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By Amy McGarey On 18 Jul, 2014 At 01:16 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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As if Marvel hasn’t made waves in mainstream news already with the announcement of a female Thor, they have continued to make news with the new Avengers lineup coming this fall.

A new Avengers title, Avengers NOW!, brings us a reformed Avengers team. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor will be given new number ones. Avengers NOW! will also put a heavy focus on Deathlok and the Winter Soldier. Iron Man will be getting a new suit and moving to San Francisco in Superior Iron Man #1.

The Falcon (Sam Wilson) will be taking over the title of Captain America, replacing Steve Rogers who has recently had all the Super Soldier Serum removed from his body. All-New Captain America will be written by Rick Remender with art by Stuart Immonen.

More details and announcements on the new Avengers will be made at San Diego Comic Con at the end of the month. What do you hope will be announced? Let us know in the comments below.

By Amy McGarey On 15 Jul, 2014 At 10:26 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Company Spotlight, Featured, International News, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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To keep up with a growing female audience, Marvel has announced today that they intend on creating a new Thor series where Thor is a female. The new Thor series will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman and will premiere in October.

In case you don’t understand how this is going to work, Jason Aaron explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

How will this work in the Marvel Universe where Thor is involved in multiple comic book series? “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. It seems like for the next Thor series, the male Thor that we all know and love will be deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. The title of Thor will be passed on to someone who is worthy, she just so happens to be female. Traditional Thor will still be involved in the Marvel Universe. My best guess is that the new Thor series will mainly focus on female Thor, while another series will probably handle the issue of where old Thor fits in and what he will do, if anything, to get his hammer back.

As a fan of Thor, I’m excited for this new change in the story line. I think the big fuss about it so far has centered around people thinking that Thor is getting a sex change or that Marvel is pushing some kind of transgendered agenda on everyone. Traditional male Thor will still be very much involved in the Marvel Universe. I look at this as more of a Superior Spider-man situation than killing off a beloved character. Peter Parker came back in the end, so I’m sure old Thor will pull through. I think of all this as welcome news in a long line of Marvel drama, such as the recent rumors of cancelling Fantastic Four and X-Men.

Thor will be joining several other female heroes that have their own comic book series, like Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Elektra, and Ms. Marvel. Maybe Thor will be filling the void for the female warrior archetype that has become popular with characters like Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones.

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At PAX East earlier this year, it was announced that there would be a PAX South in San Antonio, Texas. PAX South is to be held from January 23 to January 25.

Yesterday, Penny Arcade randomly announced at 1:11 pm via Twitter that PAX South tickets were on sale.  Within 2 hours, 3 day passes sold out.

Fortunately, single day passes are still available for purchase at http://south.paxsite.com/registration.

You can follow Penny Arcade on Twitter at @Official_PAX.

I will be at PAX South. Will you? What did you think of how they informed the public about the tickets being on sale? Let us know in the comments!

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Another character has been cast for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League – Jason Momoa as Aquaman!

For any of you that are fans of the Game of Thrones series, you’ll recognize Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo! He performed amazingly in Game of Thrones so I have faith that he’ll do well as Aquaman.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theatres on May 6, 2016.

How do you feel about Jason Momoa as Aquaman? How do you feel about Aquaman being cast? Let us know in the comments!

By Jessica Brister On 2 May, 2014 At 07:10 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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Star Wars has been in the news recently for the announcement of the new cast for Episode VII.  Many fans are excited that their beloved characters are coming back to the silver screen, albeit a bit older.  It may be the natural tendency for some die-hard fans to reach for one of the many novels while waiting for the new movie to come out.  However, there are other options for Star Wars literature.  Star Wars comics are nothing new, but they are one of the Star Wars universe’s best kept secrets.  Typically grittier in tone, the comics expand upon the Star Wars universe, and their plots are interwoven between the novels.  One of the darker series is the Star Wars: Dark Empire Trilogy.  Set six years after Return of the Jedi, Dark Empire explores Luke Skywalker’s decent into the dark side.

The Dark Empire series was originally a bi-monthly series that started in late 1991.  Published by Dark Horse Comics, the trilogy consists of Dark Empire I (six issues), Dark Empire II (six issues), and Empire’s End (2 issues).  The series is written by Tom Veitch.  However, there was an artist change between Cam Kennedy, who did Dark Empire I and II, to Jim Balkie, who drew for Empire’s End.  The trilogy was published in a hardcover edition in 2010, which unfortunately appears to not be in print at the moment, which has caused the price of this edition to skyrocket.  However, buyers can still purchase the individual paperback books fairly cheaply.  Another alternative is purchasing in e-book format.  For the purposes of this review, the hardcover addition will be highlighted.

