Destiny's upcoming House of Wolves expansion will add a new social space in the Reef if a fresh bunch of leaked screens is to be believed.
Slender: The Arrival is heading for the PlayStation 4 on March 24, and Xbox One on March 25.
Following "big sales" on PC, Xbox Live and PSN, developer Blue Isle Studios has now brought the indie horror franchise to new-gen consoles. The digital-only release will cost $10 on both platforms (other territory price points TBC).
In this chapter of the Slender Man story, The Arrival places you in the shoes of concerned friend Lauren. Her friend Kate - who'd been obsessed with the folklore tales of Slender Man - has disappeared, so it's up to you to find out what happened.
A press release from the studio states that Slender: The Arrival will "send the most fearless gamers into panic as they unfold the twisted mystery in a dark, foreboding atmosphere and a story fraught with terror, paranoia and other-worldly forces."
DC had a week full of revelations with Joker's Endgame antics in Batman #39 and Aquaman's mother in Aquaman #39. Marvel debuted Spider-Gwen's solo comic, published a Thor story by wrestler CM Punk, and took another step towards Secret Wars in New Avengers #30. From our other favorite publishers, we got a TMNT spin-off book featuring a team of Mutanimals, the print debut of D4ve, and the debut debut of Curb Stomp.
Also, check out what the IGN All-Stars are doing in their reviews of all this week's Comixology Submit releases.
Editor's Note: A review for Mortal Kombat X #3 will be posted soon.
It seems like it was only yesterday that Thor took over as the new golden-locked bearer of Mjolnir, but already she has a part in her own annual. While not essential reading for anyone currently invested in the main story, Thor Annual #1 provides plenty of fun Thor action (and drinking), along with a surprising amount of heart.
The first thing you're likely to notice regarding Thor Annual #1 is its structure. The book's three different tales allow for three different writer/artist combos, but it also serves as a clever callback to Jason Aaron's God of Thunder run. We get some King Thor, some young Thor, and some current Thor, who as of now is the same mystery woman currently confounding the Marvel Universe. Though the three arcs don't tie together in quite the same way, it's nevertheless a fun way to include the canon's newest entrant.
Tired of the same tired superhero shenanigans? Looking for a book with a little pep, a little juice, a little pizzazz? Want to laugh so hard that your hold on liquids becomes tenuous at best? If any of that sounds appealing, you really should be reading Quantum and Woody Must Die! James Asmus and Steve Lieber return for more outlandish exploits, their latest chock full of witty wordplay, hilarious sight gags and just the right amount of feels.
Considering the driving force behind The Wicked + The Divine’s second arc, issue #8 initially feels a bit light. Laura’s investigation into Luci’s murder continues to move forward in fits and starts, her super sleuthing forever derailed by the changing whims of the Gods. In most hands, this would be a criticism. In this case, it’s not. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie put their Wonder Twin powers on full display, combining with colorist Matt Wilson for a wildly illustrated and uniquely nuanced chapter that’s as inventive as it is inviting.
Star Wars fans, or even pop culture buffs for that matter, know Darth Vader as a man to be feared. His striking form, unnerving voice and lethal abilities imbue the character with an almost mythical presence, a powerful force who stands above all but the Emperor himself. It’s fitting, then, that Kieron Gillen gives us a different Vader, one made low by recent failure. The writer continues to push the Sith Lord down a number of unlikely avenues in issue #2, each twist and turn highlighted to perfection by Salvador Larroca. This may not be the Vader you were looking for, but that in itself proves most intriguing.
Gillen picks up right where the debut left off, with Vader now serving second to the unimaginative Grand General Tagge. This Vader continues to prove more than willing to get his hands dirty, saving the collective bacon of some Imperial cannon fodder with a few well-placed TIE blasts. Gillen smartly follows this moment of general awesome sauce with sobering reality, as Vader learns he’s to head the fleets next mission with a glorified babysitter in tow. Seeing as we’re used to Vader responding to any sort of disrespect with a Force choke or a little slicey slicey, it’s initially a bit disconcerting to see him taking orders from someone not wearing a bathrobe. Gillen wisely plays into this expectation, giving the character just enough rope to both follow orders and pursue his own ends.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Stop being so awesome, The 100. Oh, what’s that? You can’t help it? Okay, well carry on then.
