Showing posts with label DC Comics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DC Comics. Show all posts

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Batman: Court of Owls Game Teased

WB Games Montréal developers are teasing of a possible "Batman: Court of Owls" game being in development.

Some recent evidence suggests that developer WB Games Montréal is currently working on a new Batman game and it is based on the "Court of Owls" storyline. Court of Owls is a new group of villains that was introduced in The New 52 wave of DC Comics in 2011.

Long before, it was a secret organization working in shadows and had some of the most powerful people of Gotham City in their pocket, most of them as its member. Interesting fact is that, they have old ties of history to the Wayne Family as well.

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Batman: Court of Owls Game Teased

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The court is a secret society that employs a group of undead assassins wearing owl masks called Talons to do their dirty work and is responsible for some of the most violent crimes in the city. They became a recurring enemy for The Dark Knight after targeting Bruce Wayne.

Batman was pitted against one of the Talons who severely beat him and tortured to the point where he begged to be killed but then found a way out. When the antagonism between them reaches its peak, they even launched an attack on Wayne Manor.

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Based on the recent Tweets from assistant producer of WB Montreal, the studio is currently working on a new title and everyone on board is very excited. She posted a photo of her wearing a black T-shirt with an owl emblem on its back.



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The emblem heavily resembles to the one that was used in the Court of Owls comic books and this could be a potential hint to the next Arkham series of games. Perhaps the game will serve as a prequel to the Arkham series and even start a new trilogy as well.

Even though the series is closely associated with Rocksteady Studios, the third game of the series, Batman: Arkham Origins was developed by WB Montreal. So, it would not be a huge tectonic shift of things if the new title goes to WB.

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However, you should not have high hopes for any surprise announcement from the studio this week at The Game Awards 2018 and creative director Patrick Redding has already confirmed about that in one of his recent Tweet.



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To fuel the speculation a bit more, comic-book writer and the creator of "Court of Owls", Scott Snyder (Death of the Family, Night of the Owls) has recently Retweeted an IGN article speculating over the possibility of the new game.

Since we are not getting a peak at what they are cooking this week at TGA, fans of the Caped Crusader will have to wait a little longer to see him returning into action. Right now, an official announcement can set all records straight for all parties.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Arkham Knight Coming to Detective Comics #1000

Arkham Knight is about to make his DC Comics debut on the pages on Detective Comics #1000 in 2019.

One of the most beloved comic-book characters with a crazy fan-following known as The Dark Knight, Batman is marking his 80th anniversary in 2019 and DC Comics made big plans and has decided to kick start a new storyline starring another exciting guest.

Turns out, the enigmatic Arkham Knight from superhero action-adventure game Batman: Arkham Knight by developer Rocksteady Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is coming to Detective Comics monthly ongoing series at the same time.

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Arkham Knight Coming to Detective Comics #1000

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When developer Rocksteady Studios hasn't released Batman: Arkham Knight yet in 2015, they claimed the titular character to be an original one but halfway through, it was revealed to be none other than Jason Todd, a former Robin.

As opposed to his former mentor, he is extremely militaristic and doesn't shy away from using lethal force. Throughout the game, he works for another known villain The Scarecrow and serves as the main antagonist of the game.

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Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman The Deluxe Edition

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Just like the way DC has celebrated Superman's 80th anniversary in Action Comics #1000 earlier this year, there will be an oversized anniversary special issue #1000 and another hardcover collection titled Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman.

Series regular writer and New York Times best-selling author Peter Tomasi (Black Adam – The Dark Age, Forever Evil – Arkham War) and artist Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Justice League Elite) will helm the main story of 1000th issue, which will feature the official debut of Arkham Knight on DC Comics canon.

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Although Jason Todd has always been a part of mainstream franchise of The Dark Knight, his Arkham Knight identity created for the game however was only a part of a several limited series tie-in comics at best and never became a part of regular continuity.

DC also mentioned about the debut to be a New Version of the "Arkham Knight" to be specific but added no further details. In current continuity, Jason is having a tough time on his personal life and that would eventually turn him to become a villain, maybe?

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Bold New Direction

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Renowned comic-book creators like Alex Maleev, Brian Michael Bendis, Christopher Priest, Denny O’Neil, Dustin Nguyen, Geoff Johns, Kelley Jones, Neal Adams and Paul Dini will also be collaborating with this duo on the 96-page comics.

Following his historical debut on the pages of Detective Comics #27 in 1939, Batman has become one of the most widely recognized crime-fighter of the world for generations of fans. No matter whatever era came, the Caped Crusader was always on headlines and been an industry best-seller.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Batman: The Telltale Series Tie-In Comics "Sins of the Father"

With so many popular video games based on the popular DC Comics character Batman, it was quite a bold move for developer Telltale Games to come up with a brand-new saga of The Dark Knight with a re-defined origin. After the successful completion of Batman: The Telltale Series season one, Telltale is currently in-progress with season two, Batman: The Enemy Within. Now, a comic book limited series titled Batman: Sins of the Father is coming in February 2018.

