Constantine Review by Hank Van Hawkins


Constantine - Season 1Without me sounding overly excited about another DC product, yet again, I have to say the TV series of Constantine is quite on the mark. The actor Matt Ryan is a superb Constantine; a lot better than Keanu Reeves was in the movie. I have heard a lot of people believe they took some wild liberties with the film version in fact. The TV show is spot on. I haven’t read a ton of Hellblazer myself, save for a few issues here and there.  I knew of Constantine, but I had yet to come to know him. In the New 52 I have run across his character while being a huge fan of Swamp Thing. They are known to run into each other within the DC universe. In all honesty I became a fan of Papa Midnite initially. He is an awesome bad guy/heel.   That is when I first bought something of The Hellblazer series at a brick and mortar shop when it was his title. Without being too much of a spoiler, a few of the high points in the TV show thus far have involved Papa Midnite.  Their relationship with one another is one that runs back and forth from friend to foe with a fury.   It definitely stirs up a lot of enjoyable drama that I enjoy.

Constantine - Season 1

  One of my comic book habits is that I do like to wait until an arc is complete before getting into it. Just knowing the answers in the next issue are already there and able to be bought at the store serves me comfort. I simply hate waiting on comic issues as well as TV episodes now thanks to both Gotham and Constantine as well as the Flash and Arrow for that matter. Yet at the same time, it’s great. Because there is an adrenaline rush on Wednesdays at the comic store. You’re getting that issue you are anxiously waiting for.  That being said, Constantine has me on the edge of my seat. When I get home from my gigs on Friday night, it’s the first guilty pleasure I want on my DVR.  I surely hope people outside the comic book world come to love this character/TV show as much as me so it can have a long life on Friday nights.  The writers seem to be wrapping up the episodes nicely each time with no real cliff hangers continuing over to the next episode, even if the themes are complex at times.  Just to keep my point short each episode is simply a great starter kit to the world of Constantine.   

    It’s a no brainer that this show has to stay on the air. It is miles above the current programming, that’s for sure. With so many detective shows and programs like Grimm, it seems obvious DC’s true talents will come to battle it out with all those guys on prime time.  I firmly believe they will only grow in their viewership over the next few years. Especially considering what else Major networks are offering up.  Mark my words, DC is about to rule the TV roost. I still keep a toe in the water over at Marvel, but the Agents of Shield hasn’t been enough to capture me even for an entire episode. Granted, I have a short attention span.  With all this being said I have to suggest Constantine to anyone who likes a good detective show.  It obviously has its supernatural twist where there are battles over good and evil as well as confrontations with both devils and angels. I’d love to hear some feed back or criticisms otherwise, that’s for sure.


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i_42262Get ready you greedy, eager little Pokey punters; Nintendo just let me know that Players can get to experience the exclusive Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for 3DS tomorrow. Prepare yourself for Mega Evolutions of your fav. Pokémon, find new places to adventure and prepare for an amazing trek through the Hoenn region.

My mere mortal words cannot do much to describe what’s to come, so I’ll leave it to Nintendo’s press release below to fill you in on any details you might have missed. Something tells me though, that most of you reading already know what’s to come.


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire kick off the holiday shopping season with games that both old and new Pokémon fans will love,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The games let players explore and experience the world of Pokémon like never before, with hours of portable entertainment perfect for long holiday trips.”

While Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire provide fans of all ages with the classic game-play elements of catching, battling and trading Pokémon, the games contain many features never before seen in the Pokémon franchise. For the first time, the two Legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre will undergo powerful transformations that rock the very region to its core as they become Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. These Primal Reversions take the Legendary Pokémon back to their primal forms and grant each of them commanding looks and moves. In addition, after catching the Pokémon Latias or Latios, players can learn to Soar, allowing them to hop on the back of these Dragon- and Psychic-type Pokémon and fly high above the Hoenn region. This ability lets players access new areas and discover even more Pokémon, including very powerful Legendary Pokémon from previous games in the series.