Another jam-packed episode this week, with all of the storylines delivering in different ways.
But okay, let’s deal with the kissing. The 100 has really turned its back on gratuitous love stories this season and dialed far back on romantic subplots. But the key word is “gratuitous” and it would be silly (and eventually, outright bizarre) for there to be no love stories at all on this show, because, you know, relationships and love are things that occur for people. Still, given how we’d had so little overt relationships this season outside of Octavia and Lincoln (and to a lesser extent, Maya and Jasper), it was funny to suddenly have two big “Oh my god, they’re kissing!” moments occur in back-to-back scenes. But they were both great, earned ones.
Gladiator meets Mad Max in Suiciders #1 by writer and artist Lee Bermejo. With issue #1, Bermejo successfully sets up his new book with intriguing characters, intensely brutal action, and a fascinatingly dark new world. He gives readers just enough to get a taste of why and how this world came to be while keeping more than enough hidden behind the curtain.
Los Angeles is no more. In its place is now New Angeles and Lost Angeles. The haves and the have-nots are now separated not just by class, but by a wall as well. The Suiciders are the new gladiators of this world, or city, that has moved on. Our main character is known as the Saint. There’s a lot going on with this character who may at first appear to be just another hulking, musclebound warrior type. He’s smart, and he’s worshiped as a hero, but there’s something just not quite right with him or this city who adores him. On the “Lost” side of the city, readers are treated to a man who uses his talents to sneak people over the wall. He’s another character who we get to know just enough to be intrigued by. Issue #1 is a promising debut, but while this issue presents us with some great characters, it doesn’t quite give us any sense as to where the story itself is going just yet.
The newest arc of The Flash by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen has been featuring double the action with its focus on not one, but two versions of our favorite speedster. While this arc has struggled a bit in certain respects, there’s no doubt that there’s been a lot more action to go around. All of that action culminates a bit here with an issue that is full of excitement. With that said, it just doesn’t quite live up to its full potential.
Do you know the score from Jaws? Of course you do. Everyone knows the score from Jaws. The iconic sounds of John Williams’ score helped to give the unforgettable Steven Spielberg film an eery and uneasy backdrop that put its audience on edge until the film’s end and even long after. Scott Snyder may not have a chilling score at his disposal, but he’s managed to keep his audience on edge throughout Endgame just the same thanks to the most unsettling take of the Joker yet. Yes, including that time he wore his own face as a mask. Issue #39 is full of unsettling and unexpected moments, and it shows that Snyder’s take on Batman and Joker will be impossible to forget.
The opening panel of this issue is that of...well, you really just need to see for yourself. It’s not gruesome or gory. Nor is it really something complicated to depict. Actually, it’s quite simple really. At the same time though, it’s deeply unsettling. It’s something that’s evocative of just how bad things are in Batman’s world, and it sets the stage perfectly for the surprises to be found throughout this issue. We are now, both sadly and excitedly, at the penultimate chapter of Endgame. The conclusion is now right around the corner, and issue #39 shows fans that things will only get crazier before it’s over.
Fans of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch who are anxious to learn the characters' new, non-mutant origins will definitely want to give this issue a read. If he doesn't outright answer all questions, Rick Remender at least sheds more light on how these characters came to be and how they're connected to the High Evolutionary and the denizens of Counter-Earth. Whether all these changes will actually provide a significant, long-term boost to Wanda and Pietro remains to be seen. For now, Remender is simply doing a great job of re-establishing the High Evolutionary as a major threat to the Avengers. The villain is as compelling and unsettling as he's ever been.
