I have always been amazed at how isolated tabletop gaming groups can be. Since I started role playing I have met people who have never played anything other than second edition D&D, likewise I’ve seen groups who play Vampire LARP exclusively. There is very little in the way of a unifying culture for gamers, whereas every sci-fi enthusiast has probably seen an episode of Star Trek there are gamers who have never played a game of Dungeons & Dragons. This, in and of itself, is not an issue, the problem is that, as with all isolated pockets of society, myths and stigmas begin to develop. The kids playing Paranoia think D&D is too simplistic, the kids playing D&D think the guys playing World of Darkness are pretentious, and nobody understands what the hell the Nobilis kids are doing. So in an effort to combat gamer bias I’d like to tell you about some of the games that are out there, waiting to take you to brand new experiences.
Ye Olde Gentlemen of the Major Spoilers Podcast are embarking upon the classic tale of The Batman set during the Victorian era.Â Put on your best Steampunk costume and join the trio in this week’s discussion.
It is 1889. Bruce Wayne returns from a visit to Europe back to Gotham, as does his old family friend Jacob Packer. Shortly after arriving, Bruce takes up the mantle of Batman, fighting off criminals on the street, using his friend Lieutenant Gordon’s knowledge of criminal gangs currently operating to know when to strike. Gordon also shows Bruce the case of a man who killed his wife with poison, he then tried to kill himself with the poison but left him alive with a permanent grin. At the same time it appears that Jack the Ripper has come to Gotham city, as a murder in Gotham seems to resemble the Ripper murders. After Wayne Manor is searched, a bloody knife is found under Bruce’s bed and Bruce is convicted of being the Ripper and sentenced to be hanged for his crimes.
Or will he?
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Boom! Studios sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of The Anchor #6, Cars #2, Farscape: D’Argo’s Quest #4, Kill Audio #6, The Muppet Show Comic Book #3, Toy Story 2, Walt Disney Comics and Stories #704, and Disney’s Hero Squad: Ultraheroes Volume 1 trade paperback. Take the jump for previews of these titles that arrive this week.
Director Marc Webb, who is heading up the new Spider-Man movie, did clear up some news about certain 500 Days of High School Twilight Musical actors being cast for the reboot (prequel?).
“We’re casting a wide net. That’s really all i can say at this point,” he said, reiterating that statement when asked if an actor like rumored contender Joseph Gordon-Levitt is too old for the part, or if the studio is looking for an unknown. “We’re casting a wide net.”
That’s good news for everyone all around, I think.Â Also Webb did confirm that he had talks with James Cameron about the best way to bring Spider-Man into 3D.Â My guess is we’ll hear more about the Spider-Man franchise in the coming weeks.
DC has announced that J. Michael Stracznski has been brought on board to write the Superman and Wonder Woman titles beginning in July 2010.
DC posted a statement from the writer about writing both of the books.
â€œFor as long as Iâ€™ve been doing conventions (starting in the early Cretaceous period, when it was just me and a handful of pterosaurs on a panel debating whether or not mammals with opposable thumbs were really necessary to the writing of quality comics, a point still hotly debated today), there has always been the same question from folks in the audience: â€œIs there any one character who is your dream character to write for?â€ The answer has always been the same: Superman. When I first came over to DC, that dream was realized in part by Dan DiDioâ€™s gracious invitation to write the first of potentially many Superman original graphic novels. Now the dream has come fully true with the opportunity to write for the mainstream title, in a story that returns Superman to his roots in a way that will have the whole country talking about him in ways that we havenâ€™t seen in a long time.
Similarly, the chance to write Wonder Woman â€” the nearest analogue to Superman in the DCU â€” is massively exciting. Sheâ€™s a vital, powerful character, and we hope to bring a more contemporary sensibility to her character will retaining everything that makes her unique.
That DC is willing to jump-start these two runs in the pages of their respective anniversary issues is a great opportunity and a vote of confidence in what we have planned for these characters. Iâ€™m looking forward to this with more excitement than words can convey.
Itâ€™s gonna be a blast.â€
Superman #701 and Wonder Woman #601 arrive in July.Â I love what JMS did with Thor, and if he can bring the same power to Superman AND Wonder Woman, color me impressed.
Probably old news by now, but for those who only get your Oliva Munn news from Major Spoilers, here’s a breaking bit of info for you.Â Munn has been cast as one of the leads in an NBC pilot called Perfect Couples.Â Pilots don’t mean jack in this day and age, so while you may be excited to see Munn break in on the major television networks, I’d suggest you keep your cable subscription to G4TV.
Following the successful launch of Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet and Matt Wagner’s upcoming Green Hornet Year One #1, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to introduce an all-new, all-different Green Hornet in The Green Hornet Strikes! #1.Â But who is this Green Hornet?Â Is he a hero?Â A criminal?Â He doesn’t even know, himself.Â In a near future where the financial crisis has not been resolved, Chicago is more corrupt than ever. The rich are few and wield unimaginable power and influence. The poor are countless and live without hope. Gangs vie for control of the streets. Heroes have long been forgotten, until now!