Rebirth brings a Return

Watchmen return.

It has been over a year since DC Comics started the Rebirth event. It was revealed the event involved some of the most important comic book characters of all time from Watchmen. There are many different hints at Dr. Manhattan altering the timeline of the DC Universe from Superman to Batman, and the new Titans comics as well. All of these events and hints have come to a point last week in the release of Doomsday Clock #1. This will NOT be a spoiler free review, you have been warned.

Back to basics.

The comic picks up about 1 years time from the end of the Watchmen series itself. The heroes that were left at the end of the comic are in hiding, Rorschach is rumored to have committed suicide and the world knows that Ozymandias was behind the attacks in New York. That last one in particular was a huge revelation, meaning that Oz’s plan to unite the world with tragedy did not work the way he thought it would. Ozymandias himself is in hiding and the comic shows a crowd rioting outside of his building, and eventually breaking into the place.  The story is being told by Rorschach out of his journal just like the Watchmen comics. The art style is similar as well, using the signature block style on each page.

Characters Return.

The story details how the world is falling apart after the revelation of Ozymandias deceiving everyone. War is breaking out everywhere, in particular Russia invaded Poland and the US got involved. The comic shows a prison evacuating due to threatening attacks. An inmate grabs a guard through the bars and demands to be given the keys to be released when a fist come off the side of the panel and knocks the guard out. The inmate is shocked to see none other than Rorschach taking the keys off the body of the guard. But didn’t he get disintegrated by Dr. Manhattan at the end of Watchmen? It turns out Rorschach was there to release two new characters known as The Marionette and The Mime.

He leads the pair out of the riots within and throughout the prison to a clandestine bunker of some sort containing one of Nite Owl’s suits and his aircraft. It’s revealed Rorschach, who may or may not be the original, is working with Adrian Veidt who sent him to the prison to free the two inmates.

Clark shows up.

It’s at this point that the comic switches over Superman. It is not entirely clear if the events shown before and the timing of Clark’s story are taking place at the same time. Clark has a dream flashback of going to what may be his high school prom. His parents drop him off, and subsequently after that are involved in a car accident that results in both of their deaths. He awakes next to his wife Lois who mentions she could not remember the last time he had a nightmare and he remarks he doesn’t know if he has ever had one.

Wrap-up.

I have to admit I was also a little saddened that there was so little time devoted to a mainstream character like Superman. But overall the comic was great, many of us have been waiting what seems like forever for this to be released. The artwork, the brutality, and the storytelling all do very well paying homage to the original Watchmen comics. This is panning out to be a huge event that will hopefully make sense of the confusion of making everything pre New 52 canon again as well as change the face of the DCU forever by making the Watchmen characters commonplace in that setting. Here’s to hoping this turns out to be the epic event we all hope for it to be.

 

Stop Slacking and be a Machamp

How often do you wish you could have the body of Kratos? Maybe with more of a tan and with less facial paint or tattoos, but those abs… right? Or have you ever looked at Marcus Fenix and thought to yourself “Wow he definitely never skips leg day…” Anyone ever looked at Zero Suit Samus and wish they looked that good in a one piece jumpsuit? Perhaps you’ve thought of hitting a gym… no wrong kind of gym you don’t get a badge for this one. You think Mario ever looks at his brother Green Mario and wishes he was maybe a little taller and thinner like him?

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Zack Snyder stepping back from JL

A family in need of healing.

Zack Snyder is stepping back from Justice League and letting Joss Whedon take the reins for now to allow him time with his children after the suicide of his daughter.

Most details are being kept private for obvious reasons but Zack wanted to let the masses know why he was doing this. He stated that he knew stories would pop up on the internet if he didn’t give an explanation and at this point he doesn’t care anymore what is said because the healing of his other children, his wife, and himself are more important.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands: A look at the HUGE team shooter.

The open world concept in gaming has become a staple in the industry. There are so many games attempting the open world idea that it is hard to keep count honestly. Well, Ubisoft decided to take Tom Clancy to Bolivia and to the open world environment with Ghost Recon Wildlands. The game is a massive military shooter, focusing on having a group of friends to play with and accomplish taking out the drug cartel currently controlling the small country.

Unfortunately…

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It’s retro to me

When most gamers hear retro they think of the NES, SNES, Genesis, or some go even further back and think of the Atari or Calico-Vision. Well, I have played both an Atari and a Calico-Vision, but not while I was a child. Retro to me means the first system I ever owned, the one that made me the gamer I am today, a Playstation.

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Xbox Game Pass

Xbox-flix?

Xbox announced yesterday that it will be releasing a Netflix style service for games. The program known as Xbox Game Pass will allow subscribers to download direct to their console and play any of the 100 games on the list. The list will also include backwards compatible 360 games as well.

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