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Batman: The Telltale Series Tie-In Comics

The interactive experience of Telltale's episodic point-and-click graphic adventure really picked up audience interest and now, there is a tie-in book on the way. Veteran comic-book and TV writer for Netflix, Christos Gage (Civil War – House of M, World War Hulk – X-Men) is teamed up with artist Raffaele Ienco (Mechanism, Symmetry) to expand the universe even further by bridging the gap between the two seasons of the acclaimed game.

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Batman – Sins of the Father #1 Video Game Variant Cover

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR BATMAN: THE TELLTALE SERIES.

After his debut in the newly re-imagined Gotham City, Bruce Wayne has encountered many villains and psychopaths as himself and his alter ego, Batman. The situation is not always black and white for him and that is why he has to go infiltrate a crime joint to reach the bottom of the problem. Fan favorite characters like Jim Gordon and Amanda Waller crosses paths with him but they too are not exactly are who we used to know in comics, despite some basics of course.

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Commissioner Gordon Will Show Up

Working on Sins of the Father is quite a throwback for writer Christos Gage as he started his early comic-book endeavor with a Deadshot mini-series nearly 15 years ago that was later re-printed as Deadshot: Bulletproof and the same character is making his way into the world of Telltale's Batman to serve as the main antagonist for the series. Also, Bruce Wayne will get back to restore his family reputation after discovering the shocking revelation about his father.

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Already taking a bold new direction for all the characters that we've known for almost all of our lives, Sins of the Father presented a challenge for Christos Gage and his partner Raffaele Ienco to walk a parallel path and live up to the expectation of the fans. The online playthrough videos of Batman: The Telltale Series season one really helped the old hand of Gage here when his editor Jim Chadwick tasked him to handle the project.

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Aftermath of Telltale's Batman Season 1

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Besides, the unique nature of the world Telltale's Batman presents the opportunity to make a few tweaks at the established canon without ruining the core of that character. While Bruce is already having a hard time learning that his father Thomas Wayne was not the heroic figure he thought of, it seems even Alfred was aware of this secret and that makes it a lot worse. The legacy he has built on and the lifelong crime-fighting career he has taken seems baseless to him now.

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Batman – Sins of the Father #2 Cover

Providing, where the developer studio wants to go next with Batman: The Enemy Within and later with newer seasons of Batman: The Telltale Series, Gage and Ienco still had enough freedom to create a direction where they wanted this version of The Dark Knight to go. There will probably a chapter where both Bruce Wayne and Floyd Lawton will come face to face without their masks and that should be something no one wants to miss. The writer believes that somehow Deadshot is just a dark reflection of Batman considering all odds.

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Another character from Batman legend named Black Spider is part of the story and he is hired by Deadshot to face off his enemy. As usual, Commissioner Jim Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth are inseparable parts of Bruce's life as they are in Sins of the Father. Characters that made their debut on Batman: The Enemy Within won't have any direct interaction with Bruce Wayne/Batman though but hopefully they will make their presence known for sure.

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Batman – Sins of the Father #3 Cover

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Telltale Games have already done a fantastic job by re-telling Bruce Wayne's origin in their first game based on Batman and how he eventually discovers a criminal conspiracy in his family. From the beginning of the video game series, Bruce had been trying to bring balance to Gotham City by going undercover to make an ally with the underworld loonies and then being The Caped Crusader at night to fight crime.

The official synopsis to the first digital issue of "Batman: Sins of the Father" series is as follows:

"After the events of season one, Bruce Wayne is working to rebuild the reputation of his family and their company, Wayne Enterprises, while his alter ego, Batman, attempts to create a working relationship between himself and the GCPD. However, before Bruce can begin reparations for the families affected by Thomas Wayne, a mysterious figure begins killing people associated with Arkham Asylum. As suspicion falls on the families suing Wayne, Batman will begin his own investigation into the mystery assassin—and he’ll paint a target on his own back in the process."
Since the story takes place after season 1 and before season 2, events taken place during the "Sins of the Father" will be later featured in later episodes of The Enemy Within in August, 2018. Seeing Telltale following the footsteps of other big-name franchises in film and gaming industry to expand their fictional universe into tie-in comics says how much they really care for the saga of The Dark Knight they have established over the two seasons of the game.

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DC Comics is taking the same approach with this limited series as they did with Injustice: Gods Among Us series, by releasing two chapters digitally before they are available as print issue. The first digital chapter of the book will be released on release February 12 and the rest will come out in every other week. February 21 marks the date for the first print issue from the remaining six from the limited series.