Brutal Gamer http://brutalgamer.com Bringing you Brutally Honest feedback from today's entertainment industry. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:34:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Star Trek: Boldly Go leaves space-dock this October http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/27/star-trek-boldly-go-leaves-space-dock-october/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/27/star-trek-boldly-go-leaves-space-dock-october/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:34:39 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113158 IDW Publishing’s latest foray into the final frontier of Star Trek launches this October with Boldly Go. Space… the final frontier Here on its 50th anniversary, Star Trek is once again pretty darn popular. That’s not anything different to hardcore fans, since the franchise has been a mainstay since the ’60s. For those who aren’t …

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IDW Publishing’s latest foray into the final frontier of Star Trek launches this October with Boldly Go.

Space… the final frontier

Here on its 50th anniversary, Star Trek is once again pretty darn popular. That’s not anything different to hardcore fans, since the franchise has been a mainstay since the ’60s. For those who aren’t devout devotees though, Trek might seem like something that comes and goes with the tides.

The original series got popular mostly after it completed its original airing. But when The Next Generation rolled in, it brought a golden age with it that lasted all the way through the 90s (and then some). Spin-offs, comics, movies, toys, and video games were commonplace for a good long time. And then… that was it. After Enterprise attempted to reinvigorate Star Trek with its prequel leanings, there was nothing till the JJ Abrams film.

That movie of course, fractured the Trek timeline, creating an offshoot universe. Everything was different. Some things in a minor way, some things in a major way. The series recently saw the release of the third film in the series, Star Trek Beyond, and it’s been more or less popular with fans and newcomers. One thing it hasn’t resulted in though, is merchandise. Well, expect comics.

IDW’s universe warps on

Star Trek Boldly GoThough new Trek toys and video games haven’t made any kind of impact with the public, IDW’s comics most definitely have. The franchise has spawned a few series’ of books from the publisher and all of them have been quality.

This Fall will see the launch of a new anthology series, but also a newly announced ongoing called Star Trek: Boldly Go. It’ll be taking the place of the currently running book, and will focus on the post-Beyond Abrams-verse. There’s no word on whether or not any of the tales that’ll be told will be canon or not, but chances seem pretty good that they might be.

Seeing that this’ll be all taking place after Star Trek Beyond, I’d imagine that the new Enterprise A will be the ship that Kirk and crew will be doing their trekking from. Not only that, but IDW says that there will be all new uniforms for the crew, so we might be looking at a riff on the original motion picture uni’s or the familiar red and black outfits. Then again, it might be something all together new. We’ll see.

The new book arrives when Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 hits the racks this October.

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Prison Architect Updated for the Final Time http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/27/prison-architect-updated-final-time/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/27/prison-architect-updated-final-time/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:00:09 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113058 The gates are slamming shut on Prion Architect, in a good way. Initially one of the very first Early Access games on Steam, Prison Architect recently received its final update. This closes the book on six years of development for Prison Architect.  Six years that continued even after Early Access. Introversion Software has updated the …

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The gates are slamming shut on Prion Architect, in a good way.

Initially one of the very first Early Access games on Steam, Prison Architect recently received its final update. This closes the book on six years of development for Prison Architect.  Six years that continued even after Early Access. Introversion Software has updated the game monthly for over three years. Finally, with it’s 2.0 version, the game is finished and will not receive further updates. Bug fixes and support being the exception.

The features in the last update are fairly extensive. Developer Tools and cheats, aspects that allow players to tinker with the format of the game. New policies, such as including automatically sending murders to max-sec. Finally, modding updates and a long list of bug fixes.

The devs has stated that they plan to take a short break after this. No specific length of time was mentioned, but afterwards they plan to start on a currently nameless project. Having sold two million copies of their game, it will be interesting to see where Introversion Software goes after this.

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J!nx launches new World of Warcraft: Legion line http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/26/jnx-launches-new-world-warcraft-legion-line/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/26/jnx-launches-new-world-warcraft-legion-line/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:27:21 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113150 World of Warcraft: Legion is almost here to expand Blizzard’s stalwart MMO yet again, and now you can dress the part. It’s demon season in World of Warcraft, dress appropriately Illidan Stormrage and his troop of demon hunters are on the way to WoW on the PC as the newest playable class in the ultra-popular …

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World of Warcraft: Legion is almost here to expand Blizzard’s stalwart MMO yet again, and now you can dress the part.

