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Review: Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion

Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion

I’ve never played a game of Gloomhaven. I’ve heard good things about the legacy dungeon crawler but it’s a commitment I don’t have time for. Beyond the fantasy setting, I know little of the world and after reading Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion, I’m not sure I know all that much.

Welcome to the City of Gloomhaven. A city we don’t get to see much of as a lot of the comic takes place within a bar. The Jaws of the Lion are a the top of the hierarchy of the city, but their latest job goes sideways. Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion takes us through the group’s adventure in segments told from a different member’s perspective.

I’m not sure if it was high-hopes for a new comic series based on a board game or the interest in a “new” property being expanded to comics, but the potential of the debut issue feels squandered. Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion is one that feels more focused on fans of the property than an introduction to that property for all, that also is entertaining for fans.

Written by Travis Mcintire, the comic has a fine concept, a band of adventurers talking about a job gone wrong. But, there’s little setup and little to make us care about the characters. The adventure is just that, a fairly generic adventure with a different set of characters. We’re not given much background on any them, their powers, race, really anything. Unless you know the world or the specific characters, it all feels a bit lost. There’s some personality in each but beyond one’s unique dialogue they’re all pretty basic fantasy characters with a different look.

The teaser text for the comic hinted at punk bands, drug dealing street gangs, and a dark God sleeping underneath the city. None of that’s really here at all. There’s some things danced around but as far as the city, we see the inside of a bar and the direct outside of it again leaving us with a very generic premise of a comic.

With art by Tyler Sowles and lettering by Justin Birch, the art too is interesting but doesn’t quite click for me. The design, class, and race of the characters are something that appealed to me. But the action itself felt a little lackluster and the scenes within the tavern outright boring. With a story that doesn’t give much background about the characters, the art needed to deliver a bit more to clue readers in. Birch’s lettering stands out a bit for its unique style concerning one character made of bugs. That was the most intriguing design of the entire comic.

Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion had a lot of potential as a comic. Something different such as an introduction to the game and its elements might have stood out. But, as presented, this is a pretty boring presentation of the world and its characters. Any interesting elements feel sucked out leaving us with a generic fantasy story that’s been done so much better elsewhere.

Gloomhaven created by Isaac Childres
Story: Travis Mcintire Art: Tyler Sowles Letterer: Justin Birch
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion

Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion

I’ve never played a game of Gloomhaven. I’ve heard good things about the legacy dungeon crawler but it’s a commitment I don’t have time for. Beyond the fantasy setting, I know little of the world and after reading Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion, I’m not sure I know all that much.

Welcome to the City of Gloomhaven. A city we don’t get to see much of as a lot of the comic takes place within a bar. The Jaws of the Lion are a the top of the hierarchy of the city, but their latest job goes sideways. Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion takes us through the group’s adventure in segments told from a different member’s perspective.

I’m not sure if it was high-hopes for a new comic series based on a board game or the interest in a “new” property being expanded to comics, but the potential of the debut issue feels squandered. Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion is one that feels more focused on fans of the property than an introduction to that property for all, that also is entertaining for fans.

Written by Travis Mcintire, the comic has a fine concept, a band of adventurers talking about a job gone wrong. But, there’s little setup and little to make us care about the characters. The adventure is just that, a fairly generic adventure with a different set of characters. We’re not given much background on any them, their powers, race, really anything. Unless you know the world or the specific characters, it all feels a bit lost. There’s some personality in each but beyond one’s unique dialogue they’re all pretty basic fantasy characters with a different look.

The teaser text for the comic hinted at punk bands, drug dealing street gangs, and a dark God sleeping underneath the city. None of that’s really here at all. There’s some things danced around but as far as the city, we see the inside of a bar and the direct outside of it again leaving us with a very generic premise of a comic.

With art by Tyler Sowles and lettering by Justin Birch, the art too is interesting but doesn’t quite click for me. The design, class, and race of the characters are something that appealed to me. But the action itself felt a little lackluster and the scenes within the tavern outright boring. With a story that doesn’t give much background about the characters, the art needed to deliver a bit more to clue readers in. Birch’s lettering stands out a bit for its unique style concerning one character made of bugs. That was the most intriguing design of the entire comic.

Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion had a lot of potential as a comic. Something different such as an introduction to the game and its elements might have stood out. But, as presented, this is a pretty boring presentation of the world and its characters. Any interesting elements feel sucked out leaving us with a generic fantasy story that’s been done so much better elsewhere.

