Secret Wars – Week Twelve

First up this week we have a new issue of Marvel Zombies, featuring Elsa Bloodstone.

This comic continues to impress, and opens with the aftermath of an Elsa vs zombie M.O.D.O.K. (aka M.O.D.O.C. – Moribund Organism Designed Only for Cannibalism). From there, we move on to some epic sarcasm, a strange stalker, and more about Elsa’s relationship with her father. In Elsa’s original comics, she had no relationship with her father – she only discovered that he was a monster hunter after he died. The back story of this version of Elsa makes her so much more complex, and gives her a reason to be sarcastic all the time. She’s become a very well constructed and real character. She fights against some of her father’s teachings while striving to perfect others, and that internal conflict makes this comic brilliant.

Of course, before long, her little companion gets into trouble (and it’s not all his fault) and Elsa has to embark on a rescue mission against a shape-shifting zombie version of herself, and that’s not the big surprise ending! See, these zombies are well fed for one reason only: They have a captive Deadpool, and are taking advantage of his regeneration abilities!

This week also sees the return of Old Man Logan, who we last saw preparing to go toe-to-toe with Apocalypse.

Old Man Logan #3 (2015) - Page 1

Before the fight starts, a Thor interrupts and gives Logan a chance to escape. He meets up briefly with X-Man Tabitha Smith (who first appeared in Secret Wars II), and then gets into a fight with that Thor and ends up in Technopolis with Tony Stark. Logan, being Logan, gets into another fight with another Thor, and ends up in the badlands. This issue got a little muddy, but because the first two issues were so good, I’m hoping the next one ties it all up nicely.

The third story I’m going to talk about this week is Star Lord and Kitty Pryde.

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 (2015) - Page 1

This one is impressive for many reasons – first off, this features the Peter Quill that escaped Earth with Reed Richards and the others. He’s hiding out in Manhattan using the pseudonym Steve Rodgers, and is making a living singing Disney songs to a crowd that’s never heard of Disney movies. His manager is a version of Drax that has more in common with Lorne from the TV series Angel. While Peter is singing, in comes Kitty Pryde, who is tracking anomalies for the Doom foundation, and this Kitty’s got claws – specifically a set of Wolverine claws.

Kitty meets with Gambit, and Peter spots her, goes over to her, and after a quick tussle with Gambit, grabs her and kisses her. Of course, this Kitty doesn’t know Peter Quill, so he gets a swift punch in the jaw, at which point his blood hits Kitty’s anomaly sensor.

So, Peter and Kitty end up joined, not in matrimony as Peter wants, but in handcuffs as she begins to gleefully drag him away to Doomgard. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more in this series. It’s the first side-story featuring one of the Earth-616 survivors, and it promises to be be pretty funny!

Stay tuned for more from the Battleworld next week, and let me know in the comments if there’s a story I haven’t covered that you want me to talk about!

While You Were Sleeping: Dragon Quest XI Announced For PS4, 3DS & NX

Hey everybody! Been a little over a month since I posted, but seeing as we’ve been in a post-E3 news drought, can you blame me? Well good news, while you were sleeping, or watching Netflix and chilling, Square Enix held a press conference to announce some new lineups to their 2nd biggest franchise, Dragon Quest.

To get some of the smaller news out of the way, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 was announced for 3DS and Dragon Quest X was announced for PS4 and NX(but neither as of this writing were confirmed to come to the West). DQMJ3 is slated to come out sometime after Dragon Quest Builders which is coming out Winter 2015. I’d be surprised if DQX came out Q4 2016 at the earliest.

Now onto the main course, Dragon Quest XI will be coming to 3DS, PS4, and NX(the Wii-U is now almost as officially dead as the PS Vita). The PS4 and NX versions will be running on Unreal Engine 4, and the 3DS will have a separate version made by Toy Logic which will feature split screen and downgraded sprite models. If the difference is confusing to you, watch both videos. This will be similar to what Ni no Kuni did between the PS3 and NDS versions of that game.

No release window has been set yet, but if I had to place a bet I’d guess Q2 2017 based on all other Square Enix projects. Are you excited about any of the new Dragon Quest titles? Leave a comment below.

Heroes Reborn Teases Us With Some Prequel Madness

So I am not sure any of us here at GotR headquarters are super excited about Heroes: Reborn. We want to be wrong though. Each of us is hoping that maybe, just maybe, Heroes: Reborn will impress us and perhaps revive a franchise that quite frankly, failed us more and more as it continued on.

The web content in this article does not inspire thoughts of greatness. Honestly though, what web content based on a tv show ever has? With that in mind, the idea of seeing what has happened between the time Claire Bennett jumped off that carousel in front of dozens of news crews to now? That’s got my interest. I think I will be tuning into all of these prequel videos, just as I will be watching Heroes: Reborn. Just know that it will be more for curiosity sake than a belief in its quality.

I hope I am wrong. Take a look:

So what do you think? Am I being to harsh to a show that changed comic books shows forever? Tell us in the comments below!

Welcome To The 76th Annual Hunger Games

My dear Ms. Everdeen. Make no mistake. The game is coming to its end.

This is a theme near the end of The Hunger Games. That this system of humility that are the games is made worse by a psychopathic dictator Coriolanus Snow. He thinks that ALL of these events are a game. So much so that even it is evident he has lost, he still wants to continuing playing just long enough to see how many people he can kill.

That’s where the fourth movie of the trilogy comes in. (Ya, I know what I said, its still true!). How do you truly win a war against a person like that? How do you start a new society when his shadow still remains? Check out the preview and tell us what you think down below in the comments!

The Season Two Gotham Trailer Is No Joke

Somewhere in between Batman: Year One and the main continuity of the Batman comics, James Gordon does the seemingly impossible. He pisses off enough people that they make him Commissioner of the GCPD (which IS a political position).

Gotham seeks to explain how that is possible. This trailer for season two might be possibly giving us a few hints. So check it out!

So what do you think? Does Gordon go too far? Who’s that with the whip? Is Jerome as the Joker confirmed? Let us know in the comments!