with the artists he pairs up with, and while I was sad to see Capullo leave Batman after such an incredible run with Scott Snyder, it is nice to see him stretch some fantasy muscles in Reborn. The result is something truly breathtaking, with dynamic and visceral action being the real strengths here. The standouts in this issue are the terrifying excellence of the monstrous second and third pages, and the gorgeous Black Wish Mountain towards the end of the issue. Glapion and Plascencia have been working with Capullo for a while now, and clearly know how to really make his pencils stand out. The result is an art team producing work that is worth the cover price alone, regardless of the story.

Reborn is a great looking, huge and insane fantasy book that you should be definitely checking out. I can’t wait to see where the series goes, and what weird and wonderful creatures Capullo is going to get to draw along the way. Check it out at your local comic book shop or digitally now!

Score: 8 Political Prisoners out of 10

Total Reroll: Episode 67 – Season 2 Review (S2)

Welcome back to Season 2 of Total Reroll, our Dungeons and Dragons podcast! Adam has been playing some some good old fashioned D&D with some friends in London, except it isn’t old fashioned because it’s 5th edition. After finishing ‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen’, we’ve moved on with the same characters to ‘Rise of Tiamat’, the second part of the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. You can find mega-posts of all of the Season 1 content here and Season 2 here.

This week we have a short review episode where a few of the players and the DM chat about Season 2 and how everyone thought it went, where we deviated from the source material and what we’ve got coming up next. Check it out!


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That is it for our second season! We hope you’ve enjoyed it. We’ll be back next week with the start of a brand new season, with new characters and a new world to play around in. It will be called Total Reroll: Equinox, and will be starting again at episode 1. If you know anyone that you think might enjoy it please share it around, we think this would be a great jumping on point! And keep an eye out on our social media accounts for when we release the first ep, and if you fancy it then help us to get the word out with shares and retweets. We’d really appreciate it!

If you have any feedback email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk, tweet us @lost_lighthouse or get in touch via our Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast feed or on itunes, and feel free to share or retweet too! Fancy supporting Total Reroll and The Lost Lighthouse? Check out our completely optional, pay-what-you-want Paypal donation page!

Our intro and outro music is ‘Acid Splash’ by Rich Thomson, and our “adverts” are provided by Anthony Walsh.

Enjoy!

 

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Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Tyranny of Dragons Book 1)

Rise of Tiamat (Tyranny of Dragons Book 2)

Dungeon Master’s Guide

Player’s Handbook

Monster Manual

Total Reroll: Tyranny of Dragons Final Character Sheets

Last week we released the stand-in episode for what would have been the Season 2 finale of Total Reroll, our 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons podcast, after my computer up and died abruptly and lost the audio file for the actual episode. Tomorrow we’ll be putting out a review episode where I chat with the DM Ian and a few of the other players about the second season, and we tease what is to come in Season 3 which starts next week. It will be starting again from episode one, with a new world and new characters, and we are hoping it will be a great jumping on point for new listeners. If you enjoy the podcast, we’d really appreciate you sharing it around to anyone you think might enjoy it. For now, we thought it might be fun to share the final character sheets for (almost) all of the characters we played as for the last year and a half through Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamat, to see what a mess some of us made of them (click to enlarge).

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Red was my character, a human female barbarian who was just a clone of Red Sonja, with a tropey backstory and an object of vengeance stolen from Warhammer 40K. I spent most of the time trying to turn her into something similarly unkillable, and based on the hit points I got to I think I did alright, much to Ian’s chagrin. No regrets.

 

Ravoprax

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Ravoprax was our bronze dragonborn druid, played by Alun. He was most known for casting moonbeam and filling every battle with a pile of summoned animals to bother the DM’s monsters.

 

Amber

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Amber the dwarven ranger, played by Abi, was a bit of a ringer as she often couldn’t make the sessions. But considering she very often did a huge amount of the damage needed to help us survive, she was definitely an integral part of the group.

 

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Nausicaa, our half-genasi bard played by Ed, was usually pretty handy with a sleep spell or mocking words, and wouldn’t let a pub go past without trying to sing for a bit of extra coin.

