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Logo by Kristian HornTABLE OF CONTENTSThe Pull List (Click title to go directly to the review) Advance Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. HARRY HOUDINI #1 ROCHE LIMIT #1 AVENGERS #35 FUTURES END: BOOSTER GOLD #1 TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: ECHOES #4 ELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST #5 Advance Review: LOBO #1 LOKI – AGENT OF ASGARD #6 FUTURES END: SUPERMAN #1 BOB’S BURGERS #2 THUNDERBOLTS #31 FUTURES END: TEEN TITANS #1 DEADPOOL #35 JUSTICE INC. #2 FUTURES END: BATMAN & ROBIN #1 Advance Review: KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE MASK OF NIGHT #4 Optimous Douche’s F#<%Ton of FUTURE’S END Reviews & Spoilers! REVIEW 15IMAGE HEADING AND BODY In stores this week!
SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. HARRY HOUDINI #1
Writers: Anthony del Col & Conor McCreery Artist: Carlos Furuzono Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Reviewer: Lyzard Writers Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery are having a good week. Just as their latest run of KILL SHAKESPEARE is ending, their newest venture into appropriating famous historical figures has begun. SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. HARRY HOUDINI puts two of the greatest debunking minds to the test. The first issue is based very much in fact, despite prominently including a fictional character. Houdini’s handcuff escape at Scotland Yard did lead to the rise of his popularity in Europe, beginning with several performances at the Alhambra Theater. He was also a
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The second episode of SHIELD: Season 2 continued to show off an improved series, boasting better pacing and a stronger overall tone.
Right from the start, it was notable how this episode picked up immediately where last week left off, with May finding Hunter and chasing down Absorbing Man – with a few exceptions, last season almost never had these type of immediate continuations. Most Marvel fans are all in on serialization and no, every episode doesn’t need to bleed into the next, but there’s also no reason to shy away from doing it when it makes sense.
Last week, I noted there wasn’t much to really distinguish new recruits Hunter and Mac, but this episode quickly remedied that, giving both of them plenty of screen time and distinctive characterizations. Hunter especially was given some good material, as we learned of his military-turned-mercenary background. He was shown to be both very much about making money yet also a loyal friend and colleague and his determination that Izzy get a proper burial was a sweet touch. (For now, it seems any theories some of us had on Izzy/Lucy Lawless continuing on aren’t happening, as she was in fact buried).
Last week, we discussed Disney Infinity 2.0, in general. This week, we’re taking a look at the Avengers Play Set, which is the play set you get when you buy the game. In this play set, the Avengers have to stop Loki from using Frost Giants to freeze New York City. Punch your way to victory! I played this game on Xbox One. Now, you know I own one.
Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed was that if you collect 10 Sam Alexander or Rocket Raccoon tokens, spread throughout the city, you can use that character in the play set. So, the first thing I did was spend some time finding those tokens. They weren’t too hard to find, but it did take some time. The fine folks at Disney gave me a Rocket figure at San Diego Comic Con, and I desperately wanted to use it. After some running around, I finally got to use Rocket and all was right with the world.
My first experience with this game really had nothing to do with progressing the story. Sure, after I unlocked Rocket, it also unlocked some side missions, which was pretty cool, but once again, an open world experience distracts me from the regular game.
As far as the story goes, it gets pretty repetitive, pretty quickly. You head to one of the people you can collect tasks from and you have to go to somewhere in the city and do one of three things: fight some Frost Giants, escort someone/something while fighting Frost Giants, travel somewhere to destroy/fix something while fighting Frost Giants. While occasionally you get to travel somewhere else (to fight Frost Giants), that’s about all you do and once you figure that out, the game loses a ton of its appeal.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the game is a ton of fun. It’s just VERY simplistic and that’s something that translates into the game play. Get ready to hit the Y button, a lot because that’s basically your main attack. You can also fire whatever weapon you have at your disposal using the right trigger. There’s other controls, like jump, but you’ll spend most of your time hitting the punch button. Essentially, gameplay is about button mashing. There is very little skill. However, things get EXTREMELY frustrating during boss battles and they can be unforgivable at times, even when the difficulty gets turned down to easy. I hate you, Loki. Seriously. The three characters that come with the set do play differently. They each have their strengths and weakness, but it was sad to say that Black Widow came up a bit short. She wasn’t has fun to use as Iron Man and Thor were. She played a bit stiff compared to Thor and Iron Man who were a bit more fluid and fun to watch fight.
As far as the setting goes, it looks great. You’re in the Marvel Universe version of Manhattan. It’s a lotsmaller than the real one, but there are landmarks you may know, like Avengers Tower. Yes, you can fly to the Statue of Liberty, and yes, I did that.
What really won me over was the character design and overall fun that Infinity had to offer. All of these extremely familiar Marvel characters have been Disney-fied and they look awesome. I love what the design team did with these characters. They added a big sense of fun to them as well. Graphics for the game look fantastic, except in the one or two cases where the camera zooms in and you notice some pixelization. Not a big deal though. Everything else looked great.
What makes it even better is that we have physical figures to go along with them.Yes, these figures are a HUGE money-suck, singles costing $14 and two-packs, with a whole new play set, costing $33. However, the design is great, and while I’ve seen other reviews complaining about how the figures look, the four I have look fantastic. It really is nice having a physical object go with the game and something that looks cool on your shelf, when you’re inevitably tired with the game down the road.
