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I had a wonderful time with Season 1 of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.  After so much critical praise, everyone was curious about what the next step was for Telltale.  They ultimately headed in a direction of a lesser known comic book than The Walking Dead called Fables.  Fables is a comic book by Bill Willingham. By the time the series was announced, I had read the first third of the series and fairly enjoyed the story of how society’s beloved story time characters live in a separate society from the rest of the world.  While the series kind of fell off for me, the hype around Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us may have just pulled me back right into the world.  The first episode was released in October 2013 and has gained critical buzz until the first season of the series concluded in July 2014.  It was only this past month when Telltale released the whole 5 episode package on the PS4 and I immediately attacked it.  With my background knowledge on the Fables universe and familiarity with Telltale’s story medium, I thought I was prepared for The Wolf Among Us.  I was wrong.  On so many enjoyable and juicy levels.

Here’s how I was absolutely blown away by The Wolf Among Us and its titular hero: Bigby Wolf

Minimal spoilers, none that would ruin the game.

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I’m 4/5 episodes done with The Wolf Among Us.  I can’t help bringing myself to finishing the 5th episode knowing my time with Bigby will be over soon.  So I stalled even longer with drawing some fan art.  Bigby and Snow’s relationship is something that’s a lot of fun.  The way Bigby dotes on her, but how he is ashamed of his rage and true form is tragic.  I play my Bigby as a very angry man who isn’t hesitant to use violence on anyone standing in his way.  But he also has a heart of gold, willing to help individuals who really need it.  I’ve had a fantastic time with The Wolf Among Us.  I really like being bad, something I couldn’t really bring myself to doing in The Walking Dead with Lee and Clementine.

Here’s some dialogue I kinda ran with it.

“Bigby, we should get this body to the wishing well, before the Mundies find us.”

“Just a little longer Snow…let me…just a little longer”

“…”

“Am I a monster, Snow?”

“…”

“Yeah…that’s what I figured.”

The next piece of video game fan art will be my Herald of Andraste from Dragon Age Inquisition.  Look forward to it!

 

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Image owned by Dark Horse Comics

I’ve collected a large number of comics over the years.  I primarily chose them based on recommendations I’ve read over the internet.  Not all of them are immediate winners though and some series require a bit of stumbling before they hit their stride.  My normal purchasing routine is buying the first volume of a series and if I legitimately enjoy them, I continue.  I’ve taken some interest in some cult favorite series and purchased the first couple of volumes of each to test them out.  Unfortunately today’s post is about five series that haven’t really kindled a fire underneath my stomach enough for me to continue the series.  I’m asking you the reader to back up some of these series that you’ve hopefully read and persuade me to continue reading.

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Christmas has occurred and that always meant gift giving and receiving is a tradition all around the world.  In my case, being a 21 year old, some would say that the things you ask your parents for Christmas has drastically changed.  Back then, you would ask for video games and books and the like.  I’ve asked around my friends and now they’re saying they have asked for nothing or adult things like batteries or utensils.

I don’t have to remind you that I’m a certified geek, but I will remind you that being a geek can mean keeping hobbies that requires the purchasing of memorabilia.  So while my friends are asking for furniture or a fancy bottle of spirits, I still haven’t changed 21 years later.  I’ve largely asked and received comic books.  The volumes and trades I’ll share with you below!  Maybe now you’ll see the pun that I’ve infused with the above title.

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So about last year, I really started getting into comic books and graphic novels.  Back then, I primarily stuck with graphic novels, stories that had distinct endings and were no longer in continuation.  The primary reason I did this was because I wasn’t sure that I wanted to get into the monthly issue release that would warrant me spending money and money over time and again.  So as the year progressed, I had successfully finished some of the greatest graphic novels out there: Watchmen, Wanted, The Dark Knight Returns, Black Hole, along with volumes and compendiums of the most popular story arcs such as The Long Halloween, The Walking Dead Compendium I + II, and Kick-Ass.  Now that I’m nearing the point where there aren’t many graphic novels left that I haven’t heard of.

So I’ve begun getting into series that are now ongoing, finding that they’re even more exhilarating because it’s like I’m joining a number of fan-bases that are eagerly awaiting the release of the next issue.  It’s a similar feeling as waiting for The Winds of Winter, or the next Superman vs. Batman movie.  With anticipation, there is some form of unification of a fanbase that spawns theories, speculations, and the like.

So today we’re going to talk about some of the comic books that I’m reading and some that I plan on beginning to read. Minor spoils ahead!

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