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Oct. 21st, 2017 03:20 pm
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Posted by Rich Johnston

Rob Liefeld is publishing comics again. Or, at least he is trying to. He posted in frustration, publically to Facebook,

Diamond Comic Distributors is the sole distributor of Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, IDW and more publishers to comic stores in the USA, Canada and the UK. Every comic store selling new comics has to deal with them. And while that stymies attempts of other comic distributors to enter the market, they also have vast economies of scale which has made the simultaneous worldwide day-and-date release of a product designed to be stuffed in the back pocket, distributed as near mint collectibles, possible. It’s a staggering achievement. Most of the time.

When asked toelaborate,  Rob Liefeld continued,

Ah, drawing Deadpool comics as well has its privileges.

But apparently, they won’t even let him pick them up himself.

And to repeat,

Seriously, Rob how do you really feel?

Naturally, some people contacted me trying to draw some parallel between Rob Liefeld’s 2013 Kickstarter for Brigade, the promised rewards for which have been delayed for years, but it’s worth pointing out that a) this Diamond situation probably involves the final publication of Brigade, as two weeks ago Rob announced that the books will finally be going out in November b) more importantly, Rob has actually given out refunds to those who ask for them.

I understand that Diamond representatives at the highest levels are, however, looking into this situation…

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Posted by Dan Wickline

Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Oakland Raiders, has been suspended one game without pay after he made contact with an official in the second quarter of the Thursday night match up against the Kansas City Chiefs. On a poorly designed run play, Quarterback Derrick Carr was hit late by Cornerback Marcus Peters and received a flag. The Raiders offensive line to offense to the hit and a lot of pushing and shoving started. Lynch ran over and joined in… and ended up pushing a ref. You can see the whole thing in the video below.

Marshawn Lynch

To no surprise, Lynch has already filed an appeal for the suspension. If it stands, Lynch will lose $79,411… which is his one game paycheck.

There is a bit more to the story. First off, Lynch was not on the field for the play. He ran in off the sideline which, along with touching a rough, are two of the biggest no-nos in the game. Another interesting thing is why Lynch ran in. Since Lynch doesn’t usually talk to the press, the story came from Raiders left tackle Donald Penn… he says Lynch, who is a close friend of Marcus Peters, actually ran onto the field to protect Peter from the Raiders. Yes, the Raiders running back raced to stop his own offensive line from going after the other team’s corner.

Lynch first bumped into line judge Julian Mapp, but then grabbed him by the jersey and pushed him aside. Lynch was ejected from the game for his action. The Raiders beat the Chiefs 31-30.

 

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Posted by Madeline Ricchiuto

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Publisher: Activision Developer: Bungie Platform: PS4, Xbox One Release Date: September 6, 2017

Oh, Destiny 2. What can we say about you that hasn’t already been memed? The sequel to Bungie’s first non-Halo effort has been out for about six weeks now, and finally includes all of the fan favorite content – a raid, a prestige raid, the Trials of Osiris, and Iron Banner – which means it has hit its stride well in time for the PC launch date. And despite all of the complaints I’ve seen, I have enjoyed the ride thus far. While much of the game’s content is a major challenge, sometimes to an absurd degree, and it is still a total grindfest, I find it to be a fantastic follow up to a messy first game.

Destiny set the bar for Destiny 2 almost insultingly low, despite the success of The Taken King expansion, because the product we got at launch was a sloppy thing. So when Destiny 2 opened with a clear villain, intelligible plot, fleshed out supporting characters, and difficult early missions, I was exstatic. Because, let’s be real, writing has never been a strong suit with Bungie. They make an impressive shooter, with insanely difficult raids, but story? Not so much.

Destiny 2 has changed all of that. Sure, you still play an empty vessel suited for white knighting the hell out of the galaxy, but thats most western RPGs. Destiny 2 takes the cast of characters, workdbuilding, and gameplay of the first and combine it with a solid story that properly leverages the assets they had in the original. You know, like a sequel should. And now there are even new characters who have backstories and proper character arcs and motivations. I was absolutely riveted within the first few cutscenes. By the time I made it to the first proper mission, I was hooked.

In terms of gameplay, not too much has changed. There are some new specialties and a few abilities have been rebalanced, but ‪Destiny 2 plays just like Destiny in all the fundamental ways.‪ And, all your particular squadgoals aside though, the game is much better at balancing the difficulty of the campaign to match the difficulty of the strikes and raids. Which is incredibly helpful, and flows a whole lot better.

