Category Archives: Opinion

Crowdfunding Review: “Ultra Star” (Riot Press Productions)

Ultra Star was the first issue of a solo-owned IP that Parnell decided to bring to crowdfunding, and is the first campaign of Patrick Thomas Parnell’s that I have backed. He has done four previous campaigns surrounding his Johnny Phantasm IP, for which he is the co-creator and artist. Johnny Phantasm’s abstract art style and Beetlejuice-meets-Scarface story never really appealed

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Comic Review: “Black Bishop” (Evoluzione Publishing)

Who will win the game of spies, superheroes and assassins? Today we’re going to take a look at Black Bishop, at 32-page one-shot comic published by Evoluzione. Some story spoilers will follow! Written and created by Marcel Dupree, co-written by Guido Martinez and illustrated by Gaurav Shrivastava, Black Bishop is an action-packed spy adventure set in a world where governments and

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Retro Review: “Psycho Dream” (Super Famicom)

Good day, fellow psychos. Today we’re going to take a look at Psycho Dream, a side-scrolling action game developed by Riot and published by Telenet in 1992 for the Nintendo Super Famicom (aka the Super Nintendo in the US). Psycho Dream is set in a sci-fi inspired alternate reality, one where a new form of entertainment known as “D-Movies” have

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Throwback Review: “Dark Nemesis – New Year’s Evil” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration of all things gold, frankincense and myrrh. Written by Dan Jurgens and featuring artwork by CrissCross (aka Chris Williams), the book is part of DC Comics’ “New Year’s Evil” event of late 1997/early 1998, which was a loosely knit set of tie-in books that highlighted some of the biggest DC villains, like

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Backlog Review: “Hieronymous Bash” (Xbox 360/Xbox Live Indie Games, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Nothing is more to foundational to the Christmas season than the war between heaven and hell, so today we’re going to take a look at a little-known indie game from the Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) catalogue, Hieronymous Bash! The Lord’s heavenly hosts have descended from on high… to unleash a

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Review: “Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas” (Dark Horse Comics, Jolly Jingling Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s holiday celebration of all things yuletide cheer! Today, we’re going to look at Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas, a three-story anthology one-shot published by Dark Horse Comics in 2005. Some spoilers will follow. For those unaware of the character, Jingle Belle Kringle is a playful blonde teenage elf. She also happens to

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Review: “Clockwork Aquario” (PlayStation 4)

Guess which video game now holds the Guinness Book of World Records title of “longest time between a video game project start and final release?” Okay, that’s an easy one since we’re reviewing the game, but yes, it’s Westone Bit’s Clockwork Aquario, which began development in 1991 as an arcade game, and is now finally being released for the Nintendo

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Review: “The Life of Christ-The Christmas Story” (Marvel Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s holiday celebration of all things gold, frankincense and myrrh. Today, we’re going to look at The Life of Christ: The Christmas Story, published by Marvel Comics in 1993 and distributed by Thomas Nelson publishers. Heavy spoilers will follow, but the story is probably familiar to many of you, anyway, right? (If not, you’re

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Review: “6Souls” (Nintendo Switch)

Sometime I wonder if I’m getting too old for this s#!+… Last week, Ratalaika Games released 6Souls for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, SeXbox and Steam PC. Developed by BUG-Studio, 6Souls is a 2D platformer with challenging level design and retro-inspired aesthetics.* 6Souls begins as Jack and his faithful dog Butch set off to do some treasure hunting

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Review: “Scary Christmas” (American Mythology Productions, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! Today, we’re going to take a look at Scary Christmas issue 1, a black and white anthology comic published by American Mythology Productions in 2019. It covers all kinds of joyous and cheerful Christmas themes, such as ultra-violence, naked ladies, cannibalism, you know – wholesome