It’s demon season in World of Warcraft, dress appropriately

Illidan Stormrage and his troop of demon hunters are on the way to WoW on the PC as the newest playable class in the ultra-popular game. And just in time, a whole mess of cool new Legion gear is on the way to yo. That courtesy of clothier and accessory maker J!nx.

‘Glowing’ green is the theme of the day for this new stuff, which mimics the color scheme of Stormrage’s faction. Of, if you prefer, green is also the color of the dastardly Gul’dan and the demon hordes. So you know, everybody’s wearing it.

As for what you can expect, “t-shirts, hoodies, hats, key chains and more” are all on tap. J!nx is doing the new WoW merch right. Though you’d probably expect that, given that they already make cool stuff from Blizzard’s catalog of games.

When can you get in on these goodies? Well, right now actually. All you need do is head over to J!nx website and you can dig in. Now all you need to do is pick a side; will you be hunter or demon?

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Champions #1 (comics) Preview http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/26/champions-1-comics-preview/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/26/champions-1-comics-preview/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:16:36 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113137 Marvel’s youngest heroes are fed up with the in-fighting between super-heroic factions in Champions #1. Junior Champs Rookie heroes teaming up are really nothing new. What is though, is the resulting team book being a flagship for a well-known brand. Strange as it might sound, that’s exactly what’s happening with Champions. “To their mind – …

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Marvel’s youngest heroes are fed up with the in-fighting between super-heroic factions in Champions #1.

Junior Champs

Rookie heroes teaming up are really nothing new. What is though, is the resulting team book being a flagship for a well-known brand. Strange as it might sound, that’s exactly what’s happening with Champions.

“To their mind – the reputation of super heroes has taken a very public beating and they’re very intent on proving to the world that super heroes still have value and still have relevance,” says writer Mark Waid in an interview with Marvel.com.

There’s a lengthy lead-in for this one of course, that being Civil War II. The currently raging event series is causing no shortage of schisms in the Marvel U, and Champions is a direct result. The team comes from all corners of the heroic universe, bringing these disparate heroes all together for a common purpose.

Rookie dream team

Inhumans, mutants, synthetics, other-dimensional humans, powered-up heroes, and cosmic characters all have a slot. The lineup looks a little something like this:

  • Ms. Marvel
  • Miles Morales
  • Nova
  • Viv Vision
  • Cyclops
  • Totally Awesome Hulk

Not a bad squad right there, and one that should have appeal to almost every kind of Marvel fan. But a flagship book? While it might not seem it, that’s exactly what Marvel is calling Champions, “a brand-new ongoing series launching this October as the flagship title of Marvel NOW!” Seems like a pretty definitive stance.

So with that statement, does Champions become the most important book in the Marvel catalog? Well, probably not. I’m sure that books like Invincible Iron Man (with its new star), the Captain Americas, Spider-Man, and Avengers are still going to be cornerstones of the Marvel U. And if you’re a fan of those comics or others, there’ll be plenty of important stuff happening in them.

Still, with this new book taking a place amongst those, and being that it has an all-rookie cast, it instantly becomes one to watch. Champions launches with its first issue from Waid and artist Humberto Ramos on October 5th.

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Icon Heroes announces Batgirl statue/paperweight http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/26/icon-heroes-announces-batgirl-statuepaperweight/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/26/icon-heroes-announces-batgirl-statuepaperweight/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:37:16 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113120 The next piece in Icon Heroes DC Comics line of statues/paperweights is Batgirl. Batgirl returns Looking awesome in her Batman: Arkham Knight costume, this version of Barbara Gordon looks ready to kick some Joker posterior. And while you might know the character more as Oracle in the Batman: Arkham series, she was originally Batgirl. Fighting …

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The next piece in Icon Heroes DC Comics line of statues/paperweights is Batgirl.

