Friday, March 31, 2017

Capcom Goes Retro With the Announcement of The Disney Afternoon Collection


Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with a Throwback Pack Filled 
with Six Classic Games from Disney and Capcom

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games announced The Disney Afternoon Collection, a compilation of six games that feature beloved Disney TV characters from the 80s and 90s in fun-filled adventures. The beautifully restored classic games feature crisp 1080p HD support and include all-new modes that can be enjoyed by first-time players and long-time fans. TheDisney Afternoon Collection will be available as a digital download across North America and Europe for $19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99 starting on April 18, 2017 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Players will be able to relive their childhood afternoons with Disney and explore these pieces of gaming history with classics including:
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers – This classic lets players team up with a friend in co-op play as they assume the roles of the mischievous Chip and Dale as they take on memorable villain Fat Cat and attempt to solve the mystery of a missing kitten.
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 – Fat Cat has escaped and his plans are even more dastardly this time. The titular heroes and supporting cast Monterey Jack, Gadget, and Zipper must stop Fat Cat from his evil dream of world domination!
  • Darkwing Duck – Play as the original caped crusader and fight a city full of criminals from the infamous F.O.W.L. organization in this action-packed platforming epic.
  • DuckTales – In this iconic platforming adventure, players help Scrooge McDuck fill his feathery pockets with vast riches from across the world.
  • DuckTales 2 – The sequel to the original game comes jam-packed with more action and an even bigger caper set in new locations like the Bermuda Triangle and Niagara Falls!
  • TaleSpin – Take to the skies as Baloo the bear navigates his plane through exotic and dangerous locations in this side-scrolling shoot-em-up.
All six games are new and improved HD versions of the originals and feature a number of filtering options that replicate a classic retro look and feel. This collection also offers new ways to play with Boss Rush and Time Attack modes for each game. In Boss Rush mode, players battle through challenging boss encounters consecutively, while Time Attack mode encourages time-based gameplay and provides online leaderboards that track the fastest times for each game. A new “Rewind” feature makes these challenging titles more accessible for newcomers, with the option to rewind time and enjoy a swift recovery from blunders. Additionally, the in-game Disney Museum will provide history buffs with a wealth of content to celebrate the era of the original releases, such as concept art, advertisements, character art, and music – all preserved in their original glory.

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The Black Eyed Peas Debut All-New Original Graphic Novel


From the mind of seven-time Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist, from the Black Eyed Peas, comes an all-new graphic novel created with artist Damion Scott (All-New Ghost Rider, Marvel’s Hip-Hop Variants), Marvel Comics presents MASTERS OF THE SUN – THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES.

Mixing LA Gang culture, B-Boy-ism, and Egyptology, MASTERS OF THE SUN – THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES fuses together the genres of music and comics and tells the complete tale of a retro futuristic zombie thriller, mixed with action, suspense, and horror unlike anything seen before.

“Few artists have done more to embed Hip-Hop in popular culture than and the Black Eyed Peas,” said Marvel Editor in Chief, Axel Alonso. “So we are thrilled to present this deeply personal story that speaks directly to Hip-Hop aficionados, comic book fans and the intersection of those communities.”

Los Angeles is under attack from an ancient alien God sent to earth to turn its inhabitants into zombies. With a deep love of the Hip-Hop culture, Zulu-X and his crew go head-to-head with a nefarious ancient order to settle a score thousands of years old. What happens next can only be described as the perfect blend of ancient wisdom and street-smarts all rolled into one epic adventure.

“The Black Eyed Peas and I have begun a new journey,” said “We’ve been working on this original story for years and partnering with Marvel to bring this book to life is more than a dream come true.”

Boasting one of the most eclectic ensemble cast of characters, MASTERS OF THE SUN – THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES delivers a powerful social allegory in the form of a new movement this July from, Damion Scott, and Marvel Comics.

120 PGS./Parental Advisory
ISBN: 978-1-302-91084-6
On sale this July!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017


Prepare for ResurrXion. Prepare for the X-MEN!

A bright new tomorrow is coming for the Children of the Atom as the X-Men race full speed into ResurrXion! Today, Marvel is excited to release its first trailer timed with the upcoming release of all-new X-titles – X-MEN GOLD, X-MEN BLUE, GENERATION X, WEAPON X, ICEMAN, JEAN GREY, CABLE, OLD MAN LOGAN, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE and ASTONISHING X-MEN! Launching this spring in yourlocal comic shop, these new, ongoing series bring fans a new beginning for these merry mutants – one that is sure to please fans old and new! You asked for it, you got it! The ResurrXion of the X-Men is here!

This is just the beginning! The future of the X-Men is bright, and it’s all beginning this spring as part of Marvel’s ResurrXion bringing you a brand-new line of X-Men titles. Be there when it all kicks off in April when both X-MEN GOLD #1 and X-MEN BLUE #1 come to comic shops and digital devices everywhere! For more information on Marvel’s ResurrXion, visit

In the wake of war with the Inhumans, the X-Men regroup for a new era of action and excitement! Experience the next bold chapter in the saga of Marvel's mutant heroes and it all begins this spring in your local comic book shop.

To find a comic shop near you, visit or call 1-888-comicbook. 

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Nintendo Switch is Headed to a Party Near You!

Nintendo is partnering with GameTruck to bring the Nintendo Switch console and fun games like 1-2-Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to parties everywhere. Starting today, more than 100 GameTruck vehicles will feature playable versions of the 1-2-Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild games on Nintendo Switch systems, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being added to the fleet at the end of April. All the trucks will be wrapped in fun designs representing 1-2-Switch and are available to reserve now at The Nintendo Switch promotion will last through June 20.

GameTruck delivers a fun video game experience to major metropolitan areas in 30 states around the country. The trucks bring gaming experiences directly to private consumer events and parties with more than 100 trucks fully equipped with the latest video games. There are even game coaches on board to give tips, tricks and training. The trucks roll right up to the location of the party to provide a no-hassle way for party planners to give their attendees a fun experience they’ll never forget.

With multiple Nintendo Switch systems on every trailer, party-goers will be able to play together in all three Nintendo Switch configurations: TV mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode. Games like 1-2-Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will bring friendly competition and fun to parties of all types.

