The debut of the Metal Men was a lot of fun, and issue #30 continues that trend. The Metal Men are heroes and they truly want to help others even if it means self sacrifice. This is a completely straightforward and refreshingly earnest portrayal of superheroes. Geoff Johns is completely unafraid to be a bit hokey, and that’s okay because superheroes in general? Yeah, they are a bit hokey. Where he isn’t hokey is with his treatment of Cyborg. Here, Johns accomplishes something long in the making, and it makes this issue a must read.
Batman: Eternal #1 was a wonderfully focused tale of a good cop being framed for a terrible accident. The second issue of this weekly series continues to explore that story, but it opens the gates wide open for a whole lot more. This issue introduces a slew of supporting characters at a breakneck speed and delivers some great surprises along the way. While this issue brings us some interesting developments, the focus from the first issue quickly deteriorates. The results are still quite good overall, but this issue suffers a bit from doing too much too quickly.
Normally, I'd welcome the idea of another addition to the Green Lantern franchise with exasperation. But a comic featuring Sinestro is another matter entirely. Geoff Johns spent years establishing Thaal Sinestro as a complex, multifaceted villain, and the time has never been more ripe for him to receive his own solo series. While I'm not happy with every storytelling choice made in this first issue, Sinestro #1 solidifies the notion that Cullen Bunn's niche is working with dark, complex villains.
Google has released its stock Google Camera app on the Google Play store, with a couple of neat new features included.
A lens blur effect has been added, allowing you to emphasise the subject while blurring the background for a fancy SLR-style bokeh effect. Users can even change the focus subject after taking the shot.
Also new is a feature that allows users to capture 360-degree photo spheres at up to 50 megapixels.
The Fantastic Four haven't had their own Ultimate comic since Ultimatum broke the team apart. Technically, the new Ultimate FF features the Future Foundation instead, but the distinction is pretty minimal. Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov has assembled a new quartet that includes only one traditional FF member (Invisible Woman), and three newcomers (Iron Man, The Falcon, and Machine Man). The result is an interesting new status quo for the team, but also a book with a lot of problems out of the gate, especially on the visual side of things.
Jason Aaron has been writing X-Men comics since he became a presence at Marvel. So it's a little odd to think that Amazing X-Men #6 is his final bow with the franchise. Unfortunately, the fact that Aaron is departing the book sooner than originally planned means that this issue can't serve as a fitting, all-encompassing coda to a run that began year and years ago. It's a solid wrap-up to Aaron's Nightcrawler storyline, but it may be best to look towards Wolverine and the X-Men #42 as the true finale to Aaron's work.
Pete Tomasi's Batman and... series is really beginning to pinball across the DC Universe now. This month Bats teams up with Wonder Woman to stop Ra's al Ghul from exploiting a Lazarus Pit located on Themyscira. The pairing allows Tomasi the opportunity to explore a relationship that has rarely been a focus in the New 52, especially with the Superman/Wonder Woman romance taking precedence lately. This results in a few memorable scenes, though the focus is often more on straightforward action than character building. A bit of a missed opportunity, but enjoyable nonetheless.
The hit British spy series Spooks (known as MI-5 in the U.S.) is making the leap to the big screen. The feature film continuation, titled Spooks: The Greater Good, is already in production.
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Pompeii) and Jennifer Ehle (Robocop, Zero Dark Thirty) star in the movie alongside Peter Firth. Firth will reprise his role from the series as Sir Harry Pearce, the head of MI-5’s “Section D” counter-terrorism unit. Harington plays a character named Will Crombie, which suggests he’s the son of Bill Crombie, Pearce’s childhood friend and fallen MI-5 comrade.
Firmware 1.70 brings with it additions that should please PS4 owners. It has “features that were incorporated as a result of your great feedback,” Sony’s Scott McCarthy wrote.
The first addition is something called SHAREfactory, a “new rich video editor app for PS4 that makes it easy for you to customize your gameplay videos.” You can see a video showing off SHAREfactory below.
Trials Fusion runs at 800p resolution on Xbox One, but a day-one patch gives it a bump to 900p instead.
Ubisoft states that its latest in the bike stunt series is one of the few games to run at such a resolution with the frame rate locked at 60fps. The increase raises it to the level first promised when we heard about the resolution difference between the Xbox One version and the PlayStation 4 version, but it still lags behind the PS4's 1080p and 60fps. Both versions have a higher resolution than the Xbox 360 version, which runs at 600p.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
Arrow returned from its (thankfully) final hiatus of the season for this last batch of five episodes. And there was certainly no lost momentum from the week off, as Ollie's war with Slade took ever darker and more dramatic turns. The show continues to capitalizes on months of effective build-up as it maneuvers these two deadly enemies closer and closer to their final confrontation. It was only the odd inclusion of some setup material for the Flash TV series that kept this episode from rivaling the best of Season 2.
"The Man Under the Hood" opened with our heroes finally going on the offensive for a change, electing to destroy Queen Consolidated's Applied Sciences building before Slade could claim his centrifuge. It was fun seeing Felicity joining Ollie, Diggle, and Sara for a little black ops action, even if she clearly wasn't very adept at staying quiet and hidden. After weeks of trying to go it alone, Ollie has finally learned the value of teamwork.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
There was a topsy-turvy episode of The 100, containing aspects that were really bothersome, yet the episode also contained some of the show’s best and most powerful material yet.
