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MLP Season 5 Release Date Revealed

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Hold your horses, MLP fans; you can stop anxiously checking your Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Confirmation on the air date of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Season 5 has just dropped and it will be April 4th. Since the end of Season 4, the pony fans have been desperate for more of their beloved pastel horses. Sure, a fair number could agree that in the gap between seasons, Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks was satisfactory filler. Though that film’s focus was on the alternative human world and really didn’t really expand on anything that has happened following the Season 4 finale. There are still many questions to be asked. What really is Twilight’s role as the Princess of Friendship? Is she really going to live in that gaudy crystal castle? Are we safe from the eyesores that were the Rainbow Power forms?

1Well not everything is going to be answered just yet. We still have an entire month to go till April after all. However a few teaser trailers hinting at what the season opening will entail have been popping up here and there. The most recent one included some commentary from executive director Brian Lenard and co-executive producer Meghan McCarthy. They explained the synopsis of the season opening as well as hinting at a few episode ideas that will be making an appearance this season. Season 4 is following from after Twilight returns to Equestria after Rainbow Rocks, still trying to figure out the purpose behind her fancy crystal castle. After discovering an in depth map of Equestria, the Mane Six head out to a secluded little town where something is most definitely off. All the ponies in this town have given up their Cutie Marks in a bid for everyone to be equal and leading this town is a pony named Starlight Glimmer. As Meghan McCarthy explains: ‘Starlight believes that if someone has a talent that makes them better than you, that can ruin a friendship. By being equal she believes everyone can be happy’.

21The opening will over two episodes and will focus on the Mane Six confronting this Cutie Mark-less town. A few other episodes and plot lines were also teased, including a celebration of background characters possibly for the show’s 100th episode. Fan favourites like Vinyl Scratch, Octavia, Derpy and Doctor Whooves may have their chance in the spot light but this is yet to be confirmed. The show staff also promised that there would be more songs and musical numbers for the fans to adore, as well as exploring old characters alongside new ones. Since Hasbro seem to be pushing the new toy line ‘Cutie Mark Magic’ it can be assumed that the theme for this season will revolve around Cutie Marks as the opener episodes seem to confirm this. Will we maybe see the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally get their marks? One can only hope, they can’t stay blank flanks forever. Till then it’s an anxious wait till April for our yearly dose of pony shenanigans.

EA Shuts Down Studio Behind SimCity

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The Sims has made itself a cult classic among the gaming community.

Part of that is due to its user-friendly layout, and how accessible it is for those who’ve never gamed in their life. Some may say it’s more a ‘casual title’ but make no mistake, The Sims is a greatly adored series. Players can make their ideal families and be the puppet master over their lives, to either help them flourish or revel in their failure.

With its third iteration the game seemed to be nearing perfection. That was until The Sims 4 was released and it was immediately hit with backlash, even before the game was released. Talks of how much content had been cut from the game may have seemed over exaggerated at first but plenty of the series’ staples were absent from the fourth game. This ranged from the iconic swimming pools being missing and the toddler stage of growth being completely scrapped, making babies jump straight to average sized children. In total it was estimated that 89 things had been cut that were in previous entries.

2823145-maxisThe move certainly didn’t help EA’s image at the time and it was expected that the company would make some drastic changes. Which is definitely has.

They have shut down Maxis Emeryville, the studio responsible for the game and other related titles.

The studio is also behind Spore and Sim City, with the latter also receiving negative feedback when it wasn’t playable online. Servers also couldn’t handle the stress of the amount of players and would constantly crash, to which EA decided that disabling some of the games features would make it run better.

Another low blow to the closure of the studio is that it occurred during the annual Game Developers Conference. Despite the sad news, EA has promised that this decision will not have a negative effect on The Sims series as a whole. The company promised that the first expansion for The Sims 4 will include a lot more content and features that will surely flesh out parts of the game that may have lacked before. One can only hope that this may include swimming pools and toddlers.

EA has also promised that those employees who were under the Maxis Emeryville studio will be ‘given opportunities to explore other positions within the Maxis studios and throughout EA’. A small silver lining but it is something as opposed to nothing at all. Hopefully the gamers can be appeased by an extensive expansion and the chance for the series to redeem itself.

