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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Dec, 2017 At 05:12 PM | Categorized As Comics You Should Read, Editorials, Featured, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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We often see celebrities try their hand at writing comics and the result is not often good, unless its just them co-writing with an established writer. Umbrella Academy is different however, as Gerard Way, the frontman for the band My Chemical Romance, had been writing for years and his debut in comics happened before Umbrella Academy. He also had experience with working in TV writing, so this was definitely not a comic written by someone who didn’t know what they were doing.

 

The Umbrella Academy takes inspiration from comics such as Grant Morrison’s run on Doom Patrol, but takes things in directions not yet explored. We begin with the finishing blow in a cosmic boxing match, when at the same time 43  infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who hadn’t shown any sign of being pregnant before. Seven of the children were adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves alias The Monocle, a space alien posing as an adventurer and entrepreneur. They are to be trained to fight an unspecified future threat as The Umbrella Academy.  But fast forward to adulthood and the team has drifted apart, with one of their number dead, one having gone missing many years before and so on. But with the death of Sir Reginald, the team is called back together, and even the missing No. 5 has returned, having time travelled from the future, but is still a child for some strange reason.

The Hargreeves family is a truly dysfunctional superhero family that cannot get along without going at each other. The various members such as Kraken and Spaceboy soon clash over unresolved tensions but it is not long before the threat that the Monocle predicted starts manifesting itself. What follows is a journey through identity and family, as unresolved feelings are addressed such as feelings of parental abandonment, love and resentment. This is definitely not a typical comic, and the art by Brazilian born Gabriel Ba is truly amazing and I can not imagine anyone else having done the artwork.

Umbrella Academy is definitely offbeat, but in a good way. This is a comic that merges writing and art in an intricate way, and Volume 2: Dallas only upped the ante. We see the fallout from the previous volume, and what changes the characters have gone through. We see more of the alternate history that Umbrella Academy is set in, including that JFK never was assassinated, and the dangerous fallout that leads to. More world-building is done, including of the backstory of Number 5, which was perhaps the biggest lingering question from Volume one: Apocalypse Suite.

To say that the series gets weirder is an understatement, and yet nothing seems out of place or awkwardly done. This is a testament to the skill of Way and Ba that the absurd world that they created feels like it actually makes sense. Dallas sets up more plot threads that will no doubt be explored in future volumes, such as a possible new enemy, and the status of the team.  The characters grow, but not necessarily in a healthy way, which is realistic. And given that this volume has completely insane time travelling assassins wearing oversized cartoon animal heads, that is saying something.

I cannot recommend this comic enough. It is simply one of the best comic works that Dark Horse Comics has ever published!

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Dec, 2017 At 10:29 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments

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Dark Horse Comics has new details about the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Umbrella Academy, the comic from Gerard Way and Brazilian born artist Gabriel Ba. The comic, inspired by the Grant Morrison run on Doom Patrol, received critical acclaim and received the Eisner Award for best limited series. Dark Horse has now revealed more about the cast, and noted there would be more casting announcements later.

 

 

The Umbrella Academy will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer. The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist).

Tom Hopper (Luther)
“Luther” was groomed by his father from an early age to be the leader of The Umbrella Academy – a responsibility that has always weighed heavily on him. He is resilient, a workaholic, and possesses the ability of heightened physical strength. Upstanding to a fault, Luther always tries to do the right thing, even if that means putting others before himself.

About Tom Hopper
Hopper just wrapped shooting a starring role opposite Amy Schumer and Michelle Williams in Voltage/STX’s comedy I Feel Pretty, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Most recently, he played “Dickon Tarly” in Season 7 of HBO’s explosive hit series Game Of Thrones. Hopper also starred as “Billy Bones” in Starz’s Black Sails, produced by Michael Bay, and has appeared in numerous other television series and film projects over his career including Netflix’s Kill Ratio, The History Channel’s event series Barbarians Rising, and the hit TV series Merlin for BBC1/Syfy Channel.

Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison)
“Allison” is beautiful, elegant, and a formerly world-famous movie star who possesses the power of suggestion – anything she says aloud comes to pass. Her life seems perfect from the outside, but her ability has undermined every relationship she’s ever had. With her career on the decline and her marriage in shambles, she refuses to use her power as she seeks a more authentic life.

About Emmy Raver-Lampman
Emmy Raver-Lampman is the breakout star of the 1st National Touring Company of the Tony-winning phenomenon, Hamilton. After being a part of the original Ensemble on Broadway, Emmy was promoted to the coveted role of “Angelica Schuyler” for the West Coast run. Previous Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Hair and the National Touring Company of Wicked. The Umbrella Academy marks her very first television role.

David Castañeda (Diego)
“Diego” is a skilled, intense vigilante who has a real problem with authority. He isn’t as naturally strong or smart as his siblings, so he’s worked three times as hard for everything. Believing he should have been the leader of his family instead of his brother, he carries a massive chip on his shoulder that makes him hostile to just about everyone.

About David Castañeda
David Castañeda is currently shooting the Billy Crystal/Ben Schwartz comedy, We Are Unsatisfied. His recent work includes a lead role in the independent feature El Chicano, opposite Raul Castillo and George Lopez. He also stars alongside Benicio Del Torro and Josh Brolin in Lionsgate’s forthcoming Soldado, the sequel to the smash hit Sicario.

Aidan Gallagher (Number Five)
“Number Five” appears to be a thirteen year old boy, but in actuality he is a fifty-eight-year-old man trapped in the body of a child. He doesn’t suffer fools and is the smartest person in the room. He’s haunted by the things he’s seen and done, and is on the verge of losing his grip on reality.

About Aidan Gallagher
Aidan Gallagher starred as “Nicky” on Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, which just wrapped shooting a fourth season. For his performance, Aidan was nominated “Favorite Male TV Star” at the 2017 and 2016 Kids Choice Awards.

Robert Sheehan (Klaus)
“Klaus” is a drug addict and lovable mess of a human being and yet, if you ask him, any day now his life is going to turn around. He’s a classic “middle child” – a disarming pleaser who is seemingly everyone’s friend, but will rob you blind without thinking twice.

About Robert Sheehan Robert Sheehan (Misfits) next transforms into an East European, non-gender specific character in Mute on Netflix, the second part of a planned trilogy from writer/director Duncan Jones that began with Moon. Next year, Sheehan also stars opposite David Tennant in Dean Devlin’s thriller Bad Samaritan. In December, he’ll star in Christian Rivers’ Mortal Engines, a sci-fi/fantasy movie co-written and produced by Peter Jackson. For television, Sheehan is currently shooting the second season of Genius (National Geographic), which chronicles the life and work of Picasso

 

This author is excited for more details about the series due to being a big fan of the comics. We will be publishing a review of both Miniseries this week.

 

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Two things have stood out as key ingredients for a wonderful time in childhood, Comics and Lego. Both are tools of imagination and open the mind up to new possibilities we would not have considered before. This is why, despite many criticizing the Lego Adaptation Games, I love them immensely. They are a great take on the various media they adapt and often serve as a gateway series. The criticisms the games get often end up missing the point of the games. They are not meant to be pure adaptations, but celebrations that merge different methods to tell a tribute story.

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 continues this tradition of merging different forms of creativity, and gives us a new world to explore that is once again a celebration of all things Marvel Comics. The first thing I must say is that the game is absolutely gorgeous. The visuals are well done and stand out so beautifully, creating a real comic book Lego feeling, which suits the setting perfectly. Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 brings in more characters from both the movies and the comics like Spider-Gwen and even makes some new ones, without giving spoilers, I was surprised to see some unique fusions of other characters.

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 uses some new abilities, which are tied into the main storyline of the game. This time around, Kang The Conqueror is attacking not just the main universe but several universes and timelines. Taking inspiration from a certain other villain, he is capturing and taking cities  from these locations and merging them into his realm of Chronopolis in order to take over the world. However, this also means many heroes are there to fight back and try and stop him.

