Film Review: The Maze Runner

Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies.

Top 5 Joker Performances

Recently due to the new Fox show Gotham, a television show about the origins of Batman villains, and the upcoming release of DC movies through 2020 it's only a matter of time before they bring back Batman's greatest nemesis. So in honor of those brave talented performers who have mastered this maniacal and mischievous madman, here is my list of the top 5 portrayals of The Joker.

iPhone 6/ 6 Plus VS Galaxy Note 4 /Edge

Apple is coming out with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung is coming out with Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. The question everyone is asking is which one they will buy?

10 Greatest Wolverine Villains of All Time

With the Death of Wolverine out and soon to wrap up, how will everyone's favorite X-men meet his end? Newsarama has put together a list of Logan's Top enemies. Who knows … one of them could be his eventual killer.

TV Review: Red Band Society

At first the premise of Red Band Society seems bleak. A comedy set in the children's wing of a hospital could be limiting and hospital comedies are few and far between. Fox has adapted Red Band Society from a successful Catalan TV show Polseres Vermelles, that has been running since 2011. So Fox is putting their faith in executive producer Steven Spielberg and directors like Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) and Jason Ensler (Hart of Dixie) to make the american adaption a success.

Interview With Christina Welsh

We had a chat with screenwriter Christina Welsh about her upcoming romantic drama film "Addicted." Christina chats about the process of writing the script, the characters and many more. Addicted will be released on October 9th 2014.

The New Kpop Girl Groups of 2014

This year has been an amazing year for many female Kpop groups that just started off for the first time in 2014. Even though the year is not over, we can definitely say that these groups have a good chance of becoming rather large and popular in the future; 1PS, Bob Girls, Red Velvet, Four Ladies, and Lip Service

The New Kpop Boy Groups of 2014

Of course, the year is not over yet, but certainly there has been an introduction to many new groups and many new songs, by both male and female Kpop groups. Some of the new upcoming groups that have formed that are boy groups are Legend, K-Much, GOT7, JJCC, and LU:KUS.

Sep 30, 2014

BATMAN Gets USPS Stamps in Time for New York Comic Con, 75th Anniversary



He protects Gotham City as the caped crusader. He lends a hand to the Justice League in keeping the whole universe safe. Now, Batman will protect your mail as it travels through the US Postal Service.

Yes, Batman stamps are coming on October 9, 2014, in conjunction with this year’s New York Comic Con. The stamps will feature four eras of Batman, from the original 1939 design to the modern day. They’ll be sold in sheets of 20 as Forever stamps priced at the current 49 cents each (but will be usable even as rates rise). A fifth Bat-symbol stamp is also in the mix.
Susan McGowan, director of stamp services and corporate licensing for the USPS, told USAToday that Batman is the “quintessential American superhero,” and calls the new set “thrilling.” DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee calls the limited edition stamps “an honor.”









source: Newsarama

Taken 3 Trailer

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.


Interview with Madison Embrey at Marvel Universe LIVE!




Marvel Universe LIVE! is a full scale incredible stadium show of truly epic proportions. It brings together characters from across the Marvel Universe to save the world from Loki and the immeasurable perilous power of the Tesseract. Performers fly through the air. They are on motorcycles, flipping cars and engaging in incredibly choreographed fight scenes. Travelling to a city near you this is one show you won’t want to miss whether you’re a comic fan or a family ready for an adventure!!

As a former performer I was extremely intrigued to hear Madison Embrey’s experience on the show. Embrey plays Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D. and although she is void of any superhuman powers she kicks butt right along side characters like Captain America and Iron Man. Here is a little bit about the show from her perspective!

Milly: How did you find out about Marvel Universe LIVE!?
Embrey: I was in my last year of school at Pace University in New York City. My roommate was called into the audition by her agency and after reading the audition notice, thought I’d be a great fit, too. I come from fifteen years of dance training as my background, and was taking Stage Combat and Aerial Arts as electives at the time, so it seemed like it could be a good match!


Milly: What was the audition process like?
Embrey: It was one of my favorite auditions I’ve ever attended. It felt more like a master class than it did a nerve-racking experience. I walked into a room where the DIRECTOR of the entire project was sitting. It’s very rare that you get to work with the director in your audition. Upon showing a pass of tumbling skills, I was asked to attend the call back, which was a fight call. Everyone in the room came from different backgrounds; there were martial artists, dancers, aerialists, stuntmen, actors- it was such an inspiring room to be in. Here we were taught an INTENSE stage combat fight, which once executed properly, had acting and lines layered on top. It was all about kindly taking direction and being larger than life. They were looking for SUPERHEROES! Upon performing the fight with my partner, I was asked to stay and read for “Maria Hill”. By this point in the audition, I was so excited I could barely see straight. As I was leaving the audition and shaking everyone’s hands, I knew these were people I wanted to work with again.  