Jaimie Alexander Returns To Agents Of SHIELD Next Tuesday!

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This post contains spoilers for the second half of season two of Agents of SHIELD.

On Tuesday of this week Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returned to ABC.

The episode “Aftershocks” was equal parts thrilling and emotionally exhaustive. Skye’s transformation has yet to become common knowledge and at the point only she and Fitz seem to know she’s changed at all.

The last act was filled with punches, both for HYDRA and for the team, still trying to get to grips with the death of one of their most beloved members. We saw HYDRA’s upper command whittled down by some cunning misdirects from Coulson’s team, and an emotionally charged sequence between Skye and Fitz, ending in her most vulnerable moment yet.

The episode also ended on one of the coolest superhero entrances we’ve ever seen. That is a teleporter with some style!

But now is not the time to dwell on the events of this week’s episode. Let’s look forward to next week, because there is an awful lot to look forward to.

In “Who You Really Are” we get another visit from everyone’s favourite Asgardian warrior, no not that one, the other one. Lady Sif will be returning to SHIELD.

It appears that the episode’s title has a double meaning, not only will the fragile Skye be coming to terms with her new found powers, but Sif will be having her very own identity crisis. She arrives on earth with no idea how she came to be there or even who she is.

In an interview with EW showrunner  Jeff Bell spoke about Sif’s coming in, interacting with the current situation, plus the episode’s title.

“Sif’s an alien. Technically. So we as S.H.I.E.L.D. have been experiencing a lot of alien weirdness towards the first half of the season. And we don’t know much about it. And suddenly, we have a person here who might be able to help, but doesn’t have any memory that’s really helpful. So there’s potential to learn things about other alien stuff, and perhaps we also presume that she doesn’t remember much…so that might be part of why this character is here now.”

“I think for all of us, “who you really are” is revealed in these kind of situations. Which side are you on, how do you feel about that, who do you stand with, how do you feel about that? So very much on point with that is Lady Sif, and one of the things on point with that is Skye, but one of the things that I think is nice about that title is it also reflects on the rest of the team as well.”

Looks like next week’s Agents of SHIELD is going to be jam packed with drama, confusion and (considering Lady Sif is in the mix) probably plenty of action to boot!

Can’t wait!

Wolfenstein Prequel Announced!

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Wolfenstein: The New Order was a brilliant return to form for a series that had been flagging for years and today Bethesda and Machine Games announced that a stand-alone prequel would be released in May and cost £14.99.

The new entry is called The Old Blood and tells the story of B. J. Blazkowicz in the lead up to the events of The New Order. The title will be split into two parts, the first of which, Rudi Jager and the Den of Wolves, will put us back in the jack-boots of old B. J. as he assaults the infamous Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to track down the evil General Deathshead.

Beth_WOLF_DLC_120414The second chapter will be called, The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs and will see B.J. travel to Wulfberg, where he will go head to head with Nazi archaeologists who are excavating special artefacts and playing with ancient powers that threaten the world.

This is some pretty big news and a surprising announcement since an expansion to Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of the most common theories for something to be announced during Bethesda’s first ever E3 show this summer. If we’re getting these announcements and releases before that, then what could possibly be revealed during the main event? We’ll have to wait and see.

You can watch the trailer for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood below and last year I wrote a history of the Wolfenstein franchise that you can read here.

[Caution, trailer may not be suitable for children]

Brand New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

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If you thought that the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was amazing, well the third is probably going to destroy you, leaving nothing but a shell of the person you once were.

Yep it’s that good.

The new trailer gives us closer looks at some funny moments, some quiet moments and, of course, some spectacular action set pieces. I could ramble on about the army of Ultrons or the fantastic smack-down between the Hulk and Ironman’s hulkbuster. I could dance with glee over the fact that we get to see more of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch than we ever have before.

I could get excited about all of those things and I am, but nothing compares to the final moments of the trailer.

Want to know what I’m talking about? Sorry, but you’ll really have to watch the trailer.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will his UK cinemas on the 24th of April!

