Strider92's Indie Comic Thoughts: Day Men (BOOM!)

Yet another BOOM! title. I really wanted to go for a different company this time but I bought the first issue on a whim from Comixology and it was good enough to warrant making it onto this blog. This series has only just started it is only 1 issue in with the next issue coming out next week (I think). It is written by Matt Gagnon and Micheal Alan Nelson (Supergirl) and illustrated by the very talented Brian Stelfreeze. This is primarily a Vampire series (I think I heard a few people groan then) and I know the whole-Vampire theme is getting very over used lately and has gotten a bad rep due to certain (not pointing fingers...) media incarnations but hear me out.

What Is It About?:

Extra-Crispy!

For thousands of years the world has been controlled by the "50 Families" a network of Vampires that basically control almost everything under the sun (oh the irony) and are engaged in an eternal conflict for territory, food etc... with each other. However the Vamps all have the classic weakness to sunlight (and by weakness I mean they go extra-crispy when they go out in it). So what do they do during the day when they can't go out and wreak havoc?

They have humans to do it for them. The Day Men. This is where the protagonist David Reid comes in. Reid is a Day Man and protector of the Virgo family more specifically Azalea Virgo. Day Men have been employed for thousands of years and while they are just normal humans thousands and thousands of years of combat training and Vampire hunting techniques is passed down to each one and Reid is no exception.

The series basically follows Reid and him doing everything in his power to allow his family to overthrow the others and become the most powerful colony in the world.

Why You Should Read It?

Superhuman speed Vs Thousands of years of combat techniques? Not even a contest.
I kill Vampires with a Cane while wearing a tuxedo and driving a Lambo....your argument is invalid.

Although only one-issue in it has the potential to build into an incredible series. For those of you who are familiar with Lazarus it has that kind of vibe going for it and a similar concept albeit executed very differently. One thing that sets this series apart from most Vampire based fiction is that the Vamps are not the top of the food chain in fact most of them have a decent amount of fear for the Day Men and with good damn reason.

These guys are damn scary and seem to make a mockery out of Vampires despite their super-human speed and strength.

I can't even think of a comparison I can make for this series as I said prior in this post Image's Lazarus is the closest comparison I can make due to the feel of the story. Ever since I, Vampire got canceled (damn you DC *shakes fist*) i've been looking for a decent Vampire themed series which is a lot harder to find than you would think and if issue #1 is anything to judge this series on then its is going to be awesome. If you have room on your pull-list for another series and you like the look of this then DO IT! Its only 1 issue in! You have 0 catching up to do!

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Best Indie Comic Moments Of The Week (1/11/2013)

Executive Assistant Iris V4 Issue #2 (Aspen Comics): Best Fight!

The best fight from indie's this week comes from Executive Assistant Iris who has taken it upon herself to protect a small girl. I won't go into story details for people who want to read the issue but straight off the bat about 1 page in we are greeted with this double page.

"Ninja powers activate!"

This pretty much sets the tone for this issue which is basically non-stop action including but not limited too: Motorbike chases, flying daggers and all round awesomeness.

Fodder fights make for the most amusing panels

The are was awesome and Iris yet again shows why she is the most formidable of the Assistants.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its...

As I said most of this issue was comprised solely of Iris kicking ass.

A pair of throwing knives Phil.....how could you not see that?

The Spider #15 (Dynamite Comics): And Not A Single F*** Was Given That Day!

In this weeks Spider issue the Spider is out of his "tiny little tree" basically doing whatever he can to as many people as possible.

Can't argue with that efficientcy

In this issue he cuts loose not really caring about the repercussions just killing everything and everyone he deems guilty.

Gotta admire the dude for looking after his own health

I shall leave with this which basically summed up the entire issue and Spider's motivations during the entire thing.

The Honey Badger has some competition now!

The Darkness #115 (Top Cow): Guess Who's Back!?

The reason this is one of the best moments in comics this week is as follows. For those of you who haven't followed the Darkness, Jackie is no longer the Darkness but an evil clone made of nothing but pure Darkness is. Jackie finally having enough of his Doppelganger antics enlists the help of Aram.

Jackie has a beard now!

But due to some circumstances Jackie wants his new Doppelganger dead.

I shall stop your pimp cane!

However when Aram goes to destroy the Darkness Jackie steps in and we are left with the best panel I saw all week from any comic!

Will the real slim shady please stand up?

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Lucius The Eternal Respect Thread!

Lucius The Eternal:

Alias: The Soulthief, Fulgrim's Champion, The Scion of Chemos

Standard Gear:

Blade Of The Laer:

In Lucius' left hand, he wields a relic Power Sword from the Great Crusade. Millennia ago, following the Drop Site massacre on Istavaan V, the Greater Daemon of Slaanesh who possessed the body of the Primarch Fulgrim presented the Daemon-sword Fulgrim had recovered from the homeworld of the xenos known as the Laer to Lucius as a sign of Slaanesh's favour. This alien, single-edged blade once contained the captured essence of the daemon that possessed Fulgrim, but lost much of its power once the daemon was freed from imprisonment within the sword to inhabit the unfortunate Primarch's body for a time. Now the blade is an ordinary Power Sword of an exquisitely curved, single-edged design, but in Lucius' hands it remains as lethal as any blade that has ever been forged.

The Blade of Laer counts as a power weapon for more information on power weapons see the Space Marine Respect Thread.

The Lash Of Torment:

In his right hand, Lucius is armed with his personal Daemon Weapon, a gift from Slaanesh known as a Lash of Torment. This weapon takes the form of either a whip, or multiple lengthy tendrils, that twists and coils with a mind of its own. Cruelly barbed hooks run along its length and its sinuous coils are warm yet unsettling to the touch. Within this physical vessel is bound the essence of a Daemonette, and the whip is in turn bound to its bearer, either fusing to and ultimately absorbing his or her hand, or by fusing directly to his or her spine like a Mechadendrite. The Lash of Torment is, like all Daemon Weapons, sentient and has a will of its own. In battle it will move independently from its bearer, attempting to coil around any living being foolish enough to get close. Once it has trapped a victim, the Lash will writhe and constrict around the hapless being, slowly suffocating it and cutting it to pieces with its multiple barbs. The most disturbing power of the Lash is that it does not only thrive on the pain and fear of its victims, it also psychically projects these feelings to all those in the vicinity of its actions. Servants of Slaanesh find this highly entertaining and wonderfully pleasurable, but other beings have been seen running away in terror when forced to experience the terrible agony of one of their fellows caught in the Lash of Torment. Even outside of combat, the Lash 's ability to project emotions is a valued tool during the debased and perverse rituals of praise that the servants of Slaanesh engage in.