Milly: Where were you when you found out you booked the job?
Embrey: I was at home in Michigan on winter break, and two days before Christmas I was offered the role of “Maria Hill” in Marvel Universe Live! Best Christmas gift ever! I’ll never forget sitting around the dinner table on Christmas and saying to my family, “I have some really exciting news to share- I booked my first job and am going on tour!”


Milly: Have you ever done anything like this before?
Embrey: I have not done anything on this grand of a scale! I’ve been dancing and in the performing arts my entire life, but nothing this huge. It has been a dream of mine to perform in arenas for this many people. When I was 15 years old, I remember being very upset after I saw Miley Cyrus in concert because I knew we were the same age and are both very hard workers, yet she had the opportunity to perform for thousands of people every night, and I was at my dance studio in Michigan. My Mom told me that if I kept working hard, those opportunities would come my way in due time. That dream now comes true for me every single time I perform this show!

Milly: Did you know much about Maria Hill before rehearsal? Did you read the comics? See the Movies?
Embrey: I didn’t have much experience with Marvel Universe before taking this job. I had seen the Spiderman movies and fawned over Chris Evans as Captain America, but I wasn’t a “super fan”. However, in the last eight months, I’ve gotten hooked on The Avengers comics, watched all the movies, and collected quite the little Marvel wardrobe!


So, I have to ask! What is your favorite piece of your new Marvel inspired wardrobe? Where can we get it?
I have an awesome black sweatshirt that has Captain America's shield on the front. It's perfect for our bus rides from city to city! I've had the most luck finding my Marvel gear in stores around the mall- it's everywhere right now!
Other than Maria Hill, who would you say is your favorite female Marvel character?
I love Black Widow. She can keep up with all the guys, but she has such a femininity about her. She knows how to fight, and even though she gives off a cold demeanor you know she'd have your back in a second if you were part of her team.

Milly: What was the rehearsal process like? 
Embrey: The rehearsal process was equal parts demanding and rewarding. We were on our feet working twelve-hour days, six days a week.  If we weren’t learning new choreography or working on character development, we were training, running, climbing ropes, and tumbling. It was this schedule for three months straight, and I loved it.

Milly: What was it like mastering all of the stunts like? Looks hard!
Embrey: There were many steps involved as we learned the stunts for this show. My big stunt in the show is jumping from my moving vehicle to the hood of another vehicle, swinging into the passenger seat, and buckling in before the car flips and explodes! No joke, the car flips and there’s a huge pyro explosion, once we’ve safely evacuated the car! Safety is our number one priority, so while you have to be fearless, you also have to be smart and ease yourself into it. After being padded from head to toe, I’d practice jumping from my car to the other while they were standing still. Then we’d have them slowly move, and I’d do the jump. Once I’d safely accomplished both of those steps, I just had to trust my technique, and when it was time to jump, I JUMPED! Once we had the moves down solid, we added the costumes and pyrotechnics. There are many steps involved in mastering these stunts, but our goal is to make them look effortless!


Milly: It looks like you guys are having a ton of fun up there! What is your favorite stunt or moment in the show? 
Embrey: The car flip is definitely my most exhilarating part of the show! I have some pretty awesome fight sequences in the show. I really love stage combat, and I have a blast fighting off the villains night after night. Those are the moments that truly make me feel like a hero!

Milly: If you could play any of the other characters regardless of gender, who would it be? Why?
Embrey: I would love to play Captain America. He is the quintessential person and hero. He has good morals, he’s respectful, strong, caring, and just trying to do good. In our show, he does the most incredible motorcycle stunts I’ve ever witnessed, so I’d have to learn to ride a motorcycle first! But regardless of that, I think Captain America is the consummate superhero.

Milly: What is it like moving the show from city to city? That is one incredible set!
Embrey: Our set is a beast, and our crew is incredible! We are currently the largest touring show in the United States at this time, and it is clear to see that if you’ve seen our set. We have over 100 cast and crew members and the show takes over 26 trucks to move from city to city. The load out process takes around ten hours, and it takes about two days to load the show into the venue. Our crew works endlessly to keep us safe whether we are on the ground driving cars or flying through the air.

Milly: Any favorite cities so far? Or maybe a city that was completely different than you thought it would be?
Embrey: I LOVED Philadelphia and Washington DC. After living in New York City for four years, I knew I loved the city-vibe, but I also have a deep love for American History. Philadelphia and DC catered to both of those passions! Whenever I had a free minute, I was out exploring the monuments and museums. It’s so fun to make a new city your home each week.


