Batman: Damned #1 CGC 10.0 sold for nearly $2000

Rich Johnston, writing for Bleeding Cool:

Bleeding Cool has been able to ascertain that a recent sale on eBay of Batman Damned #1 by Blaze PC Collectables of Florida was for around $1800. It was a 10.0 CGC graded copy of the comic by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo published by DC Comics as part of their Black Label mature readers superhero line, with the variant cover by Jim Lee. The comic isn’t going to a second print, so that combined with media interest in the item, sent prices soaring.

I’d be curious to know more about this. Essentially, the book would have to have ZERO imperfections from what I understand about the CGC process to achieve this level, which is almost impossible since the printing process alone tends to be less than perfect.

That aside, it’s amazing to see such a new book sell for such a high amount. Although, considering the content and the ridiculous controversy around it, it’s not overly surprising I suppose.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season to be completed by Skybound Games

Jody Macgregor, writing for PC Gamer:

Kirkman, the creator of the original Walking Dead comic series, also brought it up at a panel at New York Comic Con, saying, “We’ve successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion.

”A statement from Skybound quoted by IGN suggests that some of Telltale’s former staff will be working on it, perhaps a slight silver lining for employees who were laid off without severance. “Skybound will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story in a way the fans deserve”, they quoted.

This is great news, particularly if they’re able to get the original team back.

As someone who bought the season pass for The Final Season, I obviously want to see how the story ends but I think it’s just as important for the people who created it to see the project through to completion. It just wouldn’t be the same without them.

New Captain Marvel comic launching in 2019

Art by Amanda Conner

Jamie Frevele, writing for Marvel:

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 will makes its debut January 2, 2019 with Kelly Thompson on board as the writer and art by Carmen Carnero, with color by Tamra Bonvillain. Also revealed in the announcement was the powerful cover for the first issue by Amanda Conner!

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CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 will bring Danvers back to New York City where she will face new threats and obstacles. According to the New York Times, “[t]he series will reconnect Captain Marvel with allies like Iron Man and her best friend Spider-Woman, as well as offer new relationships.”

I’m excited to hear this but hardly surprised Marvel has another Captain Marvel book in the pipeline what with the movie coming out next year.

While I’ve enjoyed what little I’ve read of the currently available Life of Captain Marvel book, I would like to read a series that features more of Danvers’ Earthly adventures and shows how she interacts with the rest of the Marvel U, which this book will be covering.

Kelly Thompson’s work on West Coast Avengers and Hawkeye is great and while I’m not super familiar with her work, Carmen Carnero’s art looks excellent. I really hope Amanda Conner sticks around on covers, she’s one of my favorite artists since her work on Power Girl at DC years ago.

DC censoring reprints of Batman: Damned #1

Batman: Damned art by Lee Bermejo

By Joshua Yehl, writing for IGN:

A source close to the project told IGN that DC chose to alter the art because it wasn’t additive to the story. The first print run currently on sale in shops still features the unaltered art, but all future printings of Batman: Damned will reflect the altered artwork, the source also said.

So after one issue in the new Black Label line — which was sold and marketed for mature readers — DC is presumably throwing in the towel and removing the silhouette of Batman’s penis based on the outcry from a handful of people?

Give me a break.

For clarity, my annoyance with this has nothing to do with the specific content that is being removed. DC says that Batman’s genitals have no impact on the story being told, which I’m not entirely sure I agree with but that’s a whole other discussion. My issue stems from the fact that DC is removing anything deemed “too mature” from a book that is part of an imprint they sold for months as one for mature, adult readers.

Based on this news, we can safely assume DC will be cutting Sean Gordon Murphy’s Harley / Joker sex scene (again) from the White Knight collected edition when that arrives in October, no?

Telltale Games shutting down

Telltale’s Walking Dead: The Final Season

Imran Khan, writing for Game Informer:

Telltale has confirmed that they have reduced their staff from 250 employees to 25 to “fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.”

Telltale employees have suggested publicly and privately that the remaining employees are not working on The Walking Dead, as originally thought, but instead the Netflix deal for Minecraft Story Mode. USGamer has heard something similar from their sources.

If true, then The Walking Dead story that put Telltale on the map is doomed to go unfinished, two episodes short of its stated goal. It would also likely be the most prominent example of a season pass going unfulfilled, raising the question of what happens to people who purchased the full season, especially from a company that is seemingly filing for bankruptcy.

This is such horrible news. I’ve really enjoyed the majority of Telltale’s games over the last few years – Telltale’s Batman was one of my Games of the Year for 2016 – and never once thought the studio would completely close its doors. Worse still, the idea that the company wouldn’t survive long enough to complete the final season of The Walking Dead never even crossed my mind.

The high of that original game back in 2012 compared to the news from this last week is startling to say the least. I’ve seen comments from people online saying “this is why you shouldn’t buy season passes”, which is beyond absurd. This is the first (and hopefully last) of its kind: a single, extraordinary situation of a studio running out of runway way too fast. If anything, not buying a season pass seems to be what put the company in this situation in the first place.

Best of luck to everyone involved now looking for work. Studios out there should be more than happy to take some of these talented people in.

New Animal Crossing coming to Switch in 2019

Siliconera:

At the very end of the September 2018 Nintendo Direct, a new Animal Crossing game was announced. Tom Nook appeared to reveal he is preparing a place for people to come home to after they enjoy time spent camping and playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

2019 is going to be a great year for the Switch.

