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By Amy McGarey On 17 Jan, 2014 At 01:41 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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I’m going to be honest here. I’ve never read an X-Factor comic in my life. I thought I would try All-New X-Factor issue one since it’s one of the first week releases for the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot. I have to say, I really liked this issue. I was afraid I would have no idea what was going on, but if you have a basic understanding of the X-Men, then you’re good to go with reading this comic.

This issue focuses on Gambit, and in the beginning he gets what I call a “stern talking-to” from Wolverine, as Wolverine catches Gambit breaking into a house. Wolverine tells him if he wants to keep his teaching position at the Jean Grey school, then he needs to put his thieving life behind and focus on the students.

Gambit gets bummed out and visits a bar, where he meets his old friend Polaris. She brings him to the company she works for, Serval Industries, and introduces him to the CEO, Harrison Snow. He offers Gambit a position with the X-Force, Serval Industries private mutant task force. Snow brings in Quicksilver to coerce him into joining.

In the end, Snow sends the X-Force on their first mission – to save a mutant from being experimented on by Dr. Hoffman. There are still a few questions that remain, though. Why does Snow even care about mutantkind? What does he get out of saving mutants?

I’m really excited about this new series and I give issue one an A. With the release of All-New X-Force and Black Widow this past week, I would say that the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot had a very strong first week.

This article was originally posted on my blog, R2D2Cupcake, on January 14, 2014.

By Tiffany Marshall On 3 Jan, 2014 At 07:23 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Today, Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics announced on Facebook that the Star Wars comic books will be moving to a new publisher.  That publisher is Marvel Comics.  Dark Horse Comics has been the publisher for the Star Wars comic books since 1991, so it will be interesting to see how Dark Horse Comics handles this loss and Marvel Comics handles this gain.

Mike stated that Disney, now the owner of Lucasfilm, notified them of this move.  The move is slated to take place in 2015.

You can see the post on Dark Horse Comics’ Facebook page.

By Garrett Green On 8 Nov, 2013 At 10:16 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Movie News, News, ROG News | With 1 Comment
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Disney and Netflix has announced that a multi original live action deal with Marvel. Bringing four superheroes to Netflix exclusively for their own original show beginning in 2015.

The first superhero to appear will be Daredevil. The last time we saw a live adaptation of Daredevil was the movie adaptation from 20th Century Fox staring Ben Affleck. Following Daredevil will be Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. The focus on the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen in New York, each hero will get a 13 minimum episode series all accumulating in a mini-series crossover event of a reimagining of The Defenders.

Produced by Marvel Television and in association with ABC Television Studios, “This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said President of Marvel Entertainment Alan Fine. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”

“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”

Personally, I’m excited about this news. Marvel has a plethora of superheroes and this is a great way to show off heroes that are less well known. I’ve also been dying for Luke Cage to somehow make his way into live action. This can also be the beginning of a brand new formula for Marvel. If this is successful, we could potentially see many more heroes brought to live action. Nothing more is known about these new projects but we are excited to see what Marvel can do without the pressure of needing a well performing movie.

Heard we're getting our own shows?

Heard we’re getting our own shows?

By Charles On 3 May, 2013 At 06:15 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Editorials, Featured, Movie News, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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hot-toys-iron-man-3-mark-xlii-limited-edition-collectible-figure-2Okay, so funny story: I’m feeling deja-vu right now. Why? Because exactly one year ago today I was sitting in my kitchen, pounding out a quick list of “lessons” learned from the midnight release of “Avengers.” Now, a full year later, I’m sitting in my bedroom, about to pound out some wayward thoughts about another Marvel movie, Iron Man 3. Wow, thing’s don’t really change for the geek blogger, do they?

So last year, in my list of lessons, I made it a point to state that fans of the comic book heroes should forget Iron Man 2 ever happened. Iron Man 3 only drives the final nail into that coffin. Seriously, I watched the second movie about two weeks ago, trying to remind myself what was wrong with it. Was it the performance easily phoned in by Downey, Jr? Was it the utterly ridiculous accent affected by Mickey Rourke? Was it the over-the-top Justin Hammer, or the blatant overcompensation of the Stark Expo? No, it was ALL of that, and what should have been an amazing look into the day-to-day psychosis of Tony Stark ended up being a cartoon movie on par with Phantom Menace, just sans a motion capture fan-pandering and the utter brilliance of Liam Neeson.

