Dragon Prince #1 Review

Starting any comic with a wounded crimson dragon being attacked by gun wielding motor cyclists in an ancient rice filed is certainly attention grabbing. Writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade) is no stranger to the worlds of mysticism coupled with heroism, and here he distinguishes himself from the pack yet again by offering another creator-owned adventure. We soon learn that the man versus dragon battle is being relayed by a single mother to her young son, Aaron. The boy seems vaguely interested in such bed-time tales, until the next day at school, when his regular bullying gets him all riled up, triggering a transformation within him in which he vomits fire and turns pale green. How embarrassing. Running away from school, leaving a crispy bully in his wake, he arrives home to find his mother, who is not surprised at all by these life changing events. In fact, she expected them. She tells Aaron that it was only a matter of time until his true heritage would be shown. With elements of teens becoming something other than human and manifesting new powers it resembles early X-Men, and together with the whole “My Dad’s a dragon?!” vibe, there’s also a tinge of Phil Hester’s Firebreather. And that’s a good thing. Lee Moder’s art is superb as always, giving both the home/playground settings as much familiarity as the more fantastic realms, but with a dynamic nature evident in both worlds. Where the series goes from here will be an interesting lesson in patience. Hopefully Marz manages to pull a few surprises from his hat to keep both newbies and jaded fanboys entranced until the final issue. A kid-friendly, simple story with a cool looking tattooed dragon hunter and a boy on the run, and in way over his head. Dragon Prince will be an oasis to those seeking relief from the “edgy,” and mature epics currently clogging the shelves.

Arkham Asylum Screenshots

Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have officially released 16 pics of next year’s Batman: Arkham Asylum game. A next-gen game set in the nuthouse for Batman’s rogues gallery is a great concept, and from these pics it certainly looks dark enough. Visit here for the full 16, and you can see a lumbering Killer Croc, a Batarang heading towards some baddies faces below. The game includes 3rd person combat, plus some detective elements, and is written by familiar Bat-scribe, Paul Dini, and even features Mark Hamill as the voice of the Joker, the role he owned in the excellent Batman: The Animated Series from the 1990s. With this game, and the upcoming MK vs DC Universe and DC Universe Online games, DC might finally have a chance at competing with the awesome slate of Marvel games that we’ve been blessed with over the last few years.