i_42263Catching and battling with Pokémon in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire is just as fun as ever, but now it can be done in different ways. Using the new PokéNav Plus, players can navigate the world and locate Pokémon in the city, in the wild or even high up in the sky. Any time players are near Pokémon, the PokéNav Plus will show them information about that Pokémon. Players can even sneak up on Pokémon in the wild, making it much easier to catch them. Mega Evolutions, first introduced in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, return and now more Pokémon can evolve into this more powerful form. In a treat for fans who enjoy Pokémon lore, the mysterious origins of Mega Evolution reveal themselves in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

As with previous games in the series, players can battle and trade Pokémon with friends and other players around the world with a wireless broadband Internet connection. Using the Player Search System, anyone can seek out Pokémon battles and interact with players with the touch of a button. Fans of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will also love to know that they can obtain the highly prized Eon Ticket to travel to a remote location to catch another Legendary Pokémon.

One of the unique features in the original Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games was the ability to discover and set up personal Secret Bases. These Secret Bases return as Super-Secret Bases in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, and can be decorated with various items collected throughout the game. Fans who want to show off their beautifully decorated bases can invite friends to visit their Secret Bases using built-in communication features. And the customization aspects of the games don’t end there: Various Pokémon can be entered into in-game Pokémon Contest Spectaculars to show off their moves and win over the judges. Using Berries discovered in the game, players can make Pokéblocks to feed to their Pokémon, preparing these show stoppers to claim the top prize.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be available in stores, at and, as well as in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS on Nov. 21 at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. For anyone who wants to pick up both games together, the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack also launches on Nov. 21, exclusively at Best Buy retail stores, on or on at a suggested retail price of $79.98. The Pokémon Dual Pack includes both games and a pair of in-game download codes that can be redeemed for 100 Potions each.


To learn how to receive a download code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version, visit


For more information about Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, visit


Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit

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Thanos: The Infinity Relativity OGN Graphic novel announced


The Mad Titan’s Quest Continues in THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN!

It looks as though Marvel is continuing its bid to add original prose to its list of products. Yesterday, they announced an Ant-Man book. The graphic novel is the follow up to Thanos: The Infinity Revelation and is in Marvel’s OGN line. The book will arrive sometime in June and is written and drawn by Jim Starlin, who also does the cover art. A rare thing in today’s time of interchangeable artists.

Thanos: The Infinity Relativity focuses on Thanos obviously, but also features the Guardians of the Galaxy. The storyline revolves around Adam Warlock‘s death and re-birth (yawn) and Annihilus‘ return to power.

The book will feature a code for the first graphic novel, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation for use on iOS and Android devices and has augmented reality features through the Marvel AR app. It also boasts having “high-end” and “sophisticated” packaging.

Even if you’re getting worn out by the constant use of Thanos, or the contrived and obnoxious uses of the Guardians of the Galaxy, you should pick up the graphic novel because of the talent of Jim Starlin.

On a separate, but related note, sign up for Marvel Unlimited. It’s amazing and I’ve been able to read so many more titles than I would’ve been able to read before. The service of course doesn’t replace having those glossy little paper gems in your hands, but it opens up a wealth of information that was unattainable without thousands of dollars before. Go by and sign-up. You can pay 10 bucks a month, or pay around 60 a year.

Release date for Thanos: The Infinity Relativity OGN/ June 2015

Written and drawn by Jim Starlin

Let me ask you this, and darn it someone better start answering me; Are you worn out on Thanos and the Guardians of the Galaxy yet?

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Gotham is finally GOTHAM

Hank likes me, he really likes me!

Hank likes me, he really likes me!

We’ve had so much success with the one article we’ve done on Gotham, a review by Hank Van Hawkins that can be found here, that we decided to focus on the show on our podcast. You can find the podcast here. We start discussing the show about 22-23 minutes in, so if you’re not interested in baseball very much, go ahead and fast forward to that time. We also discuss Arrow, Terry Moore’s ‘Rachel Rising,’ Vile: The Legend of Thunder Valley, Batman and a few other things like Richard’s upcoming interview on November 22nd with Ed Brisson from ‘The Field’ by Image Comics. Thanks for reading, and please enjoy the show. You can find the link below.

