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New Comic Wednesday is bringing an awesome mix of new comics. Here are six spotlight previews from various publishers. I had no idea there was a He-Man/Thundercats series and now I’ll have to try an track down the first three issues!

DC COMICS

 Superman 15 HeMan Thundercats 4

Superman #15
Description: “MULTIPLICITY” part two! Superman and New Super-Man fight alongside an army of Supermen from across the Multiverse against the threat trying to wipe them all out of existence! Plus, Jon and his neighbor Kathy investigate a hidden horror that seems to be growing in their town.
Writers: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi | Artists: Doug Mahnke

He-Man/Thundercats #4
Description: It’s the battle you’ve waited to see! With the Ancient Spirits of Evil ravaging Eternia, Lion-O rushes to aid the Masters of the Universe in defending their world. The only thing standing in his way is…He-Man?! The epic battle between the super-heroic 1980s icons breaks loose as the Sword of Power clashes with the Sword of Omens! This one you do not want to miss!
Writers: Lloyd Goldfine, Rob David | Artist: Freddie E Williams II

MARVEL COMICS

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IVX #2
Description: The Inhumans have failed to find a way to stop the deadly effect the Terrigen Cloud has on Mutantkind, so the X-Men have taken matters into their own hands. New Attilan is under attack! The Inhumans aren’t surrendering their home without a fight, but is there something larger a stake?
Writer: Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule | Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Cover

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #10
Description: Poe and Threepio’s covert mission comes to an end! Can they escape with their informant intact? Or will Terex’s past come back to haunt them?
Writer: Charles Soule | Artist: Phil Noto

DARK HORSE COMICS

Angel Season 11 Issue 1 Dark Horse Presents 30

Angel Season 11 #1
Description: It will take an Angel and a goddess to save the world! Vampire Angel is tormented by a vision linking his shameful past to something very big—and very bad—that is coming. The goddess Illyria gives Angel some insight and incentive. Then she really gets involved, and Angel discovers that it might be possible to change the future by changing the past.
Writer: Corinna Bechko | Artist: Geraldo Borges

Dark Horse Presents #30
Description: Paul Levitz, Carla Speed McNeil, Francesco Francavilla, and more are featured in this month’s issue of the award-winning Dark Horse Presents! Continuing stories include Dean Haspiel’s The Red Hook; Dan Jolley and John Nadeau’s Murder Society; and The Black Sinister by Kaare Andrews, Troy Nixey, and Dave McCaig; as well as McNeil’s Finder, Francavilla’s The Black Beetle, and Levitz’s Brooklyn Blood, illustrated by Tim Hamilton!
Writers: Various | Artists: Various

These issues come out on January 18, 2017, or do you prefer graphic novels? Here is an awesome selection for sale…


What is coming out on Wednesday, September 16, 2015? Here are six spotlight issues from a variety of publishers.

MARVEL COMICS

Cover Star Wars 9 Cover Agent Carter

Star Wars #9
Description: Luke’s lightsaber has been stolen and he must retrieve it! Meanwhile, the Imperials are closing in on Han and Leia… set upon them by a mysterious woman from Han’s past!
Writer: Jason Aaron | Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen

Agent Carter: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1
Description: Agent Carter is back in an all-new adventure that reveals her secret history with S.H.I.E.L.D.! When Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit her to S.H.I.E.L.D., will Peggy join up or go her own way? Operation S.I.N.s crackerjack team of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis return to the world of Peggy Carter!
Writer: Kathryn Immonen | Artist: Rich Ellis

DC COMICS

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Wonder Woman #44
Description: Wonder Woman is on the trail of Donna Troy, who seeks refuge in London from both Diana and her past. But a new friend may be more trouble than help for the fleeing Amazon outcast!
Writer: Meredith Finch | Artists: Jonathan Glapion, David Finch

Harley Quinn #20
Description: Like Los Angeles didn’t have enough problems with DC Comics moving in, now Harley Quinn is determined to take over Tinseltown! She’s an overnight entertainment sensation, but will the industry survive Harley’s fifteen minutes of fame?
Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner | Artist: John Timms

DARK HORSE

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Plants vs Zombies: Grown Sweet Home #4
Description: A new story arc begins! A group of young plants move out of Crazy Dave’s garage and into his huge family mansion in Neighborville. But why is Dr. Zomboss spying on them? Artist Andie Tong joins writer Paul Tobin for this three-issue arc! Bonus stories by Karim Friha!
Writer: Paul Tobin | Artist: Andie Tong, Karim Friha

The Paybacks #1
Description: REPO SUPERMEN! Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! From the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill! Being a superhero has a price. Meet the team that collects it. A superhero comedy for the debt-ridden generation! Unicorn!
Writers: Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal | Artist: Geoff Shaw

What will you be picking up this week?