For more information about GameTruck, visit For more information about Nintendo Switch, visit

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Kicking off a massive event this summer, The New York Times best-selling writers Scott Snyder (ALL-STAR BATMAN) and James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS) collaborate with iconic artists Andy Kubert (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE), Jim Lee (SUICIDE SQUAD) and John Romita Jr. (ALL-STAR BATMAN) for DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1 and DARK DAYS: THE CASTING #1.

Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of THE FORGE and THE CASTING will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC's publishing line.

“Art like this demands an epic story,” says Snyder. “DARK DAYS posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when I started on BATMAN. I've hinted at them over the years with Easter eggs and clues. This is a mystery that literally begins at the dawn of man and spans generations of heroes and villains and ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. I couldn't be more excited for DARK DAYS. It's the prelude to the event we've been developing for years.”

“We’re taking all the ethos and excitement of the work Scott and I have been doing in the Batman titles and unleashing it across the entire DC Universe,” adds Tynion IV. “The size and scope of what we're looking to do with DARK DAYS could only be accomplished by the best of the best. Andy, Jim and John are legends. All of us on this project are pushing one another, and every concept, to the extreme.”

Visually powering this event is a master class of artists, including Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr., who will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with DARK DAYS, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, further enriching the DC Universe.

“Working with Scott and James on DARK DAYS is the culmination of the big ideas and endless brainstorming that came out of a recent creative summit,” explains Lee. “It was tremendous fun having peers like Andy Kubert and JRJR in with some of our top writers. Strategically, Dan and I have talked for a long time about bringing the artist back to the table in the genesis of big, epic events. The creative summit was just that, and the level of collaboration was truly invigorating and electrifying. We can’t wait to share DARK DAYS with the DC faithful…they’re in for a thrill ride!”

Continue to check for breaking news, updates and panel schedules connected to this story and more at WonderCon, Fan Expo Dallas and C2E2 over the coming months.

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Win in Patent Case against Nintendo 3DS Confirmed on Appeal

Nintendo Does Not Infringe Tomita Technologies’ Patent

A United States Appeals Court confirmed that the Nintendo 3DS system does not use technology covered in a patent asserted by Tomita Technologies USA, Inc. and Tomita Technologies International, Inc. The Court specifically confirmed that Nintendo 3DS includes technology that is significantly different from the patented technology.

This decision follows an earlier ruling in April 2016 by Judge Jed Rakoff in New York Federal Court that Nintendo does not infringe the patent, and vindicates Nintendo’s consistent position in this case over the last six years. This decision is the second in Nintendo’s favor by the Appeals Court, which first reversed a 2013 judgment against Nintendo. The decision in Nintendo’s favor also follows a failed attempt by Tomita to enforce a similar patent claim in Japan.

“We are very pleased with the Court’s decision,” said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Director of Litigation and Compliance. “Nintendo 3DS has never used the technology in Tomita’s patent, and the Court’s ruling confirms Nintendo’s long tradition of using its own innovative technology. This case also proves once again that Nintendo will aggressively defend patent lawsuits when our products do not infringe, even when we must do so over many years, through multiple trials and in multiple countries.”

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Forward Into All-New Dead Rising 4 Content

Spring has begun, and with it comes warmer weather, longer days and all new downloadable content for “Dead Rising 4.” In “Dead Rising 4: Frank Rising,” Frank West has become the newest member of Willamette’s horde in an all-new single player story, releasing April 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10.

“Frank Rising” explores what happens to Frank after an all-new outbreak in Willamette. Frank is infected and wanders the city beaten, bloody and driven only by a need to feast. When a former ally discovers him, he is written off as incurable. Luckily, he’ll find help from an unlikely resource. As Frank begins to recover he’ll need to race to find a permanent cure while developing all-new abilities and strength. Unfortunately, he can no longer eat food to stay alive and must feast on others to survive. As he is trying to save himself, Frank learns that several survivors he cares about are trapped in the city with him and he must rescue them – and himself – before the government closes his case file for good and wipes the city off the map.

“Dead Rising 4: Frank Rising” is included as part of the “Dead Rising 4” Season Pass, which is available for purchase in the Microsoft Store. Players can also get the pack as a standalone purchase for $9.99 USD, or get the game and Season Pass together in the “Dead Rising 4” Digital Deluxe Edition.

Spring also means it’s time to return to your favorite golf course. Once you’ve mastered the outbreak in Willamette it’s time to master the greens in “Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf,” coming soon for Xbox One and Windows 10.

With multiple holes of pure wanton destruction, in “Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf” players will flip zombies the bird as they navigate the greens in the Willamette Mall and surrounding town. Unlock specialized golf clubs, costumes and balls as Frank West provides play-by-play commentary for swings, birdies, and shots. Collect Power-Ups to take the game to the next level and take out zombies with explosive style while keeping swings low and the kill count high. Hone course skills to perfection in single player, fight for the high score online in a 4-player multiplayer, or join friends in your living room with turn-based co-op.

“Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf” is included as part of the “Dead Rising 4” Season Pass, which is available for purchase in the Microsoft Store. Players can also get the pack as a standalone purchase for $9.99, or get the game and Season Pass together in the “Dead Rising 4” Digital Deluxe Edition.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to pick up “Dead Rising 4,” download the game from the Microsoft Store and play the first hour for free before you buy. Once you finish the game, help save Frank and return to the mall, mini golf style. We’ll be sharing more details on the release date for “Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf” soon.

Happy Spring and Zombie Slaying!

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Limited Edition Bundle on the Way for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Fans that want to level up their Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia experience when the game launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on May 19 can do so by picking up the game’s Limited Edition bundle, launching the same day. The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition bundle includes the game; a hardcover Valentia Artbook; a Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Sound Selection CD; a Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Pin Set depicting characters Alm, Celica and Marth; and a reversible cover sheet that looks like the packaging for the original Famicom game this new one is based on. It will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99 at select retailers.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia reimagines Fire Emblem Gaiden, a Famicom game that was previously only released in Japan. This new version of the game sports modern graphics, cinematics and, in a first for the series, free-roaming 3D dungeon environments.

Also launching on May 19are the Alm and Celicaamiibo figures, available only as a set at a suggested retail price of $24.99. When used in the game, these amiibo will activate their own exclusive dungeons, allowing heroes to earn items and level up their armies further by defeating bosses. By selecting Mila’s Turnwheel from the menu on the overworld map, they will also be able to take advantage of their Alm and Celica amiibo in battle. During combat, players can sacrifice a portion of Alm or Celica’s health in order to summon a computer-controlled illusory hero, which will act as a temporary ally for a single turn.