Sure, those first few weeks of Nightfalls were a bit of a shitshow, I’m willing to forgive that since the campaign was difficult as hell to solo. So you actually have a way to “git gud” before making it into the endgame PvP and PVE content.

Destiny 2 is absolutely The game Destiny should have been. And while I miss my bladedancer, I’ll live because those first few minutes of the game were just that good.

And hey, at least we got more Cayde-6 in our lives. You can never have too much Cayde.

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Oct. 21st, 2017 03:01 pm
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The first secret from this batch will be posted on October 28th.



RULES:
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

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Posted by Dan Wickline

I like the X-Files. I used to watch them every Friday night when they aired on Fox. I saw the movie in the theater. I even went to an X-Files convention in an Blimp hanger in the middle of nowhere one weekend back in the late 1990’s. I wanted Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) to find his answers, I wanted Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) to finally believe and I wanted Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) to get more screen time. I watched and enjoyed the recent Fox miniseries. I like the X-Files. And when I was offered a chance to listen to and review the newest Audible Original story X-Files: Stolen Lives, I jumped at the chance.

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The story included the a bunch of the series original cast including Duchovny, Anderson, Pileggi, Willliam B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood. It is based on the IDW graphic novel written by Joe Harris. The synopsis for the series reads:

Out of the ashes of the Syndicate, a new, more powerful threat has emerged. Resurrected members of this fallen group – now shadows of their former selves – seemingly bend to the will of someone, or something, with unmatched abilities and an unknown purpose. As those believed to be enemies become unlikely allies and trusted friends turn into terrifying foes, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully become unknowing participants in a deadly game of deception and retribution, the stakes of which amount to the preservation of humankind.

Even though it was one audio story, it felt like I was listening to a new season of the series. it was broken into six individual episodes that didn’t necessarily tie together. The varied from a story of demonic possession, to a story featuring agents Doggit and Reyes, to a major story featuring Cigarette Smoking Man. And like most X-Files seasons, there somewhat funny/silly episode that involved Mulder being hit by a government created psychedelic drug and going on a bizarre trip that included a character that mashed together Scully and Cancer Man. The performances were a little weak at first, but as they recording went on, it really got to feel like the television series.

My only negative with the series is that I felt lost at times. Not because of the story itself, but there were some things like the final story that felt like it was apart of a bigger, on-going narrative and not one that necessarily tied into the live-action series. A character is introduced from Mulder’s past that has ties to the Syndicate and it felt like I should’ve known who it was, but I couldn’t remember him from the television series. It wasn’t until I sat down to do this review that I saw the part of the synopsis that reads: “Stolen Lives further explores the sonic landscape of Mulder and Scully’s paranormal investigations while continuing the epic storyline begun in Cold Cases.”

X-Files: Stolen Lives is a great listen for fans of the series, feels like the another season of the show and brings back a lot of the characters the audience loves. But I would definitely recommend listening to Cold Cases first.

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Posted by Dan Wickline

The New Jersey Comic Expo is coming up in less than a month and they’ve just sent out a new announcement adding three guests to the list. Scott Hanna, Rags Morales and Veronica Cosplays. Hanna is a penciller/inker/cover artist who has worked for both Marvel and DC. Morales is an artist who might be best known for his work on Identity Crisis. Veronica is a full-time internation cosplay artist. Nice editions to a growing guest list that already includes Jae Lee, Ethan Van Sciver, Colleen Doran, Meredith Finch, Joseph Michael Linsner and Scott Koblish.

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But what stood out to me more was included in the email was something they called “How to Con: Cosplay Edition”. This included three examples of things to never say to a cosplayer. The examples are all things I’ve heard people say at cons and the reasoning why not to say them are really well said. Here are the examples:

1: “WOW! Did you ACTUALLY make that yourself?”

NEVER SAY THIS TO A COSPLAYER!

Saying this is throwing some serious shade the cosplayers way and equivalent to comparing their hard work to something you could buy at a Halloween store. Try instead telling them what you love about the costume and asking for more information on how they constructed it.

2: “YOU ARE SO HOT! Can I get a picture? By the way, what are you supposed to be anyway?”

NEVER SAY THIS TO A COSPLAYER!

Besides just being against general manners all together, its incredibly insulting! Prioritizing a picture of their body over their hard work and passion is NEVER okay. Ask who they are cosplaying, tell them how much you dig it and ask for a picture politely.

3: “You look SO MUCH better than the other [character name] I saw today!”

