Tag: X-Men

Always wondered where she got those skulls

by on Aug.24, 2011, under Art, Entertainment

ALways wondered where she got those skulls

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Makes a lot more sense now, huh?

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Trailer: X-Men Destiny & Updates

by on Jul.20, 2011, under Entertainment, Gaming, Trailers, Video Games, Visual Media

Okay so remember back in October of last year, there was this trailer for this game that I said I was really looking forward to? Well I do, barely. It is called X-Men Destiny and E3 this year finally offered up some new information: a trailer.

http://youtu.be/KQ3sPhpKoB4

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So I admit after the last teaser trailer, this the visuals of this trailer are a bit of a let down, but honestly that is to be expected. Similar to Dead Island’s breakout trailer and its demo comparison, there was little to no way the game could live up to that awesomeness.

That being said the speech given between Cyclops and Magneto was brilliant writing, even if the game play elements and graphics looked a little  unimpressive. I admit I was hoping for more of a fully customizable character, rather than three different characters but I can understand the sacrifice. The game is giving hints that it is very story focused (such as the narration of the trailer) which is really what I would like. The X-Men Legends series was fun but the story was hard to immerse myself in and prior Marvel based games have basically all been brawlers and fighters. Still the game is being created by Silicon Knights, whose most notable game was Eternal Darkness, and most recent game was Too Human.

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Art: Storm & Blitzle

by on Apr.23, 2011, under Art, Comics, Entertainment, Gaming, Video Games

So I had to post this. You can find the artist, Yuko Ota, here. It is some fan art by the artist of JohnnyWander.com. It is just so awesome I totally can’t believe I didn’t see it. I’ve been playing pokemon and I have a Blitzle in my party. Now I want to rename her Ororo.

 

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Video: Trailer of X-Men: First Class

by on Feb.15, 2011, under Comics, Entertainment, Trailers, Visual Media

So that was a little… eclectic eh? First off very bright and shiny. I kinda like that.

Second of all… Pixie! Yay! A rather adult looking pixie, which is kinda weird. But sure, whatever. I mean who doesn’t like Pixie? Okay so I know there is a very distinct possibility that isn’t Pixie but a rather obscure character known as Angel Salvatore but here is hoping…

Thirdly, mysterious teleporter whom they want us to believe is Nightcrawler! Except we know he isn’t because this is the past and Nightcrawler isn’t red. Any guess who this might be? Azazel? Belasco? Mephisto? Good money is on Azazel but you never know…

Story is hard to follow but this is a teaser anyway. But it looks like we’ll be switching between Magneto/Prof X’s past, and the “original X-men” before Wolverine found them. Looks like we’ll be seeing a few origin stories, like Beast and Emma Frost going Diamond again. Might that be Havok shooting Cyclops like power out of his hands? Not sure. I was really hoping for some more Gambit action. Loving the return of Mystique. I’m almost certain this plot is going to revolve around the Hellfire club in some form or fashion…

So I’m wondering if this is going to be the death of the X-Men Origins: Magneto movie. After what this will supposedly reveal, is there a point?

Any guesses on other characters/plot points?

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Article: How I Became a Comic Book Consumer, Part 5

by on Feb.07, 2011, under Articles, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Visual Media

This is the final part of an ongoing series inspired by Faith Erin Hick’s article “How I Became a Comic Book Consumer“. To read any of the prior parts, click here.

Last time I discussed the Marvel comics that started how I became a comic book consumer as an adult. I also made mention of Brian K. Vaughn, writer of a comic called Runaways. Like Warren EllisCraig KyleMasashi Kishimoto,Phil FoglioKaja Foglio, and Shirow Masamune, Brian K. Vaughn led me into other comics that would soon have a permanent position on my book shelves.

It was through Brian and a few friends of mine that I discovered Y: The Last Man and it quickly became one of my favorite comics next to Elfquest, Girl Genius, and Transmetropolitan. It focused on, literally, the last man on earth and the subsequent apocalypse society. It sounds like a cheesy b-movie plot or perhaps the start of a really bad porno but it instead molds itself into an epic story of survival. If you need proof, Y: The Last Man was nominated for a Hugo award and won an Eisner award.

In the comic we follow the story of Yorick who manages to survive a mysterious event that simultaneously kills off every other mammal possessing the Y chromosome on the planet, save for him Capuchin monkey, named Ampersand. We follow him and his friends and enemies, as people come to gripes with such a staggering event. Lasting sixty issues, the ending is something I wish I could get everyone to read.

Brian K. Vaughn then led me to Ex Machina, a currently on going story by him focusing on a retired superhero known as The Great Machine who wins the election to become the mayor of New York City in the wake of 9/11. The story explores his term in office as well as gives flashbacks to his life as a super hero and how the two bleed together, creating yet another compelling, and rather adult, drama.

By this point I was very much into reading comics again. I used the names of writers and artists I had collected through the years and began making lists of comics, using Wikipedia and Amazon to piece together what graphic novels I needed to complete story arches. Now, at least, I could read comics without worrying about missing issues! as long as I was willing to spend the money and/or hunt through good used book stores.