SOBS podcast discussing DC tv shows and other awesome things

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Global Just Dance Challenge launched by Special Olympics and Ubisoft


Ubisoft has gotten some bad press lately with the messy release of the newest Assassin’s Creed game. But, there are bigger and more important things in life going on. With that said, video games can still make a difference in people’s lives, and that’s what the new initiative Ubisoft is involved with the Special Olympics and some really big stars can do. Full details are below. With some of the cool news that has come out today, it makes me feel a little better about being a news junkie and desk jockey. Read on.


Celebrity PSA can be accessed, here: and downloaded, here.

Special Olympics Launches Global Just Dance® Challenge to Raise Funds and Awareness While Engaging Video Game Fans

Musicians Including Nicole Scherzinger, Maroon 5, Jessie J, and Charli XCX from the Top Music and Dance Video Game Jumpstart the Campaign 

Washington, D.C., November 17, 2014 – Special Olympics today announced the kick-off of the first annual Just Dance Challenge, a global online fundraising campaign to get the public up and dancing to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. In order to spread their message of inclusion to the broadest audience, Special Olympics has joined with Just Dance, the top dance and music videogame with millions of players globally, developed and published by Ubisoft®. Popular YouTubers and musicians from the videogame including Maroon 5, Jessie J, Charli XCX, Nicole Scherzinger and more are lending their support in a variety of ways to get the word out and drive public participation.

The three-month campaign, which runs from November 2014 through January 31, 2015, encourages participants to raise donations through peer-to-peer fundraising and social media. While there are multiple customizable ways to participate, the core theme of the Just Dance Challenge revolves around playing the Just Dance videogame with friends, family and/or community. Participation is open to anyone around the world and the public can register and learn more at and view the celebrity PSA, here.

The launch of this partnership comes on the heels of the Special Olympics’ decision to engage with the video game industry to help spread its message of inclusion. Force Multiply Gaming, a social impact movement and brand of WarpSpeed Innovations Inc. inspired the unique and powerful connection which marks the first campaign uniting Special Olympics with the video game industry.

Republic Records will also be showing their support to the cause by offering incentives and giveaways centered around their talented artists and by sponsoring the Just Dance Challenge with an activation at their annual label holiday party. The musicians, Special Olympics, and Ubisoft are committed to the success of the campaign. Here’s what they have to say:

  • “I’m thrilled that my music can be part of the Just Dance Challenge for Special Olympics,” said international singer and personality Nicole Scherzinger. “As a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, I’ve seen first-hand, around the world, the transformative power of Special Olympics, and I’m thrilled that millions of people will have the opportunity to help them in their wonderful work – and to do it by dancing!”
  • “It’s incredible and also humbling that my music can make a difference and drive awareness for Special Olympics through the Just Dance Challenge,” said singer and songwriter, Jessie J. “I’ve always strived to write songs and create music that pushes a message of inclusiveness, soon a personal level I’m really excited to see people from around the world dance to my songs and commit to raise funds for such a good cause!”
  • “Obviously music and dance go hand and hand- it’s inspiring, plus it’s how I like to party!” said singer and songwriter, Charli XCX. “I couldn’t be happier about lending my support to the Just Dance Challenge for Special Olympics and getting people up dancing and motivated for this important campaign.”
  • “We’re thrilled to team up with Ubisoft and its mega-popular Just Dance franchise—dance is the symbolic celebration of joy and a perfect fit for our athletes,” said Peter Wheeler, chief strategic properties for Special Olympics. “Special Olympics primarily brings people together through sports, and offering the first-ever Just Dance Challenge allows us to further spread our message of inclusion, diversity and empowerment through music, dance and gaming while at the same time, raising funds for Special Olympics.”
  • “We’re dedicated to making the Just Dance Challenge a phenomenal success and ultimately helping to drive Special Olympics forward with its message of diversity and empowerment,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. “Just Dance has millions of fans worldwide; the game’s core DNA revolves around accessibility for everyone and above all, providing a fun game experience for players at every level. We’re proud to bring the world’s most popular music and dance game to this important global movement.”