Commorite Stimm-Pack:

Lucius further bolsters his already superhuman speed and strength with exotic combat stimulants, a prize wrested from the gladiatorial arenas of the Dark Eldar. The stimm-rack that dumps these combat drugs into his system before each duel was implanted within his flesh by the renegade Chirurgeon Fabius Bile, a fellow student of the black arts and pilgrim to hidden Commoragh.

Armour Of Shrieking Souls:

Lucius is able to constantly reincarnate within the body of any being that manages to kill him, effectively making him immortal. So long as the killer takes some measure of satisfaction from the victory over Lucius, this will result in the victor's body transforming and their soul becoming trapped in Lucius' suit of Power Armour, a Daemonic artifact known as the Armor Of Shrieking Souls. This armour draws its hellish strength from the thousands of souls trapped within it, providing Lucius with enhanced protection from any onslaught he encounters. Lucius is also able to focus the residual energies of the imprisoned souls' torment into a lethal sonic crescendo on an opponent's mind at will, causing the foe immense pain. Lucius' ancient Mk 4 Power Armor is all but hidden under a writhing skin of tortured flesh.

The sonic attack in action:

For more information on Power Armour see the Space Marine Respect Thread.

Mark Of Slaanesh:

Lucius also bears the Mark of Slaanesh upon the Armour of Shrieking Souls and is equipped with Slaaneshi combat drugs intended to heighten the sensations of battle. He is empowered with the powers wrought by Slaanesh's favour and daemonic physical strength and durability. Lucius has mutated considerably in the millennia since his fall to Chaos and among the physical "gifts" he has received from the Prince of Pleasure are a pair of goat-like cloven hooves.

Stats:

As an Adeptus Astrates Lucius is capable of replicating any feat performed by a Space Marine however he is considerably fast in terms of combat speed. For Space Marine feats and stats see the Space Marine Respect Thread.

Feats:

Lucius Killing Space Marines with ease while dodging bolter fire (mach 2 speed):

Lucius killing megarachnids.

Megarachnids are too fast for Space Marines with mach 2 reactions to even see properly:

Lucius takes on Megarachnids and doesn't only beat them but shows that he is out-right playing with them:

Lucius continues to play with the Megarachnids as he takes on the equivalent of 4 super-humanly fast swordsman at once and Tarvitz admits to having never seen him be beaten in a sword-fight:

Lucius deflects a bullet before killing a Marine:

Beats a Chaos Lord in close combat with his swordsmanship:

Lucius Vs Charmosian (Chaplin):

Lucius Vs Erebus. Lucius strikes move so fast that 5 experienced marines have trouble seeing his strikes.*

Drawing his blade, Lucius had entered the practice cage facing Erebus. The iron hemispheres closed around them. Lucius took up a straddled stance, his broadsword held high and close. Erebus kept his own blade extended low. They circled. Both Astartes were stripped to die waist, the musculature of their upper bodies rippling. This was play, but a wrong move could maim. Or kill.

The bout lasted sixteen minutes. That in itself would have made it one of the longest sparring sessions any of diem had ever known. What made it more remarkable was die fact that in that time, mere was no pause, no hesitation, no cessation. Erebus and Lucius flew at one another, and rang blows off one another's blades at a rate of three or four a second. It was relentless, extraordinary, a dizzying blur of dancing bodies and gleaming swords that rang on and on like a dream.

Abaddon, Tarvitz, Torgaddon, Loken and Aximand closed around the cage in fascination, beginning to clap and yell in thorough approval of the amazing skill on display.

Still they duelled on. Erebus's style was defensive, low, repeating and changing each parry like a mechanism. Lucius's style was full of attack, furious, brilliant, dexterous The play of them was hard to follow.

At the fifty-ninth second of the sixteenth minute, according to the practice cage chron, Lucius scored his winning blow. He hooked his broadsword under Ere-bus's guard and wrenched the Word Bearer's blade out of his grip. Erebus fell back against the bars of the practice cage, and found Lucius's blade edge at his throat.

'Whoa! Whoa now, Lucius!' Aximand cried, triggering the cage open.

'Sorry.’ said Lucius, not sorry at all. He withdrew his broadsword and saluted Erebus, sweat beading his bare shoulders

A good match. Thank you, sir.'

'My thanks to you,' Erebus smiled, breathing hard. He bent to pick up his blade. 'Your skill with a sword is second to none, Captain Lucius.’

-Horus Rising Pg. 73

If anyone has the feat where Lucius lolstomps that squad of Terminators it would be much appreciated because I can't remember where its from :(. I'll update this as I find more feats.

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Best Indie Comic Moments Of The Week (25/10/2013)

Another week over and another weeks worth of indie goodness!

Bushido #4 (Top Cow): Vampires Vs Samurai's That Is The Question!

Bushido 4 answers the question that has crossed everyone's mind at some point or another and that question is who would win between a Vampire and a Samurai?

I like where this is headed!

and the answer is this.........Who the hell cares! Its awesome regardless of who wins! Allow me to show you why.

This is a Vampire getting sliced up by a Samurai. This is the definition of awesome.

AWESOME!

This is another Vampire killing a Samurai. This is also the definition of awesome.

AWESOME!

And this is a Samurai Vs a Samurai-Vampire.........your arguments are now invalid!:

EVEN MORE AWESOME!

Normally I limit myself to only 3 images per comic I add to this list but this issue is just so gorgeous in every aspect and I cannot and will not limit myself to just that small glimpse at the awesomeness that was this issue! Top Cow you are now back to the top of my favorite Indie companies!

OVERFLOWING WITH PURE AWESOMESAUCE!

2000AD #1855: Tripping On Art!?

Now 2000AD almost made it into this list twice for the same issue (2000AD contains multiple stories) once for the Pretorian Vs The Carnifex a very short and sweet fight that must been seen! But I thought that would be unfair so instead I settled on what I thought was the center point of this issue. The art that made me feel like I was on some form of ecstasy.

