Retro City Ransom: Re-Purposed!

Posted in Comics with tags , , , on 13th January, 2011 by Adam Redsell

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Brisbane’s been the new Seattle since November. Yesterday was the first rainless day we’ve had for two months, but it was too late for that. It all came to a head by Tuesday the eleventh of January, culminating in the biggest flood in Brisbane, and indeed the entire state of Queensland since 1974.

The Brisbane River overflows, inundating the surrounding suburbs.

What has happened in some parts of Queensland has been described by authorities as an ‘inland tsunami’, with destructive torrents ripping through homes and businesses at over twenty kilometres per hour. The 70 towns and cities the flood has passed through have been described as ‘ghost towns’ and ‘war zones’. The official death toll rose to 13 people this morning, while 43 remain missing.

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Help Me Fight Crime!

Posted in videogames with tags on 15th September, 2010 by Adam Redsell

On Wednesday the 8th of September, my videogames were stolen from me – 93 of them, in fact – along with my Wii and Xbox 360. Oh, and I don’t have insurance (tip to all gamers: GET INSURANCE!). The list of stolen games reads like a who’s who of current-gen titles. Yes, unfortunately the thieves took a calm, considered approach when burgling my unit, taking only what they could offload relatively quickly for considerable sums of money. That leaves me with only my retro games for comfort.
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Superman Saves Family Home.

Posted in Action Comics, Comics, Superman with tags , , , , , on 3rd August, 2010 by Adam Redsell

For real. A couple facing foreclosure had their fortunes reversed when they found a copy of Action Comics #1 in their basement.

Action Comics #1 is better known as the first ever Superman comic, and the progenitor of the entire superhero genre. Needless to say, it is pretty much the most significant comic book of all time, and very, very valuable.

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SDCC: Green Lantern Gets a Green Game.

Posted in Comics, DC, film, Green Lantern, videogames with tags , , , , , , , on 24th July, 2010 by Adam Redsell

These are the Manhunters, former protectors of the universe.

Another comic-to-film-to-videogame adaptation has been announced by Warner Bros. Interactive; this time for Green Lantern.  The game will be titled Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, which hopefully indicates strong ties with Geoff Johns’ work on the character.  Unless it’s also the full title of the film, which hopefully will also draw heavily on Johns’ stellar run.  The game will release Summer 2011, or Winter for those of us in the southern hemisphere.

I’ve never played a Green Lantern videogame before, so it’ll be interesting to see how they handle his virtually limitless powers: using willpower to forge constructs out of green light.  Now a thought-controlled videogame – that I’d like to see.

SDCC: The Suicide Squad Game is not for children (or the faint-hearted).

Posted in Comics, DC, film, Suicide Squad, videogames with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23rd July, 2010 by Adam Redsell

At the San Diego Comic Convention’s “DC Focus” panel, Geoff Johns has revealed that a videogame featuring the Suicide Squad is currently in development by Warner Bros. Interactive.  He described the game as “hardcore violent”, which would not surprise regular readers of the title.

It is presumed the game will launch to coincide with the feature film also in development, with Sherlock Holmes producer Dan Lin attached to the project.

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On Wonder Woman’s New Look.

Posted in Comics, DC, Wonder Woman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2nd July, 2010 by Adam Redsell

Why does it always take some ridiculous stunt or other for the mainstream press to sit up and notice a well-written comic book character?  The Death of Captain America is the most recent of these stunts that spring to mind, and people remembered him for all but a week.  DC have followed suit with “Wonder Woman’s New Look”, and I can tell you as a long-time Wonder Woman reader, that it came completely out of the blue.

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Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1

Posted in Blackest Night, Comics, DC, Wonder Woman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 9th December, 2009 by Adam Redsell
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1

"Part One: The Living"

Script by Greg Rucka ǀ Pencils by Nicola Scott ǀ Inks by Prentis Rollins, Jonathan Glapion, Walden Wong & Drew Geraci ǀ Colours by Nei Ruffino ǀ Letters by Travis Lanham ǀ Cover by Greg Horn ǀ Variant Cover by Ryan Sook ǀ Associate Editor: Adam Schlagman ǀ Editor: Eddie Berganza

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman is a surprisingly good series spin-off.  Unlike the initial batch of tie-ins, Wonder Woman is in step with the status quo of Blackest Night proper.  Okay, maybe one step behind, but it doesn’t hurt that celebrated Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka returns to the character for this three-parter.  Rucka wisely resists the urge to drag Wonder Woman through the dirt yet again over events that occurred four years ago.  Instead, he revisits the situation he himself created from her current emotional place; that is, one of remorse, but acceptance.  It demonstrates a level of respect for the work of current Wonder Woman scribe Gail Simone, in acknowledging just how far she’s brought the character during her two-year tenure.  The cover art by Greg Horn is nothing short of scintillating, and Nicola Scott proves yet again that no one can draw Wonder Woman like her.  It would be remiss of me not to mention the work of colorist Nei Ruffino, whose brilliant light sourcing adds depth of field to each panel, and lifts the book’s aesthetic above the standard issue.  In a story that centres around darkness and light, this is paramount.

Verdict: Buy it.

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