Chronopolis is a city of time which gives the player the ability to manipulate time and go to various locations and eras. You can travel to classic locations from the comics, and other media versions of Marvel Comics and this is a real treat for the fans. From going to the Noir universe, to a medieval era, there is something for every Marvel Comics fan here. This is also a great way to introduce younger players to the world of Marvel Comics, and I must say that this would be an excellent game for parents to play with their children. It is a game that will appeal to both generations and players of all kinds.

There is also a four-player competitive super hero battling mode in the game, which enables players to fight each other in battle arenas. This isn’t a main attraction for the game, but it is a great side mode and offers some great replay fun. In general the game has very few flaws, but I do feel that one issue is that the camera feels awkward at times, for me at least. This is not a deal breaker, but the camera, and in fact a few other minor control issues do pop up from time to time, along with an audio issue, but that is a lot more rare. Still, I do know these will be patched soon, and the game is one of the best in terms of design, but this is still something I have to mention.

Overall, I feel Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is one of the best Lego adaptation games ever done. It is a loving tribute to everything Marvel Comics, while also bringing some new ideas to the games overall. If you are a comic fan, or a parent of a young child, this is a must play. For those who just want a fun game, this is also a good choice to consider.

 

 

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by the publisher.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Nov, 2017 At 04:38 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that the top-selling and critically acclaimed videogame Injustice 2 is available now for PC via Steam and the Microsoft Store. Originally developed by NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 has been adapted for PC by QLOC and will allow PC players to experience the super-powered hit game featuring Justice League characters Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg, as well as other iconic DC characters such as Harley Quinn and Green Arrow.

All DLC currently available for Injustice 2 on consoles (Red Hood, Sub Zero, Starfire, Black Manta, and Raiden) are available now for the PC version through the PC Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack, or Fighter Pack #1 and Fighter Pack #2. The latest Hellboy DLC, released today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, and Xbox One, will be available at a later date.

Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Players can fight their way across an epic Story Mode, ever-changing Multiverse and online multiplayer guilds – all while earning rare and valuable gear to fully customize their characters.

For more information about Injustice 2 please visit www.injustice.com. Join the Injustice 2 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and official forums.

Injustice 2 is one of the best fighting games of this console generation. The PC version will soon be a must play thanks to modding as well. If you haven’t seen our review of the PS4 version, you can read it here.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Nov, 2017 At 12:15 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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WB Games sent out the following

 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that the top-selling videogame Injustice 2 is coming to PC (Steam and Microsoft Store) Nov. 14. Originally developed by NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 is being adapted for PC by QLOC and beginning today fans will be able to participate in an open beta that will be available on Steam.  For the first time, PC players will be able to experience the super-powered hit game featuring Justice League characters Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg, as well as other iconic DC characters such as Harley Quinn and Green Arrow.

Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Players can fight their way across an epic Story Mode, ever-changing Multiverse and online multiplayer guilds – all while earning rare and valuable gear to fully customize their characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For more information about Injustice 2 please visit www.injustice.com. Join the Injustice 2 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and official forums.

 

Injustice 2 is an incredible game that fans of both comics and fighters should play. It is one of the most innovative fighting games on the market today and this is a great way to try it. If you have not yet seen our review, you can see it here.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Oct, 2017 At 07:38 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Hellboy is coming to Injustice 2 and a gameplay trailer has been released recently.  The character is shown off in great detail and looks absolutely amazing. NetherRealm Studios did an awesome job with the character based on this trailer, and we cannot wait to play as him when he is available.

 

What do you think of the trailer? Will you be playing as Hellboy?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Oct, 2017 At 01:55 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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After a launch on PS4 and Xbox One, Injustice 2 will be coming to PC sometime soon. WB Games has announced that an open beta on steam will begin tomorrow October 25th., while the full release date is not yet known.

Development of the PC version is being done by  Polish studio QLOC. QLOC has also worked on several other PC ports , such Mortal Kombat XL, God Eater, and Ball: Xenoverse  among others.

This is great news, as PC gamers can now play this amazing game. Hopefully the modding scene for the game will be a good one.

 

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Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom are two iconic Marvel Comics characters. They have both been used in a variety of media from comics, to movies to games, but many don’t realize how much the characters have in common. They are both driven men, who strive to better themselves, albeit in different ways and for different reasons. Dr. Doom, despite being a man of science, is also a sorcerer like Dr. Strange and that is where  Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment comes in.