Dark Empire begins after Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy.  The New Republic is desperately trying to battle the last remnants of the Empire.  However, they have even more to deal with than they had bargained for: a new type of weapon, called “World Devastators” are wrecking havoc all over the galaxy.  Not only that, but Emperor Palpatine is back in a cloned body.  Wanting to smash the rebels once and for all, he develops his power even more by studying the Sith.  The Emperor, however, has plans in mind for Luke, who this new Emperor “Reborn” hopes to turn to the dark side.

The story is especially fun, since Luke turns into a much darker character.

The story is especially fun, since Luke turns into a much darker character.

The story is faster-paced when compared to some of the novels and highlights the “core” Star Wars characters: Luke’s struggle with the dark side, Han and Leia’s relationship, and the Emperor, a bad guy that readers just love to hate.  The tone is dark, serious, and desperate.  For Star Wars fans who want to see the darker side of the series, it is a must-read.  If reading as a stand-alone from the rest of the novels, the story could become a bit confusing at times, as it assumes that the reader had prior knowledge of many of the plot lines that have happened in previous books and movies.  These comics are not recommended for casual Star Wars fans.  If reading the hardcover edition, it does include the Dark Empire Handbook that walks through all of the characters, places, and terms.  It still might be a little daunting, though.  However, many die-hard fans will enjoy the direction that Veitch takes with the storyline and tone.

Both Kennedy and Balkie are amazing artists.  Although their styles are different, the overall tone was kept the same, making the transition from Dark Empire I and II to Empire’s End pretty easy.  Kennedy’s  drawings are a little sharper, focusing on sharper lines.  Balkie’s art is a little softer both in the way that he draws the characters and scenes.  Both are enjoyable to go through, although probably the best piece in the hardcover edition is the cover art by Dave Dorman, which features Luke Skywalker in his “dark side” outfit.

Here Luke and the cloned Emperor fight.  Kennedy is a bit more sharp in his images.

Here Luke and the cloned Emperor fight. Kennedy is a bit more sharp in his images.

Overall, this series is a must-have for hard-core Star Wars fans, especially ones who have all of the rest of the novels lining their bookshelves but haven’t dabbled into the comics.  The writing, storyline, and art are top-notch.  Star Wars: Episode VII writers and producers might want to take note of this one.  This is the way to do a good Star Wars plot.  Dark Empire is a series that takes the fantasy of Star Wars and adds a more artistic element to it, not only in the artwork but also the story.  Here’s hoping that Episode VII is half as good.

By Amy McGarey On 30 Apr, 2014 At 07:09 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, News, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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The real Peter Parker is back in a seven story giant-sized comic!

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This issue sets up the rest of the series – how Peter Parker is cleaning up the mess Doc Ock made as the Superior Spider-Man, the villains he will face this series, and his alliances. If you didn’t already know, in the past 31 issues of Superior Spider-Man, Doc Ock had been possessing Peter Parker’s body, while the real Peter Parker remained hidden inside Doc Ock’s subconscious. Doc Ock decided to take on the challenge of keeping Spider-Man a hero, saying he would be superior to Peter Parker before him. In the past year, Doc Ock had made some improvements to Parker’s life – curing Aunt May’s bum leg, getting a PhD, and opening his own “Parker Industries” for research. However, Doc Ock had messed up a lot of things, too – quitting the Avengers, putting up surveillance all over New York, blackmailing people, and being generally disliked among the neighborhood. One thing that caused a change in Doc Ock was falling in love with Ana Maria Marconi. Ana Maria ends up getting captured by the Green Goblin, and Doc Ock knows the only way to get her back is to let a real hero, Peter Parker, take over his body to save her.

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In issue #1, we see how Peter Parker plans on repairing the damage of the past year. He makes a public vow to separate himself from Spider-Man, saying he will no longer provide tech for him. “Recapturing That Old Spark,” shows us that Electro will be a main villain in the series, which is no surprise since he’s the main villain in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie. Another major player is Black Cat in “Crossed Paths,” which shows her getting put in prison by Spider-Man. You can tell she’s going to be around for a long time when she says, “You took everything from me. Now you’re going to pay for it with your life. But only after I’m done playing with it.”

