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Hey, that was pretty cool!
Shorter than usual (considering these extra long episodes), informative, freaky, and not one single pop hit.
In fact, "Edward Mordrake, Pt 2" had somewhat of a season finale feeling to it as Twisty's reign of twisted terror came to an end, we learned Elsa's backstory, and the entire town came out to celebrate the freaks they once shunned. In fact, aside from the con artists' schemes and whatever Dell chooses to be angry about next, most of the major story threads have come to an end.
And sure, I'm sad that Twisty's gone since he was providing almost all of the horror on this season of American Horror Story, but seeing as how the show had sort of resigned to having him on every single episode so far, the questions of "How far are they going to take this? and "How many baby steps are we going to have to watch?" were in the back of my mind. So I don't mind that they pulled the trigger on his story this early in the Freak Show run. I mean, after the girl escaped from the school bus a second time, I knew we'd begun to start caressing that repeat button that plagued Asylum. Fortunately, her second flight for freedom brought Jimmy into the mix.
With Deathlok rising to new prominence thanks to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, it was only a matter of time before Marvel revamped the character in the comics again. Writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mike Perkins offered readers a taste of what they had planned for the new Deathlok with their story in Original Sins earlier this year. That debut was strong, as is this first full-length comic. Plenty has changed in this new take on Deathlok, but enough of the character's core remains to make this a worthy update.
Along with Hobgoblin, Carnage is the one villain in AXIS deemed important enough to receive his own tie-in min-series. And just like AXIS: Hobgoblin #1, Carnage #1 picks up after the titular character has been inverted and is trying to live the superhero lifestyle. "Trying" being the operative word, as he still hasn't ironed out the finer details. Cletus Kasady's attempts to reform are one element of this mini-series. The fact that it isn't the core focus is this book's main problem right now.
Without a doubt, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s interpretation of Wonder Woman is one of the New 52’s biggest successes. It’s been both a critical and financial darling, and fans around the world have been dreading to see this series end. Time marches on though folks, and issue #35 is the final culmination of everything our beloved creators have been working on. The results? The storytelling, both on a written and illustrated level, continues to be the strength of this series of brings things home quite nicely. That said, the ending leaves us with a tinge of dissatisfaction that a simple epilogue could have resolved.
The New 52 was designed in large part to revitalize, redefine, and reintroduce DC’s stable of characters for a 21st century audience. Many success stories have come out of this endeavour, but Wonder Woman is perhaps the biggest success of them all. This success is due to the storytelling duo of Azzarello and Chiang of course. They took to heart the core of who Wonder Woman is, but were not afraid to take chances by adding to and drastically altering the Amazon’s mythos.
One of the many flaws with AXIS in its first three issues is that there's no focus on how the world at large is responding to Red Onslaught's attack. Various characters refer to something called "World War Hate," but without some sort of context it's just an abstract concept. It seems the story behind World War Hate has been relegated to the first issue of this AXIS tie-in. The two stories contained in this issue explore how two Marvel heroes deal with a worldwide outbreak of hate. One is just okay, but the other is entertaining enough to justify a purchase.
With all the special issues and whatnot DC is releasing for this series, Harley Quinn has practically become an unofficial biweekly comic. But can you blame them when this series has become such a sales juggernaut? Harley Quinn Annual #1 is a more satisfying spinoff than the recent Harley Quinn Invades SDCC one-shot. It's more amusing and more focused on being generally silly than specifically trying to lampoon the comic book industry. Fans of the series will certainly want to add this issue to their pull list.
Not that Harley Quinn has ever been that big on continuity and overarching storylines and such, but this issue stands completely on its own and only builds on Harley's current status quo in a basic way. Harley takes it upon herself to rescue her good friend Poison Ivy from confinement in Arkham Asylum. But her plans quickly go awry when she encounters Ivy's two handlers - Dr. Bash and Dr. Bliss. One powerful hallucinogenic later, and the book basically degenerates into an "Elephants on Parade" dream sequence. Perfect for a Harley adventure, in other words.