For more information about the Just Dance Challenge, visit

About Special Olympics  

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.  Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.  Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries.  With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year.  Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics®, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, P&G, Microsoft,  Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at  Engage with us on: Twitter and

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Here is the first look at the new Secret Wars Cover


Marvel, in its continuing quest for mediocrity and to rehash their past successes, has released this cover for the Secret Wars reboot. As a comic veteran, or old dude, depending on how old you are yourself, I remember ‘Secret Wars’ fondly as the source of the Venom symbiote and a grand excuse to get all of Marvel’s heroes and villains together in one place. It was also the masterwork of a being called the ‘Beyonder’ whose other claim to fame was having Michael Jackson’s Thriller hair cut  with a jacket straight from ‘Miami Vice.’ Wow I am officially old. At least the comic has some greats working on it, and the cover is expectedly awesome.

To read more about ‘Secret Wars’ read on. Do yourself a favor and click some of my the purple colored links above to see some of the sweetness that was the 80s.


Marvel’s Secret Wars press release

You’ve seen Alex Ross’ spectacular promo image. You’ve seen the teasers. You’ve learned the first secrets of Battleworld, the strange, patchwork realm playing host to countless separate realities. Now, Marvel is pleased to present the first cover to next year’s game-changing SECRET WARS #1! From the chart-topping creative team of Jonathan Hickman (Avengers, New Avengers) and Esad Ribic (Thor: God of Thunder) with covers by legendary painter Alex Ross, this 8-issue event brings together a legion of Marvel super heroes for an epic story the scope of which you’ve never seen before!

Now, get a closer look at Alex Ross’ stunning cover to the explosive first issue. Gorgeously rendered by one of the most iconic figures in the industry, this spectacular cover is just the tip of the iceberg – offering fans their first exciting look behind the curtain into the world of Secret Wars!

The road to the biggest comic event of 2015 is happening right now in the pages ofAvengers and New Avengers, so jump on board before TIME RUNS OUT! Be there when the Secret Wars commence this May in SECRET WARS #1!




Cover by ALEX ROSS
Coming May 2015!


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Pikachu to be Santa and visit malls across America

So, finally a marketing scheme with good intentions. Nintendo will be bringing smiles and fun to malls across the country this holiday season by sending Mario and Luigi and even Pikachu to malls from November 21st through December 21st. Kids everywhere rejoice (and more adults than I’d care to admit) and get to one of the locations listed below. Nintendo is promoting what it calls “Toys-to-life” and the promotion includes Amiibos and many games from Wii U, 2ds and 3ds. The games include a LOT of Pokemon favorites, so let the crazy cheers and screams begin.

I have to give it to Nintendo-they’re reaching out to the right people, and doing it at the right time and it seems like genuine fan outreach; not a marketing ploy. Sony was said to be the fan-centric company of all of the consoles when this generations console war started. Nintendo has honorably kept above the fray and has quietly moved into a great position. Enough of my blabbing! Find the full list of details and malls below.

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Nintendo Happy Holidays Holiday Mall Experiencei_42249

“Friendly faces from the Nintendo family, including Mario, Luigi and Pikachu, will deliver an unexpected shot of joy to the holiday shopping season. From Nov. 24 through Dec. 21, Nintendo will visit 16 malls across the country to offer holiday shoppers a great escape featuring hands-on play time with the season’s must-have games for Wii UNintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS. Visitors can even check out amiibo, Nintendo’s new foray in the toys-to-life category, which are based on some of its most recognizable video game characters.