NEVER SAY THIS TO A COSPLAYER!

Through this compliment, you’re effectively saying that someone else did a horrible job. Not to mention that person getting this “compliment” doesn’t feel great, either; you’ve created competition where it doesn’t belong. There is room for everybody is cosplay! Instead, just let them know what a great job they did, and that you love their cosplay!

Cosplay is something that has grown naturally out of conventions. People have been dressing up as their favorite characters since the first time a kid wrapped a towel around his neck and pretended to fly. As the conventions became more prevalent, more people donned costumes and over the last decade it grew into a thriving art form. The problem is that a good number of attendees don’t understand it as an artform. That the cosplayers put hours and hours of work into their costumes. Allowing you to photograph them is a way for them to share their work… they deserved to be treated as artists and with respect. I think it’s great that the New Jersey Comic Expo is addressing this in such a straight forward manner.

For more information on the New Jersey Comic Expo, click here.

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[Catch-up] Inktober - Day 20 (Deep)

Oct. 21st, 2017 01:27 pm
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Title: Deep
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Characters/Pairings: Aquaman (Arthur Curry)
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 20, word prompt: Deep. I am SO EXCITED about Jason Momoa as the new Aquaman. Painted with Indian Ink. In addition to the ink drop, I tried a couple other techniques - scraping the paper afterwards to reveal small patches of white, and using salt crystals to create a rough texture.

Since it's an underwater scene, I've included a second version with a blue digital tint. I *love* the effect - that wash of colour really makes it come alive! :)

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In a quote making the rounds from December’s issue of Total Film Magazine, actor J.K. Simmons, who plays Commissioner Gordon in the film, reveals that Warner Bros is operating under the assumption that Justice League will be a success and is already working on a sequel.

Asked about how jacked he’s looking by an interview who we assume to be Booker T, Simmons said:

Well, Commissioner Gordon wears a trench coat in every scene, so I don’t know that the ‘pumped up’ part is going to be all that evident, especially when you’re standing next to Batman! But this is the first Justice League movie – we hope – of a few. They’re working on scripts for The Batman and for the next Justice League movie. It introduces my incarnation of Commissioner Gordon. I don’t have a lot to do. I feel like I just dipped my toe in the water of who Commissioner Gordon will be.

Simmons’ comments are interesting for two reasons. First, that he mentions that a Justice League 2 script is already in the works. But also interesting is the fact that Warner Bros is still trying to figure out the script for The Batman.

Originally planned as a movie to be written by, directed by, and starring Ben Affleck, Affleck has been slowly inching backwards toward the door to escape his role in the DC Cinematic Universe. First, Affleck revealed he would not direct the film. Then, it was revealed that his script was being rewritten. The only remaining question is whether he will actually star in it, or exit before both The Batman and Justice League 2 start filming.

Warner Bros may be working on the scripts for Justice League 2 and The Batman, but if they don’t lock down the slippery Batfleck, Commissioner Gordon may find himself waiting for a Batman that never shows up the next time he turns on the Bat Signal.


 

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Posted by Ray Flook

Promo for Walking Dead Season 8

After seven seasons, 99 episodes and about a million ‘CORALS!”, AMC‘s The Walking Dead is celebrating it’s 100th episode in the best way possible with a little thing we like to call “All Out War.” That’s right, after a Season 7 that continued to find ways to poke at our last nerves like a razor sharp porcupine quill, the time has finally come for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his army to finally take the good fight to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and The Saviors. And when the dust settles, there won’t be enough detergent in what’s left of the world to clean up this mess…so why not watch the devastation with us on Sunday night?

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Whether you’re a Savior or a Survivor…east coast or west coast…join us Sunday night, October 22, for All Out ‘Dead’: Bleeding Cool’s The Walking Dead Season 8 Live-Blog. We’ll be offering you thoughts, opinions, insights, one-liners, possibly dirty limericks and the occasional non-sequitur over the course of five hours (?!?!?!?).

Yup, that’s right! We’ll be kicking-off festivities at 8 pm ET with a pre-live blog to get everyone psyched; then things get underway at 9 pm ET with our live blog of The Walking Dead‘s season premiere. From 10 pm-12 am ET, we’ll segue into a live blog of Talking Dead with host Chris Hardwick, who’s expected to have something like 20+ cast and crew members on the show over the course of the two hours. We haven’t forgotten the love for our west coast geeks, though: at 12 am ET, we’ll live blog the premiere again for our “PT” time zone peeps.

