Wednesday, October 30, 2013

No Titanfall For PS4

Sadly Playstation players the best looking game seen from E3 2013 Titanfall will not be coming to a Playstation system near you. EA and Respawn Entertainment announced that the game will be exclusively for Xbox One, 360, and PC for it's entire lifetime.

However there is some possible good news, if Titanfall is successful and Respawn Entertainment gets itself established past the point of a startup, there is a possibility that future Titanfall titles could be brought to Playstation (of course never the first game).

Hopefully Destiny turns out to be a suitable replacement.

-GJ

To The Comic Book Store #125

This was really the only comic we wanted this week anyways :(

-GJ

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

To The Comic Book Store #124

Here's this week's comic haul...

-GJ

Beware The Batman Placed On Hiatus

Cartoon Network has announced that DC Comics' Beware The Batman has been placed on hiatus until January 2014. For fans of other DC shows like Green Lantern and Young Justice they know all to well what that means, Batman your time is done.

Beware The Batman will indeed air in January, but after it's remaining season's episodes air, the show will inevitably be done, cancelled like many other DC shows.

But the question now is why has this happened to Beware The Batman? It's Batman, how can fans not love this show enough for Cartoon Network to keep producing it? Well let's look at some of the reasons...

  • It's seems that it isn't always about numbers with Cartoon Network. Young Justice was one of the network's top rated shows and yet, was pulled an hour before air and placed on hiatus, which eventually lead to cancellation without any warning whatsoever.
  • Being that the show is entirely CGI may also have factored in, for it costs more money to produce each episode.
  • The show itself wasn't as exciting or grabbing as previous versions of Batman. The storyline was merely okay, the villains were lackluster at best.

The one bright side for Beware The Batman was the change in Alfred; not just being a mere butler but a butler with a military background and still having the physique to put that background to good use.

With yet another DC show biting the big one it's time to start pondering if the relationship between DC and Cartoon Network isn't beginning to show signs of deteriorating.

What do you guys think is it possible that Beware The Batman can be saved? Will you even miss this show once it's gone?

-GJ

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Recap: Star Wars: Rebels NYCC Panel

Here's a quick run down of the Star Wars: Rebels panel from NYCC 2013; but first we'd like to thank the following people for live tweeting the event and providing us with this valuable information!

Highlights
  • Rebels premiere is still about a year out; will premiere with an hour-long episode on Disney Channel and then move to half hour segments over on Disney XD.
  • Simon Kinberg is writing the hour long premiere episode.
  • Dave Filoni was not in attendance due to the fact that he is in Asia working with the animation team.
  • Rebels will take place 14 years after Revenge of the Sith.
  • The planet Lothal will be one of the principal locations for the show.
[Planet Lothal of the Outer Rim]
[An alley on planet Lothal]

  • Animation style is distinct enough that they were unable to reuse anything from The Clone Wars. (Which is okay since we weren't really a fan of the animation style.)
  • Episodes will be shown in chronological order and follow the same group of characters. (Looks like the SW franchise is finally trying something new here.)
  • Stormtroopers will not be Clones! They instead will be regular citizens who "volunteer" to join the Imperial forces.
  • Some Clones will go on to train the new Stormtroopers while others will be disgruntled; per Lucas' notes.
[Stormtrooper Concept Art]
[Imperial Propaganda Poster]

  • No confirmation on who, but some TCW characters will make appearances; were questioned specifically about Ahsoka, but received no answer.
  • Series will focus mainly on the Empire and struggling Rebel forces, there will also be a prominent Bounty Hunter presence and limited Jedi (who are still being hunted by the Empire).
  • New Villain! The Inquisitor! Hired to help hunt down Jedi in the name of the Empire.
[Inquisitor with Stormtroopers and double-bladed lightsaber]
[Inquisitor pointing]

  • No soundtrack has been announced, however Dave Filoni does listen to specific John Williams tracks while animating.
  • Rebels is being developed much quicker than TCW because of the team's past experience on TCW.
  • A great deal of Rebels is being based off the work of Ralph McQuarrie.
[AT-DP Trooper Concept Art]
[AT-DP Concenpt Art]
[AT-DP Interior Concept Art]
[Tie Fighter Interior Concept Art]
[Speeder Bike Concept Art]
[Imperial Freighter Concept Art]
[Imperial Trooper Transport Concept Art]

Does this get you excited for Star Wars: Rebels or what! Look for more news and hopefully a new trailer in the near future.

-GJ

Saturday, September 14, 2013

How You Know Power Girl Is DC And Not Marvel

(Image provided by Deviantart user: CrystalGraziano)

Overheard these kids talking today while out getting dinner; their topic of discussion, the simple way to tell that Power Girl was created by DC Comics and not Marvel.

First it was pointed out that it has nothing to do with her overly large breast, nor the skimpy costume she wears, because that's a trait of both companies when it comes to their female characters (can't argue that).

No what it comes down to is as one kid said "quite simple", for if Marvel created Power Girl her breasts would not only be large, but her nipples would fire lasers, and apparently DC wouldn't disrespect a woman to that level.