 

Dariah

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Kirsty played Dariah, a half-drow monk who pretended to be the daughter of the famous hero Drizzt Do’Urden to hide her fairly horrible backstory.

 

Carnicula

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Carnicula, played by Stu, was our only character to die outright. No one seemed particularly bummed out by that. Mainly because he kept eating people when we weren’t looking.

 

Vin Johnson/Froomie

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Vin Johnson, the goliath ranger, was Stu’s second character after the death of Carnicula. He added basically nothing to proceedings, other than announcing his name constantly like a Pokémon.

 

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Artin, played by Angela, was our hill dwarf fighter (or hill fighter dwarf, depending on who you asked) who was looking for the sword containing the soul of her great x 100 grandmother. Once she found it, she used it to behead a bunch of dragons. Not bad.

Finally, there was Eldo Timbers Cracklebang, our tempest cleric forest gnome and Talos worshipper played by Erick. I don’t have his character sheets, but despite moving back to America before we wrapped up Tyranny of Dragons, he Skyped in for the final fight with Tiamat. Maximum Effort.

And that is it! Remember to check out the review episode tomorrow, with our new story starting next week!

 

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!

Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Tyranny of Dragons Book 1)

Rise of Tiamat (Tyranny of Dragons Book 2)

Dungeon Master’s Guide

Player’s Handbook

Monster Manual

Retrospective on R.A. Salvatore

Our pal (and Total Reroll DM) Ian likes books. Here is what he thinks of some of them.

Over 10,000,000 copies sold. Think about that. New York Time’s bestselling author R.A. Salvatore is one of the most successful writers of fantasy to have ever lived. On October 25th his latest novel Hero will be released, book three of the Homecoming trilogy following his iconic character Drizzt Do’Urden, the stoic dark elf with a heart of gold that has spawned countless imitations both in print and in game. He has written over 70 novels in a thirty year career, starting with The Crystal Shard in 1988, and in this time has also managed to write comics, graphic novels, computer games, movies, TV episodes…I don’t have time to list all of it. Luckily he has an astoundingly comprehensive website (http://www.rasalvatore.com/) detailing everything he has turned his talents to.

hero-coverThe publication of Hero, which will star the iconic Drizzt, seems a good point to have a look at what makes Salvatore so continually appealing. I’ve read dozens of his books- at least forty are set in the Forgotten Realms, the universe where the Dungeons & Dragons games are set. Salvatore famously received death threats after writing Vector Prime, a Star Wars novel in the old expanded universe (now non-canonical after Disney’s Star Wars acquisition) which killed off fan-favourite Chewbacca by smashing a moon on him. It’s a good book.

What am I trying to say here? There is a reason Salvatore is as enduringly successful as he is, and it’s a combination of character, pacing, action, and humour. Even with so many long-running series in his hands, his understanding of character motivation (even in the most fantastical settings) allows the reader to empathise with the most unlikely of individuals. Combined with this is a fantastic sense of pace and dense action (maybe after reading a few of these books in a row the fight scenes start to blur), Salvatore’s cinematic descriptions and endlessly varied and complex action scenes often combined with sincere moments of character development serve to drive narrative constantly forward.

Salvatore has described himself as a writer of ‘buddy fantasy’, with unlikely pairings and teams of characters facing adventure and threat with humour and wit. What is wonderful is that this humour, though ever present, knows when to take a backseat to plot or action or emotion, and is in itself varied in its delivery to perfectly suit the character in question- the sardonically dry wit of assassin Artemis Enteri compared to the bumbling physical comedy of dwarf druid Pikel Bouldershoulder, for example.

I love R. A. Salvatore’s work. It is consistently enthralling, escapist whilst full of relatable characters, fantastical but compellingly real in all the most compelling ways. If you haven’t read any Salvatore, it can be daunting. For a fantasy fan I’d recommend Homeland, but have a look on his website, read some excerpts, and see what strikes your fancy.

Ian (@IanTheGreen)

Total Reroll: Episode 66 – Rise of Tiamat (S2)

Welcome back to Season 2 of Total Reroll, our Dungeons and Dragons podcast! Adam has been playing some some good old fashioned D&D with some friends in London, except it isn’t old fashioned because it’s 5th edition. After finishing ‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen’, we’ve moved on with the same characters to ‘Rise of Tiamat’, the second part of the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. You can find a mega-post of all of the Season 1 content here and Season 2 so far here.

