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Monster & Wine: Episode 13 - The Man Is An Island

Monster & Wine: Episode 13 - The Man Is An Island via @GuyGuyPic & @BeckhamBuzz

This one is downright weird folks. Yes, weirder than usual. Monster had to Skype in to Wine at the Comic Bastards studios via an Xbox One (forgive the audio hiccups). Wine is still fighting off a cold, Monster might be catching one, and they’re joined by Kevin from the CBMFP! Ebola is discussed, as well as those annoying updates that every bit of technology in your life requires. Monster finds…

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Group Review: Death of Wolverine #4

Group Review: Death of Wolverine #4 — @Ahabetbm @StevilEmpire @EnterTheHero

Well it’s over, Death of Wolverine is finally over. Let’s find out what our remaining reviewers thought of the issue. Remember when we had like five people reviewing this? Now it’s three!

Death of Wolverine #4STEVE: 2/5

Ding-dong, the SNIKT is dead. Yes, Logan’s last gasp has finally come – in decisive fashion, even – but unfortunately, his final breath was stillborn stale and delivered with a whimper.

This entire…

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We can complain and debate about variant covers all day long, but at the end of the day we all like looking at them. Check out these bad boys for 13 Coins out this week.

13 COINS #1 (of 6)
STORY BY: Martin Brennan, Michael B. Jackson
ART BY: Simon Bisley
COLOURS BY: Ryan Brown
COVER BY: Simon Bisley
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32pp
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SYNOPSIS:
John Pozner always knew he was special; that his athletic abilities and fighting skills were far from human. But with a broken childhood, drug addictions, and a criminal record on his plate, he’s already fought more than his share of battles for one lifetime.

Or so he hoped…

Woken to his true angelic nature, John quickly finds himself at the centre of an apocalyptic war – one that could spell the end of existence as we know it – with no choice but to train in order to confront the holy destiny he never asked for.

But with scheming politicians, demonic factions and forces older than time itself vying against him, it looks like this ‘true-blooded’ bruiser has his work cut out for him!

Check Out These 13 Coins #1 Variants! @ComicsTitan We can complain and debate about variant covers all day long, but at the end of the day we all like looking at them.

Dynamite Signs Licensing Deal With Arcane Wonders… Mage Wars Project Coming in 2015

Dynamite Signs Licensing Deal With Arcane Wonders… Mage Wars Project Coming in 2015 — @DynamiteComics

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a new licensing agreement with Arcane Wonders for multiple product categories based on Mage Wars, the bestselling and critically acclaimed tabletop fantasy game. Dynamite will debut their first Mage Wars project in January 2015, an original prose novel subtitled Nature of the Beast. Written by Will McDermott, Mage Wars: Nature of the Beast is the first…

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Box Office Report: Fury vs. Gone Girl

Box Office Report: Fury vs. Gone Girl via writer @_david_craig

After two weeks at the top, it was time for Gone Girl to take a bow this weekend, as David Ayer’s Fury saw wide release. The movie gained some extra attention when it was announced last week that Ayer would be helming DC’s Suicide Squad movie in 2016, however in spite of that the haul it brought in was less than remarkable. Furymade $23.5 million over the weekend, a similar number to that of…

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Hey-oh, we’ve got three previews for you to check out today including the collected version of Ordinary. I personally reviewed the single issues and it’s a tale you don’t want to miss. You can also check out our interview with writer Rob Williams about the series.

ORDINARY (COL)
WRITER: Rob Williams
ARTIST: D’Israeli
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
FORMAT: 112pp, FC, HC, 10 x 6.5
PRICE: $19.99 / $22.95 CAN / £14.99 UK
ISBN: 9781782760092
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2014

IN THE WORLD OF THE SUPERPOWERED, THE DULL AND WEAK ARE KING!

Imagine a world where everyone has superpowers. That is, except you. You are the same old miserable, lonely loser you’ve always been…always ordinary… Welcome to the world of Michael Fisher.

From the irradiated gamma-rayed genius of Rob Williams (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, The Royals: Masters of War) and D’Israeli (Scarlet Traces) comes the collection of one of the most critically acclaimed and interesting takes on the superhero genre in a long time!

Packed with extras, it features a host of exclusive pin-ups by Mark Buckingham, Laurence Campbell, Alison Sampson, Henry Flint and many more!

Check out the trailer:

To order via Amazon visit: http://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Rob-Williams/dp/1782760091/ref=sr_1_1?

For more information visit: http://titan-comics.com/c/83-ordinary/

13 COINS #1
STORY BY: Martin Brennan, Michael B. Jackson
ART BY: Simon Bisley
COLOURS BY: Ryan Brown
COVER BY: Simon Bisley
NUMBER OF ISSUES IN SERIES: 1 (of 6)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32pp
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2014

John Pozner always knew he was special; that his athletic abilities and fighting skills were far from human. But with a broken childhood, drug addictions, and a criminal record on his plate, he’s already fought more than his share of battles for one lifetime.

