Geekly World News – February 19, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more. Today we have the latest on Assassin’s Creed, Daredevil, and Deadpool.

Ubisoft recently announced that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed released this year, and that the next instalment of the franchise will come in 2017. You may be wondering why this is news, since it’s essentially an announcement that something isn’t happening. However, this will be the first year that an Assassin’s Creed game hasn’t come out since the release of Assassin’s Creed 2 in 2009. I have personally been burnt out on the series for a while, having loved AC2 and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood but getting diminishing returns from then on. I still haven’t gotten around to finishing 2013’s game, and I’m not particularly eager to get to the ones from 2014 or 2015.
assassins-creed-syndicate-et-alI think the series could really benefit from a longer development cycle and more time between releases, and it looks like Ubisoft agrees. Gamespot has some quotes on the matter from Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO. He said, “The goal is not automatically to come back on annual cycle but to come on a regular basis. We saw it was time to give it lots of time so [developers] could really work on the property and all the mechanics to make sure we could take [the series] to another level.” I want to be excited about these games again, so I’ll be hoping that this new strategy works well for them.

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Geekly World News – February 9, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more. Today we have a special edition of GWN, featuring some of the trailers for comic book movies that played during the Super Bowl this past Sunday night.

First up, we have Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, coming to theatres on May 6, 2016.

My anticipation for this movie already couldn’t be any higher, and this trailer is keeping the hype train going at full speed. We get a very clear look at who’s on each side of the battle, though it remains to be seen how stable those allegiances are. I can’t wait to see it all play out on the big screen.


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Because I Feel Like It Comic Reviews: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

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Wow.

You wanna talk about a pleasant surprise? That’s precisely what I got when I read this book. Now, I’m a fan of Deadpool. I dug the Cable & Deadpool series, and typically, I enjoy his appearances in other characters’ books for the sake of the self-aware jabs at the universe and the comics industry in general. That being said, even when writers tried to develop his character, I always got the feeling that it was novelty for the sake of novelty. I respect the attempt at giving some substance to his personality, but simply by virtue of the unique and off-the-wall character that describes the Merc with a Mouth, developing him in the same way you would a more conventional character just… never quite seemed to fit quite right.

Dalibor Talajic and Cullen Bunn found a way to circumvent that in this elseworld title, and in doing so, created what I think is one of the more inventive meta-commentaries on comic book tropes that any company has put out in recent memory. In Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, his fellow heroes have finally had enough and get everyone’s favorite chimichanga-loving ninja committed to a mental facility. Unfortunately, the head psychiatrist turns out to be a villain attempting to brainwash the most powerful characters in the world into his own personal army.

Unfortunately, in trying to crush Deadpool’s psyche into submission, he awakens a new voice. A new consciousness awakes in him, suppressing the previously goofy voices into a singular. driving awareness of the endless cycle of death and revival that constitutes the lives of everyone in the Marvel Universe, driving him towards a singular, unwavering conclusion: it has to end.

What follows is exactly what’s advertised, with Deadpool taking on and dismantling every paragon and despot one by one, his fourth-wall shattering consciousness granting him knowledge of every character’s fears, weaknesses, and experiences, elevating him to omniscient status regarding anything and everything that has happened within Marvel canon. And when that kind of knowledge is focused to a laser-point, driven to an obsessive, psychotic goal… suddenly everyone’s favorite goofball becomes one of the scariest characters to exist in the Universe. He knows everything. And he’s coming for you.

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Too often, what-if stories lack ambition, turning into Mad Libs where certain character’s names and origins get switched around for kicks. Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe is an example of what a talented writer can do when they’re truly willing to take a concept to its logical extreme. With a breakneck pace and a genuinely chilling ending, this book is a hidden gem that any long-time lover of comics should spend the time to check out.