Check our the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron here!

Final Fantasy X/X2 Remastered…Again

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There is a case to be made on when a game deserves to get a remastered version. After all, older games deserve the chance to be given a lick of paint and some shiny new graphics. It’s like getting a new set of pyjamas for Christmas, maybe not exactly what you asked for but you appreciate the sentiment and enjoy wearing it while it’s new.

Take Majora’s Mask for example. The original N64 game came to the UK in the year 2000. After fifteen years that title certainly deserves its shiny new jacket. Then there are those remasters that really jump the gun on when they need to happen, like Final Fantasy X/X2. This instalment in the Square Enix series of RPGs is up there as one of the fan favourites of the series. Though the news that this game is going to have a PS4 remaster, releasing in May, is questionable at best.

final-fantasy-x-ps3-ps4-differences008Why is that exactly? Well for starters, this PS4 port is a remaster of the PS3 remaster, which originally came out in 2013. Yes, we are going to receive a remaster of a remaster which was only two years old and on the previous generation of Playstation. Not only that, but the bundle title was also released on the PS Vita as well, so it’s not as if we have been missing our dose of Tidus and Yuna lately. In fact we’ve received a heavy dosage when it comes to that particular brand of RPG hero.

What else has this remake to offer then? Well, if you live in America then the game will come with a desktop calendar featuring game art by Yoshitaka Amano. That’s great and all but what about us Brits? Our pre-order bonus is a steel book. Sure there are many fans who love this title but shelling out for this game… again for only the slightest graphical improvement does defy sense.

ffx-ps4-version1Loyal fans are more likely to get excited over say, a new game as opposed to a remaster. Oh Final Fantasy XV still feels so very far away as does Kingdom Hearts 3 but that’s just adding fuel to the longing fire.

Square Enix isn’t the only company guilty of producing what many would consider an unnecessary remaster. The Last of Us was a critically acclaimed PS3 title which swiftly was remastered for PS4 barely a year after the original, though it was bundled with the Left Behind expansion. It is a tactic that fills in some time for companies to work on other games but it comes with the risk of spreading the company too thin. Ubisoft being a prime example, attempting to work on two Assassin Creed games in one year stretched the studio’s limits, for better or worse. There is a lesson to be learned here; give us time to appreciate the games we love before trying to resell them to us with a slightly sharper picture. Then we will truly notice how far we’ve come.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Getting Legend Of Zelda DLC!

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the latest in Capcom’s long running animal murder simulator. It’s being praised for making it much easier for the un-initiated to jump into the series, and I can testify. I picked up Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U back in 2013 and played for around 3 hours before giving up. This was because of the sheer number of tutorials at the start of the game and the feeling that there was way too much for me to learn.

Monster Hunter 4, on the other hand, had me fighting large dinosaurs and beasties by that point. I’m totally hooked and I can’t get enough of this game. That craving for more was the first reason that I was excited for the free DLC that Capcom plan to release for the game. Adding more and more value to a game that already easily justifies its price tag with the sheer amount of content included.

That first excitement was quickly replaced by a whole new level of anticipation when I found out more information over the weekend. I’ve paraphrased and re-enacted my discovery of the announcement here for you.

The first of those DLC packs is due on the 6th of March and includes new quest… blah blah… snore and Legend of Zelda themed gear!!!!! Woooooo! Woooooooooooooo! Wooooooo!

hqdefaultThat’s right. We’re getting armour and weapons taken straight out of the Zelda series, including a Link themed armour set. The spiffy looking Sword ‘n’ Shield combo in the video below is really making me think about ditching my trusty Insect Glaive and its super awesome spinny, jumpy, flippy attacks just so I can cos-play as Link, complete with Hylian Shield and Master Sword!

The update on the 6th of March will also include other armour sets and weapons and the first episode quest, called “Clockwork Contraption”. The game launched with a pack that allows hunters to dress their Felyne companion as Mario and Luigi and there are planned future packs based on other famous franchises such as Street Fighter and Metroid.

