This issue serves as the last stop before Spidey and friends venture into the heart of Spider-Verse next month. Unfortunately, the end result is an issue that feels disjointed as it attempts to both tie up loose ends and focus on the first team-up between Peter Parker and Kamala Khan. It tends to do a better job of the latter.
Dan Slott and Christos Gage do make the most of Kamala's guest appearance. Her fangirl side is played up to great effect as she geeks out at the thought of teaming with another role model and trying out all the great crossover moves. There's also a deeper bond that develops as Peter recognizes a kindred spirit in Kamala - a young do-gooder willing to screw up her personal life for the sake of saving lives. There's a lot of potential in this pairing, and hopefully we'll see more in both this book and Ms. Marvel. Giuseppe Camuncoli brings a sense of energy to his pages, though occasionally his harsh style proves a poor fit for the bubble Kamala.
It's never been advisable to only read one or the other of Jonathan Hickman's Avengers titles. They''re just too closely connected. That's become all the more true with this "Time Runs Out" storyline. The two series are now so closely tied that it's almost a wonder Marvel continues to publish them as separate series. But that's hardly a problem for those who do follow both titles. And the upside is that the generally higher quality of New Avengers is bleeding into Avengers. Issue #37 continues this book's recent growth spurt.
Microsoft Head of Xbox Phil Spencer makes his first Unlocked appearance in a year, dicussing a range of topics including when certain features will be added to the Xbox One via the monthly system updates, what he wants out of the next Gears of War, why there is no special-edition Halo-themed console to pair with The Master Chief Collection, what the hell Rare is up to, and much, much more.
The cover tells you all you really need to know about this one. Power Girl has stumbled into Harley's world, and Miss Quinn is determined to kick off an epic superhero team-up by any means necessary. If you stress too much about how exactly this new story arc fits into New 52 continuity or why Pee Gee is so susceptible to Harley's mind games, you might not have a great time. But everyone else should get a kick out of this goofy pairing.
Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr. are back after a month-long hiatus to tell the further adventures of Superman and his new BFF, Ulysses. Issue #34 ended on a pretty significant cliffhanger, making the extra wait that much harder to deal with. And even though the characterization in this issue is a bit off compared to the previous chapters, there’s no momentum lost as this partnership continues to develop.
Issue #35 does disappoint somewhat in its early pages. Rather than force the powerful but naive Ulysses to deal with the consequences of killing an innocent man, Geoff Johns finds a way to downplay that mistake. But the end result is still a heavy focus on the morality of being a superhero and te limits of what one man can do to change the world. Here Johns really taps into what makes Superman so super. Ulysses may be a physical match for the Man of Steel, but he doesn’t quite have Clark’s heart or head yet.
Attention Smite players! Do you have burning questions about the past, present and future of this insanely popular MOBA? If the answer is yes, then we have good news - Todd Harris, the co-founder and COO of Hi-Rez Studios, is going to be popping by the IGN AU offices early next week, and we're going to hit him with questions from the community.
Simply post your questions in the comments thread and we'll choose the most thoughtful/intelligent/entertaining to pose to him - with full credit to you, of course.
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Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
If I may. These hour and twenty minute-episodes of Freak Show are unnecessary. Dragged out for thirty to thirty five minutes longer than a normal broadcast episode, Freak Show's weekly chapters are in danger of being rendered quite dull. In fact, it happened this week with "Edward Mordrake, Pt 1."
And it's a shame too because Halloween episodes are usually American Horror Story's time to shine. I remember "Halloween, Parts 1 and 2" back during the initial Murder House season being the moment when the show really started to resonate for me. But here, despite the a spooky historical ghost tale and the introduction of Emma Roberts and Denis O'Hare's con artist characters, things just felt drab and thin.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
Corto Maltese. It's a name that resonates with a lot of DC fans, whether they first heard of the fictional island nation reading The Dark Knight Returns or watching Tim Burton's Batman. Either way, Corto Maltese is a strange and little-glimpsed land full of mystery, adventure, and lots and lots of suffering. Pretty much the perfect setting for the next step in Oliver Queen's journey, basically. It was fun to see Team Arrow venture outside of Starling City and kick a bunch of ass. Unfortunately, the overall conflict was a little too disjointed for its own good.
The big news this week was the return of Malcolm Merlyn and Thea Queen, both of whom were last seen leaving Starling City late in Season 2 (well, not counting their cameo last week). Even as Ollie and Roy arrived in Corto Maltese to convince Thea to come home, we saw glimpses into her recent past and her evolution from spoiled rich girl to hardened warrior. I wasn't sure I'd buy her transformation, as six months is a pretty short amount of time to mold someone into a world-class fighter and swordsman. But seeing the lengths Malcolm was willing to go to school his daughter - burning tea, elbows to the face, etc. - you can understand that she had to be a quick study.
And we’re back! Yeah, I’m a cheerleader for The 100. I’ll own it! I dig this show. I think it’s really fun and creative and, frankly, it bugs me a lot to see some people clearly pre-judge it, sight unseen (and yes, I respect those of you who have seen it and decided it’s not for you – it happens!)
But if you haven’t seen it yet and are curious on my thoughts as to why you should check it out, click on my 5 Reasons to Watch The 100.