The live blog site will go live at approximately 8 pm ET Sunday night, so we’ll be tweeting and posting updates throughout the weekend. Make sure to keep checking Bleeding Cool‘s website and Twitter accounts (listed below) for everything you’ll need to know.

So whether it’s by rail, roller-blades or rickshaw, make sure to join us Sunday night!

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Here is AMC’s official synopsis for The Walking Dead Season 8, as well as for the season’s first three episodes:

“Last year, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. The introduction of Negan and the Saviors broke our group.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This year, Rick brings ‘All Out War’ to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.”

Walking Dead season 8

The Walking Dead Episode 8×01 ‘Mercy’: Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, have banded together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.

The Walking Dead Episode 8×02 ‘The Damned’: The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds; as Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.

The Walking Dead Episode 8×03 ‘Monsters’: Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria; morality proves tricky in wartime.

walking dead season 8 cast spoilers

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Norman Reedus  (Daryl Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier),  Lennie James  (Morgan Jones), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel Stokes), Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler),  Khary Payton  (King Ezekiel), and Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes); with Gale Anne HurdGreg Nicotero,  David Alpert, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and franchise creator Robert Kirkman serving as executive producers.

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We have a new motion poster for Shane Black’s The Predator. According to Entertainment Weekly the new motion poster appeared on Friday on the mobile app and has now been released.

Kind of a cool visual image to use as a poster. We don’t know that much about this movie so far. There have been a few image leaks but as far as plot goes it’s limited.

Keegan-Michael Key told Entertainment Weekly back in July:

“It certainly lives in the universe of the five films that were made. I think that’s probably the best way to say it and the only way I can say it right now,” he said.

Predator app (screen grab) CR: 20th Century Fox

The movie isn’t due out until August so we’re months away from seeing any footage despite the fact that production wraps a few months ago. Black is a director who always makes an interesting movie and this has one hell of a cast. Though it is coming in at the tail end of a packed summer so is there going to be room for it after all of the big movies have bowed out? We’ll just have to see.

The Predator will be directed by Shane Black and will star Yvonne Strahovski, Jacob Tremblay, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, and Keegan-Michael Key. It will be released on August 3, 2018.

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Posted by Joshua Davison

Penny Dreadful #2.6
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Lily and Ethan prepare to deal with the forces of Hell itself, and, to do so, they must find Dracula and make use of an ancient weapon which he alone possesses.

Meanwhile, Lucifer, possessing the body of Vanessa Ives, prepares to begin his quest for dominance by calling upon every vile instinct which humanity possesses. He also calls upon an old pact with Dorian Gray.

Sedna and Kaetenay are assaulted aboard a boat in the chaos.

Frankenstein and Jekyll prepare to resurrect Sir Malcolm, but Catriona is in touch with Malcolm’s spirit and knows a better way to seek his aid.

Penny Dreadful #2.6 cover by Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie
Penny Dreadful #2.6 cover by Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie

The show Penny Dreadful was fun but flawed. Using the Victorian/Gothic era horror to paint something of a shared universe (not too unlike League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is a fun idea. Timothy Dalton and Eva Green are great actors, and Josh Hartnett arguably put in the best performance of his career on the show.

Continuing that show to put together a Biblical apocalypse wherein Miss Ives turns out to be the Lilith of the Apocrypha seems like a logical extension of the series.

Unfortunately, the dialogue in this story is pretty bad and impossible to ignore. It uses clichés as much as it uses reference to Gothic horror.

Penny Dreadful #2.6 implies that Lucifer is trying to start World War I, which has become a bizarre fixture of stories taking place in the late 19th Century (see also Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows).

They make Dracula a part of Lucifer’s fall from grace. I get it; everyone likes to tack on their pre-Stoker origin story for Dracula. There’s been everything from Vlad the Impaler to Judas Iscariot, but this one feels like it’s trying a bit too hard.

Dorian Gray feels a bit out of character too. He is too submissive and is unhappy with his current existence, both of which feel very unlike him.

Penny Dreadful #2.6 art by Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie
Penny Dreadful #2.6 art by Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie

The art is pretty solid, with its washed-out and shadow-heavy style. It looks quite good, and the color work is appropriately grim. Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie put in some admirable work in this comic.

Unfortunately, the clichés, the weak recreations of the characters, and the abysmal dialogue make Penny Dreadful #6 a pretty dire book. This one does not earn a recommendation. Give it a pass.

