Ryan Files

Review/ Spyfunk!

Spies are mysterious, seductive, superhuman characters that have defined pop culture for decades. Whether from the machismo maverick of Ian Fleming’s James Bond or the big screen technological bravado of Mission Impossible’s Ethan Hunt, there is one major item that all of these fictional spies have tended to have in common…they’re White dudes. Spy flicks have been havens for the cis-White male...

Ryan Files

Ryan Files

Ryan Files is a writer, editor, and poet discovering new artistic opportunities in Arizona. This creative writing teaching artist is the author of Half Dollar Moments, a poetry book featuring an eclectic blend of pop culture and black history. Ryan’s current projects can be found at fileswrites.com.
Review/ Marvel SNAP

Review/ Marvel SNAP

The answer to the POP quiz no one asked for: Marvel comics is to Marvel SNAP as World of Warcraft is to Hearthstone. This card game developed by Second Dinner is the brainchild of Ben Brode, who also was the lead designer of Hearthstone until 2018. My feelings on...

Jolee Bindo: The Forgotten Black Jedi

Jolee Bindo: The Forgotten Black Jedi

In 2000, a small Canadian video game studio named BioWare was given an opportunity. The famed publisher LucasArts was looking for a tie-in to the next Star Wars movie, Episode II, but BioWare wanted to use their newly-acquired Star Wars license to create something...

Review: Up Up Ubie

Review: Up Up Ubie

Up Up Ubie is a unique mobile game experience as quirky as its balloon-wielding main character. Up Up Ubie is a platforming, point and click style mobile game that is the brainchild of Andrew Augustin and his company Notion Games. Augustin created this entire project...

Review/ Batman by John Ridley: The Deluxe Edition

Review/ Batman by John Ridley: The Deluxe Edition

The phrase “needs no introduction” was crafted for men like John Ridley. He is a writer, director, and producer across various media including movies, television, cartoons, and comic books. He famously won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a...

Review/ Pax Samson Vol. 1: The Cookout

Review/ Pax Samson Vol. 1: The Cookout

If one could capture the essence of the black experience, many persons would find a succinct link between the value of friendship and the value of family. Two people may not be related but at the family party and/or cookout? They are “cousins.” And the amazing thing...

Top 10 ‘Mass Effect’ Companions

Top 10 ‘Mass Effect’ Companions

As Mass Effect: Legendary Edition reinserts the epic space opera trilogy back into the limelight, I figured what better way to kick off my gaming binge with a bit of controversy. Here are my top ten Mass Effect companions (minor spoilers below). 10. EDI Image credit...

What Got Me Through 2020, Part 2

What Got Me Through 2020, Part 2

Challenging is the perfect way to describe this year. Many people in that March time frame were in the same place as my family. I was left uncertain about my children’s future when the school district suddenly closed. I spent the rest of April and May trying to come...

An Interview with Adam Kareem, Creator of Protodroid DeLTA

An Interview with Adam Kareem, Creator of Protodroid DeLTA

Adam Kareem is the creator extraordinaire of the new Protodroid DeLTA videogame coming to Steam and Nintendo Switch. His Kickstarter has already exceeded expectations, and he looks to bring his “solarpunk” vision to fruition in 2021. He was kind enough to spend some...

Top Ten Games of the Decade

Top Ten Games of the Decade

This decade of gaming has been outstanding on every level. Graphical precision, narrative complexity, and input precision have evolved and made each genre of games more and more amazing as time has progressed. This list was as much a delight to put together as it was...

Review- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Review- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Sweet Christmas…it’s back. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is the sequel to the acclaimed Activision titles of the same name, Ultimate Alliance (2006) and Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009). When the games suddenly disappeared from digital stores in 2018 due to...

Review: Livewire #4

Review: Livewire #4

Writer: Vita Ayala Artist: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin Letters: Saida Temofonte Publisher: Valiant Entertainment Rating: 12+ Only Livewire #4 is here and the showdown between Pan de Santos and Amanda “Livewire” McKee has finally arrived. For those who have followed...

Review/ Starfish

Review/ Starfish

Anxiety. Depression. Pain. Guilt. Loss. Each of these words evokes a visceral weight when written onto a page or stated in a moment. Visual media has the ability to take these words and give them dimension. But the interesting irony is that the form these words take...

Review: Livewire #3

Review: Livewire #3

Writer: Vita Ayala Artist: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin Letterer: Saida Temofonte Publisher: Valiant Entertainment Rating: 12+ Only What is it that separates a hero from a villain? Is it intent? Is it sacrifice? Is it love? Is it belief? Is it the result of...

Review/ Corsairs

Review/ Corsairs

Writer: Daniel McNeal Illustrator: Charlie “Fab” Goubile Publisher: Kid Monster Creations Rating: 12+ Only Space! Pirates! Aliens! Adventure! Corsairs, co-created by writer Daniel McNeal and illustrator Charlie Goubile, has all the elements of an epic space opera. The...

Review: Livewire #2

Review: Livewire #2

Writer: Vita Ayala Artist: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin Letterer: Saida Temofonte Publisher: Valiant Entertainment Rating: 12+ Only For those who have read my initial Livewire #1 review,  I note that I am excited for the future related to the title character and her...

Review/ Livewire #1

Review/ Livewire #1

Writer: Vita Ayala Artists: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin Publisher: Valiant Entertainment Letterer: Saida Temofonte Rating: 12+ Only Technopathy, the ability to control electronics and forms of technology with the mind, is one of the most underutilized superpowers...

Review/ Assassin’s Creed Uprising: Volume 3

Review/ Assassin’s Creed Uprising: Volume 3

Writers: Alex Paknadel and Dan Watters Artist: Jose Holder Colors: Marko Lesko Letters: Jimmy Betancourt Publisher: Titan Comics Rating: 13+ Only Assassin’s Creed is a title well known to video game fans. The stealth action game and its subsequent sequels have helped...

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