This week’s pull list is unexpectedly thin outside of the Big Two. Not that a relative shortage of new releases is a bad thing. It quite helps my wallet since there isn’t quite as much for me to be tempted to pick up at my local comic book shop.
DC Comics has a couple of Batman ’66 comics for us this week. The Batman and Green Hornet crossover comic (not to be confused with their TV crossover) comes to an end with Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #6. If that’s not enough Batman ’66 for you, a lost episode of the TV series that was supposed to introduce Two-Face gets the comic treatment in Batman ’66: The Lost Episode #1. Meanwhile, over at Marvel, Spider-Woman #1 debuts this week. You might have heard about this comic already because of the controversial Milo Manara variant cover.
About six months ago, Electronic Arts was caught in a controversy over homosexual characters in The Sims 4 which saw the game get an adults only rating in Russia.
This week, EA is having another fight with regulators over the content of its games. One day ahead of the launch of Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA was forced to cancel the release of the DA:I in India because the game would have violated Indian laws because of the inclusion of a prominent homosexual character.
Jim Sterling, The Escapist’s former reviews editor, host of The Jimquisition, and frequent collaborator with Yahtzee Croshaw, is setting out on a new project that just might change the face of video games journalism.
Unhappy with the current state of how advertising and revenue models are affecting content on gaming news sites, Sterling is striking out on his own with his own Patreon-funded website, TheJimquisition.com.
I thought that October was called Broketober for a reason. Did anyone who used that nickname this year even look at this month’s release schedule. Two Assassin’s Creeds, Halo: Master Chief Collection and WoW: Warlords of Draenor all in one week and Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4 and next-gen GTA5 the next week. You’re more likely to go broke this month than last.
So in this week’s trailers roundup, along with this week’s three aforementioned releases, there are trailers for indie darlings This War of Mine, Never Alone, Killing Floor 2 and Tales from the Borderlands. We have a little Nintendo content with Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby and Mario Kart 8′s Rainbow Road DLC. And we also have the launch trailer for Escape Dead Island from self-described small publisher Deep Silver.
After a season of otherwise forgettable and unenjoyable two-parters, Haven has finally been able to put together a solid two-part episode. It wasn’t the fantastic from start to finish two-parter that fans have been hoping for all season but Mortality shows that there’s still life in a show that could have been pronounced DOA at any other point of the year.
Humanity has landed spacecraft on the Moon and Mars but until yesterday, we had not landed anything on a small moving object. In our continuing pursuit of knowledge from beyond this world, the European Space Agency completed the hard part of a 10-plus year mission to land a spacecraft on a comet.
At just past 11:00 AM EST on Wednesday, the Rosetta space craft’s Philae lander touched down on Comet 67P.
One of the most popular production studios and multi-channel networks on YouTube is going to get bigger. Rooster Teeth, the production studio and YouTube MCN that rose to fame with its Halo-based Red vs. Blue series, announced that it is being purchased by Fullscreen, one of YouTube’s biggest MCN’s based on number of viewers.
Two big Triple-A games had their review embargoes lift on Tuesday. One of those was Dragon Age: Inquisition, a game that game out a week from this Tuesday, which already has the overwhelmingly positive reviews that you’d expect from BioWare of old. The other game was Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, a game that came out on Tuesday with some early and midnight launches but had a Noon EST review embargo.
In the latest of a series of avoidable gaffes, Ubisoft has again insulted the consumer. This time, they embargoed their top franchise’s annual offering’s review until after the game was released in an abuse of the system.
After noting a comparative lack of comics coming out the last couple of weeks, I swear that this week’s pull list just doesn’t end. An appearance at your local comic book store this week will certainly dent your wallet.
DC Comics has a new miniseries this week that certainly piqued my interest. In The Kitchen #1, the wives of some imprisoned Irish mobsters from Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, take over operations while their husbands rot in the slammer. Marvel isn’t going to be outdone with the launch of Sam Wilson as Captain America in All New Captain America #1. This month’s edition of Star Trek takes the crew of the rebooted USS Enterprise to DS9 in the middle of the Dominion War thanks to Q. And if you want something ridiculously cool and outlandish, Quentin Tarantino writes a mashup of Django Unchained and Zorro in Django Zorro #1. This is one mashup/crossover I never saw coming
Other week, another start to a Haven two-parter. While the words “Haven” and “two parts” have been a sign of impending disaster this season, with the introduction of a new female supporting character and something resembling a future direction for the plot in last week’s episode, I was looking forward to Morbidity.
Normally, I would say that we should know better than to set my hopes high for an episode of Haven this season but there’s a real chance that the season may have turned the corner this week.