It's funny to think how utterly confused a casual reader would be if they chose to dive into Jonathan Hickman's Avengers saga with this issue. Not that Hickman is or should be very concerned with targeting that demographic this far into the "Time Runs Out" storyline, but there's definitely a lot of information and names being tossed about in this issue. Ivory Kings, Mapmakers, Builders, Sidera Maris, Beyonders - there's a lot to pore over as Hickman moves his saga closer to the climax that is Secret Wars. As always, the series rewards the diligent and the patient.
Deadpool is now mere months away from his apparent death and the big series finale, and there's definitely a sense that something is brewing in this current arc. It's not so much an aura of dread as a general sense of unrest. Despite all his recent victories, something is off in Wade Wilson's life. He has a new wife, he's been reunited with his daughter, and still he can't find peace. That restlessness contrasts nicely with what could otherwise have been a fun, goofy, straightforward storyline.
No, you didn't miss the release of All-New X-Men #37. The series has been hit by delays of late, but Marvel couldn't very well let that stall the Black Vortex crossover. Thus, the series jumps ahead as the combined forces of the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy deal with the threat of the mystical, power-bestowing artifact and the fact that three among them have already been transformed. This issue does little to address the core flaws of the crossover so far, but at least it looks swell.
The struggle isn't quite over for Peter and his team. Even after sending the Inheritors into permanent exile on an irradiated Earth, they face the wrath of an enraged Superior Spider-Man. Otto has deduced that this Peter Parker has retaken control of his body, and thus, Otto's reign as the Superior Spider-Man is doomed. But he's not going down without a fight. On paper, this seemed like a great way to cap off Spider-Verse and close the book on the Superior Spider-Man era once and for all. In execution, this conflict comes across as halfhearted. Otto isn't portrayed with any real depth here, coming across as a raving villain rather than a desperate human being clinging to a life he fought so hard to usurp. There should be a sense of tragedy to this conflict that isn't apparent in these pages. On the bright side, Peter does receive a cool moment during the fight, and Slott drops one little tidbit that suggests he may not be quite finished with the saga of the Superior Spider-Man.
The latest images of dwarf planet Ceres reveal a second unexplained bright spot residing alongside the first luminous patch spied in previous images.
"Ceres' bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently in the same basin,” said Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission, in a prepared statement. “This may be pointing to a volcano-like origin of the spots, but we will have to wait for better resolution before we can make such geologic interpretations."
Note: Major spoilers for this week’s Arrow, “Nanda Parbat”, follow.
This week’s Arrow had several big plot developments, starting with the surprise moment that ended the episode – as Ra’s al Ghul told Oliver Queen he wanted Oliver to be his replacement.
But that wasn’t all, as Ray Palmer donned The Atom costume for the first time – and took flight. Oh, and, um, Ray and Felicity slept together.
Arrow executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim weighed in on all these developments and more, with hints at what’s next.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
Ever since Arrow’s mid-season finale in December, it’s been clear that the second half of Season 3 would build towards the big rematch between Oliver Queen and Ra’s al Ghul. After being stabbed and tossed off a cliff, Ollie is due some major payback, right? So it was a bit surprising after several Ra’s-less episodes that Ollie found himself back on Nanda Parbat soil and facing the Demon already. This sudden return lacked some of the creeping tension found in “The Climb,” but the payoff was certainly worth it.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
"Mac Kills His Dad" may not have been peak Sunny, but I'll say this at the start - it had one of the best title card cutaways in a while. With Mac proclaiming "I'm gonna save my dad's life" immediately followed by the words "Mac Kills His Dad."
Yes, wild-eyed and terrible Luther McDonald (Gregory Scott Cummins) returned this week. Behind bars, naturally. Barely tolerating his son's existence, as usual. And quite fearful that Mac and Charlie were going to get him killed in prison by trying to poke around his his murder case (a beheading, in fact). Which, as you could guess, sent Mac and Charlie out on a journey to inadvertently get him killed by doing exactly what he told them not to do. During which, the two of them got to swap in and out of being the dumb one and the less-dumb one (Charlie had never heard the term "cursive," Mac kept thinking his dad actually loved him).