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.

Some weekend pickups from my LCS.

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.

I have successfully pre-ordered a PlayStation Classic. Even without seeing a full list of games it’ll ship with, I’m super pumped to play again.

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.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to get a new episode of Shortbox recorded this week BUT I did get around to playing the new Spider-Man game on PlayStation. It’s awesome and there’s tons in there for fans new and old.

Started Marvel’s Spider-Man →

Starring the world’s most iconic Super Hero, Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities, improvisation and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for, while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game.