The Walking Dead Game Trailer

Now available is the very well reviewed first episode of The Walking Dead game, based on the hugely popular comic and TV series. Below is a trailer and all the necessary info.

Telltale Games today released an all-new trailer focusing in on the story of ‘A New Day,’ the first episode of The Walking Dead games series based on Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series.

Players will be able to experience the first episode of the summer-long adventure horror series, which arrived today* for download on PlayStation®Network, PC and Mac, and will release very soon on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360.

Episode one, ‘A New Day’ and the following four episodes deliver an experience tailored by the decisions that each player makes, leading to multiple paths through the story. Players take on the role of Lee Everett, a man convicted of murder, now given newfound freedom and a chance at redemption in a world devastated by the undead.  Intense life or death situations will force the player to explore the darker sides of human nature, and they will meet familiar characters and visit locations from the world created by Robert Kirkman, foreshadowing the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead comics.  The first episode will sell for 400 Microsoft® Points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, $4.99 on PlayStation Network and on PC and Mac as a season pass covering all five episodes for $24.99 from the Telltale Online Store and other digital distribution outlets.

Telltale would like to remind fans that they can purchase the game for PC or Mac via their Telltale Online Store and via Valve’s Steam service, as well as other digital distribution services.

Telltale plans to release The Walking Dead for Apple’s iOS platform later this summer.

The Walking Dead is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language by the ESRB.

For more information on the game, visit the official websiteFacebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead comic books, visitwww.skybound.com.

Top Shelf and Dark Horse Digital Sale

I forgot to mention this a couple of days ago, but Top Shelf are having a huge digital sale. Make the most of it. There’s also two new, and cheap, digital comics, and to make it a hat trick, Top Shelf are also giving the curious a free sampler. Official lowdown of all these cheap and free goodies below.

To spread the joy around, we’re offering a slew of hot books in digital form at crazy-low prices — so fans who can’t make it to Portland or NYC aren’t left out, and fans who DO come to the shows can try out everything before buying signed copies this weekend!

Blue – $0.99
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland – $7.99
The Pterodactyl Hunters – $1.99
Lost Dogs – $1.99
Essex County – $4.99
Any Empire – $5.99
Swallow Me Whole – $4.99
Infinite Kung Fu – $5.99
Too Cool To Be Forgotten – $2.99
Box Office Poison – $4.99
Liar’s Kiss – $4.99
Underwire – $1.99

That’s a dozen of the industry’s greatest graphic novels for under fifty bucks! Do yourself a favor and load up — these prices are only valid through Sunday, April 29!

Digital exclusives: Rob Walton’s RAGMOP & Alex Robinson’s LOWER REGIONS: DEFENSE OF THE WEST GATE!

Two veteran indie cartoonists have released their first ever digital-exclusive graphic novels with Top Shelf! First, Rob Walton presents the new edition of his cult favorite RAGMOP, a completely loony romp through time and space jam-packed with talking dinosaurs, evil popes, fallen angels, balsa wood spaceships, interstellar coffee corporations, rival assassins from competing global conspiracies, countless sight gags and pop-culture parodies, and debates over everything from politico-economic theory to quantum physics to the merits of mid-century animators. (whew!) It’s 422 massive pages for only $7.99!

Also, Alex Robinson returns with a sequel to his exuberant fantasy dungeon-crawl LOWER REGIONS! The new book,LOWER REGIONS: DEFENSE OF THE WEST GATE, switches perspective to the neurotic, terrified bug-creatures assigned to guard one particular dungeon gate. Plus: a brand-new bonus story, “FIGHT!!” in which our barbarian heroine battles an undead curse! These hilarious and thrilling tales are only$1.99 for 25 pages.

 

FREE Digital Action Pack available now!

 

Savvy to digital comics and looking for something new to read? Curious about e-reading and hesitant to take the plunge? Look no further than the Top Shelf Action Pack, packed with 168 pages of our most thrilling comics, and yours for the price of ZERO!

Inside are full chapters from seven graphic novels: Infinite Kung FuThe Homeland DirectiveLost DogsFrom Hell,SuperF*ckersBighead, and Any Empire!

It’s available on Comixology and iVerse now, with more formats coming soon. Check it out!

 

Finally, Dark Horse are celebrating their one year digital anniversary. Details below.

DARK HORSE DIGITAL ANNIVERSARY SALE

DARK HORSE DIGITAL CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR! 

Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning one year old this Friday. To thank our loyal fans, Dark Horse announces an anniversary appreciation discount.

This weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10% off all titles in the web store, with an additional coupon to newsletter subscribers and new subscribers who have signed up by this Thursday. And yes, the coupon stacks with an even greater discount off your order!

The sale starts this Friday (April 27) and ends Sunday (April 29) at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your discount on some incredible comics.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011 and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership featuring it’s most popular, best selling titles including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan and Mass Effect as well as exclusive digital only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2 & Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. We currently offer thousands of comics and are continuing to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both theAndroid (beta) and iOS apps.