“A fun, interactive space tailored to kids – and kids-at-heart – will feature many Nintendo games, including a Mario Kart 8 tournament played on a large, high-definition display. Visitors can also battle it out in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Additionally, free giveaways, including the Nintendo Holiday Gift Guides, will be available to consumers, while supplies last.”

The scheduled lineup of Wii U games includes Super Smash Bros. for Wii UMario Kart 8Hyrule WarriorsCaptain Toad: Treasure TrackerSuper Mario 3D WorldSkylanders: Trap Team and Nintendo Land.

For Nintendo 3DS, fans can expect to see Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSPokémon Omega RubyPokémon Alpha SapphireMario Kart 7The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsKirby: Triple DeluxeTomodachi LifeYoshi’s New Island and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.


Join the fun of Nintendo’s holiday shopping experience at the following locations: 

  • Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, Arizona
  • Queens Center in Elmhurst, New York
  • Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia
  • Washington Square in Portland, Oregon
  • Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Memorial City Mall at Memorial City in Houston
  • The Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida
  • Grapevine Mills in Grapevine, Texas
  • King of Prussia in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
  • South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts
  • Woodfield Mall in Schaumberg, Illinois
  • Westfield North County in Escondido, California
  • Westfield Southcenter in Seattle
  • Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California
  • Westfield Culver City in Culver City, California

The Holiday Gift Guide can also be found online at

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Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death review by The Black Sparrow

‘Delayed Reaction’

Review of Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death

Introduction to our new writer The Black Sparrow


The elegant and subtle cover for Rachel Rising Vol.1

The elegant and subtle cover for Rachel Rising Vol.1

So, the other day I was chatting with Richard about his blog and this comic he had recently given me for my birthday, and he had the great idea to suggest I write a review. Um, A few reasons why that is more challenging than “great” I’ll do that:

a) I’ve probably read, glanced at or purused as many comics in my life as a typically reviewer in the industry has read, digested and obsessed over in a week.

b) The last time I sat down to write something for the reading pleasure of others was when typing was accompanied by a “zip… ding!” sound. And lastly (although I am sure, during the course of this communication, you will unearth other reasons…)

c) Rachel Rising isn’t new or current or on-trend. Ok, wait, I take that back. Hot gal rising from the dead could very well be considered on-trend. But it certainly ain’t new in this world of streaming news with 2 second content updates.

So, there you have it.  Still with me?

First thing I did after Richard suggested I write this review was wait several days, then I remembered I gave myself a week’s deadline, and so next I looked up the artist Terry Moore, who I have some history with when I read his ‘Strangers in Paradise’ series some years ago. [Ahem. I’m sincerely hoping my Editor will fix my “that should be bold not quoted, underlined not italicized” errors. Hint Hint.] Editor’s note: I did indeed “fix” it with the thingies that are close to quotation marks. We use our own methods and writing style here at ‘Fear and Gaming in New Vegas.’ We use italics to indicate when there is an editor’s note. :) Back to the review.

Actually, if memory serves, I devoured that particular series when freshly out of the house & toying with a somewhat-difficult-to-label relationship. Flash forward almost 20 years and I find myself in a comic shop with my dude, a fan and the aforementioned writer, editor & bloggerer. (shhh, I’m sure that is a word somewhere.) Editors noteThat is not a word, but allowed just the same. I see Rachel Rising. I like it.  I don’t buy it. Not unusual for me, but that’s something to discuss in a different forum- Perhaps a sofa. Anyway. Flash forward again to one Year Later… and I have ‘Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death‘ in hand.

First off, and you will see this is any review ever written of Terry Moore, the man knows how to draw a gal. It  is immediately apparent that these gals have (gasp!) not spent their short well-drawn lives waist-training in torture corsets. They have hips, thighs, arms, and adorable button noses. They have stomachs. Not teeny rib bones that can miraculously lift up size 36EE boobs in a single bound, but stomachs that seem like they belong on bodies not Q-tips. And boobs that have encountered gravity without the secret weapon of female comic art everywhere: the magic-conic bra that forms breasts into perfect pert parts of unattainable glory. This alone makes me praise the art, however Moore’s talent doesn’t rely on body-positive realism alone. For me, his art was user-friendly with a ridiculous attention to detail that complimented the story vs. confusing it.