As Alm and Celica get stronger, their stats can be saved to their respective amiibo, allowing their summoned unit to grow in strength alongside them. In addition, all Fire Emblem amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series can be used to summon an illusory hero of that character, allowing players to seek assistance from spectral visages of Marth, Ike, Roy, Robin, Lucina and the upcoming Corrin amiibo. All other currently available amiibo are also compatible, and will summon an additional monster to the battleground to assist players in battle, providing some much-needed help in case of a strategic emergency.

This game is the latest in the long-running and growing strategy-RPG series, and comes hot on the heels of the recently released free-to-start game Fire Emblem Heroes on smart devices. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will see players take control of the two separate armies of Alm and Celica as their differing quests attempt to achieve the unified goal of bringing peace to the land of Valentia. Battles in the Fire Emblem series see players take their small force of recruited soldiers against increasingly powerful armies in turn-based battles that require careful tactical planning, as mistakes or failed attacks will see units become exposed and vulnerable to enemy attack.

The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition bundle launches in stores on May 19 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The stand-alone version of the game will also be available at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information about the game, visit

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Street Fighter V Offers Sneak Peek and Free Week to PC Players

Capcom announced that it will be offering PC players a free glimpse into several new features and enhancements coming to Street Fighter V’s Capcom Fighters Network (CFN) online experience. Beginning on March 28th at 1pm PST / 9pm GMT and running to April 3rd at 12pm PST / 8pm GMT, current and new Street Fighter V players will be able to experience the improved CFN system and test out the new Season 2 balance adjustments for free.
This trial offer will be limited to Steam users and will only feature online modes, but will be completely free to play for both current and new players. All available characters, including the recently-released Kolin, will be unlocked for play. Once the test is concluded, Capcom will make further adjustments to optimize the new CFN and it will make its official release to both PS4 and PC players soon after.

Here is a list of improvements and new features coming to the new CFN:
  • Matchmaking Improvements
    • For most players, it will take less time to find an opponent in online matches. Matchmaking logic will help players avoid being frequently matched with the same opponent.
  • Ranked and Casual Match Loading Times
    • There will be a shorter transition when going into a Ranked or Casual match.
  • Interactive Timeline 
    • On the new CFN home menu, a live feed of Friends’ activities will be presented on an interactive Timeline. Using the Timeline, players can immediately add a recent match to their Replay List, view a Fighter Profile, manage Friends, and adjust Timeline display settings.
  • Friend Management System 
    • In addition to adding someone to Favorites, players can now blacklist players or add friends and follow them on CFN.
  • “Rage Quit” Penalty System
    • Special “rage quit” player profile icons will appear on profiles with frequent disconnections. Matchmaking logic will take into account online behavior and frequent disconnectors will be matched with similar opponents.
  • Training Mode – User Settings Saved
    • Training Mode settings will be saved and will carry over to the next time the mode is accessed.
  • Battle Lounge Country Flags
    • Country flags will appear in Battle Lounges, allowing players to locate competition in their region.
  • Country / League Based Rankings 
    • Players will be able to filter leaderboards based on Country or League.
  • In-Game Announcer Voice 
    • The in-game announcer will provide players and opponents with stats using data pulled from the server.
  • Fighter Profile Stats 
    • More detailed stats will be tracked and presented on Fighter Profiles.
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New Trailer Showcases Exciting 3v3 MOBA Gameplay for Mobile Devices

SQUARE ENIX® debuted the first English trailer for FLAME VS BLAZE™, the new MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) title for mobile devices due to launch this year, providing MOBA fans and mobile gamers with a deeper look at playable characters, gameplay mechanics and other features.

The FLAME VS BLAZE debut trailer is available on YouTube:

FLAME VS BLAZE expands on the global MOBA phenomenon of fast-paced, competitive battles between players, adding additional layers of gameplay through climactic boss battles and a colorful cast of fully customizable characters, each with their own special transformation. FLAME VS BLAZEfeatures an all-star development team, including Producer Hironori Okayama (KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ) and Director Yuji Abe (FINAL FANTASY® XIII series), with character designs by Gen Kobayashi (The World Ends With You®).

Unique to FLAME VS BLAZE, players team up with up to two friends in 3-on-3 battles to destroy the opposing team’s reactor. Players can choose their own playstyle: enter the fray against fearsome monsters to make them your allies and bolster your base’s defenses, or go head to head against other agents and assault enemy territory. After a certain amount of time, the reactors come to life and commence a full-out attack against each other. Players must work together to communicate quickly, think strategically and maneuver the battlefield carefully to defeat the opposition.

FLAME VS BLAZE will launch on mobile devices in 2017.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

First Impressions - Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. It is the 19th release in the main The Legend of Zelda series.

Plot: History recorded the conflicts between Hyrule and Calamity Ganon, an ancient evil. Each time Ganon appeared, he was defeated by a Princess descended from the Goddess Hylia and as well as the Hero, a warrior. One of these legends occurred long ago in ancient times. During these ancient times, Hyrule was at peace as an advanced civilization. Using their knowledge of technology, they decided to prepare themselves for the return of Calamity Ganon. They created the Divine Beasts, four massive machines resembling animals, as well as an army of autonomous mechanical soldiers they called Guardians. Upon Ganon's return, the Hero, Princess, Guardians and Divine Beasts launched a direct attack on him. The Hero struck Ganon down with the sword that seals the darkness and the Princess used her inherited power to seal Ganon away.

10,000 years later, the kingdom of Hyrule had reverted to a medieval state. Upon reading the prophecies their ancestors had left behind, they learned the signs of Calamity Ganon's return and recovered the Divine Beasts and Guardians after excavating land throughout the kingdom. Key members of Hyrule's various races - Daruk, a warrior of the Gorons, Mipha, a princess of the aquatic Zora, Revali, the most skilled archer among the bird-like Rito, and Urbosa of the desert-dwelling Gerudo - were assembled to pilot the Divine Beasts and were given the titles of Champions. The Hero, the Princess, and the Champions attempted to stop the evil using the same strategy as their ancestors. However, Calamity Ganon appeared from beneath Hyrule Castle and took control of the Guardians and Divine Beasts, turning them against Hyrule. In the "Great Calamity" which followed, the King, Champions, and everyone in the Castle were killed, the castle town was destroyed, and the appointed knight was gravely wounded defending the Princess; the entire kingdom was utterly devastated. However, the Princess survived and faced Ganon alone, restraining him within the castle walls. In the present day, 100 years later, an amnesiac Link awakens from within the Shrine of Resurrection and that’s where your adventure begins.

