11 Aug

I’ve Got Issues 08-11-2015

Featured Review -July

I’m still crafting my massive, month-spanning, review for July, but this gem just begged for a spotlight. So, I pulled it from the forthcoming post and sent it up early just to make sure it had proper room to breath.

boom-studios -Strange Fruit #1 
fruitI’m kicking myself for not immediately recognizing the lynching reference made by this book’s title. Strange Fruit is about race relations in the Jim Crow era south, a time in which outright hostile and violent racism was the norm, and it’s a serious and important backdrop for any story. This is why I was so confused by the fantastical element that was introduced into the story at the end of this book.

I’m going to spoil things a bit those who haven’t read the first issue. So, skip this review completely if you want to avoid spoilers.

At the end of issue #1, a spaceman drops from the sky and saves one of our characters from being lynched by a local chapter of the KKK. The interdiction of an alien plays out like a scene from a superhero comic and distracts from the seriousness of the story. It turns what could have been an impactful study of our country’s dark past into a backdrop for some kind of sci-fi fantasy tale.

At best, the inclusion of an alien who looks like an African Adonis has a real ‘Brother from Another Planet’ kind of feel to it. At worst, it smacks of ‘Inglorious Basterds’ style wish fulfillment and pseudo-history.

The difference between this story and ‘Brother’, however, is that the late 70’s / early 80’s era New York City explored in that movie was used to shine a light on current social injustices that were not widely explored at the time. Mainstream audiences at the time either weren’t aware,or were willfully ignorant of the depths of racism that still existed. Thus, when an alien from another planet chose to camouflage himself as a Black American in order to blend in with humanity, then discovered that he did anything but blend in due to racial prejudices, it came as a shock and a lesson to the audience. My question for Strange Fruit is, what exactly are we going to learn about the oppression of Jim Crow era Mississippi that we didn’t already know? It was a terrible time. We all know this. How does adding an alien into the mix change our understanding of the era?

I’m really going to keep a critical eye on this series to see what questions it both poses and answers because the backdrop they’ve chosen for their story is not one that should be used lightly or fruitlessly. Score: It better pay off big.

08 Aug

The Full List 08-05-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Small list this week. Not much caught my eye. Trying a new format with pictures. Yay?

 

dark-horse -Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Vol. 1 HC
boweryWriter: Levine, Cory
Artist: Bertram, Ian
Cover Artist: Bertram, Ian
When his father is framed for murder, immigrant Nikolaus McGovern rallies a motley crew of street youths in a rip-roaring coming-of-age adventure based on the period history of antebellum New York City! Against a backdrop of rampant political corruption, vicious street gangs, nascent labor reform, and ardent xenophobia, can Niko and his friends triumph in a life-or-death battle against their oppressors-or will they succumb to the engines of socioeconomic progress?

 

marvel -Darth Vader (2015-) #8
darthWriter: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
* Bounty Hunters on the attack-against the Empire!
* Darth Vader and Aphra continue their alliance – but how long will it last?
* Plus: Who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?

 

dc-comics -Detective Comics (2011-) #43 Bombshells Var Ed
bombshellWriter: Manapul, Francis
Artist: Blanco, Fernando
Cover Artist: Lupacchino, Emanuela
Batman and his new team are after a band of thieves in Gotham City-but they’re about to develop a new weapon that will make them much harder to stop!

 

marvel -Red Skull #2 (of 3)
redskullWriter: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Pizzari, Luca
Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley
* Under attack by the horrors of the Deadlands, the villains learn that only way to survive is to sell their souls to the Devil…
* Magneto has always hated everything about the Red Skull, but would he betray that to gain his freedom?
* Rising stars Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari continue their tale of bloody revenge across all of Battleworld!

 

25 Jul

Episode 1: Munitions Magnate (Day 1)

Day 1: The game’s afoot!

In this episode we meet our investigators from the Comics.Community podcast (Alec, Randy, and Phil) as they introduce their characters and learn the details of their case from none other than the great Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Our players will role-play as minor characters from the wider Sherlock Holmes mythos who are brought together as members of the Baker Street Irregulars to aid Sherlock in solving mysteries. (Please excuse the audio issues in this first episode.)

Characters:
Sir Jasper Meeks -Forensic Pathologist (Randy)
Henry Ellis -Journalist (Phil)
Mycroft Holmes -Political Insider (Alec)

NPCs:
Detective Wiggins -Lead Investigator (Rotating)
H.R. Murray -Criminologist (Ally)
Nelly Lomax -Researcher (Ally)
Inspector Lestrade -Scotland Yard (Contact)
Edward Hall -Lawyer (Contact)

Locations:
Scotland Yard (13SW)
Somerset House (17WC)
The Old Bailey (36EC)

Case Log: (Day 1)

The players meet with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson at 221 B, Baker Street

Alec is given control of Wiggins on day 1 and therefore takes command of the investigation by visiting Scotland Yard to speak with the patrolman who was first at the scene of the crime. Phil decides Henry Ellis should join Wiggins at Scotland Yard so that he can put his interviewing skills to work.

Meanwhile, Randy sends H.R. Murray to visit Somerset House to look for documents important to the case.

Finally, Alec sends Mycroft Holmes to visit Edward Hall, a lawyer at the Old Bailey’s Tribunal to search for information on any trials or legal proceedings that involve this case.

At the end of day one the investigators don’t feel any closer to solving the crime but they are enthusiastic about the prospects of day 2, which includes a visit to the scene of the crime.

15 Jul

The Full List 7-15-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Let’s see what happens if I actually post on time!

Black Canary #2 (DC)
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan
Artist: Wu, Annie
Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
In the wake of their first major fight, Dinah’s realized that her new bandmates are completely unprepared to keep themselves alive in a scrap

Empty Zone #2 (Image)
Writer: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
To be announced.

Island #1 (MR) (Image)
Writer: Graham, Brandon
Artist: Graham, Brandon
Cover Artist: Graham, Brandon
PRETTY DEADLY artist EMMA RIOS and KING CITY, PROPHET, and MULTIPLE WARHEADS writer/artist BRANDON GRAHAM bring you a new ONGOING COMICS MAGAZINE. Each issue holds three issue-length chapters of new work from various creators around the globe. PRINTED OVERSIZED WITH NO ADS!