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Review: “Black Friday” (Scout Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s holiday celebration of all things merry and bright! Today, we’re going to kick off the season by taking a look at Black Friday, a three-issue miniseries written and colored by Jon Clark, illustrated by Travis Williamson and published by Scout Comics.* There will be light spoilers ahead. Black Friday is named for the Friday

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Review: “Gynoug” (PS4)

Ratalaika Games has been on a roll with their efforts to introduce old-school shooters to modern audiences. Following October’s release of Gleylancer, Ratalaika is once again tapping the 16-bit archive to bring Gynoug (aka Wings of Wor in the US) back to life.* Originally released in 1991 for SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive, Gynoug is a horizontal shoot ’em up that blends elements

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Review: “Cotton 100%” (Nintendo Switch)

ININ Games has been on quite a roll while celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cotton franchise. Originally created in 1991 for the Sharp X68000 computer (X68K), the first Cotton game helped to popularize the “cute-em-up” sub-genre of the 2D, side-scrolling shooter. The series would spawn several sequels, including a 1994 release for the Super Famicom (aka the Super Nintendo)

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 31 October 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell and fellow Splintering contributor George Travlos got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. This week, we discussed the closing days of Parnell’s Sleepy Hollow campaign, recent happenings from The Splintering’s Festival of Dread Halloween event,

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Retro Review: “Night Warriors” (SEGA Saturn, Festival of Dread Special)

It’s 1996, and Capcom was being a total tease by not releasing Street Fighter III. Instead, Capcom was intent on flooding the fighting game market with X-Men: Children of the Atom, the Street Fighter Alpha series, and what is arguably their most adventurous take on the fighting genre up to that time: the Darkstalkers series. Released under the title Vampire:

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Review: “Otis Stein” (Skinny’s Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things unnerving and undead! Today we’re going to take a look at Otis Stein, a 28-page, black and white horror book written by Matthew D. Vealey, illustrated by Carlos F. Rodriguez, and published by Shinny’s Comics. Fair warning – there will be some spoilers. I’ve been able

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 24 October 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on “Pumpkin” Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Bogeyman Blake Worrell andgot another chance to discuss recent comic book news. Fellow Splintering contributor “Ghosting” George Travlos was too busy at Baltimore Comic-Con to join us, but new “Dactyl daddy” Sumo Shane Davis was happily available to

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Scratching the Surface With Mavrs: The Rise of “Babylon 5” The Awakening

Imagine a world where Papa Bezos actually ends up making his cylindrical city in space. Now imagine that same city being in a universe that is full of back door negotiations, assassination attempts, and newfound discoveries from unknown worlds and cultures. The floating city in space, Babylon 5, is that and more. In light of the new announcement of J.

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Review: “How to Die” (Eudaimonia Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things grim and grisly. Today, we’re going to take a look at How to Die issue 1, a supernatural horror book written by Joshua “J.P.” Plack and featuring illustrations by Bogdan Ristea and lettering by Frederico Avila Corsini. I should note a the outset that this review

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Crowdfunding Review: “Tales from the Stacks” (Aspirational Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things tricks and treats. Today we’re going to take a look at Michael Critzer’s Tales from the Stacks, a black-and-white horror anthology written by Critzer and featuring artwork by multiple creators. As a “crowdfunding review”, it will cover the following criteria: Book Content and Quality Communication and

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Review: “Sacrifice” Issue #1 (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things dark and demented. Today we’re going to take a look at issue 1 of Sacrifice, a supernatural action horror comic by military veteran Laurant Valles Jr. Sacrifice is a 32-page book (28-pages of story) written and created by Valles. The first issue, titled “Sin”, is the first

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Review: “Gleylancer” (Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PS4)

Retro shoot ’em up aficionados have plenty to celebrate of late, given the increasing number of re-releases and collections of classic shooters recently landing on pc and consoles. The latest of these is Gleylancer (not Gley Lancer, ya’ dummy-dums!), a sci-fi horizontal shooter originally developed by Masaya and released for the SEGA Mega Drive in 1992 exclusively in Japan.* Now,

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