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’7500′ Is Out In Thailand as ‘Chuyen Bay’! Trailer, Poster and Pics!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:53

A few months back I wondered aloud about the release prospects for 7500, the new movie from director Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) that’s been sitting on the shelf for a few years. Even the trailer is at least 2 years old at this point.

Well, it turns out that the film apparently came out in Thailand on May 16th! Time will tell if this haunted plane movie starring Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart, Scout Taylor Compton, Jerry Ferrara and Leslie Bibb will get a domestic release, but we’ve got the poster and a few stills from the new release! It’s called Chuyen Bay over there. Thanks to reader Kris Rawls for the heads up on the poster!

The trailer is mostly old stuff but indicate the release. Click through the gallery to enlarge the pics.


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‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ Sequel Update (Exclusive)

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:50

The chainsaw has stalled and won’t be revving up anytime soon…

It’s been well over a year since we reported on a sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D, Millennium Films and Lionsgate’s followup to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Blood Disgusting regular ‘Kyle K.’ was the most recent reader to ask me about the sequel to the John Luessenhop-directed film, which made $47M worldwide ($34M domestically). I figured we may as well check in with our sources to see if there was any progress. Unfortunately, we have non-news to report. Our sources tell us that the project is surrounded by crickets, most likely because the rights to continue on with the franchise are so incredibly expensive (something that was also relayed to me during the Platinum Dunes years). As of this writing, the project is likely dead.

UPDATE: As anticipated, a Millenium rep reached out for comment, telling us: “While the film’s development is taking a bit longer than usual, it is still an active project on Millennium Films’ slate.

Either way, we have strong faith that Leatherface and the Sawyer family will once again create havoc across screens everywhere. You can’t kill the Sawyers…

Released in theaters on January 4 2013, the sequel followed a young woman who travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward (and her family). Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood starred.

You can read my review of the film here.

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[TV] Michelle Forbes Becomes One Of “The Returned”

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:41

Michelle Forbes, pictured, of “True Blood” and “The Killing,” has joined the cast of A&E Network’s “The Returned,” reports Variety.

The redo of French drama “Les Revanants” hails from A&E Network Studios and FremantleMedia North America. The series has generated heat on both sides of the Atlantic for its moody take on a story of a small town upended when several people presumed dead return without any awareness that they were gone.

Forbes will play Helen Goddard, a mysterious woman who is one of the returnees. Carlton Cuse, exec producer of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” is shepherding “Returned” with Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”). Series has a 10-episode order from A&E. Jeremy Sisto, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Pellegrino and Kevin Alejandro are also set to star.

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That Time Jason Voorhees Went On a Date…

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:31

Friday the 13th comes once a year, so what does Jason Voorhees do when he’s not slashing sexting teenagers?

Well, imgur user ChristineHMcConnell imagines Jason going on a romantic outing with a loved one.

The best photo is the one where Jason is preparing to rub lotion on his date’s back.

Thanks to JB and Matthew for the tip!

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Linkin Park Debuts “Until It’s Gone” Official Video

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 09:00

Alt-rock band Linkin Park has released a highly-stylized video for their track “Until It’s Gone”, which comes from the upcoming album The Hunting Party (out June 17th). The video mixes performance footage with images of things that we will supposedly miss once it’s gone. I’ll tell you what I officially miss, however, and that’s a good sound mix as this still sounds compressed, messy, and just plain awful.

Give it a view below.

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Mastodon LARPs It Up In “High Road” Video

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:00

Modern metal masters Mastodon have released the official video for “High Road”, the current single from their upcoming album Once More ‘Round The Sun, which you can watch below. The video, which was directed by Roboshobo (Alice In Chains, The Killers, Coheed & Cambria), tells the tale of a young man who is beat down when he LARPs, so he goes and trains to overpower his “foes”.

Make sure to check out our review of Once More ‘Round The Sun by heading here.

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My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way Unleashes First Solo Track

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:32

Ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has released his first solo track, a song entitled “Action Cat”. This is the first new music from Way since MCR split last year. A full length debut album will be released possibly later this year via WBR.