Nonplayer #2 of 6 (Image)
Writer: Simpson, Nate
Artist: Simpson, Nate
Cover Artist: Simpson, Nate
THE SOLD-OUT SERIES RETURNS with a much-anticipated new chapter! Bent on avenging the death of his queen, game character King Heremoth seeks vengeance against Dana, an unwitting tamale delivery girl. Meanwhile, strange things are afoot in future Los Angeles as a police standoff at a fish market reveals a homicidal robot armed only with seafood. Artist/writer NATE SIMPSON outdoes his beautiful and multi-layered debut with an even more ambitious feat of world-building!

Godzilla In Hell #1 of 5 (IDW) 
Writer: Stokoe, James
Artist: Stokoe, James
Cover Artist: Zornow, Jeff
Godzilla meets his greatest adversary of all time-the impossible tortures of Hell! Each issue of this special miniseries will see Godzilla enter a new level of the underworld to do battle with the impossible.

Hail Hydra #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Boschi, Roland
Cover Artist: Robinson, Andrew
* Peace Through Strength! Honor Through Obedience! Continuance Through Conformity!
* Hail Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed!
* Cut off one limb, and two shall take its place!
* We serve none but the Master-as the world shall soon serve us!
* It is a beautiful Utopia that Hydra has created.
* But when a lone figure from outside the Regime appears, could his very presence be enough to bring this perfect society to its ruin?

Planet Hulk #3 (Marvel)
Writer: Humphries, Sam
Artist: Laming, Marc
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
SECRET WARS SERIES
WILL THE DEADLY LAND OF HULKS FINALLY BREAK GLADIATOR STEVE ROGERS?
* Can STEVE ROGERS rescue BUCKY before the RED KING sentences him to death?
* Can even the powerful DOC GREEN protect Steve and DEVIL DINOSAUR as the trio take a perilous shortcut to the MUD KINGDOM?
* Vast cemeteries. A valley of skulls and bones. Tribal soldiers and deadly spears that can pierce any hide. This book may be too dangerous to read!!!

Hawkeye #22 (Marvel)
Writer: Fraction, Matt
Artist: Aja, David
Cover Artist: Aja, David
The last issue of Matt Fraction’s run on Hawkeye.

10 Jul

Monthly Comics Update -June 2015

Comics Update June 2015

Here’s everything I read in June. I’m giving my thoughts here because I wasn’t on the Comics.Community podcast much last month and had no way of expressing my incredibly valuable insights.

Marvel

Not a great month for Marvel even though I bought several titles. I was disappointed in several of my regular books and even the one new title I bought. That said, Secret Wars is still amazingly good. If this was the new Marvel continuity going forward I wouldn’t be upset and it would be a damn bold move on their part.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
This is the story of how the world would have been different if the events of Civil War and One More Day hadn’t revealed Peter’s secret identity and erased his marriage to Mary Jane. It’s also a subtle middle finger to all the fans who hated those two controversial events by reinforcing the idea that Peter Parker can’t be Spider-Man, and can’t be a true hero, if he has other responsibilities like a wife and family.

Bull-snot, I say. Bull-snot.

SECRET WARS #3
The saga of Battle World continues to twist and turn as doctors Doom and Strange each reveal some secrets and also make plans for the future. Also, some loose ends show up in the forms of 616 and Ultimate characters who were missing at the end of Time Runs Out.

The writing and worldbuilding in this event have been better than I could have ever expected. I’ve decided to appreciate each issue as it comes just in case the excellence can’t be sustained for the entire run. If the writing falters then at least I’ll have this time to appreciate what they’ve produced thus far.

STAR WARS #6
I’m falling out of love with the new Star Wars comics. The writing and art seem to be dipping in quality. It’s not a bad comic, but it is sliding from its lofty perch atop my pull list and will probably be cut from the list altogether after this month.

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #6
Darth Vader was the one Star Wars title that was holding its ground on my pull list, but now this one seems to be losing steam and losing focus on what made it so good. The best part of this book was the tension between Vader and the Emperor.

As Sith Lords, their master and apprentice relationship is always hanging on a thread because there can only be one master and one apprentice. Meaning, Vader is always trying to supplant the Emperor as master and the Emperor is always trying to replace Vader with another pupil. Now that the tension between the two is somewhat diffused, so is the book.

STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA #4
This story hasn’t really grabbed me, mainly due to the annoying characterization of Leia as such a reckless character. It seems she’s headed towards a character arc where she grows into the more responsible leader that we know from the movies and comics, but it’s an arc that I’ve already seen before.

Ms. MARVEL VOL 3: CRUSHED
Crushed is how I felt after reading the first half of this volume. I had to double and triple check that it was the same creative team on this volume as previous volumes because the writing and story took a dramatic turn for the worse. The language seemed very juvenile and ill-conceived both for the narration and the dialog. Basically, I didn’t like it.

I didn’t have a problem with the story of Kamala being stabbed in the back by her first crush, though the execution was very rushed, but everything before that happened was dreadful. The second half of the book picked up a bit, but the overall mediocrity of this volume has me questioning my own giddy feelings for Ms. Marvel.

Ms. MARVEL #16 Last Days

A few lingering melancholies from her heartbreak in “Crushed” aside, this was a nice bounce-back from the disappointment of Vol. 3.

Issue #16 gets us back to what made Ms. Marvel such a great hero. People in Jersey City need help, so she rushes to the rescue with no questions asked.

Last Days is a tie-in to the big finale of the old 616 MCU and serves as a snapshot of where certain heroes are at as this world ends and Battleworld begins. Also, a nice cameo on the last page makes me interested to see what happens in the final, final issue of Last Days.

DC

With Convergence mostly in the rear-view mirror, DC is starting to unveil what it might look like going forward. If inconsistency was a super power, DC would be Class 5,000.

The new “TRUTH” storyline running through DC comics is… something? I guess. At this point I just don’t understand why all this truthiness is suddenly so important. I see the impact it’s having and how it affects the characters, but I just don’t understand the greater point of the storyline.

Anyway, at this point anything is better than convergence and this new direction is at least somewhat interesting.

