It's rare to see DC's digital-first comics broken up into traditional story arcs. Most follow a more episodic, chapter-by-chapter approach to storytelling. But with "Bane of Existence," writer Pete Tomasi is giving the longer story arc format a try. It's a gamble that doesn't really pay off for the book.
Issue six collects the final three chapters of the five-chapter "Bane of Existence" arc. Based on the lack of plot progression in this issue, that arc could easily have been trimmed down. These three chapters do little more than preset one long, drawn-out fight scene between Batman and Bane, one that conveniently changes locations in each chapter. The issue opens nicely enough with a flashback to Bane's hellish childhood in Santa Prisca . But once the focus shifts to the present, the impetus is gone. There's nothing about the portrayal of these two enemies or their rivalry we haven't seen elsewhere, and no great insight into Bane's character. Honestly, the brief Bane/Poison Ivy face-off is more entertaining. Between this series and the recent Forever Evil: Batman vs. Bane, it seems that Tomasi is better at writing Bane as a solo character rather than as a direct antagonist to Batman.
Agent Peggy Carter may be crossing the country to investigate a new threat, but she won't be doing it alone.
Both James D'Arcy and Enver Gjokaj have agreed to return alongside Hayley Atwell for Agent Carter's second season. Playing Edwin Jarvis and Daniel Sousa respectively, it's unclear at this time what roles their characters will play in Peggy's cross-country endeavor.
Although it has not yet been confirmed, Entertainment Weekly also reports deals with actors Chad Michael Murray, Bridget Regan, and Lyndsy Fonseca are also likely to be announced. D'Arcy's return is particularly unsurprising, as he was already announced to be on the upcoming Comic-Con panel.
July's a relatively quiet month for Netflix Australia, but a couple of highlights are sure to keep you occupied - bring it, BoJack. Here's what's coming.
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Knights of Sidonia Season 2
Spartacus: War of the Damned
BoJack Horseman: Season 2
In the second season of Netflix's viciously funny BoJack Horseman, the washed up celebrity horse (Will Arnett) decides to turn his life around by going for runs, drinking smoothies and hashtagging his inspirational life messages out loud. Stars Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul, and Paul F. Tompkins return, and Lisa Kudrow stars as an owl who sleeps with BoJack, to her presumed distress later. Check out the trailer below.
With Terminator: Genisys in theaters and an all new set of actors stepping into the iconic roles of Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese, we thought we'd take a quick look back at the truly excellent (though short-lived) FOX series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Josh Friedman's sci-fi series may have only lasted two seasons - 31 episodes - but it holds the distinction of being the absolute best entry into the Terminator saga following the first two movies. With Game of Thrones' Lena Headey as Sarah Connor (yes, now only the first GoT actress to step into Sarah's sizable boots), the show gave us an alternate route for John Connor's story following T2, as our perpetually on-the-run heroes -- thanks to Summer Glau's Terminator, Cameron -- time travel forward from 1999 to 2007, essentially skipping over the events that would have happened in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, including Sarah's death from leukemia.
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is, for the most part, the same great co-op heist game that came out almost two years ago on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, plus the added benefit of expanded skill trees, more gear, and the many other improvements and additions developer Overkill has piled on since launch. With them, Payday 2 has only gotten deeper and more playable, though it hasn’t gotten much better looking, and the bots that assist you when going solo are still useless.
The beauty of Payday 2 is in how completely it assumes the identity it’s chosen for itself. It’s totally a co-op crime-sim; not a cops-and-robbers-themed arena shooter, or a horde mode dressed up as a caper flick. Its mechanics are so deep, and its structure so foreign compared to standard shooters, it can seem overwhelming when civilians are running every which way, your thermal drill is jamming up on your target bank vault, and police sirens are getting louder and louder in your ears. But it’s that chaotic start that gives Payday 2 such a powerful sense of progression. Once my four-man crew and I had developed our skills and arsenals to the point where we could take out security, control crowds, and get into and out of a vault in minutes, I felt as if I’d graduated from a band of clumsy thugs to a formidable crew of criminal masterminds.
Street Fighter fans will be able to play Street Fighter V at Six Flags locations over the course of the summer and in one location, right up until New Year's Eve.
Beginning with Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA, park-goers will have the chance to test their mettle during 8-player tournaments held on Saturdays and Sundays at participating parks. That doesn't include Six Flags Magic Mountain, however, which will only feature the tournaments on Saturdays.
The dates and locations for the Street Fighter V demos are as follows:
Batman: Arkham Knight publisher Warner Bros. Interactive was apparently well aware of the technical issues that currently plague the PC version of Rocksteady Studio's trilogy-capper.
According to sources close to Kotaku, the publisher knew the PC version had problems months ago, but decided to ship the game anyway.
"I will say that it’s pretty rich for WB to act like they had no idea the game was in such a horrible state," an anonymous QA tester said. "It’s been like this for months and all the problems we see now were the exact same, unchanged, almost a year ago."
IGN is teaming up with Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine's Nerd HQ to bring you a livestream of the Conversations for a Cause panel series from San Diego Comic-Con, featuring discussions with genre film and TV legends like Joss Whedon, Guillermo del Toro, Scott Bakula (Enterprise fans, rejoice!), and many more.
The Conversations for a Cause panels will stream live from The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego on IGN.com, the IGN YouTube channel, and the Nerd HQ app, as they run from July 9-12 at Comic-Con.
Just so you're on the ball, here’s a full breakdown of the Conversations for a Cause panel schedule…
Thursday, July 9
Images of Apple's next iPhone, the iPhones 6S, have leaked onto the internet. On 9to5Mac.com, photos showing off the ins and outs of Apple's next phone have surfaced.
