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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Kirby’s Adventure” (NES, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re introducing what may become a new feature: Greatest Levels in Gaming, starting with one of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s last, but most cherished games. Before we kick this off, if you have any concerns about spoiling a 30-year old game, then you might want to avoid this retrospective. Then again,

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Review: “AE: American Evil” or an Open Letter to CФMMIЭ МДЯK (Monochrome May Special)

Dear Mr. C0MMI3 MARK, Upon seeing your request for feedback on AE: American Evil, your collaborative project with artist Tony Sizzle, I have decided to pen this response and let you know what I think about the book and the prospects for additional AE projects in the future. As you yourself admit in the forward, American Evil is intended as

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Retro Review: “Daedalian Opus” (Nintendo Game Boy, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of black and white entertainment! Today we’re going to pick apart a lesser-known puzzle game for the Nintendo Game Boy, Daedalian Opus. Published by Vic Tokai in 1990, Daedalian Opus is a Tetris-inspired twist on tangram puzzles. What’s a tangram puzzle? Tangrams are designed around rearranging various two dimensional shapes called

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Ashes as Remains: Peter Lorre, ‘Der Verlorene’, and Post WWII Germany (Monochrome May Special)

The 50’s was a drought for the established character actor Peter Lorre, but perhaps things seemed brighter at the start of the decade with his directorial debut, a postwar German thriller, Der Verlorene, or The Lost One, sometimes translated as The Lost Man. Released in 1951, Der Verlorene tells the story of one Dr. Karl Neumeister (Peter Lorre), working at

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Small Packages – Good Things? Meet “Mini-Comic Bundles” (Interview, Monochrome May Special)

In late 2020, independent comic book creators Aaron Guzman and Jason Alexander launched a monthly subscription service for Mini-Comic Bundles, collections of miniaturized comics small enough to put in your pocket. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss this unique project with both creators. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible

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Review: “Black and White Remastered” (Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re cheating a bit on the whole “Monochrome” thing to feature Black and White Remastered, a completely redrawn and enhanced version of Art Thibert’s superhero comics originally published in the mid-90s by Image and made possible today by a successful crowdfunding campaign.*Written and illustrated by Art Thibert and co-written by Taylor

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Review: “The Swan King” (Alterna Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things colorless and achromatic! Today we’re going to review the black and white bargain buy, The Swan King. Published in 2020 by Alterna Comics as a “One-Dollar One-Shot”, The Swan King is a 19-page, standalone story written and illustrated by Wentland and lettered by Wes Locher. Set in the

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Retro Review: “Mortal Kombat” (Nintendo Game Boy, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of black and white entertainment! Given the recent release of the latest Mortal Kombat feature film, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look at another abysmal MK abortion in the form of Mortal Kombat for the Nintendo Game Boy! Released by Acclaim on September 13, 1993 (aka “Mortal Monday“), the

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Under the Radar: “Dark Horse Presents” #1 – The First Appearance of Concrete (Monochrome May Special)

Welcome to a special Monochrome May edition of Under the Radar, a segment where we spotlight comic books that don’t have the widespread attention of the comic book community that they should.  Today, we’ll be looking at the black and white comic book Dark Horse Presents #1, which not only launched the flagship anthology series from Dark Horse Comics, but

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Crowdfunding Review: “More Lethal” (King Toad Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things chiaroscuro! Today we’ll be reviewing the crowdfunded action/sci-fi comic book More Lethal by King Toad Comics.  For those of you not familiar with the “crowdfunding review” format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and Shipping Stretch Goals

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Review: “Winter War” (Caliber Comics – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring Winter War, a 99-page, historically-based graphic novel published by Caliber Comics in 2014 that collects issues 1-4 of the original miniseries.* Spoilers ahead! Winter War covers the conflict between Soviet Russia and Finland during the winter of 1939-1940. Scripted and penciled by Kurt Belcher, Winter War ventures into rare

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Crowdfunding Review: “ASYL” (Secret Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of everything black, white, and gray in between! Today we’ll be reviewing the crowdfunded vampire horror comic book ASYL by Secret Comics.  For those of you not familiar with the “crowdfunding review” format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and

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Backlog Review: “Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition” (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re going to pick apart Bracket Games’ Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition, a visual novel for the Nintendo Switch.Three Fourths Home tells the story of a young woman named Kelly who is talking to her family members over a cell phone as she drives to their home. If that doesn’t sound

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Spotlight: DC Direct’s Batman Black and White Statue Series (Monochrome May Special)

Batman Black and White is an anthology series focusing on the universe of the titular character, as depicted in short stories by the very best talent in comic books. Originally a four-issue series produced by DC Comics in 1996, the format proved to be so successful that not only did it inspire four additional Batman Black and White series (totaling

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Color be Damned! The Splintering’s “Monochrome May” Returns!