Batgirl returns

Looking awesome in her Batman: Arkham Knight costume, this version of Barbara Gordon looks ready to kick some Joker posterior. And while you might know the character more as Oracle in the Batman: Arkham series, she was originally Batgirl.

Fighting crime right alongside Batman, Nightwing, and Robin, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter was badly injured by Joker. Her physical career came to an end, but she moved onto the all-knowing guise of computer genius Oracle. And at that point she became a guiding hand for the Bat-family, and  constant voice in Batman’s cowl.

In the comics, Barbara has since returned to being Batgirl, but the game series from Rocksteady ended with an expansion pack that recalled her early days. And that’s the look that this new statue/paperweight from Icon Heroes plays on.

Standing in at 7″ tall, she should fit in nicely with the there pieces in the series too. She’s fully painted as well, and as you can tell, features some super detailed arm, right from the game. Cast in polystone, the statue weighs abut 1.5 pounds and should keep any unruly papers nice and tidy on your desktop.

Batgirl will be available starting this January (2017) and will run you $50.00 USD.

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Bloodshot USA #1 (comics) Preview http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/bloodshot-usa-1-comics-preview/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/bloodshot-usa-1-comics-preview/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:00:33 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113107 How does a city of 8 million, all turned into Bloodshots sound? That’s the threat Bloodshot will be facing in his new mini-series. One Bloodshot is deadly, but 8 million is a global problem Hell, 8 million Bloodshots could be an extinction level event. Good thing the original Bloodshot is on it then. And for that …

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How does a city of 8 million, all turned into Bloodshots sound? That’s the threat Bloodshot will be facing in his new mini-series.

One Bloodshot is deadly, but 8 million is a global problem

Hell, 8 million Bloodshots could be an extinction level event. Good thing the original Bloodshot is on it then. And for that matter, good thing writer Jeff Lemire is too.

Lemire has been penning Bloodshot stories since the character’s resurgence and has tried to mix it up, genre-wise, with each of them. According to the author, Bloodshot USA is the sum total of all that. Yep, this is the big poppa of Bloodshot tales.

So it’s also a good thing then, that artist Doug Braithwaite will be lending his talented penciling to the book. ‘Cause this thing is gonna be explosive with a capital ‘E’. The first of four issues, Bloodshot USA #1 hits the stands and digital storefronts on October 26th.

Check out the full preview below

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There are eight million people in New York City…and every single one of them is about to become a killing machine. Welcome to BLOODSHOT U.S.A.!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new standalone event from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Old Man Logan) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice) and the next hit series from “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” initiative! From the Bronx to Broadway, an unstoppable, nanite-enhanced pathogen is about to turn New York City’s populace against itself…and Bloodshot is the only soldier tough enough to lead a one-man invasion of the city that never sleeps! And if he falls, the nation won’t stand a chance against the most dangerous outbreak in American history…

“I tried to have every arc be a totally new genre featuring Bloodshot, but also all build up to a larger story. “BLOODSHOT U.S.A.” is the culmination of all of that,” writer Jeff Lemire told Comic Book Resources. “This is really everything coming full circle into a perfect storm.”

Project Rising Spirit – America’s greatest exporter of classified weapons technology – has achieved a breakthrough: a contagious, airborne nanite dispersion prototype that can turn the population of any city into an army of indestructible soldiers. A doomsday virus capable of destroying an enemy nation from the inside out. A machine-made pathogen that can completely rewrite human physiology…and hardcode every man, woman, and child with the same cutting-edge technology that created their greatest weapon: Bloodshot.

But now…Project Rising Spirit’s top-secret contagion has been released onto the streets of America’s greatest metropolis: New York City. As mayhem engulfs Manhattan, Bloodshot must lead the most dangerous invasion ever waged on American soil and keep a runaway pandemic from toppling armies and governments…and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

On October 26th, discover “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” with a perfect jumping-on point to the most acclaimed publisher in comics today as Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite plunge New York City into chaos for BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) – featuring covers from Kano (Gotham Central), Doug Braithwaite (NINJAK), Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son), Ryan Stegman (Uncanny Avengers), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), and Butch Guice (Captain America)!