Comic Review – Guardians Team-Up #1 (Guardians of the Galaxy Meet the Avengers Pt 1)

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By Sofie Scott-Olsen

Published by Marvel
Written by Brian M. Bendis
Art by Art Adams & Paul Mounts

Yes. So much yes. This comic is absolutely amazing on so many levels. Funny, action-packed, just brilliant. I love it. Anybody who liked the Guardians of the Galaxy film, you need to read this. It has all of the wonderful humour from the movie, and wit aplenty.

The Guardians are fleeing another ship whilst they’re flying around on Earth, and they are relying on Rocket to get them out of trouble. (Who doesn’t love that little adorable raccoon? No offense, Rocket.) After an emergency crash-landing on Earth, the Avengers pop up. More hilarious banter ensues. Hawkeye, you never cease to impress me. After the entertaining criticism from the Avengers about that embarrassing crash landing, out of nowhere, the pursuing ship returns, and trouble follows.

The storyline is interesting, easy to read and keep up with, and the humour makes it even more fun, there really is very little lacking here. Peter Quill is his usual cheerful self, Rocket is the master of wit and their interactions never cease to amuse. Also, we can’t forget Groot’s obvious knack for oration and Gamora’s bright and bubbly demeanour… *cough* The Avengers’ appearance is great as it just adds to the already high levels of humour. The actual fighting against the other ship is intriguing, the fast action-packed scenes keeping this issue going at a relatively swift pace.

The choice the artists made when it comes to the detail of the artwork is really good. The comic is more old-fashioned instead of trying to stick with hyper-detailed renditions of what the characters looked like in the film. I much prefer it that way, as it shows so much creativity, and it added to an already interesting issue. The use of bright colours draw you straight into each page, and make the whole world come alive, as if we were watching a film. I love the way it’s been set up. Having read some darker comics recently, it’s a nice change of pace.

I would without a doubt recommend giving this comic a read, for so many reasons. It’s funny, fast-paced, interesting, and the artwork has very little to fault. Excellently put together, this has probably become one of my favourite comics of all time. If you see it, get it. Cannot wait for the next issue, the anticipation is already getting to me *excited happy dance.*

Reviews of Tomorrow’s Comics: All New Hawkeye #1

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Written by Jeff Lemiro and Ramon Perez
Art by Ian Herring and Ramon Perez
Published by Marvel Comics

I’m often sceptical when an established comic gets a new creative team.

It’s a habit I find myself being guilty of every now and then, despite knowing next to little about a comic. Well I hate to say, but this comic was very much one of those cases. Like Moon Knight before it, the idea of bringing on a new team for a new Hawkeye comic was met with some cynicism from yours truly. Not because I didn’t know much about the team that was coming on, but because I had grown so attached to the previous team of Matt Fraction and David Aja.

Through Fraction and Aja’s work, Hawkeye went from a low tier supporting character into one of the funniest and coolest characters in the Marvel Comic Universe. It was no easy task to undertake, but the previous team managed it hundreds of times over. So when I heard that Marvel was bringing on the team of Jeff Lemiro, Ramon Perez and Ian Herring, I found myself conflicted. I wanted to go in with an open mind, but following such a successful run was going to be no easy feat.

But as I thought about this, my mind returned to Moon Knight. Warren Ellis’ first 6 issues of the current Moon Knight run are among some of the best comics I have ever read. So when I found out it was to get a new creative team, I was beside myself. What followed though turned out to be on par with Ellis’ work, with some rare moments even exceeding it. So why couldn’t All New Hawkeye do the same?

In the first issue of All New Hawkeye, we see ourselves jumping between two periods of time in the life of our hero; Hawkeye. We see glimpses of young Clint’s past life before he took the bow. Faced with an abusive foster father and poor living conditions at home, the life of Young Clint seems to be a dire one. In the present day, we see Clint dealing with more pressing matters in the form of evil organisation HYDRA. Partnering up with faithful partner and actual treasure Kate Bishop, Team Hawkeye looks to uncover a supposed secret weapon the evil group has acquired.