However, who am I to review a comic’s artwork or story arch? A layman. A person with absolutely zero “geek” cred, aside from my Marvel undershirt I wear to make my guy think I look hot. So that’s my slant. A comic for the uninitiated. A comic for your partner that doesn’t really “get” it but appreciates you for it.  A comic for your friend that likes your fandom posts or ‘lols’ your superhero memes, but shares yoga grrrl links more than IGN.  (Not to say this comic isn’t for die-hard fans… even in my limited research, I saw plenty of raves from those in the know!)  He or she will dig the characters, the simplicity in the drawing and the storyline that blurs zombie-esque undead with real world problems of bourgeois b.s. in the bathroom. They may miss the nuisance of textures, the brilliance of not overdrawing the scene in every panel and the organized structure that progresses-not just that immediate scene, but also the overall story.  But it won’t matter.  Because chances are, they will be hooked and you’ll get to claim another convert-notch on your belt.


-The BS (That’s Ms. Sparrow to you)



Written by

Terry Moore

Art by

Terry Moore


Horror Leading Ladies Supernatural/Occult Suspense

About Book

Page Count

152 Pages

Print Release Date

March 28 2012

Digital Release Date

April 4 2012

Age Rating

15+ Only


Terry Moore.

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Moon Knight by Warren Ellis #1-3 review

‘Delayed reaction’ Moon Knight #1-3

Including a five page preview of #1

MOONKN2014001_DC11Moon Knight has a mixed and manic past as a comic character. Bi-polar even. He’s been penned and drawn by some comicbook heavyweights and rookies. He’s taken on the biggest and most powerful characters, and been tasked with chasing down street punks. He’s even held the head of Ultron and was haunted by Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine. Moon Knight’s unintentionally erratic past as a comicbook property mirrors the character’s different personalities in several ways. For some reason, hopefully other than Marvel’s need to renew the copyright, Marvel gives him another series. The last limited run by Brian Michael Bendis was a great series, with a different take on Moon Knight’s mental illness that saw him move to Los Angeles. Thankfully, the new series sees him return to New York.

The latest iteration of Moon Knight has, or had, by now, Warren Ellis as word and story-smith, and in many ways, redefines Moon Knight. Redefining is probably the wrong way to describe it. Marvel and Ellis strip away a lot of the veneer and trappings of Moon Knight: the costume, the at times overbearing focus on Khonshu and his past, the guest appearances and focus on his mental illness. The Warren Ellis Moon Knight starts as a singular vision and personality. A professional. He’s almost a force of nature.

The first issue starts with a very different Moon Knight. Dressed in all white with black complimentary colors, he makes his way to a crime scene in the Moon Knight version of the Google self-driving car. He is dressed like an assassin with a mask and 4-piece suit with magician’s gloves. He’s clinical with little pretense. He uses his intelligence and experience and little else. He inhabits and traverses a very dark section of New York City like an alley cat through, well, an alley.

Moon Knight picks up the trail of a killer that is waylaying well-built travelers and must track the killer because, of course, the detective and police department can’t find him. One of my pet peeves with the Marvel universe is that the police, government and those in positions of authority are utterly helpless without the help of superheros. Another thing I don’t like is Marvel’s over-reliance on S.H.I.E.L.D. They are all-powerful and seem to be connected to everything. Moving on.

The Warren Ellis Moon Knight lives in a sparsely populated New York. There is still a dull energy that ebbs and thumps underneath, and it somehow reminds me of a bygone comic era. Ellis doesn’t take himself too seriously though, and in issue 3, even pokes fun at an old comic standby;the punk-rock bad guy. Even when using the trope and peering through the 4th wall, Ellis cleverly adds in his own slants.



