Wet Hot American Summer, Eureka Pictures (Film) and Netflix (First Day of Camp Series)
Mega star cast that made sense in 2001, but we cannot figure out how they managed to get basically the entire original cast back for the series fourteen years later, many of them now Hollywood elite. The humor is right up our alley, filling the spoof void Leslie Nielsen left behind. The reverse engineering/writing that needed to be done to create backstories for many of the film's characters are well done and very tight. Very self aware, taking a couple of great jabs at itself.
The young boy Kevin's story seems to be going somewhere the entire time, then completely nosedives with no real enjoyable closure for him. It personally miffed us. We like happy endings, damn it!
THE STACK (ADVANCE REVIEW, On-Sale 9/16)
The Paybacks #1, Dark Horse Comics
CREATIVE TEAM: Donny Cates (W), Eliot Rahal (W), Geoff Shaw (A), Lauren Affe (C)
Lighter color palette compliments the action in the book. Great ending that opens up the book for a grander story than you would expect from the concept. Very funny writing.
When there is a lot of action in the scene, the art gets a bit rough. Tons of characters to try and keep track off from the beginning. An almost overwhelming amount of content for issue 1 of the series.
CARD OF THE DEAD, Alderac Entertainment Group
Fantastic price point. Easy to pick up. Great artwork. Smart packaging.
Lacks reference cards like Love Letter, which would have been a nice addition for ease of play. Rules regarding different card effects can be unclear.