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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – July 18, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Immortal Hulk #3

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett

What it is: What happened in the church on Mercer Avenue? What made the Lembert boy do what he did? Who is the One Below All? Reporter Jackie McGee has four eyewitnesses, with four different viewpoints, telling four different stories. But they all saw Bruce Banner…and the Immortal Hulk. Rated T+

Why we love it: This series puts a horror spin on the Hulk. Bruce Banner is battling the monster within and it is absolutely terrifying. 

The Mainstream One: Batman #51

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Lee Weeks

What it is: The honeymoon’s over for Bruce Wayne as Gotham City’s most prominent citizen gets selected for jury duty in a chilling court case involving Mr. Freeze! Freeze claims the charges should be dismissed because Batman used excessive force; cue the outrage and media circus. While doing his civic duty, Wayne’s forced to take a hard look at the Dark Knight’s methods. And hey…what is Dick Grayson doing running around the city dressed as Batman?

Why we like it: So the Bat/Cat wedding was a beautiful, poetic bit of nothing. I still feel writer Tom King has left the door open for the wedding to happen later in his run, but will be interesting to see the direct fallout.

The Indie One: Skyward #4

Publisher: Image
Words: Joe Henderson
Art: Lee Garbett

What it is: ‘MY LOW-G LIFE,’ Part Four-When someone close to Willa is kidnapped, she’s forced to make an impossible choice. To make matters worse, there’s a storm coming-and weather in this low-G world is much more dangerous than it used to be…

Why we like it: Earth’s gravity has been reduced to a fraction of its strength and only one man knows how to fix it. Only someone will do anything in his power to stop him.

 The #1 One: The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (Artgerm variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Margaret Stohl
Art: Carlos Pacheco

What it is: THE DEFINITIVE ORIGIN OF CAPTAIN MARVEL! Carol Danvers was just a girl from the Boston suburbs who loved science and the Red Sox until a chance encounter with a Kree hero gave her incredible super-powers. Now, she’s a leader in the Avengers and the commander of Alpha Flight. But what if there were more to the story? When crippling anxiety attacks put her on the sidelines in the middle of a fight, Carol finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. You can’t outrun where you’re from – and sometimes, you HAVE to go home again. But there are skeletons in Captain Marvel’s closet – and what she discovers will change her entire world. Written by best-selling author Margaret Stohl and drawn by fan-favorite comics veteran Carlos Pacheco, this is the true origin of Captain Marvel. Rated T+

Why we like it: Captain Marvel is next in line to get the big screen treatment, so it’s time for Marvel to get their audience primed. That Artgerm variant is straight fire!

 The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Cable #159 (Anceleto variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Lonnnie Nadler
Art: German Peralta
Cover Art: Jay Anceleto

What it is: ‘PAST FEARS’ PART 5: BACK TO CABLE’S CHILDHOOD WITH REDD AND SLYM! Young CABLE faces his biggest fear: his own Techno-Organic virus! Guest-starring CYCLOPS & PHOENIX! Cable’s dark secret is finally revealed! Rated T+

Why we like it: Jay Anceleto went beast mode on this Cable cover. This could be a movie poster.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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His Name Was Jason: Friday the 13th the Video Game Review

Howdy Ho! Why hello there ladies and gents, yes it is true I have returned. Please hold the applause all autographs will be handled after.  This time around friends we are doing something a little different. Today we review “Friday the 13th The Game”.  You may notice this is titled “Part 3”. It’s pretty much an indictment on me, for this is the 3RD rewrite!!! Moving on, I have been dying to get this game since I heard of its inception. I finally got a PS4 for Christmas (thank you to all involved) and quickly spent Christmas money on the purchasing of “Friday The 13th the Game”. This Blog is going to be a little different from previous. There will be….. Structure!!!

History:

Before we go into game play a quick history on the making s of the game.  So Gun Media  started a  project of having an open world slasher game. “One Long Night at Summer Camp” was born. They wanted to bring in a few experts for the production of the game.  They got the help from Tom Savini with design and effects, and then they enrolled the killing expertise of Kane Hodder to perform the body capture of the games killer. As production began the people making the game figured, “You know what? We have the makeup and special effects artist from Friday the 13th and we have Jason Voorhees from 4 films doing the body capture. Why don’t we see if we can get the licensing to Friday The 13th”? The idea was pitched to the licensing holders of the franchise (more on licensing later). The company basically said “Finally this has the game platform we have been waiting for.”  “Friday the 13th The Game” has come to life.

The Introduction / Setup:

The introduction is really great. It’s first of all right where you would expect it to be, at the beginning of the game. It really does an excellent job setting up the Game for the 80’s horror fans that are about to embark on this adventure. The first thing that jumps out to me is the super 80’s intro. If you’ve watched enough movies from the 80’s you know what I’m talking about. From the music right down to the coloring and effects, it brought me right back to 1988.