Open World: This is the first Zelda game that truly feels open world. You can do as much or as little as you want. It is totally up to you. When I first started playing the game the world was so huge that I did not really have a direction. As you play as Link you can try to recapture some memories or face the divine beasts or just run around aimlessly and ride horses. It is up to you where you want to go and I had to really stop and plan out what I wanted to do because it was up to me how the story would progress.

Map: The map is blank. You start out with this little piece that you activated by climbing a huge tower in the great plateau. That is how you learn that across the land if you want to get that piece of the map you have to activate the towers in that section. Let me be honest there are a lot of sections of that damn map and sometimes you might run around for a bit to find the tower. You would figure the tower would be in the middle but in reality it could be anywhere in that section. It helps to look from one tower to see if you can find it and then mark it on your map. I only have one section of the map left to unlock and its one of the hardest but I will be trying for it soon. Each tower becomes a travel point which is good in helping you get from one side of the map to the other quickly. You will have to increase your stamina for some of them as you will have a long climb with little to no rest points in between. Overall I like that they broke up the map and had you work for every piece of it.

Shrines: In this version of Zelda you do not have the major dungeons. Instead you have the Divine Beasts and Shrines. Shrines are often times a puzzle in which you have to ride the wind, move a switch, pick something up, etc to solve the puzzle to get a spirit orb. I love puzzles and having these in the game made it so enjoyable. There are about 120 shrines in the game so enjoy.

Divine Beasts: There are four divine beasts that you must wrestle control away from Ganon. Each beast is close to what a typical Legend of Zelda dungeon usually is. What I enjoy about it is that in each one there is a part of the beast that can be manipulated. Let’s take the Salamander like beast of the Goron’s. This beast can be turned on its side therefore you must solve part of the beast puzzle and then have to flip it to do something else and possibly flip it back to finish what you were attempting to do. I like that in this game you really had to think about what you were doing before just tackling the Beasts. Each beast has a “Ganon” type creature that you had to fight with different fighting forms as you beat it down so be prepared to change up your fighting style to defeat him.

Weapons: We as gamers have become lazy and spoiled. There I said it. Breath of the Wild forces us to not just pick up the strongest weapon and beat the crap out of the enemy but instead plan out our attacks because weapons break. Yes you read that correctly you may be wailing away on a creature and then you are notified that you sword is about to break and then one more hit and it shatters. You only are provided with a set number of slots for Swords, Shields, and bows which you can increase but after that you are only able to carry a certain amount. I like that the game is a survival horror without the horror. Your weapons are not always going to be there to depend on and you need to think about that. I cringed when my Hylian shield broke but I appreciated it more once I got it back. There are a few weapons that can be repaired/replaced. The only weapon that truly does not break is the Master Sword but if overused will need to be rested to recharge. Basically only use the Sword against Ganon or Ganon like beasts and that’s it.

Fighting: The fighting is pretty easy. The creatures become harder to fight as the game goes on so you will need to Z-Lock and use your shield. I was not doing this at first and was getting hit until I learned how to jump and dodge but I have always been a bruiser fighter when it comes to video games so it is nothing new to me.

Cooking: This aspect is one of my favorites in the game. I enjoy that I do not have to get or buy elixirs or stews but instead I can walk over to a campfire and cook up some hearty vitals. You can make elixirs from Monster Parts and random creatures like lizards. Each creature can do something different and can give you a different type of elixir like for Stamina or Speed. The fun part is cooking food like meat and veggies/fruit and seeing what you come up with. I especially enjoy cooking items that restores your full hearts plus adds more. I have currently a few dishes that will give me 8 extra hearts which is amazing and recently I defeated a “Ganon” at one of the beasts and it came in handy let me tell you. There are so many different types of dishes that you need to just have fun and explore it.

Characters: What you will enjoy most is that a lot of the characters actually talk. Don’t worry Link still only grunts and exclaims and that’s about it. Frankly I don’t want him to ever talk. If they make a live action movie he should go the whole movie without saying a word. What gamers will enjoy most I believe is that you really get to know Zelda and see how expressive and passionate she is. I think that is what truly makes this game wonderful.

These are my thoughts of the game thus far. I think it is definitely up there in terms of the best version but I am hesitant to say it beats OOT. The open world aspect and the broken weapons really make this game enjoyable and I am not even all the way through. I have my Master Sword and Hylian shield and I am ready to save Hyrule.

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Friday, March 24, 2017


Image Comics is pleased to announce that the New York Times bestselling miniseries WE STAND ON GUARD, from Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, PAPER GIRLS) and Steve Skroce (Wolverine, Doc Frankenstein), will be released as a trade paperback this April.

Set 100 years in our future, WE STAND ON GUARD follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians-turned-freedom-fighters who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent...the United States of America.

WE STAND ON GUARD TP (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0141-2) arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, April 5th and bookstores Tuesday, April 11th. It is available for preorder now via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.

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1942 Mobile Now Available For iOS and Android Devices

Capcom's high-flying arcade shooter is now available for iOS and Android devices. The arcade classic will have a day one launch price of $.99 across both platforms. After the launch window the game will be available for $1.99

Set in the Pacific theater during World War II, this vertically scrolling shoot 'em up tasks players with battling through the entire enemy fleet. Shoot down enemy planes, avoid enemy fire and perform rolls and loops to avoid certain death in this epic nail-biter from the past.

Features Include:
  • Take control of a vintage warbird and challenge the enemy's air power.
  • Dodge fierce enemies and set your sights on a 100% kill rate.
  • Failure is not an option. Escape from the jaws of death with a well timed barrel roll. 
  • “Casual mode" has been adjusted for ease of play and "classic mode" follows the original specifications.
  • Leaderboards and Achievements
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The second SAGA deluxe hardcover hits stores this April

The multiple Eisner Award-winning creative team of writer Brian K. Vaughan (PAPER GIRLS, WE STAND ON GUARD) and artist Fiona Staples (Archie Comics, North 40) will release the second deluxe hardcover collection of their New York Times bestselling series this April.

SAGA: BOOK TWO continues the action-packed education of Hazel, a child born to star-crossed parents from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war. This gigantic hardcover edition collects issues #19-36, plus a brand-new gallery of exclusive, never-before-seen SAGA artwork from legendary creators including Todd McFarlane, Cliff Chiang, Pia Guerra, Faith Erin Hicks, Karl Kerschl, Jason Latour, Sean Gordon Murphy, Steve Skroce, and more!