There was something about the art in this story that jumped out at me due to the contrast in styles. The sort of comic drawing crossed with CGI.

So shiny

There was no particular moment in this that stuck out I just found myself completely mesmerized by the art that I was seeing on the paper in front of me. This is the definition tripping on art!

Tag you're it!

The Shadow #18 (Dynamite): The Shadow Vs The Light

This is probably one of the best battles in comics this week (second only to Samurai's Vs Vampire of course!). We've already seen the Shadow throw down a few times with the Light and here it goes again!

Swords!? Peuh I have mah b****-slap hand

Given the amount of tussles these two have had now (c'mon what is this the 5th or 4th?) I was waiting to see a good conclusive fight and I wasn't disappointed.

As previously stated Hands>>>>Swords

Although everytime I see the Light I think her supername should have been Negative-Ninja-Nun though I still manage to look past that. As usual the artists in the Shadow pulled off yet another stunning few panels

In your face Batman!

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C'tan Respect Thread

The C'tan:

It is said that the C'tan were created at the very beginning of the universe, spawned from swirling gases and enormous amounts of energy, and as such are etheric creatures by nature. In their natural form they are vast beings and spread themselves over the surface of a star, sucking at its energy to feed themselves. After a time, they learned to use diaphanous wings to travel to other stars to continue their consumption. The matter around them was so insignificant that it didn't even register to their voracious appetites.

-Description of the C'tan

Notable C'tan:

The Nightbringer:

"I am endless. I am oblivion. Since the dawn of time I have existed and you attempt to resist me? Foolish mortals. I shall bring the night to your pathetic existence."

-The Nightbringer

The Nightbringer was the first C'tan to make its presence known and was the being responsible for devouring the star that was destroying Necrotyr. It is a being of immense age and power that in many cultures including the Eldar it has embedded itself as Death personified. Weaned on a diet of slaughter, nothing else could satisfy its hunger and the Nightbringer eagerly threw itself into war against the Old Ones, laying waste to entire regions of space in the name of its monstrous hunger.

The Deceiver:

"You think you can play games with me? You clearly do not know who you are talking to. Every game that you have ever played, every lie you have ever told, every method of deception you have ever used, I invented them all."

-The Deceiver

The Deceiver unlike its fellow C'tan who use their brute force and terrifying abilities to get their way instead uses trickery and deceit. Using its word it has caused whole civilizations to bend to its will.

The Void Dragon

"This thing. This Dragon. If it exists it is the biggest threat to life as we know it. If this thing ever returns then Emperor save our souls because the Dragon will devour us all."

-The Void Dragon (Imperial description)

The Void Dragon is the most powerful of the four remaining C'tan it was a master of the material realm and its warriors were practically invincible. While eating stars it takes the form of a cloud of dark light engulfing everything in its path.

The Outsider

"Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha."

-The Outsider

The Outsider is considered to be insanity incarnate. It disappeared after cannibalizing its brother and has not resurfaced into the material realm in recorded history thus no-one truly knows what the creature looks like and is generally referred to in texts as simply a pair of burning eyes that induce incredible fear and insanity on anyone unfortunate enough to gaze upon them.

Powers and Abilities:

Description of a C'tan Shard:

"Even in their reduced and wholly fettered state, C’tan shards are beings of near-unlimited power. They can manifest energy blasts, control the minds of lesser beings, manipulate the flow of time, and banish foes to alternate realities. Indeed, a C’tan shard’s abilities are limited by only two things, It’s imagination-which is immense- and glimmering memories of the being from which it was severed. Whilst no individual C’tan has full recall of the omnipotent being it once was, each caries the personality and hubris of that far vaster and more puissant being. Though a Shard has the power to reduce a tank to molten slag with but a gesture, it might simply not occur to it to do so, as its gestalt primogenitor would have tackled the situation through other means, such as by devolving the crew into primordial ooze, or deceiving them into attacking their own allies"

-Necron Codex pg. 40

C'tans destroying plants, devouring stars and creating black holes:

" Planets were razed, suns extinguished and whole systems devoured by black holes called into being by the reality warping powers of the star gods."

-Necron Codex pg. 9

A C'tan essentially removing someone from reality:

"Mutating the flow causation and remolding the temporal stream, the C'tan casts back into the darkness before time was time."

-Necron Codex pg. 41

A C'tan's mere presence destroys reality around:

"The natural world revolts at the C'tan shards presence, the very ground writhing and shaking as the physical laws holding reality together are undone."

-Necron Codex pg. 41

C'tan's presence destabilizes gravity:

"The C'tan's presence destabilizes gravitational forces, disrupting engines, teleporters and warp jumps."

-Necron Codex pg. 41

The Nightbringer eats a star from the inside out:

“Seventy thousand light years away, the star known to Imperial stellar cartographers as Cydo entered the final stages of its existence. It was a red giant of some ninety million kilometres diameter and had burned for over eight hundred million years. Had it not been for the billowing black shape floating impossibly in the star’s photosphere and draining the last of its massive energies, it would probably have continued to do so for perhaps another two thousand.

Normally, it generated energy at a colossal rate by burning hydrogen to helium in nuclear fusion reactions deep in its heart, but its core was no longer able to sustain the massive forces that burned within.

Powerful waves of electromagnetic energy and sprays of plasma formed into a rippling nimbus of coruscating light that washed from the star in pulsing waves. The Nightbringer fed and grew strong again in the depths of the dying star.”

Nightbringer pg. 273

The Nightbringer devours a man's life-force:

“As though sensing his thoughts the Nightbringer slowly turned to face him, the yellow pits of its eyes burning his soul, boring into the core of what made him human. But Kasimir de Valtos had set himself to becoming an immortal god and utter single- mindedness filled his thoughts as a creature from the dawn of time swept its darkness around him.

‘Make me like you! I freed you. I demand immortality – it is my right!’ shrieked de Valtos as the Nightbringer lowered its gaze to his. He felt himself sucked into the creature’s eyes, the emptiness of its stare more terrifying than anything he could comprehend. He saw the dawn of the alien’s race, the things they had done, the misery and suffering they had inflicted upon the galaxy and the blink of an eye that was the race of man. He dropped to his knees as the sheer insignificance of his existence trembled before the unutterable vastness of the alien’s consciousness. The fragile threads that were the twisted remains of Kasimir de Valtos’s sanity shattered under such awful self-knowledge. This being had tamed stars and wiped entire civilisations from existence before the human race had even crawled from the soup of creation. What need had it of him?