You can hear the track below.

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Meet the Star of ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:27

Stefanie Scott, pictured, is the first cast in Insidious: Chapter 3, the third installment of Focus Features, eOne, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, and Blumhouse Productions‘ hit horror franchise, reports Deadline.

The threequel will be written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious). Plot and character details are still being kept under wraps.

The site adds that Scott is currently in production on Blumhouse’s live-action adaptation of ’80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms, making her the latest thesp to be cast in multiple Blumhouse pictures after In A Valley Of Violence stars Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillan, and James Ransone.

Focus Features took U.S. rights to Insidious: Chapter 3 from FilmDistrict when Peter Schlessel took the reins last October. The company has set an April 3, 2015 release.

Image Source: Child Starlets.

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[E3 2014] ‘Deep Down’ Trailer Has All of the Monsters

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:00

After being quiet for a few months, Capcom has finally gifted us with another trailer for their upcoming free-to-play fantasy RPG Deep Down. The video is delightfully Japanese, but it looks great and manages to show off an impressive number of monsters in its minute-long running time. I’m looking forward to vanquishing every one of them when the game arrives on PS4 later this year.

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[E3 2014] ‘Diablo III’ On PS3/PS4 Gets Exclusive ‘Shadow of the Colossus’ Armor

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 20:44

Fumito Ueda’s open-world giant killing simulator Shadow of the Colossus is arguably one of the most memorable games from the PS2 era. It was a beautiful, one-of-a-kind experience that is still to this day one of my all-time favorite video games. To go with the previously announced The Last of Us-themed dungeon, Sony has scored another exclusive for the PlayStation versions of the upcoming Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition: a special “Guide of the Colossi” armor set.

Players who purchase Ultimate Evil Edition for PS4 and PS3 will be rewarded with the “Guise of the Colossi,” a unique set of transmogrification plans that unlock six armor appearances inspired by the influential PS2 game, Shadow of the Colossus. These striking appearances will be available to all six larger-than-life classes.

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[E3 2014] Sebastian Gets Surrounded In These New ‘The Evil Within’ Screens

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 20:20

Bethesda released some new screenshots from Shinji Mikami’s upcoming survival horror game The Evil Within, and most of them revolve around Sebastian getting his ass kicked by those creepy, mutilated villager people. A few of these screens aren’t new — I had a few sprinkled about my hands-on preview — but some are new to me, so I figured I’d include them all.

The Evil Within is slated to release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 21.

And here’s a little bonus, since you took the time to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Good job.

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[E3 2014] New Video Explains ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Fighter Variants

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 19:45

Unless you’ve been living under a particularly large rock the last few days, you’re undoubtedly already very familiar with the newly unveiled Mortal Kombat X. What you might not know is how developer NetherRealm Studios is planning on mixing the formula up with the latest game by introducing exciting new features that will have a monumental impact on how it plays. One of the more intriguing new features is the addition of fighter variations.

Each fighter will have three different variations that each dramatically changes their abilities and how they fight. For example, anyone who plans on stepping into the iconic boots of Scorpion will have Ninjutsu, Hellfire and Inferno to choose from.

On top of that, Mortal Kombat X will feature numerous new fighters, a few of which were even revealed in the gameplay footage that debuted on Monday night. Most are still under wraps, but we do have confirmation that the winged woman, giant, and the little guy who’s seen riding him in Monday’s footage are known as D’Vorah, Torr, and Ferra, respectively.

You can see the character selection screen and fighter variations in the video below. They also reveal another newcomer in it: Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade’s daughter, Cassie Cage.

Mortal Kombat X releases in 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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[E3 2014] ‘Let it Die’ Wants to Give Death Meaning

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:44

Suda 51 has brought us a slew of unusual games over the years, including Lollipop Chainsaw and No More Heroes, as well as the fantastic and hugely underrated Shadows of the Damned. His next game is Let it Die, a brutal, horror-themed free-to-play fighter that we still don’t know much about. It looks like a mixture of Manhunt and Mortal Kombat, as fighters seek each other out in a strange, dirty warehouse-like environment so they can take them out using crudely constructed weapons.