I’ll cut right to the chase with this one folk; any fears I had about this comic not living up to the hype were squashed almost instantly. I still love Fraction and Aja’s run of course, but the team of Lemiro and Perez prove themselves worthy successors from the get go. They lock down a feel and flow similar to Fraction’s writing without ever trying to emulate it outright. It’s a risky move, but one that ultimately proves successful, as the Hawkeyes we have come to know and love are just as engaging as ever.

Plus Clint referring to his explosive arrows as ‘splodie arrows made me laugh more than I probably should have.

It’s in this first issue’s art though that this book really comes alive. For the most part, the scenes set in the present day as pretty conventional. Ian Herring prove themselves quite adapt, offering a style similar to David Aja’s, if a little more detailed. When it comes to the flashback scenes, the comic ascends to a whole new level. The glimpses we get into Clint’s past are almost dream like in quality. It’s calming, soft, and compliments the comic perfectly. I could talk at great length about this first issues art, it’s that good. I hope it’s something that continues, as it makes this comic one of the most visually interesting first issues I have seen in a while.

There’s no better feeling, I think, than when a comic surprises you. All new Hawkeye #1 is one of those comics. I could talk for hours about it, and probably would if given the chance. Sadly though, I have to at least try and keep this review concise. What I will say though is this; if you had any worries about this new creative team, you’ll probably not be worrying for long. Jeff Lemiro and Ramon Perez offer a story that continues to draw out the best aspect of Clint’s character, and a look into his life before he took up the bow. Coupled with the stellar and wild artwork, this first issue shines.

This comic has already found its way onto my pull list. I sincerely recommend it find its way on to yours to.

Reviews of Tomorrow’s Comics: Scooby-Doo Team Up #9

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Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Dario Bizuela
Colours by Franco Riesco

Scooby-Doo meets Superman.

That’s all I needed to know.

Even if I had never heard of this series before, these three words would have been enough to guarantee a sale. They promise unbridled, unadulterated fun, something which the book undoubtedly delivers.

I’ve been avidly following this comic since its debut, and it hasn’t disappointed yet. The concept is beautifully simple; each issue sees the Mystery Inc. gang meeting someone (Batman, The Justice League, The Flinstones etc) and solving a mystery. It’s a concept that is unlikely to run dry anytime soon.

This month’s issue, as mentioned earlier, features the Man of Steel himself who has asked “those meddling kids” to help solve a haunting at The Daily Planet. The phantom in question happens to actually be Great Ceasers Ghost. This is typical of the absurdity loving comedy style of the comic, mining the rich mythology of Superman’s history for opportunities for fun. There are references galore, such as Lois and Jimmy having superhero alter-egos, the issues five classic villains including Grax and Terra-Man, or the disguise kit at Jimmy Olsen’s Fan Club. All infused with trademark Scooby-Doo humour, perfectly measured by writer Sholly Fisch. His love of the characters and history involved is obvious, he clearly adores Silver Age Superman wackiness, but is still more than happy to poke a little fun at it.

The art is clean and clear, unambiguous in its innocence and simplicity, channelling both classic cartoon-ary and 50’s superhero comics. Every character is instantly recognisable in every panel; the action is energetic yet easy to follow with the eye.

The series continues to exemplify how to make an all ages comic. It has a fun filled action packed story that isn’t hard to follow or understand, without ever speaking down to or patronising the reader. It’s also simultaneously a reference filled piece of nostalgia, with plenty of knowing jokes about the beautifully bonkers history of Superman Comics. Best of all, it’s hilarious, but in a way that doesn’t exclude readers who are too young or too old. Even the angst-ridden realism obsessed adolescents out there can take part, either by viewing this as a parody, or maybe, just maybe, by accepting that it’s OK to be fun and whimsical sometimes.

Whoever you are, if you’re a fan of Scooby, Superheroes, comics or any combination of the above, this is a book you should be reading.

Reviews of Tomorrow’s Comics: Neverboy #1

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Most people take drugs to escape reality. Neverboy, a former imaginary friend, does the opposite. He’s found a loophole that allows him to stay in the real world. As long as he stays medicated, everything’s perfect. But when the drugs wear off and reality fades, the forces that guard the borders between the real and the imaginary will be ready to drag him back to where he belongs.

