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Great Guardians!!! Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters arrives in stores on June 7th!
Inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero feature film Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters soars onto game consoles this summer, extending the theatrical experience of one of DC Entertainment’s most popular superheroes. Players will use the most powerful weapon in the universe, the Green Lantern Power Ring, to build an array of weapons from green energy to defeat the Manhunters – an evil android race bent on destroying the Green Lantern Corps.
Packed with intergalactic missions, alien androids and out-of-this-world combat, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is an action-adventure videogame that delivers the Green Lantern experience right into the hands of gamers.
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters soars onto game consoles on June 7th for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. Playing as gifted pilot Hal Jordan, the first human Green Lantern, gamers will create an arsenal of ring constructs and take flight in outer space and beyond to restore intergalactic order. The game also features enhanced graphics, 3D Capabilities, Co-op gameplay, and features Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan!
Oh…and I will have a game review for the Wii soon after the release. Watch this space!
One of the distinct pleasures of comics geekdom is finding a story, long since forgotten, that sheds light on some trivial mystery. I grappled with such a mystery over three years ago when I asked if anyone knew if Tubby Tompkins’s first name was, indeed, Tubby, or if it was just some sort of nickname.
Reading the eighteenth volume of Dark Horse’s Little Lulu reprint series, which collects issues 82 through 87, I came across the answer.
Oddly enough, I was taking a break from re-watching “Hellboy” out in the kitchen and Dirty Harry tipped me to the following:
Guillermo del Toro, director of the Hellboy movies as well as Pan’s Labyrinth, just signed on to direct “The Hobbit” and a sequel. Previous talk of splitting up The Hobbit into two parts have either been thrown out or were rumor; the sequel will cover the timespan between Hobbit and LOTR.
Hellboy, by the way, is a terrific film. I don’t read the comic book, but the movie made me think that I should… and considering what a DC-drone I am, that’s a great compliment. Story-wise, the movie could be better, but it’s a superb cast (of Ron Perlman, all I can say is “perfect”), the special effects aren’t too annoyingly CGI-ish, and the movie has style and artistry to spare. More importantly, the characters have time to work out their relationships (Hellboy fighting with his “Dad”, chafing at the arrival of the new guy, struggling with his self-hatred and the barriers in his relationship with Liz, etc…), and all too often big blockbusters won’t waste time on those kinds of elements. (I should know, I just suffered through re-watching Spider-Man 3, which bungles its character arcs badly.) Surprisingly, there is a pantload of character development for such an action-packed movie. As I recall, the Hellboy film was a success but not the colossal blockbuster fans would have liked. Here’s hoping the sequel does well.
I loved the first trailer, but this new one is really playing off of the success of “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Many more disturbingly weird and nightmarish creatures in this trailer.
This week the nominations for Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards were announced. In the “Book” category the first trade paperback collection of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, The Long Way Home, earned a nod. I’m not sure how the nominees are chosen (the winners are chosen thru online voting) but this TPB must be pulling in a number of young readers to garner a nomination. Granted, I don’t think it’s going to beat the Harry Potter series for the win, but just getting nominated is a step in the right direction for securing the next generation of comics readers.
I know some people were excited about the trailer for AvP2. Seeing the two beasties battling it out on Earth, in America, in the present… it at least sounded like a better plot. Plus, it was clearly going to be an R-rated movie, as the previous film should have been. Still, it was curious that there wasn’t a lot more publicity for the sequel than a red-banded trailer released online.
That smell? That’s the smell of a studio dumping a turd of a movie near the holidays in hopes of scooping up cash from the people who are just hanging out a theater looking for something to watch. The movie is doing terribly in the reviews, though it did manage to garner some $10 million on its Christmas Day opening. My guess is that word of mouth will ensure that the film doesn’t make too much beyond the opening day take.
I think the big problem is the lack of humans we care about. Alien means little without Ripley’s character in it, which is why
Alien is all the poorer in these post-Ripley films. Predator was all about
Arnold, not the Predator; the main problem with Predator 2 was that the
good ensemble cast was headed up by Danny Glover.
What the AVP films needed, and what any
future (fingers crossed) Predator film needs is a bankable star that
people care about playing a likable character. Heck, put Keanu Reeves
and Drew Barrymore up against a Predator and I’d go see it. (Yes, so
would all the people who hate them…in hopes that they lose.)
Dark Horse Has ‘The Incredibles’, plus other news that Dark Horse announced at the recent con.
An association between the boys at Underground Online and Mike Mignola (pronounce it as you wish, at your own peril) brings forth UGO’s HELLBOY 101, which is basically a primer for all the casual fans to get ensconced in the apropriate comics lore before they go see the movie. Or perhaps it’s for movie fans to get better acquainted with the comic book. Whatever.
Taste the wonders of a Hellboy timeline and a videographed Mike Mignola interview.