Like all of Marvel's 100th Anniversary Specials, this issue imagines what an Avengers comic might be like 100 years after the franchise debuted. If this comic is any indication, the world of 2063 is going to be a strange place. As with the two Strange Tales mini-series, the real purpose of the 100th Anniversary series is to bring in creators who don't normally work on Marvel books. And while I'm sure Orc Stain fans would rather James Stokoe focus on finishing the next issue, he proves to be an ideal fit for the concept.
Happy Christmas is the latest indie feature from Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg, who's taken his mumblecore movement to the next level in this out-of-season holiday charmer. Much like the filmmaker's previous movies, Happy Christmas is a lackadaisical and sometimes aimless affair, but the strength of his naturalistic and slice-of-life style generally outweigh his deliberate lack of structure. That's not to mention the top-notch performances from Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air), who are at the heart of this film.
The story follows Jenny (Kendrick), a rebellious 20-something who moves in with her film director brother, Jeff, (Swanberg), his budding novelist wife Kelly (Lynskey), and their two-year-old son after a major breakup. Soon, Jenny starts up a rocky relationship with the couple's babysitter, Kevin (Scott Pilgrim's Mark Webber), and reconnects with her friend, Carson (Girls' Lena Dunham), both of whom inadvertently get Jenny into trouble with Jeff and Kelly. However, despite her poor decision-making, Jenny's influence around the house helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life and career is necessary for her happiness.
Major League Gaming announced today that Patrick "Aches" Price, Captain of Evil Geniuses and the winningest Call of Duty player of all time, has been suspended for four games of the COD Pro League starting on August 6th, and from participating in the July 27th MLG 2K Tournament, following "conduct detrimental to the league" and "repeated harassment of MLG employees."
MLG commissioner John Nelson elaborated in the announcement, saying that Price violated both Technical Foul Rules #1 and Additional Rules #2 which forbid verbal abuse of tournament officials and require all MLG staff and sponsors to be treated with "respect."
Eric Stephenon started the SDCC Image Expo with a somber talk about what mainstream comics have become -- gimmicks, deaths, and crossovers that feel more like fan fiction. He went on to say how the comics industry has long been a Boys Club run by young white men, but comics now need to diversify. After a video of notable Image creators -- Erik Larsen, Brian K. Vaughan, and Kelly Sue Deconnick, among others -- talking about the benefits of Image and how they let the creator do what they want, Stephenson brought different creators to the stage to briefly talk about their new Image comics.
First up was Rick Remender who is already writing Black Science, Deadly Class, and Low for Image. He now has a fourth(!) series called Tokyo Ghost with Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth. He compared it to Judge Dredd and Lobo and 80s action movies. It’s a commentary on modern society and its obsession with technology, but also with lots of violence and gore. Out 2015.
Ray Fawkes has recently been making a name for himself at DC, writing dark, supernatural series like Constantine and Trinity of Sin: Pandora, as well as contributing to the weekly comic Batman Eternal. But Fawkes first appeared on the radar of many comic fans when he wrote and illustrated the graphic novel One Soul for Oni Press. It seems that Fawkes' next project will be a blend of his trademark horror with the creativity and introspection of One Soul.
On the eve of Comic-Con, Image announced their latest new series, Intersect. Fawkes will both write and illustrate this ongoing series. And because summarizing the book is easier said than done, here is Image's official description:
The most enduring characters in superhero comics reach that status not just on their own merits, but because they have a great lineup of villains and supporting characters backing them up. The fact that Superman's supporting cast has often been so downplayed and marginalized in the New 52 is one of the reasons the franchise has struggled in recent years. But that drought has clearly come to an end. Where Greg Pak is doing fantastic work with Lana Lang in Action Comics, Geoff Johns is devoting the early part of his Superman run to reacquainting us with the Daily Planet crew.
With that in mind, it's interesting to note how much of a secondary player Superman seems in this issue. The majority of the time he does appear, it's as Clark Kent, overachieving journalist rather than costumed hero. And this is by no means a bad thing or a momentum killer. If you crave a more action-oriented Superman comic, there are plenty of other options.
Riot Games is fining the European League of Legends team H2k-Gaming $300 USD for exhibiting "unsportsmanlike behavior" in an official EU Challenger Series game.
According to the ruling, H2k-Gaming violated the official Challenger Series rules by intentionally prolonging a game against their opponent GG Call Nash on July 10. In the game H2k-Gaming had a clear lead on their opponent, but purposefully built ineffective items on their champions, such as building a melee item for a mage, and wasting summoner spells that have high cooldown times while alone.
Arrow's Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) is about to get a whole lot more faithful to the comics -- as The CW have unveiled Roy sporting a full Arsenal costume for the upcoming third season.
Take a look at Roy in his Arsenal duds (via Entertainment Weekly) below!
As Arrow fans may recall, last season Roy was given the Mirakuru serum from Slade (AKA Deathstroke), which made him rather rage-infused. This season, now free of the serum, he'll be joining Team Arrow as Arsenal (one of the names he's gone by in the comics).
Batman is 75 years young. Starting off in comic books in 1939, Bats has since taken over the world branching off into TV shows, movies, video games, toys, and so much more.
With so much history behind the Batman, we asked fans on Twitter to tell us their favorite memories surrounding their favorite masked vigilante.
— Nebzeh (@Nebzeh) July 23, 2014
In its first free content update for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, EA Sports UFC has added three new fighters to its roster.
Champion TJ Dillashaw and veteran Takeya Mizugaki have both been added to the bantamweight roster, with Tyron Woodley joining the welterweight division.