SAGA: BOOK TWO DLX HC (ISBN: 978-1-63215-903-8, will arrive in comic book stores Wednesday, April 26th and bookstores Tuesday, May 2nd, and will be available for $49.99. It is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Roberts & Portela Chronicle RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 – Coming in June!

From Ancient Civilizations to 4001 A.D., Valiant’s Next Anniversary Special Chronicles Heroes & Villains Throughout the Ages

As revealed at Multiversity Comics, Valiant is proud to announce RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 – an astonishing standalone tale revealing the saga behind Valiant’s greatest heroes and villains from prehistory to the 41st century! On June 14th, traverse the long and storied history behind the rise of Earth’s most formidable heroes with multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (Faith) as they present a stunning overview of Valiant’s centuries-spanning universe. Inspired by the original, legendary RAI #0, this self-contained one-shot special is the ultimate introduction to the historic moments that will forever define the Valiant Universe…past, present, and future!

Rai, the spirit guardian of Earth, has uncovered an ancient tome filled with history’s greatest tales and civilization’s darkest moments. Charting the dawning days of ancient Mesopotamia all the way to the rise of New Japan, the history of the Valiant Universe is laid bare in shocking and revelatory detail. From X-O Manowar to Bloodshot to Faith to Divinity...history will reveal untold revelations for Valiant’s greatest heroes and antagonists!

On June 14th, all-star creators Rafer Roberts and Francis Portela salute 25 years of New Japan’s homegrown guardian and introduce a jam-packed jumping-on point for the largest independent superhero universe in comics with RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 – featuring covers by Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.), Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars), Robert Gill (Book of Death), and Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf)!

Plus: On April 12th, the anniversary celebration of Valiant’s most celebrated heroes begins with a swashbuckling adventure from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and Eisner Award winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar) in IMMORTAL BROTHERS: THE TALE OF THE GREEN KNIGHT #1 – a special 48-page quest into Arthurian legend with Archer & Armstrong, the Eternal Warrior, and Ivar, Timewalker!

Then, on May 10th, take up arms alongside New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps.) and acclaimed artist Renato Guedes (Bloodshot Reborn, Wolverine) as they unleash ETERNAL WARRIOR: AWAKENING #1 – the second of four special issues honoring the most beloved Valiant stories ever told with a special standalone tale torn from Gilad Anni-Padda’s long march through the ages.

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Get swept away with the latest from Mindy McGinnis

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she's allowed to dance, an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy--she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent's loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra--fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before--are now marching from their stony shores for the twin's adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land--and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Image Comics is pleased to announce a special, limited variant cover for SEVEN TO ETERNITY #5 by Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS, TOKYO GHOST, BLACK SCIENCE) and artist Jerome Opeña that will kick off the second story arc of the bestselling series. This cover will feature a flashy silver foil treatment of the SEVEN TO ETERNITY title logo.

SEVEN TO ETERNITY #5 returns to the adventure with Adam Osidis and the Mosak’s arrival at the crossroads. The choices they make here will echo throughout the lands of Zhal for all eternity. This first issue in the new story arc will also feature variant covers by Phil Noto and Rafael Albuquerque.

The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. SEVEN TO ETERNITY follows Adam Osidis—a dying knight from a disgraced house—who must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting his promise to give Adam everything his heart desires.

SEVEN TO ETERNITY #5 Cover A by Opeña and Hollingsworth, Cover B by Noto , Cover C by Albuquerque, and Cover D Silver Foil  hit stores on Wednesday, April 12th.

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Minecraft Fallout Battle Map Pack: Available Now for Console Editions!

The new Minecraft Fallout Battle Map Pack for Console Editions! It includes three Fallout-themed maps for Minecraft’s Battle Mini game is available now or only $2.99.

Fallout Battle Map Pack: Available Now for Console Editions!

The worlds of Fallout and Minecraft are colliding again with today’s release of the new Minecraft Fallout Battle Map Pack! These Battle mini-game maps will have you battling on the boardwalks of Libertalia, wrecking each other in the ruins of Capitol and surviving the onslaught in the General Atomics Galleria. The world may be a wasteland, but war never changes!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Witness The Rise Of A Dark Lord In DARTH VADER #1 – Coming in June!

Charles Soule & Giuseppe Camuncoli Bring You Darth Vader As You’ve Never Seen Before!

The most fearsome villain in the entire galaxy returns for an all-new series! Today, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. are pleased to announce a new beginning for one of the most popular Star Wars™ comic book series! This June, prepare for DARTH VADER #1 – the all-new ongoing series coming to a comic shop near you! Superstar writer Charles Soule (Poe Dameron, Astonishing X-Men) will team with chartbusting artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man) to chronicle the epic rise of one of the greatest villains in all of fiction!

“I’m so excited that we get to tell more stories about the best villain of all time…and this time, we get to show his very first steps into the Dark Side,” said series editor, Jordan D. White. “I was blown away by some of the stuff we plan to show in this series…and I think readers will be, too—from hardcore Star Wars fanatics to those who want to see more of that deadly threat from the end of Rogue One. Charles has an evil streak in him that readers might have seen whenever he’s written Palpatine in the past. Now, that comes front and center.”

When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything that he once held dear, the one who was prophesized to bring balance to the Force instead chose a darker path. Now, in a story set directly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, he must take his first steps into a darker world as…Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith!

Witness iconic moments in the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of one of its most famous characters! The construction of Vader’s red lightsaber, the fallout of Order 66, the beginnings of the Inquisitor program, and the rise of an Empire. Join Vader as he learns a new way. The way of Darth Sidious…the way of the dark side.

This June, the Marvel’s smash-hit Star Wars comics venture to a new era of a galaxy far, far away! Take a walk on the dark side as Soule & Camuncoli bring you the must read DARTH VADER #1 – available wherever comics are sold this June!

On Sale in June!

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Harmonix Announces DropMix - Brand New IP

Hasbro and Harmonix Revolutionize Music Gaming with the Launch of DROPMIX
Dropping Fall 2017, the First-of-its-Kind Music Mixing Game Features Songs by Afrojack, Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, The Jackson 5, Meghan Trainor, Sam Hunt, and many more.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced the September 2017 global launch of DROPMIX™, an all-new dynamic and fast-paced music mixing game. Developed in collaboration with legendary and award-winning video game developer Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., creators of Rock Band and Dance Central, DROPMIX uses cutting-edge technology that empowers players to create unique mixes of songs by playing cards on a game board connected to a mobile app.

