If you were wondering what that pixelated pic from GameStop was where they mentioned a big announcement coming up, well…
Turns out the announcement is for this little game I’m sure none of you have heard of — Arkham Knight?
These exclusives are for GameStop pre-orders only! Pre-orders will come with not one but TWO (2) additional DLC packs where you will be able to play as both Harley Quinn (which, apparently, was announced about a month ago and I totally missed it) aaaaand the Red Hood!
Consider my pants officially wet!
The closer we get to the September 22 premiere, the more excited I get!
I’m trying my best to avoid teasers, trailers, etc., but I just couldn’t stay away from this one either! Will you be watching?
The JoBlo movie network has released a modicum of spoilers surrounding the upcoming Batman/Superman movie, and they seem to originate from pretty reliable sources. If you’re not interested in the spoilers, don’t press play on the following video. However, if you’re concerned with the production like I am and want to make sure Zack Snyder isn’t fucking things up, you’ll probably be pleased with the three key pieces of info included herein. News pertains to Wonder Woman’s appearance, Batman’s impetus and Lex’s motivation. Don’t press play if you don’t want the seemingly legit spoilers.
[Featured image by Cliff Chiang]
After last month’s issue seeing the glorious New 52 debut of Ragdoll, Barbara is back to facing her biggest foe in Gotham: Charise (Knightfall) Carnes. Charise is essentially the Moriarty to Barbara’s Sherlock. They’re antagonistic towards each other in a much more cerebral way than, say, Batman and The Penguin. Charise has a very twisted sense of justice and she plans on delivering it by force, regardless of who might be killed along the way. Naturally Barbara can’t stand idly by and let that happen. She calls on one of her closest Birds of Prey allies to help fight for the cause, and the final page has a very special, very surprising appearance from another DC character who makes the third leg to a fan-favorite trio.
Detective Comics #32
The third part of the ongoing Icarus saga is one of the most interesting Batman-centric stories that DC is publishing right now. I know the entire DC universe is fresh off of the Forever Evil storyline, meanwhile the standalone Batman book is reliving the past, and Batman Eternal is taking a look at a potential future, but Detective is happening right now, and it is a solid book with solid art. Not to mention a Mexican Standoff at the end. If you haven’t read this series, start with issue #30 and keep going.
Birds of Prey #32
Since I mentioned earlier that Dinah was making an appearance in Batgirl #32, I figured I’d suggest giving BoP #32 a read as well. The character crossovers do not denote tied-together story lines, but Birds is still fairly interesting, especially given the (very small) appearance of the Suicide Squad. Birds is an ensemble book, but it’s very much Dinah’s story. She has been working through a lot of personal problems during these last few arcs, and this issue is no different. I expect that the next issue will be the official last appearance of this current incarnation of the Suicide Squad, since their book is getting a reboot later this summer.
Very sneaky, slipping this one in all quiet-like last night! Of all the Arkham Knight teasers so far, this one is — by far — the best!
Finally, some actual gameplay footage shows us how the Batmobile (which is supposed to play a big role in this game) races across Gotham and lays waste to obstacles and objects in Batman’s way! We also see some brand knew moves Batman’s developed to take down enemies. Makes you wonder how much time you’re going to dedicate deliberately taking out enemies in the same manner over and over again.
And, no, don’t refresh. There’s nothing wrong with the video. I almost refreshed until I heard the clue and remembered everything was perfectly fine!
As if the anticipation for Batman: Arkham Knight weren’t killing me enough (and we still have to wait until 2015), here’s yet another teaser! As if just having the Batmobile in the game alone weren’t giving me enough of a nerd-boner, here it is in Battle Mode.
I’m dying! Just dying!
If you thought the first Arkham Knight trailer looked amazing, take a gander at the second with official gameplay footage!
Holy. Freaking. Crap.
One story finds an end (with plenty of loose ties) and another starts heating up.
Forever Evil #7 of 7
DC’s latest biggest arc comes to a close with the finale of Forever Evil. If you think that good wins over evil, boy are you … right. But, the thing is, while it was always an inevitability that everyone’s favorite heroes would ultimately win, there are some pretty serious butterfly effects all across the DC world. Dick Grayson was exposed as Nightwing, so clearly things can’t go back to normal for him. The government sanctioned Justice League of America is disbanded, and Lex Luthor figures out more identities.
Justice League #30
Directly tying into Forever Evil #7, this is the story of how the Metal Men and Cyborg bridge the gap between technology and humanity, and manage to knock out a big arm of the Crime Syndicate’s reach.
Wonder Woman #31
Diana is the god of war, and she’s still protecting her youngest sibling from her most evil sibling. Family… AMIRIGHT?
Bonus suggestion: if you haven’t had a chance to read any of The Movement by Gail Simone, you can pick up the first volume of the trade paperback today!
Ok, I’ll say it, Gotham looks promising! It’s no secret I have a long-standing hate for FOX TV, but with this and Sleepy Hollow, I have to admit, my mind is changing. Don’t fuck Gotham up, FOX. Seriously.
Don’t. Fuck. This. Up.
The clever folks over at eurogamer have put together an HD gallery of 15 new images for Arkham Knight!
From what I’ve read, we’re getting serious face-time with the Riddler, like, to the point where his appearance changes through the course of the game (ala Batman’s in all the Arkham games)! Add to that some possible time with Oracle, as suggested from the image in the gallery.
Holy time-span, Batman! I can’t wait to play this!
(Side note: Did anyone else know Batman develops a 5 o’clock shadow by the end of Arkham City? I sure didn’t.)