Well then. There’s a synopsis you don’t read every day.

A new series from Dark HorseNeverboy is a pleasingly high concept book, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality the way comics do best. Writer Shaun Simon, artist Tyler Jenkins and colourist Kelly Fitzpatrick deliver a comic as well executed as it is imaginative, as efficiently put together as it is idiosyncratic.

Given the nature of Neverboy himself, the comic is fittingly built upon contradictions; its mundanity makes it interesting, the absurd lead character is massively relatable and the fantasy feels like horror.

Heck, even the colourful, psychedelic front cover is immediately followed by a beige, muted interior which colour actually fades from in one particularly terrifying scene.

Only the nostalgic memory of play-times past comes with rich, bright primary colours. Neverboy has constructed a fantasy for himself in the real world. He has, somehow, crafted a seemingly normal life, despite being a figment of the imagination. He has a home, a family. He reads the newspaper, reassures his wife and comforts his bullied son.

Except, he’s not real. Only young children even seem to notice he exists.

It’s a neat, clever switch. Imaginary friend stories are ten a penny, but not like this. This imaginary character longs for the simple, and for drugs which allow him to sustain his fantasy.

What’s even more remarkable than this fresh approach, this intelligent inversion, is just how unsettling this first issue is. It’s a story of loneliness, for one thing. It’s even more troubling, however, for how deep a sense of dread it evokes as the colour starts flooding out of the world (like, literally flooding. From a terrified, crying young boy) and the forces of fantasy arrive to bring Neverboy back to the imaginary world, where they say he belongs.

Those aforementioned forces are horribly creepy, the prospect of Neverboy being removed from his fantasy deeply upsetting.

That’s something you should be prepared for, if you read this book (and you definitely should) it will upset you.

The pacing of this book is immaculate. That sense of dread, that unsettling feeling, that unfolding horror, is generated largely by this outstandingly well controlled crescendo, one that you notice building in tandem with that knot in your stomach.

With a final page twist, much of what we’ve come to feel and think about our protagonist is cast into doubt, and the troubling nature of the finale is compounded with an extra slice of horrific realisation.

The art deserves special mention here, with the visuals of the book perfectly judged. Jenkins’ character work is fittingly contradictory, abstract and realistic somehow all at once. The colour accentuates this just as it does every other deliberate move by both writer and artist.

The creative team have crafted every page, every panel, with the kind of care that rewards re-reads, that speaks to a deliberate, diligent approach.

This comic packs way more punch than you expect. It will linger with you long after your first reading.

It will affect you. It will move you.

And we’ve only just begun.

Reviews Of Tomorrow’s Comics: Princess Leia #1

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Published by Marvel
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson & Jordie Bellaire

If, like me, you’ve been following the new Star Wars comics that Marvel has been publishing, then you’ve seen Han, Leia and Luke blow up an Empire-controlled weapons factory. You’ve witnessed Darth Vader knock Jabba the Hutt down a few pegs, and now finally, FINALLY, we get to see Princess Leia in her own comic. (If you couldn’t tell already, I was pretty excited for this.)

Once again the story picks up after Episode IV, but unlike Star Wars #1 and Darth Vader #1, this story is not connected. Although occurring in the same time frame, this narrative does not interlink with the other two story arcs, so it’s definitely offering something new. It also opens directly after the ending of Episode IV, and the ceremony on Yavin, (you know, that scene where Luke and Han turn up, all scrubbed up and looking smart, to receive medals from a rather regal looking Leia… Gives me Goosebumps every time.) The comic extends the scene, showing Leia address the assembly, briefly expressing her grief at the loss of Alderaan.

We also see the Rebel Alliance kicking into action after their temporary victory over the Empire, as they start the process of evacuation and try to find a new base of operations. Its things like this that make me really love these comics; their timeframes that fill in the gaps and give us more of the classic story that we all know and love. Honestly, and I know I may sound like a raving fangirl here, but I can’t get enough.