Marvel used to take a clear, organized approach when it came to collecting their major event comics in graphic novel format. A cheap, no-frills paperback edition would be released a month or two after the event wrapped. This paperback would allow trade-waiters and bookstore dwellers to get caught up on the story with a minimum of hassle and expense. Then, a year or so down the road, Marvel would issue a fancier hardcover collection that included various tie-in comics and bonus content, appealing to the completists for whom cover price is less of a concern.
But these days, Marvel is just as likely to take the opposite approach. Now they lead with the expensive, comprehensive hardcover collections. That's what they've done with Original Sin. This hardcover collects the core Original Sin mini-series (including the #0 issue), the Original Sins companion series, the Original Sin: Secret Avengers Infinite Comic, and the material from 2011's Point One comic that set the stage for the event. A well-rounded package, to be sure, but it's hard to imagine any Marvel reader being satisfied with the end product. Original Sin itself remains a very flawed story in collected format. Meanwhile, the high cover price will turn many casual readers away, and the physical quality of the book will disappoint those who do buy it.
Microsoft officially shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios as president Nancy Tellem and executive vice president Jordan Levin were let go on Wednesday, Variety reports.
Microsoft confirmed in July that it’s closing down Xbox Entertainment Studios and future efforts to bring quality TV content to its Xbox One console. While a majority of staff were let go, key members from the company stayed on to oversee its original programming in production, such as Halo TV and Halo: Nightfall.
Reports later surfaced in August that the Santa Monica-based company was looking for a new home and was in preliminary talks with Warner Bros.. However, sources said at the time that the deal was unlikely.
After implying he'd like to "flex new muscles" after Transformers 4, director Michael Bay has officially passed on helming Transformers 5 -- and instead, will tackle the Benghazi-based 13 hours.
According to Variety, Bay's 13 hours is based on the novel Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff, which had its film rights acquired by Paramount in February. The story recounts the terrorist strike on the U.S. Special Mission Compound & CIA Annex in Benghazi, 11 years after the September 11 attacks.
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By this point, everyone seems to know that Malcolm Merlyn is alive except the man who supposedly killed him. Oliver Queen finally learned that important truth this week as both Merlyn and Nyssa al Ghul resurfaced in Starling City. As great as it was to see the show delve even deeper into the League of Assassins, something was a little off about this episode. It lacked a certain sense of excitement, especially coming the night after an especially great episode of The Flash.
A lot of that probably had to do with the way the writers have framed Merlyn’s return this season. Last week I noted how strange it seemed to drag Ollie all the way to Corto Maltese, pointedly avoid any confrontation between the Arrow and the Dark Archer, and then immediately have Merlyn return to Starling City in the following episode. Nothing in “The Magician” suggested that approach was warranted. The momentum stalled as Ollie struggled to catch up and deal with revelations viewers have known for some time now.
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The 100 continued its strong second season as we found out what the deal is with Space Baby and the other shoe dropped in Mount Weather.
I have to say, I did assume almost immediately that the baby Jaha found wasn’t real, which only increased with odd moments like the baby holding the chess piece. But to be honest, what really made me think that is seeing Eli Goree’s name in the credits as the episode opened. If Wells was showing up, something strange (well, stranger than a random baby being found) was going on, after all. So who knows if I would have been so certain otherwise.
2K Games has revealed that BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on November 4.
The Complete Edition contains the main game, the Clash in the Clouds DLC and Burial at Sea Episodes 1 and 2, as well as the various weapons and gear in the Industrial Revolution, Upgrade, and Early Bird Special packs. The bundle is priced at $40 USD.
BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition was also scheduled to be released on the PC, but judging by Take-Two's lineup of future titles, it now seems that it will be available exclusively on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Based on S.J. Watson's bestselling novel and adapted for the screen by Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later, The American), Before I Go to Sleep could be described as a follow-up to the premise of 50 First Dates -- that is if 50 First Dates had been a dramatic thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. Basically, the movie follows an amnesiac, Christine Lucas (Kidman), who wakes up every morning with no memory of the day before. As far as she knows, she's a single gal in her early twenties. In actuality, she's a 40-year-old married woman.
Each day, Christine's husband Ben (Firth) introduces himself and tells her that her condition is due to a traumatic accident she had -- but Christine isn't getting the whole truth. With the help of a neurophysiologist, Dr. Nasch (Strong), Christine slowly begins to unravel the mystery surrounding her past. Per Nasch's suggestion, she starts recording daily video logs, unbeknownst to Ben. From there, the question becomes obvious: Which of these men is leading Christine astray? And -- perhaps more importantly -- to what end?