Or so he hoped…

Woken to his true angelic nature, John quickly finds himself at the centre of an apocalyptic war – one that could spell the end of existence as we know it – with no choice but to train in order to confront the holy destiny he never asked for.

But with scheming politicians, demonic factions and forces older than time itself vying against him, it looks like this ‘true-blooded’ bruiser has his work cut out for him!

Check out the trailer to the series:

For more information visit:
http://titan-comics.com/c/152-13-coins/
http://13coinscomic.com/

THE THIRD TESTAMENT (BOOK I): THE LION AWAKES (COL)
STORY BY: Xavier Dorison & Alex Alice
ART BY: Alex Alice
COLORS: Alex Alice
LETTERING: Gabriela Houston
COVER BY: Alex Alice
NUMBER OF VOLUMES IN SERIES: 1 (of 4)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
FORMAT: 48pp, HC, FC
COVER PRICE: $9.99 / CAN $11.99 / UK £8.99
ISBN: 9781782760894
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2014

A CHILLING STORY OF SECRETS, LIES AND MURDER…

The 14th Century. Shortly after the discovery of an ancient relic in a secret, long-forgotten crypt, a remote monastery is burnt to the ground, and all its inhabitants slaughtered.

Disgraced Inquisitor Conrad of Marburg is summoned from his exile and sent on a world-spanning quest to discover the truth behind the massacre. But is he, the Church and humanity ready for the shattering revelations his journey will reveal?

To order via Amazon visit: http://www.amazon.com/Third-Testament-Book-I/dp/178276089X/ref=sr_1_1?

For more information visit: http://titan-comics.com/c/124-third-testament-book-i-the-lion-awakes/

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First Look: Titan Comics on Sale 10/22/14 — @ComicsTitan Hey-oh, we’ve got three previews for you to check out today including the collected version of 
Hey-oh, we’ve got a look at MonkeyBrain’s three comic releases for the week.
Amazing Forest #6
Writers: Erick Freitas & Ulises Farinas
Artists: Jack Forbes, Jon Sperry, Zac Crockett
Price: $0.99
Pages: 20
Rating: 17+
A collection of the greatest stories ever told. Tales for the bold. Ideas for the strange. Wicked concepts that stir the minds of those with darkness in their hearts. A modern anthology that lends itself to a time when stories were short and ugly. Written by Erick Freitas & Ulises Farinas, each comic is drawn by a different amazingly talented artist, each lending their unique talents to bring horrible happiness to the reader’s skulls.
Direct link to purchase:
http://cmxl.gy/11EDoKE
Kinski #5
Writer/Artist: Gabriel Hardman
Price: $0.99
Pages: 27
Rating: 12+
Will Joe finally admit defeat? Having lost his job and Kinski back in the hands Holly’s boyfriend, his prospects look grim. But are Kinski’s prospects ever grimmer?
Direct link to purchase:
http://cmxl.gy/11EDoKK
The Fallen #4
Writer: Alex De-Gruchy
Artist: Michael Montenat
Colorist: Ron Riley
Letterer: Dave Acosta
Price: $0.99
Pages: 17
Rating: 17+
Very few places have managed to actually thrive since the early post-Pulse years, but Marston is one of them. When Sam, Liz and Ray arrive in the town, it represents an opportunity to rest and reenergise before quickly moving on once again… but that’s not enough anymore for one of them. And internal division isn’t the only threat facing the three survivors, because as Marston has grown, so have the dangers it contains.
http://cmxl.gy/11EDp10
First Look: MonkeyBrain Comics on Sale 10/22/14 — @MonkeyBrain_Inc Hey-oh, we’ve got a look at MonkeyBrain’s three comic releases for the week. Amazing Forest #6…

Well it’s all dogs and cats this time for Action Lab/Danger Zone’s previews… you’ll figure it out.

HERO CATS OF STELLAR CITY # 2
Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Marcus Williams, Ryan Sellers, Omaka Schultz
Cover Artist(s): Marcus Williams

Would you like to play a game? Duty calls as the Hero Cats defend Stellar City
against Johnny Arcado’s dangerous digitized minions. But in this game there is no reset button!

32pgs./FC/All Ages                                      $3.99

SOUTHERN DOG #2 (of 4)
Writer(s): Jeremy Holt
Artist Name(s): Alex Diotto
Cover Artist(s): Riley Rossmo

After revealing his involvement with the KKK, Jasper’s farther forces him to confront a bully
from school through violent tactics. Refusing to participate, Jasper fleas the scene only to succumb to another “episode” as the beast inside of him resurfaces. Unable to fight it, Jasper suddenly finds himself in the middle of his town’s racial war. Featuring series covers by red-hot artist Riley Rossmo (Drumhellar)!
32pgs./FC/Mature Readers                                     $3.99

First Look: Action Lab Entertainment on Sale 10/22/14 — @ActionLab @ActionLabDanger Well it’s all dogs and cats this time for Action Lab/Danger Zone’s previews… you’ll figure it out.