BATMAN #41
Batman is gone. Gotham needs Batman. There is a new Batman. Enter the Robo-Batman. Not an original story by any means, but they’ve managed to add a new twist to it by introducing a new high-tech corporation into Gotham City that’s trying to help Gotham by giving the GCPD their own version of Robocop dressed as Batman. So far, it’s been fun. Which is just about all you can ask for from DC these days.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #21
The world is all about Batman v Superman these days so this book is trying to set up as many “versus” situations as it can. A newly depowered Superman vs. a newly roboticized Batman is the latest scenario that actually puts Batman on the more powerful footing for a change. The first fight was short and sweet, but it looks like they’re going for a rematch next issue that might actually have some stakes.

BLACK CANARY #1
The only DC comic I was truly happy with this month was the new Black Canary title. This is a spin-off of the highly popular and entertaining Batgirl comic wherein we learn that Black Canary wants to give up the superhero lifestyle for a more normal life and therefore decides to be a rock star. Why not, right? Well, in this book we learn the why not.

It looks like this book will be a fun ride, but I wish this first issue had taken a little more time to focus on the band and their life on the road before all the superhero craziness got introduced. I know it’s a “superhero” comic, but I still wish they had let it not be one for at least a few issues.

CONSTANTINE the HELLBLAZER #1
Hmmm. Uh huh. Ehhh. Uhhh. Hmmm. These are the noises I was making as I read issue one of the new Hellblazer comic book. Spoiler, I didn’t like it. I didn’t hate it either, though. There were some good points. Some nods to the character I knew from the first 100 issues of the original Hellblazer. However, by the end of this book I was left feeling like I had just read someone’s Cliff’s Notes version of John Constantine. It’s like the writer was checking off the boxes of what the character was supposed to be like without actually understanding who he is. Or rather, who he once was.

By the end of the issue I had come to the realization that the Constantine I knew only exists in those first hundred issues from way back when. Maybe even the first 50, if I’m honest. Maybe this new John will resonate with a new audience. I hope he does because I’ve already got my version of the character frozen in memory and locked away in back-issues for all time.

Perhaps John Constantine was the perfect character for the perfect time. The end of the 80’s. End of the Cold War. Fear of the future. Suspicion of the past. Old cultural institutions devouring themselves as they crumbled into obsolescence. It was a changing world in 1988, when the first issue of Hellblazer hit the shelves. It was a scary, worrisome, time for many and John Constantine wasn’t the hero who came to save the world or make it better, he was the hero who didn’t give a piss and just came to watch it all burn.

WONDER WOMAN #41
So, after recent events, Wonder Woman is now a god. THE god, in fact. THE god of Mt. Olympus anyway. Baby Zeus and momma Zola are safe. Queen Hera is part of team WW now. The rebellious Amazons are safely incarcerated and everything is going just fine. I guess that means it’s time for a new costume!

The reasoning behind the new costume is solid. She’s shedding the old costume she donned as a girl for a more grown up look. That’s fine. Most people can relate to that idea… I just wish the costume was actually more grown up looking. It looks terrible, to me. It has no style, garish colors, and it looks like someone chewed up every comic book costume ever then vomited out a gross amalgamation of them all.

Anyway, there’s a new mystery brewing. Someone on earth knows she’s the god of war, yadda, yadda, yadda, the costume sucks.

Image

A slim month for Image comics this month, but the one title that I did pick up was well worth it.

EMPTY ZONE #1
Man. I can’t stop thinking about this comic. The moment after I finished the last page, I had to go back and start reading it again to figure out what I missed. Turns out that I didn’t actually miss anything. I just failed to understand what I had read.

This is a very exciting new series that I can’t wait to keep reading. The setting is a strange mix of futuristic with post-apocalypse that very much reminds me of proper Cyberpunk. The main character is a tortured enigma whom, after one issue, I have dubbed “the cybernetic John Constantine” for the way she’s tortured by literal and figurative ghosts from her shadowy past. She also has some mysterious connection to and control over technology that reminds me of Constantine’s relationship with magic.

A book like this is why I read comics. Go read it for yourself.

Dark Horse

Perhaps through necessity Dark Horse is slowly but surely moving away from their licensed titles and towards more new creator owned titles. This should be a good thing, and it is, but their titles just don’t have quite the same appeal as Image comics. Not yet anyway.

The Dark Horse comics I bought this month are good, but not great.

HARROW COUNTY #2
I’m enjoying the creepy and mysterious vibe that Harrow County is putting out, but I will admit that the story is a bit slow with the details of what exactly is going on. I’m rather enjoying the slow burn of this story, though I do understand that it might not be for everyone.

REBELS #3
More American Revolution! That’s a good thing. Read your history people!
In this issue our hero, Seth, meets up with the legendary patriot Ethan Allen and decides to join him on a military campaign. This does not sit well with Seth’s new bride, but… freedom and stuff. Seth’s reasoning for leaving home once again are short and not well explained, but he’s a patriot dammit! So, his reasons are self evident.

This is a very slow comic with a lot of historical and political references that might (let’s just say it) bore the snot out of some comic book readers. I, however, am soldiering on like a good patriot to see if things pick up once the actual war begins in earnest.

IDW

IDW seems to be hedging their bets by publishing nice, safe, license based titles that are sure to sell alongside more risky and risque titles that might not appeal to a wide audience. This observation is, of course, based on my own pull list that includes a wacky sci-fi comedy, a lesbian time-travel romance, and a licensed title that has somehow managed to create a crossover event with itself.

D4VE #5
The conclusion to D4VE is pretty much what I thought it would be as soon as the new aliens were introduced into the story. This made for a more exciting, yet more predictable, story and really changed the flow of the book from a story about a guy/robot past his prime to a guy/robot looking for redemption. It wasn’t a bad change, but it was a bit disappointing to me because it felt like I was reading the Incredibles, except with lewd robots instead of Pixar cartoons.

GHOSTBUSTERS: GET REAL #1
Hrm. A neat idea poorly executed. Getting the comic book Ghostbusters together with the Animated Ghostbusters via a dimensional rift is a fun idea, but we JUST had basically the exact same thing happen with the TMNT/GB crossover and the 1st issue of this crossover showed no signs of being much different or superior to the previous crossover.

