Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Weekly Top 5 Comic Book Countdown for 12/02/2020


Happy December! Yes, we're in December now. Welcome once more as Northwest Comics & Games Presents the Weekly Top 5 Comic Book Countdown. We're suggesting the following comics each and every week for your reading joy. 

Please remember to follow social distance guidelines and be safe out there. 

Keep on reading comics.

5. Lumberjanes End of Summer #1 $6.99 Boom! Studios
The END OF SUMMER is here in the final issue of Lumberjanes! Co-Creator & Series Artist Brooklyn Allen Returns...along with the Kitten Holy! Now the scouts of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types will have to fight back against the mysterious force known as the Grey!  Meanwhile, Molly has discovered a deep and ancient forest magic, which she hopes to use to protect her friends and the home they've all found here. Will she be able to, though? Or is this all-encompassing, all-erasing Grey just too much for one 'Jane to fight on her own?

4. Overwatch: Tracer--London Calling #1 $3.99 Dark Horse Comics
Tracer's time as an Overwatch agent is up. Five years after the ratification of the Petras Act, she now tends to small-scale crimes as a part-time hero. But when a punk-rock omnic named Iggy shows Tracer the dire living conditions that have been forced upon Londons omnics, Tracer becomes determined to help in any way possible--even if it puts her back in the crosshairs. * A new series based on one of the worlds most popular games, Overwatch! 

3. King in Black #1 (of 5) $5.99 Marvel Comics
DARKNESS REIGNS! After a campaign across the galaxy, Knull's death march arrives to Earth and, worse yet, he hasn't come alone! With an army of hundreds of thousands of symbiote dragons at his command, the King in Black is a force unlike any Earth's heroes have ever faced. EDDIE BROCK, A.K.A. VENOM has seen firsthand the chaos that even one of Knull's symbiotic monsters can wreak - will he survive an encounter with the God of the Abyss himself? From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin and VC's Clayton Cowles comes the definitive chapter in their two-year-long VENOM saga that changed everything you thought you knew about symbiotes!

2. Belle Targeted Prey (One Shot) $5.99 Zenescope Entertainment
Belle's life is far from normal, and she knows that, with life hunting and fighting mythical beasts, protecting the world from the darkest secrets they can't handle. But what happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? Belle is going to find out, as she has made it to the top of the list of one of the deadliest beings to ever exist, and they won't be coming alone. Don't miss this adrenaline soaked story like you have never seen before!

1. Batman #104 $3.99 DC Comics
Ghost-Maker is living up to his spectral name as Batman scours Gotham City for any trace of him but this deadly new vigilante is going to prove a bloody point to the Dark Knight by murdering both Clownhunter and Harley Quinn. That is, unless they kill each other first!

TPB Pick of The Week | Octopath Traveler: The Complete Guide HC

Octopath Traveler: The Complete Guide HC 
$39.99 Dark Horse Comics

Explore every corner of Orsterra with the help of this complete guide which includes insight and explanation of the main narrative as well as boss strategies for each of the games' eight protagonists! 

Dive deeper with detailed environment maps, subquest information, and beautiful illustrations that fully realize Octopath Traveler's HD-2D graphics with exclusive explanations and commentary from the development team.  

Dark Horse Books and Square Enix present a faithful localization of the original Japanese volume, offered in English for the first time! 

Whether you're a first-time player or looking to take your game to one hundred percent completion, this guide book is not to be missed!

Manga Gem of The Week | Vampire Knight Memories GN Vol 05

Vampire Knight Memories GN Vol 05 
$9.99 Viz Media

By: Matsuri Hino

Ai tries to protect her little sister Ren from every danger, for Ren is despised by many of their kind who hate Ren's vampire hunter father. 

Although Ren is not as strong as her pureblood sister, she finds she has her own gluttonous thirst for blood... 

Comic Book Spotlight | Alien: The Original Screenplay HC

Alien: The Original Screenplay HC 
$19.99 Dark Horse Comics

In 1976, Twentieth Century Fox bought a screenplay by Dan O'Bannon entitled Star Beast. 

Three years later Alien was unleashed on unsuspecting filmgoers. Writer Cristiano Seixas and artist Guilherme Balbi have attempted to stay true to the characters, settings, and creatures described in O'Bannon's original screenplay. 

A new experience, but still terrifying! Collects the five-issue miniseries. An all new Alien with an all new Alien!

Pick of The Week | Batman Catwoman #1 (of 12)

Batman/Catwoman #1 (of 12) $4.99 DC Comics
At last, Tom King returns to the rocky, romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman with his Heroes in Crisis collaborator, superstar artist Clay Mann! 

Echoing plot points from King's epic Batman run, this sweeping tale is told across three timelines: the past, when the Bat and the Cat first fell in love; the present, where their union is threatened by one of Batman's lost loves; and the future, where the couple have a happy life and legacy including their daughter Helena, the Batwoman. 