As you move through issue #2, another aspect of Moon Knight reveals itself in a more traditional Moon Knight. The Moon Knight that has been heavily criticized as a Batman knock-off. He uses detective skills and an intimidating and over the top fear factor to get information. He’s rich and uses gadgets, and even has a dark and traumatic past. I can see the differences in Moon Knight from Batman of course, but I can also acknowledge the similarities. While we’re discussing that, it does also remind me that comics seem to rely on a few archetypes. The rich-playboy Tony Stark/ Marc Spector/ Bruce Wayne type, and the nerdy scientist good guys and villians.

So, the old-school Moon Knight shows up to chase down an assassin, who in turn is stalked by an assassin. The comic is glaringly stark with its choice of colors and the lack of sound. The comic uses that lack of sound, or sound-effects expertly and the panels that Ellis chooses give a phenomenal sense of space and drama. Issue #2, like every other issue leaves many questions. But like every issue, is a sufficient self-contained story.




Issue #3 explores the parts of New York that can only be done properly in comicbook form. That barely lit and nearly empty part of New York that if lighted properly, would reveal things that should not be, and show evidence left behind that we would rather not know was there. Issue #3 starts just on the edge of that part of New York, where that line blurs and things start to get lighter. This is where Moon Knight encounters his first obstacle, and must lean on Khonshu and his vast stores of information and experience. The previously mentioned punk-rockers are much more dangerous than they appear, and Moon Knight must explore a different side of himself.

Throughout issues 1-3, Moon Knight is being rebuilt. Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey and team creatively reveal his background through conversations and encounters, and it never really feels like it’s going on. Shalvey is subtle in his approach and when Moon Knight jumps into action, it is explosive. Faces are expressive and the way he pulls attention towards the focal point of every panel is perfect for Ellis’ writing.

Moon Knight is broken down and rebuilt, and he even dwells in a dusty mansion with a few chairs and cobwebs fit for a Boris Karloff set, with colors that seem weary. Khonshu’s appearances are powerful, although appear subdued. Whenever the demi-god appears, it seems as though he is finally fed-up with Moon Knight and will devour his soul whole. Knonshu never does though. He keeps giving Moon Knight another chance, just like Marvel and I do.

The new Moon Knight is one of my favorite comic runs ever. I read through Moon Knight via my Marvel Unlimited subscription (which I can view on my iPad, iPhone and Mac. The browser version sucks quite frankly.) and the preview and images were provided by Marvel.


Moon Knight 1-3 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey

Richard Paul Davis

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New digital content for Nintendo systems includes Pokemon trading card game

I was serious when I said that Nintendo was serious about their downloadable content, games and indie games, people! ( Read about it here)You didn’t believe me, and here we are again with more goodies. Pokemon trading card games, bit.trip on sale, A World of Keflings and another really bad Sonic the Hedgehog game. Or, is it TWO Sonics? Seriously, it’s so bad now that the term Sonic is a synonym for crappy, under-cooked horrible games. If you are struggling for the meaning of synonym, than you should play less video games.

Really though, there are some great offerings here on not only the Wii U by 3DS as well. What games are you looking forward to? Oh, yeah, I’ve included a @#$% ton of links and some great images. More in fact than anyone else in the industry, so how about you show some appreciation and tell your friends about it or tell me thank you!!! Or, don’t because I don’t wanna really hear from you anyway. Pout, tear, cry baby face. You’re actually into some weird stuff and I really don’t want to know about it. Okay, really, stop smearing that there and try to concentrate on the games.



This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Wait, is this the first or second bad Sonic game?

Wait, is this the first or second bad Sonic game?