“We continue to focus on creating cutting edge play experiences and DROPMIX delivers on this in a mind-blowing way. We teamed up with Harmonix to leverage their mastery in music gaming and combine it with our expertise in physical and digital play experiences,” said Samantha Lomow, senior vice president of Hasbro Brands. “DROPMIX gives players a fresh way to combine their favorite artists and songs, find new ones, and create their best ‘drop the mic’ moments.”

“Our collaboration with Hasbro has enabled us to create the next evolution of musical play,” said Steve Janiak, CEO of Harmonix. “DROPMIX offers an entirely new way to discover, experience and interact with music that’s social, fun and competitive. When players place their first cards on the DROPMIX board this September, when they hear their first mind-blowing mix, they’re going to be completely amazed.”

The game consists of an electronic DROPMIX Board, DROPMIX Cards, and the DROPMIX app, which will be free to download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices. The DROPMIX cards feature some of the biggest hits in Pop, R&B, Dance, Indie, Country, Rock and Hip-Hop from around the world that players can combine in unexpected ways.

DROPMIX features hit songs from globally renowned artists and award-winning producers including, “Take Over Control” by Afrojack (ft. Eva Simons), “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, “Closer” by The Chainsmokers” (ft. Halsey), “Sing” by Ed Sheeran, “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy, “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, “House Party” by Sam Hunt and many more.

When a DROPMIX card is placed on a Mix Slot, the electronic DROPMIX Board immediately starts playing the corresponding part of the song (bass, beat, loop or vocals) noted on the card. The board reads up to five DROPMIX Cards at time and the groundbreaking software in the app seamlessly combines the music within each card to create a unique mix. The DROPMIX cards include NFC chips; a technology commonly used in smartphones with digital wallets.

The DROPMIX Music Gaming System, which includes an electronic DROPMIX Board and 60 DROPMIX Cards across multiple music genres, will be available at major retailers and online in September 2017 for the suggested retail price of $99.99. In addition to the 60 DROPMIX Cards in the Music Gaming System, Hasbro will release Playlist Packs with 16 DROPMIX Cards for the suggested retail price of $14.99 and Discover Packs with five DROPMIX Cards for the suggested retail price of $4.99. The additional cards will be released on an ongoing basis throughout 2017 to allow players to collect and curate their own custom decks and create new and unexpected soundtracks each time they play. With 300 DROPMIX cards available in 2017 and millions of possible music-mix combinations, DROPMIX provides unlimited fun.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast 2017

Hollywood's obsession with remakes and reboots can get damn right annoying (even if they do hit the mark every once in a while) but the live action version of Beauty and The Beast is not a remake or reboot in the traditional sense – it is more an homage to the 1991 classic Disney animated film. There was little attempt to play with the story line and some camera shots are reproduced exactly like the original.

From going around the web forums, I noticed that this copycat style irked some people, but I believe Disney was extremely clear with their intentions about what this film would and wouldn't be way before we got the first teaser trailer – it was a live action version of a animated film we all cherished – their attention to detail in the replication was astounding and I was very happy with the result.

There are some extra layers to this movie that the original animated film didn't have, though, mainly in how it rounds out some of the characters. Belle is still charming but there is the shadow of her mother's death which surrounds her and adds a slight sadness to her smile. Her father also come off as more than just a weird village dweller, especially when the film explores how he came to be a single father.

Gaston was also more three dimensional and interesting than in the animated movie – his adoration from the village as well as his manic episodes are better explained and seem to both spring from his time in the war.

The Beast was the character that I felt could have had a few more layers – the animated version allowed him to have many more facial expression (especially in the eyes) and bits of dialogue to express his growing affection for Belle and his own uncertainty about his future if the spell were to remain on his castle forever.

Beast's enchanted helpers were also more endearing in the Disney cartoon due to the animator's ability to add extra facial quirks – the CGI versions are a bit harsher and gives the castle a more somber mood. I felt this was a directorial choice though – the animated movie made the castle servants all too cheery for such a dire situation – these versions were still hopeful but understood what the spell could mean for them in the end. They had the emotional edge that the Beast lacked in this version.

These are minor gripes though and it in no way affected my level of enjoyment for the finished product. Beauty and the Beast is beautifully filmed, sung, acted, and produced. The classic numbers sounded crisp as ever and the new songs (though not as grand) didn't take anything away from the stand-bys. The movie was made with its heart worn on its sleeve.

Much like last year's surprise hit musical, La La Land, Beauty and the Beast didn't try to upgrade anything or modernize their dance numbers – they kept to a traditional musical script and banked on the audience's love for the original production and a the desire that any movie goer has to enter a movie theater to be marveled. I enjoy this non-cynical approach because I am too much of a cynic – and I also wonder now if the traditional musical won't slowly make a come back as audiences are proving that they are more than willing to spend money to watch these spectacles.

Although the movie has a few bits that lag towards the middle – as both Beast and Belle are afforded visual expositions about their past instead of dialogue which builds character – these scenes are short and set piece after set piece remind us of how Disney cares about their audience and their creative property. If you loved the original animated film you will be dazzled – if you think a near shot for shot reproduction is unnecessary you may still come away smiling. I highly recommend this film for an older generation and a newer generation alike.

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First Major Update Features New Multiplayer Gameplay Mode

Fans will soon be able to learn more about the KINGDOM HEARTS history with the upcoming release of KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross], the relaunch of the critically acclaimed mobile RPG formerly known as KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ. As part of the free update next month, the game will soon have a new “Union Cross” multiplayer mode and more ways to customize the player’s avatar.

With KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross], players can create teams of six from their party members or through a matchmaking feature to fight hordes of Heartless enemies and powerful bosses. Players can also take on quests of increasing difficulty as well as unique new missions. To help these teams of friends communicate with each other, the game will now include emotes and text bubbles. Players will encounter both familiar and new faces as the story of the Unions continues to unfold, and the new “Theater Mode” will allow players to relive the drama and rewatch cutscenes.

Fans can pre-register for the update on the official website ( to obtain exclusive smartphone wallpapers and in-game rewards. To commemorate the relaunch and the one-year anniversary of the original app release, players will also receive in-game presents by logging in after the update.