This actually catches us up to more or less modern days. I’m still reading comics, obviously. Here are some examples.

I still collect Masashi Kisimoto’s Naruto and a regular subscription to the American version of Shonen Jump keeps my interest in various other mangas such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Bleach. Shirow Masamune has made sure that I am always on the look out for some kind of Ghost in the Shell product, comics preferred but anime and books, I’ll gobble up. One of the current manga series I would like to read is called Bakuman, focusing on one teenager’s attempt to become a manga writer, and another is Hikaru no go, focusing on another teenager’s slow mastery of the Japanese game Go.

Craig Kyle and the Marvel Messiah Complex/Second Coming story-lines have kept me collecting X-Men graphic novels as they came out and introduced me to the re-start of X-Factor (Vol.3 ), which has quickly become my favorite X-Men title with its awesome writing of the character Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man and the introduction of the character Layla Miller (she knows stuff, be careful). There is also an ongoing X-23 series being published that I’m eagerly waiting to be collected into graphic novels.

I, of course, never stopped reading web comics. They’re the cheapest and most accessible of all the comics I love to read, plus I can easily share them among my friends and readers. Here is a small list of some of the best comics you can find online in no particular order.

Girl Genius, Scholock Mercenary, Gunnerkrigg Court, Templar, Arizona, Goblins, Guilded Age, Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Weregeek, Scenes From A Multiverse, Order of the Stick, Erfworld, Dominic Deegan, Something Positive, Evil Diva, Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, El Goonish Shive, Demonology 101, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Freakangles, Bob and George: The Comic Strip, 8-Bit Theater, and many more.

So looking over it all, I guess you could say I’ve always been a comic book consumer. My initial entry into comics was due to overlaps between the comic industry and other media, and while I’ve taken hiatus, the adoption of collecting comics into graphic novels proved to be exactly what I needed to sustain a comic habit. Combine that with excellent writing, varying genres,  and stories for all age groups, and I will likely be a comic reader for the rest of my life.

The future of comics, like almost all forms of entertainment, will be undergoing changes in the digital age. Right now it seems to be trying to re-invent the old model, renting individual comics for prices only slightly less of their print versions for different reading platforms. One or two have adapted a subscription model. Both still DRM their content to make it inaccessible by means other than approved, and usually constrictive, methods. And there are still online comics, the particularly popular ones effectively earning their creators a living through donations, merchandising, and advertising. It’ll be interesting to see where this heads but unlike the music or movie industry, I suspect comics will fare better overall.

So I hope you enjoyed this article and found something in it you liked. Keep subscribed to this feed or keeping checking back now and again, as more articles of this type will appear, sooner or later.

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Article: How I Became a Comic Book Consumer, Part 1

by on Feb.01, 2011, under Articles, Books, Comic Links, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Visual Media

Inspired by Faith Erin Hick’s article “How I Became a Comic Book Consumer“, I’ve to write an article. Can you guess the topic?

I love comics. I love the medium. Comics, when you tap into even a fraction of their potential, can tell a story that neither the written word, a series of images, or an animation could ever achieve, but I am getting a head of myself. This love came about through a long road of discovering comics. Let me take you there.

My earliest comics were Garfield and Heathcliff, and really any comic that could be found in the Sunday newspaper.

Garfield and Pooky

I sought these two out because of their respective cartoons that aired in the eighties while I was a child. I loved Heathcliff’s cartoon but his actual comic did not inspired me much. Garfield, on the other hand, was very much a comic inspiration for me. Something about the lazy fat cat who hated Mondays, loved Lasagna, and had two goofy friends named John and Odie just clicked with me both as a kid and as an adult. As a kid I read a lot, after I got over my hatred of reading, which often meant that I begged my parents for trips to the bookstore and/or library so I could blow my not so hard-earned allowance on a new book of some kind. That is when I found the Garfield trade collections.

Looking at my shelf full of graphic novels and manga, I can easily see how Garfield made it so easy for me to get into comics. Either dollars for a year’s worth of Garfield comics which kept me reading for an hour or two a day (I re-read them constantly) and wanting a new one each week (which really was each month as I could definitely not afford eight bucks a week) was a gateway to other, if not better, comics.

I no longer have most of those trades. I donated them so that someone else could enjoy them as much as I did as a child.

Along came the X-Men.

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X-Men: Destiny, my new highly anticipated video game

by on Oct.15, 2010, under Articles, Video Games

Wow. I hadn’t even heard of this game until I caught this trailer. The trailer alone makes me drool. I did some digging and found this article telling us what we know so far.

Roll Your Own Mutant in Silicon Knights’ X-Men Destiny By Jason Schreier (Wired)

It seems this is the newest game by Silicon Knights, who brought us the awesome games Eternal Darkness for the Game Cube and the Game Cube remake of Metal Gear Solid, as well as recently the not so critically acclaimed Too Human. The game will be some kind of RPG where you play a new mutant, and the game will have a heavy focus on story rather than just combat. It’ll delve into what it is like to become a mutant and how that effects you, and how people treat you.

Which is totally awesome! I have high hopes for this one guys.

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