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SMITE:Battleground Of The Gods Comes To Comics

 

The online game “SMITE: Battleground of the Gods” comes to comics!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse proudly announces the newest video game comic book in its long line of best-selling titles with SMITE: The Pantheon War!

From veteran games writer John Jackson Miller (Star Wars, Mass Effect), cowriter Jack Banish, and artist Eduardo Francisco (Eve: Valkyrie, Captain Midnight), SMITE: The Pantheon War collects the three-part digital comic series telling the tale of the looming war between the pantheons!

It is an age where gods live among the mortals over which they rule. The worship of mortals is needed by the gods to maintain their divinity—but the number of gods has swelled, and there are fewer mortal faithful for the individual gods in each pantheon. Only the gods who maintain worshipers will survive, and so tensions are rising among the pantheons. There is an uneasy peace…but peace is not desired by all!

SMITE: The Pantheon War (978-1-50670-233-9 / $14.99) is in stores December 28, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Hi-Rez Studios’ SMITE (PC, Xbox One, PS4) is a free-to-play, team-based action game with a global community of more than fourteen million players. With more than seventy playable mythological gods, players battle for domination across six intense game modes.

Praise for SMITE: Battleground of the Gods:

SMITE is invigorating.”—PCGamesN

“Decidedly different gameplay, a quirky and lighthearted take on classic mythology, and a variety of interesting modes.”—Game Informer

“Makes the MOBA more approachable with smart tweaks to the formula and action RPG-inspired combat.”—PC Gamer

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Exclusive! Ninja Turtles 2 Flop Puts Paramount in Panic Mode!

The dismal performance of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has Paramount rethinking the future of the franchise. A source from inside the studio has reported just how drastic the reaction is.

The studio is reportedly going to fire the writing team currently working on the third movie in favor of a full on reboot. A reboot means all new director and all new design for the turtles. There is still a debate among the higher ups on whether to stay live action or go back to animated. There’s a debate over the profitability of big name actors and the tried and true model of targeting to kids.

It’ll be interesting to see if Michael Bay can work his Voodoo and convince the studio to give him another chance.

Free Comic Book Day Gallery 2014

 The first saturday in May means one thing, Free Comic Book Day! This year Lawrence Young from the Fantastic Forum, Chip Cella from the B-Team, and Derrick Hopkins from Dead Pixel Live visited two of the best comic shops in Los Angeles to chronical the event. Geoffrey's Comics and Comic Bug were both filled with comic lovers of all ages. Geoffrey's added to the fun with a sale of 25% off of everything in the store and while Comic Bug gave you the chance to meet and greet some comic book royalty. Check out some images from the day below and feel free to share how you spent Free Comic Book Day 2014.

MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS "BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET – PART ONE"

Today Marvel released part one of a video series called Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet introducing the world  to the Black Panther of  the Marvel Universe.  The commentary is provided by current Black Panther scribe, Ta-Nehisi Coates, as he gives some background into the motivations of the pivitol characters of issue one.  The video also features a slick track from ctitically accliamed Hip Hop group Run The Jewels.  It's comics, it's Hip Hop, it's commentary on what makes a man, a hero and a monarch all in one bite sized video.  So check out Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet - Part One below and let us know if it has you thinking about picking up Black Panther #2 available tomorrow(May 11th) at your local comic vendor.

Watch “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet – Part One” now!

Hey guys there's a new DC logo!!!

 

The eponymous comics company has once again changed its logo we've seen what they've done in the past and now they opted to go with a more simple and stream lined look. The Pentagram (not the band) designed logo will debut on May 25th on the cover of DC Rebirth #1. It is your lowly narrator's opinion that this new logo is a step in the right direction compared to the god-awful piece of $#!+ they've had for the last couple of years. This new logo evokes a modern take on the "traditional" DC logo. Hopefully it speaks to what rebirth will be like and they stop doing these unnecessarily gritty stories. 

 
“I’m very proud that REBIRTH will be the first comic book published with the new DC logo.” stated Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer. “To me, REBIRTH and the new DC logo are built on what’s come before while looking to what will come tomorrow. I can’t wait for people to see it on the cover.”
“While comics continue to be the heart and soul of DC, the brand has evolved to now stand for powerful storytelling across so many different forms of media. DC is home to the greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains, and the new logo has the character and strength to stand proudly alongside DC’s iconic symbols,” stated Amit Desai, DC Entertainment Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Franchise Management. “The launch of the new logo is the perfect tribute to DC’s legacy, exciting future and most importantly, our fans.”
What do you think about this new logo? Let us know in the comments or leave us a Skype voicemail (fantasticforum) 
 

PREVIEW: James Rhodes Flies Solo in Your First Look at IRON PATRIOT #1!

This is one of the things that Marvel does that makes me wonder what is marvel thinking. This book should have come out around the time iron man 3 was in theaters. What do you i know? as always you can get this and other great comics at Geoffrey's comics. Who cares what i think here's the preview:

 

                                                             

      This March, peel back the layers of Colonel James Rhodes in IRON PATRIOT #1 – the all-new series from critically acclaimed writer Ales Kot and fan-favorite artist Garry Brown! Who is the man in the armor? What drives him? James Rhodes may have quit the Secret Avengers, but that’s not going to stop him from bringing the fight to the bad guys from inside the Iron Patriot armor! But his heroism will come with a steep price… “James Rhodes has a family. James Rhodes has friends. James Rhodes has a suit and responsibility and dreams and hopes, and he just realized he needs a new plan;” says writer Ales Kot, in an interview with Marvel.com. “Something that will be more in touch with who he is and what he wants.” As new villains emerge and a deadly conspiracy from within America grows – the Iron Patriot stands alone against impossible foes. This March, the war comes to the home front in IRON PATRIOT #1!