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In Part 1 of “The Most Famous Robots That Never Lived” we talked about three of the most influential robots in pop culture history; the T-800 from The Terminator, Rosie from The Jetsons, and the robot from Lost in Space. Today we take a look at four more such robots.

Star Wars: C-3PO,R2D2

C-3PO and R2D2 from Star Wars
This robotic odd couple brought some comic relief to the epic sci-fi franchise, and in the process became two of the most famous robots in entertainment history. C-3PO is the uptight straight man, while R2 is the zany little guy who only speaks in beeps and whirrs. The two did their part to bring down the Empire, with more than a few great one-liners and classic moments in the process.

Kitt from the TV Series Knight Rider

KITT from Knight Rider
It is because of this robot that a generation of young boys grew up desperately wanting a talking Pontiac Firebird. The Knight Industries Two Thousand, better known as KITT, was chock full of gadgets to help Michael Knight stop crime in its tracks — and swoop the ladies off their feet.

Hal 3000

HAL9000 from 2001, A Space Odyssey
HAL is one of the best movie villains ever, even though he is just an ever-present, all-knowing red eye. He is one of the first film examples of technology gone wrong, of a machine that takes matters — and lives — into its own hands. Though soft spoken and kindly (and a good chess player), HAL has other plans in store for the crew of astronauts venturing to Jupiter.

This guest post was written by Kellen Graham, part-time robot enthusiast and full-time phlebotomist and whose writing has also appeared on onlineclasses.net.

 

My apologies for the slow down of articles, but I just got my hands on Dead Rising 2 and I can’t put it down. They took the awesome original game and added to it, making it even more awesome. This isn’t the only cool game coming out soon, we have these new and classic gems that are coming out…

X-Men Arcade

X-Men: The Arcade Game
One of the best arcades ever is finally coming to a home via the X-Box Marketplace and PS3s. The game allows for 6 player co-op online or a 4 player local co-op. The game is unchanged from the classic version, it allows you to play as Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Dazzler, Colossus or Nightcrawler as you battle the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and Magneto across levels. Included in the Brotherhood are Pyro, the Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, the White Queen, Juggernaut and Mystique. One thing that is really cool is that the game allows for Online Drop-in when multiplayer is activated. This allows your friends to jump in on the battle at any time while playing. The game will be available for download at the end of the year.

Star Wars The Force Unleashed II

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
You don’t have to be a fan of Star Wars to enjoy the Force Unleashed, it is for everyone that likes epic sci-fi or action stories. Once again you take on the role of Starkiller, Darth Vader’s once apprentice, as you hunt down his long lost love and avoid Vader. You’ll have to harness the full powers of the Force and wield dual lightsabers as you battle through worlds from all of the Star Wars movies. The game comes out later this month on October 26th, 2010.

WWE Raw vs Smackdown 2011

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011
The latest edition of the wrestling franchise promises an ever changing gameplay based on players decisions, which can lead to “spontaneous WWE action in and out of the ring”.  They are trying hard to make each match unique to keep gameplay fresh and unpredictable.  The game features 70 superstars including the ones you’d expect like John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Kane and the Undertaker, but in addition to them are legends including Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, and Bret “The Hitman” Hart to name a few. Something to really look forward to? An online Royal Rumble, hell yeah. You can get your hands on this also on October 26th, 2010.

What video games are you looking forward to?

Star Wars Saga

Yesterday, along with a couple friends, I engaged in the ultimate geek test and watched all six Star Wars films back to back (on a 73 inch HD TV).  We started with the prequels and ended with the special editions of the original trilogy in an effort to watch “George Lucas’ vision” of the series. Or rather, the updated “vision”.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Sadly, the opening crawl sucks and it sets a bad tone right from the get go. Made before Lucas decided to fully switch to shooting in digital, Menace was shot on film and is stunning. The colors are rich, the sets appear more real and the whole film is simply beautiful. Sadly, that doesn’t save the film from being epically boring.  Menace is a bad film to start a 13 plus hour movie marathon as it sucks the life from the room. The movie is one Senate meeting after another with a lot of political talking, one missed fight that had potential (why didn’t Maul jump on the escaping ship and try to slaughter them all?), a Jedi DNA test (really? seriously? it is just that easy?), and thankfully, it ends with a glimmer of hope for the rest of the series with one of the best on screen duels ever put on film. The acting was sub par all around, except for Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn, who is spot on perfect. After filming, Neeson commented on shooting the film by saying “We are basically puppets. I don’t think I can live with the inauthenticity of movies anymore.” And after watching The Phantom Menace again, I agree with him.