Then, “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” continues with an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events from a star-studded roster of some of comics’ most visionary talents! Beginning in July with FAITH #1, “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” will extend throughout 2016 with a total of seven epic series – each introducing an innovative array of new concepts and characters…and firmly establishing Valiant’s place as the premier publisher of creative storytelling in comics today:

•    FAITH #1 by Jody HouserPere PerezMarguerite Sauvage, and Colleen Doran in July
•    GENERATION ZERO #1 by Fred Van Lente & Francis Portela in August
•    BRITANNIA #1 (of 4) by Peter Milligan & Juan Jose Ryp in September
•    BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) by Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite in October
•    HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 by Rafer Roberts & Darick Roberston in November
•    SAVAGE #1 (of 4) by B. Clay MooreClayton Henry & Lewis LaRosa in November
•    DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in December

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) (“THE FUTURE OF VALIANT”)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by KANO (AUG162036)
Cover B by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (AUG162037)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (AUG162038)
Cover D by RYAN STEGMAN (AUG162039)
Cover E by CULLY HAMNER (AUG162040)
Variant Cover by BUTCH GUICE (AUG162042)
B&W Sketch Variant by RYAN STEGMAN (AUG162043)
Blank Cover Also Available (AUG162041)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 26th

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Alice VR brings sci-fi mystery to virtual reality http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/alice-vr-brings-sci-fi-mystery-virtual-reality/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/alice-vr-brings-sci-fi-mystery-virtual-reality/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:07:12 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113103 Looking unusually good  for a virtual reality game, Alice VR is a pretty unique title. Alice in science fiction land Looks cool right? Still, you’re probably asking yourself what looks ‘unique’ about Alice VR. Sure the game has some really nice graphics and a neat sci-fi setting, but there’s nothing all that different about it. Well, …

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Looking unusually good  for a virtual reality game, Alice VR is a pretty unique title.

Alice in science fiction land

Looks cool right? Still, you’re probably asking yourself what looks ‘unique’ about Alice VR. Sure the game has some really nice graphics and a neat sci-fi setting, but there’s nothing all that different about it. Well, there actually is.

Not a ton is made of this in the press release, but Alice VR has a very specific reason why it’s called what it is, and that’s that it takes cues from Alice in Wonderland. While it’s certainly not set in the world of that classic fable, the game uses Alice in Wonderland as a base for some of its puzzles and themes. And in that way, it’s definitely unique.

As for the actual story here, well, developer Klabater seems to be putting something very cool indeed together.

A mystery among the stars

Separated from intergalactic confederation during the Great Colonial Wars, Speculo is one of the very few colonies where graphene, a vital resource for interstellar travel, can be mined. But that’s not all that lies in the sands. What has become of the original settlement, the mysterious city of Mirabilis?

Dazed by your recent awakening from cryosleep, and pressed by your ship’s all-controlling AI, it’s up to you to gather the resources needed to continue on your mission for the interstellar Corporation. But during your stay on Speculo, your decisions will shape the planet’s future.

Separated from intergalactic confederation during the Great Colonial Wars, Speculo is one of the very few colonies where graphene, a vital resource for interstellar travel, can be mined. But that’s not all that lies in the sands. What has become of the original settlement, the mysterious city of Mirabilis?

Dazed by your recent awakening from cryosleep, and pressed by your ship’s all-controlling AI, it’s up to you to gather the resources needed to continue on your mission for the interstellar Corporation. But during your stay on Speculo, your decisions will shape the planet’s future.

That just sounds nifty. And lets be honest, as cool as VR can be, great games it does not have in any incarnation. Alice VR on the the other hand, looks to have pretty much all the elements that could make for a title with legs. Fingers crossed.

Alice VR hits the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, OSVR, and plain old PC this coming October.  Yes, that last bit means you can play out of VR with a gamepad. No word on just how you control your character while in the headset though.