And as the story begins, after a long marriage, Bruce Wayne passes away which frees Selina Kyle to settle an old score. At every stage of their relationship, Bruce and Selina have an unwelcome chaperone: The Joker! Oh, and that lost love of Bruce's? 

It's Andrea Beaumont a.k.a. Phantasm. Just thought you'd want to know.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tuesday's Headlines | PS5 Users Reportedly Getting Banned

PlayStation 5 owners have apparently been getting banned lately for attempting to exploit a loophole involving the new PlayStation Plus Collection. Though those games are only intended for people who actually own a PlayStation 5, people who have access to the collection have been trying to sell their access off to others who might not have the console yet. Sony’s apparently taken notice of this and is getting rid of some of the accounts who are found to be taking advantage of this workaround to make a quick profit.

VGC first reported on the apparent banning of these accounts with context from Twitter user zhihuwong who said “Thousands of PSN accounts have been banned.” Those accounts in question are largely concentrated in Hong Kong, the user said, but as we’ve seen from sites like eBay where users can create listings for this sort of transaction, the activity certainly isn’t limited to that region.

A quick search on eBay will show that players are indeed selling off their access to the PlayStation Plus collection, and they’re doing so for a low price as well. Games like Fallout 4, Bloodborne, The Last of Us Remastered, and God of War are all included in the deal which makes it a pretty decent purchase for under $10, but it’s highly likely now that Sony’s got its eyes on the loophole that all those involved in the transaction run the risk of getting banned.

The way this loophole works is by exploiting something people had already discovered about the PlayStation Plus Collection. While it’s intended for those on the PlayStation 5, it was found that if you log into a PlayStation 4 after redeeming the offer on a new console, your account will say the games are eligible to be downloaded there. 

That means that you can play 20 games on the PlayStation 4 for “free” so long as you have a PlayStation Plus subscription and a PlayStation 5, or you at least knew someone with a PlayStation 5 who was kind enough to log onto your console.

That’s a convenient way for players to share the games if they want, but selling them is apparently where the line is drawn. As VGC pointed out, it could be that Sony’s bans are targeting accounts that log into consoles multiple times throughout different locations in a certain timeframe and aren’t actually targeting PlayStation Plus Collection transactions. 

Logging into one friend's console or another PlayStation 4 within your house to share the games shouldn't be an issue since many players have done that already, but it's likely the rapid logins from users trying to profit off the system that trigger the ban. Sony hasn't officially commented on the matter though, so just to be safe, don't go logging onto a bunch of different consoles to share your PlayStation 5 perks.

Tuesday's Headlines | New PlayStation Plus Free Games for December

Surprise! The new rotation of PlayStation Plus video games for December is now available, earlier than is typical for the monthly rollout. While the official landing page doesn't appear to have shifted to the new video games, if you do some searching in the digital store you can find Just Cause 4, Rocket Arena, and Worms Rumble available to claim for free if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

As with Bugsnax last month, Worms Rumble is actually available via the service at launch on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The new Worms title is currently exclusive to the PlayStation consoles and PC, features 32-player arena-based combat, and looks a little different from what players might have been used to in the past.

"Use a variety of fan-favorite weapons like the Bazooka and Shotgun plus all-new additions to the armoury to bring the pain to your invertebrate opponents as you climb the ranks," PlayStation's description of Worms Rumble reads in part. "Customise your worm, then take part in seasonal events, daily challenges and community collaborations for additional XP and rewards, and experimental game modes in The Lab. Get ready for Deathmatch and Battle Royale where you’re only ever a Holy Hand Grenade away from death!"

December's new PlayStation Plus offerings, Worms Rumble, Rocket Arena, and Just Cause 4, are available now and last through January 4th. Bugsnax also remains available on the subscription service until January 4th.

DVD Tuesday | New DVD Releases December 1st, 2020

The Rental (2020)
Theatrical Release Date: 07/24/2020
Language: English
Genre: Horror/Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Dave Franco
Actors: Alison Brie, Toby Huss, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White, Sheila Vand, Anthony Molinari
Plot: Two couples hoping for a secluded getaway on a house overlooking a beach begin to suspect their overly-friendly host is spying on them. But even as they uncover the sinister motive - long-held secrets threaten the group to turn on each other.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Monday's Headlines | A Record $1.5 million Paid for Batman

 A copy of the 1939 comic book Detective Comics #27, with the first appearance of Batman, was sold at auction this past weekend for $1.5 million. 

According to auctioneers Heritage Auctions, that is the highest price ever paid for a Batman comic book. The record was previously $1.075 million for a copy of the same issue, graded at 8.0 by the Comics Guarantee Company, back in 2010.

This week's $1.5 million dollar Detective Comics #27 was graded 7.0 by CGC - a full point below 2010's auction winner - signaling a much more voracious appetite for Batman's origin in the decade since.

