Review – The Walking Dead #98 – Something to FEAR Part 2

Creator / Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard
Letters: Rus Wooton
Inks: Charlie Adlard
Gray tones & Cover Color: Cliff Rathburn
Editor: Sina Grace
Cover: Charlie Adlard

The stage is set and the fight is on, Rick and the group are making their stance against Negan leaving a trail of bodies anytime they collide against them. Eugene and Abraham are off hoping to secure a facility to produce more bullets for the group but it’s not all as it seems, with so much tension going on there is danger around every corner for this group.

Issue 98 takes us into the heat around this secret mission from the duo, off to prove they’re onto a new development we see Eugene and Abraham venture out. Unfortunately Negan hasn’t taken the recent decimation of one of their patrols that well and they’re out not only for payback but for the Hilltop and its occupants as well for retribution. As with anything in this series, casualties are always high and with them right at the gates to the Hilltop there’s an extra threat to the security of the compound for the people. Rick’s party is faced with not only Negan’s forces gearing up for a hostile clash but with low ammunition and the undead gathering around the gates for even greater problems. Add onto this a hostage situation and the passing of one of the Hilltop members by the violent actions of the Negan forces.

Rick took up the mantle of leader when they came to the Hilltop, promising a future for all of those who have endured with him so far. After reading through the latest issue it’s hard to say what future they might have, walking among the dead until they’re put out of their misery or fighting Negan’s forces to the death as they struggle to hold on. It’s certainly not a happy outlook right now but it never really is in the world of The Walking Dead.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Arvid Nelson’s Rex Mundi Slays Darkhorse Presents, Gets Omnibized!

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Press Release:

Paris, 1933. Europe is still in the grip of feudalism, sorcerers stalk the streets at night, and secret societies vie for power. When a medieval scroll disappears from a Paris church, Dr. Julien Saunière begins uncovering a series of horrific ritual murders connected to the Catholic Church. His investigation turns into a one-man quest to uncover the deepest secrets of Christianity, a trail of conspiracy that extends all the way to the walls of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. Rex Mundi is the tale of a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery, set in a world where magic is real and the Catholic Church never lost its grip on power.

“I’m thrilled Dark Horse is making Rex Mundi available in an omnibus format—it’s the way it was always meant to be read! The story in Dark Horse Presents is the perfect introduction for new readers, and I think old-timers will get a kick out of it, too. We open things up with the Holy Inquisition in Paris, the day before the main story line begins,” stated Arvid Nelson.

Rex Mundi Omnibus Volume 1 (of 2) is set to collect Rex Mundi Volumes 1–3 and will feature the complete Brother Matthew short story!

Dark Horse Presents #15 is on comic stands August 22, 2012.

Rex Mundi Omnibus Volume 1 is on sale September 5, 2012.

Dark Horse Does Vampires Right!

If you’ve got a taste for bloodsuckers, then look no further! Dark Horse does vampires right and gives readers who crave creatures of the night a crypt full of creepy comics!

Step into the world of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, as everyone’s favorite Slayer adapts to her new life in San Francisco. Then check out Angel & Faith, where the vampire with a soul and the once-evil Slayer work to atone for past sins.

This preview issue also features Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s Baltimore, which follows a vampire hunter living in a world beset by a post–World War I vampire infestation; samples from P. C. and Kristin Cast’s story of a vampyre boarding school in House of Night; and Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain, in which Manhattan suffers from a vampiric plague!

• Issue features selections from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1,Angel & Faith #1, Baltimore: The Curse Bells #1, The Strain #1, and House of Night #1. Plus, the entirety of a short story entitled “Magical Mystery Tour Featuring the Beetles,” a previously unreleased, digital-only retailer exclusive from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9.

Dark Horse Does Vampires Right!

WWE’13 News & Trailer

On last nights episode of WWE’s Top show Monday Night Raw, WWE Champ CM Punk offcially announced WWE 13.

During a promo where Vice President of Talent Relations and Permanent General Manager of Both Raw and Smackdown John Laurinaitis, announced that he would be on the cover of WWE ’13 and revels his version, as he continues his promo CM Punk then comes to the ring, announces that he is the poster boy for WWE ’13.

The trailer leaked out a few days ago, but now there’s been an official announcement for WWE ’13. The trailer shows WWE Superstars like CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Big Show, Mark Henry, Undertaker, and Sheamus and a few WWE Legends such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mankind.

With E3 kicking off next Monday expect more details of the game to be revealed,  The cover features current WWE Champion CM Punk with a “WWE Attitude” stamp on top of the cover, WWE’13  is slated to release October 30th, 2012.