Along with new fighters, the update also adds a number of fixes and gameplay changes, including the ability to touch (or not touch) gloves at the start of fights, delivering extra strikes in the midst of a knockout, breaking free from the clinch when against the cage, and a few improvements to the animations and online play. The entire list of changes can be read on EA's official press release.
Nintendo of America is not only hosting local Mario Kart 8 tournaments at San Diego Comic-Con this week, it's letting people from all over the world race against the crowned champions.
From Thursday to Sunday, there will be online Mario Kart 8 tournaments for players to join and compete against winners in the Comic-Con contests. Nintendo is mixing up the mode each time, so players can face off with Bob-ombs only or bananas only, to name a few of the stipulations (see all the times and races below).
SEGA has announced that they will be bringing hands-on demos for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal to Comic-Con.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Nintendo would have its “biggest presence ever” at this year’s Comic-Con, and that the Sonic games would show up in some form. Now we know that there will be playable demos for both games, showcasing new gameplay, and also what SEGA calls “the most vile and formidable villain in Sonic history – Lyric.”
You can find the games at Nerd HQ in Petco Park, near the Convention Center, from July 24-27.
What I knew before anything else about One Piece Unlimited World Red was that this is a blindingly vibrant game. Seeing the Thousand Sunny pirate ship sit like a jewel in the mouth of the cove drew me to its comical, high-flying action. And it needed that good first impression, because Unlimited World Red pulls off fighting better than it does adventuring, and all the color and humor helped me enjoy myself through its weaker moments and get to the better parts. Its self-contained (yet highly referential) storyline and accessible brawler combat makes for a decent place to dip a toe into the waters of One Piece.
This gameplay mixture is a difficult balance: too much RPG and you might be worn out by all the button slamming; too little RPG and you have maxed out your stats before you've gotten your fill of the action. Unlimited World Red does what it can to keep you going before combat fatigue eventually sets in. It helps break bad habits of cheesing repetitive moves or relying on one stat-maxed hero with quest goals that require you to use all nine characters. Bonuses are also given for mixing up your moves. A parry system (ala the Batman Arkham games) makes defense a factor in the fight, although the one-button blocking technique is too loose to feel rewarding after I’d sharpened my skills for a few hours.
Ninja Gaiden director Tomonobu Itagaki dropped some new details recently about Devil's Third multiplayer, such as the fact that his latest game features 16 players online.
Speaking with Famitsu (translated via Siliconera), Itagaki said he's working on multiplayer features for Devil's Third that he hopes have never been seen before in a game. The creator of the Dead or Alive series also added that the action-shooter title boasts 16 players online and will see continued support after release.
Devil's Third was re-revealed as a Wii U exclusive at E3 last month, where Nintendo and Valhalla Game Studios made the announcement. In addition, the two companies detailed other multiplayer elements at the time, like that the action title has roughly 10 different modes and 13 maps based off North American territories in the game's fictional universe.
Sony has revealed the release date for the upcoming Uncharted film -- which has been slated for June 10, 2016 -- a date originally held by The Amazing Spider-Man 3, the Spidey sequel that has now been moved to 2018.
According to Deadline, the studio still wants Mark Wahlberg to play the lead role of Nathan Drake, but both Sony and Wahlberg's reps tell the site that "nothing has happened."
The Uncharted movie adaptation is to be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Boses), with the latest draft of the screenplay being written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), and Alex Gartner (28 Days Later) will produce the film for Sony.
Hasbro has begun letting consumers create toys based off the company's properties through 3D printing, starting with My Little Pony.
Variety reports that Hasbro has teamed up with Shapeways for SuperFanArt, a website where fans can make their own designs or purchase toys from other artists. My Little Pony creations from the website will be on display this week at San Diego Comic-Con.
But My Little Pony is just the start for Hasbro with SuperFanArt. The company also plans to add other brands in the coming months, such as Transformers, Monopoly, Magic: The Gathering, and Nerf.
Predators writer Michael Finch is penning the screenplay for the Deus Ex movie adaption.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS Films picked Finch to take over writing duties for C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson, who also was originally attached to direct but is too busy making Doctor Strange at Marvel. Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh are producing, with John Middleton executive producing.
The Deus Ex film will be based off 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with the project starring Adam Jensen. While there's no word on how closely the movie will follow the Square Enix game, it's understood that the plot will follow Jensen — who will be mechanically augmented — unraveling a worldwide conspiracy.
Actor Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) has signed on to replace Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as the voice of Paddington Bear in the upcoming animated film that features the universe's most endearing, polite, duffle coat-wearing, hat-totting bear around.
According to Mail Online, Firth knew early on that he wasn't right for the role, which the filmmakers noticed later in the production, when they ultimately decided the Oscar-winning actor's voice was "too mature." The site calls Firth's departure from the animated film a "conscious uncoupling."
Disney announced today that Captain Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl will sail again in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on July 7, 2017.
According to Variety, Disney is now set on the 2017 release date for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, after script issues led to multiple delays the past couple of years. Pushing back the release of Pirates — which will star Johnny Depp once more as Sparrow — was seen as likely earlier this year when Disney chairman Alan Horn said the screenplay still wasn't in shipshape.
Keeping their word, Xseed Games announced today their upcoming RPG, Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed will release first for the Playstation 3 and Vita, on August 12, and later this holiday season for the Playstation 4. Details on the reasons for the difference in release dates were not provided.
The game is described as being a highly stylized action-RPG that places players in a district of Tokyo called “Electric Town.” Here, players will be pitted against enemies resembling vampires, called “Synthisters” which, rather than suck blood, feed on the social energy of victims.