When it all comes down to it, the target demographic for this game is not me. This is for kids. However, it is a game for kids that holds my attention. While the Avengers Play Set doesn’t really hold my attention, it would be a blast to play with a kid. Grab your son or daughter, niece or nephew, little brother or sister and have some fun. To put it bluntly, it’s a kids game that doesn’t suck. It also has some game mechanics that cater to the adult crowd like collecting certain items in order to unlock items for the toy box, for you completionists out there (By the way, Toy Box is super awesome and the best part of the game). Also, there’s a skill tree where you can level up certain aspects of your character, like adding their super-moves, upgrading health, etc.
The Avengers Play Set packs a lot of fun into a game. Yeah, it’s pretty tedious and redundant and there’s little skill, but overall, it is a fun beat-em-up that reminds me of a more complex Final Fight with sweet looking characters. As for my recommendation, I’m a bit down the middle. The game alone is pricey and adding in figures can make it even worse. If you were excited about this game, I say pick it up, but if you were on the fence, wait for it to go on sale somewhere and then pick up.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Video on Demand December 16.
Paramount also announced that the film will be available November 25 on Digital HD.
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an all-new film re-imagining of the classic comic franchise. Working with reporter April O’Neil, the four turtle brothers Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello work together to stop a devious kingpin from assuming control of New York City.
The Blu-Ray editions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will contain a number of special features, including extended scenes, a look at the making of the song “Shell Shocked,” and limited eye masks available in specially marked packages.
He’s speeding to The CW with his own TV show next week — the Flash!
But the DC Comics hero has had a long and complicated history. In fact, there have been several different characters that have gone by that name. So let’s take a look back at the Scarlet Speedster and how he has evolved over the years.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Flash!
Spoilers from the comics follow…
This week, the one-time partner of Captain America and a former shield-slinging Sentinel of Liberty gets a new lease on his ever-changing life in BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #1, from writer Ales Kot and artist Marco Rudy.
While much of Bucky’s new mission statement and responsibilities spinning out of Original Sin remain shrouded in secrecy, we asked you to submit your most burning questions on Twitter @Marvel using the hash tag #MarvelCreatorChat and filed them with Ales Kot. Find out what the Winter Soldier’s latest handler had to say about enemies, adversaries, and much more—even Nick Fury!
Will any story elements from the last WS solo continue in this series? Relationships? Villains?
Ales Kot: Yes! Thematically, everything that happened in Bucky’s life is a part of it—so we have a rich history to work with, and we start right with the opening page of issue #1! As for the relationships—new ones will come quite fast, and old ones will be likely mentioned, people—and other races—even making an appearance here and there.
what makes the new winter soldier series different from other marvel projects?
Ales Kot: It’s a fully painted space adventure about a haunted man venturing into the unknown and discovering just how vast the Marvel Universe can be!
are we seeing any other Avengers or characters in this series?
Ales Kot: Yes, plenty! Namor in issue #1, Loki in issue #2, Crossbones is coming, and so on—plenty more. Some new, some I don’t want to mention in advance, because that would say too much about the story.
what is your favourite thing about Bucky Barnes? What inspired you to begin?
Ales Kot: I like that Bucky doesn’t give up on life. He went through so much—and now he’s facing a new, unique way of being. He’s no longer just a survivor, that’s not the story of his life now—he wants to live. So he leaps into this adventure, which inevitably proves inspiring and evolutionary. What inspired me is precisely that: the choice to leap into the unknown and go on an adventure not knowing where the next step will lead me. All I know is I have the universe, and so does Bucky.
will this be good for someone who hasn’t read any comics about bucky before?
Ales Kot: I wholeheartedly believe so, yes. You might feel a bit lost at the beginning—but if you will trust us to lead you through, I believe we will do our duty incredibly well.
will we be getting more solitary, man on the run Bucky or will he be part of/leader of a team?
Ales Kot: Both! A lot of this series is about Bucky learning to live by combining his previous approaches. As he expands through his adventures, so will his social circle—and some rather solitary paths present themselves at the same time.
Ales Kot: Maybe.
Ales Kot: Loved it! I wanted us to consciously integrate it into our design, because it’s beautiful.
I know it’s in space but is there a chance Natasha romanoff will make an appearance?
Ales Kot: There is a chance, yes!
Now that Bucky is the new ‘Man on the wall,’ will he (and we) learn of Nick Fury’s & Woody’s past adventures as ‘Men on the Wall’?
Ales Kot: There’s so much to explore in Fury’s past—I believe it will happen sooner or later, yes!
Get even more answers—plus plenty of questions—in BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #1!
FOX released a big new trailer for Gotham this week, which introduces Victor Zsasz, shows a power struggle over Arkham Asylum, and hints at Scarecrow coming to town.
Portrayed by Anthony Carrigan (The Forgotten), Zsasz has a bone to pick with Detective Jim Gordon in the new trailer seen below, making a grand entrance into the Gotham City Police department and demanding an audience with the cop. Needless to say, Zsasz appears to stir up quite a bit of trouble in Gotham in the weeks ahead.
The new trailer also focuses on the politics behind Arkham Asylum, with the mayor planning to tear down the notorious institute. But Carmine Falcone and Fish Mooney also apparently have their own ideas about the district in Gotham known as Arkham City — and so does Sal Maroni.