  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Tails, each with his or her own unique abilities, must work together to save the world and stop the evil alliance of Lyric and Dr. Eggman. With two-player co-op, a “Team Challenges” mode for up to four players and the ability to unlock special upgrades with Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on the Nintendo 3DS system (for those that own the system and the game), this may be Sonic’s biggest adventure yet! Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is available exclusively on Wii U. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • A World of Keflings – Embark on a giant kingdom-building adventure to exotic lands and help your new tiny Kefling friends along the way. Play as your Mii character and help the friendly little Keflings harvest resources, assemble buildings and create thriving cities. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Tengami – Discover the wonders of a folding world. Go on a serene journey through Japan with striking visuals, unique game play and haunting music. Fold and slide the beautifully crafted paper world to solve puzzles and discover secrets. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Simple, but stilll impactful. The artwork of Tengami is powerful.


Virtual Console on Wii U

  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit – Some of your favorite kart-racing characters are ready to kick it into high gear in Mario Kart: Super Circuit! This Game Boy Advance classic offers 20 courses and hidden bonus tracks, each loaded with classic power-ups and primed for the free-for-all racing that only Mario Kart can deliver. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Brainiac, using the power of the Lantern Rings, shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest superheroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is now available on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
"HAHAHA. Someone, somewhere is playing a NEW Sonic game that they paid for with REAL money. HAHAHA." Laughed the Joker

“HAHAHA. Someone, somewhere is playing a NEW Sonic game that they paid for with REAL money. HAHAHA.” Laughed the Joker

















Here's that other Sonic title we've been hinting about.

Here’s that other Sonic title we’ve been hinting about.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

  • Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and new friend Sticks, each with unique abilities, as you work as a team to save Amy and locate the Crystal before it’s too late! In addition to the secret-filled adventure, you can experience a StreetPass collectibles mini-game and play through the story to unlock special upgrades for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U (for those that own the system and the game). Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze – The Turtles are back in action against the evils of the world. Stop Shredder and his army of mutants as he threatens to unleash the power of a new Super Mutagen that could destroy their beloved New York City. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
HAHAHO. Did you turtles hear the one about the people that keep buying Sonic Games? Yes Raphael I am aware of the iront and our own track record of being exploited as a license. You always ruin my jokes.

HAHAHO. Did you turtles hear the one about the people that keep buying Sonic Games? Yes Raphael I am aware of the iront and our own track record of being exploited as a license. You always ruin my jokes.

  • Tetris Ultimate – With six exciting modes plus an exclusive Nintendo 3DS challenge mode, fun new features and unique visuals, the evolution of this iconic game is a must-have on Nintendo 3DS.









I really enjoy seeing these lo-res type screen shots. They have that nostalgic feel.

I really enjoy seeing these lo-res type screen shots. They have that nostalgic feel.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS

  • Pokémon Trading Card Game – Build new decks, hone your skills and test your abilities in Pokémon Trading Card Game. Expand your card collection, duel your way through eight Club Masters and earn the right to challenge the Grand Master. Shadowy figures, wise instructors and powerful opponents await you in this trading card game adventure. Click here to watch a trailer for the game. Plus, you’ll get a code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version with your purchase of the Pokémon Trading Card Game game. You’ll find the free demo code on your Nintendo eShop receipt. Download codes are available while supplies last and expire on May 31, 2015.

Nintendo eShop Sales

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • BIT.TRIP Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is more than 60 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $4.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 14 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 24.
    • Abyss is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.
      • Chubbins is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 20.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • European Conqueror 3D is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov 27.
    • Darts Up 3D is more than 60 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to 0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.
    • Soccer Up 3D is more than 70 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.

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It's good to see games like this available on 3DS.

It’s good to see games like this available on 3DS.
















Also New this Week


This game looks like it shouldn't have been made, or wasn't thought out very well. Yeah...

This game looks like it shouldn’t have been made, or wasn’t thought out very well. Yeah…




Scarygirl Illustration Kit is one of the new offerings for 3DS this week.

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This is a font that should have never survived the 80s. Why this font, let alone this game is around is quite beyond me.

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This actually looks like a fun and adventurous screenshot...It's Sonic. Why isn't Sonic running somewhere?

This actually looks like a fun and adventurous screenshot…It’s Sonic. Why isn’t Sonic running somewhere?

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