Milly: What's it like being one of the only girls as a principal? Seems like a frat house up there!
Embrey: There is definitely a lot of testosterone on this tour! Even though we are out numbered, us girls stick together! We aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty and go take boxing classes with the guys, but we’ll also have girls’ nights where we watch romantic comedies and eat Milano cookies! It’s a great mix of energies. We are all a huge family, and this bond helps our chemistry onstage, as well.


Milly: If all the sudden some biochemical was released into the air and it turned all the members of the Avengers against you, who would you give the antidote to first so they could help with the rest? Why?
Embrey: Apparently I’m just a huge Captain America fan, but I would totally go with Cap! He oozes leadership! He also gives people the benefit of the doubt and lends them his trust, so I know if I needed help, he’d be on my side. He never justifies the means to get to his end goal, and I respect that. We’d get our fellow Avengers back the right way! 


Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to a town near you! For all the information about the show and tour dates/location please visit http://www.marveluniverselive.com !!! Enjoy this fun filled action packed show!!!






by Milly Millhauser

Slender: The Arrival Review

Slender: The Arrival is the official videogame adaption of Slender Man, developed in collaboration with Eric "Victor Surge" Knudson, creator of the paranormal phenomenon that has been terrifying the curious-minded around the world since its inception, with Mark Hadley and Blue Isle Studios. Slender: The Eight Pages was a short, experimental game that helped to breathe new life into the horror genre and captivated gamers around the world through its use of pure, unadulterated fear.




Fairy Fencer F Review

Long ago, a dreadful war was fought between the Goddess and the Vile God. Because they were equally matched, they both created a vast number of special weapons imbued with their godly energy, each containing the life force of a fairy. Armed with these weapons, the deities continued their conflict until they finally sealed each other away into the great unknown. A long time has passed since this ancient conflict, and the weapons created by the Goddess and the Vile God have since been scattered across the world. These weapons—now known as “Furies”—are highly sought after by warriors who call themselves “Fencers”. It is said that whoever collects a Fury will be granted one wish. When a young man named Fang decides to rashly pull a Fury from a stone, he inadvertently becomes a Fencer himself, forever altering the course of his destiny.
 


Sep 29, 2014

Comic News: First Look Avengers vs X-Men Axis #3

                              Image credit: Marvel Comics Axis Variant Cover
 
 
"This October, it all comes crashing down. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look inside AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3, the next blockbuster chapter in the premier comics event of the fall. Superstar creators Rick Remender and Leinil Yu present your first look at the apocalyptic conclusion to Act I: The Red Supremacy as teams splinter, hearts are broken, and the fragile alliance of A and X shatters once more!

"Though they now stand united against a common foe, their fragile alliance is not enough to stem the darkness. Coupled with the powers of Charles Xavier, the Red Skull’s terror knows no bounds. Battered and broken, the few surviving heroes must put their faith in unlikely allies, and give rise to the most vile syndicate known to man. Can the Red Skull be defeated? And at what cost? Would you destroy the Red Skull if it meant losing the very last piece of Charles Xavier?

"As one of the last remaining heroes, the Scarlet Witch is forced to join forces with Dr. Doom – the man who twisted and abused her power to cause M-Day. If she can’t, she’ll have to watch those she loves most die. And a twist of fate will return one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains from beyond.

"The world as we know it is gone. The Inversion is here. Don’t miss AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3 on sale in October!"
 
 





















 

Five Best English Songs From Utada Hikaru's English Albums

It's no secret that Utada Hikaru is my favorite J-Pop artist period. She is currently on hiatus from music and who knows when she will be back to give us another English album. Till this day I still listen to her three English release albums that we gave the states. Her album Precious, Exodus and This Is The One are all really good albums. However some tracks just really stand out above the rest. Today I wanted to pick five of the best songs from all of her English albums. Now as much as I love Sanctuary and Simple & Clean from Kingdom Hearts they were excluded from the list, as well as Hikki's wonderful cover of "Close To You" from the Precious album. This list is purely of original songs from Hikki for Hikki not from soundtracks or covers.

5. Come Back To Me (This Is The One)

 

"Come Back To Me" is the best song on Utada's "This Is The One" album beside my personal favorite Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence FYI. This song has a great R &B feel with great lyrics and wonderful production. 

4. Kremlin Dusk (Exodus)
Kremlin Dusk is my second favorite song on Hikki's "Exodus" album. This song is all about build up. Utada starts her a slow pace but as the production kicks in her voice goes in full gear and the ending is a great finish. 