TV Review Round-Up: Sleepy Hollow, Flash and Arrow (Week of 10/13-10/17/14)

TV Review Round-Up: Sleepy Hollow, Flash and Arrow (Week of 10/13-10/17/14) via reviewer @ninaclarab

Too busy for TV? No such thing! But if you missed this week’s Sleepy Hollow, Flash, or Arrow, my recap will tell you what to skip, and what you need to see for yourself.

Sleepy Hollow 2.04 – “Go Where I Send Thee”

This week, Sleepy Hollow took on the legend of the Pied Piper. The legend is that the Piper lures children away from their families with the music of his flute, and the children are…

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GameLock Could Dominate The Video Game Trade-In Market

GameLock Could Dominate The Video Game Trade-In Market — @GameLockCom

The idea of GameLock is an easy enough one to absorb; you buy a game from them and a hold is placed on your credit card for the full price of the game which is usually $60 dollars, but in some cases low. I’ll use the example of Destiny which is priced at $56.75 new or if they have a pre-owned copy then you can select that. Now here’s where the trade-in aspect comes into play, you can then select…

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Squarriors Offers Second Chance On Kickstarter

Squarriors Offers Second Chance On Kickstarter — @DevilsDue

Are you getting excited about Squarriors? You should be! Here’s some more details for those that didn’t support the kickstarter project.

From Devil’s Due Press:

Hey Squarriors! We hope you’re all getting everyone else to squirrel on your level while waiting so patiently for surveys.Squarriors on BackerKit is now LIVE. Within the first hour that surveys have gone live and before this update was…

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To be up front, I’m not a big Pac-Man fan. I will play it if I see a random arcade cabinet somewhere, but I’m not one of those people that memorizes all the mazes and will argue whether or not Ms. Pac-Man is the superior game. My favorite thing about Pac-Man comes from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (the film) and that’s about it. That said I’m not going to let my lack of enthusiasm stop me from telling others about their three, count them three, Pac-Man titles coming to the mobile game market.


Pac-Man and Friends

Pac-Man and Friends is in the vein of Candy Crush Saga in which there’s an endless map of potential levels and there’s different puzzles to solve for each level set. The big difference, other than the fact that you’re Pac-Man, is the friends. They’ve created more Pac’s and these ones come with abilities other than just eating pellets. The basic gist is still to eat all the pellets, but these different friends can help you achieve that with their powers. There’s still ghosts, but instead of chasing you they turn on and off and kill you when you mess up. To give the game credit, it’s actually pretty damn difficult. I played a simple level and died over and over because I thought I could rush it. It looked simple, but it wasn’t.

The controls are interesting because you can play the game more than one way. The default is tilting your tablet (it’s currently out on Android, but is coming to iOS) which will force you to be patient, but there’s things like the floating D-Pad as well. In talking to the developer he also mentioned that there’s no one configuration that will solve the puzzles the best. You will need to try different controls in order to succeed and that’s kind of interesting. Gamers don’t like to change their controls, but as he demonstrated to me you really can do better on certain levels with different controls. He showed me one with a D-Pad, but the one I played definitely worked better with tilt.

With the game coming to iOS they’re going to sell it for one price and give you a huge chunk of levels and infinite lives. Honestly I see that being better since I would be instantly frustrated loosing as many lives on the level I played. It should be out for Christmas so check it out if you’re into epic puzzle maps.


Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

If you loved Pac-Man Championship Edition DX for the console then you’re going to love the mobile version because Bandai-Namco has gone through to make it every bit as fun as the console/portable versions.

Again it’s set up with the endless map and challenges, but along the way you can challenge friends and play new versions of game types from the original game. There isn’t much else to say about this one, it’s not 100% new and that’s a good thing; but it has been carefully crafted for mobile gaming. The developers really understood what it was that the fan base loved about the console versions and made sure to make the mobile version every bit as fun.


Ms. Pac-Man

Ms. Pac-Man only has one new thing going on, but it’s pretty damn cool and important. All month long for Breast Cancer awareness month there’s a new maze in the shape of the Susan G. Komen pink ribbon. This is the first new maze in Ms. Pac-Man’s long history so that alone is a pretty big deal. The game also has an option to donate from within the menus and post a blurb about your donation. Overall it’s a pretty cool thing that Bandai Namco Games is doing so it’s worth checking out if you’re a gamer looking for a way to give.


That’s about it for my Pac-Man coverage, but check out Namco Bandai’s site for more and keep an eye on the app market place for all three titles.

NYCC 14: Bandai Namco Games – Everything Pac-Man —@BandaiNamcoUS To be up front, I’m not a big Pac-Man fan. I will play it if I see a random arcade cabinet somewhere, but I’m not one of those people that memorizes all the mazes and will argue whether or not…