Citing a "proven source" within Apple's supply chain, the photos show the new phone will bear many visual similarities with the current iPhone 6. Inside, however, are where the changes begin to show up much more clearly.
Artist Alex Ross has revealed an all-new painting serving as a follow-up to his 2003 original "Tango with Evil."
Called "Mind if I Cut In?," the painting depicts Batman interrupting Harley Quinn and Joker during heir dance. Naturally, everyone seems a little less than enthusiastic about it.
Comic Book Resources reports the painting will be one of Ross' exclusives on sale next week during Comic-Con. Ross will be selling prints, sketchbooks, original art, and more at his booth.
Secret Wars has reached a critical point as it rounds the halfway mark. The ragged few survivors of the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe have emerged from hiding, drawing the attention of God Doom and the Thor Corps (a stellar band name if ever there was one). The first big showdown on Battleworld unfolds in this issue, offering a thrilling new chapter with real consequences for our heroes.
This fourth issue illustrates just how new reader-friendly Jonathan Hickman and company are striving to make Secret Wars (despite the literal years of build-up in Hickman's past works). Hickman delves a little deeper into the origin of Battleworld here, but only enough to illuminate the dynamic Doom and his sheriff, Doctor Strange. This issue avoids delving too deeply into the minutia of previous stories, instead keeping the focus on tight pacing and an exciting showdown between the various factions of heroes and villains. I do wish there was more than one solitary, silent panel that acknowledged the deep rivalry between Black Panther and Namor and the former's shock at seeing the latter still alive, but it's debatable whether that material would have any place in the context of this issue.
Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is reportedly writing a draft for the live-action version of Pinocchio, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Geppetto.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. and Downey have gotten the There Will Be Blood and Inherent Vice director to pen the script for Pinocchio, with hopes he will helm the film too. While the live-action fairytale may seem unusual for Anderson, it's important to note he's good friends with Downey, who was attached to star in Inherent Vice before dropping out due to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The fifth Dota 2 International Championship prize pool has crossed $15 million, continuing its growth as the largest eSports purse in history.
Reaching $15 million was the 20th and final stretch goal for The International, which earns players access to a new in-game Immortal item for Axe, as well as guarantees a long-form Axe-centric comic.
Sales of Valve's Compendium -- a digital program for The International available in the Dota 2 client -- contributes to the growing prize pool for The International 5, which takes place in Seattle, WA from August 3-8. Compendium sales can continue to increase the prize total until then.
Alaina, Meghan, and Miranda say farewell to some of their favorite spring anime and break down the summer anime they're most looking forward to. The club discusses its favorite — and least favorite — surprise series of spring, and think on what shows they dropped that may be worth going back to. Let us know which new series was your favorite from spring in the poll below.
In this week's Anime Watch Party, the group discusses Cowboy Bebop episodes 17 and 18. Want to participate in the Anime Watch party? Anime Club will discuss Cowboy Bebop episodes 19 and 20 on the next episode. Tweet or post a message on Facebook with your thoughts on the episodes and use the hashtag #IGNime or email IGN Anime Club at email@example.com to join in the discussion. The hosts may even read your comment on the next show! As we near the end of Cowboy Bebop, Anime Club is already planning the next Watch Party. Should we watch a movie or stick with watching anime series? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below!
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Secret Wars #4!
The newest chapter of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's Secret Wars saga hit stores today, and with it, the unexpected deaths of two iconic Marvel heroes.
Secret Wars #4 opened with a major battle between the Cabal (led by Ultimate Reed Richards and Thanos) and Doom's army of Thors. The battle was soon joined by the refugee heroes of the old Marvel Universe and Doom himself, eager to see what sort of threat these interlopers posed to his reign. Doom used his godlike power to attack the others, only to be challenged by the Phoenix-possessed Cyclops.
In the beginning, there was IGN Plays…and it was good. Thankfully, the next evolution of our Let's Play series is here: IGN Plays Live. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. A ton of live gameplay with your favorite IGN editors (and not-favorite editors).
We're going to be livestreaming every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1PM - 3PM PT. We'll focus on new releases and DLC drops, but let us know in the comments what games you'd like to see!
Finally, all streams and VOD links will be hosted on THIS page. So get to favoriting, bookmarking, sharing, or using whatever form of internet preservation you know of. We'll also be answering questions live during the stream, so tweet @ign with #ignplayslive
Welcome back to IGN's History of Awesome - a year-long look back at all the coolest and most influential games, movies, TV shows, comic books, toys, and tech that have shaped pop culture, and shaped the lives of an entire generation. Up this week is 1984 - the year of The Terminator and Ghostbusters.
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Some graphics in the latest iTunes update seem to be showing off iPods that don't exist yet. At least, not in the wild.
Spotted by one of the sharp-eyed users at Mac Rumors, a graphic showing iPods in colors not yet offered by Apple appeared in the 12.2 version of iTunes when the option to restore or set up an iPod is initiated.
Users also noticed the calendar date on the iPod touch shows Tuesday, July 14, leading to speculation that the new line-up could be announced on France's Bastille Day.
The colors shown off are a dark blue Touch,"a new gold or beige color for the iPod nano," and a brighter, more vibrant pink for the Shuffle.
AppleCare has updated the terms of its warranty service to cover replacement batteries for Apple devices that have fallen below 80% their original capacity, free of charge.
The new policy was spotted by MacRumors and applies only to iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch devices purchased on or after April 10th, 2015, and active under the AppleCare+ extended warranty plan. This covers Macs as well, according to a footnote on the AppleCare Products page.
Before, the warranty applied only to batteries at 50% under capacity. Read the policy change below or on Apple's website.