Extra Sequential Podcast #89-Fave Comic Book Films

70 mins. How many movies based on comic books have there been in the last few years? Heaps. How many of them have been awesome? Far less. We offer our ten fave films, and not many of our selections feature superheroes! Also, Katrina and the Waves, and a dancing Emperor Palpatine.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Eric Powell’s The Goon #39. Funniest superhero pardoy. Ever.

Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett is Dead #1 from Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf. A cool whodunit in space.

Joe Sacco’s journalistic comic Footnotes in Gaza.

Seizure magazine writing competition.

China Mieville’s Embassytown.

11:30 NEWS

Fox announced an Axe Cop animated series! Oh yeah.

Carla Speed McNeill’s Finder: Voice becomes LA Times’ Best Graphic Novel

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5

15:28 THEME – BEST COMIC BOOK FILMS

We choose our 5 fave films each and offer a few surprises, as well as some that almost made our lists, guilty pleasures, and the worst comic films.

The Avengers. A fun, and funny superhero epic.

American Splendor. Curmudgeon Harvey Pekar’s life.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World. A charming video game aesthetic, and many pop culture references.

Blueberry. Based on Moebius’ Wild West adventure. Also known as Renegade, and also featuring great trippy sequences.

X-Men: First Class. Groovy baby.

Ghost in the Shell anime. A Sci-fi classic. Perty too.

30 Days of Night. Thrilling, and with truly scary vampires.

Ghost World. Two girls befriend a sad Steve Buscemi.

Justice League: Doom. Animated film in which Batman betrays the Justice League. Accidentally.

Persepolis. French animated film about coming of age in Tehran.

 

 

The Avengers Review

As a DC Comics fan, at least until lately when they unnecessarily rebooted their entire line, I was always hoping to see a Justice League film on the big screen. Alas, it looks like that won’t be happening for a long time. The Avengers will do very nicely however. Effectively, it is now the template for superhero films, and more specifically superhero team films. It embraces the wonder of world ending danger, cool costumes and memorable characters with unabashed fervour. Ah, to think how far we’ve come since the first X-Men film, with their black leather outfits.

I saw this at a midnight premiere and the place was packed, including audience members resembling a female Loki, Captain America, Thor, Wasp, Black Widow and an Iron Man with a cardboard helmet. The last time I experienced such united enthusiasm in a cinema was when I saw Star Wars Episode 1. However, at least The Avengers deserves it, and exceeds the hype. There was joyful applause as the familiar Marvel logo opened the film, and when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) first arrived on the screen, there was even more applause. And the laughs. Wow. There’s more laughs in this than a Judd Apatow movie. Surprisingly, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) get the two biggest guffaws in the 140 minute film, but most other characters get their time to bring the chuckles too.

This is what a cinematic experience should be like. I think we were also amongst the first people to see the third The Dark Knight Rises trailer (it looked new to me), although it still isn’t getting me excited, but thankfully villain Bane’s distorted speech issues have been fixed and his menacing, Batman breaking tone is now crystal clear.

Writer and director Joss Whedon was made for this film, having written Marvel comics Astonishing X-Men, and Runaways over the years and as a unabashed fanboy, he knows what us comics readers are after, although The Avengers isn’t steeped in in-jokes to make it inaccessible to those who aren’t comics enthusiasts, but if you are curious about these characters, check out the first two awesome volumes of The Ultimates comics by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch.

Whedon is a master storyteller and has loyal fans for a reason. From creating and guiding Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse, Whedonites will know what to expect here. There’s the aforementioned laughs, tied to some great emotional character moments, there are females who are more than just eye candy while the boys do all the fighting, and there is an end of the world threat that amps up the drama and tension. Most of the latter is initially displayed as the team is assembled. Iron Man is the central player, while Thor and Hulk show up later, but Hulk’s alter ego (played wonderfully skittishly by Ruffalo) Bruce Banner has a lot of screen time too. Whedon knows who these superheroes are and infuses the dialogue with their personalities. Captain America’s old time values, Iron Man’s witty, casual charm, Thor’s bemusement at his team-mates, and the shared history between Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is handled superbly, with great emotion. It’s clear that these two non-powered heroes have an interesting intertwined past, just like in the comics.

There’s no need to see the previous so-called films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that began with 2008’s Iron Man, but you will need a basic understanding of who these characters are, and being familiar with the events of Thor will help. Captain America is the only character to receive a brief origin recap, but the rest of the team will be known to most viewers. There’s no need to see the 3D version of The Avengers. It’s incorporated nicely, but you’ll barely notice why you’re wearing the fancy glasses.

Within the opening minutes, the Chitauri alien race is revealed, as is Thor’s half brother Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) plan to use them to dominate us pesky humans as, in his demented mind, freedom is an annoying desire and we’d be much better of without it.

