Category Archives: Reflections

Retro Review: “Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike” (SEGA Genesis, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering! We previously reviewed Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf in Attack Helicopter Weeks of years past, so this year, we’re diving into that game’s sequel: Jungle Strike for SEGA Genesis. Published by Electronic Arts in 1993 for multiple platforms, Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike is very much like

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Art Highlight: “Fantastic Four” #316, Page 3 Splash (Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome to a special Attack Helicopter Week edition of Art Highlight, a recurring segment where contributors to The Splintering showcase a piece of original art in their collection.  In honor of this week’s theme, I am revealing a gem from my vault, the original splash art page to Fantastic Four #316, Page #3. This page is an absolute beauty and

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Retro Review: “Airwolf” (NES, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering, where we celebrate all things attack helicopter, whether good or bad! And today we have “bad” in spades, folks, as we’ve chosen to subject ourselves to critiquing Airwolf published by… Acclaim. (*Shudder!*) So everyone find your seat, buckle up, and keep your hands close to yourself, because it’s going to

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Retro Review: “Choplifter” (SEGA Master System, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering! Today, we’re taking off with Choplifter for the SEGA Master System. We previously reviewed Jaleco’s Nintendo Famicom port of Choplifter a while back, so let’s take a gander at how SEGA’s Master System port fares compared to its 8-bit contemporary. (Spoilers! – Pretty damn well) Among side-scrolling shooters, Choplifter is

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Review: “Cotton Reboot!” (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)

In the era between arcade classics like Defender and “bullet hell” shoot-em-ups like Ikaruga, the 2D shooter genre really hit its stride. The greatest titles of the 80s and 90s featured a mishmash of several genres, including sci-fi space shooters (R-Type, Thunder Force), fantasy (Wings of Wor, Lords of Thunder), and even underwater warfare (In the Hunt). However, one of

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Review: “Within the Blade” (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

Ninja games were all the rage when I was growing up, and I had no shortage of great ones. Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden, SEGA’s Shinobi, Natsume’s The Ninja Warriors, and Konami’s TMNT brawlers were all in my regular gaming rotation as a kid. Of course, this is before the advent of 3D gaming, when titles like Acquire’sTenchu started to up the

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Crowdfunding Review: “499” (Richard C. Meyer, Per “Narwhal” Berg)

Successfully crowdfunded earlier in 2021, 499 is a collaboration between Richard C Meyer and Per Berg (Narwhal), the coupling of the two affectionately known as “Narzack”. The sci-fi concept is from the mind of Meyer, while the art is done in Narwhal’s unique, cartoony style. The bones and flow of the story were shaped over conversations via email between the two. Between

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Crowdfunding Review: “Sovereign Wolf” (D.O.A. Comics)

Arriving at my doorstep yesterday was D.O.A. Comics’ Sovereign Wolf.* I was excited to get it and read it immediately. For my review, the categories I’ll be adjudicating will be the following: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and Shipping Stretch Goals and Bonuses This is Eddie Winkler’s first solo crowdfunding project, and Sovereign Wolf raised over $26,000

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Crowdfunding Review: “Perfect 10” Issue 2 (Genuine Comics)

Perfect 10 issue #2 is the second installment of the Perfect 10 series. While both issues 1 and 2 have been crowdfunded on Indiegogo in the last year and a half, Genuine Comics is not new to the indie scene, nor the crowdfunding scene, as they have previous titles that were funded via Kickstarter. Inspired by Image, Genuine Comics started

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Who Remembers? “Power Records” – The Comic Book with a Record!

The 1970’s was definitely the grooviest decade in history.  After all, how many decades can lay claim to disco, bell-bottom pants, and Bi-Centennial fever?  The 1970’s also had a unique assortment of novelty items (cue the obligatory Pet Rock reference).  One of my favorite novelty items to come out from that decade was the Power Record Book and Record Sets. 

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 30 May 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 got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and The Splintering’s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed the latest news on Parnell’s Ultra Star campaign, the recent casting news for Sandman, the goings

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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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Scams, Damned Scams, and Crowdfunding – When Creators Fail to Communicate

Today marks a thousand days since backers of Zoe Quinn’s Project Tingle received an update on the game. Having raised over $85 thousand from over two thousand backers via Kickstarter, the all-but-canceled full motion video adventure game was originally scheduled to deliver in February 2017, and the last update to backers was sent on 30 August 2018. This is certainly

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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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Crowdfunding Review: “Starblades” (Kyle Ritter, ALL CAPS Comics)

As a new contributor to The Splintering, my first order of business is to thank them for giving me the opportunity to review the greatest entertainment medium in my opinion, comic books. I’ve collected comics for over 47 years and I’ve published comics for 6 years. It’s a long-time passion of mine (some might say obsession, and I can’t dispute

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 27 May 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 got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and The Splintering’s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed the latest news on Parnell’s Ultra Star campaign, the next chapter in Diamond Comics Distribution drama,

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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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Crowdfunding Review: “Maverix: Decimation” (NTM Comics)

I am making my debut venture into comic book reviews with Maverix: Decimation. I am new to crowdfunding comics and comics in general, but have enthusiastically jumped in and backed 30 campaigns to date. Maverix: Decimation is the first comic book that I have received from any of the campaigns that I have backed in the last 6 months. Coincidentally, this

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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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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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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 16 May 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 got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and The Splintering’s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed the latest news on Parnell’s Ultra Star campaign, Starlight Cats creator Shane Davis joined in to

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