3. Ticket 4 Two (Cubic U Precious)

My favorite song from her Cubic U days. "Ticket 4 Two" is a laid back 90's R & B track and really showcase Utada's range as an artist.  

2. Let Me Give You My Love (Exodus)

What happens you combine Timbaland and Utada you get a club track in "Let Me Give You My Love." This is track is more mature and more sexual but still presented in a way only Utada can do it.

1. About Me (Exodus)
The best track Utada recorded in English to me is "About Me." This acoustic track has great lyrics, and great concept to the song and Utada shines all the way through.

What is your favorite Utada song? Tell us in the comment section.



Aniplex To Release Silver Spoon Complete 2nd Season DVD

Anime fans who were anxiously waiting to see what the rustic students of the anime series Silver Spoon were up to next, their questions have been answered! Aniplex of America, Inc. has announced at their industry panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Atlanta, GA.) their plans to release the second season of Silver Spoon in a complete DVD set on December 16th. Pre-orders for this product will begin next Monday (9/29) on their official Silver Spoon homepage(www.AniplexUSA.com/silverspoon) and through official retailers.

The story follows Yugo Hachiken, who decides to attend an agricultural high school in the countryside in order to escape the many pressures from a life in the city. The series demonstrates Yugo’s growth as he successfully cultivates bonds with his classmates and the farm animals at Oezo Agricultural High School a.k.a. Ezono. The anime series is produced by A-1 Pictures notable for their work on popular titles such as Sword Art Online II, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Blue Exorcist, and Oreimo 2. In the second season of Silver Spoon, Yugo continues to explore life on the farm as he enters a new academic term at Ezono and tackles new responsibilities in hopes to find his own dream. Of course, Yugo learns quickly that with new responsibilities also come new obstacles he must overcome. But as Yugo tries to confront his own issues, he learns that many of his friends are also experiencing hardships that Yugo may be able to help with. The Complete 2nd Season DVD Set features all 11 episodes of the second season of Silver Spoon with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles on 3 DVD discs.

VAMPS Reveals New Cover Art For Upcoming Album "Bloodsuckers"

J-Rock band VAMPS recently unveiled their new cover art for they upcoming album "Bloodsuckers." The artwork was done by artist Rockin Jelly Bean. In addition the official tracklisting has been released which you can see below. VAMPS "Bloodsuckers" will be released on October 29th. 

BLOODSUCKERS
Tracklist
CD
01. Reincarnation 
02. ZERO 
03. LIPS 
04. AHEAD 
05. EVIL 
06. GHOST 
07. VAMPIRE'S LOVE 
08. DAMNED 
09. GET AWAY 
10. REPLAY 
11. Bloodsuckers 
12. THE JOLLY ROGER 
13. INSIDE MYSELF


Sep 28, 2014

Sword Art Online Extra Edition Coming on Blu-ray and DVD

Aniplex of America, Inc. recently announced at their industry panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Atlanta, GA.) that they will be releasing the home video versions of SWORD ART ONLINE –Extra Edition– on Blu-ray and DVD on December 23rd. Pre-orders for this product will begin next Monday (9/29/2014) on the official U.S. Sword Art Online homepage (www.SwordArt-OnlineUSA.com) and also through official retailers. The SWORD ART ONLINE –Extra Edition– will be available in the U.S., Canada, Central and South Americas.The SWORD ART ONLINE –Extra Edition– will feature both the original Japanese and English audios with English and Spanish subtitles. 

Bonus contents for the Blu-ray release will include the “Sword Art Offline” special animation (English subtitles included), the Sword Art Online II trailer, a deluxe booklet and an exclusive poster. The standard edition DVD will include the SAO II trailer as the bonus content. < BD Features>  Spoken Languages: Japanese & English  Subtitles: English & Spanish  Total Run Time: Approx. 100 min.  Rating: 13UP  Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)  SAO II Trailer  Deluxe booklet  Exclusive poster.

About Sword Art Online Extra Edition
On a hot summer day, Kazuto (Kirito) takes Suguha (Leafa) to his school, to meet Asuna, Keiko 
(Silica) and Rika (Lisbeth). Their mission: teach Suguha how to swim. Kazuto, however, has a 
prior commitment to see Seijiro Kikuoka, an officer with the Virtual Reality Section of the 
Department of General Affairs. Kikuoka wants to go over Kazuto’s recollection of his time in 
SAO and ALO, to resolve some unanswered questions. Later in ALO, Kirito and the girls (along 
with Klein and Agil), embark on an underwater quest to show Yui her very first whale. But the deeper down they go, the more mysterious the quest becomes…







Sep 27, 2014

Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story Review


We all know Batman, Superman, Spiderman and The Hulk but not everyone knows the sheer amount of effort that goes into creating and maintaining these iconic characters. Generally the distinct difference between someone who knows comics and someone who love Superheroes is the appreciation for the people who actually draw and create these memorable characters.

