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Here’s your news for the week of 5/9/2014

Unfortunately there is not going to be a live show tonight.  Fortunately we can still bring you your pop culture news of the week.  First up let’s talk about whats going on in the world of video games.  Just recently it was confirmed that Nintendo is going  release a remake of Pokemon sapphire and ruby for the 3DS.

alpha sappire

alpha sappire

omega ruby

omega ruby

Personally I’m not that excited for this game, I can’t speak for Noah but what I can say is that the game is going to be good. Note: the only reason I’m not excited for this game is because I’ve only played three Pokemon generations and this just happened to be on the generations I’ve beaten.  Personally I would have preferred a remake of Gold and Silver, but hey, another Pokemon game on the 3DS, you can’t really complain.

Next up in games is the newest trailer from Insomniac games.  The game had a CG trailer during E3 and this week they finally released a game play trailer.  Check it out below.

If you didn’t watch the video the game is called Sunset Overdrive.  I’m interested in this game but as of right now I’m not blown away.  I most likely will but this game because of two reasons.  One, the game looks like a good fun trip around a sandbox world and for some reason I really enjoy that, and two I already own an Xbox One.  Honestly if I didn’t already own the console I would be bummed that I didn’t get to try it but it wouldn’t sell me on buying a console.  Like most games coming out we here at Signal Crash can’t tell you to go out and buy it before we get some hands-on time with it.

 

Jumping into TV the news that most excited me was the new trailer for the FOX show Gotham.  Here is the trailer.

Now, I’m excited about this but I’m afraid for it.  I’m afraid that it is on FOX, and I’m afraid that they will over extend the show.  What I mean by that is I hope that the show, or at least the first season, is 90% about Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock and not about Batman’s rogue gallery.  I want it to be more like Arrow, a show about a main character and a nod to other major DC characters.  Arrow works because it does not over extend.  An example of this, is the episode that had a pre- Solomon Grundy villain where after the single episode you dont hear about him again.  An even quicker reference to characters in the DC universe is the clip below.

Now comic book fans will instantly know who that is, and whats awesome about that clip is that this is the only thing tyou see of that charactor in the show.  It is a small little clip put in for the die hard fans and nothing more.  I feel like Gotham is going to go way to far.  I say this because they show four villains in the trailer.  Personally I think that this is way to many for a season let alone a trailer.  I’m calling it now, this show is going to fail there is to much Bruce Wayne, and the final nail in the coffin will be the introduction of a Joker character in the first season.

 

Last thing I want to go over is, neither Noah or myself have seen the new Spiderman yet so as soon as one of us does we will give you more information on it.  Until then, keep checking the facebook for more information and contests, and We will see you next week with more fun and news.


In Case You Missed It 3/11/2014

If you guys missed it here is the stream from last Friday:

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The pictures from DrawnCon were posted today, go and check them out.  If you want to know more about us the “About” tab has been updated. Lastly, if you are interested in watching Bryan play some games he should be streaming Titanfall this week, check the Facebook and Twitter for stream times.  You can watch the stream here  twitch.tv/aggrocragg


Photos from DrawnCon


Near Mint

The internet is consumed with trolls, hate speak and just general nonsense, especially in nerd culture.  We all like to hate on who’s  being cast in what and what doesn’t work about the latest crossover. So instead of perpetuating the hyper negative bullshit, I decided to present my favorite top 5 new releases of the big two brands, in no particular order, each week to hopefully bring some balance to the force. Here we go:

DC

Justice League of America #7

Continuing villains month, Geoff Johns and Sterling Gates tackle Black Adam’s intricate backstory head on in a great read, especially if you’ve already been following the Shazaam adventures in the back of Justice League. Edgar Salazar’s drawings look fantastic and bring the fleshed out origin of Black Adam that might just have you questioning: who rocks the lightning bolt tights better?
Superman #23

Who knew the Parasite could be compelling? Well, with story and art by Aaron Kuder, it’s not surprising. Kuder brings a great European sensibility to his work, and the story is a surprisingly interesting look at the backstory of a character that usually comes off as one dimensional. The ending to this book alone is just sort of a wonderfully haunting reminder that great power, in the hands of the wrong sort of sociopath, can be a terrible, terrible thing.
Batman and Robin #23

Look, nobody likes to crap on Killer Croc more than me… I am always reminded of The Batman Animated Series episode “Almost Got ‘Em”  (http://youtu.be/fYgJ5oTccWY). But Tim Seeley and Francis Portela’s “Blood in the Water” is a great read. It takes Croc seriously and has the potential for a future Croc-centric story line that could develop in a lot of fun ways. Think of Killer Croc as the Aquaman of poo water. Finally, after a life of getting rejected by every girl for having a nasty case of epidermolytic hyperkeratosis, Waylon Jones might get his due.

Wonder Woman #23

Right now if you haven’t been reading Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman, then get to it. (http://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Woman-Vol-Blood-The/dp/140123562X) I for one have never been a huge Wonder Woman solo comic fan, but this book has been an awesome addition to the 52-verse. With guest artist ACO sitting in for the ride, the First Born book is more of the same magic. Forget Ares in Injustice: Gods Among Us- I would play as First Born all the time.

Justice League #23

This Secret Society read might be a little confusing if you aren’t super familiar with the comings and goings of Earth 2 (or what’s been going on in the DC world), but the Geoff Johns and  Sterling Gates writing team tackling Earth 2 stories? It works. I don’t know if it’s Kudranski’s art or Kalisz’s colors, but it looks flipping great.