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Posted by Dan Wickline

This article contains spoilers for the Marvel’s Inhumans season one episode – Something Inhuman This Way Comes.

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This was a much better episode for the series. It was faster paced and involved some good character development. The episode spent most of the time with Karnak as we find out that Reno was planning on double crossing his partners all along and tries to kill Karnak and Jen. He gets his when his real partners show up and kill him. We get to see Karnak in action and how he can see the flaws in things. The way he took the bullet out is how his powers work in the comics and showed well on the screen… except they had the bad result of causing Jen to get shot. We also got to see how upset Black Bolt got when he heard about what Maximus did to Medusa. The affection between the two really shown through this week. Even Gorgon got some good moments when he began tracking Karnak and we get a better idea of the big brother/little brother relationship between the two. We got some nice action with Karnak and Gorgon, but they chose to have the final fight with Black Bolt and Medusa take place off camera which worked emotionally… and was probably good on the budget, but I would like to have seen it.

The fact that Locus told Medusa that Crystal was on Earth showed that she saw something different in the Royals than she expected. Crystal on the other hand spent a day at the beach. Her story seems to be a delayed version of everyone else’s. Find a human and get distracted for a while while you learn that they aren’t as bad as you feared. Except her’s is a bit more blatant. I have to say, Mordis impatience and sarcasm maybe the oddest and best thing about the series. Not what I expected form the second deadliest Inhuman.

I liked the episode quite a bit. The interesting thing here is that none of the Royals were really likable at the start, then we got to spend an episode with each and they got better as it went. Now I like Black Bolt, Medusa and Karnak… I kind of like Gorgon and it appears they are starting to change in their attitudes. Crystal still needs some help, but she’s getting there. I don’t know if I believe that they’ve changed so much that they would risk their lives to save the Dr. Declan and Sammy, but they will probably look at they way they are ruling differently going forward. I can see what the series is trying to do. We were supposed to side with Maximus in the beginning and slowly switch to the Royals as they grow as characters and more about Maximus is revealed. But that is a hard sell to a television audience especially when you put the first two episode in a movie theater. This series may be looked upon more favorably after it’s complete.

We’re down to the final three episodes and things are starting to move faster. Most of the Royal Family is back together except for Crystal who seems to be having her own little relationship adventure with the series Johnny Storm stand-in. They need to find her, Triton if he’s still alive, rescue their new human friends, defeat the Inhumans on earth and then get back to the moon and defeat Maximus in the next three episodes. That’s a lot to do in three hours of television.

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EA has again responded to the concerns of Battlefront II beta testers who were worried about the game’s microtransactions.

While you may have been pumped for Star Wars Battlefront II as it’s a rather ambitious project trying to encapsulate several generations of Star Wars into one game, concerns about its micro-transaction systems have soured much of the recent conversation over the game.

Speaking with GameSpot, EA provided several responses to fan feedback and criticism of the micro-transactions (specifically the new and numerous “loot boxes”) that seem to plague players in Battlefront II, mostly as players fear the game is focused on being a “pay to win” structure.

EA Motive art director Chris Matthews explained that the concern around the use of loot boxes in Battlefront II is “understandable” however, Matthews believes that “DICE has taken great care to make sure that Star Cards and the way they work give you more options in battle,” adding that “terms like pay-to-win and stuff like that are hard to dodge, but the guys are doing a really incredible job of trying to balance that system.”

In addition to Matthews’ recent statements, EA Motive writer Mitch Dyer also added that DICE is being attentive to player feedback, that “the beta existed for things like this,” and that “the game exists because of feedback from fans.”

EA also addressed many of these concerns in a blog post just last week.

Star Wars Battlefront II will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17th, 2017.

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Posted by Dan Wickline

Remember back when Joe Quesada was an artist? I don’t mean he’s not one now, but his main thing was being an artist. Now he’s Chief Creative Officer for Marvel, he’s tried his hand at directing an episode of the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD webseries Slingshot, and now he’s becoming a pseudo-talk show host. At this past New York Comic-Con he did two Cup O’ Joe panels that involved him talking with a guest. The first one was with the Legendary Stan Lee, an interview Joe has done before. But the second one was a surprise to the audience and had Joe talking with his long time friend and current Marvel’s Daredevil star Charlie Cox.