In comics, especially in recent years, comic may have up to three artists on each issue. There are pencillers, who is the first step. They draw every panel to the writers description in pencil, or drafting leads before handing their work over to the inker, or inks. Also known as 'the embellisher,' inks is responsible for refining the previously outlined panels and giving them depth. The last step is to add color which give you the vibrant comic panels readers have come to love.

Steve Rude has done is all, best known as a penciller, he has tackled iconic characters like Superman and Batman while also creating his own character in his most well known comic Nexus. Rude Dude is a comprehensive overview of the life and career to date of this incredible artist. They interview co-workers, family members, friends, bosses and other artists that have interacted with Rude throughout his comic book career into his transition to fine art.

With traditional fine arts training under his belt Rude's attention to detail is extraordinary in that it is as close to perfection as it gets! There is a story where the writer of a comic set a scene in a specific room and Rude walked in the room, which was an office, and sat and just drew it. He didn't make an appointment or anything. Unfortunately this need for perfection made him miss several deadlines and get fired from big publishing companies like Marvel, which puts a unique perspective on the inner working of the comic book industry. Artist are under a lot of pressure to get issues out on schedule which often forces them to hastily throw together panels.

The film itself is eye opening to both the world of a comic book artist and the struggles of someone who suffers from bipolar disorder. The director doesn't mask Rude's abrasive demeanor or excuse his behavior. There are colleagues that will state he was not the easiest person to work with but a the end of the day he always produced a unique and in-depth product that goes above and beyond the writer's expectations.

Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story will be released on October 7th 2014 available at Amazon.com.

Sep 26, 2014

MARVEL HEROES 2015 Announces Playable KITTY PRYDE, BLADE, X-23, DOCTOR DOOM and More for Pre-Purchase

    image credit: Marvel


Ever since the developers at Gazillion relaunched their Marvel ARPG game as Marvel Heroes 2015 fans knew when that year came around it was going to be big for the game. The first hint that that was going to be the case came recently when Gazillion announced their Advance Pack 2, an offer at two price points to pre-purchase all 12 of their scheduled playable heroes plus (in the deluxe pack) an extra costume for all 12, the May “Mayday” Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Girl Enhanced Costume for Spider-Man, the Marvel NOW black variant costume for the upcoming 2014 release of Magneto and a pile of in-game items/other goodies.

Of the twelve 2015 heroes, ten were announced in a 'soft' order of their launch and this does not include X-23, who comes as an early (before October 10) order bonus in anticipation for her release in December of this year.
With added details about their potential play-style from Gazillion's Jeff “Doomsaw” Donais, the ten announced heroes (and villains) are:



Iceman
“Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, is one of the most classic Marvel Heroes and we're very happy to introduce him into the game. Both as a member of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends and many incarnations of the X-Men, Iceman is one of the most exciting and powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe.”
“Iceman almost made the cut for Advance Pack 1, but we wanted to take some extra time to make his ice as interesting as possible using the graphics engine (as well as use his Omega-Level powers in as many ways as possible). With all the new tech were built into the game over the last year, we're satisfied we can do an outstanding job with Iceman in Marvel Heroes.”

Doctor Doom
“Dr. Doom is a traditional villain who had a turn cooperating with heroes in several storylines, including the Future Foundation story. He is arguably one of the most iconic personas in the Marvel Heroes world and has a significant beef with Thanos on the horizon.”
“Doom will have several playstyle options in Marvel Heroes. He is a Tyrant, a Sorcerer and a Gifted Inventor. He will have access to Physical attacks, Mental (Sorcery) powers and Energy powers based on his armor and other inventions.”
“He will be a flexible hero and is one of the most likely to be a high-cost hero (although that's not relevant for the Advance Pack 2 owners).”

War Machine
“As you would expect, War Machine in Marvel Heroes means a massive amount of firepower being brought to the table. Focusing on physical damage with missiles, melee, machine guns, and even wrist-mounted shotguns, War Machine's gameplay relies on managing the immense amount of heat produced by such an arsenal and is equipped to mow down just about any enemy, near or far.”

Kitty Pryde & Lockheed
“Kitty Pryde is one of the most iconic X-Men of all time, from her first appearance onward, Kitty has been capturing the hearts of fans with her awesome phasing powers and unique alien ally, Lockheed! In Marvel Heroes, Kitty Pryde will be able to utilize her martial arts abilities, mutant phasing powers, and fire breath of her permanently summoned ally, Lockheed.”