And this issue, which was the one I was most anticipating, really ticks all the boxes. We see Princess Leia struggling with her new responsibilities, thrust on her after the loss of her planet. Even this colossal tragedy, which includes the death of her adoptive parents, is never really dealt with in the original trilogy. We never get to see how Leia coped with her grief, or how she interacted with other Alderaanians, which we see here in the form of feisty female fighter pilot, Evaan.

Leia and Evaan join forces to locate other surviving Alderaanians, and bring them under the protection of the Alliance before the Empire can get their hands on them. It’s interesting to see how Leia operates away from the core gang of the films, and branches out on a daring caper of her own. But mostly it’s nice to see another strong female character (or any female character, of which the films were sadly lacking,) and to have the two of them striking out on their own is really exciting. Especially when they managed to outsmart both Luke and Wedge on their way out of Yavin… *obligatory ‘girl power’ hand gesture*

The artwork is fantastic and perfectly stylised, and probably my favourite of the three Star Wars releases. I’m loving the different perspectives we get from each story, but this one is by far the most different and fresh. Essentially I do not have a criticism for this comic, and can’t wait for the rest to come out!

New Teaser For Next Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer!

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Marvel is gearing up to release trailer number three for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.

To get us all more excited for the new trailer, they’ve released a teaser trailer, for the trailer, which will air this Thursday night on American television channel ABC during the premiere of American Crime.

When you add this to the Daredevil motion posters, the Guardians of the Galaxy teasers for teasers for trailers and the Ant-Man tiny teaser for the real sized teaser for the trailer, it brings to mind one question.

Is there some marketing executive, somewhere in Marvel Studios, who’s desperate to feel as much a part of the team as the writers, directors and actors?

I can’t help but picture the numerous meetings where the marketing department is pitching ever longer and more elaborate run ups to teaser trailers, promoting slightly extended teaser trailers, leading up to the full trailer.

It’s not that the trailers, posters, teasers and motion posters and promotional stills aren’t fun and entertaining for us out here, waiting for the movie. It just seems like someone’s boss has a hard time telling them no.

While we may never get to the bottom of Marvel’s preoccupation with teasers, we can certainly reap the benefits.

Check out the new teaser trailer for Thursday’s new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer.

Robert Downey Jr.  Offers The Chance To Attend The Avengers: Age of Ultron Premiere!

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What wouldn’t we give for that chance of an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood for the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere?

And it’s not just that, that’s on offer here.

There’s a four star hotel stay, breakfast at Randy’s Donuts, indoor skydiving and a helicopter tour of Los Angeles with the man himself. Sounds pretty spectacular to us. Even non-geeks would have trouble finding a better or more fun sounding holiday, with a cooler VIP host.

New canvasIf it sounds like fun to you, then there’s only one thing you need to do; enter into the competition and donate to the amazing charity, Julia’s House (The Dorset Children’s Hospice.)

And here’s the best part. The more you donate the more chance you have of winning. For only $10, you’ll be entered into the competition 100 times, the number of entries increasing with the amount you choose to donate.

Not only will you be giving money to a wonderfully good cause, you’ll also be in with the chance to have, as Robert Downey Jr. puts it, “the best night of your life, ever, on earth!”

Seems like a pretty easy decision to us.

Check out Downey Jr’s hilarious explanation here!

New Daredevil Motion Poster Plus 8 New Pictures!

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Marvel’s Daredevil is kicking the promotion up a notch.

Not only have they released eight new images of the series characters, but we’ve also got a shiny new motion poster (see previous rant on how “motion posters” are what used to be called teaser trailers) to tease us even further.

The collaborative effort between Marvel Television and Netflix is scheduled to be released, in its entirety, on April 10th of this year. Eeek not long to go!

It’s the perfect time for Marvel to be raising the level of anticipation for our upcoming visit to the world that Matt Murdoch inhabits. These images (released via Empire magazine) give us our first real look at the supporting characters in the series.

For those of us in the UK who are used to having our hopes dashed by the different content on American and UK Netflix, fear not! The series will be released at the same time globally, so we’ll be getting our chance to see the show when everyone else does.

Daredevil will star Charlie Cox (Matt Murdoch/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Ulrich) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin)

[And click the thumbnails below to see larger images.]