WWE ’13 will introduce a groundbreaking, single-player campaign based on the highly influential Attitude Era. Complete with a robust roster – the largest to date in the franchise – along with a host of additional features, WWE ’13 is ready to live a revolution all its own.

KEY FEATURES

  • WWE LIVE™ – Experience the atmosphere, spectacle and fervor of a WWE live event through attention-grabbing Spectacular Moments, including ring breaks and barricade crashes, along with a brand new audio and presentation system designed to produce the most authentic and vibrant commentary, sound effects and crowd participation levels ever experienced in a WWE videogame
  • THE ATTITUDE IS BACK – Return to an unparalleled and groundbreaking era in WWE history – a time of pure raucousness, grandiose personalities and colossal revolution – through a franchise-first single player campaign focused on eight purveyors of attitude during the famed television “Monday Night Wars,” including WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
  • WWE UNIVERSE 3.0 – Control the virtual WWE experience like never before in the popular career-style mode, as individual decisions throughout gameplay will dynamically introduce matches, alliances, rivalries and unpredictable moments along the path toward becoming a WWE Champion
  • PREDATOR TECHNOLOGY™ 2.0 – Driven by new animations, transitions and modified controls, Predator Technology returns to deliver intelligent, fluid and engaging WWE action, resulting in a smoother gameplay experience than its predecessors
  • CREATE + SHARE – Utilize the franchise’s industry-defining Creation Suite to develop and customize Superstars, entrances, arenas, finishing moves, storylines, highlight reels and more, as well as share and download creations with others from around the world
  • DISTINGUISHED ROSTER – Compete with a vast array of WWE Superstars and Attitude Era luminaries from the largest roster in franchise history, including cover Superstar CM Punk, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Sheamus, Undertaker, Mankind, Chris Jericho, Big Show and Mark Henry
  • SURPRISES IN STORE – Live the Revolution through future announcements, including additional game features, a comprehensive roster reveal, downloadable content and big surprises

(PC) Skyrim Update 1.6 Includes Mounted Combat

It was not long ago when Bethesda promised fans that Skyrim will add game changing  updates Fans asked for certain things to be implemented in the game, one of those things where Mounted Combat since Oblivion fans wanted it but it never happened. When Skyrim was announced fans thought it would be part of the game already but that didn’t happened until now.

The  Bethblog has mention that mounted combat has been added in the latest beta patch, plyaers can opt in and try in out right now by selecting Skyrim from the beta participation list on the accounts tab on your Steam settings menu

The patch also fixes a few glitches with the recently added ranged and magic kill cams, another feature added in a post-launch patch. We expected a bunch of post-release bug fixes, but these bonus features are a pleasant surprise. Grab a glance at the beta patch notes here.

  • Mounted Combat – Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse
  • General stability and memory optimizations
  • General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes
  • Optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks
  • Fixed rare crash with lighting
  • Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games
  • Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted
  • Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played
  • Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon
  • Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly
  • Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up
  • Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly
  • Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly
  • In “The Break of Dawn” fixed rare issue where Meridia’s Beacon would disappear from player’s inventory
  • Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a bounty after committing a crime
  • Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly
  • Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly
  • Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater

 

Review – Secret Avengers #27 (AvX)

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Renato Guedes
Colors: Bettie Breitweiser & Matthew Wilson
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer & Laura Martin

*Clarification – This story takes place before Avengers 26 and 27 in the AvX storyline.

A beaten and bruised crew emerges on Kree, hoping to find time to do repairs and tend to the injured of their group under secrecy from the government of the planet. All seems to be going well enough until we see Captain Marvel call two of his Kree allies on the Secret Avengers team into action, from here the goal is established that all Avengers will fall to his reborn might.

With this call to arms we see another faction emerge in the battle for the Phoenix Force, the Kree allies of Protector, Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel group up on behalf of the planet to control and harness the Phoenix for what is said to be the next evolution of the Kree people. Life isn’t so simple though, while it’s not outlandish to see this come up, there’s another force at work speaking to the Kree and driving them directly into sacrifice instead of salvation. On a normal day those in the Secret Avengers might not have such a hard time, in this case they’re fighting with anything they have after being crushed in space when trying to contain the Phoenix Force in a deep space challenge.

The twist with Marvel is certainly interesting, he’s looking for redemption within his people for all that he’s done in the past, clouded by pride and likely mind control he goes out hoping to strike down the Avengers and inspire faith. He dreams of more for his people as he lays blow for blow, but the romantic view of life and his people will only last so long before the truth starts to rise to the surface and pop the visions he thought he knew so well. There is a darkness lurking but time will only tell if Marvel becomes aware to it and is able to react for the good of the universe.