Gloomhaven created by Isaac Childres
Story: Travis Mcintire Art: Tyler Sowles Letterer: Justin Birch
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

Source Point Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion Gets Two Variants

Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion, the official comic book adaption of the board game phenomenon, is receiving two limited edition variant covers! The Cephalofair Variant by Alexandr Elichevby and the Source Point Press Variant by Nolan Nasser are available for pre-order now!

The City of Gloomhaven can be a tough place to make it as an adventurer and being in the right party is key to survival. The Jaws of the Lion are the top of the mountain in the hierarchy of the city, but their latest job goes sideways, and Anaphi, the mindthief, is to blame! Get ready for Quatryll punk bands, drug dealing Inox street gangs, and a dark God sleeping beneath the surface, eager to destroy the world.

Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion is based on the popular tabletop board game Gloomhaven and its follow up Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion is written by Travis McIntire with art by Tyler Sowles.

Gloomhaven Fallen Lion Cephalofair Variant
Gloomhaven Fallen Lion Source Point Press Variant

Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion Comes to Comic Stands December 30

Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion

Source Point Press has revealed that Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion will be released on December 30. The 24-page one-shot comic is inspired by the best-selling board game Gloomhaven and is written by Travis McIntire and game creator  Isaac Childres with art by Tyler Sowles.

The City of Gloomhaven can be a tough place to make it as an adventurer and being in the right party is key to survival. The Jaws of the Lion are the top of the mountain in the hierarchy of the city, but their latest job goes sideways, and Anaphi, the mindthief, is to blame! The first comic from the wildly popular GLOOMHAVEN game launches a fantasy world unlike any in existence. Get ready for Quatryll punk bands, drug dealing Inox street gangs, and a dark God sleeping beneath the surface, eager to destroy the world. Welcome to the City!

The comic will explore the world of Gloomhaven and features the “Jaws of the Lion” crew. Work has been done to make sure the comic fits into the canon the Gloomhaven and where there’s room to create.

It’s a definite get for fans of the board game as well as those interested in fantasy adventure! You can pre-order it now or contact your local comic shop.

Review: The Seance Room #1 and #2

The Seance Room is a place beyond time and space that exists inside of a castle owned by an eccentric ghost monger. Six ghosts have been trapped there, each with their own expertise of the expired. Do you dare tempt fate and enter the Seance Room?

A mix of Tales From the Crypt and Twilight Zone, The Seance Room is by Ben Goldsmith, Keyla K. Valerio, Justin Birch, Travis McIntire, Joshua Werner and published by Source Point Press.

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Review: The Seance Room #1 and #2

The Seance Room is a place beyond time and space that exists inside of a castle owned by an eccentric ghost monger. Six ghosts have been trapped there, each with their own expertise of the expired. Do you dare tempt fate and enter the Seance Room?

A mix of Tales From the Crypt and Twilight Zone, The Seance Room is by Ben Goldsmith, Keyla K. Valerio, Justin Birch, Travis McIntire, Joshua Werner and published by Source Point Press.

You can get yours now:
comiXology
Source Point Press
TFAW

Review: The Seance Room #1 and #2

The Seance Room is a place beyond time and space that exists inside of a castle owned by an eccentric ghost monger. Six ghosts have been trapped there, each with their own expertise of the expired. Do you dare tempt fate and enter the Seance Room?

A mix of Tales From the Crypt and Twilight Zone, The Seance Room is by Ben Goldsmith, Keyla K. Valerio, Justin Birch, Travis McIntire, Joshua Werner and published by Source Point Press.

You can get yours now:
comiXology
Source Point Press

Seance Room Concept Album Kickstarter

Review: Bayani and the Old Ghosts #1

Bayani and the Old GhostsKickstarter is almost like a “river of dreams “for creative minds, as it allows you to share your vision with the world, and like minded people. Kickstarter has been responsible for some great comics like Sons of the Devil and Watson and Holmes. Kickstarter, also has been responsible for some strange but amazing comics as well, like God Hates Astronauts, and some downright awful ones, as well, i.e. Sullivan’s Sluggers (Full disclosure, the ones I just mentioned, I have been a backer on all of them). So when the creator of Bayani, reached out to our staff, I was definitely interested, as any good comic, I would love to be part of bringing it in this world, and Kickstarter allows anyone to do that.