The whole alien race aspect is handled well, especially considering after a handful of Marvel films, the subject has never been broached, although I guess Thor’s film comes closest, with the Nine Realms concept.

The action in these films will never really match what the comics can do with an unlimited budget, but this is perhaps the closest Hollywood has come to replicating Earth’s devastation, or rather New York’s devastation. Before we get to the Chitauri vs The Avengers battle though, there are more than enough fisticuffs and gunplay. We see Hawkeye fighting Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America facing off against one another, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) versus a plane, and Hulk versus pretty much anything that moves. The action scenes are never pointless and always serve to drive the story forward. The finale is stunning, and it’s awesome to see Whedon finally unleashed on a big budget epic. There’s a singular tracking shot through the skies of New York that is truly worthy of superheroism.

There’s enough nuggets to keep Marvel fans happy, with both Stark Tower and the Helicarrier making their debuts, the obligatory Stan Lee cameo (close to the end), and the inclusion of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), and like all of the previous Marvel films, there is an extra scene after the credits. Thankfully though, this bonus appears after the brief main end credits so you don’t have to sit through 10 minutes of scrolling names. It is worth staying for, and anyone who’s familiar with Marvel’s cosmic villains will know who shows his face.

There’s also a couple of Biblical references which was nice. Thanks Whedon! This is the best version of Hulk on the big screen too. He’s genuinely menacing and as most others will say, will probably serve as the breakout character. It’s hard not to see Hulk do his thing and be taken aback by the sheer coolness of it all. Expect to see more Hulk t-shirts in the coming weeks.

It’s difficult to say anything more than, “see this film, as this is how superhero movies should be made,” as it deserves to be enjoyed as a cinematic experience. So – see this film.

Extermination from BOOM! Studios

Here’s the press release about a June launching series from BOOM! Studios, plus the variant covers, and four text-free preview pages. Looks pretty good, and intense.

BOOM! STUDIOS LAUNCHES EXTERMINATION, ALL-NEW ORIGINAL ONGOING SERIES WRITTEN BY SIMON SPURRIER. FULL FIRST ISSUE ONLY $1.

This June, BOOM! Studios launches EXTERMINATION, an all-new ongoing super-hero thriller written by Simon Spurrier (X-CLUB, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT, CROSSED, WOLVERINE: DANGEROUS GAMES) and drawn by rising star Jeffrey Edwards, with a full 22-page first issue for only $1!

WE LOST. THEY WON. In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination. Two arch-enemies, Nox, a driven hero, and Red Reaper, a ruthless villain, form a volatile partnership for the greater good. The enemy of your enemy is your friend — but will they be able to ultimately put aside their bitter past to prevent global genocide? What happens when all the battle lines are redrawn and foes become unlikely allies in a desperate war for the fate of the very planet — and the outcome of a species?

Title ships in June with main covers by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Michael Gaydos, James Harren, and Frazer Irving, as well as James Harren and Trevor Hairsine sketch covers. There will also be a special 1:100, CGC certified 9.8 Near Mint sketch variant by legendary artist John Cassaday.

“Si Spurrier is a massive talent,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “With EXTERMINATION, he’s boldly exploring the dark crevices of the entire superhero genre. Not to be missed!”

“I love the premise of this post-apocalyptic series,“ says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “At $1 for the first full issue and with this exciting cover line-up and a killer creative team, this book is ready to catch on fire.”

EXTERMINATION is written by Simon Spurrier (X-CLUB, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT, CROSSED, WOLVERINE: DANGEROUS GAMES) and drawn by rising star Jeffrey Edwards.

Title ships in June with main covers by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Michael Gaydos, James Harren and Frazer Irving. As well as James Harren and Trevor Hairsine sketch covers, and a special 1:100, CGC certified 9.8 Near Mint variant by legendary artist John Cassaday. This title ships for $1 with a Diamond Order Code of APR120887.

Marathon Review

This was a pleasant surprise. Coming in June from First Second is this great historical adventure tale form Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnai. Here’s my rather glowing review.

Extra Sequential Podcast #88-Are Superheroes Relevant?

58 mins. We examine the role superheroes play, what stories they can tell, and how far they’ve come since their roots from the pulp era. Also, multiple Boba Fetts, and Jean-Claude Van Damme vs a pinata.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The Shadow #1

Alabaster: Wolves #1

America’s Got Powers #1

Marathon OGN

Supanova haul, and Milk Shadow Books

The end of this very podcast as of episode 90 : (

10:12 NEWS

Comiczone moving

Free Comic Book Day

Chris Roberson quits/get fired from DC Comics

16:13 THEME-THE RELEVANCE OF SUPERHEROES

We look at how superheroes have changed from their pulp roots and talk about how superheroes are viewed, and the kinds of stories that can be told with the genre.