Review – Gambit #1 – Once a Thief… Part 1 (2012)

Writer: James Asmus
Pencils: Clay Mann
Inks: Seth Mann
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Clay Mann, Seth Mann and Rachelle Rosenberg
Variant Cover: Chris Bachalo
Published by: Marvel Comics

Gambit is a lot of things in the Marvel world, a suave personality, an explosive expert using anything he can charge and a member of the X-Men. While all of these things are handy and good-natured, he still has his own past that lingers on for him. Back from his youth days in New Orleans.

The new 2012 series for Gambit takes a look at this side story much like we see a break with Hawkeye from the spectacular super missions. In the case of Gambit, he’s not always one to be on the up and up and often temptation takes him to places he shouldn’t tread. Once a Thief touches on this as the opening arc for the series, we see an unwinding Gambit blow off a little steam and ponder a bit of mischief as he throws into question all the things he has become over the years. Eager to find a little play he steps out on his own to paint the town red… well a home on a lot the size of a small town at least.

Once a Thief part 1 takes us into the mind state of Gambit, we see his roots show through after years of fighting for the greater good and trying to set an example to the new generations. A popular question he asks to himself is what really is the costume in his life, the outfit or the face he puts on when he goes to fight evil and represent the X-Men? We see an answer to that hidden in the trickster behavior that he plays out through the book, he’s a bit of both and he’s using his lessons and experiences to channel his past occupational skills against those who he feels deserve it.

Gambit 2012 is a fresh take on the character, instead of talking about romances with Rogue and just making it a branch of the X-Men family it comes into its own. Unfortunately what he hasn’t learned is to expect the unexpected and it seems Parts 2 and 3 will get a bit of extra flavor due to his antics in this opening issue.

Release Date: August 8, 2012

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

Review – Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #2 – Part 2 (2012)

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dalibor Talajic
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Kaare Andrews
Published by: Marvel Comics

Deadpool is on a killing spree, making a simple game of destroying the Fantastic Four and the villain who attempted to take control of his mind for his personal gains. Issue 2 of Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe continues down the rampage and his inner inner voice that keeps driving him right now.

It’s an ugly scene, Deadpool has left countless villains to their death and even heroes along with the chaos, he’s a walking executioner that seems invulnerable to any attack and makes any opponent victory into his own advantage. It’s really scary in a sense and at this point our guide The Watcher is no longer with us either, he’s actually just demolishing everything in his path. The Avengers act as the spotlight for this issue, their members slain and their hope shattered to send them into hiding, unfortunately no amount of hiding or numbers will be enough for someone this over the edge.

The issue is pretty brutal and those in the younger age brackets that are sensitive to graphic material or really adore their heroes should really just avoid this one. He goes heads up with everyone and while the intensity of the kills range in graphic nature, it’s still really hard-hitting to see your favorites torn apart by a guy with everything in his head just jingling around. Fortunately every action has a reaction, those who were married or close to the departed have summoned their own hero if you want to label him that. An old rival and ally of Deadpool comes into the scene to cash in on the maniac rampage going on in the world and it’s going to heat up.

Release Date: August 8, 2012

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

Review – Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #1 (2012)

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dalibor Talajic
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Kaare Andrews
Published by: Marvel Comics

There are many instances of What-If? In the Marvel Universe, of entire teams never existing, of heroes gone horribly wrong and so many other topics. This month we see a twist on that, a violent twist at that where only one character can possibly be responsible. Yes Deadpool is back and he’s murdering everyone.

It’s not so bad though, the story opens and we see that one famous Marvel family is out of the running but it’s not a far enough drop back into history so we go deeper and into the origin of this massacre or what sparked it entirely. The Watcher is our guide to the tale and it’s a pretty messed up one at that. We all know Deadpool isn’t all there, we all know that he can get a little crazy when money comes into the situation and that even in his worst times he can be brought down.

Instead of shooting him off to a new dimension, the X-Men opt to send him to a doctor for a special set of trials to “fix” his mind from all this destruction and violence. As with any Deadpool scenario, it gets bad fast and it’s only a bigger mess as he continues to fix it or make sense of it. Buildings will burn, bodies will fall, people will melt into unrecognizable puddles of… stuff… and Deadpool will become the nightmare killer we never really saw coming. We’ll have the issue 2 coverage up shortly so if you’re curious how bad it keeps getting, we’ll give you some hints without ruining the details.

Release Date: August 1, 2012

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

Review – New Avengers #29 (AVX)

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

In an earlier time during the AVX saga there was a moment, a key moment where Captain America and the world deciders wanted to hope for something else.

New Avengers #29 jumps into the time machine, we see the secret council brought together one more time in the darkest hours of the Phoenix taking over and the Avengers feeling helpless to it all. The same group that debated the fate of Hulk and so many other cases in private for the good of the world. It’s not something they pride themselves in, instead they often debate and dread the grouping of the team as it always brings so much conflict and a deep seeded sense of regret for the outcome that follows.

For Captain America, this reunion isn’t just about doing something for the Earth, it’s about trying to understand where times split and how to get back to a sense of normal again. With the group so emotionally split it’s a tough debate that follows and leaves them split on where this all will go, so many are at a crossroads given the advancements to humanity and the world that going against it seems equally as damaging. We get an insight into Reed Richards as well and his MIA nature in this whole battle.