A recurring part of Dr. Doom’s stories for a long time was his goal to free his mother from hell. Every midsummer’s eve he would fight a demon, lose and vow to fight again. In, Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment a new approach is taken. After a test by the deities known as the Vishanti, Dr. Strange receives new affirmation of his role but also a new duty. Doom was also tested and nearly succeeded and Strange must grant him a boon, the boon being his aid in freeing Doom’s mother from hell. 

Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment, is unlike any other Marvel comic. First released as a standalone graphic novel, when Marvel had its line of Prestige Graphic Novels, the title has recently been reprinted along with some other relevant stories to give more context ( and one not so relevant but there is a reason for its inclusion). It was written by Roger Stern and drawn by Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, and as such has a truly unique look to it. The comic shows the lengths Dr. Doom will go to, to free his mother, and gives, even more, depth to the dictator of Latveria, including insight into his sense of pride and honor. But at the same time, it helps expand the mythos of Dr. Strange, both by showing him interacting with other sorcerers of all kind and through his work with Dr. Doom. It also expands on characters like the Aged Ghengis, a recurring character, and shows a very different side of him. It also shows just how connected Dr. Doom and Dr. Strange truly are. It even gives new insight into the demon Mephisto and his role in hell.

Triumph and Torment is a strong title for the comic, but it has multiple meanings, some of which is not clear until the end. It was a highly acclaimed work, but sadly unavailable for many years, until as stated, it was recently reprinted. If you are a fan of comics, you should read this. Even if you dislike superhero comics, this is worth your time as it doesn’t really come off as a superhero comic at all. It is far more philosophical and spiritual in nature, reflecting on the nature of humanity and destiny and redemption. And if you like art, you can see Mike Mignola’s earlier pre-Hellboy work here. It is of an amazing quality and really helps the otherworldly nature of the comic and its protagonists. Do yourself a favor and give this one a read.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Sep, 2017 At 11:02 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games and NetherRealm studios have released a trailer for Raiden in Injustice 2. The thunder god shows off his abilities in a variety of ways and another DC character makes a debut as a premier skin.

Take a look below

 

 

Will you be playing as Raiden?

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Citizens of Gotham City,

 

We’re excited to announce that episode one of Batman – The Telltale Series is now available for free in perpetuity for all iOS users! In addition, we’re launching a free comprehensive performance update today that provides significant technical improvements and should ensure the series runs smoothly on a broader range of iOS-based devices. iPhone and iPad players can begin their adventures today and experience Telltale’s critically-acclaimed take on the Batman universe.
In the series’ opening episode, entitled ‘Realm of Shadows,’ Bruce Wayne discovers his father was in fact a ruthless crime boss, forcing him to question everything he thought he knew about his identity. As both Bruce and Batman, players must negotiate harsh political realities and prevent Gotham City from descending into chaos while digging into the truth about the Wayne family’s sordid past. The decisions players make across Batman – The Telltale Series then optionally carry over into the ongoing second season, Batman: The Enemy Within.
Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce WayneTravis Willingham as Harvey DentErin Yvette as Vicki ValeEnn Reitel as Alfred PennyworthMurphy Guyer as Lieutenant James GordonRichard McGonagle as Carmine FalconeJason Spisak as Oswald CobblepotDave Fennoy as Lucius FoxAnthony Ingruber as John Doe, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle.
Batman – The Telltale Series is a standalone product separate from the second season, Batman: The Enemy Within. It is currently available at retailers across North America on a special ‘Season Pass Disc’ for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3. The disc includes the first episode of the season, as well as access to download all subsequent episodes through an online connection.
Both Batman – The Telltale Series and Batman: The Enemy Within are licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. All currently available episodes have been rated ‘Mature’ by the ESRB.
For more information on Telltale Games, visit the official website, follow @TelltaleGames on Twitter, and like Telltale on Facebook.
This is amazing news. Fans who were on the fence can now try out the first episode of the series and see if they like it. This author recommends doing so!
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