‘Please…’ he begged, ‘I want to live forever!’ The Nightbringer closed its clawed hand over de Valtos’s head, the blackened fist com- pletely enclosing his skull. Kasimir shrieked in terror at its touch, his flesh sloughing from his bones as it fed on his life energies.”

-Nightbringer pg. 224

Pulls a space-ship out of a different dimension:

“The Nightbringer released its grip on de Valtos, letting his ravaged body topple to the ground. Slowly, deliberately, it turned its attention to the glowing metal fixed in the centre of its former tomb, passing its gnarled fingers over the shape. And in space, a crescent shaped starship began to slowly drag itself from the shadowy realm it had occupied for the last sixty million years, called back into existence by its master.”

-Nightbringer pg. 224

The Nightbringer lolstomping some Space Marines despite the fact being weakened to only the tiniest fraction of its power:

“Uriel, Pasanius and Dardino faced the awesome form of the Nightbringer, weapons drawn, feeling waves of horror breaking against them, but standing firm in the face of the enemy. Uriel had nothing but contempt for the massive alien creature before him. The darkness of its spectral cloak billowed around its form and twin pools of sickly yellow pulsed within the darkness where its head might be.

The howling darkness of its scythe-arm lashed out, faster than the eye could follow. Sergeant Dardino grunted, more in surprise than pain as his torso toppled from his body and his legs crumpled in a flood of gore. Pasanius opened fire, his bolts stitching a path across the swirling night of the alien’s form. Hollow, echoing laughter pealed from the walls as each bolt flickered harmlessly through the enveloping darkness. The scythe licked out again and Pasanius’s bolter was sheared in two perfect halves. The return stroke removed his right arm below the elbow. Uriel used the distraction to close with the alien, slashing the power knife into the darkness. He screamed as the glacial chill of the being’s substance enfolded his arm. The creature’s awful talons swung in a low arc, punching through Uriel’s chest, tearing through a lung and rupturing his primary heart. He hurtled backwards, landing awkwardly across the remaining slab of the tomb, the glowing metal burning its image into the back of his armour. Pain ripped through him, deep in his chest, along his arm and within every nerve of his body. He groaned, fighting to push himself to his feet as he watched the Nightbringer begin the slaughter of his men.

Uriel roared with rage as the Nightbringer effortlessly butchered his men. Knowing that there was no chance to defeat this impossible creature, still they faced it, refusing to give in. Pasanius fought one-handed, slashing wildly at the creature as it darted about the chamber cutting and slicing.”

-Nightbringer pg. 228

The Marine realizing how weak the the Nightbringer was when it did this:

“The connection made between them by the Nightbringer granted Uriel the barest insight into the manifestation of this utterly alien being and suddenly he knew that despite the carnage it had wreaked, it was but a fraction of its true power. It was still so very weak and needed to feed. Uriel knew that every second that passed granted the Nightbringer fresh power as it fed on the strong life energies blazing in this place.”

-Nightbringer pg. 228

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Best Indie Comic Moments Of The Week (18/10/2013)

This is just something i'm trying out. Its no secret to anyone who chats with me here on the vine that i'm a big fan of Indie comics in general so as I read so many random things I thought it would be interesting and insightful to post what I think the top 3 best bits to come out on Indie comics and only Indie comics every week. Hopefully you guys will agree and it'll give you a chance to see some stuff that interests you, that you may have missed!

Archer and Armstrong #14 (Valiant Comics): Archer Goes Batman!

Now whoever reads this series knows that Archer is a serious badass but this issue he's pissed off. So much so that he ends up channeling his inner Batman on some poor unsuspecting soldiers sent to kill him.

All i'm hearing is Bales "i'm swallowing nails" voice

He then goes on to have one of the best rants i've heard in comics in a long time about how he and the night are besties and how the night is apparently really into social networking.

I think we may have a new champion. Batman and Nolan-Bane step aside Archer might be the new king of the night. Heck the night apparently follows him on Twitter that means he must be important...

Its Official. Archer is Valiant's badass!

Critter #15 (BDI Comics): Best Use Of Telekinesis EVER!

At the moment in the Critter-verse everythings gone pretty crap. America is being flooded by a villain called Tidepool and all the heroes are pretty busy trying to keep of Pool's minions under wraps suffice to say its pretty chaotic. However during the chaos Yellow Jacket decides to enact some revenge.

As usual in these kind of grudge matches the villain gets in a few good hits and the hero retaliates leading to the villain saying how he won't be beaten as easily as the first time.

Apparently getting punched in the face by a 30tonner is just a minor inconvenience

Suffice to say it followed the general trend of fights until this happened. Critter has telekinesis but she doesn't use it much so when this happened I expected something awesome.

Sh*t is about to go down!

I expected something awesome to happen. What I didn't expect was this.

Wait? What? WALRUS POWA!

Buzzkill #2 (Dark Horse): Bloodiest Fight!

Now the theme of this whole issue is set pretty quick when a bunch of villains come to beat down on everyones favorite drug-induced super-hero who is trying to go T-total. However back-up arrives in the form of Eric.

Eric could you be more awesome?

Who the proceeds to beat the living bejeezus out of everything in his path. Suffice to say he uses his batons far better than Nightwing or Daredevil.....well more lethaly anyway. He also brings a few gadgets.

The answer is yes. Yes you can.

Upon seeing that he's gonna get Eric killed despite the dudes incredible awesomeness Ruben realizes he needs to bite the bullet and give in to the substances he's trying to kick. The results are........pretty extreme. Suffice to say the next couple of pages are filled with some pretty brutal and bloody fighting until the fight eventually ends.

"Oh god" seems a pretty sound reaction

Until the fight eventually ends.........

UNTIL THE FIGHT EVENTUALLY ENDS!

UNTIL THE FIGHT EVEN-..........never-mind doesn't look like he's stopping anytime soon.

I think i've found Luther Strode's long lost brother!

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Strider92's Indie Comic Thoughts: Suicide Risk (BOOM!)