Bad news! As we said on twitter last week, Adam’s computer decided to have a fatal hard disk crash because it was hungry or something, and after a few days of trying various different fixes, unfortunately we had to accept that the audio for the season finale was lost. Which sucks.

To make up for it, the closest thing to a solution we could figure out was this week’s episode – a round table recap and discussion of what happened in that session, how the fight against Tiamat played out and how the story wrapped up. Join Adam (Red), Ian (the DM), Kirsty (Dariah), Ed (Nausicaa) and Abi (Amber) for a chat about the Rise of Tiamat, in what is at least as exhilarating an experience as hearing us actually play!


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Map of the fight. Tiamat in the middle, with her back legs trapped in the icy wreckage of Skyreach. We start the fight on the ridge of the caldera. Grey tokens are each a group of cultists.

If you have any feedback email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk, tweet us @lost_lighthouse or get in touch via our Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast feed or on itunes, and feel free to share or retweet too! Fancy supporting Total Reroll and The Lost Lighthouse? Check out our completely optional, pay-what-you-want Paypal donation page!

Our intro and outro music is ‘Acid Splash’ by Rich Thomson, and our “adverts” are provided by Anthony Walsh.

Enjoy!

Total Reroll: Episode 65 – The Sokovia Plan (S2)

Welcome back to Season 2 of Total Reroll, our Dungeons and Dragons podcast! Adam has been playing some some good old fashioned D&D with some friends in London, except it isn’t old fashioned because it’s 5th edition. After finishing ‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen’, we’ve moved on with the same characters to ‘Rise of Tiamat’, the second part of the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. You can find a mega-post of all of the Season 1 content here and Season 2 so far here.

The final battle with the Cult of the Dragon is underway at the Well of Dragons, deep in the caldera of a volcano. After our allies did a good job of distracting the enemies below, we carry out ‘The Sokovia Plan’ – which involves us crashing the floating ice castle Skyreach down on top of the temple in the middle of the caldera, stopping their ritual for raising the five headed dragon goddess Tiamat. But can we make it off the castle in one piece?


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Map of the fight. Tiamat in the middle, with her back legs trapped in the icy wreckage of Skyreach. We start the fight on the ridge of the caldera. Grey tokens are each a group of cultists.

If you have any feedback email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk, tweet us @lost_lighthouse or get in touch via our Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast feed or on itunes, and feel free to share or retweet too! Fancy supporting Total Reroll and The Lost Lighthouse? Check out our completely optional, pay-what-you-want Paypal donation page!

Our intro and outro music is ‘Acid Splash’ by Rich Thomson, and our “adverts” are provided by Anthony Walsh.

Enjoy!

Total Reroll: Episode 64 – Tyranny of Dragons (S2)

Welcome back to Season 2 of Total Reroll, our Dungeons and Dragons podcast! Adam has been playing some some good old fashioned D&D with some friends in London, except it isn’t old fashioned because it’s 5th edition. After finishing ‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen’, we’ve moved on with the same characters to ‘Rise of Tiamat’, the second part of the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. You can find a mega-post of all of the Season 1 content here and Season 2 so far here.

The gang is aboard the floating ice castle Skyreach, and we are just about to arrive at the Well of Dragons, the caldera of a volcano containing the temple where the Cult of the Dragon is attempting to raise the five-headed dragon goddess Tiamat. We don’t want that to happen.


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Map of the caldera, with the red temple in the middle and 5 coloured towers. Thick black lines into the caldera are tunnels, blue blobs outside are groups of sacrifices and green circles are groups of enemies

If you have any feedback email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk, tweet us @lost_lighthouse or get in touch via our Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast feed or on itunes, and feel free to share or retweet too! Fancy supporting Total Reroll and The Lost Lighthouse? Check out our completely optional, pay-what-you-want Paypal donation page!

Our intro and outro music is ‘Acid Splash’ by Rich Thomson, and our “adverts” are provided by Anthony Walsh.

Enjoy!