Renato Guedes lays down great art through the book, highlighting expression and movement and pages of horrible pain to Thor and others as they get slugged around by Captain Marvel. It’s really just a brutal series of events in this issue but with the right attention that’s alright because the dialog and story still sprinkle in as it happens without feeling awkward.

Release date: May 23, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Conan The Barbarian #4 – The Argos Deception Part 1

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: James Harren
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Conan the Barbarian and Bêlit, Queen of the Black Coast, make a fearsome couple sailing the western ocean aboard the pirate vessel Tigress. But this is a life foreign to Conan, and he is still a young man, more used to the highlands of snow and rock than the tropical seas that Bêlit calls home. A reading of his future by the shaman N’Yaga suggests dark times ahead, but Bêlit is an irresistible force, a woman to whom Conan would readily devote his life.

Massimo Carnevale

The Argos Deception Part 1 starts with Conan still at sea with his new love Belit, and comfortable working alongside other crew members of the Tigress. One the day he sits and thinks about how his life has changed for the better since meeting his beloved Belit . As night falls upon the Argos border, N’Gora, Conan and Belit are talking about how trying to attack the port at the Messantia will be extremely difficult due to their past run ins with ship’s along that sea port. The conversation ends and a plan is laid out, Conan will act as a captured criminal since he’s wanted for his own past crimes, N’Gora will give him to Messantia guards and later on break him free as they rob the treasure of the city.

Next day Conan and company reach the Port of Messantia  in chains, as they get close to the dock’s they are met by three ships that have soldiers aboard, N’gora the proceeds to give Conan up for the bounty Messantia has put on his head. One of the guards tells N’Gora he remembers Conan killing his fellow soldiers, he threatens Conan and takes him to the dungeon. Visibly battered and bruised Conan is thrown in a dungeon until night falls, Conan again in chains starts to think, in a dream like state he envisions himself walking in the cold snow and begins to wonder to himself.  Did he make a  bad decision trusting Belit and N’Gora? Will they leave him there to die? More and more he starts to think maybe he’s losing his mind, as he continues to walk in the snow the ground gives in and he falls through some ice and into water which causes him to wake up. Just as it happens the door opens and a guard tells him he has a visitor who turns out to be Belit in disguise…

Final Thoughts: Conan The Barbarian : The Argos Deception looks to be more interesting than Queen Of The Black Coast storyline which I though was a let down especially the last 2 Issues. The Argos Deception continues Conan’s adventure with the Black Queen Belit and her crew, The Argos Deception part 1 focuses more on how Conan is slowly losing his warriors mentality since joining Belit’s crew, her influence has changed him to point where he depends on her heavily. Even putting his life in her hands in so many cases. Artist James Harren is the new artist for this issue and hopefully he will continue for the future as his artwork is reminiscent of the Road of Kings style which i think fits Conan perfectly. Overall I can say I’m curious to see how Wood is going to play this story out it has the potential of becoming a great read.

Links: Preview | Pre-Order
Release Date: May 16, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Star Wars: Blood Ties #2 – Boba Fett is Dead

Script: Tom Taylor
Art: Chris Scalf
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Chris Scalf
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Boba Fett is dead and the world is starting to learn you don’t kill someone so famous and so feared without stirring up the pot, vengeance is on the move and those who tracked him down and killed him are now facing judgement. Connor Freeman is the man on the warpath and the powers that be want him not only silent but dead and gone, unfortunately the cards are in Connor’s favor and the game continues.

Part 2 is a complete twist of sorts, we find out more about this plan and about what’s going on with Connor, unfortunately while he survived this encounter he’s not entirely all himself after the attack. The masked stranger reveals himself to Connor setting off a huge flashback of the events leading into Part 1 and elaborating on everything to the point where the story is flipped on its head for what readers thought was going on. The attack path changes course though, instead of just hunting those who started this mess it goes to Blackfel taking this situation to a whole new level against the conspiring group against Fett and any supporters.

Star Wars: Blood Ties #2 is a huge elaboration over the first issue, in some ways it would have been great to know that out of the gate but it builds up the life of Connor and the stress he was going through leading into this. The art continues the painterly qualities and intense detail throughout the book and there aren’t many instances where it stumbles, the characters are handled with care and the environments are engaging. Fans of the series really need to dive into issue 2 so they can feel the full impact of this story, one can only hope they have a miracle up their sleeve to wrap this up in 2 more issues.

Release date: May 30, 2012

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

E3 2012: The Big Games List

 

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is quickly approaching. Press conferences begin on Monday, June 4thfollowed by the show on June 5th through June 7th, expect a ton of surprises to be revealed during the show.