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

After Menace we can only go up from here, right? Well, we start off with a really good opening crawl that sets the tone perfectly. What follows… I can’t even begin to describe. The film is a mess of a hundred different things happening with no reason at all or even any importance.  The most interesting concept that is brought up is the history of the mysterious Jedi that ordered the clone army to be created. This will have a huge pay off in a later film, right? Lucas wouldn’t introduce a cool concept than just ditch it right? (Spoiler Alert!) It is never mentioned again throughout the whole series. Fail. In fact, after a pretty cool opening sequence, the whole movie just fails.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Okay, after watching Episode I and II back to back, Revenge of the Sith is awesome (although it is still not a good film). The story is straight forward and the action is intense and fast.  The “reveal” of Palpatine being the Emperor is done in a lackluster throwaway style (after two films of building up to him), and the reason of Anakin Skywalker’s turn to the dark side is goofy and abrupt. He wants to be able to get the power to stop death? Really? That is it. And to do so he is perfectly fine with killing a room full of children. Um… okay.  Portman is underused, but that is probibly a good thing with how bad her romantic scenes with Christensen were in Clones. It is good to see Obi-Wan Kenobi finally become a complete badass. Mace, we barely got to know you. The end fight is good, in fact, all of the fights are pretty good. In the last five minutes Lucas despertly tries to tie the prequels into the later films. He wipes the droids memories (and apparently everyone else just forgets about them), has the last of the Jedi go into hiding, etc. Um, why don’t Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Jimmy Smits try to band together with any other survivors to stop the Empire from growing into what they become in…

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Ah, what a breath of fresh air.  We slow down a bit from the breakneck pacing of Episode III. We find out what the force is again, and hey, it is completely different than how it was described in Episode I.  In fact, every fact we get about the past is completely different than the prequels.You know, watching his original Star Wars would have been a good place for Lucas to start before sitting down to write the prequels. Rewatching A New Hope after the prequels makes me remember how important Han Solo is to the series. The prequels have no one that is anything like him. An outsider (much like ourselves) that is drawn into the conflict and doesn’t believe or care about the nonsense that is the force or the rebellion.  This got me ready for…

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Empire is entertaining from the beginning to the end. It expands upon the first one. Vader steps up from coming off as a hired muscle to being a vicious leader (who only answers to the Emperor). From the release of Empire we should have expected Lucas’ later behavior with changing things around and redoing the series, because the film changes a lot of things that were established in A New Hope.  Yoda’s introduction as crazy old creature stole the show and is absolutely perfect. That sequence alone excels The Empire Strikes Back into being the best Star Wars film.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

I HATE HATE HATE the new opening to Return of the Jedi. This was my first exposure to the big lip song and dance number and it is a horrible way to start the film. God, what was Lucas on when he inserted this sequence into the film? Once we get past that, we get a really great closing act to the series. From the moment he steps on screen to the film’s close, this is Luke Skywalker’s movie. He steals and chews through every scene he is in.  I have to ask, after rewatching everything, why in the world do people like Boba Fett? He is a completely useless character that doesn’t even do anything before he meets his end through physical comedy. There are a bunch of logic gaps and plot holes, but overall the film works.  I know this has been said time and again, but having young Anakin’s spirit at the end of the film doesn’t make a lick of sense with having Yoda and Obi-Wan’s spirits being old. He should have replaced everyone, or kept them all old, or as a friend suggested have them morph from old to young, or… you get the picture.

Wow, that was a long day and I have a Star Wars hang over, but it was well worth it. In conclusion, after watching all six Star Wars movies back to back, I have come to the firm realization that they are two completely different film trilogies that don’t fit together at all. Completely different universes that share some similar characters.

LucasArts and BioWare are teaming up to develop Star Wars: The Old Republic, a massively multiplayer online game (MMO for short) that lets players choose to become a Jedi, Sith, or someone caught between the warring fractions. The game takes place more than 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader as a truce between the Sith Empire and the Republic begins to crumble apart and the events in the game lead the galaxy towards and all-out war.

The game’s official site has issued a press release with a lot more information on the game, continue reading to check it out.

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