In a recent interview with Famitsu, translated by Gematsu, Suda 51 offered some details on Let it Die, which they’re describing as an “extreme action game” with asynchronous multiplayer and survival aspects.

One of their goals is to grant meaning to death. Part of their plan for accomplishing this is to let players create and use their own avatar to fight with in-game. They’re also going to gradually populate the world with slain player avatars, so when your character dies, they have a chance of showing up in a friend’s world.

Let it Die already sounds radically different from most other fighting games, but Suda 51 and friends aim to take that a step further by having every player spawn with nothing but a pair of whitie tighties and a gas mask. If you want gear, you’ll have to find it, and while there will be more than one way of going about procuring equipment for your fighter, one way is to defeat other fighters and take it off their corpses.

Let it Die will release exclusively on PS4 in 2015.

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[E3 2014] ‘Dead Island 2′ Will Be the “World’s Smallest MMO”

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:17

In case you missed its initial reveal, Deep Silver has unveiled Dead Island 2 — the official follow-up to the original Dead Island. It’s being developed by the team that brought us Spec Ops: The Line, one of the darkest and most memorable shooters I’ve ever played. Seriously, that game is grim.

Dead Island 2 is still largely shrouded in mystery, but a few details were dished out in a recent interview with Bernd Diemer, Game Director at Yager.

According to Diemer, the game world will be comprised of three different locations, including the San Francisco Bay Area, a substantial portion of Los Angeles, and a third area that they aren’t talking about just yet. They’re describing the game internally as the “world’s smallest MMO,” as it features 8-player co-op. Unless you specifically opt out of the multiplayer, you will always be playing in a world inhabited with up to seven other players.

Check out the full interview with Diemer below.

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[E3 2014] A Super Creepy Debut Trailer for ‘The Assembly’

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:52

Sony just revealed a new title that’s being built from the ground up for their Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, and it looks creepy. The game is called The Assembly, and it’s being described as a mystery game, though after watching its debut trailer I’m also noticing a bit of sci-fi horror in there, too. It’s being built from the ground up with the Morpheus headset in mind, so VR functionality won’t be an afterthought.

This eerie CG trailer offers a lot of questions and no real answers. Thankfully, The Assembly developer Patrick O’Luanaigh was able to offer a few details on the game in a post on the PlayStation Blog.

The Assembly includes lots of the gameplay mechanics that we found worked well in VR. For example, you get to control two different characters at various points, and in VR, you really notice details like their different heights, sounds and voices. Rather than playing as a silent character, we found that playing the role of characters in the story works really well, and helps make The Assembly feel quite different to most other VR projects.

The game has a rich story written by Tom Jubert, a talented young writer behind indie hits like FTL, Penumbra and The Swapper. Players are flung into the underground world of The Assembly, a secretive collection of scientists, academics and engineers who believe morality in society is preventing scientific advancement and are committed to discovering a universal theory of everything, at any cost.

The Assembly is a PS4 exclusive.

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‘Joy Ride 3: Road Kill’ Clip Hits the (Radiator) Fan

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:54

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released this first clip from Joy Ride 3: Road Kill now on Digital HD, a few weeks before its June 17 Blu-ray and DVD date.

The new sequel finds director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines) in the driver’s seat for another deadly detour. Our review is embargoed until next Monday. Take that information as you will.

In the third film, “The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000. But a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. It’s a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal chill ride packed with killer twists and turns!

Starring Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the infamous Rusty Nail, the Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extra features including a variety of deleted scenes, featurettes, behind-the-scenes content, and a gruesome unrated version of the film. They include: Pre-Vis Sequences, Road Rage: The Blood, Sweat and Gears of Joy Ride 3, Riding Shotgun with Declan: Director’s DIE-aries, Finding Large Marge and Audio Commentary.

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Review: “Shutter” #3

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:25

“Shutter” is finally getting to a place where I feel safe to jump on board. The course of each issue has drastically changed from month to month making it hard to feel like, as the reader, I am in trusty hands. What I initially thought would be an adventure comic featuring a strong but flawed female ex-world-explorer now feels very little about that at all. But if the comic stays the course after this week’s issue, I’ll definitely be along for the ride.