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2K GAMES
Spec Ops: The Line (360, PS3, PC)
Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (360,PS3, PC)

ATLUS
Persona 4 Arena (360, PS3)
Persona 4 Golden (Vita)

BOHEMIA INTERACTIVE
ArmA III (PC)
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission (360, PS3, PC)

CAPCOM
Resident Evil 6 (360, PS3, PC)
Lost Planet 3 (360, PS3, PC)
DmC (360, PS3)
Street Fighter x Tekken (Vita)

CCP
Dust 514 (PS3)

ELECTRONIC ARTS
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill (360, PS3, PC)
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters (360, PS3, PC)
Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC)
FIFA Soccer 13 (360, PS3, PC)
Madden NFL 13 (PS3, 360, Wii, Vita)
Medal of Honor Warfighter (360, PS3, PC)
NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
NHL 13 (360, PS3)
SimCity (PC)
Outernauts (Facebook)
World Series of Poker (iOS)

HARMONIX
Rock Band Blitz (XBLA, PSN)

LARIAN STUDIOS
Dragon Commander (360, PS3, PC)
Divinity Project

MAJESCO
NBA Baller Beats (360)
Zumba Fitness (360)

NAMCO
Star Trek: The Game (360, PS3, PC)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (360, PS3)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC)
Dragon Ball Z for Kinect (360)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PSN)

NINTENDO
Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Super Mario Wii U (Wii U)

PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT
Neverwinter (PC)
Raiderz (PC)

SEGA
Aliens: Colonial Marines (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (360, 3DS, PC, PS3, Vita)

SNOWBIRD GAME STUDIOS
Eador: Masters of the Broken World (PC)

SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT
PlanetSide 2 (PC)
DC Universe Online (PS3, PC)
Free Realms (PS3, PC)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (PC)
EverQuest (PC)
EverQuest II (PC)
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (PC)

SQUARE ENIX
Hitman: Absolution (360, PS3, PC)
Tomb Raider (360, PS3, PC)
Sleeping Dogs (360, PS3, PC)
Quantum Conundrum (360, PS3, PC)
Heroes of Ruin (3DS)
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS)

TECMO KOEI
Dead or Alive 5 (360, PS3)

THQ 
Darksiders II (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Metro Last Light (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)

TRION
Defiance (360, PC, PS3)
End of Nations (PC)
Rift (PC)

UBISOFT
Far Cry 3 (PS3, 360, PC)
Rayman Legends (Wii U)
Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Rocksmith (360, PS3, PC)
ShootMania Storm (PC)

ZEN STUDIOS
Zen Pinball 2 (PS3, Vita)
Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles (360, PS3, Vita)
Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS)

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Source: IGN

Review – Mind MGMT #1

Story, Art and Cover: Matt Kindt
Alternate Cover: Gilbert Hernandez
Published By: Dark Horse

The issue begins on a plane (flight 815!) where everyone from the pilot to the passengers have no memory. Not just some “what’s my name?” kind of memory loss, we are talking “the pilot doesn’t remember how to fly a plane” type of memory loss. The passengers have no idea how they got on the plane and the flight attendants don’t know why they are there. Essentially, this is a really bad situation. Flash forward two years to the anniversary of “Amnesia Flight 815” when we meet Meru. She’s a writer who has seen better days. She hasn’t written a book in two years but suddenly inspiration strikes. After listening to a news story about flight 815, which is still not understood by anybody, Meru decides her next book will be about the mysterious flight. She sets off to interview the passengers and finds a mysterious “lost” passenger, Henry Lyme. As Meru’s trek begins she learns that the story is much deeper than she thought and danger seems to be around every corner. She is quite unaware of the danger around her until she meets a mysterious stranger who warns her of what’s coming her way! Will Meru get to the bottom of this story before she is silenced forever? Probably, but I think it’s going to be a long, fun ride before she does!

This issue also features a little bonus story that explains some of the origins of Mind MGMT. This bonus story will NOT be included in the trade edition. There are a bunch of secret Easter egg type things in the issue and the first six issues will each have part of a code that, when put together, give you exclusive online content. Even though this is a way to ensure you buy each monthly comic, at least you get a little something extra and I like the creative way it’s being presented! The comic itself is intriguing and very entertaining. It has a lot of depth and if the first issue is anything to judge it by, it looks like it will be an amazing story. Secret societies, mystery, great deep characters, it has everything. This is not a light read though; it seems like it’s going to be very complex and you will really need to pay attention. This is a good thing. It’s not mindless fluff. It’s an actual, honest to goodness story, one that you will need to actually think about! Matt Kindt’s writing is flawless, telling multiple stories simultaneously. The art is also amazing. Meru’s desperation comes across loud and clear. This issue is solid and really sets up where the story is going, I can’t wait to take this ride!

Release Date: May 23rd, 2012

Links: Preview | Order | Order (digital)

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