Everyone knew it was only a matter of time before Sony and Microsoft started aggressively pushing their next-gen consoles. Today, Microsoft announced and discussed some of the features of the bafflingly-named Xbox One, and in addition to news about the console, they also revealed that Halo, probably the definitive X-Box property, will be coming as a live-action TV show thanks in part to the involvement of legendary director Steven Spielberg.
Anxious to see what the new Avengers Assemble series is like? Disney XD, Marvel Television and Apple have teamed up to offer the premiere episode of the animated series as a free download on iTunes.
To start this off, Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus is one of the most highly anticipated comics of the year. They worked together on one of my favorite series - Gotham Central, for DC Comics - and that’s enough to sell me on Lazarus already. Here’s what they’re up to for this story, Lazarus is a full-on dystopia. The wealth of this world is controlled by elite Families, each one protected by someone called a “Lazarus”. One in particular for the Carlyle Family is named Forever, and the family she protects is in charge of all genetic and research development for the entire world. Her story begins as she takes her final breath.
I know that we were all taught not to judge a book by its cover, but had it not been for X-men Legacy’s completely distracting covers pleading for my attention each month while I digitally peruse comics, I probably would not have discovered Si Spurrier. As a fan of Spurrier, my brief time reading his work has lead me to believe that he is a deliberate, clever and, above all else, meticulous man capable of crafting something huge. So, when I learned Spurrier’s new book has, purportedly, led him down a path of ‘graphs and charts’ to aid in his writing process, I got pretty excited.
The comic book fan community is amazing, but unfortunately it suffers from elitism and misogyny. Recent articles and situations at conventions provoked a “Fake Geek Girl” debate on the web: do females pretend to be nerdy just to be accepted? But the ladies in comic book fandom are fighting back. First, Fem Inspire reclaimed the Idiot Nerd Girl meme. Now fan favorite writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is sticking it to those that judge the supposed geek cred of female fans with “Fake Geek Girl” tees for men.
It’s not often that you see someone decide to make the introduction to a new property in a 272 page graphic novel, which is exactly what artist Dan LuVisi has done. Dan LuVisi, who you may know in particular for some of his Secret Six covers, has brought an entire world to life in Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter.
Cleo, Libby and Vette are Beryllium Steel, the hottest power pop trio in the world — and they’re about to be the hottest band in outer space! When a plan to make them the first band to perform live on the moon goes wrong, they find themselves on the wrong side of the galaxy, faced with space pirates, intergalactic crime bosses and no way to get home. Their only option: ROCK OUT!
As we all know, when Disney purchased Lucasfilm a while back, Cartoon Network’s amazing animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars was canceled, and fans mourned. Well, fans can now rejoice as Lucasfilm has officially announced that production has begun on a new animated series titled Star Wars Rebels, which is slated to premiere in the fall of 2014. The series will debut as a one-hour telecast on the Disney Channel and then will air as a series regular on Disney XD.
On April 29th, respected comics website Comics Alliance posted a round-up of links and images from notable stories that had happened over the weekend. And then that was it. Rumors (and soon after, reports) started to pile up that the site had been shut down or was going through some difficulty, reports that seemed confirmed when AOL began axing a whole slew of its other entertainment sites. Early today, however, the site posted its first new update… and, luckily, its not a farewell, but a brief, cryptic message of hope: ;)
The first official trailer for the anticipated Batman: Arkham Origins has been released to the world. You get to see your first glimpse of Deathstroke in action along with seeing his relation to Black Mask, but the most important reveal is that Deathstroke is a playable character.
Konnichiwa and welcome, to the first Manga & Anime News Roundup! Here is where you’ll find my news picks from the world of anime and manga for this week.
James Robinson has announced via Twitter that, following Earth 2 #16, he is off the title. Earth 2 is probably Robinson’s most well-received project in years, and he has intimated in the past that he had an awful lot of stories to tell in the world. We’ve written before about DC’s editorial problems causing creators to abandon books mid-run (sometimes even mid-arc… or before the arc even begins), and this marks another respected writer abandoning his title.
If you’ve been enjoying Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run on Captain Marvel, get ready for what’s coming next. In Captain Marvel#15, Carol Danvers’ solo adventures will tie into Marvel’s next huge cosmic event, involving Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity miniseries.
If you’re a fan of old school beat ‘em up games like Streets of Rage, Double Dragon, and Final Fight,then Burn the Orphanage should be on your radar. By Sina Grace and Daniel Freeman, this comic channels the feel of those video games into comic book form.
It’s a sad day for indie comics fans in NY: The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is officially suspended, according to an announcement via their Tumblr page.