I heard about this flash game a few months ago and that was pretty much it…then it came out this week and, well...let’s just say I’ve been busy. Abobo’s Big Adventure follows the titular brute from Double Dragon as he fights his way across a Nintendo World in search of his son (aw!). For any fans of the original Nintendo system, or even anyone who ever thought a concept like Captain N would be an awesome game, then this is definitely one to try. It’s free too! You can find the game, and all it’s Nintendawesomeness at the link above.
DC Cancels 6 of the New 52 Comics, Plans to Release 6 More
Well the first sales quarter is over, and DC is going to be drop a few of their books. On the chopping block are Black Hawks, Mister Terrific, OMAC, Static Shock, Hawk and Dove, and Men of War – none of which I’ve personally read, but from what I understand, have been getting the worst reviews from fans and critics alike. All isn’t lost though, as new titles step in to take their place! Personally I’m most excited for Dial H, one of my favorite character concepts from the old Brave and the Bold days, but really they all look interesting.
Check out Nerd Bastards for more!
Wizards of the Coast Plans to Release Dungeons and Dragons 5
WOTC is re-releasing Dungeons and Dragons yet again, and this time they’re asking for fan help (I thought that’s what play-testers were for?). Over the next year, Wizards is apparently asking for gamer's help in creating some kind of Universal Rule system that can help to make the game more accessible to people (isn’t what was 2, 3, 3.5, and 4 were supposed to do?). Personally, I’m a little exasperated with D&D trying to reinvent itself every 4-5 years – it seems like JUST when players get used to one new system, Wizards creates another to muck it up. Not to mention the fact that you have re-buy the damn books EVERY TIME (D&D is the nerd Beatles Anthology).
Incidentally, I did pick up the 4th edition books last year, and I can understand why they might be wanting to change things – The mechanics are akin to astrophysics and NO BODY can afford all those miniatures. Hopefully fifth time’s the charm, and the rules will actually stick for a change. As for me, I’ll stick with my THAC0 and 2nd Edition until then.
Sometimes those YouTube recommendations really pay off! I came across this ditty last week, and boy! Is it hilarious! From Funny or Die, this short finds the Planeteers trying to stop some lumberjacks from cutting down a forest. If Don Cheadle as the Captain himself can’t convince you to take a watch, then I don’t know what will.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 by admin.
The Stooges Revealed
The first trailer for the Coen Brother’s next foray, the Three Stooges, dropped this week. I’d love to tell you how amazing it’s going to be…I really would…how amazing it’s going to be…but…yeah, it looks terrible.
For me I think the problem is that the Stooges are endemic to the time period they were created in, and setting the film now and having people like…Snooki? in it…well, I just don’t think it’s going to work.
Video-Game Creative Genius Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind some of Nintendo’s biggest games including Mario Brothers, Zelda and Donkey Kong, supposedly stepped down from his executive position at the company this week…and then he didn’t. No really seems to know what happened, but the gist of it (from what I can understand) seems to be that Miyamoto wanted to leave the lofty heights of his no doubt pimp office, and focus more on the smaller projects the company was developing. Shares went down after the news leaked out, and Nintendo sent out a press released saying that it was pure bukaki, and that everything was business as usual at the company.
Apparently no one has asked Mr. Miyamoto for his two cents on this, so we're all pretty much still in the dark on what really happened, but hopefully we'll get some more details soon.
RIP Jerry Robinson
Jerry Robinson, a veteran comic artist from the Golden Age, passed away earlier today. Robinson is best known as the creator of the Joker, arguably The Bat’s Seminal villain, but he also had a hand in creating many other iconic Bat-characters including Alfred and Two-Face. Check Newsrama for a touching piece on what the Comic Community has to say about losing one of its founding fathers.
The Weekly Quickies
Posted on: November 25, 2011 by admin.
BOOSTER GOLD TV SERIES?
That’s right. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former sell-out super-hero (try saying that three times fast) is on his way to getting a TV Deal, which is kind of surprising given how both Blue Beetle AND Wonder Woman were pilot duds this year. I do like that this is the classic, self-serving Booster, who comes back to our time to cash in on the fame and glory that being a superhero brings. But still…Booster Gold? I can only hope that if this does get green-lit, JLI cameos won’t be far behind.