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Ash vs Evil Dead is making America groovy again http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/ash-vs-evil-dead-making-america-groovy/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/ash-vs-evil-dead-making-america-groovy/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:27:29 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113100 A vote for Ash is a vote for demon-stomping. Oh, and Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 has a premier date. Hard to argue with that, and he is mostly able after all. And really, is he any worse than the usual pool of politicians? Don’t answer that. Yes friends, whether you like it or …

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A vote for Ash is a vote for demon-stomping. Oh, and Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 has a premier date.

Hard to argue with that, and he is mostly able after all. And really, is he any worse than the usual pool of politicians? Don’t answer that.

Yes friends, whether you like it or not, Ash is running for President… kind of. Maybe. Regardless, he’s making America groovy again one dismembered Deadite at a time. He even has an official campaign website and social media account to prove it.

Visiting will nab you all kinds of downloadable stuff too. You’ll be able to grab “custom campaign swag, download political posters, and share Ash’s policies across social media”. And if that’s not enough Ash for you, well, there’ll be more videos like the ones above too.

Starz will be releasing a bunch of “exclusive political clips featuring Ash Williams”, wherein he’ll share his views. On what? God only knows. But it’s more Ash, and that’s hardly ever a bad thing. Unless you’re a Deadite.

Oh and if even that’s not enough for you, you’ll also be able to catch the bane of all things undead live-tweeting the US Presidential debates via that aforementioned account (@Ash4President). Yes, he’s quite the statesman.

Oh right, there’s a show here to talk about too, isn’t there? Ash vs Evil Dead and all that, right? Well, you’ll be happy to know that AvED is almost ready to hit the airwaves on Starz Channel once again, and is slated for an October 2nd premier.

Tune in at 8pm eastern and pacific to see him do what he does best. And maybe win a national election too, you never know with Ash.

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Aliens, Batman:TAS and more hit this week from DST http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/aliens-batmantas-hit-week-dst/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/aliens-batmantas-hit-week-dst/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:31:53 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113077 Lots of cool stuff hit stores this week from DST, including collectibles from big names like Aliens, Batman, and Plants vs Zombies. Minimates, statues, and… Vinimates? Among the listings this week, are Aliens Vinimates. Something on the newer side from the company, Vinimates are static, so they don’t have any articulation. They also are of …

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Lots of cool stuff hit stores this week from DST, including collectibles from big names like Aliens, Batman, and Plants vs Zombies.

Minimates, statues, and… Vinimates?

Among the listings this week, are Aliens Vinimates. Something on the newer side from the company, Vinimates are static, so they don’t have any articulation. They also are of a much larger scale than the similarly named Minimates. Other than those differences though, they’re made in the same style as DSTs long running mini-figure line, so they should fit into a collection fairly well.

Other than Ripley and the Alien there though, this week also brings some awesome Batman: The Animated Series stuff. The bust of Phantasm from the animated Batman movie is cool and all, but that Poison Ivy ‘Halloween’ statue is downright fantastic.

Scroll down for the full listing. You should be able to find everything here on the shelves right now.