Vision
“Vision has always been at the top of the list for new heroes to be introduced. His inclusion in the upcoming Avengers 2: Age of Ultron virtually assured him a spot in the Advance Pack 2.”
“Vision has a wide range of powers and several build options for Marvel Heroes. He could be built as a formidable melee hero (due to his density control), a devastating ranged hero (with his various laser blasts) or a combination of both, using various synergistic mechanics. Additionally, as a classic Avenger, he will definitely have some interesting banter with many other heroes.”

She-Hulk
“Not only is Jennifer Walters the cousin of the Incredible Hulk, she's also a pretty awesome superhero in her own right known as She-Hulk! In addition to using her gamma-infused strength to defeat the heaviest of heavies (aiding teams such as the Avengers and FF), She-Hulk also spends much of her time in the courtroom as a lawyer for the Superhuman Law division of a large New York firm.”
“Less smashy than her green-skinned cousin, She-Hulk uses her wits and trained fighting techniques to deliver massive punches and dropkicks to even the most dangerous enemies.”

Winter Soldier
“Winter Soldier made a huge impression outside of the comic book world with his appearance in this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, making him the perfect fit as a marquee hero in Advance Pack 2. Using an advanced arsenal from his years as an assassin as well as his iconic metal arm, Winter Soldier is capable of dispatching enemies near and far with deadly precision.”

Blade
“One of the first successful Marvel Heroes to grace the silver screen, Blade (also known as the Daywalker) is an incredibly skilled combatant with various weapons including firearms, custom-made glaives, stakes (made of silver, of course), and his iconic katana blade.”
“While Blade typically uses these as tools against the dark arts (specifically vampires), he has been known to turn his gaze on more conventional threats when the need calls for it.”

Iron Fist
“Danny Rand is known as a few things in the Marvel Universe: the rich, philanthropist (not quite Stark rich, though) Daniel Rand, and the Living Weapon: The Immortal Iron Fist. Using his chi to move and nearly inhuman speeds and making his fist like unto iron, he is able to level mountains with a single punch. In addition to its destructive capabilities, Iron Fist can also focus his chi in more productive ways, such as helpful healing mantras.”

Black Cat
“Felicia Hardy was the daughter of a world-renowned cat burglar (known by the rather to the point moniker, The Cat) who eventually decided to follow in her father's footsteps. Using claws, a grappling hook (for transportation), and a newly upgraded costume made by the Tinkerer, Black Cat is both a formidable melee combatant and the master of unique "trap assassin" type abilities.”



source: Newsarama.com

Sep 25, 2014

Infinite Crisis Launches Massive Update with Two New Champions!

Infinite Crisis, the free-to-play MOBA from Turbine based in the DC Universe, launched its largest update yet introducing a new tutorial mode where players are coached by famed DC heroes and unlock six free Champions as they learn to master the game. In addition, today’s update features major performance improvements, completely remastered maps and two new champions -- Atomic Joker and Nightmare Robin! Nightmare Robin

Universe of Origin: Nightmare Alignment:
Hero For millennia, the vampire Ra’s al Ghul used his League of Assassins to manipulate Earth-19 from the shadows. His daughter, Talia, also cursed with vampirism, desired her father’s power. All Talia’s efforts failed until she finally found the edge that she required, a man who was strong enough to challenge the Demon’s Head: Bruce Wayne. Talia, knowing Bruce was Batman, spent years influencing him toward her ultimate goal of her father’s destruction. Yet she would leave nothing to chance. Talia created a child, the perfect union of her family’s vision and Bruce Wayne’s potential. She named the boy Damian, training him in secret before sending him to apprentice with her estranged lover, as Robin. Here, once more, Talia’s plans met with frustration. In the final confrontation between Batman and Ra’s al Ghul, Damian realized the depth of his mother’s depraved manipulation when Batman was infected by his grandfather. Damian watched as Batman, the man he loved and respected, became a ravening monster, succumbing to the curse of vampirism. The ashes of his father’s humanity kindled a burning certainty that the blood of al Ghul could only birth monsters. Now, feeling the compulsion of his own vampiric curse, the young Damien fights a war to scourge the filth of vampirism from the world.