Leo Vs the Villains

Its been a while since I made a blog post so I thought i'd make one about one of the least known and yet one of the best indie titles going around. Suicide Risk from BOOM! seems to have completely flown under the radar which is a travesty. This series is absolutely brilliant. The concept is and the art both interior and on the covers is incredible.

Written by Mike Carey and illustrated by the talented Elena Casagrande this series is both story-driven and visually stunning.

What is it about?

Blackbolt's little brother?

Superheroes and supervillains are in a constant battle for supremacy but as a drug appears on the streets that turns regular people into supers the heroes and cops begin falling like flies due to the sudden boom in villains. Suicide Risk follows a run of the mill cop Leo Winters who has to deal with super-villain activity on a daily basis. When his friends are murdered in a super-villain heist on a bank it causes Leo to crack. No longer content with being a cop and motivated be revenge he tracks down the power-dealers and empowers himself in order to hunt down the super-villains that killed his friends. The dealers however cannot guarantee what power Leo will get if he undergoes the procedure. He eventually ends up with the ability to manipulate every natural occurring force from electricity to gravity (I blanked it out in case people wanted to discover for themselves what power he ended up with). To sum it up briefly this is the story of an average guy who is pushed into getting powers to avenge his friends and hunt super-villains.

This series is one of the most original ideas i've seen since Lazarus. The characters are engaging and the villains are evil enough to get you to hate them straight off the bat.

Why you should read it:

sh*t just got real!

This is honestly one of the best indie titles out there at the moment. Second only to Lazarus. The series is only 6 issues in but the story is fast-paced and advances in leaps and bounds. You will not be bored reading this in slightest.

Carey and Casagrande have brought their A-game consistently with this series and in comparison with Marvel and DC's titles this series is leagues ahead. I don't really have anything negative to say about this series and while I would go into more detail about it I don't want to give out any more spoilers than I already have as this is just a sort of spot-light post to get people interested not a synopsis so if the idea of this series appeals to you in anyway shape or form just buy issue 1 and you will definitely want to keep reading. I've been looking for a replacement ongoing for Scarlet Spider and it looks like i've found it in Suicide Risk.

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Strider92's List: Best Zombie Games!

For those of you who do not know I love Zombie games. For some reason I find them amusing beyond nearly every other type of game out there so I thought i'd compile a list of what are in my humble opinion the top 10!

Number 10:

Left 4 Dead 2 the sequel to Valves successful Left 4 Dead was one of the games I was greatly anticipating before its release having had such a blast playing the first. The second was solid game bringing in little improvements such as melee weapons, new infected etc.... and it seriously is a lot of fun to play online with friends or just a bunch of random people (I normally end up pissing off for some reason). However this game fell into a trap a lot of successful horror franchises fall into. Sacrificing horror for action. It happened with Dead Space 3 and it happened with Left 4 Dead 2. If this was a survival action shooter then no doubt this would be near the top however its a horror survival game. Left 4 Dead 1 while not the scariest game around had some of the most creepy atmospheric maps i've encountered in a Zombie and Left 4 Dead 2 lost that. While I understand they were trying to come up with a little more variety of maps etc.... they sacrificed one of the most core parts of Left 4 Dead which was its creepiness. Having said that I preferred the survivors in L4D 2 Nick and Ellies = Best Team Ever!

Why you should play it:

Regardless of what I just said this is still one of the most fun multiplayer Zombie games around. I had a blast playing this online with other people and friends.

Number 9:

Yet another game I sat back waiting for with anticipation. Dead Island boasts some of the most gorgeous back-drops you will ever find in a Zombie game. The fact that a lot of this game takes place in broad daylight surrounded by a very un-horrific back-drop and yet still remained very much a horror game is impressive however this is mainly due to the the psychology of the entire set up. Walking through a tropical paradise hotel when the pools are filled with blood and death is basically lying around everywhere is probably what makes the game so horrific the fact they took an area so associated with having a good time, partying etc.... and just turned into a warped opposite of itself is what makes it creepy. The gameplay for the most part is great, driving the cars is a laugh and the quests for the most part are great. There are few things that nagged at me about this game though was its slight lack of replay-ability. I found it got repetitive very fast especially the combat although the custom weaponry is brilliant.

The Multiplayer is a nice touch and allows you to have fun with mates (well the ones who don't intentionally driving off cliffs to annoy you) and brings a bit of a new dimension to the game.

Why you should play it:

The graphics are gorgeous, the environment is surprisingly creepy and the multiplayer is fun.

Number 8:

Zombies and Cowboys........that is all......As soon as I heard there was a Wild West themed Zombie game I was one it in an instant. I'm sorry but that whole concept is just to fun to pass up and I was right. Undead Nightmare started out as a DLC for Red Dead Redemption (also a good game) but became so popular they made it into a standalone game. The best thing about this game is how unique it is. You will not play another Zombie game like this. Galloping around on your horse while getting chased by hordes of undead while simultaneously unloading your six-shooter is just as amusing as it sounds. I of course have a few issues with this game despite the ludicrously good time I had playing it. For one is a PS3 only game......I would have loved this on PC but no......Sony had to kill my dreams. The missions can get repetitive and it can get to a point were you are bored of doing the same thing over and over again. The story is also.....ermmm.....weird as hell. The multiplayer unfortunately doesn't work with the campaign which is a shame. Its only a survival type scenario Ie: You put on a map and have to survive as long as possible.

Why you should play it:

As I said previously its unique. There is no other Zombie game quite like this. (also getting to ride the horses of the apocalypse is awesome. War for tuh win!) Oh and Dead Eye + Zombies = Fun!

Number 7:

Dead Rising was the first game I ever had on Xbox 360 (before it died on me!) and it is probably the most over the top Zombie game you will ever play. Everything around you can be used as a weapon from pies to shopping trolleys. One of the things great about this game is the amount of Zombies that can be around you at any given time (its a metric ****-ton). Now you may be wondering why Dead Rising is here and Dead Rising 2 is only an honorable mention. The reason is simple in Dead Rising 2 you have to make sure to get this girl medicine every half hour (in-game time not actual playtime) and its annoying as hell. If you let her die you don't lose the game but it just nagged at me. The next part was the customization. While it was pretty fun at times it was also rather distracting creating a rocket trolley is fun and all but there's something about the first game that had you grabbing whatever you could to defend yourself right off the bat gave you a sense of spontaneity that was lost in the second. I also preferred the protagonist in the first to the second.

