Control roadmap suggest Alan Wake tie-in
I’m beyond excited for the additional content for Control.
I finished up the game the other night and essentially finished all the content the base game had to offer. As a fan of Remedy’s other games — specifically Alan Wake in this case — I can’t wait to check out whatever the AWE add-on brings to the game next year.
This could be as close to an Alan Wake sequel as we’ll ever get.
Extra Life North
Starting today and running through the weekend, I’ll be working/playing alongside my co-workers as we try to raise fund for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and the Children’s Miracle Network. If you’ve got a chance, please consider making a donation to either myself or someone else on our team so we can hit our goal of $50,000.
If you’d like to follow along with the action throughout the weekend, we’ll be streaming the event via Mixer and Twitch with a program full of couch gaming, contests, interviews and much more. I encourage you to swing by and drop some words of support in the chat if you’re able to.
Catherine: Full Body offers a more complete experience than the original game
Catherine developer Atlus has stretched and edited the game into Catherine: Full Body, an updated version for the PlayStation 4 that now features 13 endings, new levels, new music, another love interest, and a whole lot more … while still feeling familiar and comfortable to existing fans. New players will simply benefit from a game that’s much fuller and better realized than the original release.
This is another 2019 release that totally slipped under the radar for me. The original Catherine is one of my favorites so I know for sure I’ll be picking up Full Body. When I originally played the game, I saw a couple of the endings to the game but now — knowing there are potentially 13 different ways to finish it — I can see spending even more time with it this time around.
Telltale Games is back
Telltale Games, which shut down last year, is coming back after its assets were purchased by a company called LCG Entertainment. The new company will sell some of Telltale’s back catalog and will work on new games based on a few Telltale-associated properties, as well as new licenses.
This is such good news. This studio shutting down was such a sudden, massive loss for not only the people that worked there but for the fans of all their games.
I never thought I'd say this but it seems like we'll be getting a third Batman game after all.
Google is using this year’s release to significantly update the operating system’s brand and naming scheme.
Moving forward, “Android” will just be followed by a version number. This tradition of naming major releases with desserts dates back to Android 1.6 Cupcake in 2009.
Like the Android 10 naming change, the primary goal of this new look is accessibility. It starts with something as fundamental as color, with the “android” wordmark — which has been slimmed down with a tweaked font — now in black. The previous green was hard to see for those with visual impairments.
While I totally understand the decision to move away from the dessert names for the sake of clarity, I'll definitely miss them. One of my favourite parts about Android was how playful the whole idea of the version names were, and how Google would include an easter egg that often played off whatever treat they chose for that particular version.
I love the refreshed look of the Android logo, the new green (accessibility!) for the mascot and the new guidelines for placement of the logomark in relation to the type, etc. I think this new look blends well with that Google's been doing to refresh their own brand, Material Design, and the like.
Money Shot from Vault Comics
In the near future, space travel has become too expensive to pursue and too boring for people to pay attention to — until Christine Ocampos introduces a teleportation device that she intends to fund in a new and novel way: By traveling to strange new worlds, meeting new civilizations and having sex with them in order to broadcast on the internet as the final frontier of pornography.
This series sounds like it'll be fun as hell and writer Tim Seeley describes a story with a ton more depth and emotion than what you'd expect from one about humans having sex with aliens to fund their research.
I followed Seeley because of his work on Hack/Slack many years back and Sarah Beattie is one of the funniest people on Twitter so I have a ton of faith in this team to provide a pretty entertaining book.
The only real unknown for me regarding Money Shot is artist Rebekah Isaacs but I love what I've seen in the preview for the series, including the colours by Kurt Michael Russell, and I'm really excited to see more leading up to the release of issue #1 in October.
Comics collected: July 2019
As part of my birthday present, my wife decided to help me clean out my pull box at the local comic book store. I have a bad habit of not visiting the shop on a regular basis so books tend to pile up there pretty quick. For those of you that are curious, this is the up-to-date list of books on my pull list that I've been mostly neglecting over the past month or so.
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1–2
Scott Snyder (W) and Greg Capullo (CA, A)
I love the DC Black Label format, which is usually printed on thicker stock and just has a premium feel to it. As for the book itself, this duo is rarely off the mark so I’m looking forward to what’s been billed as their final Batman story together.
Ed Brubaker (W) and Sean Phillips (CA, A)
which I’ve already read since writing this. It goes without saying that basically everything Brubaker and Philips do is of the highest quality and this new volume of Criminal is no exception. I’m really enjoying the small arcs of only a couple books per story. It makes everything seem new and fresh every couple of issues.
Invisible Woman #1
Mark Waid (W), Mattis de Iulis (A), and Adam Hughes (CA)
I’ll admit that I was initially sold on the Adam Hughes cover but realizing that the book was written by Mark Waid, whose writing of usually enjoyed, and drawn by Mattia de Iulis—whose recent work on Jessica Jones has been nothing short of a home run—it was hard not to pick it up. The second issue was released this past week but unfortunately my LCS didn’t have a copy.
Depending on how I feel at the end of this first issue, it might make its way onto my pull list full-time.
The Batman’s Grave by Ellis and Hitch
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships in modern comic book history, reunite this fall for The Batman’s Grave, a twelve-issue monthly DC maxi-series about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask. The team that brought us The Authority now turn their talents towards The World’s Greatest Detective
While I've never read the duo's run on The Authority, I've been following Warren Ellis for years, since his run on Thunderbolts back in 2007, through his more obscure stuff over at Avatar including Black Summer and No Hero.
Look no further than Bryan Hitch's run on Ultimates for reasons why he's one of the biggest artists in comics. Few others can capture those movie-like set piece moments like he does, which I feel comes across in the previews for this series already.
I'm really excited to see what they come up with.
Debut of Jane Foster Thor sells for $55
Thor Vol 4 #1 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman featured the first full appearance of a new Thor, later revealed to be the transformed Jane Foster. Since the news last night at San Diego Comic-Con that the upcoming Thor movie, Love And Thunder, would star Natalie Portman reprising her role as Jane Foster and starring as the new Thor, the prices on that storyline from the comic have been going bananas.
I've never been one to buy comics simply because I feel they'll be worth something later. Don't get me wrong, I understand the appeal. In fact, I have a close friend who does this and it's a skill in and of itself. I've just always been about the collecting aspect of it, particularly for books I kept following and enjoyed.
That said, I do own a first-print of this book and—if the book is going for $55 already—I'd consider offloading it if the price was right. I enjoyed the book but it's not one I continued to follow or feel compelled to hang on to.
Image releasing Mirka Andolfo's Mercy
The new series, composed of three volumes, will be a horror with a gothic atmosphere set in Klondike and starring Hellaine, a “woman without mercy”, amidst the background of a gold rush. The story will address familiar themes from Andolfo, such as gender difference and the roles of women.
While it wasn’t quite what I was expecting when I first picked it up, Mirka’s previous series Unnatural has been really good so far. I was initially sold on her art alone but ended up finding a dark, twisted, totally unique story along the way that’s kept me hooked.
That said, judging by the art she’s shared over the past few months on her social media and what we know about the story, Mercy might be even better.