Universe of Origin: Atomic Alignment:
Villain When they broke into an abandoned military bunker, those blighted survivors of the nuclear war couldn’t have realized what they were about to unleash on themselves. Within its derelict walls, they discovered a hibernating computer system. Sensing their movements, the system activated and they found attached to it the head of the Joker suspended in a preservation vessel. The Joker welcomed them with a cackle and told them it was time to build the future. The Joker told them that the military had wanted to use his unique mind to come up with nuclear war scenarios. Displaying a brutal pragmatism that the Joker appreciated, they put his head in a preservation vessel and got rid of the “superfluous” parts. Now that the “serious” world was dead and gone, he told the survivors, it was time to build a new “crazy” one. So desperate were the survivors that they decided to listen to the Joker and began building a new community within the bunker.



New Screenshots of Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

SQUARE ENIX today released new FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0™ HD screenshots that feature Ace and the rest of Class Zero attempting to defend their homeland with magic spells and summons. The full-size screenshots showcase the graphical improvements that Square Enix and its development partner, HexaDrive, have implemented. Square Enix also announced that the North American version of the game will include Japanese/English audio and English/French/Spanish subtitles.
 
Additionally, the new screenshots from the downloadable playable demo, FINAL FANTASY XV –EPISODE DUSCAE–, highlight the journey of Noctis and his entourage. Players will be able to see familiar denizens of the FINAL FANTASY series, including a larger-than-life Adamantoise, a lumbering Garula herd, and mischievous goblins. Fans can also catch a glimpse of Luna, who plays a pivotal role in the story. All screenshots released today are from in-game footage, showcasing the high-quality graphics that players can expect from the game.
 
The extended version of the much talked about, “FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD Talk Show” which showcased the FINAL FANTASY XV tech demo at last week’s Tokyo Game Show is scheduled to be streamed on Thursday, October 2nd at 8:00 p.m. JST / 4:00 a.m. PDT. The program will be available on Square Enix Presents (http://www.jp.square-enix.com/sep_japan/) in Japanese, and a subtitled version will be available at a later time.

FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD is scheduled for release on March 17, 2015 for North America and will be priced at $59.99. Pre-order FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD to secure the FANTASY XV playable demo voucher. Both FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD and the accompanying FINAL FANTASY XV demo will be available for the PlayStation®4 system and the Xbox One.

Final Fantasy XV



 Final Fantasy Type - 0 HD



Vampire Knight Manga Series Finale & Special Edition Release

All things come to an end otakus. Vampire Knight series finale will hit from VIZ Media check out the details below. Anime Rules!!!

VIZ Media will deliver the stunning climax to Matsuri Hino’s epic VAMPIRE KNIGHT series with the release of the finale, Volume 19, on October 14th.

The final volume will be available in a special Limited Edition featuring an alternate cover and a hardcover mini art book. The standard edition volume will be available in print and digitally.

VIZ Media will further thrill readers with the release of the VAMPIRE KNIGHT “NIGHT CLASS” Manga Box Set 2 on November 4th, the second VAMPIRE KNIGHT Box Set with volumes 11-19 to complete the series.

On December 2nd, the VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS novel will be released in print and digitally, housing a collection of prose short stories never before released in English. Also being released on that date will be the digital exclusive, VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE, a special new manga chapter by Matsuri Hino!
 
Digital versions of VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 will be available for $6.99 (USD/CAN) and VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS for $10.99 (USD/CAN) on the same day of their respective print releases from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, Comixology and GooglePlay stores.

“VAMPIRE KNIGHT is a groundbreaking series that has introduced many readers to the shojo manga genre,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor. “Shojo Beat debuts our first-ever Limited Edition release for VAMPIRE KNIGHT Volume 19! And in December, the VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS novel will feature new illustrations by Matsuri Hino. The digital exclusive chapter, VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE, reveals more of the story from volume 19. Don’t miss out on these special releases in celebration of this beloved manga series!”

In Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed series, the foreboding Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!
 
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Limited Edition · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN · Available October 14th!
Savor the tense finale to Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed paranormal series in a limited edition featuring an exclusive alternate cover and a mini hardcover 42-page art book.
 
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Standard Edition · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available October 14th!
In the concluding volume to the series, Kaname vows to sacrifice himself. But Yuki vows to sacrifice herself to stop him. Zero takes a weapon in hand to protect what is dear to him. Whether parted for eternity or close enough to touch, they each will always desire their beloved…
 
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Manga Box Set 2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 4th!
Comprehensive manga box set features the second-half of the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, Volumes 11-19, along with the hardcover 42-page art book. Set is contained in a gorgeously illustrated slipcase.
 
VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN / $10.99 Digital · Available December 2nd!
Fans will not want to miss this special collection of manga short created stories by Matsuri Hino and Ayuno Fujisaki based on VAMPIRE KNIGHT! Stories include “Deranged Love,” in which a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname seeks to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE (Digital Release Only) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $2.99 U.S. / CAN · Available December 2nd!
In this exclusive digital manga chapter, Matsuri Hino returns to the events at the end of volume 19.
 