Iron Man 3 is quick to shed any vestiges of that previous misstep. Borrowing heavily from the same character development and loss that worked so well in the Dark Knight Rises (yes, I am making that comparison here), Iron Man 3 manages to capture both desperation and the bravado of Tony Stark, while still showcasing that the man can feel pain. Actual, legitimate pain. Remember, this is a character created specifically to be unlikable, and now we the audience not only see his vulnerable side, but we see him suffer because of it.

iron-man-3-trailer-11-questions-raised-118967We watch as he loses not just his home and armor, but his peace of mind. We watch him dream up nightmares of what he has seen and done. We witness the stress of actually BEING Iron Man finally take its inevitable toll on what is in fact just a man. A brilliant, arrogant genius of a man, but ultimately still just a man. We watch as it robs him of any sense of security he might have had, and cast him into a well of self-doubt and fear that takes actual effort to claw out of. This Tony Stark cannot, and will not, just buy himself freedom from his demons. No, now he has to actually face them, and surpass them, before he loses himself.

No more chasing shadows and suppressing his shortcomings, no, this time we get to see the real Tony. And, as he puts it so eloquently in the film’s closing moments, we watch as he realizes the suit wasn’t his obsession, nor his therapy, but rather it was his “cocoon.”

That, my fellow comic fans, is a story worth seeing. Never you mind that we saw it play out to utter perfection last summer with Bruce Wayne, this time we get to see it again, and watch it happen to quite possibly the most deserving douchebag in the entire comic book canon. Hell, its so worth seeing, that I’ll probably go again next week, just to see if I missed anything.

Some random tidbits now, before my coherence leaves me:

Ben Kingsley, OMGWTF. The man still has it, and in droves. Ditto for Gwyneth Paltrow, who proves, and quite definitively, that she has an inner badass that just needs the right method to convey.

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While I am aware that this film’s plot was culled from the “Extremis” storyline in the comics, the entire time I watched Aldrich Killian “do his thing,” I kept picturing Blight from Batman Beyond. Not that I have a problem with that, Blight was awesome. I just couldn’t shake that notion. (Which, in hindsight, is also probably why I started thinking of Dark Knight Rises…tenuous connection, I know, but one that my mind is already predisposed to making.)

Obligatory post-credit scene? Check. We get to see Ruffalo again. Do not miss out on that, especially all you Tony/Bruce shippers.

And lastly, one does not mess with Don Cheadle. Seriously, don’t mess with him, OR his toys. WARMACHINEROX

This rant has been brought to you by the letters S and D, for sleep-deprived.

By Garrett Green On 28 Mar, 2013 At 06:56 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Previews, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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At San Diego Comic Con, Deadpool himself announced his new video game. Little was scene but it looked pretty crazy. A new trailer is out and this one looks even more bizarre… in the best way possible. This is exactly who Deadpool is and if this game can play well, it’ll be awesome. Check out the new trailer courtesy of GameTrailers.

 

Nolan North makes a great Deadpool, he captures his crazy perfectly. Deadpool: The Video Game is set to be released this summer. I cannot wait for it and it’s Man-Bazookas.

By Isabel On 11 Aug, 2012 At 12:09 AM | Categorized As Toys and Merchandise | With 0 Comments
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GFF is under way, and I’m really excited because I’m introducing a figure I’ve been looking forward to a really long time.

Princess Shirahoshi Excellent Model Portrait.of.Pirates Figure

This Princess Shirahoshi figure does justice to the  beautiful mermaid. The thing I love the most about the figure is all the attention paid to detail. Each scale stands out by itself and gives the long multicolored tail some realism. The balance between vivid color and transparent looking parts mix perfectly. It’s a definite must have for any One Piece fan.

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To remain true to the manga, Luffy should be smaller, but since I believe it’s mostly an artistic choice than a mistake it can easily be forgiven. My only real complain in the crack that can be seen behind her, right where the flowers and the coral reside on the rock, it’s distracting.

Maker: Mega House  Average online price: $119.33

Anime Chara Heroes One Piece D.P.C.F. Volume 1

This is the first out of what promises to be a new line of those lovable random assortment figurines. They stand 57 mm tall and have the heroes in cowboy getup and an assortment of villains in their normal costumes. There are 16 figures to collect, with a mystery figure known to be out there.

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Maker: Plex  Average online price: $5.20

Avengers Head Knockers

More commonly referred to as bobble heads, but these are not your dad’s regular bobble heads (unless your dad is really cool). These are Avenger bobble heads worthy of displaying with dignity.

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These figures stand alone without the need of a pole, and their base is the Avenger’s symbol. Sadly no Black Widow but there are all the most important heroes whose movies you’ve seen before.