WRITTEN BY: Joe Keatinge

ART BY: Leila De Duca

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: June 11, 2014

Review By: Bree Odgen

Like I said, the first issue of “Shutter” was slower and focused on establishing a character profile for our heroine, Kate Kristopher. In a painfully bizarre out-of-the-blue twist, we are thrown into a fight between robots, anthropomorphic rats, and mobster cats. The shift from character building to world building was so insane that all the attributes felt out of place, misused. There was no organic lead into the new storyline so I got lost. Not until this month’s issue do things start to settle in.

The plot of issue #3 seems to appropriately shift focus to the two most interesting story elements thus far: the Mahees Lane Gang and Kate. More importantly, it sets out to start Kate down the rabbit hole of her family history. And it leaves us on a delightful cliffhanger, making us wonder if she’s safe even with the people she grew up trusting. At this point, you wonder if anyone is truly on her side.

Each issue of “Shutter” has a variety of storylines that are set apart via differing illustrations. While I love this type of storytelling in theory, the actual shifts in the story feel so abrupt and different that it pulls me out. I appreciate the boldness in this storytelling, but sometimes the boldness must give way to continuity.

The world-building is another sticking point for me. I’ll admit, I’m getting used to it, it’s starting to work. But overall I feel like there is no continuity in the world-building. Basically anything and everything can be and is anthropomorphized. The giant mobster felines mixed with steampunk robots were hard enough to blend together, but the pumpkinhead nurse was just not gelling with the others. I’m of the school of thought that even fantasy must have a rhyme or reason to it, there must be something relatable, and some element of it must be grounded in reality. Unfortunately I don’t feel that way with much of the “Shutter” world-building.

All-in-all I was excited about the main two storyline in this week’s issue and I think they makes comic worth checking out in the months to come. Given that this comic has drastically improved from even just last month’s issue, I’m excited to see where it brings us in the following issues.

 

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‘The Forest’ Devs On Open-World Survival Horror

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:17

Written by T. Blake Braddy, @blakebraddy

The Forest is kind of like MineCraft as written by Lucio Fulci and designed by Crytek. In it, players crash-land on a vast and beautiful landscape covered with trees, flowers…and cannibals. To survive, players must build shelters, develop weapons, and hunt for food, not to mention avoid or deter the multitude of threats that surround them in this open world. The game looks beautiful, and the enemies are not run-of-the-mill people eaters, which gives this bright, exotic landscape an ominous, LOST-ish feel.

It is in an early alpha stage, so there’s plenty to be fixed, but the team working on The Forest is committed to developing a surreal, creepy, yet varied experience. Michael Mellor, Ben Falcone, and Anna Terekhova of Endnight Games gave some great and cryptic answers as to where The Forest is headed and how it will change as the game reaches its final release form.

BD: The game is in Early Access. Clearly you have a vision for where you want it to go. What would you like for the final product of The Forest to look like? What changes to the world, environment, and game complexity will you be implementing?

We wanted to release a base that showed what our vision is for the game. We plan on opening up more areas of the world to explore, more caves that go deeper and deeper. As well we will be adding more wildlife and revealing more mutants.

Things like sound design, improved graphics and performance, deeper simulation aspects and more things to build and construct will all be added over the course of the alpha. There are also a few big surprises we have in store and not yet ready to reveal.

BD: Is anything big being developed right now that you are adding soon that players would be really interested to know?

We have a lot of really cool stuff in the works. Along with bug fixing we also want to release some cool new things with each update. We haven’t revealed everything yet but we have a pretty solid roadmap. The current plan is to release every two weeks or for the bigger updates, every month. The first update is coming in a few days. (June 16th)

BD: How long do you plan on being in the alpha / beta stages of development?

Our current plan is to aim to have the final ready in six months. However as the game develops we will get a much clearer picture. There are a lot of features and improvements we want to make and don’t plan on releasing final until we, and the community really feel it’s ready.