I had a few qualms with this game one of them being of course that it was an Xbox exclusive I WANT PC DAMNIT! The second one fortunately rectified this mistake but not in time to save Dead Rising 1. I sometimes wished I could throw that mobile phone he had out the window I felt like I was getting consistently bugged to do quests. Also like most games the replay-ability is questionable.

Why you play it:

It is basically its own type of game. No Zombie game prior to this had the amount of Zombies and weapon options this game boasted. It is also a hell of a lot of fun. Putting hats on Zombies or getting in a trolley so you can plow though them or even using a lawnmower to deadly effect is exceedingly entertaining.

Number 6:

Although kind of debatable whether this is actually a Zombie game or not it contains mutant things that moan, walk slowly towards you and try to eat you so thats good enough for me. Killing Floor started of as a mod for another game (can't for the life of me remember which. Half Life maybe?) but got so popular it became a standalone title and with good reason. Killing Floor is dedicated to multi-player there is basically no option for single player stuff however this isn't a detriment as playing this solo is not how its meant to be played. The basically consists of waves of enemies coming at you until you meet your gory end. This may seem very repetitive however surprisingly it isn't. The combat classes, slow motion reaction time and of course the tons of player created content keep this game fresh and entertaining. Not to mention you can have co-op to upwards of 30-50 players at the same time which is hilarious fun when you see the innumerable tide of Zombies coming at you.

My only real complaint about this game is how HARD it is to level up combat classes. Damn it takes ages to level up and get bonuses the game really makes you work for it just a little too much in my opinion.

Why you should play it:

Awesome mulitplayer fun and replay-ability out the whaazoo! Not to mention the free updates, Christmas, Halloween and other holiday events are a laugh.

Number 5:

The first and best Left 4 Dead game. While the second was good it didn't have the same atmosphere or creepiness the first one had. I basically summed up the difference between the first and second game in the Left 4 Dead 2 article so I haven't really left much to say about this game besides the fact that it is in my opinion the best Zombie FPS. Nothing has taken away its crown yet.

Why you should play it:

Like L4D 2 its damn fun and for some reason I prefer the game without melee (forcing you to conserve ammo for example). You should play it for the same reasons as Left 4 Dead 2 and then some.

Number 4:

This game had so much hype when it was released and with good reason. It is not only one of the best Zombie related games but also one of the best PS3 games over all. Naughty Dog really out-did themselves with this. This is one of the most original ideas for a Zombie-style game i've seen in a loooooooong time. Its very story driven, the explanation and cause of the outbreak is pretty unique and the characters are likeable. The combat is fun and the graphics are great. Like Dead Island this game loves throwing eerily beautiful images at you. My one complaint is that it is only for PS3.......I mean seriously? I need to make some kind of petition to force every company to make PC versions of their games.

Why you should play it:

This is without a doubt one of the most immersing and story-driven Zombie games you will play.

Number 3:

If you haven't heard of this i'd like to know where the rock is you were living under. The game initially started out as mod for Arma (also a great game) and soon became standalone after it blew up in popularity and with good reason. Arma (for those of you who are unaware) is a military simulation not really a game and the DEV's who made this kept that quite a core component of the game. In this game there is no goal outside survival. Nothing else. The game basically shows you what if would probably be like if everything in the world did go all Zombie-ish. There are no missions, no goals. Just finding food, conserving ammo and staying alive in a world were players are just as likely to kill you as the Zombies. Ever wondered what it would feel like to take out the gaming side of a Zombie apocalypse and just have the survival well this is it. I wouldn't call this a game so much as a simulation.

Why you should play it:

This game is basically your answer to the what if question. Its how I imagine things would likely turn if the whole zombie thing ever had the slightest chance of being real.

Number 2:

This is an awesome game. There is no other way to describe it. With the storyline written by Robert Kirkman (you don't know who he is then shame on yaz!!) and graphics that while cartoony suit the game down to the ground make this the best story-driven Zombie game you will ever play. I mean EVER. You want fast-paced action then this game is not for you but if you like suspense and games where your choices and decisions effect the outcomes then this is definitely for you. This game can and will mess with you. For example when you have to pick keys up from near a dead body's face and you know its gonna get up and bite ya but you gotta do it anyways then absolutely nothing happens......2 minutes later you turn around and theres the Zombie!

Why you should play it:

If your one of those people who loves story-driven games you will love this. Not to mention its hilarious to watch how the DEV's in this game put you into situations you really don't want to be in!

Number 1:

Well here it is! My favorite Zombie game of all time! Some of you are probably looking at that image and thinking "what?". This game has flown under the radar quite a bit and with no good reason. This is the epitome of what you want from a Zombie game. It has absolutely everything. If you cross Day Z with the Walking Dead and that then has a love child with Dead Island you have State Of Decay. Nearly everything in the maps is interactive cars, houses etc.... you have nigh-unlimited options on what you can do (which is not the case in Day Z where you could only enter certain buildings). Ontop of that you have to find and build up areas to keep those nasty bitety zombies from getting to you or your teammates. Thats right in this game you get to build bases. Not to mention like Walking Dead things you do have consequences. If you don't save someone or refuse to help people in your group when the time comes that you need someone to back you up on supply run or something to that effect your screwed. It focuses on survival: stealth, evasion, distractions, base building, survivor community, securing resources and combat. There is but one problem with this game. 1 problem that keeps it from becoming the ultimate Zombie game that all future Zombie games should be compared to...........currently there is no multi-player.........and as damning as it sounds the fact that I still find it the best Zombie themed game i've ever played says something. If they update this with a multi-player (which they have threatened to) this will be the benchmark.

Why you should play it:

It is the perfect balance between the survival type game and FPS/action. The idea is great and ontop of that there is quite a bit of dark humor in the game which really appeals to me my favorite part thus far being:

  • Marcus: You took that dead guys walkie talkie after killing him?
  • Ed: Hey the guy tried to eat me.
  • Marcus: You think his friends are gonna be pleased about that? they probably won't even talk to you if they don't want to kill you.
  • Ed: How do we know they were his friends? This is a damn apocalypse they have hated his guts and just stuck with him cuz they had to.
  • *walkie talkie whirs to life*
  • Girl on other end: Dad?
  • Ed: ......Ah......crap....

