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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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My Tribute to Jack Kirby, King of Comics

Posted in Comics, Jack Kirby with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2nd September, 2009 by Adam Redsell

So this week I was assigned Kirby’s Dream Land 3 for review on EveryGame. Problem was, Scott had already written a stellar creepy gangster story about Kirby for Kirby Superstar, which was gonna be my angle (not so much the street-level storytelling, more the Kirby-as-creepy-Dream-Eater-type vibe). So what did I do? I decided to write about comics legend Jack Kirby instead. Not once do I reference the videogame, aside from a name drop and the obligatory screenshot, like this one:

Those of you unfamiliar with the name Jack Kirby will no doubt be familiar with his work. If you’re a fan of the Manhunter, the Challengers of the Unknown, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, Galactus, Magneto, the Inhumans, Black Panther, the New Gods, Mister Miracle, Darkseid, Kamandi, The Demon, and the Eternals – you have Jack Kirby to thank, because he created all of them.

Despite the flippancy of the subject change, I hope you find it a fitting tribute to the King of Comics. Inspired by Mark Evanier’s touching eulogy, I wrote it from the perspective of an old friend:

Let me tell ya ’bout a kid called Kirby. Wasn’t the name his mother gave him, but that’s what he settled on, so that’s what we called him, got it? Weren’t too long before we’d have another name for him: The King. “The King of Comics” we called him. Let me tell you ’bout ol’ King Kirby.

Indeed, having been energised by so many of his characters and stories, he really does feel like an old friend to me. I must confess to shedding the occasional tear whenever I read a first-hand account of a chance meeting with the guy, or even reading a comic book dedicated to him that I know he would have smiled at.

So, Jack Kirby – King of Comics – this is for you. I hope you like it.

We’ve really gotta stop calling these things reviews.

The Death and Return of Superman

Posted in Comics, DC, Superman, The Death and Return of Superman, videogames with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 13th May, 2009 by Adam Redsell
The Death and Return of Superman: The Videogame: The Review.

The Death and Return of Superman: The Videogame: The Review.

Superman fans may be interested to know that my review for The Death and Return of Superman for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System went up today over at EveryGame.  Here’s a sample paragraph to wet your whistle:

The Death of Superman was to comics what E.T. was to videogames.  The lie of Superman’s death was a publicity stunt that nearly single-handedly destroyed the industry.  Sure, in the short-term it was a roaring success – Kal-El’s impending doom made front page news across the globe; people came in droves to line up for a polybagged copy of Superman #75; people who previou$ly had no intere$t in comic$ what$oever, or people who hadn’t picked up a comic book in year$.  I’ll be filthy, stinking rich! The Western hive-mind exclaimed with dollar-signs in its eyes ($)($).

Just click the quote for the full review.  Let me know what you think, either here or there.

“Superman, FINISH HIM!!”

Posted in Comics, DC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 7th May, 2009 by Adam Redsell

I’m sure many of you have experienced or seen the Most Ridiculous Crossover in Recent Years [I won’t say ‘Of All Time’ because you and I both know that won’t be true in a year’s time], Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Being the highly critical person that I am, I thought I’d take this blogging opportunity to pick their picks to pieces. I’ll address the Mortal Kombatants first, because I’m happy with their choices, by and large. EXCEPT

  1. Jax is quite possibly the most ill-conceived Mortal Kombat character ever devised. Not only does he reek of ‘token black guy’, his one and only claim to fame is a couple of bionic arms. As if one wasn’t enough. The man has no personality! Just put Wesley Snipes in and be done with it.
  2. Where’s Goro? Where’s Motaro? Any four-armed freak of a creature will do. Here’s a mathematical equation to illustrate: MK + 1 four-armed-felon = MK + 10 cools, therefore 1 four-armed-felon = 10 cools.


10 cools. It’s science.

Here’s the rest, for those that are interested:

Scorpion
Sub-Zero
Sonya
Shang Tsung
Liu Kang
Raiden
Kitana
Kano
Baraka
Shao Kahn

Now, as a comic book nerd and DC fan, the solemn duty of criticising the crap out of the rest of the character selections has fallen to me. And what a heavy burden it is – but somebody’s gotta do it:

Batman
Batman suits well enough, aside from the ‘no killing clause’ that most DC superheroes subscribe to. From what I’ve seen, though, he looks too ‘blue’. It’s certainly the dominant depiction these days, but I think they should have opted for the ‘black’ Batman – you know, the one who is so damn shadowy you can only see his pointed shape with some eyeballs painted on…

Superman
I know he’s DC’s flagship character and everything, but there’s no justifying Big Blue’s involvement in a Mortal Kombat game. He’s just too squeaky clean for this kind of thing. Perhaps if Brainiac was in the game, or some other colossal cosmic threat, it might give his presence a bit of context [then again, preaching context to a developer that’s putting MK and DC characters in the same game is probably an exercise in futility].

Catwoman
Now, this one makes sense. I can’t help but feel that they slutted her up too much for this, though. How can you fight and do backflips when your boobs are falling out? I suppose nobody cares so long as they do fall out.


