In Case You Missed It – week of 4/26/10-5/2/10
Sometimes a whole bunch of news comes out during the course of a given week that articles just don’t last long enough on our front page. Or perhaps it’s just that the piece of news wasn’t enough to warrant a front page story, but is still deserving of being recognized as newsworthy. In Case You Missed It is meant to be our catch-all for those things – a way for us to summarize the past week’s worth of news.
So, to check out news about The Force Unleashed II, The Old Republic, Holostar, Black Orchid, Legacy, Free Comic Book Day, and other site news, click on the link.
The Force Unleashed II spoilers have starting coming out from a few different sources, but I’ll avoid talking about them here. If you’d like to check them out, you can see for yourself at the links provided above (by corax and TheForce.Net), and you can discuss them at our own TFUII Spoiler topic here.
In The Old Republic news, last week saw the cover for Deceived by Paul Kemp revealed – as well as a first look and description of the novel. The official site for the videogame also updated with biographies of General Garza, Galactic Republic Special Forces commander; Mandalore, the fierce warrior and sole ruler of the Mandalorians; and Darth Malgus, the star of the “Deceived” cinematic trailer (and book by Paul Kemp).
In other novel news, Sue Rostoni mentioned on the forums at the official site that Joe Schreiber’s Deathtroopers prequel which had been titled Black Orchid will be getting a new name. Max Jaybo noticed the solicitation for this as yet unnamed book indicating it’s coming out January 25th, 2011. Meanwhile, Obi-John pointed out in our forums that Maya Bohnhoff did another blog post about her upcoming novel with Michael Reaves (tentatively titled Holostar).
In other news, The Clone Wars season 2 finished up this past weekend – but if you missed the final two episodes, they are available online at the official site; R2 Come Home & Lethal Trackdown – plus you can view the Season 3 trailer as well. While you’re at it, check out our own new bi-weekly The Clone Wars column by Yodam, Through The Eyes of a Clone.
While I’m talking about the site, are you aware that Senator_Yemaja’s latest discussion of the science behind the Yuuzahn Vong – in this case, specifically the feasability of Dovin Basals went up on our front page this past Saturday? Or how about the fact that the NJOE.com version of Survivor is begining to wind down, what with the recent elimination of PrincessXion and the contest to see who would win Immunity in Round 16 – with only four players left, who will ultimately be the last one standing. Check it out in our forums.
In Comic news, this past week saw the release of one of the last issues of Legacy, as well as a big event in the comics industry. Legacy #47, The Fate of Dac came out on Wed., April 28th – and corax and x-wingurly put up their review of the issue here.
And then on Saturday, May 1st (just as the industry has done for the past few years on the first Saturday of May) comic book stores around the county celebrated Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) – which is just what it sounds like. Many publishers provide free comics for stores to give out to customers, new stories or previews of upcoming projects – things to get people excited about comics and coming back to read more.
And I’d say it was a big success, at least for my own part. My sons and I visited our local store – which seemed busy for the hour or so that we were there. This store had no limit on how many books we could take, so long as we didn’t go overboard – so we wound up picking up around 30 comics. I’ve read some of them to my kids, some of them on my own, and thought I’d mention some of the highlights.
First, there was a The Clone Wars comic among the things we picked up – but this may have been a left over FCBD comic from last year. It had Kit Fisto on the cover in a story titled The Gauntlet of Death, which was a good story about how a clone sniper named Cooker and Fisto manage to defeat a base of Geonosians. On the flip side of this book is an Indiana Jones story called The Temple of Yearning, where a student from Jones’ class gets his comeuppance when he decides to raid a tomb without his teacher’s help. Also from Dark Horse was the Doctor Solar/Magnus Robot Fighter comic, which seems to have garnered mixed reactions online (usually against Solar and pro-Magnus). Interestingly, I find myself on the other side of this one – I enjoyed Solar, a scientists with cosmic powers who’s still trying to understand how he can do these things, as opposed to Magnus which just seemed too dated with its skirt-wearing hero who wants to keep the women-folk out of danger. But hey, don’t take my word for it – Dark Horse has made the entire issue available for anyone to read here.
The strongest book I picked up was Storm Lion #0, a preview book of some upcoming projects by Storm Lion studios. I’ve never heard of them before this comic, but from their mecha-based sci-fi war story Devolution, to the sci-fi/horror crossover Nebulous – about a starship looking for revenge, or even the post-apocalyptic story called The Deserter – I can tell you I’ll be looking out for their releases in the future (and if you want to check out the #0 issue for yourself, you can download it here).
Del Rey had a FCBD showcase highlighting their own graphic novels, including Stephen King’s The Talisman (a book I never could get into, but the graphic novel looks interesting to me). Marvel had things to highlight Iron Man, the Avengers, and Nova (their cosmic hero) as well as sketch books for X-Men (featuring the cosmic baddies The Brood) as well as Spider-man. From DC was War of the Supermen #0, a prologue for a new miniseries that managed to hook my interest by bringing in General Zod from Superman II.
And with all that, I’ve still got a few more of the FCBD comics I picked up left to read. In other comic news over the past week, our friends over at cosmicbooknews have put up a preview to the upcoming Secret Avengers #1 (featuring cosmic hero Nova, and Iron Man spinoff War Machine); a brief history of one of the Secret Avengers, the Asgardian (like Thor) known as Valkyrie; a preview of the re-launch of Avengers with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, & Spider-Man; the full list of Marvel comics coming out this week; the variant cover to DC’s upcoming re-launch of Legion of Superheroes (coming May 19th) by Jim Lee (always a favorite artist of mine, and Legion is a cosmic DC comic); as well as the past two editions of Cosmic Quick Takes featuring their reviews of various comics that might be of interest (such as Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk, Siege, Star Trek, and some of the FCBD comics).