THE INFINITE LOOP #3
More wacky timey-wimey adventures with Teddy and Ano, complete with fairly graphic lesbian sex! Yowza. That was a little startling to see in a comic, but I’m a bit of a prude. It’s not that I disapprove, it’s just that my delicate sensibilities weren’t quite prepared. I guess I’m not European enough. Anyway. I continue to enjoy this French import by IDW.

This issue shows us what a status quo might look like between time travelling lovers who can create pocket dimensions that shift and change with their moods and whims. Then it abruptly shakes that status quo to the core with a mind-bending plot twist that leaves one of one of our heroes with a terrible choice to make. Should she save her love, or save the entire universe?

*Note – After reading these reviews again I’ve realized that I was pretty harsh on the month of June. I really do like comics. I swear!

09 Jul

The Full List 7-8-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing.. One day late isn’t bad, right?

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #2 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Ryall, Chris
Artist: Atkins, Tony
Cover Artist: Hack, Robert
Holistic Detective Dirk seeks the connection between the murderous Copycat Killers and reincarnated Egyptian ghouls while trying to survive a frantic party-bus across his new haunt of San Diego…Convergence #8 (of 8) (DC)

Harrow County #3 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Terrified by what she’s learned of witches and monsters, Emmy takes shelter in an ancient graveyard, as she’s hunted down by her own family!

Star Trek/Green Lantern (IDW) 
Writer: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Rodriguez, Gabriel
Two iconic franchises collide for the blockbuster crossover event of 2015! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise meets the Green Lantern Corps for the first time in an all-new adventure that spans the cosmos! Don’t miss the thrilling first chapter of THE SPECTRUM WAR, as Kirk and Spock make a most unusual discovery on a lost world… igniting events that will change the fate of empires!

Strange Fruit #1 (BOOM!)
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Jones, J. G.
What’s to Love: Two of the industry’s most respected and prolific creators come together for the first time in a deeply personal passion project. J.G. Jones (52, Wanted, Y: The Last Man) and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Superman: Birthright, Kingdom Come) take on a powerful, beautifully painted story set during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Strange Fruit is a challenging, provocative examination of the heroic myth confronting the themes of racism, cultural legacy, and human nature through a literary lens, John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. What It Is: It’s 1927 in the town of Chatterlee, Mississippi, drowned by heavy rains. The Mississippi River is rising, threatening to break open not only the levees, but also the racial and social divisions of this former plantation town. A fiery messenger from the skies heralds the appearance of a being, one that will rip open the tensions in Chatterlee. Savior, or threat? It depends on where you stand. All the while, the waters are still rapidly rising

TMNT Ghostbusters Directors Cut (IDW)
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
The cross-over smash from 2014 returns in the form of a Director’s Cut Edition! Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, and Dan Schoening all give behind-the-scenes testimony detailing the creation of the story, and reveal all of the Easter eggs hidden in each issue! The perfect book for any fan of TMNT or Ghostbusters!

Rebels #4 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Wood, BrianWriter: Waid, Mark
Artist: Staples, Fiona
Cover Artist: Staples, Fiona
Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun-but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens – and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

Archie #1 (Archie)
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
With Mercy pushed to the back of his mind, Seth is free to commit one hundred percent to the war for independence and to the special assignment General George Washington has in mind for him.

The Empty #4 (Image)
Writer: Robinson, Jimmie
Artist: Robinson, Jimmie
Cover Artist: Robinson, Jimmie
‘STINGERS,’ Part Four Lila discovers the source of the poisonous evil destroying the land, but the end of her journey leads to a horrific choice between her world and those struggling to survive in The Empty.

1602 Angela Witch Hunter #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite
Artist: Hans, Stephanie
Cover Artist: Hans, Stephanie
* In the altered realms of BATTLEWORLD, Angela and Sera are WITCH HUNTERS, the scourges of King James’ England, 1602.
* In a land beset by magic and monstrosity, they seek a new and seductive evil-not witchbreed, but deal-making FAUSTIANS, who bargain with ancient creatures for unnatural power!
* Moral ambiguity? Fancy allusions? Marguerite making the most of that English degree? – try 1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #1!

07 Jul

C.C. Notes Ep. 32

Comics.Community PREVIEWS

Worksheet for Previews #32 July–>Sept

I discovered that Comixology has a previews catalog order form with all the comics.

Dark Horse

First Issues
1. Colder Toss the Bones #1 (of 5) September 30th
Writer: Tobin, Paul Artist: Ferreyra, Juan Cover Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Declan has gone from a mere human to a reluctant hero, all while the subject of the horrific machinations of the monstrous creature Nimble Jack. But our hero’s trials have only begun, as Jack flits freely between Boston and a deranged and dark reality known as the Hungry World, uniting agents of madness with only one purpose: to slaughter and consume Declan!

2. Paybacks #1 September 16th
Writer: Cates, Donny Artist: Shaw, Geoff Cover Artist: Affe, Lauren
Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! From the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill!

Returning
1. Harrow County #5 September 9th
Writer: Bunn, Cullen Artist: Crook, Tyler Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
After uncovering Harrow County’s twisted history and her own bizarre connection to the populace, Emmy forges a new and profound connection to the land and its creatures-but a familiar and sinister presence lurks just over the county lines . . .

2. Tomorrows #3 (of 6) September 23rd
Writer: Pires, Curt Artist: MacEwan, Ian Cover Artist: Todd, Dylan
A death meme delivered through a popular phone app. An army of children terrorizing the city. Tokyo is burning, and only the Tomorrows can stop it. Continuing the techno-thrilling pop-magical pedal-to-the-metal trip through a terrifying future from writer Curt Pires (The Fiction, POP, Mayday), with art for this issue by Ian MacEwan (Sex)!

Collection –
Goon Library Vol. 1 HC November 11th
Writer: Powell, Eric Artist: Powell, Eric Cover Artist: Powell, Eric
Lonely Street comes under all manner of threats both tragic and hilarious in this deluxe hardcover edition of The Goon. The Nameless Man, the Zombie Priest, has come to town to build a gang from the undead. Yet even with an unlimited supply of soldiers, the Priest cannot move in on the territory controlled by the crime boss Labrazio and his unstoppable enforcer-the Goon. But when the Priest discovers Goon’s most closely held secret, the balance of power threatens to change forever! Collects The Goon Volumes 0-3.