You know this is kinda deep stuff from a couple of twelve year old kids.

But what do you guys think, would Marvel have given Power Girl laser firing nipples or could DC make this part of her next redesign?

-GJ

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

That Elusive Action Figure

Everybody has one, that one action figure that no matter what you do, you just can't seem to find it within your grasp.

Oh it's not because you didn't try either. You've spent time getting up early to be there when the Toys 'R Us or Target store opens, hounded the overnight stockers at Wal-Mart to open the boxes they just pulled out from the back, and gone from one corner of your state (or country) to the other in search of that one figure, that one holy grail.

That ever elusive action figure for me is of course the Star Wars Expanded Universe Darth Revan figure from Hasbro. Sure I could go on eBay or Amazon and pay $40-$100+ on one, but let's be honest here, the figure was $8.99 when first released, can I actually justify spending that kind of cash?

Oh how sweet he looks, but seriously there's no way I'm spending that kind of cash. Possibly $20, but that's still pushing it too.

Now I ask you, what figure has eluded your collection, and at what cost would you go to have it within your grasp?

-GJ

Duck Dynasty Burn

So out of shear laziness I stopped shaving and grew out my beard, well today that beard cost me to be burned (insulted) by a fellow coworker.

  • Coworker 1: "So are you growing out the beard to be more like the guys on Ducky Dynasty?"
  • Me: "Yep, can't you see I'm channeling my inner Jase?"
  • Coworker 2: *Looks me up and down, "pfft Jase?!? More like Willie!"

BURN!!!

In fairness to Coworker 2, I did kind of insult her a while back when we were discussing cosplay and she had said she's not comfortable doing cosplay because she doesn't have the body for all the skinny characters, and I had immediately suggested she could go as Jabba the Hutt. Whoops.

Since getting home after this, I've shaved, and will be starting a diet as soon as I get back from a business trip next week.

-GJ

Monday, September 2, 2013

Super Mario Brothers Parkour

Love this video, but it does bother me a little bit, okay a lot, that he runs the wrong way in the opening sequence; Super Mario games always went to the right, not left.

-GJ

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Video Gamers How Did We Know...

Found the following in our local Smile News Coupon Book:

Funny Things To Think About...

Do you remember playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no Internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out.

I can't for the life of me remember who told me how to fix it, but I sure remember doing it (often)!

-GJ

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tron Dance

Have no clue how I missed this a year ago, but this is awesome! Enjoy!

-GJ

Comic Book Writer Brian Wood Overrated???

So far this year I've read two different series by comic book writer Brian Wood, Marvel's X-Men and Dark Horse Comics Star Wars, and so far I'm not overly impressed.

Wood's X-Men has been by far the most over-hyped series that I've seen in a long time, and I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with the fact that he's the writer; I do however think it has something to do with the fact that it's an all female X-Team, something which has never been done before. As far as story goes it's nothing exciting, and something about the way he wrote Jubilee drives me crazy (still haven't put a finger on what though).

When it comes to Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars series, well the first issue was okay, then it just took a turn for the worst. May be somebody paid good money to have Brian Wood write Leia as a crack-shot pilot (even the leader of an elite X-Wing fighter squad), but if not then this has to be the worst idea of all-time.

Now some people don't like to blame the writer for the artwork, but it's the writer's job to write the scene for the artist, so when Chewbacca decides to open the top hatch of the Millenium Falcon and shoot down a Tie Fighter there's nobody to blame but Wood, okay the editor too but Wood shouldn't have wrote the scene this way.

In case you don't know anything about Star Wars or the Millenium Falcon, there is a quad laser cannon on both the top and bottom of the Falcon, so why not use them!?!

It may be the fact that I've grown up on X-Men and Star Wars and I am being a tad bit critical, fore I have heard good things about Brian Wood's Conan series, also by Dark Horse, but I just have a hard time with everybody praising Brian Wood and his work.

Is there a writer or artist out there that you feel is overrated?

-GJ

Possible Justice League Movie Problem

So here's the problem I have with DC Comics' not even started Justice League film...

Member Characteristic Review

Superman

Obviously with Man of Steel just being released, a sequel already planned, and Justice League to follow that, it only makes since that Henry Cavill will be reprising the role of Superman, and this is where things go wrong. This Superman is not the usual goody-two-shoe boyscout we all grew up with in the comics, no this version is darker, willing to kill, and not too worried about collateral damage.

Green Arrow

It makes sense to have Green Arrow appear in a Justice League film, especially when you know the character has been well received on the small screen with the hit series Arrow, and Stephen Amell (the guy currently under the green hood) has already said he wants in. Personally would love to see this Green Arrow move from small screen to big, except that this archer is darker than his usual self and has no problem killing even when it could have been avoided.

Batman

Batman has always been a darker character than the other Justice League members, though he doesn't kill unnecessarily, and would rather work alone than with a team.