And for the rest of you? Read on… Full spoilers follow for The 100: Season 2 premiere.
This was really cool. The 100’s premiere was very fast-paced and exciting, quickly establishing some very different and intriguing new character dynamics and interactions this season. Pretty much everything about the show’s old set-up is gone and it’s impressive to see The 100 team not try to maintain any sort of status quo.
What else is there to say? Check out the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer!
Joining her fellow Game of Thrones alum Aiden Gillen (Petyr Baelish), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) has signed on to star in the Maze Runner sequel, The Scorch Trials.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emmanuel is joining the Maze Runner sequel cast that also includes newcomers Rosa Salazar (Insurgent) & Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), as well as franchise leads Dylan O'Brien and Will Poulter. Production begins with returning director Will Ball in New Mexico next month.
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is reportedly projected to bring in more than $50 million over its opening weekend.
According to Variety, early tracking suggests that Interstellar will score big at the box office opening weekend, with analysts speculating it may be in the same range as Gravity's $55.8 million opening weekend. These numbers would represent an impressive opening for the space adventure, which reportedly came in $10 million under its $175 budget.
Tickets are already selling out in many of the major theaters, and some IMAX theaters have added 3:30 and 8:00 a.m. screenings to keep up with demand. The TCL Chinese Theatre, which has the world's largest IMAX screen, sold thousands of tickets within two hours of making them available. Currently, pre-sales for the picture are outpacing Nolan's Inception, which debuted to $62.8 million.
Warning: this review contains spoilers for Avengers & X-Men: AXIS.
And with that, Act I of Avengers & X-Men: Axis comes to an odd close, albeit one that sets up quite a few interesting possibilities for the rest of the event. To be frank, the first two chapters weren’t great comics to get excited about and neither is this one. That’s a tough pill to swallow given the high caliber of writer Rick Remender’s other Marvel work -- Uncanny X-Force and Uncanny Avengers specifically, both of which have set up some of the major pillars of Axis. While the artwork does improve in this issue, it’s far from saving Axis from the corner it has painted itself into with rushed storytelling and an overload of characters.
Insomniac's colourful, anarchic new open-world shooter is a blast. Join IGN AU's Lucy O'Brien and Cam Shea as they play through the opening of Sunset Overdrive. We'll add more videos as they're published below.
Constantine makes its debut on Friday, as NBC launches a new TV adaptation of the DC Comics character. Guiding the series are executive producers David Goyer (The Dark Knight, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Daniel Cerone, with Cerone serving as showrunner.
This summer, I sat down with Cerone to discuss tackling DC’s occult-minded character. The former Dexter showrunner spoke about his own fan history with Constantine, why they’re keeping the cast small and whether we might see Swamp Thing, given Constantine first appeared in that character’s comic.
And yes, we talk about John Constantine’s love of smoking and how it will be a part of the TV show, even though they can’t actually show him smoking, given current broadcast TV standards.
EA has scored a partial victory in the ongoing class action lawsuit over the troubled launch of Battlefield 4.
After Battlefield 4 launched with a series of problems, plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against EA and several EA executives, claiming that EA made false public assurances to investors regarding the game's readiness. The plaintiffs pointed to eight statements made by EA executives, which they argued were made to sell EA stock at artificially inflated prices.
According to Courthouse News, the judge has agreed with EA that the statements amount to nothing more than corporate confidence, not securities fraud. "Defendant
Voice Commander, a free-to-play multiplayer game from Microsoft Garage, is now available on Xbox One.
Voice Commander is a real-time strategy/top-down shooter hybrid that challenges players to use a combination of voice commands and standard controls to fend off attacks on what appears to be Earth. Voice Commander supports up to eight controllers, and additional players can join in by using voice commands.
Microsoft Garage is made up of various interns and employees within Microsoft. It's described as a place where Microsoft employees can take their wildest ideas and turn them into real projects.
In the weeks leading up to Far Cry 4's Nov. 18 release, Ubisoft is releasing episodic video content to emphasize survival in the game's open world.
Essentially, the content will play out similar to "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, albeit in video form. Players can choose branching paths that may or may not lead to their eventual demise or survival. The chapters are divided into what Ubisoft is calling "rites of passage," each with their own cryptic title: "Eye for an Eye," "Rabbit Hole," "Mind Blossom," and "Escape." Each of these will release on the Far Cry 4 site.
Judging by the trailer, these chapters will comprise a variety of bizarre situations –– one clip shows the player strung up by a hunting trap, surrounded by an array of multifarious characters.
Guild Wars 2 changed the way it handles in-game currency with the launch of the Halloween holiday event, the Mad Realm festival.
Whereas before players could exchange any amount of gold for gems to buy items, the new system allows players to make the exchange only in set amounts.
In an editorial on MMO site Ten Ton Hammer, its explained that before the change, gold could be exchanged in any amount. "If you wanted 10 gems, you could do it. If you wanted 437 gems, you could do it." After the change, however, gems can only be purchased in batches of 400.
Google is strengthening its two-step verification with Security Key, a physical USB device that works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website.
Generally, two-step verification requires you to enter a verification code that was sent to your mobile device in addition to your password. But now that Google supports Security Key, you can insert the USB Security Key into the computer's USB port instead of entering a verification code when using Chrome.