Holiday themed events are a dime a dozen (Like The Splintering’s Festival of Dread & Jolly Jinglings, perhaps?). But why wait for another major holiday to have a special themed event? We couldn’t come up with a good reason, either. That’s why 2020 marked the inaugural Monochrome May, a celebration of black and white games, comics, movies, and all things

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Retro Review: “The Flash” (Game Boy – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring The Flash, THQ’s side-scrolling action game based on the short-lived superhero TV series starring John Wesley Shipp. Welcome to Central City – home to a herd of dastardly ne’er-do-wells known as the Rogues! Led by the maniacal Trickster, villains such as Mirror Master and Captain Cold are terrorizing the

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Review: “IF – A Crime Anthology” (Alterna Comics – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring IF – A Crime Anthology, a black and white anthology book published by Alterna Comics. With the title of A Crime Anthology, it might be expected that all of the the stories would be gritty or noir mysteries featuring “hard-boiled” detectives or Scorsese-esque gangsters, but this isn’t the case.

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Review: “Iron Sights” (Splatto Comics – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring Splatto Comics’ Iron Sights, which was successfully crowdfunded into existence in 2018. Following up on his successful Jawbreakers: Lost Souls superhero book, independent comic creator and Splatto Comics founder Richard C. Meyer chose to go a very different route with his next project, Iron Sights. Co-written by Carlos Ivan

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Impressions: “Gunpowder on the Teeth Arcade” (Switch, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re picking apart Gunpowder on the Teeth Arcade for the Nintendo Switch. While I would have preferred to do a full review, I’m limiting my thoughts to “impressions” as I didn’t finish the entire game… read on to see why. Do you love the smell of gunpowder in the morning? Gunpowder

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Michael Derrick talks his latest comic book project “Grayskale” (Interview – Monochrome May Special)

In January, writer Michael Derrick launched an Indiegogo campaign for Grayskale, an all-new graphic novel about a superhero with the ability to exploit karma. We have interviewed Derrick previously about other projects, and we were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his new Grayskale campaign.

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Review: “Gunman Clive” (Switch/Wii U/3DS/Steam – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring Gunman Clive, a retro-inspired side-scroller with a distinct sepia-tone aesthetic. Created by Swedish game creator Bertil Hörberg, Gunman Clive actually began its life as an Android mobile game. Thankfully, Hörberg ported the game to platforms that don’t require virtual buttons, starting with the Nintendo 3DS in December 2012. Get

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Review: “Batman Black and White” (DC Comics – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring the trade paperback edition of Batman Black and White, the four-issue anthology miniseries published by DC Comics. The individual issues of Batman Black and White included five stories that were eight pages long, and the first collected edition was released in 1998. Each story features the work of a

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Review: “The Abductables” (Cauldron Comics – Monochrome May Special)

At some point, aliens became a part of horror culture. Why did this happen, exactly? Was it the consistent appearance of Kodos and Kang in The Simpsons‘ Treehouse of Horror speicals? The release of Ridley Scott’s Alien film series? Or does it go even further back to Cold War-era sci-fi/horror flicks like Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Whenever it happened,

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Review: “Tales from the Suicide Forest” (Amigo Comics – Monochrome May Special)

Written by EL TORRES and featuring illustrations by Fran Galán, Tales from the Suicide Forest is a supernatural horror book set in Aokigahara. As such, the book is not based on any real-world examples of actual suicides, but it consists of disturbing accounts of people who find themselves in dark places.

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“Monochrome World” coming 7 May to Switch, Steam PC; 20% discount with preorder (Monochrome May Special)

We love how everyone is getting in the Monochrome May spirit! Game publisher CFK has announced that their new action puzzler Monochrome World will release on Thursday, 7 May for both Nintendo Switch and Steam PC. If you pre-purchase the game via Steam or the Switch eShop, you can receive a 20% discount to celebrate the game’s launch (and to

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Review: Legends of Log (Alterna Comics – Monochrome May Special)

After making a few appearances in the pages of Alterna’s anthology series It Came Out on a Wednesday, Ski Suharski’s Legends of Log received its very own “One-Dollar One-Shot” book in January. It’s a great price for a quick read featuring a unique character, but what exactly do you get for your hard-earned buck? The Log character has appeared in

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Announcing The Splintering’s “Monochrome May” Event!

We’ve done theme months for both the Halloween and Christmas seasons (The Festival of Dread & Jolly Jinglings, respectively), but why wait for another major holiday to have a theme event? We couldn’t come up with a good reason, either. That’s why The Splintering has decided to christen this month as Monochrome May, a celebration of black and white games,

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