Speaks volumes.

Green Lantern
Green Lantern’s powers are a little too fantastic for a gritty, oatmeal-textured fighting game like Mortal Kombat. The ring constructs just aren’t hands-on enough for this type of thing, though we know the hot-headed Hal Jordan isn’t averse to throwing a punch or three when the situation calls for it. Again, without context, he runs the risk of Fish-out-of-water Syndrome.

The Joker
I’m starting to think that they should have done a Mortal Kombat vs. Batman game instead. Another great choice – I just hope they go with a Ledger/Grant Morrison-style interpretation of the character, smiling from ear to ear.

Shazam
Captain Marvel is even more out of place in a Mortal Kombat game than Superman. He’s a young boy that transforms into a magical superhero with a magic word for crying out loud! If Supes is squeaky clean, then Shazam is polished, buffed and lacquered.

[Having said that, I would’ve taken this if it meant the presence of Black Adam, but sadly it doesn’t.]


Say cheese!

The Flash
How does super-speed work in a fighting game? Handling Sonic in SSBB was hard enough – imagine controlling the Scarlet Speedster, who’s faster than the speed of light. Technically, he should be able to round up the entire cast in a few seconds, but that doesn’t make for good gaming now, does it? This may not be reality, but a comic or videogame needs to follow its own logic. Between the super-speed and the gaudy costume, the Flash just doesn’t fit here.


Wonder Woman: Warrior Princess.

Wonder Woman
Diana Prince, on the other hand, fits surprisingly well as the Amazonian Warrior Princess. If they emphasise her battle armour and weapon skills, Boon & Co. might just pull it off.


Deathstroke
I have to admit, I didn’t see this one coming at all. While Deathstroke is seemingly obscure compared to the likes of Lex and the Joker, his presence in a Mortal Kombat game makes a lot more sense. Deadly assassin? Check. Physical deformity? Check. Cool get-up? Check. A freakin’ samurai sword? Check, check and check.
Protip: Deathstroke once had his own series in 1991 called Deathstroke the Terminator. He was referred to exclusively as the Terminator for a good four years until Arnie hit the scene. Now he’s just called ‘Deathstroke’.

Lex Luthor
Love Lex as I do, I fail to see where he fits in the fighting game space. He’s essentially a bald scientist/tycoon in a suit, and while he’s not bad with the fisticuffs, he’s no match for the Scorpions, the Raidens, or even his most familiar foe in a fist-fight.

I suppose the purple-green Apokoliptian battle-suit will be making an appearance, then...

I suppose the purple-green Apokoliptian battle-suit will be making an appearance, then...

Darkseid
Well, one out of eight ain’t bad, is it? There’s not much I can say that I haven’t already said, but Darkseid currently stands as the most important villain in the DC Universe, and brings the necessary level of cosmic to give Supes and Hal some much-needed context…Brainiac would’ve been nice, though.

Compare that to some of my picks, and you have a chalk-and-cheese situation that dwarfs even the ridiculousness of Soulcalibur IV:

Darkseid
Manhunter
Copperhead
Mongul
Bane
Ra’s Al Ghul
Solomon Grundy
Black Adam

Notable (and disappointing) omissions include the likes of Mongul, Bane, Ra’s, Grundy, and especially Black Adam.

Hopefully DC Universe Online actually turns out to be a good game and balances out the universe.

Welcome to Bat-Shark Repellent!

Posted in Comics, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 1st May, 2009 by Adam Redsell

bat-shark-repellent

Hello. Hello? Is this thing on?

Welcome to my blog. This is hopefully the last of many blogs (check to the right if you’re curious), but what can I say? I’m feeling prolific at the moment. It’ll probably wear off, but I’ll give it a go.

Ummm…introduction, yes. My name is Adam Redsell, and I am an attention whore–I mean, I like writing. A lot. I’m what I like to call a ‘culture vulture’ – videogames, comics, film, music – I just lap it up. But having experienced so much of it, I’m also a harsh bastard.

That’s why I’m using this blog to review comic books (and what better day to start than Free Comic Book Day?). Now here’s the thing: I’ll mostly be reviewing comics of the DC superhero variety. I do branch out occasionally into the realms of Dark Horse, Marvel, and the indies, but the bread and butter of my comic reading regimen is pretty much Batman and Superman prancing about saving the world, K? I’ll also be reviewing comics that I’ve bought with my own money. What that means is there may not be too many negative reviews here unless I bought a lemon, or my favourite writer has a bad hair day. Because I’m not in the habit of wasting money.

(Basically, if you see a review up here, take it as a recommendation at first glance, but read on anyway, you presumptuous git.)

Hopefully those things don’t preclude me from writing entertaining reviews. That’s what the blog title is supposed to elicit: comics are, above all things, entertaining. Packing and pacing a self-contained story, often within the framework of an over-arching, greater story, all within the confines of 22 pages. That’s better than TV, is what that is.

And yes, Batman does actually keep shark repellent in his utility belt. I’ve seen it.