Charlie Cox

It was really kind of a unique interview in that it didn’t cover the topics you would normally expect. Joe spent a lot of time talking to Charlie’s family and friends and put together some interesting questions about the actor’s upbringing and personal life. We find out that Charlie loves the football team Arsenal, loves to prank people, went to spend a month in Guatemala so he could learn to surf and that he really can’t sing. We even get Charlie telling to really bad jokes.

A good job by Joe putting together a series of really unique question born out of a lot of research and for giving fans a different look at the man behind Matt Murdock.

Marvel has released the full 1-hour interview panel. I watched it last night and really enjoyed it.

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Posted by Joshua Davison

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Writer: Jack Campbell, Artist: Andre Siregar, Inker: Bambang Irawan, Color Artist: Sebastian Cheng, Letters: Jim Campbell, Publisher: Titan Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Corsair continues its course towards the Ravana star system and its prison space station. Tensions rise between the Alliance and Syndicate members, and their leaders must work out a way to succeed in this operation and prevent their crews from killing one another.

Meanwhile, the Syndicate assault of the planet Kane reaches its climax, as the occupants work out a plan to ward off their assailants.

The Lost Fleet Corsair #4 cover by Andre Siregar and Sebastian Cheng
The Lost Fleet Corsair #4 cover by Andre Siregar and Sebastian Cheng

The best word describe Lost Fleet Corsair #4 is technical. Every detail of the science, society, and warfare is concretely established by the comic. To the comic’s credit, this detail doesn’t turn into a monsoon of exposition and technical specs as one might suppose. This does make for an interesting universe that could be very absorbing.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing to said universe beyond the tabletop gaming-esque establishment of rules. The characters are quite bland and stock. The Alliance captain is altruistic, simple, and very by-the-book. The Syndicate CEO is cynical and scheming. The Syndicate troops want assurances. The Alliance troops want…beer.

Even the names “Alliance” and “Syndicate” are broad and bland. I’m not saying the names “Galactic Empire,” “Rebel Alliance,” or “Starfleet” are the height of creativity, but you can at least name the franchises I’m referencing with those.

The militaristic obsession with detail and battle plans do result in a couple of moments that feel a bit goofy in how they seem to lack common sense. Captain Geary is trying to understand his uncle Black Jack’s battle tactics and is shocked to realize they change with the battle, showing adaptability on Black Jack’s part. Adaptability seems like a fairly obvious concept to the captain of a warship.

There are also moments when the adherence to the rules kill the pacing, such as when the Corsair approaches the prison station and the comic throws out that it will be 41 hours before the ship arrives. This makes technical sense from the standpoint of the theoretical realities of lightspeed travel, but it also kills the tension. It is used as a segway for the Kane plot, but you don’t need an in-narrative reason to change plots. You just need an appropriate moment in the narrative flow to hop over and see what the other people are doing.

The Lost Fleet Corsair #4 art by Andre Siregar, Bambang Irawan, and Sebastian Cheng
The Lost Fleet Corsair #4 art by Andre Siregar, Bambang Irawan, and Sebastian Cheng

Andre Siregar’s artwork is stellar though. It’s a pseud-realistic style with a lot of depth of field and detail. It does have moments in the uncanny valley, especially with the bizarrely-placed mouths in some panels. However, it’s overall great work with some cosmic coloring provided by Sebastian Cheng.

Unfortunately, Lost Fleet Corsair #4 fails to deliver a compelling story. Its meticulous adherence to its own rules appeals to the sci-fi and tabletop geek in me, but its flat characters and narrative missteps turn me off from the story. This one doesn’t get a recommendation. Give it a pass.

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Posted by Dan Wickline

Just yesterday I set up my Batman 1/6th scale figure from Hot Toys and Sideshow alongside my Superman and Wonder Woman. All three of these are from Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and they look pretty impressive together. I then thought about the upcoming Justice League movie and that I would so get a chance to add to this group. Where I’m not a fan of the look of Ezra Miller as The Flash in the film, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman looks pretty cool. I was also wondering why there are no Hot Toys figures for the Arrowverse since we’re now getting the Netflix Marvel figures… but that’s off topic.

I get back to my desk and see there is an email from Sideshow… turns out, I can now pre-order the Aquaman 1/6th scale figure from the upcoming Justice League film. Taking a look at the photos of the piece, it reminds me of Thor. Mostly for the long hair. The piece comes with a variety of different hands, his trident, a Mother Box and a stand. You know, at some point someone is going to need to have the discussion that Aquaman carries a five-prong trident… which isn’t a trident at all.

You can pre-oder the figure now and it’s expected to be shipping this time next year.

Aquaman

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