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A Strider92 Rant: Would A Spider-man Inc Style Series Be A Good Idea?

After the cancellation of Venom and Scarlet Spider (although there have been rumors that they will be relaunched next year. Yost also said he would not deny or confirm these rumors so there's still a little bit of hope Scarlet Spider fans) it got me thinking would a Spider-man themed team-book be a good way to go? Here's my thoughts.

Characters that Could not hold a solo series would get exposure:

We've seen both Scarlet Spider and Venom get "cancelled" whether this is permanent or not we shall see but for arguments sake lets say it is. they obviously failed because they didn't get enough sales as a solo series. Characters like Scarlet Spider, Venom, Spider-man 2099 or even at a very big push Black Tarantula (one can dream right?) are all awesome characters that in conjunction with each other would generate interest especially if Spider-man also plays a big role, attracting in people who are interested in him.

How could you not want to see this?:

The idea of a Spider-themed team book brings up so many options for stories. For example I would die happy if we ever got to see the entire Spider-Family Vs the Totem Eaters. Not to mention it would be great to see the Spider-family interacting on a more personal basis than just cross-overs or odd occasions. Not to mention with both Miles Morales and Spider-man 2099 jumping through time this would be a great time to put this idea into actions not to mention the fact both Kaine and Venom have no recurring roles they are free to be added to the roaster without continuity problems.

As I said earlier due to the characters on the team the story potential is nigh-limitless. We have the Totem eaters, time traveling stories (thanks to Miguel and Miles), Symbiote themed stories (thanks to Venom) etc..... You have so many options that can work here.

Now is the perfect time to do it!:

Now I hate Superior Spider-man as much as the next Spider-fan but even I will admit he is the perfect leader for this team. For a few reasons:

  1. He will turn a blind eye to the team's laxed Morals (looking at you Kaine and Venom) something Peter would never ever do regardless of the circumstances.
  2. Superior is a team player. Unlike Peter who preferred to go solo Superior is a team-guy. We've seen him create a private army and is even in the process of forming a new Sinister Superior Six

Not only that when Peter eventually does return he'll have this team to come back too. If SpOck did manage to keep them in some kind of order and use them as a force for good Peter would most likely continue to do so as well as lets face it he's big on responsibility and both Kaine and Venom are technically his responsibility as he's responsible for them both appearing.

Granted there may be some compatibility issues such as Superior hating Scarlet Spider's guts but that could easily be explained by SpOck wanting to keep his friends close but his enemies even closer so he could take them out should he choose to. Suffice to a say a truce between Scarlet and Superior or Venom would not be hard to explain.

It gives the characters some growth. With every alternative Spider-man character they all have some kind of hero-worship for Peter. Be it Flash's fanboyism, Kaine wanting to be like him, Miles and Miguel being inspired to fight for good by him they all have a kind of idolism for Peter Parker. Working with Superior would kill this allowing them to go their own way. It may be a cruel thing to say but shattering their opinion of someone they held to such a high standard would give them a new lease and new stories making them question what they are doing all of this for.

They have a great dynamic:

Because of their different MO's the team dynamic is great. Seeing them interact with each other during a confrontation between the enemies or each other. Due to their history and past friendship and animosity at times there would be hardly any explanation needed as to how they act the way they do with each other. Seeing them beat on each other could be just as likely as the enemies if something goes badly wrong.

Who should be on the team?:

Superior Spider-man (The Leader):

Like him or hate him Superior is the only one with the key to bringing this team together. He has the motivation and reason to do it. We've seen that Otto takes an instant dislike to anyone who knows Parker is Spider-man or anyone who dresses up in a Spider-Themed suit. Gathering all those people in one team under his command is in his best interest for obvious reasons. As that way he can keep tabs on them and take them out if they become a problem. Regardless of your feelings for the guy he's the perfect person to set this up. Not to mention that we might get the occasional disagreement which could lead to Superior getting beat down by his team-mates for being a d***! Not to mention it sets up the team for when Peter does return.

Spider-man 2099 (The Brains):

Miguel O'Hara is probably the smartest member of the Spider-family. Before becoming Spider-man he was high ranking geneticist at Alchemax and soon went on to take it over and become CEO. Suffice to say he's one smart guy, one who has knowledge on how to make and use tech from the future. He's the only one who could humble Superior in the intelligence department. Every team needs a brain. Someone who can figure out ways to take out the higher level threats that can't be taken out by brute force alone and Miguel is exactly that!

Venom and Scarlet Spider (The Brawn):

Just as every team needs a leader and a thinker it also brute force and most of the time lots of it. Venom and Kaine are both perfect contenders thanks to their past connection with Spider-man and each other. They also bring a bit of diversity to the group due to their unique abilities.

I could say more but honestly there isn't really much that needs to be said. Why they would join the team is pretty evident.

Miles Morales (The Newbie):

Lets face it every team needs a newb. The kind of guy who hasn't been run down by what life has thrown at him, who often gets things wrong and who rises to the occasion when the time calls for it. With the Ultimate Universe (possibly) ending and Miles (hinted) coming to the 616 Universe Miles would be a prime target for Superior due to the fact he could use Miles blind adoration for Spider-man to mold him in his image or alternatively just to keep tabs on him like the other Spider-themed guys.

Reserve members:

These are the members that are not on the team all the time but are sometimes called in:

  • Black Tarantula (Carlos La Muerto): Given that he's a merc it wouldn't take much for him to accept payment from Superior in order to come in for the odd job.
  • Spider-woman (Drew): Due to her connection to the Avengers and Spider-man its conceivable that she may help them out on occasion.
  • Superior Carnage: If Carnage is brought into custody after the events of Superior Carnage then its possible Superior could try to harness and control him just as Wizard is currently trying to do albeit more successfully. Carnage could be the rogue element of the team only brought out when the need is truly dire and they need someone to absolutely wreck everything before being returned to his cell.
  • Black Widow: Widow has recently shown sympathy for Spider-man and seems to be conversing with him on a much more regular basis. While not a member of the team she could be their contact at SHIELD if they need information.

Just a thought on how to keep more variety in the Spider-books as now that Scarlet and Venom are no long on the shelves I would HATE to see just Superior there.