DC COMICS

Returning
1. Black Canary (2015-) #4 September 16th
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan Artist: Guerra, Pia Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
Guest artist Pia Guerra (Y: THE LAST MAN) joins the series! Dinah is on the hunt for her kidnapped guitarist, Ditto, and when she finds the person responsible, you better believe she’ll make them pay! Also: Uncover the secret of the band’s former singer, and how she plans to exact revenge on them for kicking her out!

2. DC Comics Bombshells #2 September 2nd
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite Cover Artist: Lucia, Ant
Wonder Woman defies her mother’s orders and attempts to break Captain Steve Trevor out of his prison cell on Themyscira. But to accomplish this, she’s going to summon a little help from the deep in the form of Mera, Princess of Atlanta. Meanwhile, in Russia, two new heroes are about to be created to serve the Soviet Union: Supergirl and Stargirl!

3. Batgirl (2011-) #44 September 23rd
Writer: Stewart, Cameron Artist: Tarr, Babs Cover Artist: Tarr, Babs
Velvet Tiger’s got her claws around Luke Fox’s throat-and only Batgirl can save him!

Collection – A bunch of Convergence TPB books are coming out if you

IDW COMICS

First Issues
1. D4ve2 #1 (of 4) September 23rd
Writer: Ferrier, Ryan Artist: Ramon, Valentin Cover Artist: Ramon, Valentin
ONE YEAR LATER. With the world seemingly at peace, things seem pretty all right on 34RTH until a strange ship’s arrival sends D4VE head-first into an existential crisis: an inconceivable blast from the past that threatens not only D4VE’s dwindling relationship with 5COTTY, but all of robot-kind itself!

2. Jem & the Holograms Outrageous Annual #1 September 23rd
Writer: Thompson, Kelly Artist: Mebberson, Amy Cover Artist: Garbowska, Agnes
MOVIE NIGHT! JEM and her sisters relax with some popcorn and on-demand

3. Tet #1 (of 4) September 9th
Writer: Allor, Paul Artist: Tucker, Paul Cover Artist: Tucker, Paul
Writer Paul Allor and artist Paul Tucker present an extraordinary, heartfelt story of hard-boiled crime and star-crossed romance, set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed.

Returning
1. The Infinite Loop #6 (of 6) September 9th
Writer: Colinet, Pierrick Artist: Charretier, Elsa Cover Artist: Charretier, Elsa
The Anomalies’ storage facility is under siege, and the clock is ticking for Teddy. She has to make her final choice. Will she run away and save herself, or put everything at risk for the greater good?

2. Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-cent Solution #2 (of 5) September 23rd
Writer: Tipton, Scott Artist: Joseph, Ron Cover Artist: Jones, Kelley
Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft begin their scheme to help rescue Holmes from his demons. But can The Great Detective be deceived? The best-selling Sherlock Holmes novel by writer/director Nicholas Meyer comes to comics!

OGN –
Tome Vol. 1: Vampirism HC September 2nd
The TOME anthology series presents world class, as well as up-and-coming artists exploring a common theme in a beautiful limited run, oversized book that includes an exclusive 12-track CD TOME Volume 1 has the theme of VAMPIRISM, which is the misuse of power, as well as the objectification and exploitation of others.
Format: HARD COVER Price: $150.00

Tome Vol. 2: Melancholia HC September 9th
TOME Volume 2 has the theme of MELANCHOLIA, which is not a state of depression but a condition the psyche passes through for individuation and our collective evolution. The artist is shown to be constantly going through stages of melancholia in their quest to create and show what they see to us for our collective benefit. Exclusive 8-track CD.

Collection –
Zombies vs. Robots Vol. 1 TP September 16th
Writer: Ryall, Chris Artist: Diecidue, Anthony Cover Artist: Wood, Ashley
New Robots! A renewed zombie threat! New human survivors! And an all-new world ready for the taking by one or more of these factions. Includes the stories ‘Inherit the Earth’ and ‘The Orphan.’ Collects issues #1-6.

IMAGE COMICS

First Issues
1. Plutona #1 (MR) September 2nd
Writer: Lemire, Jeff Artist: Lenox, Emi Cover Artist: Lenox, Emi
A brand-new heartfelt super-hero series by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Hawkeye) and amazing newcomer EMI LENOX!

2. Faster Than Light #1 (MR) September 9th
Writer: Haberlin, Brian Artist: Haberlin, Brian Cover Artist: Vandyke, Geirrod
In the very near future we discover the secret of faster-than-light travel. Suddenly the universe is wide open to us, but are we ready for it? With all the idealism of the original Star Trek and the grit and immediacy of Gravity, the story of humanity’s first thrilling and terrifying adventures to the stars takes flight!

3. Tokyo Ghost #1 (MR) Cvr A Murphy September 16th
Writer: Remender, Rick Artist: Murphy, Sean Cover Artist: Murphy, Sean
The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: Humanity is addicted to technology, a population of unemployed leisure seekers blissfully distracted from toxic contamination, who borrow, steal, and kill to buy their next digital fix. Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay. This duo is about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of Los Angeles to take down the last tech-less country on Earth: The Garden Nation of Tokyo. examine our growing addiction to technology while thirsting for a nature we continue to destroy.

Returning
1. ODY-C #7 (MR) September 9th
Writer: Fraction, Matt Artist: Ward, Christian Cover Artist: Ward, Christian
He of Troiia must tell the story of his life-or face its violent end.

2. Empty Zone #4 (MR) September 23rd
Writer: Alexander, Jason Shawn Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Corinne comes face to face with the man responsible for the death of her friend during a harrowing battle above the city.

3. From Under Mountains #1 (MR) September 30th
Writer: Gibson, Claire Artist: Leong, Sloane Cover Artist: Churchland, Marian
In the first issue of this new fantasy series, old feuds and new monsters rise up to haunt the isolated northern fortress of Karsgate.

Collection –
Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars TP (MR) September 9th
Writer: Lemire, Jeff Artist: Nguyen, Dustin Cover Artist: Nguyen, Dustin
Collects DESCENDER #1-6.

