Review – New Avengers #25 (AvX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Mike Deodato and Will Conrad
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Mike Deodato and Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel Comics

Everyone is in on the Phoenix racing across the universe, even the K’un Lun have been drafted into the drama with visions of the battle of the Iron Fist and the Phoenix engaged in a struggle of power.

New Avengers 25 investigates the power of the Iron Fist and the secrets behind the force known as the Phoenix, as few were aware, their group has manuals on taming the energy. There is little time to spare and Lei Kung has to race to master the knowledge to pass it along to the Iron Fist. It’s a huge chunk of side story to the AvX storyline but it keeps the momentum going for yet another potential showdown in this madness. Everyone seems to have a solution against the Phoenix Force but with so many contenders only a few will make it to that final platform for a fight.

For those hoping to see some battle details about the current conflict, this is a hard deviation that falls back to the earlier weeks for extreme side reflections. While some interesting pieces do come out about the Iron Fist legend it’s hard to say this is a must have to a library for the Avengers vs X-Men conflict going on right now. If you’re a hardcore fan feel free to check it out, otherwise it might be a safe skip that will get elaboration once the issue with Iron Fist arrives.

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

Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox 360 package

Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox 360 package with a monthly subscription in the US

Sources close to Mircosoft has release some info on Microsoft plan to launch a $99 Xbox 360 Package deal which includes 4GB console with Kinect, it looks like this will happened sometime next week..

The console will require a monthly fee of $15 over a two-year subscription, Xbox Live Gold will be included and maybe other additional stream content form some cable providers.

Customers who sign up for the subscription will also has the two-year warranty Sources also say Microsoft  plans to position the package as a competitor to Apple TV, Roku, and PlayStation 3.

For those buying the bundle now and getting the cheapest two-year Xbox Live Gold option, that’s about $299.00 + $120 = $420 vs. $459 over a duration of two years.

It looks as if Microsoft is trying to pump some life into the Xbox 360 with this deal, But I gotta say it sounds like Microsoft is starting there own rent to own deal.

 

 

BIOWARE AND DARK HORSE COMICS EXPAND AND UNVEIL NEW DRAGON AGE™ COMIC MINISERIES

BIOWARE AND DARK HORSE COMICS EXPAND AND UNVEIL NEW DRAGON AGE™COMIC MINISERIES 

BioWare, a label of Electronic Arts Inc., and Dark Horse Comics today announced Dragon Age™: Those Who Speak, a three-issue comic miniseries based on the award-winning Dragon Age™ fiction.

Written by David Gaider, lead writer of the Dragon Age series, and Alexander Freed, senior writer for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, Those Who Speakexpands on the story of King Alistair, as he travels to an empire of evil mages to uncover the fate of his lost father. Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, King Alistair will stop at nothing to learn the truth, even if it means battling an army of cultists single-handedly. The first issue of Dragon Age: Those Who Speak will be available on comic book stands on August 22.

Additionally, Dragon Age: The Silent Grove will be available in a hardcover edition on July 25. Previously available only in the Dark Horse Digital store,Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is the perfect companion to the Dragon Age universe.

To learn more about Dragon Age: Those Who Speak and Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, visit DarkHorse.com. To learn more about Dragon Age, visit DragonAge.com.

“BANSHEE” Cinemax New Action Series

NEW CINEMAX ACTION SERIES BANSHEE, FROM A TEAM INCLUDING

ALAN BALL AND GREG YAITANES, STARTS PRODUCTION

HBO/CINEMAX has begun production in and around Charlotte, NC on the action series BANSHEE, executive produced by Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. Scheduled for ten hour-long episodes, the show will debut on CINEMAX in 2013.

            BANSHEE stars Antony Starr (“Rush”) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues hiscriminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.

            The new series also stars Ivana Milicevic (“Charlie’s Angels,” HBO’s “Mind of the Married Man”) as Carrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief who now lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her new family, who know nothing of her past; Ulrich Thomsen (“The Celebration”) as Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy local businessman who believes he is above the law; Frankie Faison (“The Good Wife,” HBO’s “The Wire”) as Sugar Bates, a wise, powerful former boxer and ex-con who now owns the local watering hole; Rus Blackwell (“Burn Notice,” HBO’s “Recount”) as Gulf War hero Gordon Hopewell, Banshee’s district attorney, who is married to Carrie; Ryann Shane (“Blue Bloods”) as Deva Hopewell, Carrie and Gordon’s rebellious daughter; and Ben Cross (“Star Trek,” “Ben Hur”) as Mr. Rabbit, a ruthless Ukrainian gangster who has been hunting Lucas and Carrie, his former top thieves, for 15 years.

            The series is executive produced by Alan Ball (HBO’s “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under”), Greg Yaitanes (“House,” “Lost”), Peter Macdissi (“Towelhead,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), Jonathan Tropper (author of the New York Times bestseller “This Is Where I Leave You”) and David Schickler (author of “Kissing in Manhattan” and “Sweet and Vicious”).

            The scripts were conceived and written by Tropper and Schickler.  Emmy®-winner Yaitanes directs, with additional directors to be announced.

            BANSHEE is the latest primetime drama series to be added to the upcoming CINEMAX slate, which also includes season two of “Strike Back,” starring Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester, and “Hunted,” starring Melissa George.

Review – Secret Avengers #26 (AvX)

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Renato Guedes
Colors: Bettie Breitweiser and Matthew Wilson
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer and Laura Martin
Published by: Marvel Comics

The hunt is on, with the Phoenix Force on the way to Earth there’s only one shot to shut even a part of the power down. The special force sent into space keeps this in mind as the potential first defense to the Phoenix as it rips through planets on its way into the path of Earth. Beast of course is the man with the plan and is willing to take his knowledge on this high risk attempt to learn and contain the force once and for all.

There’s the whole issue though of this being high risk and in the Marvel Universe this generally means impossible even for their greatest heroes. Beast has created a tool to suck in the force but the cost and use and proximity rely on variables out of their control, they push on with brute force as their only option for control of this wild energy. As one might expect, AvX would be incredibly short if it just ended here, it’s a hell of a battle they go through and even the gods can’t measure up to the destructive power being channeled in pure rage mode.

In their most desperate moment one of the team rises to the task but fails to realize the severe issues of their situation, it’s a hard lesson learned that only adds even more damage to an already battered group of heroes. The Phoenix Force is just too much raw energy for any single group to attempt to tame and the Avengers may have just put critical allies out of the fight with this first assault in space. Marvel doesn’t plan to rob the Earth of backup forces, instead they have something else in store of the Kree super variety, yes a hero is genuinely reborn this time. We’ll have to wait until Avengers vs X-Men #3 arrives to know how this all impacts the Earth and even longer to know what happens to our wounded force after their showdown and how their new friend pans out.

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