Then you go right to the game home screen and there he is…. Jason looking as menacing as ever, the low creepy Friday the 13th music in the background with the classic “KI KI KI MA MA MA” is just something extra special.  There aren’t many game play options which I thought was tad disappointing. I was really hoping for a story mode or a “Grand Theft Auto” style open world where you can just go around and kill random people, maybe have different objectives. Does this devalue the game? Not at all. It doesn’t really need any of that.  You have two options of offline play, one being Offline bots. Basically you pick which Jason you want to be, options of part 2,3,4,6,7,8,9 are all available right from the start. My game came with the blood skin option, so basically you can select to have your Jason covered in blood splatter. After doing the first update, The NES skin became available for part 3 Jason which this guy was pretty stoked about.  It pays homage to the original Friday the 13TH game for Nintendo.   The second update performed gave me the option of part 5 Roy. Meh I could do without. Anyway you decide what Jason you’re going to play as. Then you decide the map, Crystal Lake, regular and small, Higgins Haven, regular or small, or Packanack Lodge. You select your desired location and then decide how many counselors you want to kill, set your difficulty and your off….you have 10 minutes to hunt down annihilate up to 8 counselors, including Tommy Jarvis.

The second option for offline play is Virtual cabin. This feature I find fun because you walk through a cabin, walk up to anything with an icon next to it and you get to learn facts about the Movie franchise or the making of the game as it pertains to that specific item.

Game Play:

For actual game play, it took me some time to get use to the controls so I can effectively use all of Jason’s abilities. There 3 different difficulty levels in offline play I would recommend getting good at controlling your Jason there before moving to online play. I found a problem with online play. I can basically play video games once maybe twice a month on average. When you play online you’re playing against people who have no other obligations in life and it makes for a tough time killing people. Once you get a hold of it the fun begins. The details in each map are incredible you’ll recognize different buildings and aspects of each map for the different movies. Walking around the different worlds as Jason obviously your objective is to kill the counselors. Jason finds his victims through sound signatures, you’ll see a blinking circle off in the distance and you go to it and kill it. Counselors can stop moving and control their breathing to eliminate sound signatures, but Jason has a answer for that by creating fear. Breaking windows, knocking out power and destroying stuff can insight fear in people and make them create a sound signature again.  Jason abilities are all pretty awesome and can make you feel like you are in the movie. His ability to Morph can make him just appear in front or just behind you without warning. As a counselor pay attention to the music, the louder the music the closer Jason is. Jason also has a Sense ability basically he is now for a duration of time able to pick up on heat signatures, where at baseline he finds people through audible signatures. He also a shift ability allowing him to move at an accelerated rate without producing sound and can sneak up on people from a good distance almost undetectable. The final ability is stalk, this allows Jason to quietly stalk his prey while giving him an almost night vision effect. You will have many chances to be the counselors.  They can be upgraded and have equipped with different equipment, but let’s be honest the whole reason we have the game to watch people get slaughtered or to do the annihilating ourselves as our favorite killer.

Violence/Killing:

If you followed my first blog for October Friday the 13th 2017 you’ll already know my 2 Year old watches Friday the 13th part 7 with me with no fear or problems at all. He actually likes the movies and once in awhile will request we watch it.  Friday the 13th the Game is too violent for my kid. Seriously young children should not watch this game be played. He never expressed fear or has blamed Jason for any freights but you can tell by the look on his face the game is too much for him. From my stand point that makes the game that much more awesome, because damn. They literally made this game the way the movies should have been. The Kills are so detailed and gruesome the game was never released in several countries due to the content. I was able to do the sleeping bag Kill which I just happened to be playing as Part 7 Jason. So if you find a counselor hiding in a tent, Jason pulls them out of tent in a sleeping bag and gives a tree two good whacks with the person. In the movie they do not show the actual kill, in the game it’s pretty brutal. My favorite kill so far, has a trophy title of “Cooking with Jason”. Jason Basically stomps the victim in a fire and keeps them there till they stop twitching.  Those are just a couple of the environmental kills. To perform an environmental kill grab a victim and take a walk if your able to hold on long enough, chances you’ll the chance to do one of the following, throw someone through a window, drowning, slamming skulls into to coat hooks effectively hanging the body up, along with many other possibilities. Aside from environmental kills there are equipped kills as well, some by weapon some by hand. You can punch decapitate, quarter, twist heads off, crush skulls and even rip a heart out.  The range and variety of ways you can kill and dismember people is worth the price of the game alone.

