Monthly Archives: June 2015

Why DC comics characters are so much harder to adapt for the modern era than Marvel heroes

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Since 2008, Marvel has blasted movies to the top of the box office. At the same time, DC has stumbled with how to adapt any of their heroes except Batman.

This isn’t because Disney is better at exploiting their brands than Warner (okay, it’s a little bit that), but because at a fundamental level, Marvel’s heroes are more adaptable to the palates of modern audiences.

The most iconic DC characters were cooked up in the late 1930s as definitive heroes with clear cut black and white morals. Both Batman and Superman stop working correctly as characters when you remove that moral clarity. Batman just becomes a sort of crazy person who beats up people on the street, and Superman becomes a terrifying god-alien.

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Valve’s Half-Life 3 Problem

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If you would have told me that I would be sitting here in 2015, eight years after the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two, and I still wouldn’t know a single thing about Half-Life 3, I would’ve punched you right in the mouth. “Heresy!” I would’ve declared. “Our lord Gabe would not forsake us so!” But forsaken us he has. Why do we still not know anything about Half-Life 3, and can it ever live up to our expectations?

Valve has a potential problem on its hands here with Half-Life 3. I mean, this is a game that has presumably been in development for so long that it has reached Duke Nukem Forever levels of infamy. Actually, it has surpassed Duke Nukem Forever levels. Half-Life 3 has gone full meme. Never go full meme. This game has been unannounced for so long, that it has become one of the biggest jokes on the Internet. This is a problem for Valve. The long wait for any news, coupled with Half-Life 3’s confirmation becoming a popular meme, have created nearly impossible expectations for the game to meet. At this point, it feels like if Half-Life 3 isn’t the greatest game of all time, then it will be considered a failure.

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Why Hannibal is the Best Show on Television

With apologies to Game of Thrones and Ramsay Bolton, TV’s most compelling sociopath isn’t on HBO. Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal, which returns to the air on Thursday with the start of season three, is the best thing currently on TV. If you’re not already on board, now is the perfect time to pull up to the table.

So what makes Hannibal so great? For starters, the show has an exceptional cast, with stellar performances from Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as the charismatic Hannibal Lecter. Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford serves as a much-needed foil for the stars chewing the scenery, while Gillian Anderson is around to remind us why we all loved The X-Files.

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Why Strong Female Protagonist is one of the most interesting superhero comics you can read right now

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Strong Female Protagonist is one of the best superhero comics going right now, because it dissects the genre to its elemental parts without making something grim and nihilistic.

SFP follows Allison Green, a young woman who got superpowers when she was in her mid-teens and saved the world several times as “Mega Girl.” However as she entered her 20s, she realized that super strength doesn’t solve endemic problems like wealth inequality or world hunger and quit.

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Five Faves From Sci Fi / Fantasy Author Tanith Lee (1947 – 2015)

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The world of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers lost a legend on May 24 when Tanith Lee passed away at age 67. The first woman to win the British Fantasy Award for best novel for 1980’s Death’s Master, she also wrote more than 90 novels and 300 short stories. The first book of hers I read was the science fiction vampire novel Sabella, or The Blood Stone. I was immediately hooked. The more books I read, the more I fell in love with her writing. Lee’s skill at world building and character development is impeccable.

When someone is this prolific, it can feel like an overwhelming task deciding how to catch up and where to begin. Here are five of my favorite Tanith Lee books.

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Lara rises up in new Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer + Official box art reveal

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With just two weeks to go until their E3 2015 press conference, Microsoft has unveiled the box art for Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming Lara Croft adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider. But they’ve also given us the ol’ one-two punch by framing this box art within the game’s world by delivering the Rise of the Tomb Raider – “Aim Greater” trailer with the promise of unveiling the game on June 15, 2015. Read on for the trailer plus the full box art.

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My E3 Wish List

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It’s that time of the year again. You know the time I’m talking about. It’s the time of year when people go to the beach, light up their barbecues, and gather around their computers to watch live-streams of video-game press conferences. That’s right, it’s E3 time! The biggest video gaming event of the year is only days away, and I’m here today to share with you some of the games I hope to hear announced next week.

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