  • Aliens Vinimates Vinyl Figure Asst.
    A Diamond Select Toys release! The Vinimates figure line is expanding… into the furthest reaches of space! Based on the 1986 sci-fi/action classic Aliens, the next two iconic characters to be Vinimate-ized are Nostromo survivor Ellen Ripley and a ferocious Warrior Alien! Sculpted in the style of DST’s Minimates mini-figures, each 4-inch Vinimates vinyl figure has an articulated neck, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum!
    Ripley Vinyl Figure (Item #MAR162247, SRP: $9.99)
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    Alien Vinyl Figure (Item #MAR162248, SRP: $9.99)
    http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/aliens-vinimates-warrior-alien-vinyl-figure
  • Batman The Animated Series Movie Phantasm 6” Resin Bust
    A Diamond Select Toys release! The Phantasm strikes! From the first-ever feature-length film based on Batman: The Animated SeriesBatman: Mask of the Phantasm, it’s the first-ever resin bust of the Phantasm! First seen in 1993, the mysterious assassin known as The Phantasm stalked Gotham’s crime bosses until Batman interfered, and now this 6-inch bust can sit on your shelf, atop an art-deco pedestal. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # MAR162251, SRP: $59.99)
    http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/batman-the-animated-series-phantasm-resin-bust
  • Batman The Animated Series Premier Collection Poison Ivy Statue
    A Diamond Select Toys release! Every villain has that time they “almost got” Batman, and Poison Ivy is no different. Based on her appearance in the classic Batman: The Animated Series episode “Almost Got ‘Im,” this approximately 12” resin statue depicts the plant-loving Pamela Isley wearing a black outfit and holding one of her poisonous pumpkins, while standing in Gotham City’s pumpkin patch. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this resin statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item #FEB162457, SRP: $150.00)
    http://diamondselecttoys.com/batman-the-animated-series-premier-collection-poison-ivy-statue
  • iZombie TV Minimates 2-Pack
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Sin City: Curator’s Edition (Book) Review http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/sin-city-curators-edition-book-review/ http://brutalgamer.com/2016/08/25/sin-city-curators-edition-book-review/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:00:01 +0000 http://brutalgamer.com/?p=113046 Many people will know of Frank Miller from his graphic novels and comic books such as Sin City, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, and 300. Sin City The film adaption of Sin City earned a Palme d’Or nomination, and he has received every major comic book industry award. It is perfectly fitting that his work …

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Many people will know of Frank Miller from his graphic novels and comic books such as Sin City, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, and 300.

Sin City

sin city 3The film adaption of Sin City earned a Palme d’Or nomination, and he has received every major comic book industry award. It is perfectly fitting that his work is presented in such rare form: original works taken from Miller’s personal archive.

The book is hardcover, consists of 226 pages of 15” x 21 1/2” beauty, housing the entire Sin City: The Hard Goodbye storyline, uncut. Including an introduction from Robert Rodridguez, and even an interview about his history and artistic process.

The Hard Goodbye

Here is a bit of a rundown of The Hard Goodbye. If you have seen the Sin City film or read the graphic novel previously, then you know what is coming.

We follow our protagonist Marv, a 7-foot-tall, heavily-scarred fella who has no issues with hitting first, and asking questions later. Marv spent the evening with Goldie, a mesmerizing prostitute, only to wake up and realize Goldie had stopped breathing. Fleeing the cops, Marv locates a few thugs that he can get answers out of. These thugs lead Marv to a priest, who leads him to a farm outside of town. Once at the farm, Marv finds Kevin. Kevin is a ward of the Roark family, who are very influential.

sin city 2Marv gets knocked out, and finds himself locked into a basement with his parole officer, Lucille. Lucille fills Marv in on what kind of a person Kevin is: a mute and cannibalistic serial killer. Marv and Lucille break out of the basement, only to find themselves on the recieving end of a dirty police squad. Fast-forward through some gunfire and more than a few drops of blood. Marv has gone to work torturing Kevin for answers, with mixed results.  Kevin leads Marv to Roark, and the story finishes as dramatically as it began. To learn the specifics, you will have to pick up a copy.

The Look

Miller had been working for some of the big comic companies, covered some of the great franchises and wanted to strike out on his own. Wanted final say on all the details that mattered. Writing and illustrating his own novel. Striking a deal with Dark Horse Comics. All this is history today, but these could have been risky moves at the time. What if the black-and-white, now iconic style had been panned over? Twenty-five years later, Miller is an award-winning creator, and we are discussing a larger-than-life sample of his masterpiece.sin city 4

Curators Edition

What this curator’s edition will net you is artwork Scanned from Miller’s original artwork, in it’s full scale glory. In his interview, Miller even goes on to talk details about this being his first solo endeavor, pointing out small diescrepencies. Pay attention and you can even spot the differences in pen weight, ink smudged by Miller’s hand, and even the occasional liner note regarding page placement.

In conclusion, if you are a noir fan, a Frank Miller fan, or just like the style that Sin City presents, then you will enjoy the opportunity to see what Dark Horse has put together. Though you will have to act fast: These rare copies are limited to 500 worldwide, and signed by Frank Miller in pencil on a special tipped-in image not included in the regular edition.

If you are still reading, then you can pre-order your copy today for $275.00 US.

 

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