Updates/ Future:

The updates have been awesome so far, new world map, new kills and hell even new Jasons.  This game almost “it all”, how could there possibly be a bad thing to write about it? The Future looks bright too, Uber Jason is set to make an appearance along with the space station world map from “Jason X”.  There are even rumors of a new game mode, an open world Gran Theft Auto style game play. As great as this sounds the reality is a legal dispute holding up everything that is “Friday the 13th”. Turns out the original screen writer was never employed by the production company who made the original movie and therefore the original movie should never have been made, never mind 12 movies, a comic, 2 video games and anything else that represents the “Friday the 13th” franchise. Unfortunately Gun media is forced to wait until after the proceedings before they can find out if they can even update the game anymore. The case is also holding over a deeply anticipated movie that was actually set and scheduled to film 2 years ago. The Future at this point in time looks bleak for “Friday the 13th”, however things weren’t that bright when Jason fell into Crystal Lake, so who knows.  Until next time Kids, take care and happy killings.

Editing note:

This particular blog took me awhile to write, like a long time. Since the start to today a quick edit on “Jason is not to blame for any of my child’s fears”. Yeah we had to take down the picture of a teddy bear wearing a Jason mask picture from his bedroom. Whoopsy.

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – July 11, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Amazing Spider-man #1 (Jerome Opena variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Ryan Ottley

What it is: An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)! Rated T

The Mainstream One: Superman #1 (Adam Hughes variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Ivan Reis

What it is:  A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes… with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!

The Indie One: Farmhouse #1

Publisher: Image
Words and art: Rob Guillory

What it is: Jedidiah Jenkins is a farmer-but his cash crop isn’t corn or soy. Jed grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. Lose a finger? Need a new liver? He’s got you covered. Unfortunately, strange produce isn’t the only thing Jed’s got buried. Deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm, something dark has taken root, and it’s beginning to bloom. From ROB GUILLORY, Eisner-winning co-creator and artist of Image Comics’ CHEW, comes a new dark comedy about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. Nature is a Mother.

The #1 One: She Could Fly #1

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Christopher Cantwell
Art: Martin Morazzo

What it is: In Chicago, an unknown woman appears flying at speeds of 120 miles per hour and at heights reaching 2,000 feet. Then she suddenly dies in a fiery explosion mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Luna, a disturbed 15-year-old girl becomes obsessed with learning everything about her while rumors and conspiracy theories roil. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman’s inner life lead to the liberation from her own troubled mind?

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #50 

Publisher: DC
Words: James Robinsom
Art: Jesus Merino
Cover Art: Jenny Frison

What it is: A new pantheon of gods has been born! But who are they? Where did they come from? What do they want? All questions for Wonder Woman, because she played more of a role in their arrival than you’d think! Will it fall to Diana to end their existence as well? Meanwhile, Wonder Woman’s brother Jason learns his true purpose. It’s all here in this extra-sized anniversary issue!

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day fellow comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out. Retailers were given the go ahead by most publishers to release books at midnight, so make sure to check if your LCS is open late and get an early jump on your week’s reading.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Batman #50

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin

What it is: It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.

Why we love it: It’s the wedding of the year and Catwoman also has a new solo series starting this week. That does not bode well for Batman. Kitty Pride left Colossus at the alter in X-Men last week, will this kitty be a copy cat?

The Mainstream One: Captain America #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Ta-nehisi Coates
Art: Leinil Francis Yu

What it is: IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America? Rated T+

Why we like it: Love the creative team and that Alex Ross cover is some of his best work in years. What better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than grabbing the #1 of a new chapter for Captain America?

The Indie One: Death of Glory #3

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Bengal

What it is: Glory has found a way to save her father’s life, but getting there means barreling into the heart of her ex’s criminal empire-and the horrors he committed there.

Why we like it: Diggin that Bullitt homage cover. Has been a fun read so far with excellent art. Highly recommended.

The #1 One: Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Sylan Burnett

What it is: EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF THANOS! Frank Castle was the Punisher. A deal with the devil made him Ghost Rider. A deal with Galactus made him cosmic. A deal with Thanos made him…DEAD?!? Not to worry, he’s coming back, and he’s got a plan to make the universe a better place that’s going to lead him into an even CRAZIER adventure than he’s ever been in! Join hot new comic (and cosmic?) writer Donny Cates (THANOS, DOCTOR STRANGE) as he pushes his wildest creation past the breaking point! Rated T+

Why we like it: The cosmically powered Frank Castle Ghost Rider was one of the most insane and funnest parts of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s critically acclaimed Thanos run. He’s back from the dead and as weird as ever. I have a feeling that this series is going to be straight bonkers.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Star Wars #50 (JTC Action Figure variant)

Publisher: Marcel
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Salvador Larocca
Cover Art: John Tyler Christopher

What it is: IN THIS ISSUE…HOPE DIES. The REBEL FLEET is completed. It’s magnificent. It’s beautiful. It’s secret. But no secret is kept for long from DARTH VADER. The most epic story yet done in a STAR WARS comic begins here. Prepare to witness the Empire TRULY strike back. Rated T

Why we like it: You want this… don’t you?

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!