As the press release of the comic advertises:

Bayani, a boy of 11, is desperately trying to care for his sick father (a fisherman) and keep food on the table for his small family. Unfortunately, the sun has been shining down on the islands for the last month and night refuses to fall. The land is growing parched from the constant heat and the fish are moving further and further away from shore. During this disaster, the rain god, Pati’, recruits Bayani to undertake a quest rescuing the nine kidnapped daughters of Lady Moon from the horrible monsters of lore. Bayani embarks on a great adventure with his friend, Tala, and using their wits, the kids defeat one hideous creature after another in their quest to rescue each of the Moon’s daughters. This book is designed a bit like an Indiana Jones movie. It’s an adventure through myth and legend. And, like an Indiana Jones flick, the titles change with each issue.

This story is at times familiar, and at times, very new. Bayani comes off like a modern Odysseus, meeting Gods and going on adventures, all to save his father. It also involves many Filipino legends, as many do not know that the Filipino Pantheon is s large as the Greek one, and this is what the creators seem to want to convey to the reader. The ending of the first issue, is satisfying enough and shows why this is a book for all ages.

The story is cleverly written by Travis McIntire and his attention to detail bring is evident in the storytelling. The art by Grant Perkins makes the comic feel like a Saturday morning cartoon. The collaboration shows promise, as they both have unique voice is are definitely able to shine so far. Overall, a comic that is definitely for children, but can speak to the child in all of us.

Story: Travis McIntire Art: Grant Perkins
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Kickstart!

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Kickstarter Spotlight: All Ages Adventure Comic Bayani Launches on Kickstarter

Bayani and the Old Ghostsby Joshua Werner
Art Director at Source Point Press
Lover of Good Comics

I’ve worked with writer Travis McIntire on several different titles now over at Source Point Press, so knowing that he’s a creator full of passion and ingenuity it’s no surprise that I was more than a little intrigued when he told me about his script for the first issue of Bayani and the Nine Daughters of the Moon. The story is based on actual Filipino folklore and explores themes seen in stories such as Alice in Wonderland, but in the style of something more akin to Indiana Jones. And luckily, as a friend and fellow creator, I was able to continue to see the process, from pencils all the way through to the lettering.

Bayani and the Nine Daughters of the Moon is a kid-friendly story that has enough monsters, mythology, and adventure packed into it that adults will have no problem enjoying it also. Because of the combination of this appeal and the impressive creative team, Caliber Comics immediately agreed to publish it. But the reality of creator-owned comics is that often times they still need a boost to get them off the ground. And sometimes a finished product has to be delivered to the publisher. And that’s where Kickstarter comes in. Kickstarter can help to create those initial funds to put the comics into print, and also to introduce Bayani to the world. So Bayani creator Travis McIntire has started a Kickstarter for Bayani on July 16th. What impresses me the most about this is that Travis has decided to make the goal only $5,000. This is half of what he needs to cover the printing cost for the first 3 issues. That means he already plans to cover the other $5,000 out of his own pocket for the printing on this title, something that’s quite refreshing to see in the world of crowd funding.

Bayani #1 page 22Bayani and the Old Ghosts is the title of issue #1, which has already been completed. I was able to see each stage of the art process, and it looks fantastic! Grant Perkins (Penguins of Madagascar, 2000AD) is doing the penciling, inking, and coloring. Taylor Esposito, a long time letterer for DC Comics, is handling the lettering, while Rich Bloom (C.O.W.L.) designed the logos for each issue. Together the team brought Travis’ story to life, which is packed with cool visuals. The story kicks off with 11-year-old boy Bayani finding himself responsible for feeding his family as he tries to care for his sick father. The sun has been shining down on the islands for a full month without a single nightfall, causing a horrible drought that even drives the fish away from the surrounding area. Before he knows it, the rain god Pati’ has sent Bayani on a quest to rescue the daughters of Lady Moon, who have been kidnapped by horrible monsters from Filipino lore. With his friend Tala along for the journey, they must battle these monsters in hopes of ending the curse on the islands.

If you enjoy old-school adventure stories packed with mythological beasts, I can’t recommend this enough. Travis McIntire and Grant Perkins have really created something special here. The Kickstarter has some amazing rewards, with several wellrespected comic book industry pros jumping in to help make the rewards that much more exciting. I hope you’ll take a moment to check out their campaign and help to spread the word. While Bayani’s adventure may be a bit more perilous, I’m excited to give to this Kickstarter and have an adventure of my own: engaging in the production process of creator-owned comics!

 

 

 

 

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