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We also get to see previews of upcoming series. In the beautifully illustrated “Homecoming. Sort of,” we get a sneak peak of the new Spider-Man 2099 comic coming out in July. “Kaine” is a tie-in for New Warriors. Two stories also pay homage to vintage Spider-Man – “How My Stuff Works,” will take you back to the days when Spider-Man used to explain his gadgets at the end of each Amazing Spider-Man volume one issue. “Learning to Crawl: Amazing Reality,” gives you the point of view of a boy in the audience of Spider-Man’s old wrestling shows. This story suggests we will see alternate points of view of major Spider-Man events in the future.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 has raised some questions for me, though. How is Peter Parker going to handle Ana Maria – especially now that she knows his secret? Also, is Spider-Man going to make his way back into the Avengers? This issue has opened up many new stories in the Spider-Man universe and has grown it exponentially. I can’t wait to see what more Marvel has in store for us with the Amazing Spider-Man!

By Amy McGarey On 24 Apr, 2014 At 11:37 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Publisher: Boom! Studios
Written by: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated by: Brooke Allen

Have you ever wanted to go to summer camp for hardcore lady-types? Lumberjanes tells the tale of five cabin mates at an all girl adventure camp. Their motto? Friendship to the max! Our story starts with the girls sneaking out of their cabin late at night to investigate a “weird old lady” outside of their cabin. They end up in the forest and fight off a pack of three-eyed foxes. After defeating the foxes, their howls spell out a message: “Beware the kitten holy.” Believing to have just beat some cat-hating foxes, they sneak back to their cabin hoping not to wake up their camp counselor, Jen. Of course, Jen catches them on their way in and takes them directly to the camp director for punishment. After all, they broke eight camp policies. When the Lumberjanes tell their story to Rosie, the camp director, she seems more interested in the adventure, rather than kicking the girls out for sneaking off. She gives them a badge for being “up all night.” The girls are shocked that she isn’t going to call their parents.

I loved the first issue of Lumberjanes. It was full of action, adventure and it reminded me of the same kind of humor as Adventure Time. I can’t wait for the next issue to find out what kind of magical items the girls discovered. Also, I can’t wait to see more of their battle formations, like “Little Red” formation. The next issue will be out May 14th.

By Amy McGarey On 16 Apr, 2014 At 06:18 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Reviews | With 1 Comment
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As part of the 75th anniversary celebration of Batman, a new comic book series called Batman Eternal debuted last Wednesday. This series will last 60 issues and be written by a revolving team of all-star Batman writers including John Layman, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins and Tim Seeley. Batman Eternal will work alongside the regular Batman series, which is also written by Scott Snyder. Batman #28 serves as an introduction to this new series.

In Batman Eternal #1, we see Commissioner Gordon battling head to head with Professor Pyg. Gordon makes a mistake while trying to apprehend one of his henchmen and causes a disaster of epic proportions. Batman can’t even save Gordon from the wrath of the corrupt Major Forbes. We’re also introduced to a new transfer cop from Detroit, Jason Bard, who seems to represent a younger Jim Gordon – someone who believes that Gotham City is worth fighting for.

With Gordon off the grid, I’m excited to see how Batman’s relationship with the Gotham City Police will survive. Will Jason Bard be Batman’s new go-to man? Are Batman’s allies going to be picked off one by one? Batman Eternal is well worth picking up. The first issue already has some movie-worthy scenes which further the battle between light and dark in Gotham. This first issue was written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by Jason Fabok.

 

 

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The light novel series better known by its anime, Sword Art Online, has already spawned a console game and it looks like its second console game is getting a great treatment. The first game has only been available on the Japanese market to the chagrin of many fans. The second game has been announced for release in Taiwan with a great perk. The game will be released in traditional Chinese and English. Which means the fanbase of English speaking countries around the world may cheer to this Asian release.

I can’t play them because of DRM you say? No worries! The game will be released on the PS Vita, a completely region free console (thank you Sony). So pre-order a copy at your local importer today, today is a great day for English speaking anime fans everywhere.

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Set in an alternate storyline this game will probably surprise and please you in ways the anime couldn’t.

This new game will be released April 24 of this year.

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FUNimation has been releasing clips from the Attack on Titan English dub to get people excited about the release of the first half of the season in June and for Anime Boston, which is going on right now.

Here is the latest clip:

With each and every clip, I get more and more excited for when I can get my hands on Attack on Titan – Part 1 with the English dubbing. Whether I get the Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition, or Standard Edition is still up in the air.

Attack on Titan will be releasing Part 1 of the series through FUNimation on June 3, 2014.  The Collector’s Edition will run at $96.74, Limited Edition will run at $67.49, and the Standard Edition will run at $37.49.

What did you think of this latest clip? Let us know in the comments!

Source: FUNimation Twitter

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