Review – The New Avengers #26 (AvX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
Published by: Marvel Comics

In the last issue we took an adventure through K’un Lun as prophecy unveiled a new Iron Fist to take on the great battle against the Phoenix, while there wasn’t much to say on it the new soul would in fact be Hope, the one who prophecy showed could shape and control the force with the right power. The story resumes with Hope training vigorously to master the techniques and skills needed to battle and harness the Phoenix Force, of course some new guests join to watch and help guide this process which has the entire nation on end. If the Earth falls so does everyone in K’un Lun, this bid with the Iron Fist is the only thing they feel can protect the realm and the mortal world.

For those hoping to see some higher activity over the last issue, there is a large boost that comes along in this story, outside of the mystery guests that come up we also see Hope engage in training to be a proper candidate for the title and power of Iron Fist. The story shows her endless determination and fury within, even though the force is closing in she makes no break in devoting all of her power into this intense regimen. The story is pretty concentrated here and having a renaissance man suddenly appear to make next generation constructs is about the only thing that really throws a wrench into any of this for a double take moment.

The story is evolving and we’ll have to see where it all goes, we have heroes from all areas uniting to help The Avengers and the X-Men in all of this madness and many of them just trying to aid Hope in whatever her pursuit is. The tension and arms race is growing rapidly and we’ll find out where it all goes in the upcoming story lines.

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

Dishonored Release Date and GameTralier Debut…

Emergent assassin has just announced a October 9 north american release date for the promising first person shooter “Dishonored” which will be available to buy October 9 in North America, October 11 in Australia and October 12 in Europe.

If you have been following Arkane’s Studios Dishonored you’ve notice the hype and popularly surrounding the once mysterious shooter, with the designers Harvey Smith and Raf Colantonio aiming to bring close quarters combat ans sand box magic of Dexus Ex in on game world. With Half-life 2 artist Viktor Antonov providing his talents to city of Dunwall a totalitarian warren influenced by the architecture of old London.

 

Review – Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (AvX)

Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Chris Bachalo
Colors: Chris Bachalo
Inks: Tim Townsend, Jamie Mendoza, Al Vey & Victor Olazaba
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Published by: Marvel Comics

The Avengers vs X-Men drama continues on the side again, this time we’re genuinely branching off from the current story into detailed moments, although the current one doesn’t seem to exactly sync up with the close of AvX #3.  We join Wolverine back at the Jean Grey school with the staff and students catching up on the recent battle at Utopia, the questions are running of who is on the right side and where this is all going for the future and it only gets worse when they look to their doorstep. Unexpected guests are always a good spin for a series, unexpected fugitives are another story, especially when you were fighting all of them just a short while ago in a heated group battle. Wolverine heads to the front to sort out the new guests while tensions stir between students and instructors with their guests getting a bit physical. The book isn’t 100% based on the conflict, we see growing struggles with Angel and the students continue forward and everyone trying to figure out who this new personality is.

Given the past issues it was a shock to see Wolverine and the X-Men #10 taking such a unique detour compared to past installments in this AvX side story, it actually brings unique development that adds to the X-Men storyline and their reinforcements. While Wolverine felt those who joined his school would be there exclusively to his decisions and command he’s met with a hard reality that when it comes to mutants and the X-Men, everyone will follow their own personal beliefs just as they always have. We get a huge teaser in this issue of how the forces will expand and we also see a return of the Death Commandos from the Shi’ar and their clear agenda of destruction no matter who gets in the way. It’s a great lead in for the wider picture building up and helps break it away from just the direct dispute of Cap, Iron Man and Cyclops butting heads.

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

Valve’s DOTA 2 Beta Holding Its Own On Steam

In the latest Steam Stats PC Gamer discovered that Valve’s DOTA 2 is being played more then Counter-Strike Source and the more popular Skyrim, Tha’t’s surprising news considering Skyrim is regarded as one of the greatest games ever made. While DOTA 2 is still in its Beta stages it’s the second most played game on Steam, ahead of the more popular Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

In September Valve had decided to have IceFrog speed up the work for DOTA 2 after the success of the International Tournament, IceFrog posted: ” Our original plan was to spend the next year or so in beta, adding new features and slowly growing the number of heroes until we reached a level of parity with Dota 1, at which point we’d release Dota 2 to the world. But the feedback we’re seeing everywhere is that people just want to play it, even though there’s still a ton of heroes yet to be implemented. We’ve also seen that the folks who are already in the beta are chomping at the bit to show everyone else some of the fun games they’ve had. So we decided our original plan was dumb.”  Since release of that news the decision to keep the  game in Beta seems to be paying off quite well.

A graph down below was built using Steam Graphs shows the stats over the last few days. At it’s peak time US Counter-Strike Source, Counter-Strike 1.6, have the upper hand, But in those downtime hours Dota 2 overtakes both which hints to the fast strong growing  community.

Source: PC Gamer