Saga Vol. 5 TP (MR) September 9th
Writer: Vaughan, Brian K. Artist: Staples, Fiona Cover Artist: Staples, Fiona
Collects SAGA #25-30

MARVEL COMICS

First Issues
1. Captain America White #1 September 16th / #2 September 30th
Writer: Loeb, Jeph Artist: Sale, Tim Cover Artist: Sale, Tim
THE SUPERSTAR CREATIVE TEAM OF SPIDER-MAN: BLUE, HULK: GRAY, AND DAREDEVIL: YELLOW BRING THEIR MAGIC TO AMERICA’S #1 HERO
* From his re-awakening in the present day to his days on the battlefield during World War II, follow CAPTAIN AMERICA as he recalls a special mission during THE BIG ONE!
* It’s 1941 and the HOWLING COMMANDOS are just looking to kick back and relax….
* But CAP and BUCKY are about to make their night a whole lot worse!
* The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JEPH LOEB and TIM SALE reunite to tell a shocking story of CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY!
* Extra-sized issue featuring CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE #0 Rated

2. Journey Star Wars Fase #1 (of 4) September 2nd / #2 September 16th
Writer: Rucka, Greg Artist: Checchetto, Marco Cover Artist: Noto, Phil
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.

3. Shield 50th Anniversary #1: Agent Carter (One-Shot) September 16th
* Agent Carter is back in an all-new adventure that reveals her secret history with S.H.I.E.L.D.!
* When Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit her to S.H.I.E.L.D., will Peggy join up or go her own way?
* Operation S.I.N.’s crackerjack team of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis return to the world of Peggy Carter!

Returning
1. Secret Wars (2015-) #7 (of 8) September 2nd
THE GREATEST SACRIFICE!

2. Red Skull (2015) #3 (of 3) September 9th
Writer: Williams, Joshua Artist: Pizzari, Luca Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley
* The Deadlands have pushed Magneto’s mind to the brink of madness…
* Can the Shield survive an attack from the Red Skull’s new army?!
* Is there anyone left to defeat the Red Skull?

OGN
Damage Control: Complete Collection TP October 7th
Galactus ate your apartment building? Call Damage Control. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier crashed on your car? Call Damage Control. Aliens destroyed Manhattan

Collection
Moon Knight Vol. 3: In Night TP September 30th
Writer: Bunn, Cullen Artist: Ackins, Ron Cover Artist: Shalvey, Declan
Don’t miss this new exciting chapter that brings the horror and insanity of Moon Knight to new heights! After recent shocking events, Marc Spector is picking up the pieces of what’s left of his life. T

BOOM STUDIOS

First Issues
1. Wilds End Enemy Within #1 (of 4) Main Cvrs September 23rd
Writer: Abnett, Dan Artist: Culbard, I.N.J. Cover Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
What’s to Love: The first Wild’s End miniseries kept us in constant suspense with its unlikely mash-up of War of the Worlds and The Wind in the Willows. We’re holding our collective breaths once again as author Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and illustrator I.N.J. Culbard (The King in Yellow) are set to play with the paranoia and ‘enemy amongst us’ conspiracy theories prevalent in stories we love like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The X-Files. (Trade Paperback Vol 1 September 2nd)

2. Third Witch #1 (of 6) September 2nd
Writer: Scott, Mairghread Artist: Vanderklugt, Kyla Cover Artist: Vanderklugt, Kyla
What’s to Love: Throw out your textbooks, this is not the Macbeth you remember. Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and Kyla Vanderklugt (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) have reinvented Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, but this time the power is in the hands of the three witches.

3. Diesel #1 (of 4) September 16th
Writer: Hesse, Tyson Artist: Hesse, Tyson Cover Artist: Hesse, Tyson
What’s to Love: We’ve been big fans of Tyson Hesse ever since we first discovered his webcomic Boxer Hockey. After cover stints on Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, we put him to the test with the tricky mixed-media art style of The Amazing World of Gumball and he just crushed it. Now, we’re excited to be working with him on his first original series, a coming-of-age story with a cool fantasy airship twist that fans of Tank Girl, Rocket Girl, or Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle are sure to enjoy!

Returning
1. Spire #3 (of 8) September 2nd
Past tensions between races resurface as Tithebound delegations arrive at the Spire to honor the new Baroness.

2. Over the Garden Wall #2 September 23rd
Writer: McHale, Pat Artist: Campbell, Jim Cover Artist: Campbell, Jim
The Tale of Fred the Horse! This issue takes place between episodes 4-5 of the Cartoon Network miniseries and tells the story of Fred, a down-on-his-luck horse who finds himself in trouble with the Highwayman.

OGN
Peanuts Where Beagles Dare Original September 16th
Writer: Cooper, Jason Artist: Scott, Vicki Cover Artist: Scott, Vicki
What’s to Love: Remember those seasonal Peanuts animated specials that’d air during the holidays? Those long-form stories are the same satisfaction we get from our Peanuts original graphic novels, which feature full-length stories. What It Is: Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, is on holiday in France but his leave is cut short when he’s recruited for a top-secret mission.

Collection
Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 1 HC September 2nd
Writer: Waid, Mark Artist: Krause, Peter Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
Collects issues #1-8 of Irredeemable.

MISC COMICS

Returning
1. Avatar -Providence #4 (of 12) (MR) September 30th
Writer: Moore, Alan Artist: Burrows, Jacen Cover Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Alan Moore’s horror event of the year continues to push the limits of the comic book medium with an incredible ad-free 40 page fourth issue! Robert Black’s journey into the heart of the USA in 1919 continues as he finds the citizens of Salem to be most interesting. This work has been researched and developed by Moore and Burrows over the course of several years. The end result is an amazing tome of Lovecraftian influenced nightmares where Moore has written every cover, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create his most fully-realized vision to date. Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows.

2. Seven Seas -Magical Girl Apocalypse Vol. 5 (MR) October 7th
Writer: Kentaro, Sato Artist: Kentaro, Sato Cover Artist: Kentaro, Sato
The zombie survival genre has just met its match! High-schooler Kii Kogami is stuck in a rut, loathing the monotonous doldrums of his everyday life. If only something exciting were to happen, something magical. As fate would have it, Kii is about to get his wish, but in a way more terrifying than anything he could have imagined. When a little girl clad in gothic lolita attire appears at school and starts to gruesomely bludgeon, dismember, and mutilate all who cross her path, while chanting the mantra ‘Magical Girl’ under her breath, the school devolves into a state of bloody chaos. Just how will Kii escape from this murderous magical girl?