"I'm not at all surprised at the result," Heritage's VP Barry Sandoval said in the announcement. "After all, this is one of the best copies you will ever see of one of the most important comic books ever published."

According to CGC, there are only seven known, unrestored copies of Detective Comics #27, including these two.

"While any copy of this key comic is something special, we think this one stands up extremely well against any we've seen offered to the public," reads Heritage's description of the issue just sold. "The yellows on the cover are clean and unsmudged, and few surviving copies can make that claim. And notice that the back cover is also appealingly clean. The book is also well-centered, with none of the back cover ad wrapping around to the front. Also note that this book has no codes or markings of any sort, which can be said of very few 1939 comics!"

If you were around in 1939, you would've been able to buy Detective Comics #27 off the newsstand for 10¢. Even when you factor in inflation from 1939 to 2020, that's still just $1.87.

Monday's Headlines | Marvel Cancels Comics

Four titles on hiatus due to the pandemic have been formally canceled. Marvel Comics has formally canceled the ongoing comic book title Morbius, as well as three limited series: Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle, Robert E. Howard's Dark Agnes, and the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker adaptation. 

For the Morbius ongoing series, its potential return seemed unlikely after Marvel announced an unconnected new Morbius-one-shot earlier this month.

While seemingly disparate, all these newly-canceled titles have one thing in common: they were all solicited before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and all were among the titles placed on hiatus during the two-month distribution shutdown.

Most other affected Marvel titles resumed publication in the late summer and fall, but these four were among those that did not - and have not released a new issue since the spring of 2020. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Top 3 Manga Comic Books

Greetings Manga Fans!

We got some books you'll want to checkout!

Kingdoms of Ruin GN Vol 01 $12.99 Seven Seas Entertainment
By: Yoruhashi
A fantasy revenge thriller that pits the powers of magic against the might of science fiction technology. Humanity long lived in harmony with witches, but an advanced scientific revolution has made the powers of a witch unnecessary. Succumbing to resentment and fear, the greatest nation in the world begins a brutal witch hunt and eliminates all witches from the land. After being forced to watch his beloved teacher die, Adonis, a witch's apprentice, swears revenge on the empire that took everything away from him. It's a bloody battle between science and magic in this thrilling new fantasy manga!

Reign of Seven Spellblades Light Novel SC Vol 01 $15.00 Yen On
By: Bokuto Uno , Miyuki Ruria
Springtime at Kimberly Magic Academy, when new students begin their first year. One boy, clad in black robes with a white cane and sword strapped to his hip, approaches the prestigious school. This young man-Oliver-must form a bond with a katana wielding girl named Nanao if he's to survive the dangers he's to face at this school that is anything but what it seems! 

Kingdom Hearts III 3 GN Vol 01 $13.00 Yen Press
By: Tetsuya Nomura , Shiro Amano
As the one chosen by the Keyblade, Sora travels once again with his friends Donald and Goofy in order to reclaim his lost power! 

Top 3 TPB Comic Books


Hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend! Here are some TPB comics you might like to read today!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jennika TPB $17.99 IDW Publishing
The newest member of the TMNT team embarks on her own adventure in this stand-alone tale! Trying to acclimate to life as a mutant, the newest Turtle, Jennika, will be forced to come to terms with both her troubled past and conflicted present. In search of a dangerous procedure to reverse mutation, will Jennika be tempted by the call of her old life? And how far will she go to save those who gave up on her long ago? Brahm Revel returns from his acclaimed TMNT Universe tale 'What is Ninja?' to reveal more of Jennika's backstory!

Avengers by Hickman Complete Collection TPB Vol 02 $34.99 Marvel Comics
The last White Event changes everything as Jonathan Hickman's sprawling saga continues! The Starbrand has manifested, but will he be Earth's mightiest hero or the biggest threat to the Avengers' world? Meanwhile, tensions run high between the Black Panther and the Sub-Mariner as hidden connections between the events of AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS begin to be revealed! Earth's Origin Sites go active, signaling something ancient out in the cosmos! The terror scientists of A.I.M. unveil their latest scheme! The High Evolutionary stakes his claim on the Children of the Sun! Hyperion learns the true cost of the decisions he made in the Savage Land! And the techno-titan Terminus returns! Plus: A solo tale of the newest Avenger - Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu! Collecting AVENGERS (2012) #6-17, NEW AVENGERS (2013) #7 and material from SHANG-CHI: MASTER OF KUNG FU (2009) #1.

Rick & Morty Go to Hell TPB $19.99 Oni Press
'Well, it finally happened. Rick and Morty are in Hell, and we don't mean the DMV. It's fire, brimstone, and torture for all eternity. Typical Rick, he sees a way out of this mess and drags Morty with him on a horrific adventure to speak to...the manager. It's Dante's Inferno meets Office Space, and all hell's about to break loose! Collects the full 5-issue miniseries from writer Ryan Ferrier, artist Constanza Orozo, colorist Sarah Stern, and letterer CRANK!'