Currently we don't have a Batman actor since Christian Bale said he's through playing the Caped Crusader, but we also don't have a Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, or Cyborg, all of whom could be included in a Justice League film as well. But if you look at the three ready to appear characters, you can easily see that there isn't really a balance amongst them, they're really just the same character in a different outfit, and that's a problem.

Unfortunately that either means they have to forgo adding Green Arrow (or at least Amell's Arrow), or rewrite a character, which at this point would be be a very dangerous maneuver in of its self.

So the question now is how does DC resolve this problem, due they even see this as a problem? Or do we just go ahead and create darker versions of Flash, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the League and just go the route already started?

-GJ

Attack On Titan - Live Action Film

[Concept Poster]

Although many places rumor it to be heading to screen on Sept. 07, 2018, this year's big anime title Attack On Titan is actually slated to be released in Japan sometime in 2014; those of us in the states may not see it until 2018 though.

Quick Synopsis

Man has been forced to live in cities that are surrounded by giant walls to keep out creatures called Titans, giant humanoids who like to devour humans for no apparent reason. After 100 years of living in peace within the walls, a colossal Titan appears and breaks down a portion of the outermost wall allowing access to the Titans to invade the human cities.

Now man has to learn how to defeat the Titans and take back their lands, before the Titans break through the final wall and devour every last human.

Anime Opening


-GJ

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beware The Batman (Trailer)

Always ready and willing to check out a new Batman series, but to be honest, I hate this type of animation; hence why I didn't really care for the recent Green Lantern cartoon.

Beware The Batman premieres July 13 at 10AM on the Cartoon Network.

-GJ

Is This The Future Star Wars: Episode VII Stormtrooper?

Found this cool looking image over on Tatooine Blog, of what appears to be a concept piece of what a Republic or Rebel (take note of the symbol on his armor) stormtrooper would look like.

Of course since this appears while rumors swarm around the Internet about Episode VII, we can't help but to hope that this is what the future holds for the Stormtrooper for the upcoming films.

What do you think, would you like to see this as the new stormtrooper?

Also in case you decide to visit the Tatooine Blog, I've gone ahead and translated this particular post for you; the original is in Croatian.

"I reckon it will be probably be epVII Stormtrooper, because they are what most strikingly in the SW-in, particularly in the OT-in. One attempt at retro-clones, and generally attempt entire prequel trilogy-in every possible aspect I did not not like it. Account, also, that since the Galactic Empire destroyed (aside from the harrowing factions of his remains in the EU), 30 years after the Battle of Endor, you some soldiers will defend the New Republic. For this reason, I imagined this "Republican" Stormtroopers. Generally, the Republic restored to retain something of pragmatism Empire, where it might lead some to question the original ideals of the Republic. It would be too secular, should not rely on anything like the Jedi order (which probably will not be, except Luke, probably, with perhaps here and there some followers). I think this would be a good source of plot - New Republic that sinks to a new dictatorship. Luke would have watched this at the margins, and of course, all this trying to change."

-GJ

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Super Smash Bros. (E3 2013 Trailer)

What no Sonic?!? What a ripoff :(

-GJ

Bayonetta 2 (E3 2013 Trailer)

-GJ

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (E3 2013 Trailer)

Aren't video game graphics supposed to get better as time goes on? Zelda games seem to have missed the memo because with every new game their graphics get more and more cartoon like (and not like the good cartoons either).

-GJ

X (E3 2013 Trailer)

-GJ

Mario Kart 8 (E3 2013 Trailer)

Right here may be the only reason to ever own another Nintendo system (last one we bought was the SNES)

-GJ

Destiny (E3 2013 Gameplay Trailer)

-GJ

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (US Trailer)

-GJ

Image of the Day: Serenity Now

Today's image provided by Deviantart user: OtisFrampton

-GJ

Monday, June 10, 2013

Final Fantasy XV (E3 2013 Trailer)

-GJ

Batman: Arkham Origins (E3 2013 Gameplay Trailer)

-GJ

Star Wars Battlefront (E3 Teaser Trailer)

-GJ

Thief (E3 2013 Teaser Trailer)

-GJ

Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag (E3 2013 Trailer)

-GJ

Watch Dogs (E3 2013 Trailer)

-GJ

Dead Rising 3 (E3 2013 Gameplay Trailer)

-GJ

Metal Gear Solid V (E3 2013 Gameplay Trailer)

-GJ

Mirror's Edge (E3 2013 Announcement Trailer)

-GJ

Halo 5 (E3 2013 Teaser Trailer)

It's Halo people, need we really say more?

-GJ

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (E3 2013 Teaser Trailer)

-GJ

Titanfall (E3 2013 Announcement Trailer)

Halo meets Mechwarrior, and we can't wait to play it.

-GJ

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

To The Comic Book Store #119

Heavy rain kept most people away and there just weren't any new comics that I actually wanted this week :(

So without further delay here's what was picked up from the free bin this week...

-GJ

Image of the Day: Hellgirl

Today's image provided by Deviantart user: Eddy-Swan

-GJ