3. Adhouse -Gigant HC (MR) September 30th
Writer: Ryberg, Rune Artist: Ryberg, Rune Cover Artist: Ryberg, Rune
Gigant is a color-saturated, action-packed fantasy-comedy from Danish creator Rune Ryberg. The hero (Giant) is thrown into a bizarre journey within another dimension in an attempt to rescue his girlfriend who has been swallowed by a thousand-eyed monster.

MISC MERCH

First Issues
1. Native Trees of Canada Postcard Set August 26th
Artist: Shapton, Leanne
Leanne Shapton’s bold, vibrant watercolor portraits of the trees of Canada come to new life in this postcard set. The lively hues of the garry oak and the simple elegance of the staghorn sumac are perfectly presented in a beautiful keepsake box, great as a gift for a friend or yourself! This set of postcards collects thirty of Shapton’s spirited and singular drawings of the native trees of Canada.

2. Bee & Puppycat Cleavage Everywhere Blk: MED
T-shirt.

3. Punisher Life-size Standup September 16th
The heroes and villains of Marvel Universe are on their way to your home with these new Marvel Heroes Life-Size Stand-Ups! Choose from Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, The Punisher, or Venom.

Bonus

Pg 514 Peavy Princess Leia Electric Guitar.

Guitar

18 Jun

E3 2015 Microsoft

E3 2015 Day 2

My thoughts on video game press conferences in general is that they’re a big waste of my time. Not that they’re a waste of everyone’s time, because clearly they create buzz and excitement, but watching developers and executives awkwardly introduce their games is not how I want to spend my time.

That being said, I did watch the guys from Kinda Funny do their pre and post conference livestreams all day on Sunday and Monday, so I must have some interest in these press conferences.

Anyway, I’ve watched and read all that I need to know, and so I’m separating the announcements from each publisher into three categories based on how much they matter to me. Your results may vary.

Major Announcements: Things that I care about or that I feel are important to gaming as a hobby.

Minor Announcements: Things that I may be interested in, but don’t have any deep feelings about, or things that might be interesting to a large segment of gamers who are not me.

Inconsequential Announcements: Things that have no interest to me and will probably only interest a small subset of gamers.

Microsoft

The XBOX One was in desperate need for games to play, and Microsoft delivered its player base a welcome influx of games to look forward to in the very near future. Big games. Small games. New games. Old games. The XBONE now has them all.

360 compatibility was a big step that instantly adds games to the XBONE library. Even if it only allows people to port over their XBLA games and a few select others, it’s still a big move for Microsoft and their player base.

This was exactly the press conference Microsoft needed, at exactly the right time; before the holiday shopping season.

  • Major Announcements

-HALO 5 OFFICIAL
Microsoft kicked off its E3 with a confident and varied showing, mixing blockbuster reveals and a slew of independent games. There was new gameplay footage of Halo 5: Guardians as 343 Studios look to expand the universe. Impressive four-player co-op and splendid sci-fi visuals were the order of the day.

-GEARS 4 ANNOUNCED
Microsoft announced Gears of War 4 for the Xbox One; due out ‘holiday 2016’.

Gears 4 is also the first game in the series developed by The Coalition (formerly Black Tusk Studios) after initial creators Epic Games sold the rights to Microsoft.

The footage I saw showed a pair of CoG soldiers running from a raging storm as the environment crumbled around them. The chainsaw bayonet and other Gears staples were showed off, as was a mysterious new enemy. Is it the return of the Locusts, or something worse?

Microsoft also announced that there will be a remastered version of the first Gears of War. Gears of War Ultimate Edition will have 1080p and 60fps gameplay, and a beta for the multiplayer.

-FORZA 6 RELEASE DATE
I’m not much of a Forza fan, but it is a big game with a large fan base. Beautiful cars zipping around scenic tracks with all the power the XBOX ONE can muster will be coming your way December 15th 2015.

-NEW TOMB RAIDER
“Rise of the Tomb Raider” will be released for the Xbox One this holiday season. The cinematic shown at E3 was well directed, featured bears, bows, and jumping off cliffs, and portrayed Lara Croft’s tomb raiding as a coping mechanism for the mental trauma she endured in the last game. Interesting stuff.

Gameplay footage showed that Lara is still more survivor than badass action hero, but it does build a nice character arc for her. The developers have taken a cinematic approach to this series by introducing Lara as a novice, accidental, tomb raider the first game. Then making her more capable and determined to find her true self in the sequel. Hopefully, a probable third game is where she’ll adopt the gun-toting badassery she’s known for.
As far as reboots go, the new Tomb Raider series may be the best ever when all is said and done.

  • Minor Announcements

-RECORE ADVENTURE GAME
There was a look at ReCore, an action-adventure video game designed by Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio. The game will be released exclusively for Xbox One in the second quarter of 2016.

The cinematic for this game was about a girl and her robot dog. It appears that “ReCore” refers to the memory core of the robots in this world, which can be swapped into new hardware as a form of upgrading or repairing your robot pal.

-XBOX INDIE
Xbox focussed heavily on its ID@Xbox program for independent developers, with showings for several games from smaller studios and Indie developers.

Side-scrolling platformer, Cuphead, was the indie game that caught my eye due to its amazing 1930s cartoon art style. The developer’s appreciation and dedication to that style is heartwarming, even if the game is about making a deal with the devil.

-360 COMPATIBILITY
Xbox One backward compatibility is rolling out  this year for a select list of games. Mass Effect is the only game on the limited roster that I’m interested in, but hopefully the list will grow over time.

360 discs do not play natively but trigger a download of a compatible file, while downloadable titles appear automatically.

  • Inconsequential Announcements

-SEA OF THIEVES
There was a new Rare game announced, an open-world pirate adventure named Sea of Thieves. It looked a bit too kid-friendly for my tastes, but if I had a younger child who played games then this looks like a good one. Reminded me of World of Warcraft in terms of visual style and mechanics. Also, it’s an MMO.

-RARE REPLAY ANNOUNCED
Collection of 30 classic games from Rare studio. I love the idea of retro games being re-released on new consoles, but there isn’t much here that I’m personally excited about. Battletoads and Perfect Dark are probably the biggest names on this list.

