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Monday, 29 May 2017 17:46
Injustice: Gods Among Us was only just the beginning. NetherRealm, the same video game studio that develops the Mortal Kombat series has yet another blockbuster Fighter franchise on their hands. Injustice delves into an alternate DC Universe where Earth’s greatest hero, Superman, becomes the type of tyrannical villain he was once sworn to oppose after he executes The Joker. The snowball effect of that event creates a world where our heroes and villains are drastically changed and the status quo of the DC Universe is flipped upside down. The first game’s story mode had the heroes of a more familiar Earth come to help Batman’s rebels battle Superman’s regime, but this new installment shows us the aftermath of that story. A new threat emerges as Brainiac (who is responsible for the destruction of Krypton in this reality) attacks Earth’s cities and enlists the world’s vilest menaces to aide him. Read more...
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:09
“I still find it weird that people are framing my work to put on their walls...” r 4 Most comic book collectors agree that the first thing them drew them to comics was the first cover image they saw. Mine? Easy – Batman, cape shooting up into the air around him, diving onto Judge Dredd’s Lawmaster while the iconic lawman blasted towards the reader. Designed by the amazingly talented Simon Bisley, Judgement on Gotham burned that image into my brain for years to come. Each collector has their favourite cover too. I keep going back to the current run of Green Arrow and the amazing artwork of Andrea Sorrentino. Depicting a different member of the Outsiders Clan against a backdrop of Oliver Queen in a dynamic pose really sets the pulse racing for what’s to come. Some of us will collect comics just for their covers. Read more...
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Sunday, 09 March 2014 17:14
rob g 3DC continues to divide critics and fans with their Forever Evil event. Regardless of whether you love or hate it, DC have made some strong creative decisions that will have long standing ramifications throughout the rest of their universe. Attitudes are shifting towards some of their more notorious villains; Lex Luthor looks set to become a member of the Justice League, Captain Cold and the Rogues have proven their worth as the saviours of Keystone City and Bane has taken on a completely unexpected role as Gotham’s latest costumed vigilante – the new Batman. When the superheroes inevitably take back their place from the Crime Syndicate, they will definitely have some interesting decisions to make regarding these adversaries. Luthor has been incredibly humanized and seems all the more devious and manipulative for it. Oliver Queen has a similar dilemma – as the Outsiders War hits its stride, the players have been revealed and his world has been turned on its head. The DC Universe continues to shape itself in new and interesting ways. While we may not always agree on the changes, we can be sure of one thing – the New 52 is here to stay and none of us were prepared for where this would take us. The Diabolic Duo rob 4 3Forever Evil: Arkham War #4 Written by: Peter J. Tomasi Art by: Scot Eaton Colours by: Andrew Dalhouse with Wes Hartman and Wil Quintana Letters by: Taylor Esposito From: DC Comics The Scarecrows forces clash with Bane’s as the streets of Gotham become even more of a warzone in this issue. All manner of Bat-villains can be seen smashing the crap out of each other while Bane – regaled in his own version of the Bat-suit – takes William Cobb, great-grandfather of Dick Grayson and Talon, on a guided tour of the city, revealing his plans for Gotham along the way. I’ll be honest, Arkham War seems to have hit the ground running but slowly staggered to a halt. Bane and Cobb seem to do perform some increasingly odd behaviour in this issue. Cobb seems a little too compliant with Bane’s requests – this is a master Talon, one of the Court of Owl’s best and baddest but he seems all too eager to bow down before Bane. Speaking of the Bat-Breaker, the fact that he dons the cape and cowl seems a little unusual and almost against everything he stands for – that being said, when you think about the imagery and what the Bat stands for, Bane is being at his most calculating in putting on the uniform; he’s using the symbol to his own advantage.   rob 4 1   Eaton’s art was effective and I enjoyed the brutality and action that was portrayed. Bat-Bane is particularly evocative but clashes somewhat against some cartoony looking villains that are thrown into the mix. Jason Fabok’s cover is outstanding and was one that drew many to the issue. As the Talon’s march on Gotham to the beat of the Scarecrow’s drum, can the Diabolic Duo take on the masses? I sincerely hope so because I want this series to regain the promise and momentum it initially had and that is hinted at throughout this issue.  5 out of 10 Mega Bytes Hitting the Target rob g 1Green Arrow #27 Written by: Jeff Lemire Art by: Andrea Sorrentino Colours by: Marcelo Maiolo Letters by: Rob Leigh From: DC Comics Green Arrow has quickly become the go-to book for me every month. The exploration into Oliver Queen’s origins through the Outsiders War is ingenious and the spirit of the adventure is purely that – this is not a superhero story; it’s an epic quest and one that looks set to redefine the character. Lemire’s script is a master class in story writing. Each beat is hit tangibly and with an almost audible thud as the elements slot into place. The Arrow totem, Oliver’s reasons for being on the island and THAT reveal at the end of the issue all make for a riveting issue. The cliff hanger is one that will make you want to read more – as every good storyteller should.   rob g 2   Sorrentino’s art is beautiful as always. This is far from mere panels on a page though – you are guided through the issue by the way an arrow flies or a spread unfolds. The two-page spread where a volley of arrows is unleashed is one of the most dynamic and kinetic series of images I’ve seen on the printed page. This is artwork to an award winning standard and Green Arrow flies the flag high for DC Comics at the moment. The pairing of Lemire and Sorrentino is one that will shape the history of Oliver Queen and will be remembered as one of the highlights of the New 52. 9 out of 10 Mega Bytes The ROBotiX Network Ordnance Forever Evil: Arkham War #4: 5 Green Arrow #27: 9 Read more...
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