Manga creator Matsuri Hino burst onto the manga scene with her title Kono Yume ga Sametara (When This Dream Is Over), which was published in LaLa DX magazine. Hino is renowned as a highly talented artist with a distinctive style and became a published manga artist a mere nine months after she decided to pursue it as a full-time career. With the success of her other popular series, CAPTIVE HEARTS and MERU PURI (both also published by VIZ Media), Hino has firmly established herself as a major force in the world of shojo manga.

Also catch the VAMPIRE KNIGHT and VAMPIRE KNIGHT GUITY anime series, available exclusively on DVD from VIZ Media and featured on the company’s digital anime streaming platform – Neon Alley.

Sep 24, 2014

G.I. Joe #1 (The Fall of G.I. Joe) Review

DOES THE WORLD NEED G.I. JOE? Cobra had become an international peacekeeping force… and the future of G.I. JOE looks bleak. SCARLETT leads what’s left of America’s ultimate fighting force but will she be able to keep her new team together?

G.I. Joe #1 is a fresh new take on the Joe's. Writer Karen Traviss brings her experience of writing stories based on military and politics and weaves it into the Joe's. The first issue is not an action packed by any means. Instead we trade in the guns, explosions and the classic battle cry for a more political driven issue. Cobra has now become an international peacekeeping force and are trying to establish allies and ties. With Cobra not up to their usual ways the government is debating whether the G.I. Joes are even needed. Enters Scarlett the new leader of the Joe's who is trying to keep the Joe's together. I actually like Scarlett as the leader of the G.I. Joe's. Her intelligence, strategic knowledge, and her relationship with each member works well. 

While I enjoy this issue I wish there was a little action in this. However this is building up to something that can be huge story arc for the Joe's. Cobra is definitely not all they appear to be, the Joe's might be heading to it last hurrah, and the world is in a brink of uncertainty. If you like a political thriller that will lead up to an all out battle. Check this one out.

Final Grade 7.5/10





Your First Look at AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1!


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Got a Problem? Call Hobgoblin! Your First Look at AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1!
This October, suit up with the one and only original Hobgoblin as he flies straight into the biggest event of the year in AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1! That’s right, Roderick Kingsley, the one and only original Hobgoblin is back and fan-favorite creators Kevin Shinick (Superior Spider-Man Team-Up) and Javier Rodriguez (Daredevil) are taking him for a spin that’ll paint New York City orange! Only, Phil Urich, the city’s newly self-proclaimed Goblin King might have a thing or two to say about that! Yet as the threat of Inversion looms, prepare for a Hobgoblin book unlike any you’ve ever seen before. It all begins this October in AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1!
 
 
AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1 (of 3) (AUG140735)
Written by KEVIN SHINICK
Art & Cover by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
FOC 09/29/14, On-Sale 10/22/14
 
 
 
 

























A Voice In The Dark: Get Your Gun #1 Review

With Zoey and several of her roommates possible suspects in the murder of Mandy Jenkins, Uncle Zeke is taken off the case to avoid a conflict of interest. Meanwhile, Zoey meets her ‘fan' for the first time without masks. A Voice In The Dark: Get Your Gun #1 is written and illustrated by Larime Taylor.

A Voice In The Dark: Get Your Gun #1 starts off with punch. The tone is set in the first appearance of our protagonist Zoey. She is tied up in a chair with her friend being interrogated by the police for answers of recent murders. Zoey is a very interesting character when we are introduced to her. She seems like a normal girl with goals of finishing school, but has a urge that she can't seem to overcome. She has the urge to kill and now she can't stop doing it. She has already killed three people and now tries to suppress her urge with a radio show. Little does she know that someone has witnessed her crimes and is now stalking her. What are the motives of the stalker? What do they want with Zoey? I won't go into detail here. 

However I will say the story is really well written. The story is told through a series of diary entries from Zoey detailing her emotions, day to day activity, and how she interacts with people. I found this brand of storytelling refreshing and more realistic. Writer Larime Taylor wants you to really see the mind of a serial killer. While Zoey might not be as ruthless as others, it's her calm demeanor that makes her interesting. I want to know what sets her off, what drives her to commit these crimes, and hopefully in later issues it will be revealed. Overall this one story that has me wanting more. The characters are compelling and interesting, Zoey is a great protagonist which makes you wonder how she turned up like that. If you like dark stories with a little touch of first person perspective check this one out.

Final Grade 8.5/10



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