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About the KINGDOM HEARTS Series
KINGDOM HEARTS is a series of role-playing games created through the collaboration of Disney Interactive and Square Enix. Since the first KINGDOM HEARTS was released in March 2002 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the series has expanded with several additional entries. The series will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in March 2017, and has shipped over 22 million units worldwide.

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Issue #6 hits stores this March

The intensely collaborative creative team of Emma Ríos (PRETTY DEADLY, ISLAND) and Hwei Lim (Lalage, Hero) will launch a new story arc in their ongoing fantasy series MIRROR this March.

MIRROR #6 steps a half a century back from the events of the first arc. Fifty years before the human colony on Irzah took its first stumbling steps, in the utopian dreamlands of Synchronia, a young artist woke something—something that had long slept in ancient stone ruins.

“I like stories that hold a few secrets,” said Ríos. “I like the invisible thread that seems to weave through the fabric, because it encourages me to figure out why the characters evolved one way and not another. For better or worse, the late Irzah colony now expands into a whole system of planets called The Synchronia. Full of secrets and ghosts, this old new world aims to reveal perhaps too much…but hopefully not!”

“As Emma and I worked with our cast of characters, we ended up wanting to know more about them—how they came to be where they are, what personal demons they sought to escape,” said Lim. “Most of all, though, we ourselves really wanted to know the fate of all our heroes—Zun, Sena, Elena, and the others—and to see who would help and who would thwart them on their journey to find a new home.”

MIRROR #6 available now!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Nintendo Wins Groundbreaking Copyright Case against Seller of Circumvention Devices

Canadian Court Awards Nintendo $12.76 Million in Damages in Precedent-Setting Case

A Canadian federal court ruled in favor of Nintendo of America Inc. in its case against Jeramie King and his affiliated business, Go Cyber Shopping Ltd. The case confirms that the distribution of circumvention devices – “flashcarts,” “modchips” and “game copiers” such as Sky3DS, Gateway 3DS and similar devices – is illegal. In a strong rebuke to the defendant’s activities, the court awarded Nintendo $12.76 million (CAD) against Go Cyber Shopping Ltd., including $1 million in punitive damages. The case is the first of its kind to test the Canadian Copyright Act’s Anti-Circumvention law and resulted in a resounding win for Nintendo.

Through a storefront and multiple websites that he controlled, King was a prolific distributor of large quantities of game copier devices and modchips, and also offered hardware-modification services. Game copiers and modchips enable users to circumvent Nintendo’s console security to download and play illegal copies of video game software in violation of Nintendo’s copyrights and trademarks. After years of routinely boasting of his activities on social media, King will now be forced to issue an apology on his website for the damage that he caused to Nintendo, its developers and partners.

“Nintendo continues to be a leader in bringing innovative gaming platforms and software to our fans and millions of gamers across the globe,” said Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. “Nintendo has an established track record that demonstrates our resolve to protect our iconic characters and franchises. We will continue to protect the creative works of our developers and vigorously enforce our intellectual property rights against those that attempt to steal or misuse them.”

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Award-Winning Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey
Bring Best-Selling Book to Life

Following the highest-rated two-episode debut in OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network history, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season. From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, the series tells the story of the Bordelon family, as three estranged siblings return home after a family tragedy forces them back together. Queen Sugar: The Complete First Seasonwill be available May 30, 2017 on DVD for $29.98 SRP. The full first season of Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season is already available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

Contemporary drama Queen Sugar chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in the fictional town of Saint Josephine, Louisiana. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.

Starring Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Unforgettable), Kofi Siriboe (Awkward), Omar J. Dorsey (Rizzoli & Isles), Dondré T. Whitfield (Middle of Nowhere), Timon Kyle Durrett (Single Ladies), Nicholas L. Ashe (Custody), Greg Vaughan (Lucifer, The Closer), Ethan Hutchison (The Path), Marycarmen Lopez (Book of Ruth) and Tina Lifford (South Central), the drama begins as Charley (Gardner), a savvy woman living an upscale Los Angeles lifestyle, returns to her family home and reunites with her siblings, Nova (Wesley), a world-wise journalist and activist and Ralph Angel (Siriboe), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. Their newly inherited farm forces the siblings to rely on one another as they rebuild both the land and their relationships.Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season brings all the renowned first season’s powerful family moments set to an original music score created by 10 time Grammy nominee, Meshell Ndegeocello.

The brain-child of Winfrey and DuVernay was so highly anticipated, Queen Sugar was renewed for a second season even before the series premiered. Based on Natalie Baszile’s best-selling book,Queen Sugar lived up to its predicted success with 2.4 million viewers tuning in to the September 2016 two-night premiere, a network record.

“After such a spectacular debut, we are excited to bring every moment Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season to DVD in anticipation for the second season!” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. “Featuring an interview with showrunner Ava DuVernay, we’re looking forward to giving fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at this show’s remarkable production.”

  • Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Making Queen Sugar
  • Oprah Winfrey and the Cast Q&A
  • Inside Queen Sugar: Origins
  • Deleted Scenes

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

RAPTURE #1 – NINJAK and SHADOWMAN Lead Valiant’s Next Standalone Event in May!

New York Times Best-Selling Writer Matt Kindt and Blockbuster Artist CAFU Enter the Deadside for the Summer’s Most Staggering Comics Event

Valiant is proud to announce RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – a spellbinding standalone event from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar, Mind MGMT) and explosive artist CAFU (Rai)! In the epic tradition of THE VALIANT, the fallen hero once known as Shadowman returns to the forefront of the Valiant Universe to unite with the most unlikely ally of all – seasoned MI-6 intelligence operative Ninjak – for an epic quest into the unknown!

“RAPTURE is our biggest and most harrowing exploration of the Shadowman mythology to date,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “The return of Jack Boniface is the just first step in a series of major developments that will be coming for Shadowman over the next year, and RAPTURE will officially begin his long-awaited return to the forefront of the Valiant Universe.”

“This series is ‘Lord of the Rings’ for the Valiant Universe, and Matt Kindt and CAFU have crafted a sprawling, Tolkien-esque journey that will see Ninjak, Shadowman, the Geomancer, and Punk Mambo fighting alongside a barbarian horde in one of their grandest battles yet,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “In the mold of previous standalone events like THE VALIANT, this series is a self-contained entry point that will will open an entirely new, unexplored corner of our universe and propel the twin destines of two of Valiant’s biggest characters forward for some time.”