BD: I read on the Steam page that a team of only four people created this game. How long have you been working on it, and how did you manage to create something so visually interesting in that period of time?

Most of the team has been working on the game for over a year now. We have also made use of some very talented freelance artists and coders from around the world.

BD: Plenty of games in this subgenre of survival sim focus on a very simple aesthetic, or stylized retro-ish graphics. The Forest, on the other hand, is going full tilt on the visual side of things. What prompted that decision?

We have always wanted to see how far we can go with graphics. Coming from a VFX background we knew we could create something really interesting.

BD: Tell me a little bit about the people who live around the crash site. Where did the inspiration come from to use cannibals as a complicating, dangerous element?

The inspiration for the cannibals came from 80’s Italian cannibal films. We wanted a smart enemy who could climb trees, mourn their dead and in general be an interesting threat in the world.

This isn’t the 80’s anymore, and so we didn’t think we could get away with a native cannibal threat such as in the traditional cannibal film, and so instead created a mutated human concept, we haven’t revealed exactly who they are but over the course of the alpha as more of the cave systems are opened up, who they are and what they’re doing in the world should start to become clear.

BD: I didn’t get very deep into the game – I need to work on my survival skills! – so could you talk also about how the inhabitants play into a larger mythology of the world, or is that being kept secret?

We don’t want to reveal too much about the inhabitants and how they connect to the world. Its something we want players to form their own ideas about as they explore more and as the alpha progresses. Safe to say however that its a really important focus for us, making the inhabitants feel like they belong and have a history with their environment.

BD: The game includes a “peaceful mode,” so it seems like you also have an interest in making survival situations as deep and interesting as the enemy attacks. What are the different ways players can approach the world in The Forest?

The peaceful mode is going to be the exact same game, just with the enemies turned off. Although we always saw the core game involving enemies, if players want to turn them off they can approach it as a pure survival experience.

BD: Tell us about how co-op will be integrated into the game. How many players will be able to play simultaneously?

We’re hoping to have 2 players to start and possibly build from there. Adding real people to a situation suddenly makes it interesting in a completely different way and it’s something we’re excited to explore more.

BD: Has anything surprised you about how people are playing the game, versus how you imagined people would be playing it? Does that affect how you tweak player experience?

Its been really awesome to see the different playthroughs on YouTube. there has been a surprising amount of strategies used by different players. We did not expect players to be so fascinated about killing seagulls on a yacht, for example.

BD: How has fan support helped keep the team focused? What sorts of suggestions have been most helpful in steering you in the Alpha phase?

Its been really great getting feedback for the game. Everyone is very enthusiastic and it really helps motivate us. We have had tons of ideas and suggestions emailed to us. Right now the most helpful things have been people providing us with detailed bug reports so we can go in and fix them properly.

BD: There is certainly combat in The Forest, but survival is obviously the main component of gameplay. Do you think gamers’ tastes are shifting slowly away from destruction as a means for entertainment?

We think the combat and survival are both essential components of the game. You need the threat of violence and destruction to build tension from the peaceful moments when you’re exploring or crafting. That said, it would be entirely possible to build a great experience purely around survival, its just not the focus of our game.

BD: Similarly, what do you think open-world survival games have to say about the concept of making your own play, rather than being compelled to do what the developers have laid out as “necessary?”

Giving the player freedom gives them a lot more possibilities in what the gameplay is in the world. Open world games also have lots of potential to create real tension/horror, as you’re not on a linear path the player can feel genuinely disoriented and unsure what may happen at any moment.

BD: What is the plan for Oculus Rift integration? Do you have plans to port it to Mac or release it on consoles at any point?

We are planning on releasing an Oculus update soon. There are still a few things we need to work out before it is ready for the public. Regarding Mac, at the moment we are a very tiny team so our main focus is the PC version. Once that is complete we will look into putting it on other platforms

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Review: “Lumberjanes” #3

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:16

After just three issues, “Lumberjanes” proves to be one of the best all-ages comics of this year. In the midst of fighting off three-eyed mutant beasts and surviving their way through a dastardly tunnel full of ancient booby traps, the “hardcore lady types” of the Lumberjane summer camp show real heart and character, each girl more unique than the next.