*I found this hilarious Booster Gold pic through Deviant Art: If you're like some other great pieces by the artists, then you can find his work here. Do yourself a favor and take a look!
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD FINALE
The Silver-Age caped crusader bided goodbye to us this week, as B:TBB aired its series finale - presumably to make way for the new series coming soon (you know the one NO ONE wants to see). I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but from what I’ve heard it’s really good, bringing Bat-mite back to “revitalize” the Dark Knight.
Newsrama has posted a list of the Ten Greatest Episodes from the series, so if you’re looking for some fond memories of the show, I’d suggest heading over there.
ItsJustSomeRandomGuy, maker of the “I’m a DC/I’m a Marvel” has returned this week with a touching Thanksgiving message. I don’t know where he’s been for the past few months, but I’ve sorely been missing the Marvel/DC hijinks. The Marvel Channel has also released another episode of “What the-?” this time featuring Bruce Banner and Dr. Strange as they go on a ROAD TRIP! To help sooth the savage Hulk. Is this some kind of tie-in with the comics?
The GI JOE Collector’s club, an online subscription service that’s going to be similar to MattyCollector (but you know, better.), revealed the last figure in this year’s upcoming line-up: none other than Big Boa – A Cobra Commando who loves to box (Cobra makes…odd choices sometimes). I’m not a big Joe fan, but this line-up is really tempting me with all the great looking throwbacks they’re doing to the 80s line. Check out the GI Joe Collector’s Club for more info.
Bandai released a bevy of pictures from their new Thundercats toy line this week. Included are new six inch versions of the current cartoon’s Cheetara and Panthro, as well as scaled down, six inch versions of Classic Mumm-Ra and Lion-O. They’d previously released Lion-O in an 8 inch scale, but for some reason decided to scrap it. Personally, I think the new Mumm-Ra looks great, if not a little under-accessorized, but the new Lion-O? Worst-Face-Ever. Take a look at MTV Geek for the full assortment of pics.
Darkseid has made his triumphant comeback in this week’s New 52, specifically in Justice League #3. I haven’t read the issue yet, but from the pictures I’ve seen it looks like DC has pulled a Mattel and swapped parts with another character (Anti-Monitor anyone?). Still, he’s drawn by Jim Lee, and to me that’s never a bad thing. Check out this week’s JL if you want to find up what the resident ruler of Apokalips is up to.
So apparently there was a bet between Alan Moore and Frank Miller on who could out-crazy themselves this week, and the win goes to Miller as he posted a rant on the Occupy Wall Street situation. He really holds nothing back, and it’s sad to see a man so famous for standing up for the little guy in the past degraded into this. Frank, you’re becoming a bitter, old man. Where’s the guy who made the Spirit?
And there will be a toy review next week, I promise. It’s all written up and ready to post, so hopefully we’ll get things rolling on the site again soon. Thanks to all those readers who stick with us!
Toys and Zombies
Posted on: October 17, 2011 by admin.
The New York Comic Con was held this past weekend, and Mattel came out strong, showing off some of its figures that will be available in next years sub. Along with the totally amazing Demo-man and not so amazing exclusive "Snake" Man-at-Arms, Mattel will also be releasing Horde Prime (pictured above) for the first time! Most of you will know Horde-Prime as the older brother of Hordak, and leader of the Horde. He was in the She-Ra cartoon, but we only ever got to see a shadowy form in mist, never what he actually looked like. Mattel will be selling him in all his glory, though, complete with an interchangeable head! This one, I'm looking forward to! Thanks to TNI for the photos and links.
In other He-Man news TheFwoosh has a first look at the two vehicles in this years sub - She-Ra's mount, Swiftwind, and the Wind-Raider. Believe me when I say both look great. Swiftwind, in particular, might be the best mounted toy released so far. Yes, better than Battle Cat! The Wind-Raider isn't a slouch either. I honestly think I would buy it for the packaging alone - it's classic MOTU in all it's glory. Swiftwind will be up for sale on Matty Collect in November and the Wind-Raider will be in December's sale-items. I'd recommend picking both up! Check out TheFwoosh all the pictures.
The second season of The Walking Dead premiered last night. Has anyone seen it yet? I haven't had the chance, but I'm hoping to later on today. A review may follow depending on whether I'm sufficiently amused or annoyed.