Maker: NECA  Average online price: $17.95

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San Diego Comic Con is always packed with surprises, and this one came way out of left field. High Moon Studios, the force behind Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, announced at Comic Con Deadpool, The Game. While no consoles have been specifically announced, they did announce that Nolan North, Drake from Uncharted and recent iteration of Deadpool, would be voices our lovely merc. Looking at this trailer, they’ve already nailed the character. Check it out and don’t forget to visit the official website for more goodies at Deadpoolgame.com to scratch that Deadpool itch.

By otakuman5000 On 5 Jul, 2012 At 02:12 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Editorials | With 0 Comments
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Welcome to #KillzownKomix Vol.1, where your resident ROG DJ dishes out on how he feels about comics.

If you are an avid comic reader or if you even a newbie of Marvel and DC, you must get acquainted with Alex Ross.
The man made most famous for his graphic novels Kingdom Come and Justice where the hero’s and villains where doomed and the other where the villains tried to become heroes are not just great stories, but the artwork is like a painting in comic book form. The level of detail makes Ross’sartwork so distinct that one might say he is the Van Gough or Da Vinci of comic books. Kingdom Come and Justice cemented Ross at a young age of 26 years old before only doing mini series or just cover art for big series such as Superman, Terminator and others and it became one of the biggest selling comics of all time
Comic book writers and publishers love him as well because he works (though for a fee) with everyone. Since then he’s done titles such as Earth X, Marvels, the recent Vol-tron Comics and other many other titles and cover art for comics as well. He even as an art book called Mythology, which collects his best works and breaks down the inspiration as well as the techniques.

Check out some of his art down below and let us know if you agree wit the title in the comment section below.

By Charles On 4 May, 2012 At 07:26 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Movie News, News, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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It’s 3:10 AM, and while all my better sense is telling me to get to sleep, I can’t. Because I must take this moment to record the myriad thoughts flowing through my head. See, I just went to see Avengers. Somewhat spur of the moment, and unexpectedly in 3D. And while I can keep my hold on this rare case of post-midnight lucidity, I must mention a few things- lessons mostly- from watching this movie.

This is not a review. There really is no need for a formal review, because let’s be honest, you already know if you’re going to see this movie. My words will not sway you in any way from that path. Take this, then, as a few things to look out for, or just as the ramblings of an exhausted 30-something lifelong geek late at night.

First, an analogy: Avengers :: Marvel as The Dark Knight :: DC. This pretty much sums up the movie in as few words as possible. Everything we have come to expect from a Marvel movie in the past decade is on display here, at it’s utter best. Don’t try to over-think it, just enjoy it. Dark Knight Rises will be out in a few months for your cerebral pleasure.

Second: The 3D doesn’t suck, but it’s also not necessary. Seriously, just save the money from a 3D surcharge and go see it twice. You will want to.

Third: Forget Iron Man 2 ever happened.

Fourth: You will laugh, cry, cheer and come way from the experience feeling blown away. Last Marvel movie I saw that did that for me was First Class, but I’m a self-admitted X-Men junkie. Hell, I don’t even like or read Avengers comics, and I still had a blast here.

Fifth: Mark Ruffalo is the best Hulk, and is easily the best performance in the film. Downey and Hiddleston come in a very close second, but we’ve seen them both doing this in their own films. Ruffalo came from out of nowhere.

Sixth: Two post-credit scenes. One will mess up your pants. I will not say which.

I guess that’s all I have to say then. Enjoy the movie this weekend!

By otakuman5000 On 15 Mar, 2012 At 02:37 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Movie News, News | With 0 Comments
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Marvel is gearing up for the biggest movie of the summer.

 

If you have $40 bucks to spare on May 3 and are in the following cities:

Boston Common 19 – Boston, MA
Burbank 16 – Burbank, CA
Downtown Disney 12 – Anaheim, CA
Aventura 24 – Aventura, FL
Empire 25 – New York, NY
Garden State 16 – Paramus, NJ
Downtown Disney 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL
Metreon 16 – San Francisco, CA
Alderwood 16 – Lynnwood, WA
Tysons Corner 16 – McLean, VA
you can relive all 5 movies leading up to the premiere of the Avengers at midnight on may 4.
The party starts at 11:30 AM may 3 and you will receive a ticket for all 6 movies pair of limited edition Avengers 3D Glasses and if you are a AMC stubs member you’ll receive $5 bonus bucks. These are only the 1st few off the entire list of theaters will be here

In good Real Otaku Gamer Spirit, we have the Japanese version of the 2nd Trailer for the Avengers film.


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