Honorable Mention

Green Lantern #23

This book is a straightforward New 52 Sinestro backstory book. It follows a lot of the past Sinestro trials while cutting quickly to the more current Lantern continuity. Dale Eaglesham has a great realism in his work that brings Matt Kindt ‘s retelling to a more compelling and fascinating level. The art adds a layer that prevents this book from reading as just another fill-in during the villain takeover.

Marvel

Trial of the Punisher Part 1

This book is a power house. Marc Guggenheim’s story is a caustic, realistic look at what would happen if the Punisher were put through the legal system. It’s not always easy/pleasant to read legal scenes, but with Leinil Francis Yu’s awesome pencils with the appropriately matched colors of Sunny Cho, your attention will not waver. It’s a riveting gritty approach to a character that can be really hard to write anything new for (or to try to forget all those years of white Go-Go boots), but Guggenheim shows that  he remembers and understands what it’s like for Ol’ skull face chest (that nickname will take off… give it time.)
Young Avengers #10

The Kieron Gillen and wonderful Jamie McKelvie/Mike Norton artistic team have been consistently rocking this comic. For a team I never fully gave a crap about, the weird awareness and quirkiness in this book reminds me of how Deadpool comic should feel. Having a young Loki over no Loki is Loki enough for me, and with the curtain constantly being drawn on who’s manipulating whom, this comic continues to offer a teen drama soap among supes that is far more clever and compelling than some of the grown up Avengers. Much like DC’s Earth 2 stuff, though you might have to start from the beginning with this book to fully understand what the hell is even going on.

Wolverine and the X-Men #36

Not a book I normally dig but it’s continuing children of the atom- nuff said. P.S. Marvel, stop making alternate X-Men teams… No but for real. Stop.

Superior Spider-Man Team Up #3

Say what you will about Doc Ock’s “Superior” Spidey  arc (though apparently Parker will be back soon), what first drew me into this book (aside from Paolo and Joe River’s cover) was Michael Del Mundo’s epic art. The stylistic art and colors of the first panel alone show a motion and look that has a cool blend of artistic styles with full-on awesome.  My interest was kept beyond the pretty pictures, though, with the complexity of Robert Rodi’s story. Dealing with this Octo-Spidey can be a difficult task but I like Rodi’s smart approach to the character and appreciate the added twist in the end from a new persona with big potential (oh man read this story just to get my pun… you won’t thank me.)

Deadpool #17

I love Brian and Gerry, sincerely I do. I even listen to their Nerd Poker D&D podcast (No judgments) but their Deadpool run hasn’t completely impressed me. I am a stickler when it comes to the Merc with a Mouth, he’s the Bugs Bunny of the Marvel Universe with guns… Ok I just described Howard the Duck, but, either way, over the past 5 or so issues, Brian and Gerry have kept me going. I really liked their silly 70’s arc team-up spoof with Iron Fist and Powerman. This current run (The Good the Bad and the Ugly) with a Cap/Wolvie team-up, based on a Korean weapon X program, has all the right ingredients for things to get weird. Also Declan Shalvey’s work on this run gives a great look to the pages.

Honorable Mention:

Nova #8
What can I say, I’ve always liked A Man–er… kid called Nova. Especially when drawn in by an awesome cover of a young Sam Alexander in Thanos’ excellent grasp. This book has surprised me since its inception, and continues to keep my interest with Wells/Medina’s teenage Spidey-esque approach to the Nova helm. Though this theme has gotten a bit redundant amongst some of Marvel’s creations, I still dig the approach a ton here. And besides, any book that has the Watcher (even with his silly almond-eyed look) and hints at a New Warriors comeback, I am in.

Recommended read:
So I’ve got a Brian K. Vaughn thing bad.. . He will be in this section a ton, but if you’re not familiar and you want to try something recent of his (without leaving your couch!) head over to panlsyndicate.com and download Private Eye. This book is full-on awesome with some big concepts and a dynamic world. It is “pay what you like”, so feel like paying normal cover price? Pay it. Feel like supporting an awesome story? Double that! Feel like being a cheapskate, or just want your first taste to be free? Don’t pay a cent.  Just get it. It’s swell.

 

That’s all for my first installment— hopefully I’ll be able to get this out quicker and on the regular if folks enjoy reading it… and don’t forget the following adage, per Adam Scott:

“Nerd culture is mainstream now, so when you use the term ‘nerd’ derogatorily, you’re the one out of the zeitgeist.” (Thanks Parks and Recreation)

Feel free to hate on me @peterwgacek in the twitterverse


Leaked Footage of Affleck Playing Batman

We have searched the Internet an have found some footage of Ben Affleck as Batman.  We think he will do an alright job as the caped crusader in the upcoming Superman movie, What do you think?


Connecticon 2013 V.S. SignalCrash

SEXY Dancing cosplayers!? Kilt wearing barbarians with hammers!? Karate kicks left and right!? Black adam!? Thats what SignalCrash was up against this year at the Connecticon convention this year!


In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it here are the topics we talked about on the stream Friday 7/26/2013 with some videos and pictures we referenced.

(NOTE: Signal Crash does not own any of the images or videos below)

Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)

Vin Diesel selfie at Marvel Studios (is he hinting Vision)
Vision?

Scarlet Witch and Vistion

Guardians of the Galaxy props from SDCC

Guardian Props

Days of Future Past Sentinel Head

sentinelhead

Superman/Batman logo

Lastly, Enjoy the trailer for Chivalry and tell me this game does not look like a ton of fun.