-NEW XBOX CONTROLLER
A new ‘Elite wireless’ controller was unveiled and it’s cool, but I already have two controllers that seem to work just fine. Maybe when one breaks I’ll consider going ‘elite.’

-HOLOLENSE VR HEADSET
Microsoft used Minecraft to demo its augmented reality headset, Hololens. Minecraft really is the perfect game for VR because of its low-fi graphics and first-person immersion, but I still don’t care and I definitely don’t want any kind of headset to play games with.

17 Jun

E3 2015 Bethesda

E3 2015 Day 1

My thoughts on video game press conferences in general is that they’re a big waste of my time. Not that they’re a waste of everyone’s time, because clearly they create buzz and excitement, but watching developers and executives awkwardly introduce their games is not how I want to spend my time.

That being said, I did watch the guys from Kinda Funny do their pre and post conference livestreams all day on Sunday and Monday, so I must have some interest in these press conferences.

Anyway, I’ve watched and read all that I need to know, and so I’m separating the announcements from each publisher into three categories based on how much they matter to me. Your results may vary.

Major Announcements: Things that I care about or that I feel are important to gaming as a hobby.

Minor Announcements: Things that I may be interested in, but don’t have any deep feelings about, or things that might be interesting to a large segment of gamers who are not me.

Inconsequential Announcements: Things that have no interest to me and will probably only interest a small subset of gamers.

Bethesda

Bethesda’s first ever E3 press conference was a success due to one of the biggest and most anticipated announcements of the year, Fallout 4. Sure they had a couple of other announcements that might get some people excited, like Doom & Dishonored 2, but for the most part it was all about Fallout.

  • Major Announcements

FALLOUT 4 ARRIVES NOVEMBER 10TH
The rebooted Fallout series was one of the breakout hits on the last generation of consoles and the announcement of a new entry will give many next gen RPG players something to look forward to once they’ve tired of Witcher 3.

I grew a bit tired of Fallout after playing all of Fallout 3, twice, and all of the DLC, twice. I grew so tired that I never did open my copy of New Vegas. However, this announcement has rekindled my interest in guiding a hopeful young vault-dweller out into the wastelands for a whole new adventure.

The addition of crafting is exciting because one of the disappointments I had in Fallout 3 was my inability to have a large impact on the world, except during story missions. I also like crafting as a solution to the junk problem that Fallout games always suffer from. The junk is neat, and shows the remnants of a destroyed world, but collecting it just to sell it for pennies (caps) was always annoying.

Overall, this is probably the biggest single game announcement of the entire conference, and it happened on day one.

-DOOM REBOOT IN SPRING 2016
We saw some Doom. Doom is back and it’s Doom-like, but my enthusiasm is not high. I played Doom back in the day when it was revolutionary, but ever since that day the entire genre has been racing ahead of this franchise to prove how much better every game is than Doom.

Shooters now have stories, and physics, and characters, and realistic guns (oh, the guns!), and they have advanced further in terms of technical achievements than any other genre. So, going back to a Doom-style Doom game seems a bit regressive.

Maybe that’s the point though. Maybe we’ve reached a point in video games where the arrow-straight and constant march of progress is bending into the more cyclical shape shared by other mediums. Where things that were old and passe suddenly become retro and hip after a generation has passed.

Today we see strategy games returning to their turn-based roots. We see the return of platformers and side-scrollers that seem directly descended from games of the late 80’s and early 90’s. So why can’t shooters go back to their run & gun origins? Doom is the perfect shooter to jump on this retro gaming bandwagon. I just hope it fares better than the ill-fated Duke Nukem.

Also, there will be level creation and modding support.

  • Minor Announcements

DISHONORED 2 IS COMING
Dishonored was not a game I played in 2012. I thought about playing it. I had it on my Amazon wish list. I never could pull the trigger on buying it, though, and I’m not entirely sure why. It looked like an interesting game set in an interesting world, but the gameplay just didn’t hook me. I’ve just never been a huge fan of the sneaky-sneaky, murder-murder, type games. I had enough of that playing Splinter Cell.

I know you could go through missions without murdering people if you tried hard enough, but it still doesn’t interest me enough to get real excited for a sequel. The footage they showed at the press conference honestly looked like more of the same, just now with demon limb powers and land mines. I guess that’s cool, but still not enough for me.

The original game is on sale right now on Steam, so maybe I’ll give it a try. Maybe.

Also, you’ll be able to switch between playing as two characters, original Dishonored protagonist Corvo Attano and his ward Emily Kaldwin. So, that’s kinda neat.

  • Inconsequential Announcements

THE ELDER SCROLLS CARD GAME
The Elder Scrolls Legends will most likely be Bethesda’s take on Hearthstone. The free-to-play strategy card game is coming to PC and iPad at some point this year.

A FALLOUT MOBILE GAME LAUNCHED NOW
Fallout Shelter is essentially just advertising for Fallout 4.

27 May

The Full List 05-27-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing..

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #1 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Ryall, Chris
Artist: Atkins, Tony
Cover Artist: Atkins, Tony
An all-new comic series based on Douglas Adams’ beloved holistic detective! Dirk arrives in San Diego to face a new country, new cases and new threats: reincarnation, for starters

Convergence #8 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
All the heroes of the DC Universe unite to face a crisis of infinite proportions – but when all is done, there can be only one reality. But will even that survive the battle?

Infinite Loop #2 (of 6) (IDW)
Writer: Colinet, Pierrick
Artist: Charretier, Elsa
Cover Artist: Charretier, Elsa
As Teddy hides The Girl Anomaly in her old apartment, the two girls get to know each other, and get closer. Until they learn that Teddy’s superiors sent special Unit 70 to hunt them down

Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Bendis, Brian Michael
Artist: Sorrentino, Andrea
Cover Artist: Sorrentino, Andrea
Enter the Wastelands…a realm where all heroes have been murdered by their arch-enemies, villains who now rule over the land with an iron fist. In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference…a reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all…a man known as OLD MAN LOGAN.

TMNT Ghostbusters Directors Cut (IDW)
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
The cross-over smash from 2014 returns in the form of a Director’s Cut Edition! Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, and Dan Schoening all give behind-the-scenes testimony detailing the creation of the story, and reveal all of the Easter eggs hidden in each issue! The perfect book for any fan of TMNT or Ghostbusters!