WRITTEN BY: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis

ART BY: Brooke Allen

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: June 11, 2014

Review By: Bree Odgen

 

The Lumberjanes have landed themselves, literally, in a deep cave full of insane booby traps including talking stone giants. They work their way through the tunnel slowly and methodically beating all the traps thanks to a skill or physical attribute that is unique to each girl. The individuality of the girls is used like a rung in the ladder that leads them out of whatever disastrous situation they find themselves in. It will always likely be their personalities and the way they work together that save these ladies.

So… these girls are my absolute favorite. They show the perfect amount of complexity for a teenager while being likable and utterly darling at the same time. At times they are fearless, funny, outlandish, and unstoppable. They will embrace magic and mysticism at the drop of a hat and in the same breath, be terrified or sad about their situation. Stevenson and Ellis have crafted the perfect teenage girls to give you realistic emotional whiplash while still being tough and intelligent. They are the new generation of Power Puff Girls. They are quirky and tough and adorable.

Perhaps the most impressive part about “Lumberjanes” is its subtlety in exploring the diversity of tween girls in the 21st century. What could have so easily become an issue book about misfit teens roughing it in the woods against magical elements has completely thrown all the clichéd expectations away and instead has succeeded at the elusive exploration of diversity. Each girl has carved out a great niche for herself to fit her own big personality, but the book isn’t out their individual niches, it’ about life when they all fit together.

When you mix together the quirky writing, eccentric made-up slang, relatable personalities, and the occasional fantastical element, with the outrageously fun illustrations and the amazing lettering (seriously, I’m so into the lettering on this comic) you get a stellar comic that’s perfectly distinctive and too cool for its own good.

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Review: “Red City” #1

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:09

“Red City” #1 kicks off Image’s latest series, a Tech Noir tale that delves into the criminal underworld on the Mars of the future as well as the political intrigues surrounding the solar system at large. While not as dark or compelling as the best entries into the genre it presents promise that could be fulfilled in the issues to come.

WRITTEN BY: Daniel Corey

ART BY: Mark Dos Santos

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: June 11, 2014

Review By: Ooknabah

The classic noir tropes are all in place: Cynical narration from our protagonist, dirty cop-turned Security Officer Cal Talmage, a femme fatale in the mysterious woman known only as Angel and a varied cast of shady characters populating writer Daniel Cory’s vision of Mars. His world is established firmly in this debut issue, although principally through huge chunks of expository dialog and narration. While staples of the noir genre, these asides occasionally feel forced, as Cal seems aware that he is speaking to an audience in 2014, one that requires detailed explanations to the minutiae of the universe.

Thankfully, as the story moves forward, the pace picks up and the dialog gains a liveliness borne of a writer clearly having fun playing with his genres. It’s nothing that science fiction or noir fans haven’t seen before, but it is well done and will get even better as Cory becomes more familiar with his characters’ voices. As it stands, a lot of ground is covered in this first issue, laying out several threads to be picked up, including an in medias res opening that, while typical, does the job of adding action to an otherwise mostly talking heads filled story and setting up the stakes for what is to come.

Mark Dos Santos’ art does the necessary job of creating the future Mars and its inhabitants, and while his cartoonish style lends some character to the many conversations that fill the 24 pages, it’s not until the climax of the issue with some evocative use of shadows that it rises above mediocrity. This isn’t helped by the drab palette employed by colorist Chris Fenoglio, which feels washed over in a grey that does little to evoke any mood or energy. The premise might provoke the look and style of classics like Blade Runner, instead the visuals are muted, with little other than aliens here and there to making it distinguishable from another genre.

The individual elements are far from knocking the comic out of the park, they do create a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. Freed from the confines of an introductory chapter, I’m interested in seeing where the story will go and to see the creative team find their collective stride. Tech noir fans are not awash in modern offerings, so this books is well worth checking out. Let’s all hope its worth continuing to do so.

Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com

 

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