It’s a good read and it helps explain why Captain America is so torn apart on what he’s doing, he knows what these changes bring but it’s the condition that lurks on him and drives him to create these resistance attacks. For those following AVX that want a good break from the battle and a bit of time to feel bad for Cap this is a solid read.

Release Date: August 8, 2012

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

ComiXology and Marvel Announce Digital Comics Purchases Will Now Sync Across Both ComiXology and Marvel Accounts…

 Today comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, and Marvel Entertainment, one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, announced that consumers can now sync their purchases between comiXology’s platform and the Marvel-branded digital storefronts on iOS, Android and the Web.

Customers with Marvel purchases on separate Marvel and comiXology accounts can sync previous and future purchases by logging into the their comiXology account and visiting https://www.comixology.com/marvel-sync. Customers will be prompted to enter their Marvel account information to sync the two accounts. The purchased comics will then be available to read on the Marvel Comics app, and will also appear on the comiXology platform across iOS, Android and the Web.

“This is just another step towards providing the best customer experience for all comic buyers no matter where they buy their Marvel comics,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Fans can now not only read all their Marvel purchases on their Marvel Comics app and comiXology app and use both apps to get the latest can’t-miss super hero epics every week.”

This past May, Marvel and comiXology entered into a multi-year agreement to exclusively distribute Marvel’s single issue English-language digital comics worldwide with comiXology.  This multi-year agreement reinforces Marvel’s commitment to bringing its unparalleled library of popular characters and acclaimed stories to fans with a dedicated commitment to technology partner comiXology.

Marvel fans can find single-issue digital comics, trade paperbacks and original graphic novels via the Marvel apps available for Apple iOS and Android, as well as the new web-based Marvel Comics Shop, all powered by comiXology. Marvel comics can also be found on the comiXology platform available on Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and comixology.com. In addition, Marvel’s digital comics are available through comiXology’s Digital Storefronts for brick-and-mortar retailers and on their new Windows 8 Preview application.

The comiXology-powered Marvel Comics app launched in 2010 and has remained one of the top grossing apps in the iTunes store. As the first major comics company to offer single issues for digital purchase and featuring the largest library of digital comics, Marvel continues to be the industry leader in digital innovation.

You can download the Marvel Comics app right here and experience the greatest comics books in the world, featuring the Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more!

 

Codemasters official unveils GRID 2 for 2013

They teased it over the past week but today it’s official. GRID 2 is coming in 2013 to bring track and street racing back to the console and PC crowd using the well-known EGO technology that has paved the way for Codemasters over the years. Check out the trailer for awesome goodness and the full press release after that for the current details direct from CM.

Press release:

THE RACE RETURNS IN 2013 – GET READY FOR TOTAL RACE DAY IMMERSION AS CODEMASTERS® UNVEILS GRID®2™

Be Fast, Be First, Be Famous – GRID 2 Trailer Makes Stunning Debut at www.GRIDGAME.com

Los Angeles, Calif. – August 8, 2012 – Codemasters® today announced that GRID® 2™, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™, is in production at Codemasters Racing Studios and set for a 2013 launch for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

Revealing the first of the game’s new locations, including Chicago and Paris, the debut GRID 2 trailer video is now showing at www.gridgame.com and captures a snapshot of the relentless, high-impact aggressive thrills that lie at the core of GRID 2’s cinematic race experience.

GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous as they enter a stunning new world of competitive motorsport. In pre-production for two years, GRID 2 is now in full development on the latest evolution of the award-winning EGO Game Technology Platform. Following the success of GRID, which set new standards for damage, AI, visuals and introduced the Flashback time rewind feature – now adopted by many racing games – GRID 2 will again raise the gameplay and technological bar for motorsport gaming and remain true to the series’ core values – it’s all about the race.

“GRID’s back and we’re going to make street, track and road racing exciting again,” said Clive Moody, Executive Producer. “The core design philosophy for GRID 2 is that we treat the race as a character, not a consequence of simply putting cars on tracks. Everything that goes into the game impacts on that second-to-second, in the moment, blockbuster drama – the feel and personality of the race.”

“We’re pushing boundaries once again with what can be accomplished in the genre via new tools, technology and innovations. In single-player, split-screen and online, the next-generation of the EGO Game Technology Platform will power graphics, AI, handling and damage advancements that will immerse players in the racing experience like never before. Like its predecessor, GRID 2 will put the sheer thrill and adrenaline rush of the race at the heart of the experience. It’s what we call Total Race Day Immersion.”

In an expansive career mode, players will experience aggressive wheel-to-wheel racing against advanced AI where each spectacular race unfolds with cinematic immersion. Building on the handling model from GRID, the new TrueFeel Handling System will use real physics to hit a sweetspot between accessibility and simulation and deliver handling that is approachable yet challenging to master.

Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades and three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – players will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Miami to the sun-kissed California coast and beyond, beautifully created city streets, licensed circuits and edge-of-control mountain roads will become home to the most visceral and exhilarating races in gaming.

GRID 2 will also set new standards for a racing multiplayer experience with an entirely distinct and extensive gameplay component and unique progression system. Deep customisation options and integration with RaceNet* – the online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player’s races, rewards and rivals – will offer further immersion and connectivity in GRID 2’s new world of motorsport.