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret – a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes soon.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents - Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo - must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

"I grew up loving 'Conan' and 'Lord of the Rings', but I haven’t really gotten a chance to develop my take on that kind of genre. I tend to gravitate to more grounded stories (relatively) with spies and gadgets and mystery," writer Matt Kindt told Nerdist. "So it’s interesting to take that grounded sensibility and apply it to some crazy fantastical ideas – exploring heaven and hell, and gods and demons – but doing it in a way that humanizes all of the characters."

On May 24th, steel meets shadow for Valiant’s first fantasy epic! Join the crusade as Ninjak and Shadowman unite for an astounding journey into the space between life and death…through the Deadside…and into the many worlds that lie beyond with a spellbinding and horrific standalone event, beginning in RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Harvey Award-nominated artist Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn) Eisner Award-nominated artist J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), acclaimed artist Kano (Swamp Thing), and rising star CAFU (Action Comics)!

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RAPTURE #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover B by J.G. JONES
Character Design Variant by KANO
Variant Cover by CAFU
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN
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Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 24th 

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Teenage homeless ninja skater STREET ANGEL gets a new hardcover this April

Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez, of webcomic fame, will grace/deface a full-color hardcover graphic novel for the first time this April, from the Eisner Award-winning creative team of Jim Rugg (The PLAIN Janes, Afrodisiac) and Brian Maruca (Afrodisiac).

Sanchez is a kung fu master on a skateboard and a homeless orphan failing seventh grade.

In STREET ANGEL: AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL, Jesse takes the Ninja Kid to school! Her fists are the facts and his face is the report card! Meanwhile, Saturday night's the big dance and Jesse doesn't want to go! Is love in the air? No. No, it’s not.

Jim Rugg describes STREET ANGEL as "a cross between the A-Team, a xenomorph, and Lacey Baker. She loves food, fist fights, hanging out with friends Bell (a robot), Lilith (Satan's daughter), and Emma (a zombie), skateboarding, candy, pizza, nutraloaf, grilled cheese, General Tso's, french fries, beer, chips, moon pies, Twinkies, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, pancakes, spaghetti, mac & cheese, peanut butter, BBQ, wings, soda..."

Brian Maruca says "STREET ANGEL puts the fun back into being an orfun."

STREET ANGEL: AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL HC (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0287-7) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, April 26th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 2nd.

STREET ANGEL: AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL HC is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Ivan Brandon, Jason Latour, Greg Hinkle, and Matt Wilson launch new fantasy series

Writers Ivan Brandon (DRIFTER, Wolverine) and Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Spider-Gwen) team up with artist Greg Hinkle (THE RATTLER, AIRBOY) and colorist Matt Wilson (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) for all-new dark fantasy series BLACK CLOUD this April from Image Comics.

“I think building this book has taken us all by surprise,” said Brandon. “This team makes my jaw drop, and it's been a surreal experience watching all of our different tastes and ideas link up to build something that feels like more than the sum of its parts. This is very different from anything we've ever done before. It's invigorating to be part of it.”

Hinkle added: “I’m thrilled to get to work with so many folks that I’ve looked up to for so long. It’s a learning experience in the best possible way, and I’m really excited to get to share the results.”

Zelda was born in a world of dreams, and hers burned bigger than anyone had ever seen. Now she's on the run in our world, the dreams broken in her hands. But the pieces are for sale, the rich and the powerful are buying, and suddenly her world isn't the only place Zelda's running from.

“Even though it's conceived as a pretty unfettered comic book kind of idea, BLACK CLOUD just seems to grow to fit and reflect the life that's happening around us in real time,” said Latour. “With each passing day, we're reminded more and more of how the stories we consume and tell ourselves really do define our world. Just like real life, this is a story about fact and fiction fighting for supremacy—only here, one of them has a lightning sword."

Dreams come true—and today, they go to war.

BLACK CLOUD #1 hits comic book stores on Wednesday, April 5th.

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The Vans Warped Tour® presented by Journeys® and Valiant Entertainment Team Up for 2017 Artwork and Branding

Valiant Comic Book Heroes to Stand Center Stage All Summer Long for 40+ Tour Dates of the Influential Touring Festival

The Vans Warped Tour® presented by Journeys® and Valiant Entertainment today announced a new partnership to bring Valiant’s award-winning library of comic book superheroes on the road with America’s longest-running touring music festival for an immersive collaboration spanning the summer 2017 season.

As revealed at Entertainment Weekly, multiple fan-favorite characters from Valiant’s 2,000-plus-strong library will make Warped Tour history as the centerpieces of the 2017 tour’s “comic book” theme. All summer long, Valiant’s most iconic heroes – including X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, Livewire, Ninjak, and more – will adorn posters, promotional pieces, merchandise, and more at over 40 tour dates across the United States. The 2017 Vans Warped Tour® artwork was designed by acclaimed Valiant comic book artist Kano.

Additionally, Valiant will exhibit at select Vans Warped Tour® dates across the summer with a mobile comic book art installation and appearances by major comics creators – the first time that a major comics publisher has joined the touring roster of America’s longest-standing and most renowned touring music festival in more than a decade.

Valiant’s appearances on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour® will benefit the publisher’s ongoing charitable partners at The Keep A Breast Foundation – a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support.

"For 23 years, the Vans Warped Tour has been such a great platform for bands, brands, and creative minds,” said Vans Warped Tour® Founder Kevin Lyman. “It's always fun to be able to do collaborations, and this partnership with Valiant Entertainment is very special from a creative standpoint."

“This is a groundbreaking partnership on many levels, and we’re honored and excited to call the Vans Warped Tour our newest partner,” said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions & Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment. “The Vans Warped Tour is an institution, and comics are the next logical extension of their hugely influential footprint. There's a huge reciprocity between music and comics, and we were happy to find that there are just as many fans in their camp as there are in ours. We look forward to doing awesome things together in 2017 and beyond."

Now in its 23rd year, the 41-date tour will commence June 16 in Seattle, WA and end on August 6 in Southern California.

The entire lineup for 2017's Vans Warped Tour®, presented by Journeys®, will be released on Wednesday, March 22nd.

Tickets will also go on sale Wednesday, March 22nd at 10:00AM local time at

As a bonus for early ticket buyers, the first 500 tickets sold for each show will be at the lowest price available and will include a digital download of the Official Vans Warped Tour® 50-song compilation.

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