IRON PATRIOT #1 (JAN140673)

Written by ALES KOT

Art & Cover by GARRY BROWN

Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS (JAN140674)

Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV138098)

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When Heroes Become Villains -- Injustice: Gods Among Us

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Super Hero Wonder Woman battles villains

It is not uncommon for super heroes whether they appear in comic books, graphic novels or video games, to show anger or unfortunately violent tendencies when battling villains.  However, it is apparent to me from the back story of Injustice: Gods Among Us, that these tendencies have been taken to another level.  It looks as if these tendencies were taken somewhat to the extreme, in my opinon,  when some of the super heroes are actually depicted as bonafide villains in the video game, Injustice:  Gods Among Us.  The reason given for the super heroes having villain counterparts was that there needed to be  justification for the super heroes to fight against each other.  My counter to this justification is that even though I do not in any way condone using anger to demonstrate disagreements, I do not believe it would not have been out of character for the super heroes to fight against each other in the video game, even if they were trying to settle their differences, through video game battles.  I believe that turning the super heroes into actual villans was a step in the wrong direction.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Video Game Characters

Sometimes, characters may have an evil alter-ego -- as in the case for some depictions of Spiderman.  I did not have a problem with this because the real Spiderman was still a crime-fighting hero, while he fought against another version of himself.  The difference between the alter-ego take, and having actual evil super heroes is that  in a sense, he is one and the same character.  When seeing these type alter-ego characters, I know that more than likely, the true heroic character will triumph over the evil one.   However, when super heroes are now being depicted as villains -- that is a whole different story.

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Superman battles Batman in InJustice:  Gods Among Us Video Game

Before you remind me  that these super heroes turned villains are in a different universe than the true heroes, I would like to let you know that in my opinion, this aspect of the video game does not make any difference.  A villain is a villain, regardless of the universe he or she is in.  Some video game players prefer to play villains in fighting games -- which is ok, if that is their preference.  As the saying goes, "Different strokes for different folks."  However, in my opinion, there was no need to use or show super heroes as villains in this video game.  I think there are plenty of existing villans out there who the real super heroes could have fought against.  In fact, they could have used their creative license to make up, create or introduce new villains from other sources -- instead of having well known crime-fighting super heroes to be shown as villains.

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Lobo, a true villain, will more likely remain a villain regardless of what universe he is from

Of course, Injustice: Gods Among Us is basically a fighting video game, so the majority of gameplay is one character fighting against the other.  Even though some of the gameplay features dialogue,  I'm relieved that this game is not a role playing type game in which the storyline of having evil super heroes would be more evident.   The main plot seems to revolve around Superman taking over the world while in one universe, and super heroes from another universe trying to contend with this.  There are other subplots as well that involve fights between the characters in the different universes.

Regardless of which universe the heroes or villains are from, I believe that super heroes should remain super heroes -- and villains should remain villains.  I, for one, cannot imagine an evil Wonder Woman whose mission is to bring peace to the earth as well as to promote truth, justice and the American Way.  In other words, she fights villains, and is definitely not one herself. 

There is always the option for developers and others to have villains change into super heroes in video games. This would, in my opinion, be a welcome change;  unfortunately, I do not see this happening any time in the near future.

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Marvel Announces "Death of X" Variants

Marvel’s Mutants Meet Their Maker in July’s DEATH OF X VARIANTS!

New York, NY—May 9th, 2016— Marvel is pleased to unveil the first of 20 special Death of X Variant Covers, coming to some of Marvel’s biggest titles this July. From Jean Grey to Nightcrawler to the All-New Wolverine – no Mutant is safe from the Death of X. As the highly classified DEATH OF X storyline approaches, be there for the end of the dream!

Rendered by some of the top artists and brightest rising stars in the industry, look for these can’t miss Death of X Variant Covers coming to 20 of your favorite Marvel titles this July:

  • ·All-New X-Men #11
  • ·All-New, All-Different Avengers #12
  • ·Amazing Spider-Man #15
  • ·Black Panther #4
  • ·Captain America: Steve Rogers #3
  • ·Daredevil #9
  • ·Deadpool #15
  • ·Doctor Strange #10
  • ·Extraordinary X-Men #12
  • ·Guardians of the Galaxy #10
  • ·Invincible Iron Man #11
  • ·Mighty Thor #9
  • ·New Avengers #13
  • ·Old Man Logan #8
  • ·Power Man and Iron Fist #6
  • ·Spider-Man #6
  • ·The Astonishing Ant-Man #10
  • ·Uncanny Avengers #11
  • ·Uncanny Inhumans #12
  • ·Uncanny X-Men #10

The end is near. There won’t be a dry eye in the house. Get a front row seat to the demise of the X-Men this July with these twenty Death of X Variants, available only at your local comic shop!

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