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Strider92's Picks: What You Should Be Reading!

Thought i'd make a list with what is in my opinion the best yet largely unknown/under-appreciated titles out there at the moment. In no particular order:

Lazarus (Image Comics):

This is one of the newest series to hit Image comics (its only 2 issues in thus far) and by far one of the best the label has under its belt. After the end of Luther Strode's second volume (also an awesome series if you haven't read that yet go read it!) I was looking for an ongoing to fill my Image void. Lazarus does everything I hoped it would and more.

CQC like a boss!

To sum Lazarus up its like someone sat down and suddenly thought "I like the Fallout games, Game Of Thrones and the Godfather movies........screw it lets throw everyone of them into one scenario and see what happens!" What happens is Lazarus and the idea is every bit as awesome and bizarre as it sounds.

After an apocalyptic event the world is thrown into turmoil with different families ruling different areas. None of the families seem to like each other and at best they tolerate each other and at worst out-right slaughter each other! Each family has a member known as the Lazarus. the Lazarus is the single-member of the family that is dedicated to protecting them. Undergoing genetic enhancements, high-tech upgrades and other such bad-assery. The on-going follows the Lazarus of the Carlyle family Forever (yep fricking weird name i'll give it that) as she tries to protect and keep her family from unraveling.

There are so many reasons that you should be reading this. The story is brilliant for one, the art is gorgeous, its only 2 issues in so catching up is not a problem and at 1.99$ its one of the cheaper comics on the market. I cannot condone anyone not at least trying this title out!

Quantum And Woody (Valiant):

Yes Woody is an a$$hole

Now its no secret that i'm a big fan of Valiant comics so when Quantum And Woody started I bought the first issue without hesitation and as usual Valiant have churned out yet another brilliant title. So much so that Quantum And Woody is now my favorite Valiant title surpassing even my love for Harbinger (that i'll get to later).

Quantum And Woody is basically the story of two half-brothers who obtain superhuman abilities via an accident.

As odd is it sounds the story is in fact very entertaining. The whole sibling rivalry thing that this ongoing puts across is perfect in every sense of the word and down right funny. Which brings us to the books strongest quality. This book is hilarious. I'm not talking funny i'm talking about the only book that has made me laugh out-loud since Kelly's Deadpool. It is that damn fun. The art that accompanies it fits the theme of the series really well. Granted humor is subjective but in my opinion this is the most fun you will have reading any ongoing series from any company right now. How many heroes first outing ends with them holding a disabled villain out a window and fighting mutant clowns well this series gives you the answer.

I have nothing negative to say about this book apart from the fact you cannot take this seriously. If you open this book with any other intent than to relax and read something light and funny then this isn't for you.

Aphrodite IX (Top Cow):

Having read the original run by Wohl and Finch I was stoked when I heard they were kicking off an on-going based on the character and when I heard Sejic was on the pencils I was jumping up and down with joy (you'll see why soon!).

DAT ART!

This series takes place a loooooooooooong time after the original run of Aphrodite IX. To sum it up as briefly as possible Aphrodite is a synthetic human created to be the perfect killer. After every assassination her mind is wiped so she doesn't remember anything she did. Thus creating someone who cannot be interrogated or broken. Years after the first run Aphrodite's mind has yet again been wiped and she remembers nothing of the events that transpired. She is kept in cryo-stasis while the world goes to hell around her. When she is mistakable awakened during a fight between the Cyborgs and the Bio-augments (the two warring factions) she has to pick a side although this might not be easy as her "handler" from the original series is still alive and kicking in the stasis pod next to her. Poised to take control of her when he feels it beneficial for some to die.

Now the art in this is spectacularificlystupedulous I had to make up my own word to describe it as its just that good. Sejic is probably the best artist around at the moment and if you don't believe me just check the scans. The guy is incredible and makes this series the most visually stunning around at the moment. The story is great, the art is a word I made-up to do it justice and its only 4 issues in. Ontop of that the 1st issue is FREE! FREE!? You can download it from Comixology free of charge here:

Aphrodite IX #1

YOU HAVE NO EXCUSES! ITS FREE NOW GIVE IT A SHOT!

Scarlet Spider (Marvel):

This is currently the only title from the big 2 (Marvel and DC) I am reading as the other titles failed to grab me.

Oh sh*t indeed

Scarlet Spider follows Kaine the hot-blooded and until recently villainous clone of Peter Parker. Having got a new lease on life Kaine is seeking to become a better person and leave his murderous past behind him in favor of a heroic one although he still has trouble with that due to his volatile and violent nature. This basically the classic story of a villain trying to better himself and yet failing spectacularly in certain aspects while he battles his inner daemons. In this case quite literally as poor Kaine is the host of a being called the "Other" that slips into control every now and then causing him to pretty much flip his sh*t. Think Bleach with the whole Hollow Ichigo deal and that's pretty much whats going on here with Kaine.

This series has had quite few artists on it and most of them have been above average the current one is Carlo Barberi. The story is great thanks to Yost and it is the best title Marvel is currently producing. One of the best features about this series are the fight sequences. They are some of the best to feature in any comic as of late (aside from Luther Strode) and given how many times they have appeared in the "Best Battles" threads made by k4tzm4n just proves it (coincidentally the battle from Scarlet Spider 21 appeared in it this week: Best Battles 08/30/13). I heard someone describe it as Marvel's "popcorn flick" which I think pretty much sums it up.

Harbinger (Valiant):

Earplugs anyone?

This is the title that introduced me to Valiant and as such pretty much holds a prized spot in my pull-list. Harbinger is quite hard to liken to any other title currently going however if I was really forced to i'd probably call it X-men on meth. Due to the nature of independent titles they can have far more excessive content and Harbinger has taken advantage of this showing what telekinetic's and other such power individuals are capable of without the whole "PG-13" hanging over their heads and thats fun to see (albeit gory too).

Harbinger's main character is a young man by the name of Peter Stanchek who is a powerful Harbinger who's vast psionic abilities allow him to do some pretty scary stuff. As the series progress's it becomes more of a team-book as others join Peter in an attempt to stop the main villains.

There is so much depth to this story that I cannot and will not go into it here. Suffice to say that it is worth reading for both the story and the art. This is one of Valiant's top tier titles and with good reason.

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