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In keeping with 2014's cable TV movement of auteur-driven seasons featuring "same director and/or same writer" - like HBO's True Detective and FX's Fargo - Steven Soderbergh took us on a grand, gritty tour of "turn of the twentieth century" medicine and socio-economics with Cinemax's The Knick.
And while Soderbergh's leap to TV may seem like the biggest "get" since David Fincher brought House of Cards to Netflix, he didn't make a full transition. The fact that the entire 10-episode first season was shot like one long 10-hour feature film, completely out of order (for example: all the scenes that took place in Thackery's house were filmed in a row, and so on) is both impressive and indicative of someone with a particular style and mode simply translating that - perhaps even square peg/round hole style - to a different medium.
In light of all the Marvel hype -- oh, you know, that slate reveal they dropped yesterday -- director Joss Whedon has confirmed the global nature of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and reveals how the film will explore the world's divisive stance on superheroes.
Speaking with Marvel's web series The Watcher, Whedon disclosed all of the filming locations for the Avengers sequel, which include: the Italian Alps, Seoul, Johannesburg, Bangladesh and "all over England."
Note: Apologies for this review going up a full month after this set was released. A ton of travel kept me from being able to watch all the new material until this week. Which reminds me... Anyone have a portable Blu-ray player?
A year after we miraculously saw Paramount and Warner Bros. collaborate on a Friday the 13th box set that finally included all of the films and Universal and MGM work things out to give us the first Chucky box set that actually had the first Child's Play film in it, horror fans have been given another long-awaited treat with Halloween: The Complete Collection. As with those other films, the trouble had always been the multiple distributors involved in the series through the years – with the first, fourth and fifth Halloween films released independently, II and III released by Universal and every movie since the sixth (including the remake series) coming from Dimension Films – who in turn had gone from being part of Disney/Miramax to The Weinstein Company. Add in various home video distributors and it always seemed too complicated to ever be resolved.
FOX has agreed to a script commitment for the mystery drama League of Pan, a gritty mystery spin on the classic Peter Pan story.
Deadline reports that League of Pan will follow the Lost Boys fifteen years after they've left Neverland and moved to Los Angeles. They've grown up and grown apart, but they're forced back together when someone begins targeting them for murder.
The script is being handled by Andrew Miller, who developed CW's The Secret Circle. He'll also be serving as executive producer, along with Imagine Television's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Miller will be writing a new script, rather than using the one from Brian McCauley when 20th TV attempted this idea two years ago.
Amid the many announcements coming out of Marvel Studios yesterday -- Black Panther! Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2! Civil War! Ragnarok! The Inhumans! -- many fans were delighted to hear that Carol Danvers herself, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, will finally get her own movie in 2018. And at the same time, still others were like, “Who’s Captain Marvel?”
With that in mind, we’ve collected here some of our more recent stories and videos about Danvers, who has also been known as Ms. Marvel (and several other superhero names) over the years. Now poised to be the first female character to get her own solo movie from Marvel, CM is clearly someone you need to know. So consider the following a primer on who Captain Marvel is and everything we know about her potential big-screen incarnation so far…
A free motion controller app is now available that allows you to play Just Dance 2015 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 without Kinect or the PlayStation Camera, Ubisoft announced today.
If a Kinect or PlayStation Camera isn't detected when Just Dance 2015 is launched, you will be notified that a mobile device is required to play. After downloading the app, called Just Dance 2015 Motion Controller, it will automatically detect your console -- as long as they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
The app will be used to track your movement, as well as your score. Ubisoft notes that these are the only differences in gameplay that will be experienced when using the app rather than a Kinect or PlayStation Camera.
Warning: this article contains some spoilers for the first four episodes of The Walking Dead Season 5.
Just before the debut of Season 5 of The Walking Dead, IGN visited Skybound Entertainment headquarters aka the office of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. We got a chance to talk to him about what to expect from Season 5 of AMC’s zombie TV show, plus we asked for details about the upcoming spin-off show.