Last week, I griped about how the Clarke and Finn hookup felt too rushed and out of nowhere and man, this episode sure double downed on it, having both of them get so very emotional about it in a way that just wasn’t earned. “I needed you. I wanted it to be you,” said Clarke, as though this had been something building for a long time. Yet nothing we’d seen prior to this had been established between the two besides some early flirtation and bonding. If they had chalked it up to them getting together because of the extreme situation, but added in a requisite, “but maybe there’s something really there...”, it would have at least sold more than putting so much meaning on it so quickly. Especially since we knew Raven was on her way, just in time to make this situation much more of a cliché love triangle. It was unfortunate, and initially undercut the interesting element that was Raven’s arrival.
In an odd turn of events, a new rumour suggests The Hobbit: There and Back Again might be renamed The Hobbit: Into the Fire.
The news comes via well known Lord of the Rings fan-site TheOneRing.net, who claim via a "reliable source" that New Line has registered the new title. While we're as puzzled as you might be, keep in mind that New Line also registered the unused title The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies a few years ago, suggesting the studio has a tendency to cover all bases just in case.
Alternatively, New Line might have decided There and Back Again is not an exciting enough title on the back of the The Desolation of Smaug's comparatively weaker performance at the box office. "Into the Fire" suggests more daring and danger than both An Unexpected Journey and Smaug, and might appeal to audiences new to the trilogy or those put off by the somewhat plodding first movie.
In today's episode a very reputable composer in the gaming industry gets let go for no apparent reason and The Last of Us: Remastered and regular The Last of Us have some news for us — let's hear them out!
Here are the top stories we covered:
Long time Bungie composer, Martin O’Donnel, was terminated without cause on April 11th from Bungie. The studio responds.
Retailers have outed the release date for the highly anticipated PS4 version. Find out when it arrives!
The Last of Us gets a bunch of new stuff in the Grounded Bundle. New difficulty settings and maps to boot!
"The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit,” explained Adam Sullivan, Square Enix's senior manager in business and legal affairs.
In an interview with TorrentFreak, Sullivan stressed the importance of anti-piracy measures to Square Enix, including the oft-criticized and occasionally hilarious practice of DRM. "The key to DRM is that it can’t interfere with the customer’s ability to play the game."
Unfortunately DRM is at its most visible when it does just that, as we saw during the controversial always-online debacle that tarnished the launch of SimCity.
UPDATE: Creator Jeff Lemire has done a variant cover for Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror #1, and it looks pretty sweet. The variant is exclusive to Maximum Comics stores in Las Vegas, NV where BTO co-creator Sina Grace will be touring in addition to other major cities to promote the upcoming release.
Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror #1 and the Burn the Orphanage: Born to Lose graphic novel will go on sale May 7.
FX's quirky, bone-chilling crime series Fargo premiered last night to impressive-for-FX numbers, with 2.65 million total viewers and 1.02 million among adults 18-49.
Plus, from its three airings throughout the night, Fargo scored 4.15 million in total viewers with 1.79 million adults 18-49.
“We are incredibly proud of the towering creative achievement by Noah Hawley and everyone involved with Fargo,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “The performances by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and the entire stellar cast are nothing short of extraordinary. This is truly one of the best shows we’ve ever had on the network. We’re thrilled with the initial viewership last night and really excited for audiences to see the rest of the miniseries.”
Note: Some spoilers follow for the season.
Oh, bless you Rick and Morty. So funny. So foul.
And thank the interdimensional sex-bots of Gazorpazorp that this great series, from Justin Roiland (who voices both Rick and Morty) and Community's Dan Harmon, managed to find itself a nice-sized audience on Monday nights and has been granted a Season 2.
When the show first started back in December, it came off as a fun, twisted play on Doc Brown and Marty McFly's relationship from Back to the Future. And for a few episodes after the pilot, it was clear that spoofing famous sci-fi movies (Jurassic Park, Fantastic Voyage, Inception, etc) would be part of the show's DNA. Not the absolute height of creativity, but Rick and Morty still managed to do very funny, original things while riffing on cinema classics.
Warner Bros. Television are always a great part of the convention scene, bringing their many genre series to various cons throughout the year. Such is the case once more for WonderCon 2014, this coming weekend in Anaheim, CA, as WBTV brings three series – Revolution, The 100, and Teen Titans Go!
The series will be represented by screenings, panels and autograph signings with cast and creators. I’ll be moderating the Revolution panel on Friday and The 100 panel on Saturday, and hope to see you there!
Below you'll find the details for the screenings and panels for the series. Check onsite at WonderCon for information on the signings for all three series.
Today, Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 console has passed 7 million units sold worldwide as of April 6, 2014. This number represents sold to consumers, and not just units sold to retailers (which makes sense, as consoles continue to be scarce).
Additionally, Sony revealed that over 20.5 million games have been sold, both at digital and at retail, to consumers as of April 13, 2014. That represents a significant uptick in games sold, bringing PlayStation 4’s attach rate to 2.93 games per console (in January, the attach rate hovered around 2.3).
Sony also noted that 135 million shares have been "captured" using DualShock 4's Share button, and that there have been 4.9 million game broadcasts so far, with 90 million spectate sessions.