First look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

Photo by Entertainment Weekly

Rod Taylor, writing for The Beat:

Though several fan-made posters have been circulating the internet since Larson’s casting announcement as the intergalactic character since her casting a few years ago, today’s EW cover gives us our first official look at the character, who will debut in 2019’s Captain Marvel film.

Larson’s Captain Marvel looks awesome. I have a feeling she’s going to knock it out of the park. It’s also really great to finally see the Skrulls showing up in the MCU. I can’t wait to see a trailer.

Leaks have ruined the surprise of the Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3 and 3 XL renders revealed by Evan Blass

John Gruber, writing for Daring Fireball:

The almost complete lack of attention paid to this story exemplifies the niche status of Google’s Pixel phones — which is sad, considering that they’re indisputably among the best Android phones.

It’s not entirely fair to say that nobody cared about this news. For clarity, the title of Gruber’s post is “Lyft Driver Finds Pixel 3 XL in Car; No One Cares”. Another point is that — in the original post on Circuit Breaker — they mention the fact that the driver of the Lyft knew exactly what device this was given how much had been leaked about it. That says something about it’s popularity as well.

After all the leaks the new device has suffered, it’s not surprising that people aren’t overly floored by news of one landing in the backseat of a car. It would be a completely different story if this was our first look at the device in the wild.

Mac and iOS RSS app Reeder goes free

@reederapp on Twitter:

Reeder is free until version 4 is released later this year as a paid upgrade. No subscription.

I’ve had Reeder on my Macs, iPhones, and iPads for years. It’s the best RSS reader I’ve ever used. If you’re an RSS user and don’t already own Reeder, go get it. There’s really no excuse not to give it a try.

Quick thoughts on The Sentry #3

Art by Bryan Hitch

Joshua Davison, writing for Bleeding Cool:

The Sentry #3 continues to impress with its compelling characters, self-aware story, and excellent artwork. It’s a messy web of damaged people ruining each other’s lives, and it’s engaging as all hell. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

Interestingly enough, I finished reading this issue just before I spotted this review.

Bias aside — since I’m already a huge fan of the character — The Sentry’s series might be one of the best, most intriguing books Marvel is putting out right now. Lemire has done an incredible job keeping Sentry’s confusing, convoluted backstory under control while reintroducing him to the Marvel U and energizing the character with a great contemporary story.

I’m looking forward to seeing how he wraps up this first Sentry World arc.

Apple reportedly launching Mac mini Pro in 2018

Usman Qureshi, writing for iPhone in Canada:

The report also claims that Apple will release the first upgrade to the Mac mini in about four years later this year. Mac mini has particularly been favoured by users because of its lower price and is most popular with app developers, server farm managers as well as those running home media centers.

I speak for all the Mac mini users when I say that we’ll believe it when we see it.

Valve preparing to launch a streaming product?

Tyler Wilde, writing for PC Gamer:

Later this evening, though, Valve apparently launched Steam.tv with a livestream of The International 2018 and chat bar. Cnet says that it’s just the Dota 2 stream for now, and that you can log into your Steam account and access your friends list for group chats. It also has voice chat support in Chrome.

It’ll be interesting to see if Valve keeps this sort of project limited to their own Dota 2 tournaments or eventually opens it up to people as an alternative to Twitch. With Streaming becoming such a huge business, it wouldn’t really surprise me to see them go with the latter but — as YouTube is finding out — it’s easier said than done.

The Fantastic Four return to comics this week

Art by Alex Ross

Todd Allen, writing for The Beat:

As you may have heard, Fantastic Four #1 is on sale Wednesday (and that means midnight for some stores) Marvel would really like you to be aware of that.

I can’t believe I never mentioned this release on last week’s episode of Shortbox.

After years without an actual book to their name, the Fantastic Four are relaunching this week at Marvel with Esad Ribic, Sara Pichelli, Dan Slott, and more at the helm. While I’ve never been a big FF fan, I can’t not pick up a milestone issue like this – if only for the creative team involved.

No Man’s Sky is pulling in big numbers on Steam

Christopher Livingston, writing for PC Gamer:

It was a big weekend for No Man’s Sky. Following the release of the Next expansion, Hello Games’ space sandbox drew a peak concurrent playercount of around 97,000 players on Sunday. That’s not quite half the total the 2016 launch drew on Steam, which was just over 212,000 concurrent users, but it’s close, and not bad for a game that’s been out for two years.

I’ve been playing almost every evening with friends since the Next update launched and it’s been great. In fact, that’s my character and ship in the photo above. The gang at Hello Games should be—and mostly have been—commended for their dedication to the game via patches and new content.

Swamped with negative press in the early days, Sean Murray and the gang at Hello could have easily cut and run without delivering many of the features that were promised at launch. Fortunately for everyone, that wasn’t what happened and the team’s being rewarded by fans with a ton of support and appreciation for all their hard work.

I really can’t wait to see what they bring to the game next.

Humberto Ramos joining ASM creative team

Spider-Man by Humberto Ramos

Rich Johnston, writing for Bleeding Cool:

Check out these upcoming Marvel Comics covers for October 2018 shipping titles. You won’t have seen any of them before — unless you are at that lunch…

Humberto Ramos will alternate issues with Ryan Ottley on Amazing Spider-Man.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed that they’ll be cycling artists on Amazing Spider-Man each arc. I love Ramos’ art and obviously it would be insane to expect Ottley to keep up with that pace — although he was crazy consistent during his time on Invincible from what I remember — but the book was billed for months as Spencer and Ottley.

Announcing now that Ramos is going to be the book’s secondary artist feels a little sneaky. I’d gladly take a monthly book rather than a bi-weekly one if it meant we got one artist consistently.